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Thursday, February 28, 2013
How well can you defend explosive plays?

By David Ubben

We looked at explosive plays on offense earlier this week, but today, we're taking a closer look at the defensive side of the ball. Which Big 12 teams were most adept at preventing big plays? Along with forcing turnovers, I think that's one of the most important things you can do as a defense. Let's get to the numbers. Here's the number of plays longer than 20 yards each Big 12 defense gave up:
  1. Kansas State: 40
  2. TCU: 42
  3. Oklahoma State: 46
  4. Texas Tech: 49
  5. Oklahoma: 58
  6. Iowa State: 60
  7. Texas: 64
  8. Baylor: 69
  9. Kansas: 76
  10. West Virginia: 78

No huge surprises, but here's a few thoughts:
Now, how about percentages? What percentage of each team's plays defended went for longer than 20 yards?
  1. Kansas State: 4.42 percent
  2. TCU: 4.91 percent
  3. Oklahoma State: 4.45 percent
  4. Texas Tech: 5.52 percent
  5. Iowa State: 5.96 percent
  6. Baylor: 6.39 percent
  7. Oklahoma: 6.41 percent
  8. Texas: 7.2 percent
  9. West Virginia: 7.93 percent
  10. Kansas: 8.91 percent

I'm taking TCU as the best defense against explosive plays, but K-State's not too far behind. That late-season charge was remarkable, and gives you a good idea of why so many folks are charged up about that Frogs D heading into 2013.