Monday, November 7, 2011
Weekend rewind: Big 12
By David Ubben
Time for our look back at the week that was in the Big 12.
Best offensive player: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State. Weeden was on point for 60 minutes on Saturday, save a couple regrettable interceptions. He completed 36 of 46 passes for 502 yards and four touchdowns against Kansas State, and was at his best when Oklahoma State needed him late in the fourth quarter.
Justin Blackmon caught 13 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns in Oklahoma State's victory.
Best defensive player:Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma. Lewis was all over the place for the Sooners, making a team-high nine tackles, including two tackles for loss. He also intercepted a pass and returned it 11 yards, broke up another pass and logged a quarterback hurry in Oklahoma's 41-25 victory over Texas A&M.
Best game: Oklahoma State 52, Kansas State 45. This was pretty reminiscent of Bedlam last year. We saw four touchdowns in just three minutes of actual game time, but this one came with three lead changes and a tie game. Very nice. Easily the game of the year to this point, and a heart-wrenching loss for the Wildcats.
Best play: Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon for a 54-yard touchdown. Oklahoma State made a pressure-packed drive look easy, hooking up for a long score to take the lead back after trailing 38-37. They followed it up with a 2-point conversion and the Cowboys trailed for just 29 seconds.
Best team performance:Texas. The Longhorns were physical on both sides of the ball, muscling up on talented Texas Tech receivers and dominating the line of scrimmage on offense. Despite missing their leading receiver and leading rusher, the Longhorns rolled for 400 yards rushing in consecutive games for the first time in 24 years. Joe Bergeron ran for 191 yards, and finally, Mack Brown looks like he's developing the running game he's wanted for so long.
Worst moment: Ryan Broyles' injury. Injuries are the worst part about this game, and there's nothing good about seeing a player like Broyles, one of the most talented and hardest-working guys in the country, go down. If you ever doubt how much this game means to most of these players, look back at Broyles in tears on the sideline while trainers looked at his injured knee. Think of all the man-hours that go into preparing for a season — gone in one fluke play. Just unfair. Broyles isn't the only guy to suffer a season-ending injury this season, but don't forget how hard injuries like that can be to deal with when you consider exactly what players lost.
Worst quarter: Texas A&M's third quarter. I can't explain it. If Texas A&M could, they'd fix it. Either way, it's unbelievable. A&M and OU were playing an SEC slobberknocker until a Big 12 blowout broke out in the third quarter. The Aggies were outscored 28-0 in a span of less than seven minutes and a 13-10 deficit ballooned to a 41-10 blowout and a fourth second-half meltdown this year.
Worst confusion:Baylor fans. The Bear faithful reportedly kicked off a sarcastic "S-E-C!" chant after beating new SEC addition Missouri on Saturday. Now, come on Baylor. It's my understanding that the sarcastic S-E-C chant has been abandoned in favor of the earnest "Big 12! Big 12!" chant. Oklahoma State fans started the trend after a victory over Texas A&M earlier this season, so get with the program, Bears.
Best confession:Trey Gaddy, Oklahoma State. The student helped settle maybe the funniest pseudocontroversy in the Big 12 this year, admitting to me after Saturday's game that he was the man behind Missouri's upside-down flag at Boone Pickens Stadium last week. Call him the Big 12's version of The Bagman, I guess.
Best fashion sense:Bill Snyder, Kansas State. Leave it to Snyder to go retro and make it look good. He busted out what was presumably a purple windbreaker commemorating K-State's appearance in the 2002 Holiday Bowl. I think the only other place you could find another one is a thrift store in Brooklyn. Snyder, however, surely found it in his closet. For that, we salute the timeless legend.
Second-best fashion sense:Oklahoma State. The Cowboys' gray helmets, black jerseys and gray helmets looked pretty outstanding. Basically the Raiders, except they weren't a horribly mismanaged team.