Monday, December 5, 2011
Big 12 weekend rewind
By David Ubben
Time for a quick look back at the week that was in the Big 12.
Best offensive player: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Griffin narrowly edges Joseph Randle and Terrance Ganaway here, but with the Heisman hanging in the balance, RG3 torched a very good Texas secondary for 320 yards and accounted for four touchdowns. He also completed 15 of 22 passes in a 48-24 win. Very nice.
"I could be wrong, but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight," Robert Griffin said following the Bears' victory over Texas.
Best defensive player:Sam Holl, S, Baylor. The big defensive plays at Oklahoma State got lots of attention, but Holl had an incredible effort in the Baylor-Texas game. He picked off Case McCoy twice and made 16 tackles. He returned his picks for a total of 62 yards, too.
Best team performance: Oklahoma State. Complete domination in every facet of the game. The Cowboys rolled over Oklahoma, 44-10, and it wasn't even that close. After the win, too, guess who's at the top of the Big 12 in scoring defense and scoring offense? Yep, OSU.
Best quote: Robert Griffin, III, Baylor. The man's confidence is exceeded only by his arm's accuracy. "I could be wrong, but I think Baylor won its first Heisman tonight." RG3 correctly sees the award as one a team wins, but he's the nation's best player. I believe that quote personifies, as the kids say these days, "swag."
Best moment: The field storming at Boone Pickens Stadium. That's eight years of frustration being unleashed in about five minutes. The Cowboys stormed the field against their biggest rival and, quite literally, produced Bedlam on the turf.
Most touching moment: Halftime at Bedlam. The Oklahoma band joined Oklahoma State's on the field to play "Amazing Grace" as a tribute to the victims of a Nov. 17 plane crash that killed four people, including OSU women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna.
Best game:Kansas State 30, Iowa State 23. Two of the Big 12's best fourth-quarter teams went head-to-head in crunch time. Kansas State got their big drive to take the lead, and stuffed the Cyclones with the game on the line. High drama for the two biggest overachievers in the conference.
Biggest pain in the neck: Mother Nature. Once again, the Big 12 had to deal with weather hazards. Storms in Manhattan delayed the start of Kansas State and Iowa State by about 90 minutes, and a steady rain fell throughout. There was a downpour in Waco, too, but the Bears offense played well through the wet conditions.
Worst play:Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma. In the third quarter, he looked to his left for a simple bubble screen. He threw it, but the ball slipped out of his hand, behind him. Before he could find it, Oklahoma State defensive end Richetti Jones scooped it up and scored from 5 yards out, right in front of a groaning Oklahoma section. That made it 34-3 and basically ended Oklahoma's hopes of a second-half comeback.