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What we learned in the Big 12: Week 5

September, 28, 2014
Here’s what we learned about the Big 12 in Week 5:

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David Purdy/Getty ImagesAntwan Goodley made a triumphant return for Baylor after missing the previous two games due to injury.
1. Petty's toys are back in business: No video-game-crazy numbers for Baylor's offense in a 49-28 victory at Iowa State, just the usual display that makes it tough for Big 12 defensive coordinators to sleep at night. Bryce Petty sure had some catching up to do with his favorite injured wideouts, and Corey Coleman (12 catches, 154 yards, 1 TD) and Antwan Goodley (6 catches, 114 yards) both made it count. The Bears weren't up to their optimal speed -- there were five three-and-outs, a Petty interception and a failed fourth-down conversion -- but Shock Linwood (three TDs) makes them so difficult to stop when they hit the red zone, and the starters got to sit out the final quarter. Business as usual for Baylor.

2. Pokes can beat you deep: Oklahoma State won the Big 12's first primetime fight because it wasn't afraid to take big shots. Daxx Garman connected on eight passes of 20-plus yards, and even better, they were hauled in by six different receivers over the course of the 45-35 victory on Thursday. It's time to stop underestimating Marcell Ateman and James Washington after the underclassmen combined for 217 yards and two TDs, and OSU put something plenty scary on tape when Tyreek Hill beat his defender by a good 7 yards for a 50-yard scoring bomb. It wasn't easy, and it sure wasn't pretty -- 287 combined penalty yards on 26 flags -- but OSU found out Garman can handle the bright lights just fine.

3. K-State defense rallies in big way: Kansas State was missing two starters on defense but had no trouble taking out its Auburn-inspired anger on UTEP, a team that proved against Texas Tech it's no pushover. In the 58-28 win, KSU held the nation's No. 2 rusher, Aaron Jones, to nine yards in the first half and 47 on the day. The Miners couldn't get anything going for the three quarters KSU's starters played -- it was 52-7 when Bill Snyder sent in the backups -- and UTEP ended the first half down 31 points with just 23 total yards and one first down. KSU got right back on track and still looks like a legit contender for the Big 12 crown.

4. TCU's Air Raid keeps making it look ... too easy? The Horned Frogs are 3-0 with wins over Samford, Minnesota and now SMU, a team that’s been outscored 202-12 through four games. If there's an FBS team playing worse football than the Mustangs, I would not like to see it. So it’s tough to confidently make conclusions about TCU after this 56-0 victory. But Trevone Boykin (six total TDs) still looks incalculably more polished than a year ago. He has a diverse array of receivers and backs at his disposal, and the Frogs' 614 total yards were their most since 2011. To TCU's credit, Minnesota was solid in a 30-14 win against the dumpster fire in Ann Arbor. The Horned Frogs' offense couldn't have asked for a better start to 2014. It's time to find out what they're made of against the Sooners.

5. Texas still has issues: If Texas plays against Baylor next Saturday the way it did in Lawrence, Kansas, it probably doesn't stand much of a chance. Charlie Strong won't get too mad about a 23-0 victory that snaps a two-game slide, but he won't spend much time celebrating it, either. Texas never had to sweat too much, thanks to Montell Cozart's four interceptions, but its patchwork offensive line remains a work in progress (Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray combined for 73 rushing yards), and scoring points is still a struggle. Still, Texas did at least do what it needed to and gave Strong his first Big 12 win. KU showed some nice things in the run game and has a better defense than you think, but its offensive execution in many trips into Texas territory was fruitless.

Baylor Bears spring wrap

May, 1, 2013
2012 record: 8-5
2012 Big 12 record: 4-5
Returning starters: Offense: 6; defense: 7; kicker/punter: 1

Top returners: OL Cyril Richardson, RB Lache Seastrunk, S Ahmad Dixon, WR Tevin Reese, LB Eddie Lackey, DE Chris McAllister, LB Bryce Hager, K Aaron Jones

Key losses: WR Terrance Williams, QB Nick Florence, WR Lanear Sampson, S Mike Hicks, C Ivory Wade, DT Gary Mason Jr.

2012 statistical leaders (*returners)

Passing: Nick Florence (4,309 yards)
Rushing: Lache Seastrunk* (1,012 yards)
Receiving: Terrance Williams (1,832 yards)
Tackles: Bryce Hager* (124)
Sacks: Chris McAllister* (6)
Interceptions: Eddie Lackey* (4)

Spring answers:

1. Bryce is the guy. It was going to take a lot for Bryce Petty to lose his starting spot, but he looked like a guy who suited up for his fourth spring this year and cemented his status as the heir apparent to a crazy-good quarterback tradition under Art Briles. He'll follow Robert Griffin III and Florence, who both set school records for passing yards.

2. Defense changes its identity. The Bears didn't have a ton of speed in the secondary last season, and as a result, relied heavily on zone and didn't play a lot of tight coverage. To start fixing the problem, Dixon moved back to traditional safety, and as the defense's most physically skilled talent, that was a wise decision. Baylor wants to play more man and play tighter this year, and we'll see if it pays off in the fall.

3. Offense finds its playmakers. Williams is gone and so is Sampson, two of the team's top three receivers. Reese returns, but Antwan Goodley and Jay Lee emerged to win starting spots this spring, and both look like big-time targets for one of college football's best offenses. Count on those guys and Clay Fuller to keep the tradition going.

Fall questions

1. Can the defense prove itself? The Bears were definitely one of the best defenses in the Big 12 over the last month of the season. The same unit, however, was also a big reason why Baylor limped to an 0-5 start in conference 12 play before ripping off four wins to end the season. The defensive line should be improved and young talents like Javonte Magee and Shawn Oakman could make names for themselves this fall.

2. Is the offensive line deep enough? Baylor's history under Briles at this position makes me pretty confident, and the Bears have a solid starting five. But losing Troy Baker this spring is a big knock, and the Bears only had 10 healthy offensive linemen this spring. Come fall, more injuries could force the Bears to force inexperienced players into the rotation. This was probably the biggest concern for Briles all spring.

3. Just how good is Petty? He looks good for now, and was productive and impressive during the spring. That's also the spring. RG3 and Florence broke school records for passing yards in consecutive seasons, though, so the bar is sky-high. There's every reason to believe in Petty, but expectations are high and reaching them won't be easy. The good news is he has a huge talent in Seastrunk and a solid receiving corps around him to support his efforts.

Baylor topples Tech to reach another bowl

November, 24, 2012

Art Briles remembers the first time he led Baylor to a bowl game. It took a rain delay and a dramatic win over Kansas State that had him chuckling years later about the world never making it easy.

Baylor's 52-45 win on Saturday over Texas Tech had to feel pretty similar. It wasn't easy. This time, it even took extra possessions in overtime after a missed 48-yard field goal by Aaron Jones as time expired, his third miss on four attempts in the game.

Still, add it all up and you get six wins for Baylor and a third consecutive trip to a bowl game for the first time in school history. Fresh off last week's upset of No. 1 Kansas State, the Bears rescued what once felt like a lost season and an 0-4 start in Big 12 play to reach the postseason yet again.

Baylor's defense won the game with a turnover on downs in the bottom half of the first overtime, surviving a wild game with four fourth-quarter lead changes and an unlikely interception from Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege off his offensive lineman's helmet that set up Jones' miss as time expired.

Terrance Williams stated a strong Biletnikoff Award case with a week left in the season, grabbing seven balls for 175 yards and a touchdown. Texas Tech's Darrin Moore had a big game of his own, besting Williams with 13 grabs for 186 yards and two touchdowns, both in the fourth quarter to put the Red Raiders ahead.

It wasn't enough, though, and last year's Heisman winner -- Robert Griffin III -- was one of the first players on the field to celebrate with the Baylor defense, which made a stop that will be remembered for a long time in Waco. The Bears have a chance to win a seventh game next week against Oklahoma State. But for now, it's time to celebrate.

Nick Florence finished 22-of-37 for 396 yards and three touchdowns. Lache Seastrunk had another big game, rushing for 136 yards on 19 carries. Glasco Martin added 98 yards and two scores on his 23 carries, including the game-winning score in overtime.

After a 14-point loss to Iowa State back on Oct. 27 to fall to 3-4, almost no one gave the Bears a chance to reach six wins. Baylor got itself up off the mat and proved the doubters wrong. Now, the Big 12 will have 90 percent of its teams bowl eligible.

I have to think that's a first.

Did you know: Week 3

September, 14, 2012
Time for our weekly collection of fun facts and tidbits, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Information, as well as sports information departments around the Big 12 and SEC. Thank you, folks. We love you.

Did you know ...
  • Oklahoma State's seven-game home winning streak is its longest since 1984-85, when it won nine consecutive games.
  • Last season, 17.1 percent of kickoffs in college football went for touchbacks. This year, thanks to kicks being moved up five yards, 39.7 percent of kickoffs are going for touchbacks.
  • Through two games, Texas' David Ash is 7-of-8 passing when facing third downs of six yards or longer. He's converted those downs five times already, and did so just 10 times all of last season.
  • Joe Bergeron has run for 152 of his 159 yards inside the tackles, including 4.2 yards after contact per rush.
  • Outside the tackles, Malcolm Brown is averaging 6.2 yards per carry for his career.
  • Through two games, David Ash has amassed 24.1 percent of his passing yards on screen passes.
  • Rice ended an 11-game road losing streak last week by beating Kansas. It's last road win before that? A 32-31 win at North Texas on Sept. 11, 2010.
  • Since 2009, Ole Miss' turnover margin is -22, the worst in college football. In that span, Texas is 17-0 when winning the turnover battle.
  • TCU has been affiliated with five conferences since 2000. It opens Big 12 play this week.
  • The Horned Frogs own the nation's longest win streak, at nine games, and have the nation's longest conference winning streak, at 24 games.
  • TCU has completed 19 consecutive passes, dating back to last year's bowl game win over Louisiana Tech.
  • Since 2010, TCU is just the fourth team to complete a game with 10 or more passes without zero incompletions.
  • TCU forced Grambling into a three-and-out on 7 of 12 drives (58.3 percent) last week. That's the highest percentage in a game for TCU since October 2008, and the third-highest for a team this season.
  • The Big 12's .882 win percentage in nonconference play is the nation's best. Big 12 teams are outscoring opponents by an average score of 48.4-11.9.
  • Baylor's Nick Florence set the Big 12 freshman passing record in 2009, when he threw for 426 yards in a win over Missouri. Last week, Oklahoma State's Wes Lunt broke it, with 436 yards in a loss to Arizona.
  • The 436 yards were the fourth-most in OSU history.
  • When forcing at least two turnovers under Phil Bennett, Baylor is 9-0.
  • Big 12 offenses are averaging 6.9 yards per play this season.
  • Baylor's scored at least 40 points in five consecutive games.
  • Oklahoma scored eight rushing touchdowns last week against Florida A&M, the most for any Bob Stoops' coaches team at Oklahoma.
  • Texas hasn't played an SEC opponent since losing the national championship game to Alabama at the end of the 2009 season.
  • The Longhorns opponent this week, Ole Miss, has lost 14 consecutive games against BCS conference opponents. A 2010 win over Kentucky is the only win in the past three seasons for the Rebels against a BCS conference team.
  • Last week, David Ash threw for 221 yards against New Mexico. That was a career high.
  • Texas Tech's Seth Doege threw his 10th 300-yard game last week against Texas State.
  • Oklahoma is 51-12 outside Big 12 play under Stoops.
  • Texas and Ole Miss haven't met since 1966, when the Horns beat the Rebels, 17-0, in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
  • Baylor has won eight consecutive games at home, the second-longest streak in school history. The Bears can equal the school record with nine on Saturday, when they face Sam Houston State.
  • With his next field goal, Baylor kicker Aaron Jones will be Baylor's all-time scoring leader. He's got 218 points now, trailing Alfred Anderson, with 220.
  • Kansas has won its last three meetings with TCU.
  • Texas A&M leads the series with SMU, 42-29-7 … The Aggies lead the nation in sacks (8.00 per game) and are second in net punting (49.67 average per punt) … Damontre Moore leads the nation in sacks per game (3.00) while Jonathan Stewart leads nation in tackles per game (17.00).

The best Big 12 games of 2011

January, 18, 2012
We took a look at the best atmospheres on Tuesday, and today, it's time to rank the top 10 games involving Big 12 teams of 2011.

1. Kansas State 53, Texas A&M 50 (4 OT): Kansas State erased a double-digit lead in the final half of the fourth quarter to force overtime. Collin Klein burrowed into the end zone on a quarterback sneak to earn a huge win and a memorable night in Manhattan.

2. Baylor 50, TCU 48: The first game of the entire season for the Big 12 began in style. Robert Griffin III began his Heisman campaign with five touchdown passes, but the Bears blew a 47-23 lead in just over 11 minutes, giving up 25 fourth-quarter points. Griffin, though, hauled in his only catch of the season to extend a game-winning drive on third down, and Aaron Jones booted a 37-yard game winner with just over a minute left, cueing the Baylor fans to storm the field after a game-clinching interception.

3. Oklahoma State 41, Stanford 38 (OT): This was what we thought it was. Neither defense could stop the opposing offense, and Oklahoma State converted a fourth down from Brandon Weeden to Justin Blackmon to extend the game and take the lead, but Stanford drove back down the field and missed a 35-yard field goal as time expired. It missed another kick in overtime, and OSU kicked a game-winning field goal after Colton Chelf's game-winning touchdown was overturned to just a 24-yard gain.

4. Baylor 45, Oklahoma 38: This gave way to the signature moment of Robert Griffin III's Heisman campaign, and it wasn't the 87-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright off Tevin Reese's helmet. The teams traded second-half leads and Oklahoma erased a 14-point, fourth-quarter lead before Griffin extended a play and hit Terrance Williams for a 34-yard, game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left.

5. Iowa State 37, Oklahoma State 31 (2 OT): This game made our top 10 moments of 2011, too. The Cowboys lost a 24-7 second-half lead and missed a game-winning field goal. Brandon Weeden threw an interception in the second overtime and Jeff Woody set off the biggest party in Ames in a long while with his game-winning, four-yard touchdown run in the second overtime.

6. Texas 27, Texas A&M 25: The Aggies led 10-0 and 16-7, but once again, it didn't matter. Jeff Fuller gave the Aggies back the lead with a big 16-yard touchdown with 1:48 to play. The two-point conversion failed, though, and Case McCoy got free for a 25-yard scramble that set up a 40-yard, game-winning field goal by Justin Tucker as time expired to give the Longhorns bragging rights in the heated rivalry for as long as they want, perhaps forever. The two teams aren't scheduled to meet again after A&M leaves for the SEC.

7. Oklahoma State 52, Kansas State 45: OSU fell behind 24-14 early after a pick six by Weeden, putting the undefeated season in doubt. The teams traded three touchdowns in just under two minutes, and Joseph Randle's 23-yard run gave OSU the lead for good with 3:16 to play, making it four touchdowns in three minutes. Kansas State drove to tie the game and possibly win it with a two-point conversion, but two Collin Klein passes fell incomplete, and OSU survived to move to 9-0.

8. Baylor 31, Kansas 30 (OT): This game wasn't televised, but it was quietly a classic. Baylor struggled to stop the run, and trailed 24-3 in the fourth quarter before RG3 broke a 49-yard run and hit on two long touchdown passes to tie the game. The two teams traded touchdowns in overtime, but Kansas failed to convert a game-winning two-point conversion, and Turner Gill's guts went unrewarded. Kansas also went without a win in conference play. Baylor loses this game, and RG3 doesn't win the Heisman.

9. Missouri 31, Texas Tech 27: This is a sneaky pick for our top 10 list. Texas Tech jumped out to a 14-0 lead, and Missouri trailed by 10 in the fourth quarter, but James Franklin threw one touchdown pass and ran for another to take the lead. Texas Tech drove inside the Missouri 10-yard line in the final minute, but a tipped Seth Doege pass was intercepted to give Mizzou a dramatic win.

10. Missouri 38, Texas A&M 31 (OT): The SEC bowl helped bury Texas A&M's season and spark Missouri's. The Tigers trailed by 14 early and 11 points at half before taking the lead in the fourth quarter. Randy Bullock tied the game with a field goal in the final minutes to force overtime. James Franklin hit Marcus Lucas for an 11-yard score and Ryan Tannehill's final pass was batted down as Missouri stormed the field and celebrated the end of their three-game losing streak. The Tigers would win four of their final five games, and that bounced Mizzou to 4-4 instead of 3-5. That loss for then-No. 16 Texas A&M keyed off four in the final five regular-season games, including two in overtime (K-State, Mizzou) and another as time expired (Texas).

Honorable mention: Kansas State 28, Miami 24; Baylor 67, Washington 56; Iowa State 44, Iowa 41 (3 OT); Texas 17, BYU 16; Arkansas 42, Texas A&M 38; Oklahoma State 30, Texas A&M 29.

Big 12 players of the week announced

September, 6, 2011

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III and Texas A&M defensive end Tony Jerod-Eddie took home offensive and defensive player of the week honors in the Big 12 this week.

Baylor kicker Aaron Jones and Oklahoma State kicker/punter Quinn Sharp shared the special teams award for Week 1.

Griffin III completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Baylor's 50-48 upset of No. 14 TCU. It was Baylor's first win over a ranked team since 2004 and its first win over a top 15 team since 1991. Here's video with Griffin after the game.

Jerod-Eddie had just two career sacks entering this week's game against SMU. In the 46-14 win, he made three of Texas A&M's eight sacks, and finished with six tackles. Here's video with Jerod-Eddie on his thoughts about the game.

Jones made a 37-yard, game-winning field goal to beat TCU on Friday night, and took over kickoff duties in the second half for a struggling Baylor special-teams unit. TCU's average starting position on his kicks was the 18-yard line. Here's video with Jones talking about his historic kick.

Sharp does everything for Oklahoma State and did it all well in a 61-34 win over Louisiana-Lafayette. He made all four field goal attempts (46, 27, 22 and 23 yards) and made all six of his extra points. He also had punts of 48 and 52 yards on his only two attempts, and notched touchbacks on all seven of his kickoffs. He's led the nation in touchbacks the last two seasons.