Dallas Colleges: Big 12 best losses 2013

Big 12's best losses in 2013: TCU

February, 5, 2014
Feb 5
1:00
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In the next two weeks, we’ll continue to close the door on the 2013 season. Every Big 12 team suffered at least one loss during the regular season and losses can be as beneficial as wins. In this team-by-team series, we’ll take a look at the best loss of 2013 for each Big 12 team, including what happened and why it matters.

On Wednesday, we focus on TCU.

Best loss: 41-38 to Baylor on Nov. 30, in a game the Horned Frogs had nothing to play for except their pride.

What happened: The Horned Frogs went toe-to-toe with the Big 12 champions in their final game of the season. TCU was the Big 12’s most disappointing team in 2013, but its performance in the season finale is encouraging for the future. The Horned Frogs showed their competitiveness and pride in a game they could have mailed in after a disappointing season.

The Horned Frogs slowed the Big 12’s best offense, allowing just 370 yards and 4.11 yards per play to Baylor. While TCU’s 38 points was a season-high in Big 12 play, the offense cost them the game with two interceptions returned for touchdowns by Baylor’s defense.

Why it was helpful: It shows the Horned Frogs aren’t that far away. TCU lost by a combined six points to Baylor and Oklahoma, the Big 12’s BCS representatives. In comparison to the other four Big 12 teams that were home for the holidays, TCU has the best chance of putting itself in the battle for the Big 12 title in 2014. It also showed the Horned Frogs that their defense can still slow any offense in the nation.

The Horned Frogs were so close to a bowl season in 2013, but turnovers and lack of efficient offense shackled their chances to rise up in the standings. And the loss to Baylor was a example of just how close TCU was to being a factor in the Big 12 title race last season. Kansas and Iowa State were the Horned Frogs' lone conference wins, yet Texas was the only game that got out of hand for Gary Patterson’s team.

Heading into 2014, Patterson won’t have to instill confidence and convince his team it can win a Big 12 title, as one play here and one play there could have put the Horned Frogs in the mix in 2013.

Revealing stat: 14.4 percent. Only 14.4 percent of Baylor’s offensive plays gained 10 yards or more against TCU, easily the lowest percentage for the Bears offense in 2013. Baylor’s season average was 25.7 percent.

Quote of note: “Like I told them downstairs, 53 guys playing right now, and we took a top-10 program and should have beat them. Everything went wrong, and we should have beat them. Give credit to Baylor, but bottom line is we should have beat them.” -- Patterson

Big 12's best losses in 2013: Texas Tech

February, 3, 2014
Feb 3
12:00
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Over the next two weeks, we’ll continue to close the door on the 2013 season. Every Big 12 team suffered at least one loss during the regular season and losses can be as beneficial as wins. In this team-by-team series, we’ll take a look at the best loss of the year for each Big 12 team, including what happened and why it matters.

On Monday, we focus on Texas Tech.

Best loss: 38-30 to Oklahoma on Oct. 26. The Sooners snapped the Red Raiders’ seven-game win streak to start the season.

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Donald Miralle/Getty ImagesHis performance against the blitz vs. Oklahoma helped QB Davis Webb excel in the win over Arizona State in the Holiday Bowl.
What happened: The Red Raiders and Sooners traded punches in a game that showed Texas Tech might be on its way to competing for a Big 12 championship under new coach Kliff Kingsbury. TTU entered the game with a lot of momentum and confidence. But the good vibes could have been shaken by the Sooners, who took a 21-7 lead early in the third quarter in a hostile environment in Norman for Texas Tech true freshman quarterback Davis Webb.

Instead, Webb led the Red Raiders to 17 unanswered points to take a 24-21 lead late in the third quarter. The true freshman was 8 of 9 for 136 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter, as he responded to the toughest adversity of his early career. But the Sooners outscored TTU 17-6 in the final 18 minutes of the game because the Red Raiders simply couldn't come up with the key plays they needed down the stretch.

Why it was helpful: It provided invaluable experience for Webb in a hostile environment against a defense that was fast, physical and aggressive. The Sooners blitzed Webb 12 times, the highest total he faced in the regular season. Yet, Webb held up well, as his 84.3 Adjusted QBR against the Sooners was his best performance in a loss.

That experience paid off in the National University Holiday Bowl as Webb saw a blitz 23 times, throwing for 163 yards and three touchdowns on those plays in TTU’s 37-23 win over Arizona State. The loss in Norman, Okla., should continue paying off in 2014, as Webb is slated to be the main man under center for the Red Raiders.

Its loss in Norman was the most important of 2013 because it planted seeds that bloomed against ASU, a critical win that changed the perception of Kingsbury’s first season in Lubbock. And those seeds should continue to bloom during his sophomore season when Tech looks to insert itself into the Big 12 title race.

Revealing stat: 66.7 percent. Webb completed 8 of 12 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown against the blitz versus OU, a sign he wasn’t rattled by the atmosphere or the OU defense. That was his top completion percentage against the blitz in 2013.

Quote of note: “I was really proud of the way [Webb] played. He hung in there the whole game and made some big time throws. He had a rough start, but he got it rolling there after the first quarter.” -- Kingsbury

Big 12 best losses in 2013: Texas

January, 30, 2014
Jan 30
1:00
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Over the next two weeks, we’ll continue to close the door on the 2013 season. Every Big 12 team suffered at least one loss during the regular season, and losses can be as beneficial as wins. In this team-by-team series, we’ll take a look at the best loss of the year for each Big 12 team, including what happened and why it matters.

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Chris Nicoll/USA TODAY SportsBYU QB Taysom Hill shredded Texas' defense, handing the Longhorns a lopsided defeat.
On Thursday, we focus on Texas.

Best loss: 40-21 at BYU on Sept. 7 in a game that opened eyes, not only in Austin, Texas, but nationwide.

What happened: The Longhorns defense watched as BYU rushed for 550 yards and averaged 7.64 yards per carry. Cougars quarterback Taysom Hill had 17 carries for 259 yards and three touchdowns. Texas, which started the season with talk of being in the national title picture, looked overwhelmed, outmatched and ill-prepared in the loss. And David Ash left the game with a concussion, the start of his head injury issues that cut his season short.

Look up worst-case scenario and this Longhorns loss is a prime example.

Why it was helpful: First off it woke up Mack Brown to the realization that a change at the defensive coordinator spot was needed sooner rather than later. Getting beat is one thing, but losing while the defense is lethargic, sloppy and lacking a competitive fire is quite another. Brown fired Manny Diaz the next day and hired Greg Robinson to take over the defense. The Longhorns defense was a different unit under Robinson, who simplified things while allowing UT’s athletes on defense to be playmakers instead of thinkers.

Most importantly, this loss instilled an “us against the world” mentality into the Texas locker room. Carrying the label "Texas football player" meant one thing when they boarded the plane to Provo, Utah, and quite another thing when they landed back in Austin. From that point forward, the Longhorns circled the wagons and focused on accomplishing the goal of winning a Big 12 title. That goal was still within reach on the season’s final day thanks to a 7-1 start to Big 12 play before their season-ending loss to Baylor. The complete turnaround was sparked by this loss.

Revealing stat: 15.24. Hill averaged 15.24 yards per carry against the Longhorns’ defense, the third-highest yards per carry average by an FBS quarterback in a game this season behind UCLA’s Brett Hundley (16.1 against Virginia Tech) and Auburn’s Nick Marshall (15.29 against Tennessee).

Quote of note: “Our game plan and goal and objective was to stop the quarterback and tailback. We did neither. The decision to change defensive coordinators was based on our lack of ability to stop the run, period.” -- Texas coach Mack Brown one day after firing Diaz and hiring Robinson.

Big 12 best losses in 2013: Oklahoma

January, 28, 2014
Jan 28
1:00
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In the next two weeks, we’ll continue to close the door on the 2013 season. Every Big 12 team suffered at least one loss during the regular season and losses can be as beneficial as wins. In this team-by-team series, we’ll take a look at the best loss of the season for each Big 12 team, including what happened and why it matters.

On Tuesday, we focus on Oklahoma.

Best loss: 36-20 against Texas in the Red River Rivalry, in a game the Sooners were expected to cruise to victory.

What happened: The Sooners were dominated. It’s just that simple. The Longhorns had two running backs run for more than 100 yards in Johnathan Gray (123) and Malcolm Brown (120) and quarterback Case McCoy made plays when he needed to make plays. Most importantly, Texas' defense, which entered the game as one of the laughingstocks of the Big 12 after a horrible nonconference showing, shut down OU’s offense on third down (2 of 13) and stuffed the Sooners’ running game (130 yards, 3.9 yards per carry).

Why it was helpful: The loss humbled the Sooners. They entered the game as the nation’s No. 12 team with victories over Notre Dame and TCU and an eye on inserting themselves into the BCS title chase. Sixty minutes at the Cotton Bowl changed all of that.

And the Sooners were better for it.

The loss showed OU how important its focus and preparation was and how thin the line between winning and losing can be. If the Sooners hadn’t lost to Texas, they probably wouldn’t have had the competitive resolve that emerged in wins over Texas Tech, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Alabama. The Red River Rivalry loss forced the Sooners to renew their focus and dug out their competitive nature as it ignited doubts about the Sooners' chances to win double-digit games in 2013.

Revealing stat: 19.1 average yards per drive. The Sooners had 12 drives and averaged 19.1 yards per drive, their worst average in 2013 and a sign of the dominance of Texas' defense. Their season average was 33.2 yards per drive.

Quote of note: “We just needed to be more physical at the line of scrimmage and didn't do that. They out-executed us and we were driven back. That's pretty much it.” -- OU defensive lineman Chuka Ndulue.

Big 12's best losses in 2013: Baylor

January, 27, 2014
Jan 27
12:00
PM CT
Over the next two weeks, we’ll continue to close the door on the 2013 season. Every Big 12 team suffered at least one loss during the regular season, and losses can be as beneficial as wins. In this team-by-team series, we’ll take a look at the best loss of the 2013 season for each Big 12 team, including what happened and why it matters.

On Monday, we kick off the series with Baylor.

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Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesBaylor and QB Bryce Petty learned some tough lessons in their loss to Oklahoma State.
Best loss: 49-17 at Oklahoma State on Nov. 23. The Cowboys handed Baylor its first loss after a nine-game winning streak to start the season.

What happened: The Bears got shut down and overwhelmed in Stillwater, Okla., in a battle of top-10 teams. OSU led 35-3 after three quarters, as Baylor’s three fumbles sparked the Cowboys’ blowout win. It was the first time all season Baylor’s defense looked like previous versions, allowing 594 total yards. The loss showed the Bears just how difficult the road to an undefeated season can be.

Why it was helpful: Experience. The Bears gained valuable experience from the loss, which should help them in big games in the future. It undoubtedly helped them during the final two weeks of the regular season, as they secured their first Big 12 title with back-to-back wins over TCU and Texas after their setback in Stillwater.

Looking forward to 2014, this loss will be useful for BU quarterback Bryce Petty, who will have a much better understanding of seizing opportunities in big games. His first-quarter stumble near the goal line against Oklahoma State ended up costing BU a 7-0 early lead.

“We have to finish,” Petty said after the game.

Revealing stat: 1.13 points per drive. The Bears averaged 3.11 points per drive this season, and their 1.13 points per drive against OSU was the lowest output of the season.

Quote of note: “They were Big 12 champs two years ago and have maintained over the last 6-8 years. Without question there are rodeos, and this is not their first one.” -- Baylor coach Art Briles.

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