Best and worst of the Big 12: Week 11
Let’s hand out the hardware for Saturday’s slate across the Big 12.
Best offensive performance: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor. Coleman gave Oklahoma’s defense fits. He beat the Sooners over the top. He caught short passes and broke tackles to earn extra yards. He caught balls over the middle and created separation. When Baylor’s 48-14 beatdown of No. 15 Oklahoma was all over, he’d caught 15 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown.
Honorable mention: Trevone Boykin, RB, TCU; Aaron Green, RB, TCU
Best defensive performance: Cedric Reed, DE, Texas. Reed’s had a quiet year, but made a whole bunch of noise in Texas’ 33-16 win over West Virginia. His 12 tackles (seven solo) were second-most for the Longhorns and he had four tackles for loss, including three sacks and a forced fumble.
Honorable mention: Victor Simmons, LB, Kansas.
Best play/bad decision: Trevone Boykin, QB, TCU. When your team has a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter and your team’s entire season rests on your health, how about not diving over a defender into the end zone. Still, what an incredible highlight and it might end up being Boykin’s Heisman moment.
"Maybe try something different next time," Boykin said coaches told him when he returned to the sideline. For what it’s worth, plays like that endear quarterbacks to their teammates.
Second-best bad decision: Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma. If you’ve got ups, flaunt ’em. Or don’t, if your backup is a redshirt freshman who’s barely taken any snaps with the first team in games or practices.
Worst possession: Oklahoma. The Sooners were inexplicably committed to either dropping eight men into coverage or putting six defenders in the box and playing soft coverage on Baylor’s outside receivers. Baylor responded with what might be the easiest touchdown drive in the history of college football. Oklahoma’s approach to defending Baylor coming out of halftime is one of the most inexplicable gameplans I’ve ever seen. In what world did OU think it would work and how do you not call a timeout and make a quick fix in the middle of being shredded to open the second half?
Most understandable outburst: Julian Wilson, CB, Oklahoma. It’s never a good idea to get in a shouting match with your defensive coordinator and head coach on national television, but Wilson looked pretty angry about the Sooners’ scheme to stop Baylor on its opening drive of the second half. Wilson didn’t play well on Saturday, which hurt his case, but the list of players who would have a similar reaction as Wilson to his situation is pretty long.
Best gesture: Baylor, Oklahoma players. Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight went down awkwardly in the fourth quarter and was eventually carted off with what was believed at the time to be a neck injury. Bears quarterback Bryce Petty and offensive lineman Spencer Drango knelt in prayer with Knight’s twin brother, Connor, an Oklahoma tight end.
— Steven Cutbirth (@SvenC) November 8, 2014
Best quote: Clint Bowen, KU. On Gatorade showers: "They’re a lot colder than you think." And after a few minutes, stickier, I imagine.
Second-best quote: Billy Sims, former OU running back, to The Oklahoman. "This (poop) never happened when I was here."
Best postgame celebration: Charlie Strong and his Texas players. Apparently Strong did this a time or two at Louisville, but seeing the Longhorns’ straight-laced coach let loose by crowd-surfing after a huge win was awesome. Hey, you know what? Football is a lot of fun.
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Most impressive note: Baylor beat Oklahoma and Texas in each Big 12 power’s home stadium. The last team to do that? Nebraska in 1960.
Best stat: Saturday night, Tyler Lockett replaced his father, Kevin Lockett, as Kansas State’s all-time leading receiver with 3,073 receiving yards.