We just passed the first week of college football action, and there’s a lot to dig into from last weekend’s action. Here we take a look at some of the more eye-catching stats from the weekend, diving into those numbers that really stick out from the Big 12’s opening day slate. After mulling through all nine games, here are some of the more ridiculous statistics from Week 1.
1. Just 11
The number of passes Murray threw in his debut. That’s not to say he had a bad day, though. He had a 301.4 passer rating on Saturday. Oklahoma was so dominant, that he didn’t even play a full half. Oklahoma jumped out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter of action, and never looked back. Murray was responsible for two of those scores; both of which were passing touchdowns of exactly 65 yards.
2. 547 Yards
Should we talk about whether the SEC plays defense? The Volunteers certainly didn’t in the opener against West Virginia – the Mountaineers were able to amass more yards than any team put on Tennessee in history with 547. Coincidentally, the Vols’ head coach is a former Nick Saban defensive coordinator. That’s basically the same as putting up 500 yards and 40 points on Saban, isn’t it?
3. 3 Turnovers…In Final 7 Minutes
From the 6:38-minute mark in their loss against Maryland, the Longhorns had an interception, a fumble and another interception. The last turnover, a pick thrown by quarterback Sam Ehlinger, came at the Terrapin 33-yard line with a 1:29 left on the clock. Maryland would then run out the clock to seal their second win in a row over Texas. Yikes.
4. 34 Yards
The shortest scoring play Texas Tech gave up was a 34-yard touchdown. The Red Raiders were absolutely gashed by the Rebels last Saturday, who averaged 9.1 yards per play and had multiple big plays that went for 10 yards or more. The #806D struggled against an offense littered with stars, giving up four big scoring plays of 58, 39, 65, and 34 yards. Notably, Texas Tech did hold the Rebels to a field goal three different times in the red zone. Once starting quarterback McLane Carter went out early, though, the Red Raiders couldn’t keep pace on offense.
5. 732 Total Yards, 3rd-Most In School History
Oklahoma State got off to a hot start on Saturday, racking up over 700 yards of total offense on the night. In fact, it was the third most in school history, and just 12 yards from tying the record. The Pokes showed off some depth at running back in their dismantling of Missouri State, with Justice Hill and LD Brown both rushing for over 100 yards. That isn’t bad way to start the season when you’re replacing a handful of offensive weapons.
6. 1.8 Yards
The Jayhawks ran the ball 32 times, but managed to net just 56 yards total in Lawrence last Saturday. That was good enough for Kansas to average 1.8 yards per carry, a number that probably doesn’t leave Kansas fans with much optimism going into 2018. With the most returning production in the Big 12, it was reasonable to expect offensive improvement for the Jayhawks going into this season. Now it looks like that might not be the case.
7. 600+ Yards
Before Saturday, the Bears hadn’t gained over 600 yards on offense since against the Red Raiders on Thanksgiving weekend of 2016. After 295 yards on the ground and 311 yards through the air, Baylor seems to have progressed offensively in Matt Rhule’s second season. The bad news? They gave up 220 yards rushing to an FCS school that went 2-9 last year.
8. Every 5.2 Plays
Every 5.2 plays, Shawn Robinson was playing. Even though he had only two rushing attempts and 24 passing attempts, Robinson accounted for five touchdowns in TCU’s rout of Southern. At some point, taking a player like that out of the game is a veritable act of mercy. It’s clear now why Gary Patterson chose to bring Robinson to Big 12 Media Days.
9. 4 Turnovers
Are we sure Snyder hasn’t retired? It certainly seemed like it last Saturday. Kansas State was thought to be a possible Big 12 Dark Horse this season, but you wouldn’t know it from watching their home opener. The Wildcats escaped FCS South Dakota with a couple of late scores to edge out the Coyotes by three points. It was a very uncharacteristic game for a Bill Snyder-coached team, with the Wildcats giving up two fumbles and two interceptions.
10. 20 Yards Per Carry
Rodney Anderson gained 100 yards on five carries. The majority of Anderson’s yards came on a 65 yard touchdown run in the first half, when the Sooners basically put the game out of reach. From then on, it was clear that Anderson’s services were no longer needed to win the game. It’s safe to say that Anderson’s Doak Walker aspirations are intact after the opener in Norman.