Texas A&M defensive line: The big guys up front stuffed Oklahoma three times -- twice on the 1-yard line -- and turned the Sooner offense over on downs during a 33-19 victory. One came in the first quarter, helping hold together a first-half shutout. The other two came late in the fourth quarter, once with a 16-point lead and another with a 14-point lead after a blocked punt for a safety. Whatever chance Oklahoma had for a miracle comeback was eliminated by the Aggies' defense.
Nebraska's running backs: With two hurt quarterbacks on a windy day in Ames, this one was on them. They delivered. Roy Helu Jr. and Rex Burkhead combined for 228 yards on 42 carries and three touchdowns, including Burkhead's go-ahead touchdown in overtime. Burkhead ran out of the Wildcat formation for much of the game, and helped the Huskers survive a rough day without Taylor Martinez with a 31-30 win in Ames.
Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State: Justin Blackmon returned and was Justin Blackmon (13 rec, 179 yards, TD, also a 69-yard TD run), but Weeden was on the money all day in a 55-28 win against Baylor. He threw for a school-record 435 yards and completed a school-record 34 passes -- including three touchdowns -- helping the Oklahoma State offense rack up a school-record 725 yards of total offense.
Taylor Potts, QB, Texas Tech: Potts lost his starting spot, but gained it back by engineering a big 24-17 comeback win over Missouri, leading the Red Raiders to touchdowns on his first two drives and throwing three touchdown passes overall.
James Sims, RB, Kansas: Kansas was done -- fans were heading for the exits -- resigned to a 12th consecutive conference loss and trailing by 28 with just more than 11 minutes to play. The Jayhawks rallied, and Sims scored three rushing touchdowns, including a 28-yard, game-winner with 52 seconds to play, bringing the losing streak in conference to an end with a shocking 52-45 win over Colorado. Sims finished with 123 yards on 20 carries and had four touchdowns.