Monday, September 13, 2010
Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 2
By David Ubben
A look back at the week that was as we hand out a few awards.
Best offensive player: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Jones helped Oklahoma race to a big halftime lead after throwing for 321 yards and three touchdowns in the game's first 30 minutes.
Best defensive player: DeJon Gomes, S, Nebraska. Gomes broke open the Huskers' 38-17 win over Idaho with a 40-yard interception return for a touchdown and made 10 tackles. (Honorable mention: Justin Springer, LB, Kansas -- fifteen tackles, three tackles for loss, sack.)
Best team performance: Tie, Oklahoma and Kansas. Kansas certainly lowered the bar for expectations with its first loss, but they rebounded to be one of two teams that knocked off ranked teams in Week 2. Oklahoma continued its run of dominance inside Norman city limits.
Best offensive freshman: Jordan Webb, QB, Kansas. In his first-ever start, Webb consistently moved the Jayhawks offense, completed 18-of-29 passes and threw three touchdowns to lead Kansas to a 28-25 win over Georgia Tech. (Honorable mention: James Sims, RB, Kansas.-- 17 car, 101 yards, TD. Henry Josey, RB, Missouri -- 7 car, 112 yards, 3 TD)
Best defensive freshman: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. Playing in relief of the banged-up Von Miller, Moore took over Texas A&M's joker position and recovered a fumble, notched two sacks, forced three more fumbles and made seven tackles.
Best play: Daymond Patterson, WR, Kansas. Patterson caught a quick hitch behind the line of scrimmage, bounced around and through 72 Georgia Tech defenders before diving across the goal line for a 32-yard touchdown that put Kansas up 28-17 early in the fourth quarter. That earned Patterson the No. 4 play on Saturday night's Sportscenter. (Honorable mention: Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Texas A&M, who hauled in a 44-yard Hail Mary from Jerrod Johnson on an untimed down at the end of the first half.)
Worst play: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State. Weeden, playing with a sprained thumb, fumbled a snap with only a couple kneels standing between the Cowboys and a win. The turnover gave Troy the ball back with a three-point deficit and under a minute left.
Timeliest redemption: Justin Gent, LB, Oklahoma State. On the next play, Gent sacked Troy quarterback Corey Robinson and forced a fumble that linebacker Orie Lemon recovered to re-seal the win.
Teams we still know the least about: Tie, Texas A&M and Texas. That will end for the Longhorns on Saturday.
Worst half: Colorado. The Buffaloes fell behind 31-0 to Cal at halftime before three garbage time touchdowns in the fourth quarter produced a 52-7 final. In the first half, Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen was sacked four times and the Buffaloes nine first-half possessions produced three turnovers, four punts and a missed field goal.