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Friday, October 31, 2008
Emptying the notebook for a Friday afternoon

By staff

Posted by's Tim Griffin

Here's a collection of tidbits, notes and quotes I've been saving for Friday afternoon. Enjoy them.


Sizzling: Oklahoma's running game. Tailbacks Chris Brown and DeMarco Murray have produced 421 yards and six touchdowns in the Sooners' last two games, averaging 6.5 yards per carry.

Hot: Kansas State receiver Ernie Pierce, who produced 11 catches for 176 yards last week against Oklahoma. He had six catches all season before last week.

Not: Colorado, which fumbled on two of its first four snaps and went downhill from there in a 58-0 shellacking at Missouri.

Hot: Baylor quarterbacks, who have gone seven straight games without throwing an interception.

Not: Baylor kicker Ben Parks, who shanked a 19-yard field goal and had an extra point blocked last week against Nebraska.

Hot: Kansas wide receiver Kerry Meier, who needs seven receptions to set the school's single-season record of 70 set by Richard Estell in 1985.

Not: Kansas punt returner Daymond Patterson, who has four muffs in his last four games.

Hot: Missouri defensive end Stryker Sulak, who has forced five fumbles in his last eight games.

Not: Nebraska's defense, which allowed plays of 43, 40, 47, 34 and 44 yards against Baylor last week.

Hot: Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who has combined for 1,083 passing yards and six touchdowns in his last three games.

Not: Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing, who had less than 200 yards passing last week for the first time in 13 games.

Hot: Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz. When the final three games of last season are included, Ganz has fired 30 touchdown passes in his last 11 games.

Not: Oklahoma State's offensive line, which allowed five sacks last week against Texas after allowing seven in the previous seven games of the season.

Frigid: Colorado's offense. The Buffaloes are averaging 10.5 points per game in conference games. The next lowest team, Baylor, is averaging 20.2 points per game.


"We're not Kansas." Texas defensive tackle Roy Miller to the Houston Chronicle after learning that Texas Tech had scored 63 points on the Jayhawks.

"I don't rank them. They're all exciting to play for," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, on whether Saturday's game against Texas is the biggest he's ever prepared for.

"Relax. Have fun. Smile a little bit. My job is to get these kids to stay balanced, stay focused," Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, who told the Boulder Camera he wants his team to maintain a loose attitude this season.

"We're going to win championships because of the experience we're getting and how much the players want it. The young guys have really jumped on the boat." Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray told the San Antonio Express-News about the Aggies' group of young players who are receiving extensive playing time this season.

"It's not as big of a deal as it was back then, but it's still a big deal for us. Guys still get really excited. Just the name 'Nebraska-Oklahoma' kind of gives a chill up your spine." Nebraska quarterback Joe Ganz, who told reporters about the Cornhuskers' rivalry with Oklahoma.

"I'm looking forward to meeting him. I hope the media gets a really good picture of me sacking him so he can have something to hang up on his wall," Missouri defensive end Brian Coulter, talking about his upcoming game against Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin, a distant cousin.

"It happens to everybody from time to time in college football. You get a day where the snowball starts rolling down the hill, and it gets bigger and bigger and bigger, and before you know it, you've got no chance to stop it, and it runs you over." Kansas coach Mark Mangino, after his team's 63-21 loss to Texas Tech last week.



1,116 -- Rushing yards for Big 12 leader Kendall Hunter. No other Big 12 back has eclipsed 650 so far this season.


Three Big 12 teams rank among the top six teams in halftime scoring margin. Here's a look at them.

Top Six Teams By Halftime Scoring Margin
TeamAverage lead at the half
Penn State17.0
Texas Tech15.6
Source: ESPN Research


Texas Tech by far is the best team in pass protection this season. Here's a list of the top four teams this season in terms of pass plays per sack.

Top Four Teams By Pass Plays Per Sack
TeamPass plays per sack
Texas Tech131.3
Kansas State48.5
Source: ESPN Research

Note: Texas ranks second nationally with 29 sacks, meaning Texas Tech will be facing a big challenge against the Longhorns' defensive front.


Bob Stoops has already moved into second place in terms of most victories in his first 10 seasons as a head coach. Here's how the Oklahoma coach ranks in terms of the most wins in his first 10 seasons in major college history.

  1. George Woodruff, 1892-01, 124
  2. Bob Stoops, 1999-present, 104
  3. Paul Johnson, 1997-06, 99
  4. Barry Switzer, 1973-82, 98

Source: ESPN Research