Friday, August 30, 2013
Big 12 Week 1: Did you know?
By Max Olson
Thanks to the fine work of the folks of ESPN Stats & Info and a sports information department near you, we’re excited to continue the tradition of ending the week with a large heaping of knowledge in the form of numbers.
Chew on these nuggets of fun info and random trivia, and you’re sure to be the smartest guy or gal at your tailgate.
Did you know…
Kansas State is kicking off its 118th season on Friday. Believe it or not, Bill Snyder has only coached 21 of them.
And yet, Snyder has been the head coach for more than one-third of Kansas State’s 486 all-time victories.
With five helmets, three jerseys and four pant options, Baylor can choose from 60 different uniform combinations this season. The Bears are going with the all-green look this weekend.
Baylor leads the nation in yards per game (579.7) and yards per play (7.27) when you combine the stats of 2011 and 2012. Another feather in the Bears’ cap over the past two seasons: Baylor leads FBS in first downs (745).
The Bears have also scored 40 or more points in 15 of their last 19 games.
Only 11 FBS schools begin the 2013 season without any quarterbacks on their roster who have started a game. Texas Tech and Baylor are two of them.
Potential Texas Tech starting quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Davis Webb are both 18 years old. Kliff Kingsbury was 20 when he made his first career start for Texas Tech in the 1999 season finale.
Yep, Kingsbury is only 15 years older than his two true freshman quarterbacks.
Texas Tech has won 14 straight games against its former Southwest Conference rival SMU. This is the seventh time they play in a season opener.
Former Iowa State great Todd Blythe takes on the Cyclones this weekend as Northern Iowa’s receivers coach. He holds the ISU career records for receiving yards (3,096), catches (176) and touchdown catches (31).
Iowa State’s defense has held opponents to less than 40 points in 20 straight games. No other Big 12 school can say that.
Only two teams have beat a ranked opponent on the road in each of the past three seasons: Iowa State and Ohio State.
On throws of 15-plus yards last season, J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf were quite similar in completion percentage at 55 and 53 percent, respectively. Walsh had the higher yards per attempt (16.2), but Chelf finished with more touchdowns (9) on those attempts.
Josh Stewart was No. 3 in the nation in 2012 in receiving yards after the catch with 652. USC’s Marqise Lee was best in the country at 892 yards after catch.
Oklahoma State ties for No. 2 in all of FBS in this impressive stat: Touchdown drives of 1 minute or less. The Cowboys had 19 on the season.
Texas is 10-9 in home games since 2010. From 1997 to 2009, the Longhorns lost a total of nine games at DKR.
David Ash completed 50 percent of his attempts of 10-plus yards last season, up from 34.4 percent in 2011.
Be careful when throwing deep on TCU. The Frogs tied Alabama for most interceptions (9) on passes of 15-plus yards among AQ schools.
TCU is on a three-game win steak when debuting a new uniform but has also lost its last five matchups with LSU -- though all five were played in Baton Rouge.
Bob Stoops needs nine wins this season to surpass Barry Switzer for the OU career record.
Oklahoma is No. 2 behind Houston over the past two seasons in this stat: First downs from passing plays. OU has 430. Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and West Virginia rank No. 3, 4 and 5 in that category.
West Virginia’s offense has put up 500 or more yards in a game 11 times and 600-plus yards five times since Dana Holgorsen took over.
West Virginia led the Big 12 in missed tackles last season with 115 total. Texas was right behind them with 112, followed by TCU with 107 and Oklahoma at 104.
Speaking of explosive, KSU’s Tyler Lockett is currently No. 1 in the Big 12 record books for career kickoff return average at 33.8 yards per return. Former Wildcat Brandon Banks ranks No. 2 in league history at 28.5.
Jake Heaps was the No. 7 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2010. Of the top eight quarterback prospects in that class, five have transferred during their careers.
In fact, of the top 15 quarterback recruits in 2010, only three are still at the school they signed with: Blake Bell (Oklahoma), Devin Gardner (Michigan) and Chase Rettig (Boston College). Ten transferred, one is in the NFL and one chose baseball.
Kansas, who does not play this weekend, is 3-21 in the past two seasons but 2-0 in its past two season openers.