Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer 419d

Big 12 Week 4 helmet stickers: Big-play WRs, QBs impress

Five quality performances that stood out from Week 4 in the Big 12:

Baylor WR Chris Platt: KD Cannon was sidelined with a groin injury, so the Bears needed somebody else to make big plays Saturday night against Oklahoma State. Platt broke a 21-21 tie with an 89-yard touchdown in the third quarter, then put the game away in the fourth on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Seth Russell to help knock off the Cowboys, 35-24. The double move he put on corner Ashton Lampkin and the separation he created on that 89-yarder were just ridiculous.

TCU WR John Diarse: The LSU grad transfer caught six balls for 139 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown to open the second half, in the Horned Frogs’ 33-3 win over SMU on Friday. Most impressive about that: He did all that damage after he was the victim of a vicious targeting hit in the first half. He took that in stride and eventually made the Mustangs pay. Diarse gives Kenny Hill and this TCU offense another physical, reliable target.

West Virginia QB Skyler Howard: In a big, neutral-site game against a tough BYU defense, Howard had another nice day with 332 yards on 31-of-40 passing and two total TDs in a 35-32 win to stay undefeated. He also hit his critics with a “YOU LIKE THAT” after pulling off the win in Kirk Cousins' stadium. Well played. Additional props go to West Virginia’s defense for the much-needed takeaways that saved the win.

Iowa State S Kamari Cotton-Moya: The Cyclones needed to start making some plays on defense, and Cotton-Moya got them going with his first career interception and a team-high 11 tackles in a 44-10 victory over San José State, the first of the Matt Campbell era. He made critical goal-line stops and was one of four Cyclones to grab a pick after the team had zero through three games.

Kansas State QB Jesse Ertz: We can only give Ertz half of a helmet sticker, since the Wildcats did only play 30 minutes in their storm-shortened 35-0 win over Missouri State. But Ertz was near-perfect in that game, completing 7 of 8 passes for 94 yards and two scores and rushing for 85 yards. He looks ready for Big 12 play.

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