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Best offensive performance in a win: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Jones reminded us of the talent that could land him in the first round of next year's NFL draft, completing 38 of 51 passes for six touchdowns and a school-record 554 yards in the Sooners' 50-49 win over West Virginia. The last was a 4-yard game-winner on a slant to Kenny Stills.
Best offensive performance in a loss: Tavon Austin, RB/WR/KR, West Virginia. Truth be told, Austin's performance might be one of the greatest in Big 12 history. Alas, it wasn't enough for one of the worst defenses in Big 12 history. Austin moved to running back and ran for 344 yards on just 21 carries (that's 16.4 yards a carry, folks) and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 82 yards and returned eight kicks for 146 yards. Add it up and it's 572 all-purpose yards.
Best team performance: Baylor. The Bears dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and won the game right there. The defensive line beat up Klein all night and didn't let him get in the open field. The offensive line paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers and didn't let a great K-State front seven sack Nick Florence once. All of a sudden, Baylor's back in the mix for a bowl game.
Best special teams performance: Zack Craig, Oklahoma State. The safety blocked two Texas Tech punts and returned the second 30 yards for a touchdown. Not bad.
Worst team performance: Kansas State. Where did this team come from and what did it do with the real Kansas State? Have to think the No. 1 spot and road environment got to the Wildcats, which is still a little baffling. They doubled their average in penalty yards and Klein threw three bad interceptions after throwing just three in his previous 10 games. Add in an inability to stop the run, and that 52-24 loss is exactly what you'd expect.
Best play: Landry Jones and Kenny Stills, Oklahoma. It's not every week you see a game-winner, but Jones and Stills provided it in the final minute against West Virginia. Trailing by five, Stills jostled for position on the slant route and Jones made the delivery in a tight window. Stills fought his way to the ball and into the end zone for a huge win to put Oklahoma's Big 12 title hopes back in its own hands.
Best game: Oklahoma 50, West Virginia 49. We saw four lead changes in the final 7:12 and three in the final 4:10 out in Morgantown, capped by Jones' touchdown pass to win it. Tavon Austin provided the fireworks but the Sooners got the last laugh against a talented, desperate team. Impressive.
Best quote: Nick Florence, QB, Baylor On his team's chances against K-State, Florence said: "If you don't believe, get out of the locker room."
Second-best quote: Tavon Austin, on the complex playbook for him at running back that helped him rush for 344 yards on 21 carries in his first game at the position.. "I had two plays. One to the left and one to the right."
Best performance in relief: Sam Richardson, QB, Iowa State. Richardson waited all season for his chance while Jared Barnett and Steele Jantz rode what seemed like weekly roller-coasters. He finally got it and pushed Iowa State into its third bowl game in four years with 250 yards passing on 23-of-27 passing with four touchdowns. He also ran for a score and 43 yards. Four of his touchdowns came in the second quarter as Iowa State raced to a 38-17 halftime lead and erased all second-half doubt in a 51-23 win over Kansas.
Oddest stat: Oklahoma State. The Cowboys didn't complete a pass in the second half and outscored Texas Tech 24-7 in the final two quarters of their 59-21 beatdown.
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