Friday, October 25, 2013
Big 12 Week 9: Did you know?
By Brandon Chatmon
More great tidbits and stats courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information and SIDs across the Big 12. Did you know
Opponents average an AQ-low 4.2 yards per attempt when passing off play action against Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are one of five AQ teams that have not allowed a touchdown off a play-action pass this season.
Texas Tech is averaging 220.9 yards after catch per game, second most among AQ teams. The Red Raiders had 266 such yards last week against West Virginia, their second most in a game this season (288 vs. Stephen F. Austin).
Blake Bell is completing 25.8 percent of his passes thrown 15 yards or longer this season, second lowest by a Big 12 quarterback (minimum 25 attempts). Bell has one completion in his last 12 such passes dating back to Week 6 against TCU.
Bell has a 62.4 third-down Total QBR this season, which is slightly lower than the Big 12 average of 62.7. One reason why Bell is not higher was he posted a 0.1 third-down Total QBR against Texas. In that game, he had more interceptions (2) than completions (1) on eight third-down attempts.
Oklahoma leads the Big 12 with 3.6 yards before contact per designed run this season. The Sooners have 73 designed runs on which first contact was not made until 5 yards past the line of scrimmage, tied with Baylor for the most in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State scored a touchdown on all 15 of its red-zone drives in its first three games. In their last three games, the Cowboys have scored a touchdown on 5-of-16 red-zone drives (31.3%), including 2-of-7 drives last week against TCU.
Oklahoma State has scored a touchdown on 73 percent of its red-zone drives with J.W. Walsh at quarterback and 44 percent with Clint Chelf under center.
Iowa State has allowed 12 touchdowns of 20 yards or longer, five more than any other Big 12 team. Oklahoma State has 33 such touchdowns since the start of last seasons, tied for ninth most in the FBS.
Baylor, Washington State and Texas A&M are the only AQ teams that have had at least 150 yards after the catch in every game this season.
Bryce Petty has completed 60 percent of his passes thrown 25 yards or longer this season, best among AQ quarterbacks with at least 20 attempts. He has nine touchdowns on such passes, tied with Stanford’s Kevin Hogan for the most in the FBS.
Baylor averages a play every 20.3 seconds, tied for the eighth-fastest pace in the FBS. In the first half, the Bears are even faster, averaging a play every 16.2 seconds, which is more than one second faster than any other FBS team.
Baylor averages 42.8 points per game in the first half, which is more than 114 FBS teams average in a game. In the first half, Baylor has scored a touchdown on 68 percent of its drives, by far the highest percentage in the FBS. Oregon ranks second with a touchdown on 54 percent of its first-half drives.
Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk averages 3.6 yards after contact per rush, best among AQ running backs with at least 75 carries.
Seastrunk has made it at least 5 yards past the line of scrimmage before first contact on 39 percent of his rushes, the highest percentage among AQ running backs with at least 75 carries.
Bears receiver Antwan Goodley has gained 451 yards after the catch, most among AQ wide receivers.
A win over Iowa State would make Oklahoma State bowl-eligible for the eighth straight season, a school record.
OSU is allowing 1.1 points and 24.49 yards per drive to opponents this season.
78.8 percent of OSU’s third-down plays defended have been third-and-medium (4-6 yards) or third-and-long (7+ yards).
OSU ranks No. 2 nationally in explosive plays allowed (20 yards or more from scrimmage) behind Florida State.
Josh Stewart passed Dez Bryant on OSU’s all-time receptions list with his 10-catch performance against TCU. The junior has 151 catches during his career, ranking sixth on OSU’s all-time list.
Stewart is averaging 16.4 yards per touch this season.
Stewart’s 95-yard punt return against TCU is a OSU and Big 12 record.
OSU is the third straight ranked opponent on Iowa State’s schedule. Texas is the lone unranked squad the Cyclones will have faced in October.
Only one player on the Cyclones offensive line, Daniel Burton, has started every game. ISU has had a different starting offensive line in all six games this season.
Jeremiah George leads the Big 12 in tackles per game at 11.5. The ISU linebacker ranks fifth nationally in that category.
ISU is one of two teams to have two players averaging double digit tackles (George and Jacques Washington).
ISU defeated OSU 37-31 in the teams’ last meeting in Ames, Iowa. OSU was the No. 2 team in the BCS at the time, making the win one of the best in Cyclones’ history.
Baylor’s 71 points were the most ISU has given up since allowing 77 to Nebraska in 1997.
Sam Richardson had taken every snap for the Cyclones until Grant Rohach replaced him against Baylor in his first career appearance.
ISU coach Paul Rhoads is 4-17 against ranked opponents.
Oklahoma and Texas Tech have split their last six meetings with the Red Raiders snapping OU’s 39-game win streak with a 41-38 victory in Norman, Okla. in their last meeting at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on Oct. 22, 2011. OU won 41-20 in Lubbock last season.
TTU’s 7-0 record assures the Red Raiders of a winning season for the 18th time in 19 years.
Kliff Kingsbury is the first coach in Big 12 history to win his first seven games.
The Red Raiders have already surpassed their turnover total from 2012. Their 12 forced turnovers are one more than the 11 they forced a year ago.