Monday, October 31, 2011
Weekend rewind: Big 12
By David Ubben
Here's a look back at a crazy weekend of football.
Best offensive player: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. On the road against a top 10 opponent, Jones was back at his best after a rough outing last week. He broke his own school record with 505 yards passing and five touchdowns in a 58-17 beatdown of Kansas State.
Best defensive player: Randy Ponder, CB, Missouri. Ponder, a former walk-on, made big plays all day for the Tigers in their 38-31 win against Texas Tech. He intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards, and forced a fumble. He finished with six tackles and a pass breakup, too.
Oklahoma State offensive lineman Taylor Hodge, left, and fullback David Paulsen, right, celebrate with fans following a 59-24 win against Baylor.
Best team performance: Oklahoma State. The Cowboys thoroughly dismantled a good Baylor team with timely turnovers and a business-as-usual day on offense. Any day you rush for more than 300 yards is a good one. Add the kind of defensive play OSU had on Saturday, and you get a solid blowout.
Best game:Missouri 38, Texas A&M 31 (OT). The Tigers rallied from a 17-point deficit after leading 14-7 early, and missed a last-second field goal to win the game. Overtime? No problem. The Tigers scored and then stopped A&M to get the biggest win of the season and improve to 4-4.
Most interesting, yet inconsequential mystery: Who turned the Mizzou flag upside down at Boone Pickens Stadium? A photo circulated around Twitter on Saturday of Mizzou's flag outside Boone Pickens Stadium flying upside down. I was skeptical, but I checked it out when I left. All 10 flags on the south side of the stadium were normal, but sure enough, on the west side of the stadium, the Tigers' flag was flying upside down. Late Saturday night, that was news to OSU officials. It was too obvious to be coincidence, but it's also not that big of a deal. My guess is whoever handles those flags got a little petty this weekend, and only a handful of people would even notice. I walked by them before the game and didn't see it. Ultimately, what does all this matter? Unless you enjoy being oversensitive, not very much, even if it was on purpose, which we might never know.
Worst case of multiple personalities: Texas Tech. What the heck? Seriously, what the heck? Knock off the titan Sooners one week, and give up more than 300 rushing yards to Iowa State in a 34-point home loss the next? That earned them the distinction of the second team since the 1989 to have no votes, be ranked and have no votes in a three-week span, according to the AP.
Gutsiest performance: James Franklin, QB, Missouri. Franklin played big for 60 minutes against Texas A&M in the league's most difficult atmosphere. He shifted into beast mode for a tough touchdown run in the first quarter and made the game-winning throw to Marcus Lucas in overtime. Well done for the sophomore.
Worst case of déjà vu:Texas A&M. Another one bites the dust. Big halftime leads, that is. For a third time this season, Texas A&M blew a double-digit halftime lead, and this was the second time they've done it at home.
Worst injury: Dominique Whaley, RB, Oklahoma. Whaley's been one of the best stories and an even better running back for the Sooners this season. The former walk-on was OU's leading rusher, but will miss the rest of the season with an ugly broken ankle. A sad end to a great year. Here's hoping he writes another memorable chapter in 2012.
Stat of the weekend: Baylor outgained Oklahoma State in Saturday's 59-24 loss. The Bears had 622 yards to Oklahoma State's 601.
Stat of the weekend II: Kansas had one first down in the first half of its 43-0 loss to Texas. It came when Texas was flagged for roughing the passer.
Stat of the weekend III: Baylor didn't punt in the loss to Oklahoma State, despite trailing 49-3 in the fourth quarter and eventually losing, 59-24.