College football’s regular season culminated with a slate of championship games over the weekend, and across the country former Texas high school standouts were making impacts.
Here are the top five performances from Texas alumni:
Ceedee Lamb, Richmond Foster, Oklahoma
Lamb didn’t play in Oklahoma’s come-from-behind win at Baylor, and on Saturday, he showed the nation just what it missed out on last month in Waco.
Lamb took home Big 12 Championship Game MVP honors with eight receptions for 173 yards in Oklahoma’s (12-1) thrilling 30-23 overtime win over Baylor (11-2).
The junior wide receiver from Richmond Foster had four receptions for 106 yards in the first half, including a 71-yard reception that helped set up the first Sooner touchdown. The win helped Oklahoma earn its fifth consecutive Big 12 Championship and proved to be enough to get the Sooners into the College Football Playoff where they will play No. 1 LSU (13-0) in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 28.
Lamb had 98 receptions for 2,032 yards and 33 touchdowns during his senior season at Foster.
J.K. Dobbins, La Grange, Ohio State
Dobbins helped the Ohio State Buckeyes (13-0) avoid an upset by finishing with 33 carries for 172 yards and a touchdown in a 34-21 win over the Wisconsin Badgers (10-3) in the Big 10 Championship Game on Saturday.
The Buckeyes scored 27 points in the second half to win their third straight outright conference title and make their first College Football Playoff appearance in three years.
Dobbins, a U.S. Army All-American at La Grange, scored his touchdown in the second quarter. Ohio State will play Clemson (13-0) in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 28.
Kenneth Murray, Missouri City Elkins, Oklahoma
Murray had 10 tackles, including eight solo tackles, a sack and three tackles for loss to help Oklahoma beat Baylor for the second time this season in the Big 12 Championship Game.
The junior linebacker had one of the pivotal plays of the game as his sack of Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer (Austin Lake Travis) was the final play for the Bears starting signal caller. The win was enough to help the Sooners make their fourth CFP appearance in five years.
Murray had 104 tackles and four sacks as a senior at Missouri City Elkins.
Jordan Williams, Paris, Baylor
The No. 13 Bears were not so unfortunate for Williams as he finished with 13 tackles, including eight solo, and a tackle for loss in Baylor’s loss to Oklahoma.
The Bears finished as the Big 12’s runner-up and will play Georgia (11-2) in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1.
Williams was a two-time all-state linebacker at Paris.
Jacob Zeno, San Antonio Jay, Baylor
Zeno helped Baylor overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit and force overtime in the Big 12 Championship Game.
The freshman signal caller was Baylor’s third quarterback of the game and completed 2 of 6 passes for 159 yards and a touchdown.
Zeno connected with Treston Ebner (Henderson) for an 81-yard touchdown that cut the Oklahoma lead to 23-20 and a 78-yard completion to Chris Pratt (Willis) helped set up the game-tying field goal.