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The 2011 Big 12 All-Bowl team

January, 13, 2012
Here's the All-Bowl team from the Big 12, recognizing the best single-game performances from this year's bowls.

QB: Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State: Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns (it could have been four if a game-winning TD pass to Colton Chelf hadn't been overturned) on 29-of-42 passing. His first pass was intercepted, but he had an otherwise solid night and ran for his first career touchdown in the 41-38 win against Stanford.

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AP Photo/Darren AbateBaylor's Terrance Ganaway rushed for five TDs in the Alamo Bowl.
RB: Terrance Ganaway, Baylor: The Big 12 rushing champion ran for 200 yards and five touchdowns in the Bears' 67-56 win against Washington in the Alamo Bowl.

RB: Ben Malena, Texas A&M: Malena stepped in for the injured Cyrus Gray and Christine Michael and had a solid game in the Aggies' 33-22 win against Northwestern in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. He finished with 77 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries, showcasing his physical running style. He also caught six passes for 36 yards.

FB: Trey Millard, Oklahoma: Millard carried the ball four times for 21 yards but also helped pave the way for three Blake Bell touchdowns from the Belldozer formation.

WR: Ryan Swope, Texas A&M: Jeff Fuller had better numbers in the bowl, but it was aided by big catches late. Swope kept the Aggies offense humming for most of the game, with eight catches for 105 yards in the win against Northwestern.

WR: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: Blackmon was the best offensive player in the Big 12 bowls, spearheading Oklahoma State's offense in the Fiesta Bowl win with eight catches for 186 yards and three touchdowns.

WR: Colton Chelf, Oklahoma State: Chelf made two huge catches over the middle early and a third nearly won the game, but his touchdown was overturned. Still, OSU doesn't win its first BCS bowl without Chelf's 97 yards on five catches.

TE: Michael Egnew, Missouri: By Egnew's standards, it was a quiet game, but he played well with a 25-yard grab and three catches for 39 yards in Mizzou's win.

OL: Grant Garner, Oklahoma State: Oklahoma State's offensive line is keyed by Garner, who helped the Cowboys handle Stanford's blitzes well and give Weeden plenty of time in the Fiesta Bowl win.

OL: Philip Blake, Baylor: Baylor ran for 482 yards and scored 67 points in its win against Washington in the Alamo Bowl. Blake's the man who keyed it all.

OL: Levy Adcock, Oklahoma State: Adcock's the best overall talent on OSU's line, and he showed it in the win against Stanford.

OL: Dan Hoch, Missouri: Missouri rolled over one of the nation's best rush defenses, North Carolina, for 337 yards on the ground.

OL: Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M: The Aggies' offense was potent for most of its win against Northwestern, and Joeckel was solid in run and pass blocking for the balanced attack.


DL: Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas: Jeffcoat made five tackles, two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Longhorns' 21-10 win against Cal. The Texas defense dominated, and the defensive line's play was the catalyst. He did it all with a torn pectoral muscle, too. He'll miss the spring after having it surgically repaired this week.

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AP Photo/Matt StrasenKansas State defensive end Adam Davis, 97, had two sacks and forced this first-half fumble by Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson in the Cotton Bowl.
DL: Adam Davis, Kansas State: Davis sacked Arkansas' Tyler Wilson twice and had three tackles for loss with a forced fumble in the loss to the Razorbacks.

DL: R.J. Washington, Oklahoma: With Ronnell Lewis ineligible, Washington showed up big in the win against Iowa. He had two sacks and made three tackles.

DL: Tony Jerod-Eddie, Texas A&M: Jerod-Eddie made eight tackles and had a sack in the win against Northwestern.

LB: Damontre Moore, Texas A&M: Moore was a monster in the season finale for the Aggies, making nine tackles and forcing a fumble on his lone sack.

LB: A.J. Klein, Iowa State: Klein flew around for the Cyclones, making 15 tackles in a physical game against Rutgers, though the Cyclones lost.

LB: Jordan Hicks, Texas: Could this be a big piece of momentum heading into 2012? Hicks starred with seven tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a pass breakup in the win against Cal.

CB: Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma: Fleming was the Big 12's best defensive player of the bowls and the best player on the field in the Insight Bowl, making seven tackles, intercepting a pass and returning it 21 yards. He also broke up three passes.

CB: David Garrett, Kansas State: Garrett made 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss in the loss to Arkansas.

S: Kenny Vaccaro, Texas: He hates the nickname Machete, but Vaccaro was hacking away at Cal. He made three tackles, including two for loss and a sack.

S: Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State: Even if it was illegal (it was), Martin had the hit of the bowl season with a huge blast on Stanford's Ty Montgomery that took Montgomery's helmet off on the opening drive. He finished with nine tackles and a tackle for loss, with a fumble recovery.


P: Tress Way, Oklahoma: Way averaged 50 yards on his six punts, including a 67-yarder.

PK: Randy Bullock, Texas A&M: Bullock made all four of his field goal attempts, including two from beyond 40 yards.

PR: Dustin Harris, Texas A&M: Harris looked the part of the Big 12's best, returning a punt 35 yards and finishing with 54 yards on his four returns.

KR: Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: Gilbert had a 50-yard return and returned his four kicks for a total of 136 yards.

First Glance: Breaking down Missouri

September, 19, 2011
Record: 2-1
Sept. 3: Miami (Ohio), 17-6 (W)
Sept. 9: at Arizona State, 37-30 (L)
Sept. 17: Western Illinois, 69-0 (W)

Previous outing: Missouri led Western Illinois 42-0 at the half and finished off the Leathernecks 69-0 Saturday. The Tigers set a school record with 744 yards of offense and tied a school record for most points scored. Henry Josey led Missouri with 263 rushing yards — his previous career high was 112 — and scored three touchdowns. Quarterback James Franklin threw for 246 yards and three touchdowns.

OU’s record against Missouri: 65-25-5

Last meeting: OU debuted at No. 1 in the first BCS Standings last year. But that lasted only a few days, as Missouri toppled the Sooners 36-27 in Columbia. Sooners quarterback Landry Jones had his worst game of the season, failing to complete a pass in the fourth quarter. Behind QB Blaine Gabbert, who completed 30 of 42 passes, Missouri scored 16 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.

Key player: Gabbert is gone, and Franklin beat out Blaine's brother, Tyler Gabbert, in the spring for the starting job. Franklin has played well so far, completing 66 percent of his passes with 694 passing yards, six touchdowns and only one interception. The dual-threat Franklin also has rushed for 157 yards and two scores.

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Missouri quarterback James Franklin has passed for 694 yards, six touchdowns and only one interception this season.

"He's a guy that's got excellent size and can run but also does an excellent job throwing the football," OU coach Bob Stoops said this morning. "He's another one of those guys. I said the same thing a week ago about (Florida State quarterback) E.J. Manuel. A big strong guy [that] can run and throw the football. I'm going to say all the same things about him this week. And it's true. He's a really good player."

Why Missouri could win: OU has struggled with Missouri dual-threat QBs before (Brad Smith), and Franklin has more weapons at his disposal than Smith did with slot receiver T.J. Moe and tight end Michael Egnew. The defense got torched by Arizona State but still has the ability to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with ends Jacquies Smith and Brad Madison.

Why Missouri could lose: Because the Sooners don’t lose in Norman. OU owns the nation’s longest home winning streak at 37 games, and has revenge on its mind after getting thumped the by the Tigers last season.

What Missouri coach Gary Pinkel is saying about the Sooners: "You've got to play well against those guys. You've got to play very, very physical. Obviously our players have great respect for them. In our team meeting yesterday there has been no discussion of last year. This is a different year. Last year was lat year. Now we've got a great opportunity to play a great team. We'll see where it goes."

"They're a great team. But they've had a bunch of great teams since I've been here. They've had not too many average teams. They've had no average teams. We're talking about the excellent of the excellent. I see them being pretty much flawless. I don’t see a weakness on this football team. But rarely do they have any. Bob's done a great job with this program."


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