The best and worst of the Big 12: Week 14

Let’s hand out some hardware for the highlights and lowlights of this week in the Big 12.

Best offensive player: John Hubert, RB, Kansas State.
Hubert ran hard for 220 yards and a score on 30 carries. When you talk to people around the league about Hubert, everybody raves about how he plays bigger than his 5-foot-7, 191-pound frame. You saw that on display against KU. He never goes down easy, and runs through arm tackles easily. Credit a low center of gravity.

Best defensive player: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year race is unpredictable and still wide open with a week to go, but Jeffcoat gave people a game to remember with three sacks against Texas Tech on Thursday. He had seven stops and consistently disrupted the Red Raiders’ offense. Honorable mention: Dante Barnett, S, Kansas State.

Best team performance: Texas. I really don’t care about Texas Tech’s slide. If you’re that dominant against a winning team in November, that’s impressive. Texas dominated both sides of the line of scrimmage and made plays over the top in the passing game, too. Nine sacks for the defense? Oregon State feels Tech’s pain.

Worst team performance: West Virginia. How, exactly, do you lose a 17-point lead at home to a two-win Iowa State team in 11 minutes? Good luck answering that question. The only “silver lining” about that loss is it meant pretty much bupkis after losing to Kansas two weeks ago.

Best quote: Gary Patterson, TCU.
I addressed my thoughts on it late Saturday night, but you can pretty much take your pick from five minutes of making headlines from the Frogs’ coach, who wasn’t happy after the 41-38 loss to Baylor. Perhaps “best” quote isn’t the best word this week, but it was certainly the most memorable.
Props to Baylor coach Art Briles for declining comment and not escalating the situation.  

Best play: Ryan Erxleben, P, Texas Tech. Erxleben called his own number on 4th-and-17 (!!) and found tons of free space for a 51-yard touchdown run. That was Tech’s longest run of the season and left Kliff Kingsbury and the rest of the staff on the sidelines with their jaws dropped. “He saw something and took off with it,” Kingsbury said.

Best catch: Clay Fuller, WR, Baylor.
Fuller went full body extension for an 18-yard score in Baylor’s win over TCU. The photo says pretty much everything you need to know.

Worst play: B.J. Catalon, RB, TCU. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a buttfumble. Baylor took over at its 1-yard line.

Best rivalry game: The Revivalry. Goodness, TCU is finding plenty of new friends in the Big 12. Methinks today’s game will be talked about a whole lot come next fall when these two teams meet. The Frogs were feisty after the game, and my mind thinks back to when Robert Griffin III called called TCU’s 45-10 win over Baylor in 2010 a “fluke.”