Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Big 12 Game Balls: Week 7
By David Ubben
Not everybody can earn a helmet sticker or get a mention in our Monday weekend rewind. They still deserve a little love from the blog. Unlike helmet stickers, players don't have to log a win to earn a game ball. Here's the best of the rest across the Big 12:
Damien Williams, RB, Oklahoma: All Williams did was break a 95-yard touchdown run -- the longest in the history of the Red River Rivalry -- and he was still showed up by a whole lot of other performances on his team. That's how good the Sooners were on Saturday in a 63-21 win over Texas. He turned his 22 carries into 167 yards, averaging 7.6 yards a touch in his first-ever Red River Rivalry game.
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Sims seems to have become a fixture here. Kansas hasn't won much this year, but Sims has been outstanding since returning from a three-game suspension. Coach Charlie Weis called him a workhorse last week, and he proved it on Saturday, rushing 27 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. He also caught three passes for 42 yards and carried the load for a KU rushing offense missing back Tony Pierson.
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech: Tommy Tuberville loves him some Jace Amaro, and the sophomore showed why on Saturday, grabbing a 39-yard touchdown pass and turning a short catch into a 61-yard gain in a 49-14 win over West Virginia. He's likely out this week after injuring his ribs later in the game, but he finished with 156 yards on five catches.
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor: I'm pretty sure nobody else in the Big 12 has caught two 70-plus yard touchdowns in a game this season, but Williams did it against a good TCU defense in Saturday's 49-21 loss to the Frogs. He kicked off the game's scoring with a 74-yard grab and caught a 77-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to get the Bears within 28-21 entering the fourth quarter. He finished with 163 yards and two scores on his three catches.