It's a four-team show this weekend, with Texas taking on Baylor and Oklahoma playing Oklahoma State.
Yet with the Big 12 championship still on the line this weekend, the shock waves of the Alabama-Auburn finish were still felt on Monday. The four Big 12 coaches made available each touched on Chris Davis' 109-yard game winning return off a missed field goal and the responsibility that comes with defending against such a play:
Texas coach Mack Brown: “It's part of your kicking game process, but it's actually happened to us twice since we've been at Texas. We were at El Paso, and they tried a 65-yard field goal a few years ago and Quan Cosby returned it 60 yards right before the half. And it happened against us at Nebraska. We lined up for a field goal with about two minutes left in the game, and we had a good lead in 2010. And we pooched the punt instead of the field goal and they returned it for a touchdown for about ninety-something yards. When you've got that many big guys on the field for extra point and field goal teams, it can happen, and you've got to be careful.”
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops: “Not very often. It makes you want to do it more (practice covering missed kicks). I don't know if we've had one in a few years that's come up short. There's always the factor of are you good enough against the fake, so there's a lot to consider in those situations.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy: “We practice covering on field goals and particularly long ones, try to make our players aware of when there's a returner back when it's a field goal that's plus-50 yards. … We talk about it each week. We would probably (practice defending a missed kick return) every other week during the season.”
Baylor coach Art Briles: “You can't really work to put speed guys on the field goal team because you might take a chance on giving up a block, because you're talking about attempting a long field goal, where most of the time the ball comes off a little lower anyway. … It's a situation where that can happen, and it has happened prior. It's not common, but it's certainly a possibility you have to deal with. … We hit it in fall camp, we'll hit it periodically in the season on a Thursday just to refresh. … Once every three weeks.”
LONGHORNS FOCUSED ON LONGHORNS
Brown said even with a potential Big 12 championship on the line in Stillwater at 11 a.m., his team has to focus on the task at hand in Waco at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Texas defeated Baylor 56-50 last year in Austin, but the Bears have won two of the last three meetings.
“What you've got to do is worry about beating a really good Baylor team,” Brown said. “We were in a similar situation for a national championship game when things changed and fell together in 2001.”
Brown was referring to the 2001 Big 12 Championship, whereas a product of other teams' results, Texas had a chance to play for the BCS Championship if it beat Colorado.