Monday, November 29, 2010
Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 13
By David Ubben
Best offensive player:Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. He struggled in the first half, and his mistakes kept Oklahoma State in the game, but late in the fourth quarter, he made the plays to give Oklahoma the Big 12 South. He finished with a school-record 468 yards and four touchdowns. Honorable mention: Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M.
Texas had a hard time stopping Von Miller.
Best defensive player: Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M. Miller earned the national defensive player of the week honors from the folks at the Walter Camp Award. I'd say he earned this one too, wouldn't you? Texas does. Miller burned them for two sacks, three tackles for loss, a forced and recovered fumble, and a game-clinching interception. He also added seven tackles.
Best team performance:Oklahoma. It's no coincidence that the only two teams to win in Stillwater this year are the ones playing for a Big 12 title on Saturday. It's a stretch to say nobody thought Oklahoma had a shot, but it was pretty hard to find somebody who had faith the Sooners could leave Boone Pickens Stadium as winners. They did anyway.
Best offensive freshman:Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado. Catching a 50-yard touchdown pass against Nebraska's secondary? That's no small feat. Although, unfortunately for Colorado, Richardson said after the game he isn't sure if he'll be coming back to Boulder for 2011.
Best defensive freshman:Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State. No competition here. Lewis made 12 tackles -- 11 solo -- but his biggest play was an interception returned 52 yards for a touchdown in the first half. He got a second pick as the second half of our play of the week.
Best play:CB Brodrick Brown and LB Shaun Lewis, Oklahoma State. This is out in front by a few lengths for the play of the year. Oklahoma quarterback Jones tried to throw the ball away, but Brown lept from inbounds to tip it back in play to Lewis, who intercepted the pass and returned it 15 yards.
Best game:Oklahoma 47, Oklahoma State 41. Is anybody against playing this thing again about five more times? Dynamic offenses outfoxing talented defenses, and a flurry of scoring at the game's end unlike anything we've seen this year in the Big 12.