Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Big 12's 1,000-yard rusher droughts
By David Ubben
I saw colleague Heather Dinich's look at the longest 1,000-yard rusher droughts in the ACC earlier this week, and got curious: What about the Big 12 droughts?
No big surprise, Texas Tech leads the way by a long, long time.
Florida State has the nation's longest 1,000-yard rusher drought (Warrick Dunn, 1996), but Tech is only two years behind.
The Big 12 had just three 1,000-yard rushers last year among teams that return for 2012, but every other team in the Big 12 has had at least one 1,000-yard rusher since 2007.
The last team to have two 1,000-yard rushers? Oklahoma's record-setting offense in 2008, which scored more points than anyone in college football history. DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown both topped quadruple digits.
The Big 12 is known for its passing acumen, and perhaps no one is synonymous with that than Texas Tech. Last year, Eric Stephens was well on his way to a 1,000-yard season before dislocating his knee, among other damage.
Here's how long each team's drought has been:
- Baylor: Terrance Ganaway, 2011: 1,547 yards
- Oklahoma State: Joseph Randle, 2011: 1,216 yards
- Kansas State: Collin Klein, 2011: 1,141 yards
- Oklahoma: DeMarco Murray, 2010: 1,224 yards
- TCU: Ed Wesley, 2010: 1,078 yards
- West Virginia: Noel Devine, 2009: 1,465 yards
- Iowa State: Alexander Robinson, 2009: 1,193 yards
- Texas: Jamaal Charles, 2007: 1,619 yards
- Kansas: Brandon McAnderson, 2007: 1,135 yards
- Texas Tech: Ricky Williams, 1998: 1,582 yards