Sunday, November 15, 2009
Big 12 helmet stickers, Week 11
It was tough to limit my choices to only five players, so I split up a couple to include strong groups or duos.
Here are my choices for the coveted Big 12 weekly award:
Nebraska I-back Roy Helu Jr.: Rushed for 156 yards on 28 carries and scored three touchdowns to pace the Cornhuskers’ 31-17 victory over Kansas. Helu scored on touchdown runs of 20 and 14 yards -- both in the fourth quarter -- and also added another touchdown when he recovered a fumble by Zac Lee in the end zone earlier in the game. Helu accounted for 86 yards in the fourth quarter to pace Nebraska’s comeback, pushing his season rushing total to 962 yards.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones and running back DeMarco Murray: Both were key in the Sooners’ 65-10 victory over Texas A&M. Jones passed for a career-high 392 yards and five touchdowns. Murray rushed for 80 yards on 18 carries and added a career-high 143 receiving yards on five catches, two of which went for touchdown. Murray produced a career-long 67-yard reception for a touchdown.
Oklahoma State’s offensive line: The Cowboys dominated in the trenches in the second half of their 24-17 victory over Texas Tech thanks to O-line's work. Senior tackles Russell Okung and Brady Bond, guards Noah Franklin and Lane Taylor and center Andrew Lewis helped the Cowboys claim the gritty comeback victory. Three different rushers produced at least 68 yards for the Cowboys as they rolled up 243 rushing yards in the game. But the line's work was especially noticeable in the second half, when OSU put the game away with 207 yards on the ground and more than 22 minutes of time of possession.
Missouri wide receiver Danario Alexander: Produced 10 catches for 200 yards and three touchdowns to help boost the Tigers to a 38-12 victory over Kansas State. Alexander scored on touchdown receptions of 54, 16 and 80 yards from Blaine Gabbert to enable the Tigers to gain bowl eligibility. Alexander has produced 414 yards in his past two games, including back-to-back 200-yard receiving games for the first time in school history.
Iowa State’s defense: It’s hard to split this sticker among the group that sealed the Cyclones’ 17-10 victory over Colorado, earning them bowl eligibility for the first time since 2005. The ISU defense notched three second-half turnovers and held its third conference opponent to 10 points or less in the victory.