The best and worst of the Big 12 in Week 8
Let’s hand out a few awards for the week that was in the Big 12:
Best offensive performance: Davis Webb, QB, Texas Tech. Webb completed 36-of-50 passes for 462 yards and a pair of touchdowns to tight end Jace Amaro in Tech’s 37-27 win on Saturday. Amaro’s not far behind Webb for this award, but West Virginia’s defense is decent and Webb was making just his second career start. His guns are most definitely up.
Second-best offensive performance: Josh Stewart, WR/KR, Oklahoma State. This man needs the ball, and OSU got it to him this week. He caught 10 balls for 141 yards, and returned a punt 95 yards for a touchdown. He also had a second punt return for 29 yards. Quite a day for the Denton, Texas native.
Best defensive performance: Caleb Lavey, LB, Oklahoma State. The linebackers are the obvious strength of Oklahoma State’s defense, and Lavey had another big day. He made five tackles but recovered a fumble and came away with an interception. He’s now been responsible for four turnovers in two weeks. He had an interception last week and forced a fumble.
Best play: Josh Stewart, Oklahoma State. I feel like I should probably give this to the kickoff return team. They racked up at least eight big blocks that cameras caught, and that included five pancakes. Stewart did a nice job of weaving through the blocks, but TCU defenders were flying all over the field. That sounds like a good thing, but it’s not when the reason you’re flying is because of a hit from an OSU blocker. Let’s have another look.
Take it away, Gus Johnson.
Second-best play: Josh Ford, Kansas. I love guys who can do more than block a punt. What about intercepting a punt? Ford broke through the Sooners’ line and blocked the punt, but basically caught it off Jed Barnett’s leg. He was called down Oklahoma’s 6-yard line to set up the Jayhawks’ only points of the second half, but by NFL contact rules, he probably would have scored himself.
Most offensive performance: Oklahoma State’s uniforms. Hey, I know it’s homecoming, but please, please lose the all orange look. Nobody wants to see a bunch of traffic cones running around out there. I actually didn’t think Kansas’ silver jerseys with blue helmets and pants looked as bad as many did.
Biggest surprise: Gary Patterson is a calculated man, and if I were ranking coaches most likely to make a switch at playcaller in the middle of the game, I’d have him lower than just about everybody but Bill Snyder. Patterson made the switch from Jarrett Anderson to Rusty Burns at halftime, moving Anderson down to the sidelines from the booth. I can’t remember another time I’ve heard of that happening, and seeing the source was an even bigger surprise. TCU did score 10 points in the second half, which was more than the zero it produced in the first.
Craziest play: Kansas and Oklahoma played a game filled with wackiness all around, but it doesn’t get much wackier than Aaron Colvin’s returned extra point for two points. It was one of three failed extra points in Oklahoma’s win, but Colvin scooped up the blocked kick and returned it 95 yards to give Oklahoma an eight-point lead in the second half.
Best team performance: Baylor. We made it a long way in our wrapup without even talking about Baylor, didn’t we? The most eye-opening thing about Baylor’s 71-7 win over Iowa State was just how blase and easy the Bears made it look. It was surprising just how unsurprising it really was. Baylor is doing this every week. It won’t score 70 on everybody, but I’ll repeat what I said when it scored 73 on West Virginia: This won’t be the last time Baylor tops the 70-point mark this season. That’s four consecutive home games over 70 points for Art Briles’ team.