Unlike other leagues, the Big 12 had few fireworks and few surprises in its second to last week of the season.
The three teams still in contention for the Fiesta Bowl remain so, even if Baylor needed four takeaways to overcome a struggling offense to beat TCU. Texas easily dispatched Texas Tech on Thanksgiving as the Red Raiders lost their fifth consecutive game after a 7-0 start.
Only the Big 12’s four ranked teams will be in action next week as teams like Kansas, TCU and West Virginia wrapped up painful seasons with losses.
Big 12 Week 14 Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: John Hubert, Kansas State
The Wildcats’ tailback rushed for 220 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries in Kansas State’s 31-10 win over Kansas. Hubert, who has had an inconsistent season, finished the year as Kansas State’s first 200-yard rusher since Daniel Thomas rushed for 269 yards against North Texas in 2010. Kansas State defeated Kansas for the fifth consecutive season and scored at least 31 points for the sixth game in a row.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
The Longhorns rebounded from the loss to Oklahoma State thanks to a return to the furious pass rush that put Texas into Big 12 contention in the first place. Jeffcoat recorded three of Texas’ season-high nine sacks in the 41-16 win over Texas Tech. Jeffcoat finished with seven total tackles.
Freshman of the Week: Grant Rohach, Iowa State
Iowa State’s quarterback situation may be in good hands for 2014 after a nice finish by Rohach. The redshirt freshman completed 25 of 39 passes for 331 yards with four touchdowns and an interception in the 52-44 triple overtime win over West Virginia. His 54-yard rushing touchdown was the longest run of the season for the Cyclones, and his 300-yard passing games in wins over Kansas and West Virginia are the first back-to-back 300-yard games for Iowa State since 2008.
Team of the Week: Texas
Texas still needs to root for Oklahoma to defeat Oklahoma State next week for the Longhorns to win the Big 12 title, but Texas looked more than ready to do its part next by defeating Baylor. Texas made easy work of Texas Tech in a 41-16 win on Thanksgiving while Baylor had its worst offensive day of the season in a 41-38 win over TCU.
Coordinator of the Week: Greg Robinson, Texas
Texas Tech’s five consecutive losses shouldn’t diminish what the Texas defense did to the Red Raiders — especially given Baylor’s listless performance against a worse TCU team. After failing to sack Clint Chelf in the loss to Oklahoma State two weeks ago, Texas responded with a season-high nine sacks against Texas Tech and a season-high 14 tackles for a loss. Texas limited Texas Tech to 396 yards, its second lowest total of the season.
Big 12 Post Week-14 Power Rankings
W, Texas Tech 41-16
W, at TCU 41-38
at Oklahoma State
W, at Kansas 31-10
L, at Texas 41-16
L, Baylor 41-38
W, at West Virginia 52-44 (3OT)
L, Iowa State 52-44 (3OT)
L, Kansas State 31-10