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Big 12 weekend rewind: Week 8

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    [​IMG]Best offensive player: Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska. Five touchdown passes. More than 450 yards of offense. Conference win. On the road. Tough to ask for much more. Honorable mention: Jay Finley, RB, Baylor (250 rushing yards)

    Best defensive player: Jacob Lattimer, DE, Iowa State. Lattimer moved from linebacker to defensive end and had a huge game helping the Cyclones upset Texas in Austin. He had a pair of sacks, forced a fumble and hurried quarterback Garrett Gilbert four times.

    Best team performance: Tie, Iowa State and Missouri. Both pulled off historic upsets, Missouri beating Oklahoma for the first time since 1998 and a No. 1 team for the first time ever. Meanwhile, the Cyclones beat Texas for the first time in school history. Both did it in convincing fashion. Well done.

    Best offensive freshman: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado. Richardson became the first freshman at Colorado to ever catch two touchdown passes, including one for 60 yards. He finished with four catches for 79 yards.

    Best defensive freshman: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M. Moore intercepted a pass and returned it eight yards. He also had 1.5 sacks and made five tackles, also adding a quarterback hurry. Honorable mention: Shaun Lewis, LB, Oklahoma State.

    Best play: Gahn McGaffie, KR, Missouri. Memorial Stadium in Columbia was already as loud as it's been in a long, long time. Then McGaffie happened. Oklahoma pooch-kicked short to open the game, McGaffie scooped it up, sprinted 86 yards for the score to put Missouri up 7-0 seconds into the game, letting everyone watching know, at the very least, there would be no Sooners blowout on Saturday night.

    Worst quarter: Oklahoma's fourth quarter. Landry Jones was 0-of-7. The defense allowed Blaine Gabbert to complete 8 of 9 passes. Most importantly, the Sooners lost the game. Oklahoma's season-long trend of sluggish fourth quarters continued, and the Sooners were outscored 16-6 after leading 21-20 to begin the final period.

    Worst team performance: Texas. The Longhorns' flat performance actually looks better on paper than it did on film. Texas found some life in the fourth quarter, but the Longhorns trailed 28-6 to Iowa State with 12 minutes to play.

    Best game: Missouri 36, Oklahoma 27. What the game lacked in final-minute drama, it possessed in game-long drama. The Tigers' fought off any lingering fan paranoia from games like this that had gone wrong so many times. The packed homecoming crowd in Columbia was loud throughout the four-lead-change, two-tie affair that ended with a field-storming celebration of another No. 1 team losing in the past three weeks.


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