Honoring the best performances from the Big 12 in Week 6:
QB Trevone Boykin, TCU: Not many people expected him to outplay Trevor Knight, but Boykin did that and a lot more. He made a statement on a national stage, throwing for 318 yards and two scores and rushing for 77 in TCU's 37-33 upset of No. 4 Oklahoma. Boykin ranks No. 7 among FBS quarterbacks in total offense and is playing like arguably the Big 12's most improved player.
LBs Paul Dawson and Marcus Mallet, TCU: What a day for these two. Dawson jumped a fourth-quarter pass from Knight and returned it 41 yards for the go-ahead touchdown that proved to be the winning score. Then Mallet stuffed Samaje Perine on fourth-and-1 to kill a Sooners drive that had reached the TCU 22-yard line. The duo also combined for 21 tackles and helped TCU hold Perine to 87 rushing yards and OU to 152 on the ground.
DT Beau Blackshear, Baylor: Art Briles rightfully lauded Blackshear as one of the unsung heroes of Baylor's 28-7 victory. Not only did he block a 52-yard field goal attempt that Baylor returned for a touchdown, he also recovered Texas' fumbled snap at the 1-yard line to stop a touchdown. In a tight first half, that's an absolutely critical 14-point swing in Baylor's favor.
QB Jake Waters, Kansas State: It's probably time to start crediting Waters with becoming a dual threat. In addition to his 290 passing yards and four TDs on efficient 24-of-31 passing, Waters also broke runs of 50, 22, 19 and 18 yards to finish with 105 on 17 carries in a 45-13 beatdown of Texas Tech. He's already surpassed his rushing total from 2013 with 320 yards through five games.
RB Rushel Shell, West Virginia: Shell broke 100 yards for the first time in his brief time at West Virginia, rushing for 113 and a touchdown to help pace WVU's 33-14 win over Kansas. While Kevin White and Mario Alford continue to make huge plays, the Pittsburgh transfer has scored in four consecutive games and is giving this unit importance balance.
WR Tyreek Hill, Oklahoma State: The Big 12's most dangerous man struck again, adding a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to his highlight reel. Hill finished with 222 all-purpose yards in OSU's 37-20 victory over Iowa State and, between offensive snaps and returns, he touched the ball 21 times. He ran his nearly 100-yard dash in under 11 seconds despite needing a juke and a stiff-arm to break free. That's blazing.