Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
How about some stickers for players who emerged out of some sizable shadows today to lead their teams to victories?
Here are my choices for Saturday's games.
Nebraska defensive tackle Jared Crick: Ndamukong Suh’s partner at tackle emerged to have one of the greatest individual days in Nebraska's history, leading the Cornhuskers to a 20-10 victory over Baylor. Crick notched a school record five sacks for 24 yards, tying Jim Skow’s 24-year school record of seven tackles for loss for 28 yards. Crick produced 13 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also recovered a fourth-quarter fumble that helped seal the victory.
Missouri defensive end Aldon Smith: Produced four tackles for loss, including three sacks to lead the Tigers’ 36-17 victory over Missouri. The Tigers sacked Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen eight times. Smith also produced five tackles, recovered a fumble and broke up a pass.
Texas’ secondary: Playing a nickel defense almost the entire game, the Longhorns produced a turnover binge against Zac Robinson and Oklahoma State in Texas’ 41-14 victory. Safeties Earl Thomas and Blake Gideon and cornerbacks Chykie Brown and Curtis Brown all produced interceptions as the Longhorns limited Robinson to 143 passing yards. Before Saturday night, Robinson had been intercepted three times on 176 passing attempts all season.
Texas Tech running back Baron Batch: Rushed for 123 yards and four touchdowns and also added five receptions for 13 yards to pace Texas Tech’s 42-21 over Kansas. Batch scored on runs of 2, 1, 17 and 11 yards, including three scores during a span of 9 minutes, 1 second in the fourth quarter that blew the game open for the Red Raiders.
Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones: Completed 26 of 37 passes for 294 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Sooners’ wild 42-30 victory over gritty Kansas State. It was Jones’ fourth game of multiple touchdown passes this season.