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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
The Big 12's top returning TD makers

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Inspired by (read: ripped off) our friends over at the SEC blog, we'll take a look today at who brings back the most scoring in the league.

It's also an interesting look at exactly how many times teams crossed the goal line last season, a total stat that, for whatever reason, doesn't get looked at very much.

It's obviously no guaranteed predictor of success, but it's an interesting look at the boiled down "returning starters" number we always hear about in the months leading up to the season.

1. Texas A&M -- 93.6 percent
47 offensive touchdowns (44 return)
28 passing touchdowns (15 return)
28 receiving touchdowns (27 return)
19 rushing touchdowns (17 return)

2. Missouri -- 88.9 percent
45 offensive touchdowns (40 return)
17 passing touchdowns (1 returns, James Franklin)
17 receiving touchdowns (17 return)
28 rushing touchdowns (23 return)

3. Kansas -- 87.5 percent
24 offensive touchdowns (21 return)
11 passing touchdowns (11 return)
11 receiving touchdowns (9 return)
13 rushing touchdowns (12 return)

4. Texas -- 79.3 percent
29 offensive touchdowns (23 return)
10 passing touchdowns (10 return)
10 receiving touchdowns (7 return)
19 rushing touchdowns (16 return)

5. Oklahoma State -- 72.6 percent
62 offensive touchdowns (45 return)
36 passing touchdowns (36 return)
36 receiving touchdowns (35 return, Colton Chelf)
26 rushing touchdowns (10 return)

6. Baylor -- 70.8 percent
48 offensive touchdowns (34 return)
23 passing touchdowns (23 return, including one by WR Kendall Wright)
23 receiving touchdowns (21 return)
25 rushing touchdowns (13 return)

7. Oklahoma -- 59 percent
61 offensive touchdowns (36 return)
38 passing touchdowns (38 return)
38 receiving touchdowns (29 return)
23 rushing touchdowns (7 return)

8. Texas Tech -- 35.7 percent
56 offensive touchdowns (20 return)
39 passing touchdowns (none return)
39 receiving touchdowns (11 return)
17 rushing touchdowns (9 return)

9. Iowa State -- 34.5 percent
29 offensive touchdowns (10 return)
14 passing touchdowns (1 returns, Jerome Tiller)
14 receiving touchdowns (6 return)
15 rushing touchdowns (4 return)

10. Kansas State -- 26.8 percent
56 offensive touchdowns (15 return)
16 passing touchdowns (1 returns, Collin Klein)
16 receiving touchdowns (9 return)
40 rushing touchdowns (6 return)

A couple thoughts/notes: