Big 12 Week 13 rewind: Sooners clinch Big 12 title in emphatic fashion


Taking stock of Week 13 in the Big 12:

Team of the week: If there was any lingering doubt about Oklahoma's playoff standing, the Sooners erased it with an emphatic 58-23 victory at Oklahoma State. Now, the Sooners can relax and simply wait for their name to be called by the College Football Playoff selection committee, as opposed to wondering. Since Oct. 11, there hasn't been a better team in college football than Oklahoma. And whether it's the Orange or Cotton bowl semifinal, the Sooners will be heading into the playoff on a roll.

Disappointment of the week: It was always going to be an uphill climb for Oklahoma State to topple the Sooners without injured starting quarterback Mason Rudolph. But after the first quarter, the Cowboys just weren't competitive. For the second consecutive week, Oklahoma State's defense collapsed, quickly eradicating any chance the Cowboys might have had of pulling the upset. Overall, a 10-2 regular-season record for one of college football's youngest teams constituted a great year. But the way it ended will leave those in Stillwater with a sour feeling, at least until the bowl game.

Big (offensive) man on campus: In a 48-45 losing effort to Texas Tech, Texas true freshman running back Chris Warren put on a Thanksgiving show. On 25 carries, Warren rushed for four touchdowns and 276 yards, which was the third-highest rushing performance in the FBS this season. It was also the sixth-best rushing total all-time at Texas. The Longhorns have plenty of issues to address before next season. But they should be formidable at running back in 2016 with the one-two punch of Warren and D'Onta Foreman.

Big (defensive) man on campus: TCU freshman linebacker Ty Summers was tremendous in the Horned Frogs' 28-21 Monsoon Bowl win Friday night over Baylor. Summers finished with 23 tackles, which were the most ever under Gary Patterson at TCU, as well as the most by any Big 12 defender since 2000. Summers also came up with one of the biggest defensive plays in the Patterson era, teaming up with fellow freshman Julius Lewis to stuff Devin Chafin on fourth-and-1 in overtime to clinch the Revivalry victory.

Special teams player of the week: TCU punter Ethan Perry gets the nod here, for a key sequence in the fourth quarter. With just over 5 minutes left and the game still tied 14-14, Perry let the punt snap slip through his hands. But he averted disaster, picking the ball up and getting the punt off just as Baylor defensive end Shawn Oakman leveled him. The punt traveled only 8 yards, but it prevented Baylor from getting possession on the TCU side of the 50. After TCU's next possession, Perry pinned the Bears at the 1-yard line, effectively sending the game to overtime. All told, Perry put four of his career-high 12 punts inside the Baylor 20, keeping the Bears from ever gaining a field position edge in what turned out to be a game of field position.

Play of the week: Kliff Kingsbury called it "Little People, Big World." And in the fourth quarter at Texas, the play gave the Red Raiders the game-clinching touchdown. With 2:51 to go, Tech lined up in a victory formation. Instead of taking a knee, though, QB Patrick Mahomes handed off to 5-foot-7 Jakeem Grant, who was crouched over and hiding behind Tech's offensive line. Undetected, Grant bounded around the end for a 40-yard touchdown. It was one of two crazy touchdowns Grant scored, the first coming on a tipped 65-yard reception. In the game, Grant also became the school’s all-time leading receiver, as he passed both Michael Crabtree and Wes Walker in career receiving yardage.

Stat of the week: Baylor and TCU's scoreless second half was the first scoreless half in a Big 12 game since Oct. 24, 2009, when both Colorado-Kansas State and Iowa State-Nebraska produced scoreless second halves during the same weekend.

Quotable: "We’re a blue-collar program. For seven years I’ve put my hard hat on and gone to work." -- Paul Rhoads, in his final game as Iowa State's head coach. Rhoads literally wore a hard hat during the final minutes at West Virginia. Within 24 hours, Iowa State announced the hiring of Toledo's Matt Campbell.

Tweet of the week: Former Texas cornerback Quandre Diggs went after Mahomes on Twitter during the game. Mahomes subtweeted him back after the Tech win.

Photo of the week: These gals earned some helmet stickers.