Monday, September 20, 2010
Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 3
By David Ubben
Best offensive player: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State. Weeden threw for six touchdowns with 328 of his 409 passing yards coming in the first half in a 65-28 win against Tulsa.
Best defensive player: Scott Smith, DE, Texas Tech. Smith's play helped the Red Raiders stay alive early against Texas, tipping an interception to himself and tipping another to a teammate that was returned for a touchdown. He also sacked Garrett Gilbert twice, forced a fumble and had three tackles for loss among his six tackles.
Rex Burkhead and Nebraska rolled on the road against Washington.
Best team performance: Tie, Texas and Nebraska. Both notched impressive road wins on Saturday. Texas played the better opponent and earned a conference win, but Nebraska dominated Washington on both sides of the ball.
Best offensive freshman:Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska. In his first-ever road start, Martinez was as solid as the Huskers could have asked for. He accounted for 287 yards of total offense and four touchdowns without a turnover.
Best defensive freshman:Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas. Jeffcoat recovered a fumble cleanly on Texas Tech's first snap and had a hand in two more sacks. He harassed Taylor Potts all night and played a lot of snaps for a group of Texas defensive ends that is the best and deepest in the conference.
Best play:T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri. For the second consecutive week, a catch-and-run takes home the prize. Moe rescued Missouri with a nifty juke before slicing between two defenders and racing to the end zone for a 68-yard score that beat San Diego State 27-24 in the final minute.
Best game:Missouri 27, San Diego State 24. Texas and Texas Tech played the most high-quality game, but it's hard to beat the drama of Moe's heroics.
Worst quarter: Jerrod Johnson, QB, Texas A&M. In the third quarter, he threw four interceptions on consecutive drives, including a pick-six that put the Aggies in a 20-6 hole entering the fourth quarter.
Timeliest redemption: Texas A&M running backs.Christine Michael scored from 37 yards out to cut the Florida International lead to seven. Then Cyrus Gray took the lead with just over four minutes to play at 27-20.
Best impression of itself:Kansas State. Hopped on the back of Daniel Thomas, who carried them 34 times to a 27-20 victory against Iowa State. That's how Kansas State is going to win games this season.
Worst impression of itself: Colorado. The first half has been pretty representative for how the rest of the game will go for the Buffaloes so far this season. But down 10-0 at the break, the Buffaloes rebounded by outscoring Hawaii 31-3 over the remainder of the game to win convincingly at home. Runner up: Texas Tech. Did the Red Raiders really stay in a game with a top 10 team with solid, opportunistic defense and without 150 yards of total offense?