Emptying out the Big 12 notebook for this week

October, 17, 2008
10/17/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are a few tidbits and assorted information at the end of the week.

Enjoy.

WHO'S HOT AND NOT

Sizzling:

Baylor's running game. The Bears have produced 1,237 yards per game this season. Putting that in perspective, the Bears rushed for 1,416 yards during the 2006 and 2007 seasons combined.

Hot:

Missouri tight end Chase Coffman, who needs three catches to become Missouri's all-time receptions leader.

Not:

Oklahoma State, which has produced only six sacks this season


Hot:

Texas' defense, which is the only one in the country not to allow a rushing touchdown this season.

Not:

Nebraska, which is 1-8 in Big 12 games since beating Iowa State last season.


Hot:

Kansas playing on the road. The Jayhawks are 6-5 in their last 11 road games, with all five losses coming by a touchdown or less.

Not:

Kansas' first half performance in Big 12 games. The Jayhawks have scored seven first-half points in their first two conference games.


Hot:

Kansas State's special teams. The Wildcats lead the nation with six blocked kicks - four punts and two extra points - and the punt-return unit has produced five touchdowns this season. To put that in perspective, there have been 10 touchdowns scored via punt returns or punt blocks this season in the Big 12.

Not:

Kansas State's defense. The Wildcats have been gashed for at least 500 yards in each of their last four games.


Hot:

 
Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson. He set school records for total offense (487 yards) and passing yards (419 yards) in a loss to Kansas State last week. Johnson has completed 53 of 84 passes for 637 yards and four touchdowns in two starts since taking over for injured senior Stephen McGee.

Not:

Colorado freshman tailback Darrell Scott, who has struggled with injuries this season and rushed for only 156 yards and 3.7 yards per carry so far this season.


Hot:

Baylor's offense, which has not committed a turnover in four games. That is the longest streak in the school's modern football history, dating at least to 1946.

Not:

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins, who continues to rank last among Big 12 starters in passing efficiency, averaging 9.26 yards per completion.



Hot:

Oklahoma wide receiver Manny Johnson, who has produced seven TD receptions among his 16 grabs over the last three weeks.

Not:

Missouri tailback Derrick Washington, who produced 11 rushing yards last week after averaging 100 in his first five games this season.


Hot:

Missouri wide receiver Tommy Saunders, who is already five yards away from matching his receiving total last season.


Not:

Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who had his first three interception game since a loss to Oklahoma in 2006.

Frigid:

Kansas kick returner Marcus Hereford, who led the conference with a 28.6 yard per return average last season. Herford's longest return this season is 26 yards.


CURIOUS FACTOIDS THAT CAUGHT ME AS A LITTLE BIT OUT OF THE ORDINARY ...

  • Colorado's offensive line last week against Kansas marked only the second time this season the Buffaloes have used the same five starters on the offensive line as they used the previous week.
  • Missouri is 0-10 in previous games against No. 1 teams.
  • Nebraska's six opponents so far this season are a combined 29-7.
  • Despite his struggles against Oklahoma State, Chase Daniel completed 25 of his last 27 passes last week.
  • Texas has won at least four straight games after the game against Oklahoma for nine consecutive seasons.
  • Oklahoma hasn't lost back-to-back regular season games since losing to Notre Dame and Texas on Oct. 2, 1999 and Oct. 9, 1999, in Coach Bob Stoops' first season.

THE LIST, PART I

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy needs four touchdowns passing and running to break the school record for most touchdowns accounted for in a career. Here's a list of the school's leaders heading into Saturday's game against Missouri.

Vince Young 81
Colt McCoy 78
Ricky Williams 76
Chris Simms 68
Cedric Benson 67


Source: ESPN.com research

THE LIST, PART II

Several Big 12 teams are among the most explosive offenses in the nation this season. Here's a list of the top teams in the nation with the most 20-plus yard plays this season.

Tulsa 57
Penn State 45
Missouri 44
Texas Tech 43


Source: ESPN research department


The LIST, PART III

Big 12 teams also rank among the nation's most prolific scoring teams, with three ranking among the top four in percentage of touchdown drives this season. Here's a list of the national leaders

Tulsa 51.3 percent
Oklahoma 48.8 percent
Texas Tech 47.4 percent
Texas 43.6 percent

Source: ESPN research department

JAWJACKING

  • " I think they should be the NFC West. Every week you just have to make sure your team and yourself are at the peak of your game. That's the reality of it. You're seeing fantastic players and coaches and teams," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, on the strength of teams in the Big 12.
  • "Underdogs, overdogs, whatever you want to call it. It doesn't matter to us. We're going to prepare as much as we possibly can and overprepare more than we ever have to get ready for this game," Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel on his team's outlook for this week's game against Texas.
  • "It's a great place to play. The fans are classy, they are loud, but they aren't allowed on the field. They can only send 11 guys out with our 11 guys," Kansas coach Mark Mangino on any homefield advantage enjoyed by Oklahoma, which is 57-2 in home games under Bob Stoops.
  • "It's at a whole new level. It's a blessing for college football. It's my curse that I'm trying to build a program at Iowa Sate," Iowa State coach Gene Chizik on the strength in the Big 12.
  • "It was just bad football," Chizik's description of his team's play at Baylor last week.
  • "We're not nearly as bad as all of you think. And we're probably not as good as people now think this week," Kansas State coach Ron Prince on his team's schizo performance during the last two weeks.
  • "We're going to keep working. There's still six games to play. I'm not going to quit, my coaches aren't going to quit and the players sure aren't going to quit." Hawkins, on his team's readiness for improvement despite a 3-3 start.
  • "If they ai
    n't got a number in front of their name, we ain't playing them," Baylor coach Art Briles, on his team's rough upcoming schedule with several ranking opponents.
  • "Across the board, this team is having a blast. It's the most fun I've ever had playing football," Texas quarterback Colt McCoy, on the Longhorns' 6-0 start.

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