Saturday, November 26, 2011
Big 12 helmet stickers: Week 13
By David Ubben
Time to hand out a few awards for a job well done.
Justin Tucker, K, Texas: Tucker's 40-yard kick against Texas A&M will live forever in Texas lore. Case McCoy helped set up the game-winning kick with a 25-yard scramble after the Aggies took the lead with 1:48 left to play, but Tucker's boot was perfect as time expired for the 27-25 victory and the Longhorns got the better of the Aggies in the last Lone Star Showdown for some time.
Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor: Ganaway's previous career highs were 24 carries in this season's opener against TCU and 200 yards in an October victory over Iowa State. With Robert Griffin III out after taking a hit to the head, Ganaway had to carry the load, and he did exactly that. He carried the ball 42 times for 246 yards and a two touchdowns in Baylor's 66-42 win over Texas Tech. Big-time performance in a big spot. The 42 carries were a school record and the 66 points were the most in a conference game in school history.
James Franklin, QB, Missouri: You've got to love some redemption. Franklin threw three first-half interceptions and two of them helped provide Kansas with an early 10-0 lead. Franklin rebounded, though, and threw touchdown passes of 25 and 53 yards to help Missouri beat Kansas 24-10 in the last chapter of that rivalry for awhile, too. He also ran for 45 yards on 17 carries and finished with 187 yards on 14-of-22 passing.
Oklahoma's defense: When the only touchdown of the day is a pass off a defensive lineman's helmet, that's a good day. Iowa State's Jared Barnett put Iowa State up 6-3 off a fortunate bounce, but the Cyclones didn't score again in a 26-6 loss to Oklahoma. The Sooners suffocated the Cyclones and forced four turnovers during a lackluster day for the offense without receiver Ryan Broyles. The defense picked up the slack after a rough outing last week against Baylor.