Week 11 in the Big 12 was an exercise in unexpected stars.
Baylor’s Shock Linwood and Texas’ Desmond Jackson were buried on the depth chart entering the week, but injuries forced both to take bigger roles in key games to preserve unblemished conference records.
And for Kansas State, John Hubert, a key player in the Collin Klein backfield of recent years, returned to form as the Wildcats have become one of the hottest teams in the league.
The breakouts earned all three weekly Big 12 honors, but the big winner was Baylor after answering its first test in the final five weeks with a 41-12 win over Oklahoma.
Big 12 Week 11 Awards
Offensive player of the week: John Hubert, Kansas State
The quarterbacks are starting to improve for Kansas State, and the receivers are starting to get healthy. That makes it easy to forget about running back John Hubert, though Hubert has done his part to fade into the background at times this season. The running back couldn’t be ignored against Texas Tech, though. Hubert rushed for a season-high 157 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in a 49-26 win at Texas Tech.
Defensive player of the week: Desmond Jackson, Texas
West Virginia scored 40 points, but the scoreboard was a bit deceiving. The Mountaineers had fewer than 400 yards and amassed 4.8 yards per play, the third-lowest average of the season. With defensive tackle Chris Whaley hurt, Jackson picked up the slack with eight tackles, three tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.
Freshman of the week: Shock Linwood, Baylor
The redshirt freshman entered the game against Oklahoma with only eight carries in the first half this season, largely due to his role in mop up duty for Baylor. Linwood didn’t get the bulk of first-half carries against the Sooners, but the Bears needed him to deliver in a critical spot with Lache Seastrunk and Glasco Martin unavailable. Linwood rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, mostly in the second half, to secure the win over Oklahoma.
Team of the week: Baylor
Baylor answered its first test against a national power this season in a similar fashion to other games this season. Even though Baylor started slow against Oklahoma, the Bears still won decisively 41-12. Despite injuries to Tevin Reese and Lache Seastrunk, Baylor still had four touchdown drives of less than two minutes in the rout of Oklahoma.
Coordinator of the week: Phil Bennett, Baylor
Baylor didn’t score its first touchdown until the 7:02 mark of the second quarter, giving the Baylor defense a chance to shine in the 41-12 win over Oklahoma. Baylor became the third opponent to hold Oklahoma to fewer than 100 rushing yards in the last three seasons, joining 2012 Notre Dame and 2011 Texas. The Sooners averaged 3.4 yards per play and threw two interceptions.
Big 12 Week 11 Power Rankings
W, Oklahoma 41-12
W, at West Virginia 47-40 (OT)
W, Kansas 42-6
L, at Baylor 41-12
W, at Texas Tech 49-26
L, Kansas State 49-26
L, Texas 47-40 (OT)
W, at Iowa State 21-17
at Kansas State
L, TCU 21-17
L, at Oklahoma State 42-6