Dallas Colleges: team wraps 011514

Season wrap: Baylor

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
No matter how it ended, you’d have to call this a dream season for Baylor, a record-breaking and program-changing year in so many ways. Powered by the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation, Baylor won 11 games for the first time in school history and its first conference title since 1980.

There were a few bumps along the way to the Bears’ historic season, but a season that began 9-0 ended with Baylor achieving some grand goals in Art Briles’ sixth season as head coach.

The future is bright, with a new stadium and another Big 12 title run on the way, but first here’s a quick look back at Baylor’s 2013 season.

Offensive MVP: QB Bryce Petty, whose first season as a starter went better than anyone could’ve expected. The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year led the conference in nearly every passing statistic, with 4,200 passing yards, 32 touchdowns and just three interceptions, plus 14 rushing touchdowns. He returns to Waco a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate in 2014.

Defensive MVP: LB Eddie Lackey. You could easily go with safety Ahmad Dixon here, but Lackey stepped up big for the Bears in 2013. He led the team in tackles with 108, picked off three passes and added 4.5 sacks and 13 TFLs. For that, he earned All-Big 12 honors and the love of Phil Bennett, who insists Lackey should’ve been an All-American.

Best moment: Closing Floyd Casey Stadium with a Big 12 championship celebration. An outright conference title and Tostitos Fiesta Bowl trip was on the line when Baylor took on Texas in its home finale, and the Bears took care of business with a 30-10 victory. Baylor had better blowouts this season, but this one was hard earned and gave longtime Bears fans a win they’ll never forget.

Worst moment: The Fiesta Bowl loss to UCF wasn’t pretty, but a 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State in Stillwater was more painful for the Bears. They were ranked No. 4 at the time and out to prove they belonged in the national title discussion, but OSU handed out a humbling beatdown in a game that was never really close.

Season wrap: Oklahoma

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
Wasn’t this supposed to be a rebuilding year in Norman, Okla.?

Oklahoma entered the season counting on inexperienced players at quarterback, along the defensive line and in the secondary. Yet the Sooners finished the season with 11 wins, including a Sugar Bowl victory over SEC power Alabama.

The Sooners overcame inconsistency at quarterback thanks to young players such as defensive end Charles Tapper, linebacker Eric Striker, linebacker Dominique Alexander and cornerback Zack Sanchez, who emerged as key cogs in OU’s defense.

Offensive MVP: Gabe Ikard. It’s rare for an offensive lineman to be the clear MVP of an offense, but Ikard’s consistency, durability and leadership were critical. The senior center was one reason OU overcame uncertainty at quarterback and finished second in the Big 12 in rushing (223.92 yards per game).

Defensive MVP: Aaron Colvin. The senior cornerback was outstanding, as he earned All-Big 12 honors for the second straight year. His coverage skills, leadership and confidence rarely went unnoticed when he was healthy and on the field. His experience and excellence are one reason the Sooners finished first in the Big 12 in total yards (350.2) and passing yards (212.54) per game.

Best moment: OU’s 45-31 win in the Sugar Bowl was the best moment in recent memory for the Sooners. Bob Stoops' squad proved to the world that it can play with anyone after entering the game as the clear underdog. Quarterback Trevor Knight was the MVP with a four-touchdown performance that left Sooners fans dreaming about the future.

Worst moment: Things got ugly during OU’s 41-12 loss at Baylor. The Sooners' offense looked overmatched and inept against the Big 12 champions as the Bears pulled away from OU in the second half of a nationally televised Thursday night battle.

Season wrap: Oklahoma State

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
In 2013, for the first time in the history of the program, Oklahoma State was the preseason favorite to win its conference. The Cowboys sputtered early, losing at West Virginia in their Big 12 opener. But with a midseason change to its starting backfield, Oklahoma State finally began to play like the favorite, catching fire in November. After back-to-back wins over Texas and Baylor, the Cowboys were on the cusp of winning their second Big 12 title in three years. Instead, the season ended in calamity, with a stunning home loss to Oklahoma that knocked the Pokes out of the BCS, and then a loss to Missouri in the AT&T Cotton Bowl.

Below is a review of Oklahoma State’s 2013 season, which had both impressive wins and stunning defeats:

Offensive MVP: Oklahoma State entered the season with Clint Chelf as its starting quarterback, but pulled the plug on Chelf two series into the opener. But with J.W. Walsh struggling, Chelf re-emerged as the starter and carried the Cowboys to a strong second-half finish to the season. In back-to-back victories over Texas and Baylor, Chelf delivered QBRs (scale 0-100) of 98.1 and 97.6. Despite standing on the sideline for half the season, he became just the second Oklahoma State quarterback to earn All-Big 12 recognition. Chelf was a second-team pick behind Baylor’s Bryce Petty.

Defensive MVP: The Cowboys had three first-team All-Big 12 performers, including defensive tackle Calvin Barnett and cornerback Justin Gilbert. But senior linebacker Caleb Lavey was the heart and soul of the Oklahoma State defense. The defensive captain led the Cowboys with 93 tackles and led Big 12 linebackers with four interceptions. All season, Oklahoma State had the most consistent defense in the conference, and Lavey was a big reason why.

Best moment: With ESPN’s "College GameDay" in Stillwater, the Cowboys had a prime opportunity to gain a stranglehold on the Big 12 title chase against undefeated Baylor. Oklahoma State capitalized and pummeled the fourth-ranked Bears 49-17. Chelf threw for a career-high 370 yards and the Oklahoma State defense held Baylor to 232 yards below its season average.

Worst moment: The Cowboys went into the Bedlam rivalry with a chance to not only capture the Big 12 title and league’s automatic BCS bowl berth, but also send a message to Oklahoma that the schools were finally on equal footing. Instead, the underdog Sooners hung around even without an offensive touchdown, then backup quarterback Blake Bell found Jalen Saunders in the corner of the end zone with 19 seconds remaining for the game-winning touchdown -- Oklahoma’s 10th victory in the series in 11 years. The Sooners went to the Allstate Sugar Bowl, and the Cowboys had to settle for the Cotton Bowl.

Season wrap: TCU

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
It’s hard to sum up TCU’s second season in the Big 12 as anything other than disappointing. The Horned Frogs were supposed to contend for a conference title and earned a top-three spot in the Big 12 preseason media poll. They did not live up to those expectations.

What followed was a 4-8 season that saw TCU lose seven Big 12 games as well as one of its best players, defensive end Devonte Fields, for nearly the entire season and its leader on offense, quarterback Casey Pachall, for five games.

Four of those losses came by three points or fewer. For that, TCU had a stagnant and struggling offense to blame. The Frogs ranked No. 104 in FBS in total offense and No. 87 in scoring offense.

Big changes are coming to that offense next season, but before we start looking ahead let’s take a quick look back at how TCU fared in 2013.

Offensive MVP: QB Trevone Boykin. In this case, Boykin was both most valuable and most versatile when it came to his role his this Horned Frogs offense. He started six games at quarterback in place of the injured Pachall and threw for 1,198 yards, but also added 313 rushing yards and 204 receiving yards while chipping in at several other positions.

Defensive MVP: CB Jason Verrett. There’s a reason why, even on a defense that had an unusually rough year, the coaches of the Big 12 named this guy their co-defensive player of the year. He’s a true shutdown corner, breaking up 14 passes and nabbing two interceptions in his senior year.

Best moment: TCU gave Baylor a heck of a fight in its season finale, and played a lot of teams close, but in terms of its best victory we’d have to go with a 21-17 road win at Iowa State in which Boykin scored in the final minute to snap a three-game losing streak.

Worst moment: An overtime loss to West Virginia wasn’t good, but losing 33-31 to Kansas State a week after that ISU victory was a tough blow. A last-second field goal was the difference and gave TCU its seventh loss, ensuring the Frogs would not play in a bowl game for the first time since 2004.

Season wrap: Texas

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
The 2013 season was a long and crazy one for Texas, plain and simple.

It started with promise, with Mack Brown confident the Longhorns could win the Big 12. Then Texas started 1-2, fired a coordinator, won six conference games in a row, upset Oklahoma, suffered a barrage of significant injuries and lost three of its final four, including its regular-season finale at Baylor with the Big 12 title on the line.

A week later, Brown resigned and a 16-year era at Texas came to an end with one final rocky 8-5 season. Here’s one more look back at the Longhorns’ 2013 campaign:

Offensive MVP: RB Malcolm Brown. While WR Mike Davis was named the team’s offensive player of the year, we’re going with Brown because he emerged as the workhorse of this Texas offense when Johnathan Gray went down with a torn Achilles. Brown started the year slow but finished with 904 rushing yards and surpassed 100 five times, including in critical victories over Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Defensive MVP: DE Jackson Jeffcoat. The senior played up to his big-time potential, earning consensus All-America honors, the Ted Hendricks Award and Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors. Jeffcoat led the Big 12 in sacks with 13 and led the Longhorns in the locker room.

Best moment: In a result that few saw coming, Texas went to the Cotton Bowl and beat up on Oklahoma. The Longhorns attacked on both sides of the ball and won easily, 36-20, over the then-No. 12 Sooners. It was sweet revenge for a Texas senior class that had never beaten OU, and Texas got the Golden Hat for the first time since 2009.

Worst moment: A stunning 40-21 road loss to BYU on Sept. 7. The Longhorns gave up a school-record 550 rushing yards and completely fell apart in Provo in a game that cost defensive coordinator Manny Diaz his job. That loss and coaching change led to another defeat, at home against Ole Miss, which left Texas 1-2 to start the season.

Season wrap: Texas Tech

January, 15, 2014
Jan 15
It was a wild ride in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Tech looked like the surprise of the Big 12 at one point and the Big 12's biggest fraud a few weeks later before finishing the season alongside Oklahoma as the Big 12’s top representatives during the bowl season. Not a bad day's work for first-year coach Kliff Kingsbury.

Despite the inexperience of freshman quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb, the Red Raiders ranked among the top 10 nationally in total yards and passing yards while finishing first in the Big 12 with 392.85 passing yards per game.

Offensive MVP: Jace Amaro. The Red Raiders tight end was the Big 12’s toughest individual matchup as his size, athleticism and ball skills were impossible to contain. The junior had 106 receptions for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. His 35 receptions for 29 first downs on third-down plays also paced the Big 12. He was everything you’d want in a tight end.

Defensive MVP: Will Smith. It was hard to watch a Texas Tech game without noticing the senior linebacker. He was active, effective and productive during his final season in Lubbock with a team-high 120 tackles, averaging 9.23 tackles per game, 10.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. And he saved his best for last with 48 combined tackles in the Red Raiders' final three games.

Best moment: The Red Raiders’ 37-23 victory over Arizona State was Kingsbury’s signature win. The stellar performance from Webb (403 passing yards, four TDs) and strong performance from TTU’s defense sent the Red Raiders into the offseason with plenty of momentum and quieted critics who claimed the Red Raiders hadn’t beaten anyone worth noting during Kingsbury’s first campaign.

Worst moment: TTU’s 49-26 loss to Kansas State at home. The Wildcats overwhelmed the Red Raiders with 28 unanswered points to end the first half and take a 35-10 halftime lead as whispers of TTU being a fraud transformed into declarations during the worst home loss of the season.