Friday, November 21, 2008
The Big 12 in factoids
By David Ubben
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
Sorry about the late posting tonight. Just chalk it up as one of the most interesting of all travel days.
But here, without fail, are some nuggets that I gleaned while cleaning out the notebook this week. Enjoy them.
- Prior to this season and this month, Texas Tech had played in only three matchups of top-10 teams in its football history. Now the Red Raiders are playing in such a game for the third straight outing (after beating No. 1 Texas and No. 9 Oklahoma State).
- Oklahoma State's victory over Colorado finished off a 15-3 record for the South against the North this season -- tied for the most lopsided in the history of the league. It matched the 2004 season as the most lopsided interdivision record in the conference's 11-year history.
- Iowa State will be attempting to become the first Big 12 Nort Division team since Iowa State in 2003 to go 0-8. The Cyclones have held a lead in only three of their seven Big 12 games.
- Missouri senior William Moore has returned four interceptions for touchdowns in his career, tops among active major-college players. His pick for six last week against Iowa State was his first interception of the season.
- Oklahoma has produced 15 turnovers in its four-game winning streak since Texas game.
- Baylor's 269 rushing yards against Texas A&M last week was the Bears' most in a Big 12 game.
- Michael Crabtree is one game shy of tying Larry Fitzgerald's NCAA record of producing five recepitons and a touchdown grab in 14 straight games.
- Joe Ganz's career-high 95 yards rushing last week against Kansas State were the most by a Nebraska quarterback since Jammal Lord rushed for 109 against Texas A&M in 2003.
- Texas Tech has never beaten Oklahoma and Texas in the same season. "We'd never been 10-0, but we've done that," quarterback Graham Harrell told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
- Texas Tech is looking for its first outright championship since winning the Border Conference in 1955.
- Missouri and Oklahoma State are the only teams in the Big 12 to have their offensive line starters remain intact for this entire season.
- Texas Tech has averaged 16.3 points in four previous games at Owen Field, 23.8 points per game against the Sooners in Lubbock and 38.5 points per game in the other 104 games during Mike Leach's career with the Red Raiders.