Big 12's Week Two Top Performers, Surprises And Down Right Disasters

Here's who I would nominate as the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)

Only five Big 12 teams were in action this weekend going 4-1 which means that the conference is off to a 14-1 start to the 2011 football season. That lone loss came on Friday night when Missouri dropped an overtime thriller to Arizona State. Upon further review the Tigers had no business losing that game and will no doubt make an appearance this weekend in the "Down Right Disasters" category. 

Top Offenses

Team Total Points Total Yards
OSU 37 594
Kansas 45 534
Missouri 30 501

 

OSU ranks as the top offense in the Big 12 for the second week in a row and even looked much more fine tuned than the opening week. After two weeks I think that we can lump Kansas in the same category as Baylor in that they are a team with a seemingly dynamic offense and no defense whatsoever. To rack up over 500 yards of total offense it sure seemed that the Missouri offense struggled. 

Offensive Surprises

Team Total Points Total Yards
Iowa State 44 473

 

We have two choices here. Either Northern Iowa is really, really good on defense or Iowa State made significant strides between week's one and two. 

Offensive Disasters

Team Total Points Total Yards
Texas 17 289

It took the Longhorns three quarterbacks, two trick plays and four quarters to score 17 points and beat unranked BYU at home. I realize the Longhorns are excited for the win but let's call it what it was...an offensive disaster. 

Top QB Performaces

Quarterback Yards Completion % TDs INTs
Brandon Weeden 397 79.2% 2 1
Steele Jantz 279 67.6% 4
Jordan Webb 281 70% 3


Take away one bad pass and Weeden has an excellent game. As it stands now its still nothing to be ashamed of. Jantz completely redeemed himself from week one in the win over Iowa and Webb was impressive as well. 

QB Surprises 

Quarterback Yards Completion% TDs INTs
James Franklin 319 61.9% 2

I actually thought that Franklin played better against Arizona State than he did in week one until the Tigers got to the overtime in which he completely melted down. The Missouri offense just isn't clicking yet with Franklin under center and that surprises me. 

QB Disasters 

Quarterback Yards Completion % TDs INTs
Garrett Gilbert 8 25% 0 2

 

By all accounts it appears that the Garrett Gilbert era has come to a crashing end at Texas. All aboard the Fail Boat!

Top RB Performances 

Running Back Yards Average Per Carry TDs
Joseph Randle 118 7.9 2
Shontrelle Johnson 107 5.9
James Sims 103 4 2

When you throw in Randle's 99 receiving yards there's little doubt that he should be named the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Week this week. 

 

Running Back Surprises 

Running Back Yards Average Per Carry TDs
Malcolm Brown 65 4.6


 

When you compare Brown's yards per carry average to Cody Johnson (2.4) and Fozzy Whittaker (1.0) it surprises me that he didn't get more carries. 

Top Receiving Performances

Receiver Receptions Yards Average TDs
Justin Blackmon 12 128 10.7 2
Aaron Horne 4 94 23.5
Darius Reynolds 6 85 14.2 2

Blackmon finding the end zone is one of the best things that could have happened for Oklahoma State. Where Horne and Reynolds the product of Steele Jantz improving or was Jantz a product of Horne and Reynolds improving?

Receiving Disasters

Receiver Receptions Yards Average TDs
Mike Davis 0 0 0 0

Really? This can't happen for Texas to find sustained success. 

Top Defensive Performances

Team Points Allowed Yards Allowed
Texas 16 235
OSU 14 439

You kinda get the feeling that this is going to be the Texas MO, ugly wins behind a solid defensive performance. I guess you really can't question the yards that Oklahoma State's defense is giving us as long as their only allowing 14 points. 

Defensive Disasters

Team Points Allowed Yards Allowed
Kansas 42 462
Missouri 37 492
Iowa State 41 365

This won't cut it against the offenses of the Big 12. 

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