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Big 12 Week 5 rewind: Powers dominate

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Oklahoma's Mayfield throws to wide-open Neal for 71-yard TD (0:16)

Baker Mayfield connects with Durron Neal for 71-yard touchdown to give Oklahoma a 34-24 lead. (0:16)

Taking stock of Week 5 in the Big 12:

Team of the week: TCU and Baylor were impressive in routs over Texas and Texas Tech, but Oklahoma gets the slight nod here for rolling past West Virginia 44-24. The Mountaineers came into the weekend leading the nation in scoring defense. Instead it was the Oklahoma defense that stole the show, sacking QB Skyler Howard seven times and forcing him into five turnovers. On the other side of the ball, Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns, as the Sooners jumped into the top 10 of the polls.

Disappointment of the week: The previous two weeks, Texas seemed to be making strides in narrow losses to Cal and Oklahoma State. Saturday in Fort Worth, the Longhorns took a giant step back, completely no-showing in a 50-7 loss to TCU that was worse than the final score indicated. After the first quarter, TCU had 30 points; Texas had 20 yards. The Longhorns looked completely inept on special teams once again, too, as they snapped the ball over the head of their punter for a safety, then on the ensuing kickoff shanked the ball out of bounds to give TCU the ball at the 50. Factor in that freshman CB Kris Boyd was tweeting during halftime, and the weekend was a total debacle. Forget making a bowl. At this point, the 1-4 Longhorns need to be careful this season doesn't spin into a total embarrassment.

Big (offensive) man on campus: Running back Shock Linwood paced the Baylor offensive machine with a career-high 221 rushing yards, which included a career-best 79-yard touchdown run in the Bears' 63-35 win over Texas Tech. Honorable mention goes to Kansas State WR Kody Cook, who had to fill in at QB after Joe Hubener was knocked out of the game on the opening drive at Oklahoma State. Despite not having played QB since junior college, Cook was spectacular and had K-State up 28-26 before leaving himself in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury.

Big (defensive) man on campus: Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker delivered a big performance, leading the Sooners defense with 13 tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks. On one of those sacks he stripped Howard, allowing teammate Jordan Evans to scoop up the fumble and dash 41 yards into the end zone for the game-clinching touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Special-teams player of the week: Oklahoma State kicker Ben Grogan is the man here after kicking a game-winning field goal in the final seconds for the second consecutive week. He nailed the go-ahead 37-yarder against Kansas State with 32 seconds remaining to put the Cowboys up by the final score of 36-34. Last week, Grogan kicked a 40-yard field goal to beat Texas in Austin.

Play of the week: After West Virginia had clawed its way back to cut the Oklahoma lead to just 27-24, the Sooners came right back. Mayfield pump-faked a screen to Dede Westbrook, getting West Virginia safety K.J. Dillon to bite. As a result, Durron Neal blazed right by him wide open and Mayfield put the ball on the money for a 71-yard touchdown. The play gave OU back control of the game for good.

Stat of the week: Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph went 10-of-14 passing on third and fourth down Saturday. All 10 completions resulted in first downs, including a 19-yard strike to Marcell Ateman on fourth-and-8 that kept the Cowboys' game-winning field-goal drive alive. Rudolph also threw for a career-high 437 yards.

Quotable: "When things go wrong, they just continue to go wrong. We just don't stop it. We don't plug the leak. Instead of just bouncing back and competing, one bad thing happens after another." -- Texas coach Charlie Strong