Big 12 Football News and Notes
The Big 12’s lethal offenses ran 627 plays in last week’s four games for an average of 157 plays per game and 78.4 per team. Of the 627 plays, 318 were runs and 309 were passes.
The league’s season average of 74.4 points per game is the nation’s most. Although recognized for its prolific passers, Big 12 teams average 38.6 rushes a game and 35.8 through the air.
The Big 12 is the lone league with 100 percent of its teams in the top 61 for FBS strength of schedule, based on cumulative opposition. The combined opposition of every Big 12 team has a winning percentage of over .500.
Fifty percent of Big 12 teams are averaging over-capacity in home attendance. Eighty percent are over 93 percent of capacity.
Fifty percent of Big 12 teams are in the top 12 for total offense with over 500 yards per game.
Fifty percent of Conference teams are in the top 14 nationally for scoring offense and seventy percent are in the top 20 – all averaging over 37 points a game.
Six Big 12 quarterbacks are in the top 27 for passing efficiency while four are in the top six of passing yards per game.
The Big 12 continues to increase its average yards per game, now up to 464.1, which is well on pace to be the highest among FBS leagues over the last five seasons, bettering the 453.3 mark by the Conference in 2011.
This season marks the third straight in which the Conference is averaging over 30 points a game, and the fourth out of five seasons.
The Big 12 leads the FBS with 36.1 points per game and 4.64 touchdowns per game, compared to the FBS average of 29.6 points per game and 3.77 touchdowns per game.
The Conference also holds the top spot in rushing TDs (2.02) and passing TDs (2.32). The Big 12 is the only league averaging over two rushing scores a game and one of two with over two passing scores.
Big 12 teams have scored non-offensive points on 37 occasions.
The Big 12 has 55 scoring plays of 50-plus yards this season.
33 percent of Big 12 touchdown drives (159 of 477) have covered at least 50 yards in five plays or less.
Almost 20 percent of Big 12 touchdown drives have been scored in less than a minute (91 of 477).
Big 12 offenses have produced 43 plays of 60-plus yards, 21 of 70-plus and eight of 80-plus.
Baylor (6-5, 3-5; defeated Texas Tech 52-45 in overtime; vs. Oklahoma State Saturday)
Senior wide receiver Terrance Williams set a single-season record for receiving yards (1,693). Kendall Wright previously set the record last season with 1,663.
Quarterback Nick Florence is third on the school’s career passing yards list (5,817) and is in second in career TD responsibility (50).
Baylor is bowl eligible for three consecutive seasons for the first time in school history.
Baylor had one touchdown drive of less than two minutes and has 31 such drives this season. Against Texas Tech, Baylor had one touchdown drive of less than two minutes and has 31 such drives this season.
Iowa State (6-6, 3-6; lost to West Virginia 31-24; regular season complete)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Sam B. Richardson has seven touchdown passes and no interceptions in the last two games.
Senior linebacker A.J. Klein had a season-high 14 tackles.
Seven of Edwin Arceo’s 11 field goals this season have been from 46 yards or longer.
Gage Shaeffer had 10 career tackles coming into the game but finished with a career-high 13.
Kansas (1-10, 0-8; did not play Saturday; at West Virginia Saturday)
The Jayhawks will try to end their 20-game Big 12 losing streak and avoid finishing 0-9 in consecutive seasons.
Kansas State (10-1, 7-1; did not play Saturday; vs. Texas Saturday)
The Wildcats can clinch the Big 12 regular-season title and a bid to the BCS Fiesta Bowl with a victory over Texas.
Oklahoma (9-2, 7-1; defeated Oklahoma State 51-48 in overtime; at TCU Saturday)
Landry Jones set school records for completions (46) and attempts (71). Jones is the Big 12’s career leader in passing yards (16,124) and total offense (15,576). He passed Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in both categories. And he is the first player in FBS history to have 3,000-plus passing yards and 26-plus touchdown passes in each of his four seasons.
For the first time in school history, OU had three 100-yard receivers in the same game. Jalen Saunders (162) Justin Brown (146) and Kenny Stills (103). OU also made history with two receivers with double-digit receptions – Brown with 15 (tying the school record) and Saunders with 10.
Oklahoma averaged 85,243 in attendance, the highest per-game average in a season in program history.
Oklahoma’s 44 first downs are the second-most in NCAA history; Texas Tech had 45 against Iowa State in 2003.
Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3; lost to Oklahoma 51-48 in overtime; at Baylor Saturday)
Quarterback Clint Chelf had 53 career rushing yards coming into the game and gained 63 yards on 12 carries.
Junior running back Joseph Randle had four rushing touchdowns. Barry Sanders is the only Cowboy with more in a game (five touchdowns against Wyoming, Kansas and Tulsa in 1988).
Oklahoma State set a school record for points in a Bedlam game; the previous high was 47 in 1945. The Cowboys have scored 40 or more points three straight years and four of the last five Bedlam games.
Oklahoma State has had a scoring drive that took less than two minutes in 38 consecutive games. Also, the Cowboys have had six one-play touchdown drives this season.
TCU (7-4, 4-4; defeated Texas 20-13; vs. Oklahoma Saturday)
Redshirt freshman quarterback Trevone Boykin had a team-best and career-high 77 yards rushing on 10 carries.
Junior defensive back Jason Verrett’s team-best sixth interception marks the most by a Horned Frog in a season since Jason Goss had eight in 2002.
TCU is 4-1 in Big 12 road games and won in Austin for the first time since 1967.
TCU was a plus-3 in turnover margin against Texas and since 2005 is 48-1 when winning the turnover battle. That’s the best record in the nation.
Texas (8-3, 5-3; lost to TCU 20-13; at Kansas State Saturday)
Freshman running back Johnathan Gray had 15 carries for 47 yards to move into ninth place on the UT freshman single-season rushing list (654).
Wide receiver Jaxson Shipley had a game-high six receptions for 80 yards.
Texas had committed just eight turnovers (third fewest in the nation) coming into the game but three turnovers led to 14 points for TCU.
Texas has played 76 times on the Thanksgiving holiday and owns a 51-23-2 (.684) record. The Longhorns have played on the holiday each of the last five seasons.
Texas Tech (7-5, 4-5; lost to Baylor 52-45 in overtime; regular season complete)
Quarterback Seth Doege’s 19-yard touchdown run was his first scoring run this season.
Darrin Moore’s 13 touchdown receptions this season are the most by a Red Raider since 2010 (Lyle Leong with 19).
Redshirt freshman Jakeem Grant’s 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the first by a Red Raider since Vincent Meeks’ 98-yard return in 2002 at No. 4 Oklahoma.
Texas Tech has played in a school-record three overtime games this season.
West Virginia (6-5, 3-5; defeated Iowa State 31-24; vs. Kansas Saturday)
Tavon Austin broke his own single-season school record for receptions with 106. He had 101 last season.
With 261 all-purpose yards, Tavon Austin pushed his season total to 2,573, one-yard short of his WVU record.
Stedman Bailey broke his own record for receiving yards in a season with 1,342. He set the previous record with 1,279 yards last season.
Kicker Tyler Bitancurt has 344 points for his career and is No. 2 on the WVU all-time kick scoring chart.