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Emptying out the notebook on a Friday

10/24/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

Here's a collection of factoids, notes and quotes that I came up with during the course of the week.

HOT AND NOT

Sizzling

  • Nebraska's ball-control offense in the last two games. The Cornhuskers have dominated time of possession by a 77:23 to 42:37 difference -- an incredible margin of nearly 35 minutes. And Nebraska's 10 scoring drives in those two games have averaged 10.3 plays, 73.6 yards with an average time of possession of 5 minutes, 7.6 seconds.

Hot

  • Oklahoma State's run defense, which has limited opponents to 53 yards and 2.2 yards per carry in the last two games.

Not:

Texas A&M, which started the season at 2-5 for the first time since 1980.

Hot

  • Missouri tight end Chase Coffman who has produced 38 catches in his last four games, including more than 10 receptions in three of the games.

Not

  • Missouri running back Derrick Washington, who has rushed for an average of 14 yards per game and 1.9 yards per carry in his last two games. Washington produced an average of 100 yards per game and 7.5 yards per carry in his first five games.

Hot

Not

  • Missouri's defense, which slid to 114th in pass defense and 100th in total defense after losing to the Longhorns last week.

Hot

  • Kansas, which has won 13 straight games at home. Texas Tech, however, will be the first foe during that streak that has been ranked.

Not

  • Baylor has lost 15 straight games to ranked teams

Hot

  • Texas Tech's defense, which limited Texas A&M to 32 yards in the second half and 20 yards rushing in the game to nail down a 43-25 victory over the Aggies.

Not

  • Texas Tech's kicking game, which has missed six extra point opportunities and made only 4 of 8 field goal attempts. No wonder coach Mike Leach is considering walk-on Matt Williams as an alternative.

Hot

  • Colorado running back Rodney Stewart, who last week tied the school freshman record with his third 100-yard game of the season.

Not

  • Colorado kicker Aric Goodman has missed six straight field goals since earning a scholarship after his game-winning kick against West Virginia on Sept. 18.

Frigid

  • Missouri's ballyhooed offense at the start of last week's game against Texas. In their first four possessions, the Tigers produced 14 yards on 15 plays.

JAWJACKING

"I expect perfection. I know I'm not going to get it, but I expect it. When I see a guy out of his gap or I see a guard getting whooped on a running play, I expect more than that. If they are on the field in the Big 12 I expect more out of them."

-- Iowa State coach Gene Chizik, who told the Ames Tribune he's expecting to see his team play better despite its early struggles in Big 12 play.

"She's a mom for everybody on the team and not just No. 7."

-- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins on how his wife, Misti, is handling the demotion of their son, Cody. Her son's uniform number is 7.

"I was embarrassed because of the yards they put up against."

-- Kansas safety Justin Thornton, who told the Topeka Capital-Journal he was disappointed about his team's defensive performance against Oklahoma last week.

"It's not like they live across town. They all live down the street. We're all from the same neighborhood."

-- Baylor coach Art Briles on the tough competition his team faces in the Big 12 South.

"A lot of people say I look like a linebacker but I don't necessarily feel like one."

-- 230-pound Oklahoma safety-turned-linebacker Nic Harris about his position change.

"We don't have a free-agent wire, and it's not like he's shanking them all over the place ... He'll kick his way out of it."

-- Colorado coach Dan Hawkins, who told the Rocky Mountain News he expects kicker Aric Goodman to break out of his extended kicking slump.

"The team goals are friggin' out the window. Now, it's do-or-die time."

-- Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel, who told the Kansas City Star that the wounded Tigers are facing dire circumstances heading into the Colorado game.

THE BIG 12 -- IN FACTOIDS

  • Kansas State came into last week's game with six three-and-outs all season, but Colorado forced KSU into six three-and-outs on their final 11 possessions.

  • Texas quarterback Colt McCoy has completed 160 passes after seven games -- the same as last season. The only difference is that he has attempted 44 fewer passes this season.

  • Texas A&M's 20-yard effort against Texas Tech was the Aggies' lowest rushing production since producing 2 net yards against Nebraska on Nov. 6, 1999. That's a span of 107 games.

  • Colorado protected a one-point lead over the final 25 minutes and 49 seconds last week against Colorado. It's the longest amount of time that a team has protected a one- or two-point lead in FBS football this season, as well as the longest time a Colorado team has protected such a narrow lead in 72 seasons.

  • Thirteen different Texas players have scored touchdowns this season.

  • Colorado has committed at least two turnovers in every game this season.

  • Baylor has gone six games without an interception -- its longest streak since 1990.

  • Nebraska has been flagged for either an unsportsmanlike conduct or a 15-yard personal foul in each of the last four games.

  • Colorado quarterback Tyler Hansen produced 10-yard gains on five different carries last week.

  • Nebraska had a 19-2 edge in first downs at the end of the first half in last week's game against Iowa State.

  • Oklahoma State is 0-8 against No. 1 teams in school histor
    y.

  • Texas Tech is the only Big 12 team currently in the top 25 that hasn't faced a top 25 opponent yet this season.

  • And here's one for Texas fans. The top team in the initial BCS standings has made the BCS title game in each of the last five seasons.

THE NUMBER

155 -- Consecutive passes thrown by Robert Griffin without an interception. That's an NCAA record and eclipsed the previous mark of 148 that was set by current Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy when he played for the Cowboys.

BY THE NUMBERS, PART I

The number of three-and-outs has become a fashionable statistic to judge the effectiveness of an offense. Missouri had a big streak before last week and so did Kansas State. Here's a look at how a couple of Big 12 teams rank nationally in three-and-outs on offense:

  • Tulsa: 4

  • Missouri: 5

  • Texas Tech: 6

BY THE NUMBERS, PART II

This is the week of lopsided rivalries in the Big 12. The folks at ESPN Stats & Analysis came up with these nuggets about Saturday's six conference games.

  • Oklahoma St. at Texas: Texas has won 10 straight, 20 of 22

  • Texas Tech at Kansas: Tech leads 9-1 (5-0 at KU)

  • Oklahoma at Kansas State: OU has won 27 of last 33

  • Colorado at Missouri: CU has won 18 of the last 23 (Mizzou has won 3 of last 4)

  • Baylor at Nebraska: Nebraska has won 8 straight

  • Texas A&M at Iowa St.: A&M leads 7-1 (3-0 at ISU)

BY THE NUMBERS, PART III

Texas has made Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy miserable the last few years, coming back from at least 19-point deficits for comeback victories in three of the last four seasons. All of them rank among the Longhorns' biggest comeback victories in school history. Here's a look at the biggest comeback victories in Texas history, thanks to the Big 12 Research Department.

BY THE NUMBERS, PART IV

Oklahoma State's offense has improved every season under Mike Gundy. Here's a look at how the Cowboys have developed offensively in his four-season coaching tenure, courtesy of ESPN Stats & Analysis: