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The best individual games of 2012: No. 9

By David Ubben

We're counting down the 10 best individual games of any Big 12 player in 2012. Bowl games and nonconference play counts, but these are the performances that topped them all at the end of the season.

No. 9: Oklahoma State RB Joseph Randle vs. Texas

Date: Sept. 29, 2012

Why it's on the list: Randle is one of only three players on our top 10 individual performances whose team didn't win, but the Pokes came up on the short end of a controversial late touchdown, and some fourth-down conversions by Texas converted were anything but Randle's fault. He averaged eight yards a carry on his 25 touches, racking up 199 yards and a pair of scores. He also caught a pair of passes for 12 yards, but his 69-yard scamper with a handful of broken tackles along the way came on the second play from scrimmage and ignited the Oklahoma State crowd. The Pokes were coming off a loss to Arizona, and the undefeated Longhorns carried a top 15 ranking into Stillwater. The run -- nevermind that Randle was flagged for spiking the ball after the emotional score, I couldn't blame him -- made it clear that the junior came to play and would be due for a big season, kicked off with his career night. No one knew Texas would have issues stopping the run, but don't let that take away from a major milestone in Randle's career, and a memorable night in Stillwater, despite the painful loss.

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