Friday, November 2, 2012
Big 12 did you know: Week 10
By David Ubben
Time for another round of fun facts across the Big 12 that should come into play this week. As always, these come courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info and various sports information departments around the Big 12.
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Did you know ...
- Kansas State is first nationally in drive starting position, at its own 40.
- The nation's top five teams in that stat have just three combined losses.
- Kansas State is tied for second nationally with 3.6 penalties a game.
- Kansas State is tied for fourth nationally converting 54 percent of its third downs.
- Kansas State has yet to give up a point off one of its turnovers, the best mark in the FBS.
- K-State kick returner Tyler Lockett ranks eighth nationally with 29.7 yards per return. Five of his 12 returns have been longer than 30 yards.
- On throws 20 yards or longer last year, Collin Klein completed 44 percent of his passes for four touchdowns and two interceptions.
- This year, he's completing 60 percent of those same throws with seven touchdowns and no interceptions.
- On those throws last year against Oklahoma State, Klein was 2-of-6 for 56 yards and an interception.
- Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt has completed just 5-of-18 (27.8 percent) of his passes longer than 20 yards this season. J.W. Walsh completed 47.4 percent of those passes this season.
- Lunt was 1-of-4 for 38 yards last week against TCU on throws longer than 20 yards.
- Kansas State's offense has just 86 drives this season, the second-fewest in FBS.
- Kansas State's offense is fifth nationally in scoring, however. It has scored touchdowns on 42 of those drives.
- It ranks first nationally in drives per touchdowns (2.2), plays per touchdowns (12), and touchdown percentage (48.8).
- Over the past two seasons, Collin Klein leads the FBS with 45 rushes for first downs on third down, including 12 on third downs with longer than five yards to go.
- Collin Klein averages 9.1 yards a carry on zone read plays this year, compared to 5.2 last season.
- Lunt's completion percentage against the blitz (50) is 16 percentage points lower than when defenses drop at least seven defenders into coverage.
- Klein, meanwhile, has completed 16 of 20 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns against the blitz in his past two games.
- Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle has 479 yards after contact this year, the third-most among backs from AQ conferences.
- Randle, though, averages three yards a carry after contact, a higher rate than the two backs ahead of him, Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell.
- Seth Doege has 13 touchdown passes and no interceptions on throws longer than 15 yards. That's the best ratio in the FBS.
- He's completing 51 percent of his throws longer than 15 yards, the fifth-best mark nationally.
- Texas' defense gave up 15 throws longer than 25 yards all last season.
- The Longhorns have already given up 18 of the same completions this year.
- Johnathan Gray didn't have a single carry longer than 20 yards in his first four games. He has three in his last four games.
- His yards after contact per rush is up to 2.3 yards a carry vs. 1.6 in the first four games.
- David Ash completed 55.6 percent of his passes longer than 15 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions through the season's first five games.
- He's completed 23.5 percent of those passes in the past three games with no touchdowns and three interceptions.
- In those three games, Ash is 3-of-6 when targeting Mike Davis on throws longer than 15 yards. He's 1-of-11 when targeting the rest of the team on those throws.
- Seth Doege is completing 79.1 percent of his passes in the red zone, the second-highest percentage in the FBS. Last year against Texas, he was 5-of-7 with two touchdowns in the red zone.
- Landry Jones completed 49 percent of his throws longer than 15 yards last year. This season, he's down to 39 percent.
- Oklahoma averaged just 2.4 yards per carry against Notre Dame, the worst mark of the season. They also averaged just 1.2 yards per carry before contact, the worst mark of the season.
- Texas' offense has 21 touchdown drives longer than 75 yards this season, the most in the FBS.
- In his first four games, Geno Smith completed 72.4 percent of his throws longer than 15 yards with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
- In his past three games, Smith has completed 3 of 27 (11 percent) of those throws with no touchdowns and two interceptions.
- West Virginia averaged 220 yards after the catch in its first five games, all wins.
- It's averaging just 119 yards after the catch in its last two games, both losses.
- Both of Smith's interceptions this season have come on throws targeting receivers other than Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey.
- TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin completed all 13 of his pass attempts on third down against Baylor. He's just 9-of-25 since in losses to Texas Tech and Oklahoma State.
- Baylor has 14 touchdown drives in under a minute this season. Against Iowa State last week, the Bears had just one.
- Nick Florence has three of the top six games in Baylor history in single-game passing yards.
- Steele Jantz tied the school record for completions (36) and touchdown passes (5) last week against Baylor.
- Iowa State ran 102 plays last week, tying a school record and racking up 557 yards of offense, the most since 2008 against Kansas State.
- James Sims' streak of four consecutive 100-yard games is the most in KU history since Tony Sands all the way back in 1991.
- KU tackle Tanner Hawkinson has 44 consecutive starts, the most for a Jayhawk since 2000.
- KU threw seven passes last week, the fewest in a game since 1992.
- KU has already surpassed last year's interception total (8) with nine picks this season.