Sunday, October 28, 2012
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 9
By David Ubben
Time to hand out some hardware for a job well done on Saturday across the Big 12.
Case McCoy, QB, Texas: Sometimes, all you need is one drive. McCoy replaced David Ash late in Saturday's 21-17 victory over Kansas, and led the Horns on a touchdown drive with seven consecutive runs in his first action. More was required of him on the next drive, and he delivered. He hit Jaxon Shipley for 18 yards on a fourth-and-6 to extend the game-winning drive, and found Mike Davis down the left sideline over the top for 39 yards. Once he got his chance, he made the most of it and saved Texas from an embarrassing loss to KU.
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: Optimus Klein is making this a weekly tradition. The Heisman frontrunner did it again against a top-15 team, one with the Big 12's top-ranked defense. He ran for two scores and threw for two more in the 55-24 win, rushing for 83 yards and completing 19 of 26 passes for 233 yards. Klein led the second-half charge for the Wildcats, who outscored Texas Tech 42-14 after intermission.
Quinn Sharp, K, Oklahoma State: Death by 1,000 paper cuts ... or five field goals. Sharp was money in a 36-14 win over TCU, nailing all five of his field goals and three extra points. His longest kick was just 34 yards ... but still. The game was out of reach because Sharp made it so. He also pinned two of his five punts inside the 20 and averaged 42.8 yards on those kicks.
Steele Jantz, QB, Iowa State: Jantz had a career night in a big spot for the Cyclones, tossing five touchdown passes and accounting for more than 400 yards of offense. He completed 36 of 52 passes for 381 yards and ran for 54 yards on 10 carries in the Cyclones' 35-21 victory over Baylor.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State: TCU's defense is no joke, but Randle carried the Oklahoma State offense through a shaky day from freshman Wes Lunt, who made his return from a knee injury. His longest run of the game was only 12 yards, but he carried the ball a career-high 32 times for 126 yards and a touchdown. He also had 37 receiving yards. Quite the workhorse day against a physical defense.