NCF Nation: Matt Davidson
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
1. Michael Crabtree's game-winning touchdown grab was simply the greatest play in the history of the Big 12 Conference. You can have Vince Young's run through the USC secondary. Or Matt Davidson's kicked pass reception against Missouri. Or even Sirr Parker's catch-and-run against Kansas State. But Crabtree's dramatics trumped them all. People will be watching replays of the play and talking about where they were when Crabtree's grab took place for a long, long time. And I think a pretty good argument can be made that Texas Tech's classic 39-33 victory over Texas was the greatest game in Big 12 history, too. Colt McCoy's near-comeback after all of his early struggles. All of the wacky field goals by Matt Williams and Donnie Carona. The late heroics by Crabtree and Harrell after Blake Gideon's dropped interception on the previous play. Tech fans storming the field and forcing their team to kick from its 7½ yard line on the final play of the epic game. Tech's first victory over a No. 1 team in school history. In my mind, it's pretty tough to beat all of that.
2. Texas Tech's comeback Saturday night just means that we will likely have a November to remember around the Big 12. Texas would have taken a giant step to its first South Division title since 2005 if it would have held on. But instead, it all sets up very nicely for another run of potentially great games the next several weeks. We'll have Oklahoma State-Texas Tech next week, followed by Texas-Kansas on Nov. 15, Texas Tech-Oklahoma on Nov. 22 and then Texas A&M-Texas and Oklahoma State-Oklahoma on the final weekend of the season. It should be fun to watch it play out.
3. After watching Jake Sharp knife through the Kansas State secondary as a runner and as a receiver, I've got to wonder why Mark Mangino ever benched him in the first place. Sharp is one of the most productive combination backs in college football. It's hard to believe that he totaled 86 rushing yards and four receptions during the Jayhawks' first four games. Maybe Mangino was just saving him for conference play. But his recent emergence is the biggest reason why the Jayhawks are sitting in a tie for first place for the North Division lead.
4. Bo Pelini's emotion-charged decision of barring his players from talking to the media after their blowout loss in Oklahoma was a wrong one of make. Sure, the Nebraska coach was angry and agitated with his team's struggling performance. He obviously felt his team wasn't emotionally ready to compete. But a better punishment than keeping them away from the media would have been to make them come out and explain their actions. Pelini actually let them off the hook.
5. Heralded Colorado recruit Darrell Scott will get his chance now. Scott popped off to reporters after the Buffaloes' loss to Texas A&M that he wanted more chances to carry the ball. After leading rusher Rodney Stewart broke his right leg Saturday, Scott should be used more by coach Dan Hawkins. Scott showed some promise after Stewart's injury with a season-best 66 yards. He'll need much more if the Buffaloes have any legitimate hopes of winning two games during the rest of the season to qualify for a bowl game.