The best and worst of the Big 12: Week 13

BY foxsports • November 24, 2014

Let's hand out the hardware for Week 13 in the Big 12. 

Best offensive performance: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma. What else can be said about Perine? I covered his day extensively in my Week 13 thoughts, but his record-breaking, 427-yard, five-touchdown day against Kansas earned him Walter Camp National Player of the Week honors. It may have been the single greatest individual performance in Big 12 history. 

Best defensive performance: Eric Striker, LB, Oklahoma. Striker made six tackles with two tackles for loss, half a sack and a fumble recovery to help the Sooners hold Kansas to just 103 yards of offense. 

Honorable mention: Pete Robertson, Texas Tech; Orion Stewart, Baylor

Best team performance: Oklahoma. You've heard a lot about Perine's huge day, but OU's 44-7 win over Kansas really was a team performance. The Sooners slowed down a resurgent KU passing game and limited Michael Cummings to just 84 yards while also holding KU to 19 yards on 36 carries in the running game. The Sooners' offensive line mauled the Jayhawks for 60 minutes and ran for 510 yards as a team. Without the defense helping dominate possession and the offensive line clearing the way, Perine's big day doesn't happen.

Honorable mention: Kansas State. 

Worst team performance: Kansas. The Jayhawks took a step back after showing major progress in the last month under Clint Bowen. KU mustered just 103 yards of offense against a suspect Oklahoma defense and was 2-16 on third down while giving up 510 rushing yards, including 427 to true freshman Samaje Perine. Norman is a tough place to play, but KU hardly put up a fight on a rainy day at Owen Field. 

Best play: Samaje Perine, RB, Oklahoma. Perine wrote his name in the college football record book in style, with a 42-yard run to break Melvin Gordon's week-old record and finish with 427 yards. 

Best celebration: Kenny Williams, RB, Texas Tech. Williams had excellent form on the kung fu kick. Does he have a history in the martial arts? I can only assume so. What his celebration lacked in context, it possessed in originality and athletic ability. 

Worst officiating: Iowa State-Texas Tech. This gave me unfortunate flashbacks to the Pinstripe Bowl of yesteryear. Somehow, Iowa State tight end E.J. Bibbs was flagged for saluting the fans after a first-quarter touchdown catch. What, exactly, is wrong with that? It's made even worse by letting Williams serve up a roundhouse kick and not flagging it. Both should be fair game. Unless it's too lengthy, something obscene or something directed at an opponent or involving an opponent, any celebration should be fair game. 

Best debut: Mason Rudolph. It wasn't always pretty, and his fourth-quarter interception ended hopes of a comeback, but Rudolph played better than almost anyone expected on the road against Baylor, one of the Big 12's best defenses. His completion percentage wasn't high, but he completed 13-of-25 passes for 281 yards, two scores and two picks. He found a favorite target in David Glidden and hit James Washington over the top for a 68-yard score.

Best quote: Mike Gundy. Will Rudolph keep his starting spot next week it Daxx Garman is healthy? 

"It will obviously be a game-time decision," Gundy said. 

Come on.


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