It’s time to name our Big 12 Players of the Week as we look at the top performances on offense, defense and special teams. Yes, there are always several players to debate, but we try to make this as fair as we can, while backing up our decision with stats and facts.
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week: Oklahoma State RB Chuba Hubbard
Hubbard lit it up against Tulsa with 32 carries for a career-high 256 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 8.0 yards per carry. Hubbard ripped off touchdown runs of 75 and 30 yards in the first four minutes of the game. His first score came on the first play from scrimmage, 10 seconds into the contest. It proved Oklahoma State can win without Tylan Wallace having to be the star and it was Hubbard’s second game this season with at least 200 yards rushing; he had 227 yards against Oregon State in Week 1.
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week: TCU LB Garrett Wallow
Wallow wins for the second time in three weeks after leading the TCU defense in an incredible effort against a high-flying Big Ten program like Purdue. Wallow led the team with ten tackles, but just as important was just ability to get behind the line of scrimmage with three tackles for loss and a sack. In two games he already has 23 tackles and two sacks for Gary Patterson’s defense, which should be one of, if not the toughest to handle in the Big 12 Conference.
Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week: Kansas State KR Malik Knowles
Knowles had arguably the play of the game for Kansas State in its win over Mississippi State, which was also one of the biggest wins for the Big 12 this weekend. After Mississippi State kicked a field goal to go up 24-17 early in the fourth quarter, Knowles took a kick return 100 yards to the house for a touchdown and the Wildcats tied the game before scoring the go-ahead touchdown nine minutes later. It was a huge momentum change in the game and helped lead K-State to victory.
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