Monday, September 5, 2011
Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 1
By David Ubben
A look back at the week that was as we hand out a few awards.
Best moment: Sophomore linebacker Tom Wort, wearing Austin Box's No. 12 jersey as part of a team tribute, led the Sooners onto the field for the first time without Box, who died on May 19. A different defender will wear the jersey each game this season, and quarterback Landry Jones will keep his No. 12 at the wishes of Box's parents.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III passed for 327 yards against TCU on Friday.
Best defensive player: Nigel Malone, CB, Kansas State. In his first-ever game, the Wildcats' juco transfer intercepted a pass in the end zone and picked off another on the final drive to seal the Wildcats' 10-7 win against Eastern Kentucky. In a game that close and that low-scoring, those kinds of plays are monumental.
Best team performance: Tie, Oklahoma and Baylor. Oklahoma personified excellence against the second-best team a Big 12 team faced in Week 1, Tulsa. Baylor knocked off No. 14 TCU as the league's only team facing a ranked team in Week 1. The win was the Bears' first against a ranked foe since 2004.
Best quarter:Baylor's third quarter. Baylor needed a strong start to the half after leading by 11 at halftime. The answer? Gorgeous touchdown passes of 42 and 64 yards to put the Aggies up 24 entering the fourth quarter. It looked like an unlikely rout was on. There was that matter of the fourth quarter ... but hey, Baylor won, right?
Best play:Steele Jantz to Josh Lenz. Trailing by six with just over four minutes left, Jantz rolled right on a 4th-and-10, shook off a tackle and chucked it to the corner of the end zone, where the Cyclones' receiver dove for the catch to put Iowa State ahead late.
Second-biggest fashion faux pas:Baylor. Baylor's jerseys with the big blocky "BAYLOR" on the front look great. But guys, I'm pleading with you. Lose the claw prints on the pants. They're awful.
Worst half: Texas Tech's first half. Dennis Franchione is re-inventing himself at FCS Texas State, and the Bobcats somehow led the Red Raiders 10-9 at the break. Fortunately for Tommy Tuberville, his team rallied to outscore Texas State 41-0 in the second half and avoid any actual embarrassment.