Tag:Big 12
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:26 am
 

Murderers love the Sooners

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Okay, maybe not all murderers love the Oklahoma Sooners, but I know of at least one.

Jeffrey Landrigan was executed by lethal injection on Tuesday night in an Arizona prison.  He had been on death row since being convicted of strangling a man to death during an armed robbery in 1990.  Before committing that murder, Landrigan spent his time in an Oklahoma prison where he was serving time for another murder, but he escaped in 1989.

In other words, Mr. Landrigan seems like a pretty nice guy.

He also seemed to have a place in his heart for Oklahoma, because after eating his last meal, Landrigan also said his final words.

"Well, I'd like to say thank you to my family for being here, and all of my friends. Boomer Sooner."

That just has to make Oklahoma fans feel all warm and fuzzy inside. 

Photo courtesy of KOCO.com

Hat tip: EDSBS
Posted on: October 27, 2010 11:25 am
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Posted on: October 26, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 5:12 pm
 

OSU WR Blackmon arrested on DUI complaint

Posted by Chip Patterson

Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon has had an up and down couple of days since Saturday's Big 12 showdown with Nebraska.  The Cowboys wide receiver continued his season-long streak of 120+ receiving yards with a 157 yard, two-touchdown performance against the Cornhuskers.  One thing Blackmon could not do was help stop Taylor Martinez and the Cornhuskers offense, and Oklahoma State eventually lost the 51-41 shootout in Stillwater.  Then Blackmon was fortunate enough to be in attendance to watch former Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant put on a three-touchdown show in Dallas' losing efforts to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football.  But even that night got worse when Blackmon was arrested on the way home after the game on a DUI complaint.

Tulsa World reported Tuesday that the sophomore wide receiver and three friends were pulled over on the way back to Oklahoma on I-35 after attending the Monday night game in Arlington.  Blackmon was driving the Chevy Silverado as it was clocked going 92 mph in the 60-mph zone.  After field sobriety tests were performed on the side of the road, the officer reported that there was a detectable amount of alcohol in Blackmon's system.  Under Texas law, any minor operating a vehicle with alcohol in their system is considered driving under the influence.  For Blackmon, who does not turn 21 until January, it was poor timing to get behind the wheel.

Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy has canceled all media interviews for Tuesday, and the school is expected to issue a statement in the afternoon.  Blackmon, who leads the nation in yards per game and touchdowns, is arguably the most important single piece of the Oklahoma State offense.  If this arrest leads to even a one-game suspension, it will have an immediate impact on the Cowboys' chances that week.

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Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:40 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:42 pm
 

Jerrod Johnson's reign of terror appears over

Posted by Tom Fornelli

During a 45-10 win over Kansas last week, Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson became the Aggies all-time leader in total offense while splitting time with fellow quarterback Ryan Tannehill.   Something that should be of some consolation for a quarterback who has failed to meet the expectations placed on him before the season started.

What kind of reward will Johnson be getting for this feat?  Well, it looks like he's going to lose his job.

Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman won't come out and say it just yet, but from the sounds of it, Tannehill will be starting for the Aggies when they take on Texas Tech this weekend.

"We'll play it by ear. It's too early in the week to make that decision when I don't have to," Sherman told the Dallas Morning News . "I have two really good quarterbacks."

Sherman also went on to say that the Aggies would need both quarterbacks, but if I understand my coach speak, I believe what Sherman is saying is that Tannehill is going to start.  Generally when there's a question at quarterback, if the starter will remain the starter, a coach says that his starter is still his starter.

When he starts implying that he hasn't made his decision yet, that just means he's made his decision and he's trying to protect his former starter for as long as possible.  So, to me, it looks pretty clear that Tannehill will be starting against Texas Tech.  Which is a decision that Sherman probably should have made a few weeks ago.

Posted on: October 26, 2010 12:19 pm
Edited on: October 26, 2010 12:24 pm
 

Stoops admits he quit on Mizzou game

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Let's review what was at stake for Oklahoma on the road at Missouri last Saturday night: the Sooners' perfect record. The No. 1 spot in the BCS standings. First place in the Big 12 South. Down the road, potentially, a conference championship. An undefeated season. A national championship.

Those are some pretty high stakes. Giving up on a competitive football game would be frowned upon even if it was New Mexico taking on Akron , but quitting on a contest with that much riding on it ... it would be unthinkable, right? The coach who did so would be torn apart, lambasted, excoriated, raked over whatever coals the college football world could find, correct? 

So we're going to see if that happens to Bob Stoops , because he admitted Monday that he simply gave up at the end of his team's loss in Columbia:

Monday after practice, Stoops was asked to address a couple other curious decisions in the fourth quarter during the Sooners' 36-27 loss to the Tigers.

Notably, why down nine he elected to punt with almost two-and-a-half minutes to play and no timeouts remaining.

"You know what, in the end we weren't scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line," Stoops said.

"I just thought it was futile."

Stoops admitted keeping the score reasonable played into the decision, hoping that a nine-point loss might look better to pollsters than a 16-point loss.

With possession at the OU 4, the Tigers would have had an easy chance of punching the ball in the end zone.

"It's a long year. Who knows how poll people look at scores?" Stoops explained. "Had we had a reasonable amount, some kind of field position, had we shown any signs the previous three plays of making a play, we would have (gone for it). But I didn't see that.

"And I'm coming off three-and-out, interception, three-and-out, some of the prior possessions."

It's true: Oklahoma was facing some incredibly long odds of winning this game. A sputtering offense going 96 yards on the road against one on the country's better defenses, followed by a successul onsides kick recovery, followed by another drive for a field goal -- all in 150 seconds -- was all terribly unlikely.

But it wasn't impossible . Stranger things really have happened. Oklahoma still could have won the game. Stoops is right (sort of) that it was probably futile, that his team probably wasn't "scoring twice with two minutes to go on our own 4-yard line." But "probably" is not the same as "definitely." Stoops elected not to try to win a still-winnable game because he thought he would be embarrassed if he failed.

There's a word for that: it's called quitting. When you compare what the Sooners would have risked -- a small handful of pollsters docking the team a small handful of spots, if Missouri had elected to punch in that final score, itself hardly a sure thing -- against the potential rewards of the comeback, is there any defending Stoops' decision? Discretion isn't the better part of valor when it comes to football, especially not when that discretion is based on cravenly trolling for poll votes. Valor is the better part of valor, and Stoops showed none here.

In short: if Derek Dooley 's Volunteers are World War II Germany , Stoops has made his Sooners the Big 12 's France.

HT: Rock-M-Nation .


Posted on: October 25, 2010 6:57 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 6:11 pm
 

Davey O'Brien semifinalists announced; no Persa?

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's top quarterback, announced its 16 semifinalists for the award today. The list is as follows, in alphabetical order:

 

  • Matt Barkley (Soph.), USC
  • Kirk Cousins (Jr.), Michigan State
  • Andy Dalton (Sr.), TCU
  • Blaine Gabbert (Jr.), Missouri
  • Robert Griffin III (Soph.), Baylor
  • Landry Jones (Soph.), Oklahoma
  • Colin Kaepernick (Sr.), Nevada
  • Andrew Luck (Jr.), Stanford
  • Ryan Mallett (Jr.), Arkansas
  • Taylor Martinez (Fr.), Nebraska
  • Kellen Moore (Jr.), Boise State
  • Cam Newton (Jr.), Auburn
  • Terrelle Pryor (Jr.), Ohio State
  • Denard Robinson (Soph.), Michigan
  • Ricky Stanzi (Sr.), Iowa
  • Darron Thomas (Soph.), Oregon

 

All in all, this is a pretty thorough list of the quarterbacks who might end up being the top quarterback in the nation once December rolls around, but it certainly does seem as if there was one glaring omission: Northwestern sophomore Dan Persa . Persa currently leads the nation in completion percentage, is eighth in passing efficiency  and is fifth in total offense . Oh, and Persa also leads his team in rushing yards (341) and rushing touchdowns (six) -- each by pretty substantial margins over the nearest teammate.

Of course, it certainly merits mention that Northwestern is currently on a two-game losing streak, and that the Wildcats hadn't really beaten anyone of merit before the streak either. But in the Wildcats' losses to Michigan State and Purdue -- neither of whom have lost a Big Ten game yet, for what it's worth -- Persa was hardly "at fault" for the losses; he averaged 281 yards of total offense in the two games and scored four touchdowns to just one turnover.

It's hard to say who should be bumped for Persa's sake, though; every one of the top 16 semifinalists has a legitimate claim to deserving some sort of accolade. It's also worth pointing out, however, that until Missouri and Oklahoma faced each other this past weekend, Dalton, Gabbert, and Jones were all quarterbacking undefeated teams, and that's probably the only reason they're on the list; Jones and Gabbert, in particular, aren't even close to the top 16 of passing efficiency in the nation (34th and 39th, respectively). None of the three are terribly gifted runners, either, while Persa's been forced to anchor the woeful Northwestern ground game.

Of course, the O'Brien Award probably wants to avoid the embarrassment of not being able to even nominate a title contender's quarterback as a finalist, and with two conference losses, it's extremely unlikely that Northwestern will represent the Big Ten in Pasadena, much less make a run at a spot in the Top 10. Persa and his Wildcats aren't high-profile, and that's enough to leave him off this list. Inclusion's academic either way, since this is clearly Cam Newton's to lose, but it'd be nice to see a quarterback like Persa rewarded for putting together one hell of a season so far even when he doesn't have the supporting cast to win 11 games in a season.


Posted on: October 25, 2010 12:29 pm
 

Injuries killing Colorado

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Dan Hawkins' grip on the head coaching job at Colorado is tenuous at best considering the lack of success he's had running the program, and he sure isn't getting any help on the injury front these days.  Earlier this season the Buffaloes lost their leading tackler, Anthony Perkins, to a torn ACL in a loss against Missouri.   It's the type of injury that certainly doesn't help you win games, but it is one that could be overcome.

The injuries that the Buffs suffered this weekend, however, may not be.  During it loss to Texas Tech on Saturday, Colorado lost quarterback Tyler Hansen for the rest of the season when he had to be hospitalized following the game thanks to a ruptured spleen.   Hansen will be replaced by former starter Cody Hawkins, who happens to be Dan Hawkins' son.

So, in other words, the fate of Dan Hawkins is on the shoulder of his son.  No pressure, kid!  You throw that interception and daddy will be fired, and there will be nothing under the Christmas tree for you this year.

Making matters worse, it looks like the Buffaloes may have lost their new leading tackler for the rest of the season as well.  Linebacker Jon Major suffered a sprained MCL in his left knee during the fourth quarter on Saturday.  While it's possible he may return before the season is over, it's just as likely that he won't.

"I`m not really sure on the big decisions on it right now," Major said. "Probably do that next week. So just icing it right now."

Hey, it could be worse.  You could have ruptured your spleen.  Or you could be Dan Hawkins.
Posted on: October 24, 2010 12:24 am
 

What I learned from the Big 12 (Oct. 23)

Posted by Tom Fornelli

1. Missouri is for real.   Okay, I'm convinced now, are you happy, Tigers fans?  Missouri proved something to me on Saturday night be beating Oklahoma 36-27.  Still, what impressed me the most was Missouri's defense.  Landry Jones was pressured by the front seven all night, and though they gave up some yards and 27 points, they made a play everytime they needed to and forced a couple of big turnovers.  I also learned that Gary Pinkel likes to go for the throat, because a lot of teams might have gotten a bit too cautious down the stretch, but not Pinkel.  Pulling out the hook and ladder, along with throwing the ball late in the fourth quarter, and converting.  Kudos to you, sir.

2. Bob Stoops makes some very questionable decisions.   It all started with Stoops' decision to go for two after the Sooners had cut Missouri's lead to 36-27 late.  Obviously, they didn't convert, but even if they had it's still the wrong decision.  There's no point in going for two so early because if you do convert it's still a one-possession game, and if you don't it's a two-possession game.  That affects your playcalling ability because you can't afford to run the ball anymore.  And don't even get me started on Stoops' decision to punt on fourth down, down nine, with three minutes left and no timeouts.  Just bust out the white flag and go home, why don't you.

3. Baylor is going bowling.  Congratulations to the Baylor Bears for beating Kansas State 47-42 on Saturday night.  The win means that Baylor has six wins already this season, and that for the first time since it joined the Big 12, Baylor will be going to a bowl game this winter.

4. Hi, my name is Texas and I'm a schizophrenic.
  What do we make of this Texas team?  One week it's losing at home to an awful UCLA team, then it's knocking off undefeated Nebraska on the road.  Then it follows up that win, which has us wondering if maybe the Longhorns have worked things out, by losing to Iowa State at home?  Iowa State!?  At least people in Texas have the Rangers to root for right now, because the Horns won't be providing much entertainment in November.

5. Oklahoma State's defense just isn't good enough.
  Okay, so I didn't really learn that this week, I've pretty much felt that way all season, but it finally bit the Cowboys in the butt on Saturday against Nebraska.  The Cornhuskers put up 51 points and 540 yards of offense on Oklahoma State.  Though the good news for Oklahoma State is that Oklahoma lost too, so they didn't lose any ground in the Big 12 South.
 
 
 
 
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