Big 12: Hart Lee Dykes

Big 12 did you know: Week 12

November, 18, 2011
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Time for our weekly dose of fun facts across the Big 12, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info and various Big 12 sports information departments.

Thanks, all. You make your readers the smartest people at their tailgates.
  • In three-plus seasons under Art Briles, Baylor has won 10 Big 12 games. In the 12 years prior to Briles' arrival, Baylor won 11 Big 12 games.
  • Since 2000, only three receivers have more than 10 games of 100 yards and 2 TD catches. Greg Jennings, Larry Fitzgerald ... and Justin Blackmon.
  • Texas has a losing record against just three teams its played 10 times: Kansas State, Notre Dame and ... Vanderbilt.
  • Oklahoma State's touchdown drives this season have averaged 1:49, the lowest of any team in the FBS.
  • When targeting Blackmon in the red zone, Brandon Weeden is completing 83 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Over the past two seasons, no QB-WR combo has more total touchdowns, red zone touchdowns or 20-plus yard touchdowns than Weeden and Blackmon.
  • Texas is 9-0 the past two seasons when attempting fewer than 30 passes, and 2-10 when attempting more than 30 passes.
  • Oklahoma's 20-0 record against Baylor is one of only three AQ conference rivalries in which one team has won every meeting (Penn State-Indiana, Florida State-Duke).
  • The past four meetings between Iowa State and Oklahoma State have all been decided by at least 26 points.
  • Weeden is completing more than 73 percent of his passes with 23 TDs and 3 INTs in Big 12 play.
  • On throws longer than 25 yards, Baylor QB Robert Griffin III is completing 58 percent of his passes with 15 touchdowns and 14 incompletions.
  • Griffin has a run of at least 10 yards in every game this year, with 25 total runs of longer than 10 yards.
  • Kansas State's four-overtime win over Texas A&M last year was only the second in school history. The first? A Big 12 Championship game loss to Texas A&M in 1998.
  • Texas is tied for second-fewest fewest completions of 20 yards or longer allowed, with 17. Alabama is No. 1, with 14. LSU also has 17.
  • The Longhorns are the only team in the FBS to not surrender a passing touchdown of longer than 20 yards. (And they played Oklahoma State.)
  • Kansas' 64 rushing attempts against Baylor last week were the most by a Jayhawks team since running 71 times in 1992 against Kansas State.
  • Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones didn't throw a single interception this season on passes targeting Ryan Broyles, who tore his ACL in Oklahoma's last outing. Broyles had 83 catches this year.
  • Jones completed three passes longer than 20 yards in four consecutive games and six of his last seven games. In 2009 and 2010, he did that just twice.
  • Texas has completed just 6 of 18 passes for one touchdown in the red zone. The Longhorns are 0-of-7 on third-down passes in the red zone this year.
  • Iowa State running back James White already has two 100-yard games this season since Shontrelle Johnson's injury.
  • Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein's 36 rushes of at least 10 yards lead all FBS quarterbacks.
  • Of Klein's 24 touchdowns, 21 have come from within 10 yards. No other player in the country has more than 16. Oklahoma State's Joseph Randle has the third-most, with 15.
  • Weeden has four of the top six passing games in school history.
  • The last time Texas went without a touchdown against Missouri: 1916.
  • Ranked opponents have completed 82.1 percent of their passes from 8-14 yards against Kansas State's defense for seven scores and one interception. Those quarterbacks were Weeden, Griffin and Jones.
  • Against Missouri, Texas QB David Ash was 4-of-15 for 95 yards on passes attempted longer than 10 yards.
  • Texas opponents are completing 44.8 percent of their passes on third down. That ranks sixth nationally.
  • The series between Oklahoma State and Iowa State in Ames stands at a corduroy-riffic 11-11-1.
  • Collin Klein's 35 rush attempts last week against Texas A&M were a single-game school record for quarterbacks.
  • Oklahoma has at least eight tackles for loss in each of its past five games.
  • Oklahoma State needs only 68 more points to break the school record for scoring in a single season. (1988)
  • Last week, Justin Blackmon passed the infamous Hart Lee Dykes in the Oklahoma State career receiving yards list.
  • Before last week, no opposing team had ever scored 60 points against Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium.
  • Last week's 4OT game between Kansas State and Texas A&M was the longest in the history of the Big 12.
  • Baylor's 21 punts are six fewer than any team in the FBS.

Bosworth tops Big 12 on 'Simply Saturday'

July, 1, 2011
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I hope you've enjoyed our Simply Saturday list this week.

It concludes today with the top 10, but only one player from the Big 12 cracked the top 10.

Former Sooners linebacker Brian Bosworth comes in at No. 6 on our all-time list of players best known for their football accomplishments in college.

Reached earlier this week by ESPN.com, Bosworth declined to be interviewed, but former Sooners Heisman winner Jason White answered a few questions this week.

Here's all the Big 12 talents who made our 50-man list.

No. 6: Brian Bosworth, LB, Oklahoma

Best known as "The Boz," the loud-mouthed linebacker sported a Mohawk and a fearsome reputation as a hitter. He won two Butkus Awards as the nation's best linebacker and is still the only player to win the award twice. A shoulder injury ended his career after just over two seasons with Seattle in the NFL. He went on to appear in several movies and was a commentator for the XFL after his career was over.

No. 34: J.C. Watts, QB, Oklahoma

He helped Barry Switzer and Oklahoma in consecutive Orange Bowls in 1980 and 1981, but eventually found success in politics, serving four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

No. 43: Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma

One of the Sooners’ other five Heisman winners, Owens racked up 17 consecutive 100-yard games and went 19th overall in the draft, but a knee injury forced him to retire after the 1974 season.

No. 45: Jason White, QB, Oklahoma

The Heisman winner took some time out for us at ESPN.com last week.

No. 49: Hart Lee Dykes, WR, Oklahoma State

He’s best known for getting four schools put on probation, but a broken kneecap ended his career early.

Roundup: Top 25, legends, KU coach chat

June, 29, 2011
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I’m glad you all made it without me. I'm back. Enjoyed the trip to California. Got some surfing and various other beachery in. There was also some Dodgers baseball, some Disneyland, lots of walking and most importantly, some good times with friends.

Anyway, here’s a bit of what we missed while I was away:

Lots of former Big 12ers on “Simply Saturday” list

You probably got a chance to at least gloss over our Q&A with former Oklahoma quarterback Jason White, who came in at No. 45 on our “Simply Saturday” list, which ranks the top 50 players of all-time who are best known for their college careers.

We’ll have more this week as it moves on, including a Big 12 wrap-up, but White’s not the only Big 12 player on the list.

No. 49: Hart Lee Dykes, WR, Oklahoma State

He’s best known for getting four schools put on probation, but a broken kneecap ended his career early.

No. 45: Jason White, QB, Oklahoma

The Heisman winner took some time out for us at ESPN.com last week.

No. 43: Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma

One of the Sooners’ other five Heisman winners, Owens racked up 17 consecutive 100-yard games and went 19th overall in the draft, but a knee injury forced him to retire after the 1974 season.

No. 34: J.C. Watts, QB, Oklahoma

He helped Barry Switzer and Oklahoma in consecutive Orange Bowls in 1980 and 1981, but eventually found success in politics, serving four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.

We’ll have more at the end of the week after we unveil the rest of the list.

Four from Big 12 on Blue Ribbon top 25

The Blue Ribbon Yearbook released its top 25, and four teams cracked the top 25. Here’s where they landed:

1. Oklahoma

8. Texas A&M

12. Oklahoma State

24. Missouri

It’s an interesting list. You could make a case either way on A&M and OSU, but ultimately, I think when the official AP and ESPN/USA Today preseason polls drop in August, you’ll see those two schools flipped. They’re very close in my book entering the season. Assuming they’re undefeated heading into their Sept. 24 showdown, I’d expect the team that’s simply more impressive in nonconference to hold the higher ranking.

Jayhawks OC Chuck Long sits down with ESPN.com



Kansas offensive coordinator, a former Iowa quarterback, helped us out with our Simply Saturday series by chatting with fans on Tuesday.

A few highlights:

John in Kansas City asked: With a lot of young talented running backs, what will be the approach to handling carries? Running Back by committee?

Chuck Long: Well, we still need to figure that out. That's what our training camp is for. We're all going in wide eyed. Miller was here in the spring and came along in a great way. Training camp will play out. We're not talking redshirting at this time. With the physicality of the Big 12, we'll need the guys. We'll let it play out. We do plan on running the football.

My take: Very interesting that Darrian Miller was the first name that came to mind for Long. I’m not taking any larger truths from that, but it’s very, very obvious that he’s going to be a big part of what they do this year.

Daniel in KC asked: How are the quarterbacks progressing this year?

CL: The QBs have been progressing very well. I think they've made some steps forward from last year. They had some rough experiences at times, but experience is experience. They have it under their belt. I thought in the spring that Jordan and Quin improved. We are starting to develop a better foundation there. We feel good about where they're at.

Jeff in Kansas asked: Do you feel the offensive line that will not only allow a good running game but enough pass protection to have an effective passing offense

CL: Yes we do. That's one of the things I wanted to mention before, our OL is better. We were going in cold last year. We had some experience on the OL, but not much. We really have that lined up. We know what they can do. We think we'll make some progress there. A lot of that too goes back to the QB position and our WRs getting open. We feel with a good run game, we'll be able to have better pass protection.

Greg in Kansas asked: What are you looking forward to most about 10 teams in the Big 12?

CL: We pick up teams like Oklahoma and Texas this year. Our schedule got tougher. That's the one thing. The other side of it, we play a round robin schedule. Everyone plays each other. That's good, it makes for a more pure champion of the league. This goes back to the Big 10 days when I was there, when there were only 10 teams there. I've gone full circle.

Lots more later today as the Big 12 Blog gets back to full speed.

Lunch links: Who saved the Big 12?

April, 25, 2011
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Chris Paul is better at basketball than you.

OSU's 2001 stunner over OU ranks as No. 19 on Big 12 list

June, 16, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Big 12 most memorable moments

Late OSU rally ruins OU's 2001 Big 12 South hopes

No. 19

Date: Nov. 24, 2001
Place: Owen Field, Norman, Okla.
Score: Oklahoma State 16, Oklahoma 13

Defending national champion Oklahoma was a heavy favorite heading into its regular-season finale, needing only to beat struggling Oklahoma State to wrap up its second-straight Big 12 South title under Bob Stoops.

The Sooners' hopes looked that much brighter after OSU starter Aso Pogi struggled in the first quarter, throwing two interceptions that sparked the insertion of freshman quarterback Josh Fields into the game.

One of the stories of the game was the transformation of the Cowboy defense, only a week after it was gashed for 517 yards by Baylor. But OSU repeatedly tormented Oklahoma quarterback Nate Hybl, who threw three interceptions and was sacked seven times.

Still, the Sooners led for much of the game. Quentin Griffin gave the Sooners an early lead in the second quarter on an 8-yard TD run. The Sooners held a 10-6 halftime lead after Tim Duncan added a 23-yard field goal sandwiched around a pair of field goals by Oklahoma State kicker Luke Phillips.

The two teams exchanged field goals early in the fourth quarter, setting the stage for Fields' late heroics. Phillips nailed consecutive 52-yard field goals to keep the Cowboys close.

After forcing its third consecutive three-and-out possession, OSU got the ball on the Oklahoma 35. Fields completed only three passes on the game-winning drive but he made them all count.

Fields first connected with Rashaun Woods on a 15-yard strike. He then kept the drive alive with a clutch third-down 31-yard pass to T.D. Bryant. On the next play, Fields hooked up again with Woods on a 14-yard game-winning TD toss with 1:36 left.

Oklahoma had one more chance, but Hybl's desperation pass was intercepted by Marcus Jones.

The victory touched off a wild celebration all across Texas after the Longhorns claimed an appearance in the Big 12 championship game. And it prematurely interrupted a barbecue celebration at the home of Texas defensive coordinator Carl Reese, who immediately went to work to prepare for the Longhorns' game against Colorado the next week.

The numbers: Woods produced eight receptions for 129 yards, giving him 80 for the season and breaking the then-school record of 74 set by Hart Lee Dykes in 1988. Oklahoma was limited to zero net yards of rushing on 27 carries. And the loss snapped a 19-game home winning streak for Oklahoma, including the first 18 home games under Stoops.

They said it, part I: "They are a good football team. They finally got an opportunity to show someone else," OSU coach Les Miles, describing his team's performance to reporters after the game.

They said it, part II: "I don't think we came into this game unprepared and looking ahead to next week. The team was outplayed and I was outcoached. That's really the only excuse I have for this loss," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, reflecting on his first-ever home loss with the Sooners.

They said it, part III: "Our two sons and my wife were screaming and shouting like they were on the sidelines. We had some unsportsmanlike conduct there I think," Texas coach Mack Brown, who described his reaction after the OSU victory to the Associated Press.

The upshot: The loss kept Oklahoma from the Big 12 championship game. Texas went in the Sooners' place, losing a 39-37 decision to Colorado in a game that will be described in detail later in this series.

The Sooners finished the season 11-2 with a 10-3 victory over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl, wrapping up the season at No. 6 in the final AP poll.

The upset boosted OSU to 4-7 with victories in its final two games. That fast finish help set the stage for an 8-5 record the following season and a trip to the Houston Bowl - the first post-season appearance under Miles and the Cowboys' first bowl trip since 1997.

Since then, Stoops has lost only other home game, a 17-10 season-opening loss to TCU in 2005. Stoops is 60-2 at Owen Field, including a current 24-game winning streak.

The countdown:

20. It's never over until it's over: Texas Tech's 2006 Insight Bowl rally vs. Minnesota
21. Reesing to Meier. Again and again: Kansas over Missouri in 2008
22. A Texas-sized comeback: Texas over Oklahoma State in 2004.
23. A Border War unlike any of the rest: Missouri over Kansas in 2007.
24. Seneca Wallace's wild TD run vs. Texas Tech in 2001.
25. Baylor's "So Much for Taking a Knee" in final-play 1999 loss to UNLV.

Mailbag: How good are OSU's offensive triplets?

May, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Happy Friday afternoon. Here are some of the more interesting letters I received during the past week.

Adam: Would you care to make any comparisons between Oklahoma State's ultra-talented trio of Zac Robinson/Dez Bryant/Kendall Hunter to other OSU trio greats of Mike Gundy/Barry Sanders/Hart Lee Dykes and Josh Fields/Rashaun Woods/Tatum Bell?

Tim Griffin: Adam, I think it terms of total firepower, the Gundy/Sanders/Dykes grouping was the best, followed by the current group of Robinson/Bryant/Hunter with Fields/Bell/Woods ranking last.

The reason I give the 80s group the edge is because of Sanders. Earlier this week, a national web site said that Sanders was the second-greatest living Heisman winner behind only two-time winner Archie Griffin. His rushing numbers are still mind-boggling.

And it would be interesting to see how much better Hart Lee Dykes would have done if he played in today's era where passing is such an important part. Dykes was by far the second offensive option on those teams and he still had 60, 61 and 74 catches in his three seasons as a starter.

That being said, I think that Zac Robinson could go down in history as the greatest quarterback in OSU history and Dez Bryant's numbers will end up being as good as anybody. But as good as Hunter is, he's still no Sanders.

Chance from Memphis, Tenn., writes: Thanks for the heads up regarding the possible Minnesota home-and-home addition for Texas. Didn't Texas have Utah and Arkansas on the 2009 schedule at one time, and both opted out?

TG: Chance, yes they did. Texas had a planned series with Utah for 2008 and 2009 called off fby the Utes. And after beating the Razorbacks in 2008, Arkansas officials decided they didn't want to play Texas in 2009. Instead, the Razorbacks have asked that game to be pushed back until 2014 as they start a 10-year contract for games against Texas A&M at the new Dallas Cowboys' stadium in Arlington, Texas.

All of this doesn't do Mack Brown much good for this season. He might have to answer for his non-conference schedule which is packed with gooey treats like Louisiana-Monroe, Wyoming, UTEP and Central Florida.

If there's a close race in the BCS standings, something tells me that Brown will be doing a lot of spinning about his schedule during November.


Adam Nettina from Baltimore writes: Tim, Why the heck is Logan Dold moving the safety when he showed such promise as a running back? He was the second all-time leading rusher in Kansas high school history, was K-state's leading rusher in terms of yards per carry among regulars a year and runs the 100 in 10.9 seconds.

Yet, he's being replaced a senior who only ran for 3.8 yards per carry in limited duty a year ago and a redshirt freshmen with basically no on-field experience. So why make the move with Dold and not somebody else?

TG: Adam, I agree that I was a little surprised by the move of Dold, particularly considering his production last season. But I also know that Bill Snyder traditionally has favored small, quick backs like Darren Sproles. I'm wondering if he thinks that Keithen Valentine better suits his philosophy. And I also know that Jarell Childs has been a big surprise during spring practice.


Seth from New Haven, Conn., writes: Hey Tim, I'm a Yale student who just saw that Nebraska's Patrick Witt intends to transfer to New Haven. What should we expect to see from him?

TG: I get the feeling that Witt transferred to Yale more for academic reasons that for a chance to play. He had the opportunity to play at places like Duke and South Carolina and also considered UCLA. But I think his style will suit him at Yale, playing for Coach Jack Siedlecki.

Witt is a big, strong quarterback who has a strong arm for deep throws. Remember, he was the player who Bo Pelini turned to when Joe Ganz was injured for a few plays against Clemson in the Gator Bowl.

I'm not thinking that Witt will be heading to the Bulldogs with any sense of entitlement. And I'm also expecting he will be excited about continuing his career. So I wouldn't be surprised if he really thrived with his opportunity.


Preston Nix from Austin, Texas, writes: Tim, what keeps the Big 12 from trading Iowa State, Colorado, and/or Baylor for Utah, Boise State or other schools that could broaden the Big 12 market and make it a national powerhouse like the SEC seems to be?

TG: Mainly, it's tradition and the relationships that all of the schools have made with the others over the years. Iowa State was in the Big Eight with many of those other schools since 1928. Colorado was a member of the Big Eight from 1948. That's a lot of years for relationships.

And if Baylor hadn't come along with the other three schools from Texas when the Big 12 was formed, it's likely that none of them would because of the Bears' strong political power in the state legislature in Austin. Also, the complete sports programs of those schools - both in men's and women's sports - will be a factor in keeping them together.

I don't look for the Big 12 to break up any time soon. From everything I'm hearing, I think there's greater cohesiveness among the 12 partners who make up the league than ever before.


Joseph Hauss from College Station writes: Tim, I love your blog and read it every day. The 2009 season can't get here quickly enough. I just was wondering what your thoughts were about Mike Leach's comments about Stephen McGee? An A&M student I should be all against Tech. Unlike, many of my colleagues I find Mike Leach to be my kind of guy because he speaks his mind and isn't scared to. That being said, I believe he was actually complimenting McGee on his accomplishment but was inferring that he would have been using McGee's skills in the passing game since he stepped foot on campus in 2005.

TG: I think that Leach's compliment was a backhanded swipe at McGee's previous and current coaching staff. And I've got to think there's a tad of envy for Leach in the fact that McGee, who started two games last season, was drafted in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, Graham Harrell, the prototypical quarterback for Leach's offense went undrafted despite setting a FBS career record for most career touchdown passes.

I've got to wonder if there might be a fear for Leach and the Red Raiders that Harrell's failure to be drafted might hurt the school in returning at a later time. But it seems like top quarterbacks always end up playing for the Red Raiders. It's just that the elite ones might have been more willing to make that move if Harrell had been a higher draft selection.


R.W. Dobbins of Oklahoma City writes: Jermaine Gresham as the best tight end in Oklahoma history? Well considering Keith Jackson was the best tight end in the history of any school, you might be a little off.

TG: I appreciate your response, but remember, I said that if Gresham had a huge year he could be remembered as Oklahoma's greatest tight end. I still think that is the case.

Jackson was a great athlete who averaged 23.7 yards per reception. But he also benefited from defenses which were stacked to stop the Sooners' wishbone offense when he was playing. And also remember that Jackson had 62 catches in his career. Gresham had 66 catches and 14 touchdowns last season.

I realize that football is different today than when Jackson was playing. But Gresham can be just as valuable and could earn All-America status with a big season this year. And he probably deserved it last season.


Benson from Washington, D.C., writes: Tim, I loved following the draft and I noticed that Missouri had more players picked than any team from the Big 12. Has that ever happened before? Also, was their total the most ever picked in one draft for a Big 12 team and was it the most ever for Missouri in one draft?

TG: Benson, you're right. Missouri had the most players picked in the Big 12 with six draftees. But it wasn't the most in school history. That came in 1981 and 1943 when the Tigers had seven players selected. And both of those drafts were significantly bigger than today's current seven-round draft. The NFL went 12 rounds deep in 1981 and 32 rounds in 1943.

The Tigers' haul last weekend still didn't match Oklahoma's Big 12 record of 11 players that were picked in 2005.

Thanks again for all of the letters. Enjoy your weekend and I'll be checking back again next week.

Oklahoma State bowl tidbits

December, 30, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here are a few factoids about Oklahoma State's bowl history heading into the Cowboys' game tonight in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against Oregon.

OKLAHOMA STATE  

Bowl record: 12-6

Current bowl streak: Won 2.

Most memorable bowl victory: Then known as Oklahoma A&M, the Cowboys blitzed St. Mary's (Calif.) in the 1946 Sugar Bowl with a 33-13 victory that capped a 9-0 season. All-American tailback Bob "The Blonde Bomber" Fenimore ran for two scores and passed for another score as the Cowboys finished No. 5 in the final AP poll after the victory -- the best ranking in school history.

Worst bowl loss: Les Miles was negotiating with LSU officials as his team prepared for the 2004 Alamo Bowl and it showed. Ohio State played without starting quarterback Troy Smith, but didn't miss him in the Buckeyes' 33-7 triumph. Backup Justin Zwick passed for 189 yards and a touchdown despite struggling with a hamstring pull to lead Ohio State's victory. Leading Oklahoma State rusher Vernand Morency was limited to 24 yards as the Cowboys didn't score until late in the game.

Best individual/team performance: Oklahoma State rolled up 698 yards after being paced by three highlight efforts in their 62-14 victory over Wyoming in the 1988 Holiday Bowl. Barry Sanders set Holiday Bowl records with 222 rushing yards and five touchdowns to pace an offensive attack that also included a 315-yard passing effort by quarterback Mike Gundy and a 10-catch, 163-yard outing by wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes.

Record against Oregon: The teams have never played.

Common 2008 opponents: Washington State. The Cowboys defeated Washington State on Aug. 30 at Seattle, 39-13. Oregon won on Sept. 27 at Washington State, 63-14.

The number: 9. That is how many Big 12 teams have won at least 10 games in a season since Oklahoma State last achieved the feat in 1988. The only Big 12 teams not to win 10 games in a season since then are Baylor and Iowa State.

Big 12 lunchtime links: Leach's influence strong in conference

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

It's hard to believe, but Texas Tech coach Mike Leach might be the most influential person in the Big 12's brief history.

Veteran Tulsa World columnist John Klein brings up that point this morning, and I think it's a good one.

Let's revisit the Big 12 when Leach arrived as a member of Bob Stoops' original coaching staff. Stoops remembered how much he hated preparing for Leach's passing offense when he was Florida's defensive coordinator and Leach was calling plays as Kentucky's offensive coordinator.

So he hired him. And the Big 12 hasn't been the same since.

Leach helped transform Josh Heupel from a journeyman junior college quarterback into a player who would win the national championship the following season with the Sooners.

By then, Leach had already been hired as Tech's head coach. Those with long memories will recall that Leach beat out Rich Rodriguez for the job.

His quirky coaching style helped transform a probation-ravaged program that had lost five games in each of its previous four seasons before he arrived. Since then, Leach has helped the Red Raiders make a bowl trip each of the eight seasons he's been coaching there. He hasn't won a Big 12 title or a South Division championship, but appears to have his best chance this season to do it.  

The Big 12 hasn't been the same, either. The conference, once dominated by stodgy run-heavy, defensive-dominated philosophies, now is on the cutting edge offensively of what we see today.

If you check the NCAA's current team scoring averages, five of the nation's top six scoring teams and five of the nation's top 10 passing teams are from the Big 12. The conference will likely have three Heisman Trophy finalists this season and conceivably could have even more.

It took some time and a collection of quarterbacks to do it.

But Leach helped push it along more forcefully than anybody else in the conference's history. And he's made it fun for those of us who've watched it happen.

Here are some links to get you primed for tomorrow's games. Enjoy them.

  • Jake Sharp's 181-yard effort against Kansas State last week revealed how to attack the Wildcats' defense, the Kansas City Star's Mike DeArmond writes.
  • Natalie England of the San Antonio Express-News writes about how about how Justin Tucker's unique rugby-style punting enabled Texas to dictate field position for much of the game last week against Texas Tech.
  • Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star spells out the doomsday scenario for Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe - one team from the conference in the Bowl Championship Series. It could happen if Oregon State wins the Pac-10, leaving USC as an attractive BCS at-large team.
  • The big-play offensive firepower of the current Oklahoma State team is reminiscent of the school's celebrated 1988 team. Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News reminds us that Barry Sanders was the running back on that team, Hart Lee Dykes was at wide receiver and, yes, Mike Gundy was its starting quarterback.
  • The Topeka Capital-Journal's Tully Corcoran writes that Kansas players aren't intimidated as they face a 19-game losing streak at Nebraska that dates to 1968.
  • Steve Sipple of the Lincoln Journal-Star advises Turner Gill to listen if Kansas State should call him about the Wildcats' vacant coaching job.

Three-pronged OSU offense makes history against Houston

September, 9, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Kendall Hunter came to the sidelines late during the second half of Oklahoma State's victory over Houston, amazed at the kind of offense that his team was producing.

"It was really crazy," Hunter said. "I came over at one point and (OSU running backs) Coach (Curtis) Luper told us we were making NCAA history. I didn't know about it until he told me."

The Cowboys trio of Hunter, wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Zac Robinson had the most prolific three-pronged offensive game in Big 12 history as they sparked the Cowboys' 56-37 victory over Houston.

In the process, they became the first trio to include a 300-yard passer, a 200-yard rusher and a 200-yard receiver in the game in Big 12 history and only the fifth in NCAA FBS history.

"Just put it this way -- I slept really well Saturday night," said Bryant, who earned national player of the weeks honors after snagging nine receptions for 236 yards and three touchdowns. For good measure he added a 71-yard punt return for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter that iced the victory.

Hunter rushed for 210 yards, producing the first 200-yard game of his career. And Robinson passed for 320 yards to highlight OSU's mammoth 699-yard offensive effort. It was the second-best in school history, trailing only a 717-yard output against Kansas in 1988.

"We didn't realize how many yards we had made because we were just trying to play as a team," Hunter said. "But after they told me how many I had after the third quarter, I wanted to stay in there and get some more."

There were some concerns with former offensive coordinator Larry Fedora left for the head coaching position at Southern Mississippi and Adarius Bowman and Dantrell Savage both left school after last season.

Hunter has blossomed into OSU's featured back after being utilized as the Cowboys' situational back last season.

"I feel like I'm more comfortable in the offense," Hunter said. "I would just run and could adjust to what the defense was doing. I just feel better out there now."

After Bowman went down with an injury late last season, Bryant emerged as the Cowboys' top receiving threat down the stretch. He produced 24 of his 43 receptions in the final four games last season.

"I've just kind of picked up where I left off last year," Bryant said. "At first I was a little nervous, but my time is now. My confidence started building up last year and since then, I've been rolling."

If anything, the current trio appears to be just as good and might even deserve the self-proclaimed title of "Greatest Show on Earth" that OSU publicists bestowed on last year's offensive team.

OSU coach Mike Gundy said the unique statistical honor his trio accomplished is one of the most difficult to accomplish in college football.

"It's difficult to get a player to rush for over 200 yards, but it's much more difficult for a receiver to get over 200 yards, but it's much more difficult for a receiver to get over 200 yards just because it's hard to get the ball to somebody that many times," Gundy said.

The OSU coach knows a little about offense. He was the quarterback on the 1988 team that also included running back Barry Sanders and wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes. But that group never was able to accomplish a 200-200-300.

Gundy was careful to add that many other OSU players had big games on offense. Wide receiver DeMarcus Conner, who had no receptions, had 12 knockdown blocks. The entire OSU team produced 84 knockdown blocks.

"DeMarcus had 12 knock-downs. That's unbelievable," Gundy said. "I continue to talk about this because I'm a little concerned about all the attention that Dez and Kendall have gotten. But I'm happy with the effort on offense."

200 Yards Rushing and Receiving in Same Game
DateTeams (score)RushingReceivingPassing
Nov. 4, 1995 San Diego St. vs. New Mexico (38-29) George Jones
208
Will Blackwell 210 Billy Blanton 328
Oct. 21, 2000 Pittsburgh vs Boston College (42-26) Kevan Barlow
209
Antonio Bryant 222 John Turman 332
Nov. 15, 2003 Wisconsin vs. Michigan St. (56-21) Dwayne Smith 207 Lee Evans
258
Jim Sorgi
380
Oct. 13, 2007 Houston vs. Rice
(56-48)
Anthony Aldridge 205 Donnie Avery 346 Blake Joseph 318
Sept. 6, 2008 Oklahoma St. vs. Houston (56-37) Kendall Hunter 210 Dez Bryant
236
Zac Robinson 320

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