Sunday, September 4, 2011
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 1
By David Ubben
Time to hand out some awards for a job well done in Week 1.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Griffin had the biggest stage of any team in the Big 12 so far this season, and he seized it with a career game. He played the best team with the best defense of any Big 12 opponent this week and still racked up five gorgeous touchdown passes and 359 yards on 21-of-27 passes. Outstanding in a 50-48 win that included a game-changing 15-yard reception to convert a third-down on the go-ahead drive.
Todd Monken, OC, Oklahoma State: Simply put, if you hang 60 on anybody in your first game, and have a 300-yard passer (Brandon Weeden), a 100-yard rusher (Joe Randle) and two 100-yard receivers (Justin Blackmon, Tracy Moore), you deserve some credit. Monken's got a lot of talent to work with, but he has to be great for Oklahoma State to reach its goals. Tonight's 61-34 win was a good start.
Dominique Whaley, RB, Oklahoma: Whaley became the first walk-on at Oklahoma to rush for 100 yards since Jim Culbreath in 1974. Stoops has been lauding the back all preseason, but most figured the more highly recruited backs like Brennan Clay and Roy Finch would eventually be the guys the Sooners relied on. Not so. Whaley rushed 18 times for 131 yards and four scores. Nicely done.
Darrin Moore, WR, Texas Tech: Moore had earned plenty of buzz over the offseason, and he validated it with the best game of any receiver in the league this week. Moore caught 12 passes for 221 yards and a touchdown, making life easy for his quarterback, Seth Doege, who was making his second career start. His night, in Tech's 50-10 win, was more than every other receiver in the game combined.
Steele Jantz, QB, Iowa State: Here's the deal: The helmet stickers aren't just about numbers. They're about being a difference maker. Jantz was exactly that. He threw three picks, sure, but he had the gutsiest performance of any player in the league besides Griffin this week. On fourth-and-10 and his team down six with just over four minutes to play, he threw a 26-yard touchdown pass, only to watch his defense give up an 80-yard touchdown pass on the ensuring drive. His answer? A nine-play, 60-yard drive to earn the lead back for good in the final minute, capping his night of 267 total yards with the game winning sneak.
Bonus points for being provocative: Rice's band, nicknamed "The Mob," which spelled out $-E-C on the field during its halftime performance. Troll hard, Owl trumpeters.