Taking stock of Week 3 in the Big 12:
Team of the week: Texas Tech went into Fayetteville and, as Kliff Kingsbury put it, kicked Arkansas’ tail, 35-24. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes was sensational yet again, and the defense, while not dominant, forced two turnovers, including a fumble in the final minute to seal the win. Last year’s disappointing loss against Arkansas set the tone for Tech’s entire season. This scintillating victory could do the same.
Disappointment of the week: When you have a chance to tie in the final moments and fail to do so because of a whiffed extra point, well, disappointment is the operative word. The Longhorns showed offensive life behind quarterback Jerrod Heard, who led Texas on a furious fourth-quarter comeback to potentially tie the game on a 45-yard touchdown scamper with 1:11 to go. But Nick Rose shanked the extra point to the right, allowing Cal to escape with a 45-44 victory, and robbing the Big 12 of another opportunity for a key nonconference win.
Big (offensive) man on campus: Even though the Longhorns fell, Heard showed why he might finally be Texas’ long-lost answer at quarterback. He set a school record with 527 total yards of offense, completing 20 of 31 passes for 364 yards, while rushing for 163 yards and three touchdowns to join Colt McCoy as just the second Texas QB to throw for 300 yards and rush for 100 in the same game. The last two BOMOCs, Mahomes and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, shined again in victories. Even so, Heard stood out.
Big (defensive) man on campus: Oklahoma State forced seven turnovers, third-most in school history, in a 69-14 win over the UTSA. Linebacker Devante Averette got the party going in the first minute, scooping up a fumble forced by Miketavius Jones and diving into the end zone for a six-yard touchdown return -- Oklahoma State’s first fumble return score in two years. Averette also finished with five tackles.
Special-teams player of the week: Dominique Heath's 58-yard punt return fueled K-State’s comeback, which ended in a 39-33 triple-overtime victory over Louisiana Tech. The Bulldogs led 20-13 midway through the fourth quarter when Heath took a punt down the sidelines to the 7-yard line. Charles Jones tied the game two plays later on a 2-yard run. Heath followed that up by hauling in an acrobatic 22-yard touchdown on third-and-7 in the first overtime.
Play of the week: In Tech’s win at Arkansas, Mahomes flipped the ball out to Jakeem Grant who stopped and heaved a pass on the money over the Razorbacks defense to a streaking Reginald Davis for a 72-yard touchdown that gave Tech a 21-14 lead in the second quarter.
Stat of the week: Texas Tech has yet to allow a sack this season. Air Force, Toledo, Maryland and, ironically, Arkansas are the only other FBS teams that haven’t given up a sack.
Quotable: "[Bret Bielema] stood up and said if you don't throw to the fullback, we'll kick your ass, and if you throw it 70 times a game, we'll kick your ass. [Bielema] just got his ass kicked twice in a row and probably next week by [Texas] A&M as well. He's a prideful guy, and he says what's on his mind, but it just hasn't worked out for him.” -- Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury, referring to comments Bielema allegedly made during a summer convention in front of Texas high school coaches