Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Fun facts for the Big 12 bowls
By David Ubben ESPN.com
We've already downed one bowl game, but there's plenty left on the Big 12 slate. Here's a few fun facts and notes heading into those games, courtesy of ESPN Stats and Info.
We'll kick it off with some Texas-heavy facts, considering the Holiday Bowl kicks off shortly.
Baylor's Robert Griffin III will try to make it three straight bowl victories by Heisman Trophy winners.
Texas will play its first game in the postseason since the 2010 BCS National Championship Game when it takes on Cal in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl.
The Longhorns have won five of their past six bowl games. The loss to Alabama in that game is the only loss in that stretch. Alabama (58) is also the only school with more bowl appearances than Texas' 50.
The only schools with more bowl wins than Texas since 1998: Utah and Georgia.
The Longhorns missed a bowl game for the first time since 1997 last year, but Cal is renewing a streak, too. They missed out last year for the first time since 2002.
This is Texas' fifth trip to the Holiday Bowl. Only BYU has played in this game more often, with 11 appearances.
Texas was allowing 15.8 points per game in its five previous games before Baylor scored 48 in the season finale. It was also giving up 1.9 yards per carry. Baylor averaged five.
The Longhorns threw five touchdown passes, completed 38.2 percent of their passes, had a pass efficiency of 87.5 and averaged 1.5 yards per play in the red zone. Each of those marks were last in the Big 12.
Texas is 3-10 in the past three seasons when it loses the turnover battle.
In seven wins this season, Texas has 21 rushing touchdowns.
In its five losses, Texas has two rushing touchdowns.
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops is facing his alma mater, Iowa, for the first time. The Sooners have played Iowa just once, winning in 1979.
Before last year, Oklahoma State and Stanford had a combined three 10-win seasons and no 11-win seasons. Both have won at least 11 games in each of the past two seasons.
Baylor is playing in bowl games in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1991-92.
Dan McCarney is the only coach other than Paul Rhoads to win a bowl game at Iowa State.
After losing three consecutive bowl games, Heisman winners have won two consecutive bowls.
Even with a loss, No. 12 Baylor is likely to finish the season in the final AP poll for the first time since 1986.
If Iowa State beats Rutgers, it will win consecutive bowl games for the first time in school history.
Northwestern hasn't won a bowl game in five tries since the 1949 Rose Bowl. It faces Texas A&M in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, which has lost its past eight bowl games.
Baylor ranks outside the national top 100 in all major defensive stats (total defense, rush defense, pass defense, scoring defense). It ranks 95th in passing efficiency defense.
Iowa State is 6-6 with two three-game winning streaks, a four-game losing streak and a two-game losing streak. All six losses came to bowl teams.
Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill has completed just seven of his past 40 passes thrown 20 yards or more downfield, including 1-of-11 against Texas. He completed 12-of-21 to begin the season.