Big 12 did you know: Week 8


Time to run down a few fun facts and tidbits regarding this weekend's games across the Big 12. As always, these come courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info and various sports information departments around the Big 12.

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Did you know ...

  • Last season, ranked opponents completed 54 percent of throws longer than 20 yards with 10 touchdowns and one interception against Texas Tech.

  • So far this season, Geno Smith and Landry Jones completed a combined 1-of-18 throws longer than 20 yards against Texas Tech with no touchdowns.

  • So far this season, Trevone Boykin is 4-of-10 on throws longer than 20 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

  • Geno Smith completed 66.7 percent of his throws longer than 15 yards in his first five games this season. Last week, he was 2-of-18 (11 percent).

  • Nine of those throws were off-target, and not drops, breakups or completions.

  • In his first five games, Smith had eight off-target throws on passes longer than 15 yards.

  • Smith attempted just one pass last week with an empty backfield. On the season, he averages 4.4 attempts with no backs in the backfield and has completed 22-of-23 passes, averaging 16.1 yards per attempt on those passes.

  • Tavon Austin has 491 yards after the catch this season, the most among any player from an AQ-conference school.

  • Kansas State averages 7.3 yards a play when quarterback Collin Klein either passes or runs.

  • When the ball is not in his hands, it averages 6.0 yards per play.

  • Last week, Klein ran or threw the ball on 49 plays, a season-high, and a career high without a turnover.

  • Since last season, Kansas State is 0-2 when Klein commits at least two turnovers.

  • On play-action, Klein is completing 71.3 percent of his passes.

  • On play-action, Smith is completing 70.8 percent of his passes.

  • West Virginia has allowed 35 completions longer than 20 yards this season, tied with Ball State for the most in the FBS.

  • WVU has allowed at least five completions longer than 20 yards in five games this season, including each of the past four.

  • Texas Tech has given up just eight plays longer than 20 yards this season, fewest in FBS and three fewer than No. 2: Alabama.

  • Tech gave up just two plays longer than 20 yards last week against West Virginia, which previously averaged 6.8 plays longer than 20 yards a game.

  • Boykin is 20-of-24 on third downs this season, including 13-of-13 last week against Baylor. That completion percentage (83.3) is second highest in the FBS.

  • Seth Doege is completing 73 percent of his passes, but just 59 percent against the blitz, nine percent lower than last season. His two interceptions vs. the blitz are already more than he threw all of last season. He's also allowed two sacks vs. the blitz, compared to three in all of last season.

  • Boykin is completing 76 percent of his 25 attempts against the blitz, with two touchdowns and no picks.

  • Kansas State's average drive begins on its 40-yard line, vs. opponents beginning on their own 26. That +14 advantage leads the FBS.

  • 55.6 percent of J.W. Walsh's first-down pass attempts have come off play-action.

  • Those passes travel 13.6 yards through the air, compared to 6.7 yards on plays with no fake.

  • On throws longer than 10 yards, Walsh hasn't thrown an interception, but has five touchdowns and has completed 59.5 percent of his attempts.

  • Texas has given up 10 passes longer than 30 yards through six games this season. Last season, the Horns gave up just 11 passes longer than 30 yards.

  • Baylor's offense leads the FBS with 22 completions longer than 30 yards this season, including 11 touchdowns.

  • Baylor receiver Terrance Williams has eight catches for longer than 40 yards this season, the most in FBS.

  • Seven of those eight catches were on passes thrown at least 20 yards downfield. Williams has 13 catches on throws of this length, two more than Texas' entire team.