Sunday, November 20, 2011
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 12
By David Ubben
Time to hand out a few awards for a job well done in the Big 12 this week.
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: RG3 turned in another vintage performance and injected himself back in to the Heisman race with a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass to Terrance Williams that beat Oklahoma 45-38. He broke his own single-game school record with 479 passing yards and broke his own single-season school record for passing yards. He threw for four touchdowns and led the Bears in rushing, with 72 yards, including a 22-yard scramble to midfield that ignited the game-winning drive.
Jared Barnett, QB, Iowa State: The redshirt freshman made play after play to keep Iowa State alive against Oklahoma State, and tied the game in the fourth quarter with his second touchdown pass of the game. He finished with 376 yards on 31-of-58 passing with three scores and ran for 84 yards on 14 carries. Through his first three career starts, he's 3-0 after beating No. 2 Oklahoma State in double overtime, 37-31. It was the program's first victory over a top-six team in 58 tries since 1936.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri: Franklin put the team on his back on a 10-play, 89-yard drive to give Missouri its first lead in the game's final minutes, providing the 31-27 final score in a victory over Texas Tech. Franklin accounted for 74 of 89 yards on the drive and finished with 324 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in the win, which required the Tigers to overcome a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M: Gray provided cause for concern after not playing in the second half with a shoulder injury, but it doesn't sound serious. When he was on the field, he was big-time in a 61-7 win over Kansas. He carried the ball just nine times but produced 94 yards and three touchdowns. That'll work.
Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State: It was an ugly one in Austin, but the Wildcats have proven by now that they're mudders. Klein threw for one score and ran for another, helping K-State beat Texas 17-13 despite being outgained 310-121. The Wildcats keep winning.