Sunday, October 24, 2010
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 8
By David Ubben
Well done, everybody. Slap a helmet sticker on for your efforts today.
Missouri: Just ... everything. There's nothing to single out. The offense. The defense. The coaches. The fans were decked out in gold and loud from before dawn at a College GameDay record crowd of 18,000, throughout the 36-27 upset win over Oklahoma, and afterward carrying the goalposts off the field following a well-deserved field storming. Saturday was a good day for all things black and gold.
Baylor Bears: Hey, maybe we're going to have to back order some of our patented stickers, but another program got a huge boost on Saturday. The Bears beat Kansas State, 47-42, and became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2005. And the cherry on top for Baylor? With Oklahoma's loss, they lead the Big 12 South.
Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Oklahoma State' defense leaves something to be desired, but Martinez turned in a downright Vince Young-ian stat line on Saturday. He threw for 323 yards and five touchdown passes, and ran for 112 yards on 19 carries in a 51-41 win over No. 14 Oklahoma State. What a way for the freshman to bounce back after being benched last week against Texas.
Paul Rhoads, Iowa State: The second-year coach continues to prove he's one of the most underrated in all of football. After suffering 41- and 52-point defeats the past two weeks, Rhoads rallied his team, which walked into Austin and won for the first time in program history, beating the No. 19 Longhorns 28-21. And yes, Iowa State has already put his postgame locker room speech on YouTube. Here it is. And yes, it's awesome once again.
Mike Sherman, Texas A&M: That couldn't have felt good, but it was the right thing to do. Sherman rotated in backup quarterback Ryan Tannehill, benching Big 12 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Jerrod Johnson, and the move paid off. Tannehill completed 12 of 16 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns in the Aggies' 45-10 win over Kansas.