Monday, October 10, 2011
Big 12 weekend rewind
By David Ubben
It's that time again. What you need to know about the last weekend in football:
Best offensive player:Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. Jones threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns, but 305 of his yards and all three scores were in the first half of Oklahoma's 55-17 rout of Texas. It was the junior's best game of the year and he played mistake-free football against a defense doing everything it could to rattle him.
Landry Jones topped 300 yards and threw three touchdown passes in the first half alone as the Sooners rolled the Longhorns.
Best defensive player: Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma. Alexander made six tackles, had three sacks and forced and recovered a fumble in Oklahoma's 55-17 win over Texas. His forced fumble was scooped up and returned for a touchdown in the third quarter, too. Alexander was named one of the Walter Camp Players of the Week for his efforts.
Best team: Oklahoma. Pretty simple here. The Sooners dominated on both sides of the ball for one of the most complete performances we've seen from a team in any game all season.
Best gesture:Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma. Oklahoma's tribute to Austin Box--having a different defender wear his No. 12 jersey each week--is a great idea, and some weeks will hit harder than others. After Saturday's game, Lewis was in tears and being consoled by quarterback Landry Jones. Lewis said Saturday was the kind of game Box lived to play in and the two were close friends.
Worst gesture: Vandals in Lubbock, Texas. There's no guarantee that the people who vandalized Texas A&M's bus with Texas Tech logos, spray paint and "some sort of excrement" were Texas Tech fans, but it's the scenario that makes the most sense. Either way, it was unnecessary, regardless of how you feel about the Tech-A&M rivalry coming to an end when the Aggies leave for the SEC.
Best game: Kansas State 24, Missouri 17. It was pretty slim pickings this weekend, but the Tigers stormed back from a 24-3 deficit in the fourth quarter and Kansas State secured a win with a clutch drive late that was extended by an unbelievable one-handed catch by Andre McDonald to convert a third down and keep the ball away from a hot Missouri offense.
Ugliest hit:Damontre Moore on Eric Stephens. Stephens dropped a short pass and Moore came in for a hit low on Stephens' left knee, which torqued the joint and resulted in Stephens being carted off. Moore was also shaken up on the play, but returned. I don't think you can call the hit "dirty" or malicious but it was maybe a bit reckless, and definitely late. Either way, Moore called to apologize on Sunday and Stephens says it was part of the game and "all good."
Worst quarter: Kansas' first quarter. The Jayhawks were walking into a buzzsaw on Saturday in Stillwater, but it began with promise. After six minutes, the Jayhawks led, 7-0. Then Oklahoma State ripped off 35 points in 8:45 and the Cowboys led 56-7 at the half. The half!