Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Big 12 Game Balls: Week 5
By David Ubben
Not everybody can get a helmet sticker, and not everybody can get a mention in our weekend rewind. Still, there are plenty of performances worth mentioning. That's what we have game balls for.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State: The guy broke about 17 tackles on his first touch of the night, running through and around Texas' vaunted defense for a 69-yard touchdown that ignited the Boone Pickens Stadium crowd and showed Texas early that it wouldn't have an easy night in Stillwater. Randle finished with 199 yards and two scores on 25 carries, including going full on truck mode in Oklahoma State's last scoring drive of the night to take the lead. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards.
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia: Yes, somehow we made it through helmet stickers and weekend rewind without mentioning a dude who caught 14 passes for 215 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That's what happens when you have a game like West Virginia and Baylor did, combining for 133 points and more than 1,500 yards of offense. Crazy game. Austin made a ton of plays for the Mountaineers, even though the spotlight shone more brightly on his quarterback, Geno Smith, and teammate Stedman Bailey on Saturday.
Jaxon Shipley, WR, Texas: It's an all-offense set of game balls this week, and Shipley gets the last of the bunch. He caught all three of David Ash's touchdown passes on Saturday night in the 41-36 win over Oklahoma State. He finished with five catches for 82 yards, but the scores made the difference. He hauled in a deep ball for a 44-yard score to open the game for the Horns, and got open on a wheel route for a 20-yard score, giving him two in the fourth quarter. Late in the third quarter, he gave the Longhorns a 28-20 lead after going up and grabbing a seven-yard score on a fade route.