By Tyler Ruby on September 1, 2014
The quarterbacks put on a show in Week 1 in the Big 12. The conference features teams that are trying to work their way back to prominence, and while it wasn't the most impressive showing from the conference, there were certainly some worthwhile performances. Here are the top five.
Oklahoma State had the difficult task of playing the defending champions in the first week of the season, and they nearly pulled off the upset thanks to outstanding play from J.W. Walsh. He finished the night with 203 yards passing and a touchdown. He added 51 yards and two more touchdowns on the ground.
The Heisman hopeful didn't need to be at his best Sunday night against SMU, but he was efficient, using both his arm and his legs to lead Baylor to a blowout victory. He had three total touchdowns on the night while throwing for 161 yards through the air.
Trevone Boykin threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns in TCU's first game of the season against Samford. He also ran for 29 more yards and a touchdown. If he can continue these sorts of games for the rest of the season, TCU should move their way back toward the top of the conference.
Dual-threat quarterbacks seem to be a theme in the Big 12, and Bill Snyder seems to have found himself another one in Jake Waters. Kansas State rolled over Stephen F. Austin thanks in large part to the performance of Waters. He had 278 yards combined through the air and on the ground, while adding four touchdowns.
Despite it coming in a losing effort, Clint Trickett could be a star at West Virginia. The Mountaineers challenged Alabama for the majority of the game, and you can thank Trickett's play for that. He threw for 365 yards and a touchdown against Nick Saban's defense, which isn't the easiest thing in the world. Things are looking up at West Virginia.
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