Friday, September 13, 2013
Big 12 Week 3: 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…
Texas Tech snapped its three-game losing streak in Big 12 openers on Thursday and got its first win over a ranked team since beating TCU on the road last year.
Tech's win over TCU was its first September home victory over a ranked opponent since 1989, when TTU defeated No. 20 Arizona.
The Red Raiders are now averaging exactly 400 passing yards per game. Three games into last season, Kliff Kingsbury’s offense was averaging 254.3 passing yards per game at Texas A&M.
Baker Mayfield threw his first interception on Thursday. He’d thrown 100 passes without an interception to begin his career.
Trevone Boykin rushed for a career-high 101 yards against Texas Tech. His previous best was 77 at Texas in 2012.
Crazy stat: Boykin became TCU’s first 100-yard rusher since Waymon James went for 108 against Colorado State on Nov. 19, 2011.
TCU has now lost its last four games at Texas Tech and hasn’t won in Lubbock since 1991. TCU is 5-18-3 in Lubbock all-time.
Oklahoma State is the only school in the Big 12 with 100 percent efficiency in the red zone. The Pokes are 8-for-8.
J.W. Walsh set an OSU school record last week against UTSA with a completion percentage of 88.9. He threw four touchdowns and three incompletions.
Eleven different players have produced plays of 20-plus yards for the Oklahoma State offense.
Oklahoma State hasn’t lost to an FCS team since 1948 and has a 16-game win streak against FCS schools going into the Lamar matchup.
Through two games, nine different Baylor players have scored touchdowns.
Bryce Petty now leads the nation in raw QBR with an average of 98.3 through two games.
Baylor’s offense leads in the nation in total points and scoring margin. Oregon is No. 2 in both categories. Georgia Tech is actually No. 1 in points per game after scoring 70 in its only contest so far.
Bob Stoops needs seven wins to pass Barry Switzer for No. 1 on Oklahoma’s all-time list.
Oklahoma had 14 rushes of 10-plus yards against West Virginia, a number that ranked third-best in the nation in Week 2.
The Sooners are one of 10 teams that have run the ball 100 times through two games. They’re the lone school in that group to have only one rushing touchdown.
Oklahoma has the No. 1 defense in the Big 12 in scoring, total defense, third-down defense, pass defense efficiency and red-zone efficiency.
Iowa State has won two straight Cy-Hawk Series showdowns and nine of the last 15. Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz is 6-8 in his career against ISU.
The Cyclones are breaking out throwback uniforms from the 1920s for this year’s matchup. They haven’t donned retro unis in a game since 2007.
Since 1999, Iowa State is 5-2 when taking on Iowa at Jack Trice Stadium. A win Saturday would give ISU its fourth three-game win streak over Iowa.
In its season-opening loss to Northern Iowa, Iowa State had 11 players make their first career starts, including seven on defense.
Kansas also had 11 new starters take the field against South Dakota State, and 18 players making the first game appearances of their career.
In its past 25 games, KU has thrown for more yards than its opponent only four times. The fourth was last Saturday, when KU put up 110 yards and SDSU had 67.
Holding SDSU to 67 passing yards puts Kansas No. 2 in the nation in pass defense behind Alabama.
Thanks to its loss to BYU, Texas’ defense now ranks last in the Big 12 in yards per game, rushing and first downs per game. Texas is currently No. 6 in pass defense.
David Ash leads all Big 12 quarterbacks with 24 rushing attempts and is third behind Trevor Knight and J.W. Walsh in rushing yards with 125.
Texas is 2-5 in games when quarterback Case McCoy attempts 15 or more passes.
Kansas State is No. 1 in the Big 12 in punt return yardage and No. 2 in kick return yardage.
KSU has returned at least one kickoff for a touchdown in nine straight seasons. No school in FBS can match that streak.
The Wildcats have avoided being shutout for 205 consecutive games. That streak ranks eighth nationally. KSU was last shut out in 1996, a 12-0 loss to Colorado.
West Virginia is converting 21.7 percent of its third-down conversions, a rate that’s ninth-worst in FBS.
Despite that, the Mountaineers’ yards per carry average of 7.04 against Oklahoma was among the 10 best in the country last week.
New West Virginia quarterback Ford Childress is the son of Ray Childress, a five-time NFL Pro Bowler for the Houston Oilers and a two-time All-American at Texas A&M.