Monday, September 19, 2011
Weekend rewind: Big 12
By David Ubben
Looking back on the Big 12 in Week 3:
Best offensive player: Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech. A lot of good offensive performances against a lot of varying competition, but if you're breaking NCAA records, you deserve player of the week honors. Doege set an NCAA record for completion percentage, completing 40-of-44 passes (90.9 percent) for 401 yards and five touchdowns, breaking fellow Red Raider Kliff Kingsbury's record.
Oklahoma linebacker Tom Wort, 21, was all over the field against Florida State.
Best defensive player: Tom Wort, LB, Oklahoma. The Sooners' linebacker looked like the best player on the field for most of the biggest game of the week. He finished with eight tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and an acrobatic interception on a screen pass he tipped to himself.
Best team performance: Oklahoma. The Sooners went on the road against the nation's No. 5 team and got a win, easily the Big 12's best of the year. Oklahoma's defense turned in one of its best performances in a long time, and the offense made plays when it needed them, despite allowing momentum to turn midway through the second half.
Best game:Oklahoma 23, Florida State 13. Anybody else feel like this game closely resembled an SEC slugfest? Oklahoma hasn't played in a game that physical for a long while, but the Sooners punched back. Both teams played outstanding defense and delivered some crushing hits. The result was a well-played, entertaining game with big-time fourth-quarter drama. Runner up: Iowa State 24, Connecticut 20
Most bittersweet night: Cy the Cardinal, Iowa State's mascot. Iowa State knocked off Connecticut on Friday night, 24-20 for a sweet, sweet victory and a 3-0 start. Cy, an All-American mascot, wasn't around to see it. The details surrounding the accident are sketchy, but he fell down some stairs and fractured his wing, er, arm.
Worst fan of the week:Mother Nature. Get off our lawns. Oklahoma State made headlines with a three-hour delay that resulted in a 12:15 a.m. local time kickoff and a 3:36 a.m. finish against Tulsa. Baylor's fourth quarter was canceled by storms, and the Bears' game against Stephen F. Austin had no halftime and the third and fourth quarters were shortened to 12 minutes before the abrupt stop. Texas Tech's game was delayed twice for a total of 95 minutes in its win against New Mexico.
Worst quarter: Kansas' third quarter. The Jayhawks trailed just 24-17 at halftime, and didn't allow the Georgia Tech offense to take a snap from inside the red zone for the entire quarter. Exceeeeept, they gave up touchdowns of 63, 67, 52 and 21 yards and were outscored 28-0 in the quarter on the way to an embarrassing 66-24 loss.
Best fans:Oklahoma State. They endured a three-hour delay and took shelter in the basketball gym, among other places. But when the game kicked off after midnight, Chapman Stadium in Tulsa had about 20,000 fans, and the majority were Cowboys fans. My hat is off. Catch of the week: Josh Lenz, WR, Iowa State. Facing a third-and-9 and trailing by three just inside UConn territory, Lenz went full extension on the sideline and hauled in a 19-yard catch to extend the eventual game-winning, fourth-quarter drive. Big catch, bigger highlight.
Biggest rebound:Steel Jantz, QB, Iowa State. Three of Jantz's first four passes were intercepted and the Cyclones trailed 10-0 for the second consecutive game. But Jantz stayed the course and didn't turn the ball over the rest of the game, leading his team back to an improbable 24-20 win. He finished 18-of-29 for 200 yards with a touchdown pass.