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Friday, October 24, 2008
Emptying out the notebook on a Friday

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's a collection of factoids, notes and quotes that I came up with during the course of the week.

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Texas A&M, which started the season at 2-5 for the first time since 1980.

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JAWJACKING

"I expect perfection. I know I'm not going to get it, but I expect it. When I see a guy out of his gap or I see a guard getting whooped on a running play, I expect more than that. If they are on the field in the Big 12 I expect more out of them."

-- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik, who told the Ames Tribune he's expecting to see his team play better despite its early struggles in Big 12 play.

"She's a mom for everybody on the team and not just No. 7."

-- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins on how his wife, Misti, is handling the demotion of their son, Cody. Her son's uniform number is 7.

"I was embarrassed because of the yards they put up against."

-- Kansas safety Justin Thornton, who told the Topeka Capital-Journal he was disappointed about his team's defensive performance against Oklahoma last week.


"It's not like they live across town. They all live down the street. We're all from the same neighborhood."

-- Baylor coach Art Briles on the tough competition his team faces in the Big 12 South.

"A lot of people say I look like a linebacker but I don't necessarily feel like one."

-- 230-pound Oklahoma safety-turned-linebacker Nic Harris about his position change.

"We don't have a free-agent wire, and it's not like he's shanking them all over the place ... He'll kick his way out of it."

-- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, who told the Rocky Mountain News he expects kicker Aric Goodman to break out of his extended kicking slump.

"The team goals are friggin' out the window. Now, it's do-or-die time."

-- Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who told the Kansas City Star that the wounded Tigers are facing dire circumstances heading into the Colorado game.

THE BIG 12 -- IN FACTOIDS

THE NUMBER

155 -- Consecutive passes thrown by Robert Griffin without an interception. That's an NCAA record and eclipsed the previous mark of 148 that was set by current Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy when he played for the Cowboys.

BY THE NUMBERS, PART I

The number of three-and-outs has become a fashionable statistic to judge the effectiveness of an offense. Missouri had a big streak before last week and so did Kansas State. Here's a look at how a couple of Big 12 teams rank nationally in three-and-outs on offense:

BY THE NUMBERS, PART II

This is the week of lopsided rivalries in the Big 12. The folks at ESPN Stats & Analysis came up with these nuggets about Saturday's six conference games.

BY THE NUMBERS, PART III

Texas has made Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy miserable the last few years, coming back from at least 19-point deficits for comeback victories in three of the last four seasons. All of them rank among the Longhorns' biggest comeback victories in school history. Here's a look at the biggest comeback victories in Texas history, thanks to the Big 12 Research Department.

Biggest Comeback Wins In Texas Football History
YearOpponentDeficitFinal score
2004 Oklahoma State 28 W, 56-35
2007 Oklahoma State 21 W, 38-35*
2006 Texas Tech 21 W, 35-31
2005 Oklahoma State 19 W, 47-28
2001 Washington 19 W, 47-43
*Trailed 35-14 early in the fourth quarter

BY THE NUMBERS, PART IV

Oklahoma State's offense has improved every season under Mike Gundy. Here's a look at how the Cowboys have developed offensively in his four-season coaching tenure, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Analysis:

Oklahoma State Offense Under Mike Gundy
YearRushRankPassRankTotal Off.Rank
2008 283.1 5 218.3 52 501.4 7
2007 243.2 8 243.2 45 486.3 7
2006 208.0 7 201.8 54 409.8 16
2005 153.9 48 170.9 98 324.8 92
Note: Totals are per-game average and ranking is OSU's national ranking in the statistic.