Did you know: Week 8
October, 22, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Here's this week's collection of things you probably didn't (or shouldn't) know about Saturday's game. Many thanks to ESPN Stats and Information, as well as various sports information departments around the Big 12.
- Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is completing 73.8 percent of his passes on first and second downs, but just 44 percent on third down. His 97.8 passer efficiency rating ranks 98th out of 109 passers with at least 30 attempts on third down.
- Missouri has stopped 24.6 percent of opponent running plays behind the line of scrimmage. Only Miami, Boise State and Kent State have been better.
- Opponents have scored touchdowns on just 26.7 percent of visits to the red zone against Missouri. The Tigers lead the nation in the statistic.
- Missouri's defense has allowed opponents to cross midfield on 36 possessions this season. Only 11 times have those drives resulted in points. The Tigers lead the nation in that statistic as well.
- Missouri's defense is the only team in college football who hasn't given up a goal-to-go touchdown this season. Opponents are 0-4 in those situations.
- Missouri has never held a Bob Stoops-coached Oklahoma team to less than 25 points.
- Missouri has scheduled Oklahoma 15 times as a homecoming opponent, and holds an 8-6 record in those games.
- If Missouri wins on Saturday, it will be 7-0 for just the third time in school history. (1960 and 1899)
- Oklahoma has led by at least 15 points in every game its played this season.
- Nebraska's Taylor Martinez was 1-of-8 on throws beyond 10 yards against Texas, after going 7-of-10 for 234 yards and two scores against Washington and Kansas State.
- Martinez averaged 13 yards a carry from the zone read going into last week's game. Against Texas, he ran it six times for minus-3 yards.
- Nebraska has allowed just 51 plays of longer than 10 yards this season, fourth-fewest in college football.
- The 12.9 percent of plays that have gone for longer than 10 yards is second best nationally, behind only Texas.
- Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden has thrown for 762 yards, seven touchdowns and had 11 completions of longer than 20 yards in the third quarter of games this season.
- Nebraska is 0-17 since 1997 in games on the road against top 20 opponents, and 11 of those losses have been by double digits.
- Nebraska is 6-0 in its last six road games, including conference play.
- Saturday will be the 36th time a Big 12 site has hosted ESPN's "College GameDay."
- Kansas State is 6-1 all-time against Baylor.
- After at least four turnovers in their past four games, Texas A&M was turnover-free against Missouri.
- Iowa State's A.J. Klein has six 10-tackle games, two more than anyone else in the conference.
- Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon has had the two biggest receiving games (207, 190 yards) of anyone in the conference in his past two outings.
- Baylor hasn't had a chance to play for bowl eligibility since 1995. It now has five chances at 5-2.
- Baylor has scored at least 30 points in three games to start conference play for the first time in school history.
- Colorado is one of just 13 teams nationally converting at least half of its third downs, and has held opponents to just 22-of-68 on third down.
- Texas A&M's Jerrod Johnson needs 155 total yards to break Reggie McNeal's school record for total offense in a career at 8,876 yards.
- Baylor is 12-32 against teams from the North in Big 12 play and 4-67 against teams from the South.
BIG 12 SCOREBOARD
11:00 AM ET Nevada Louisiana-Lafayette 2:20 PM ET Utah State UTEP 3:30 PM ET 22 Utah Colorado State 5:45 PM ET Western Michigan Air Force 9:15 PM ET South Alabama Bowling Green
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State