Monday, October 4, 2010
Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 5
By David Ubben
Best offensive player: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor. His 444 yards of total offense were a school record and he was responsible for four touchdowns. It was evident early that Kansas couldn't handle him, and the Bears poured it on for 55 points, their highest total ever in Big 12 play.
Best defensive player: Ugo Chinasa, DE, Oklahoma State. Chinasa was everywhere against Texas A&M on Saturday, and had one of the most skilled plays of the season, tipping a Jerrod Johnson pass to himself for an interception. He also had two sacks, and three tackles for loss among his six total tackles.
Best team performance: Baylor. The Bears set all kinds of records against Kansas, and the 55-7 win was the largest margin of victory in any conference game in school history.
Shontrelle Johnson put up big numbers while filling in for an injured Alexander Robinson.
Best offensive freshman:Shontrelle Johnson, RB, Iowa State. Yeah, 61 of his 102 yards came on one carry, but it was a big one. Playing for an injured Alexander Robinson, Johnson's long touchdown run gave the Cyclones a 38-24 fourth-quarter lead.
Best defensive freshman:Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma. The big stage of his first Red River Rivalry didn't intimidate the freshman. He sacked Garrett Gilbert once, made 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss.
Best play:Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State. Football doesn't get any better. Bailey made the most of his opportunity and kept Oklahoma State undefeated with a 40-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired against Texas A&M on Thursday.
Best play II:Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor. In the red zone, the snap went over Griffin's head, but he ran backward, calmly scooped it up, rolled to his left to buy time and threw across his body to Terrance Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass. Not many quarterbacks in the Big 12 can pull that off.
Best play III:A.J. Green, WR, Georgia. He's not even in the Big 12, but this catch was disgusting. One of the best I've ever seen.
Worst play:Texas Tech's onside kick team. The Red Raiders inched to within seven points late in the fourth quarter and lined up for the onside kick. Iowa State's Jeremy Reeves came down with the ball, and maybe the coverage team thought he'd lay down. He didn't. He stayed up, emerged from a pile and raced 42 yards for a touchdown that gave the Cyclones a 52-38 lead.
Timeliest redemption:Iowa State. They let Texas Tech climb out of a 24-0 hole to tie the game and looked like they were about to get embarrassed in their own stadium. But Iowa State rebounded, slowed the Texas Tech offense and got back to scoring. Now they're 3-2 and three wins away from shocking everyone by going to a bowl game again.
Best game:Oklahoma State 38, Texas A&M 35. Ten touchdowns, eight turnovers, enough momentum swings to make any viewer car sick and it all ended with a game-winning field goal kick that was unlikely to even be kicked a minute earlier. Tremendously entertaining. Game of the year so far in the Big 12.
Worst team performance: Kansas. Once again, Jayhawks. Yuck. The bye week means they won't get a chance for another head-scratching upset, but they'll host K-State on Thursday night next week. Upset Nebraska this week, and the Wildcats will be ranked.
Cruelest trajectory: The ball near the end of the Red River Rivalry. A miscommunication left Landry Jones scrambling, and he fumbled the ball in Oklahoma's red zone while being chased to the sideline. It teetered on the white boundary after Jones haphazardly slapped at it while being tackled to the ground. One Longhorn missed a scoop and score, and the pile of players that arrived shortly after knocked it out of bounds. "I thought we were going to pick it up and run it back in for the touchdown," said Texas coach Mack Brown, whose team trailed by eight. "I was just thinking about the two-point play, very honestly."