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Big 12 did you know? Week 6

10/5/2012

Time for our weekly collection of stats, tidbits and facts from around the Big 12.

As always, these are courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info, as well as sports information departments around the Big 12. You make your readers the smartest people at their tailgates. We love you.

Did you know ...

  • Since 2004, Oklahoma is 18-0 coming off a regular-season loss. Bob Stoops has never suffered consecutive Big 12 losses.

  • Oklahoma is 2-4 on the road against Texas Tech under Stoops.

  • On passes thrown longer than 15 yards this season, Geno Smith has nine touchdowns and eight incompletions.

  • Smith completed just 45 percent of his throws longer than 15 yards in 2011. In 2012, he's completing 72 percent of those same passes.

  • Against Baylor, Smith was 7-of-9 for 311 yards and five touchdowns on throws longer than 15 yards.

  • Smith has targeted Tavon Austin or Stedman Bailey on 61 percent of his passes this season.

  • The duo has accounted for 1,195 receiving yards this year, which is more than 76 FBS teams.

  • Together, they have 17 touchdown catches, more than any team in FBS.

  • Smith has completed 19 of 20 passes for 320 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions when throwing out of an empty backfield.

  • Last year, on those same attempts, Smith was 16-of-25 for 194 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions.

  • Last season, Texas quarterback David Ash's passes averaged 8.8 yards in the air.

  • This year, his passes average 6.1 yards in the air.

  • He's completing 78 percent of his passes, versus 56.6 percent last year.

  • When blitzed, Ash is completing 75 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and no interceptions. Against Oklahoma State, he was 10-of-12 for 115 yards and a touchdown.

  • Last year, Ash completed 52 percent of his passes for three interceptions and no touchdowns when blitzed.

  • In goal-to-go situations since last season, Collin Klein has scored touchdowns on 27 of his 53 rush attempts.

  • Last year, he had four touchdowns on five rushes in goal-to-go situations against Kansas.

  • Klein completed only 47.5 percent of this throws longer than 15 yards the past two seasons, but against Kansas, Klein completed 5 of 7 passes for 141 yards and a touchdown.

  • TCU's average start position on its drives this year is on the 40-yard line, the best mark of any FBS team.

  • TCU remains one of just three teams that hasn't surrendered a touchdown run of at least 40 yards since 2009.

  • Texas Tech has given up just two plays longer than 25 yards this season, the best of any defense in the FBS.

  • Oklahoma has gone three-and-out just four times this season, tied for the second fewest in FBS.

  • Texas Tech? The Red Raiders have just two three-and-outs on offense, the best mark in the FBS.

  • Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads was born 10 minutes from Jack Trice Stadium.

  • Iowa State broke up 3.9 passes per game last season. This season, the Cyclones are breaking up 6.5 passes per game.

  • ISU is holding opponents to just 22-of-71 on third downs this season. That ranks 23rd nationally and fourth in the Big 12, behind TCU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

  • Kansas leads the all-time series with Kansas State, 65-39-5, and it's been split, 4-4, in the last eight meetings.

  • If Kansas loses, the Jayhawks will be 573-573-58 all-time, a win percentage of exactly .500.