Big 12: aylor Bears

Emptying out the notebook on a Friday

November, 7, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin


Here are a few tidbits, notes and quotes from around the conference that I've collected over the past week. Enjoy them.

WHO'S HOT AND NOT

Sizzling:

Oklahoma running back Chris Brown, who is averaging 108.6 yards per game and 7.95 yards per carry in his last three games. And he's doing it while splitting time with DeMarco Murray in the Sooners' backfield platoon.



Hot:

Texas wide receiver Malcolm Williams, who produced 182 yards on four receptions in his most substantial playing time last week against Texas Tech. Williams also downed a punt at the Texas Tech 1 and contributed two special-teams tackles.

Not:

Texas Tech's offensive line, which allowed only one sack combined in the first seven games of the season, but two sacks in each of its last two games.


Hot:

Colorado's pass rush, which notched four sacks on 31 Texas A&M passing attempts last week. The Buffaloes had produced four sacks in their previous three games, a span of 115 passing attempts.

Not:

Colorado's sputtering offense. The Buffaloes have scored 31 points in five Big 12 games.


Hot:

Nebraska linebacker Tyler Wortman, who produced 11 tackles against Oklahoma. Wortman had seven tackles combined in the first eight games of the season.

Not:

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris, a key performer last season for the Jayhawks. He's been beaten out by Justin Thornton and converted wide receiver Daymond Patterson for the starting cornerback positions. Harris is listed as a backup free safety behind starter Phillip Strozier.


Hot:

Kansas State walk-on linebacker Alex Hrebec, who notched a team-high nine tackles after drawing a start against the Jayhawks.


Not:

Kansas State kick returner/wide receiver Deon Murphy, who vowed to "take one to the crib" for a touchdown against Kansas. He didn't come close, producing only 60 all-purpose yards against the Jayhawks.


Hot:

Missouri DE Brian Coulter, who produced six tackles and 1 sacks for theTigers vs. Baylor in his first career start.

Not:

Kansas WR Kerry Meier, who produced a season-low three receptions last week against Kansas State.


Hot:

Missouri WR Tommy Saunders, who produced seven receptions for a career-best 109 yards against Baylor last week.

Not:

Texas starting wide receivers Quan Cosby and Jordan Shipley, who combined for eight catches for 45 yards against Texas Tech, an average of 5.6 yards per catch.

Frigid:

Texas Tech's special teams. The Red Raiders have had nine kicks blocked this season - five extra points, three field goals and a punt. That total is the most of any team in the country.


JAWJACKING

Here are a few quotes that kept reporters titillated across the Big 12 this week.

"Oklahoma State is now the biggest game in the history of this year," Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, describing his team's approach to the Cowboys after beating No. 1 Texas last week.

"I don't believe in moral victories, but we showed that we come to play every day," Baylor freshman quarterback Robert Griffin told the Waco Tribune-Herald after the Bears' near-miss against Missouri last week.

"I'm 47, I still haven't made man," Leach on Mike Gundy's infamous "I'm a man. I'm 40" tirade.

"No, I don't wish I didn't say it. I mean, I'm confident. I'm that dude. That's just me. If anybody doesn't like it . . . oh, well." Kansas State wide receiver Deon Murphy told the Topeka Capital-Journal after his pre-game comments backfired after calling out Kansas before last week's game.


"Crab made an unbelievable catch, and not only did he make an unbelievable catch, he made an unbelievable run after that and got into the zone and got us a win." Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell, on Michael Crabtree's game-winning catch against Texas.

"That's crazy that they would drop. It surprises me, but all they can do is take care of their business," Nebraska coach Bo Pelini, after seeing Oklahoma drop from fourth to sixth in the BCS standings despite beating his Cornhusker team by 34 points last week.

"At least when they come crying wondering why they're not playing, they'll know why. It's pretty simple to see." - Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops to the Lincoln Journal-Star after his reserve defense has allowed late touchdowns against Kansas, Kansas State and Nebraska in its last three games.

"The snowball started rolling on us, and we didn't do anything to get it stopped," Pelini, after Oklahoma jumped to an early 35-0 lead over his team last week.

"That's going to teach him as a running back, you're never, ever going to be healthy. And once he realizes that, he'll be fine. He'll realize it this weekend." Colorado assistant coach Darian Hagan, who told the Rocky Mountain News that freshman Darrell Scott will have to adjust to the physical nature of college football.

"All we did was score too quickly. And then, two great players made a great play at the end," Texas coach Mack Brown, on Texas Tech's wild comeback last week.


THE NUMBER

254 - Yards needed by Nebraska wide receiver Nate Swift to break Johnny Rodgers' career receiving yardage record of 2,479.


THE BIG 12 - IN FACTOIDS

  • Baylor has lost 17 straight games in which they trailed at the half.
  • Each of Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops' four previous games against Texas A&M have been decided by seven points or less.
  • Oklahoma State will become only the second team in history to face three top-three teams in true road games in one season. The Cowboys beat No. 3 Missouri and then lost to No. 1 Texas before playing No. 3 Texas Tech on Saturday. The only other team to face such a gauntlet was the 1969 TCU team, which lost games at No. 1 Ohio State, No. 3 Arkansas and No.
    2 Texas.The Horned Frogs lost those games by a combined 155-13 margin.
  • Robert Griffin is the first player in Baylor history to rush for 10 TDs and pass for 10 TDs in same season.
  • Nebraska free safety Ricky Thenarse's interception snapped an interception drought that had stretched nearly six complete games for Nebraska. The Cornhuskers failed to produce an interception during a stretch of 142 opposing pass attempts - a period of 357 minutes, 42 seconds.
  • Kansas State has allowed two of its last three opponents to post season-high rushing totals - Colorado (247) and Kansas (280). And Oklahoma's 275-yard effort missed beating the Sooners' best mark by only one yard.
  • Texas Tech is off to a 5-0 start in conference play for the first time since 1953, when the Red Raiders were members of the Border Conference.
  • Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant needs three more touchdown receptions to match OSU's single-season TD reception record of 17 set by Rashaun Woods in 2002.
  • Baylor went 4-for-4 on fourth downs last week against Missouri. The Bears were 5-for-13 on third-down conversions.
  • Kansas State has allowed at least 50 points in a game three times this season - most since 1988.
  • Iowa State has forced three punts in the last two games. The Cyclones have forced four punts or fewer in four of their last five games and in six of nine games this season.
  • Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman has created 13 turnovers in his three games against Kansas.
  • Missouri tailback Derrick Washington failed to score a touchdown in last week's game for the first time this season.

BY THE NUMBERS, PART I

Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing has struggled in recent games after a hot start. He's averaging only 158 yards passing in his last two games, compared to an average of 331.7 yards per game in his first seven categories.

Here's an indication of how Reesing's production has dropped during the last two games.

Att. Comp. Int. Yds TD Pass Eff. rating W-L
First seven games 280 195 5 2322 17 155.77 5-2
Last two games 49 30 4 316 3 119.27 1-1


BY THE NUMBERS, PART II

Texas Tech will be facing a huge challenge of facing a top-10 team the week after beating the No. 1 team in the country. Only once since 1965 has a team been able to beat a No. 1 team and then beat a top-10 team the following week.

That team was the 1984 Oklahoma team, which was coached by Barry Switzer and featured current Texas coach Mack Brown as its offensive coordinator.

Here's a look at how teams fared the following week against a top-10 foe after beating a No. 1 team in their previous game (since 1965).


Team No. 1 team Score Next week (opponent/rank) Score


1993 Boston College @Notre Dame 41-39 West Virginia (No. 5) L, 14-17

1990 Michigan State @Michigan 28-27 @Illinois (No. 8) L, 13-15

1984 Oklahoma @Nebraska 17-7 Oklahoma State (No. 3) W, 24-14

1982 Notre Dame @Pittsburgh 31-16 Penn State (No. 5) L, 14-24

1981 Wisconsin Michigan 21-14 UCLA (No. 9) L, 13-31

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Department

BY THE NUMBERS, PART III


Michael Crabtree's dramatic game-winning touchdown pass did more than merely keep Texas Tech's BCS national title hopes alive. It also extended Crabtree's string of consecutive games with a touchdown reception to 12 games - with barely a second to spare.

Here's a list of the top consecutive touchdown reception streaks in college football history.

Years Player School Consecutive TD catch games

2002-03 Larry Fitzgerald Pittsburgh 18

2005-06 Jarett Dillard Rice 15

2001-02 Charles Rogers Michigan State 14

1990-91 Desmond Howard Michigan 13

1997 Randy Moss Marshall 13

2007-08 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech 12

1990-91 Aaron Turner Pacific 12

Source: ESPN Stats & Information Department

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