Here's eight guys who'll sleep well tonight ... after they're done celebrating.
Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State: Hunter went nuts in his return from a frustrating 2009 season, when he missed five games with an ankle injury and was hampered by the ankle in his return. Saturday night, he reclaimed a spot as one of the Big 12's best running backs, ripping off 257 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries for a staggering 12.2 yards per carry average in a 65-17 win over Washington State. Hunter was running angry, and ran over almost as many defenders as he ran around.
T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri: Down 13-3 at halftime, T.J. Moe hauled in the first touchdown of Missouri's season, a 7-yarder in the back of the end zone that helped shift the momentum back to Missouri's side of the Mississippi River. He finished with 13 catches for 101 yards to lead the Tigers to a 23-13 win.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State: Kansas State's quarterbacks were uninspiring once again (though starter Carson Coffman estimated he vomited 10 times during the game), and once again, it didn't affect Thomas' production. The Wildcats' workhorse rumbled for 234 yards on 28 carries, and the second of his two touchdowns -- a 35-yard run with under a minute to play-- clinched the 31-22 win.
Dana Holgorsen, offensive coordinator, Oklahoma State: The Cowboys scored seven points in their final two games of 2009, and hired Holgorsen to bring in his Air Raid system that led the nation in scoring last year at Houston. In his debut, with a quarterback making his first start, four new offensive linemen and a host of inexperienced receivers, his offense racked up 38 first-half points. The Cowboys finished with 544 yards and beat Washington State 65-17, earning the status of the only Big 12 team to top 50 points on Saturday.
Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas: Robinson strung together an impressive first-half highlight reel, notching an interception, a sack and a fumble return for his first Longhorns' touchdown, all by the break. He finished with six tackles in the Longhorns 34-17 win over Rice.
DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma: The knock on Murray is his durability, but he looked plenty durable on Saturday night, toting the ball 35 times for 218 yards -- both career highs -- and two touchdowns, including a 63-yard score that put Oklahoma up 14 points in the second half. Oklahoma struggled in plenty of places in its 31-24 win over Utah State. Running back wasn't one of those places, and Murray was one of three Big 12 backs to top 200 yards on Saturday.
Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska: Martinez earns the sticker on his first play alone: a 46-yard score on his first carry as a Husker. Plenty of room for improvement, of course, but if Martinez thought he had Huskers fans talking already, he's in for a surprise this week after Nebraska's 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.
Jake Knott, LB, Iowa State: We didn't forget the Cyclones performance on Thursday night. Knott, a 6-foot-2, 240-pounder, came away with a pair of interceptions in his first start, one of which stopped a Northern Illinois drive in the third quarter and the second of which sealed the game for the Cyclones. Knott earns a helmet sticker from the Big 12 blog, but he got a big bear hug from coach Paul Rhoads for icing the 27-10 win. I'll ask which one means more to him the next time I run into him.