Taking stock of Week 10 in the Big 12:
Team of the week: The TCU Horned Frogs found a way to win, rallying to defeat West Virginia 31-30 on a field goal as time expired. Quarterback Trevone Boykin was off his game, but his teammates picked up the slack, notably running back B.J. Catalon, who sparked the TCU offense in the fourth quarter. As Baylor can attest, winning in Morgantown isn’t easy. But behind a salty defensive effort and a gutty offensive finish, the Horned Frogs escaped with their playoff and Big 12 title aspirations intact.
Disappointment of the week: The Mountaineers took a 30-21 lead over TCU in the fourth quarter and had complete control of the game. What ensued was this: three straight three-and-outs and only one pass attempt. The conservative approach blew up in Dana Holgorsen’s face, allowing TCU to scrap its way back to a victory. The Mountaineers could have seized the day and the Big 12 race. Instead, they will be left pondering what could have been.
Big (offensive) men on campus: The big uglies on the Oklahoma offensive line paved the way for the Sooners’ biggest rushing effort in 25 years. Behind Ty Darlington, Tyrus Thompson, Daryl Williams, Dionte Savage, Adam Shead and Nila Kasitati, Oklahoma finished with 510 yards on the ground while averaging 8.6 yards per carry in a 59-14 pulverization of Iowa State. The Sooners also became just the second offense this year to produce three 100-yard rushers in the same game, as quarterback Trevor Knight, Samaje Perine and Alex Ross all passed the century mark. The Sooners never actually lined up in the wishbone. But this was an effort that had to make Barry Switzer giddy.
Big (defensive) men on campus: TCU defensive backs Kevin White, Derrick Kindred and Chris Hackett were tremendous in the win in West Virginia. White shut down the Mountaineer receiver with the same name, holding West Virginia’s Kevin White to 28 yards receiving. It was only the second game this year West Virginia's White had failed to reach 100 yards receiving. Kindred came up big, too, with 11 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Hackett also forced a fumble and had a 29-yard interception return. The headlines have rightfully been about the TCU offense this season. But the Horned Frogs also boast the best secondary in the Big 12.
Special-teams player of the week: TCU’s season was on the line, and Jaden Oberkrom delivered with a 37-yard game-winner as time expired. We’ve seen many college kickers fall apart on short kicks in critical moments this season. Oberkrom was not one of them.
Play of the week: After a rough afternoon with his arm, Boykin found Kolby Listenbee behind the West Virginia coverage for a 40-yard gain with a minute-and-a-half remaining. The completion -- only Boykin’s 12th of the game -- set up Oberkrom’s game-winning kick.
Stat of the week: Oklahoma State, which gained 84 yards on an opening touchdown drive at Kansas State, gained just 48 yards the entire second half in a 48-14 loss to the Wildcats. The Cowboys have now scored just two offensive touchdowns since the second quarter against Kansas on Oct. 11.
Quote of the week: “Ready for OU.” -- Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty, who answered every question that way in his postgame press conference following a 60-14 win over Kansas. Saturday, the Bears travel to Oklahoma, where they have never won in 11 tries.