We’re three weeks into the college football season, and things are really starting to get interesting. 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 Week 3 slate. After going through the the games from last week, here are some of the more ridiculous statistics from Week 3.
605 Yards Passing By A True Freshman
Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman set the single game record for a freshman in the Big 12 with 605 yards passing in the Red Raiders’ 63-49 win. This game introduced Bowman as a high-level quarterback as he picked apart what had been a suspect Houston secondary. There was a quarterback controversy coming into 2018, but it looks like Kliff Kingsbury’s found the guy.
93 Yard Rushing Touchdown
Junior Running Back Darius Anderson sent a message to the No. 4 Ohio State Buckeyes early in TCU’s Saturday night matchup. Backed up against his own goal line, Anderson ripped off a 93-yard run down the left sideline, outrunning multiple Ohio State defenders in the process. The run is the longest in TCU school history and the longest run ever given up by the Buckeyes.
+12 Turnover Margin…For Kansas
That’s right, the current Big 12 leader in turnover margin is the Kansas Jayhawks, and it’s not even close. The closest team to the Jayhawks is Texas Tech, who currently sits at +3. Kansas dominated Big 10 foe Rutgers last weekend 55-14, and the six turnovers given up by the Scarlett Knights were more than a factor. David Beaty’s team is currently being led by their defense, which appears to have a real nose for the football.
400 Yards Rushing
For….Kansas. No, you’re not seeing things. The Jayhawks’ quarterback situation has been up and down, but Khalil Herbert and former four star recruit Pooka Williams are powering the rushing attack. Against Rutgers, Kansas ran the ball 48 times for 8.3 yards per carry. When you’re getting that kind of production, why even attempt a pass?
-5 Yards Rushing
The Longhorns’ run defense acquitted itself well in a 37-14 victory over USC. The Trojans put a lot on the arm their freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels, partly because they struggled to run the ball throughout the night. USC ended the game with -5 yards rushing, and most of that wasn’t even because of sack yardage. Stephen Carr was the leading rusher for USC, having carried the ball six times for a total of 13 yards.
1.1 Yards Per Carry
So far, the hiring of Jim Knowles seems to be working out pretty well for Mike Gundy. Statistically, the Pokes have the best run defense in the conference, having given up a mere 74 yards per game on the ground through three games. On Saturday, they contained the Boise State rushing attack to the tune of 1.1 yards per carry. Big 12 play starts for Oklahoma State this week, and we should begin to figure out just how real the defense is for Gundy’s squad. They look pretty real right now.
1,339 Yards Of Total Offense
Houston and Texas Tech Combined for just over three-fourths of a mile of offense in Lubbock this weekend. Even though the Cougars are a team from the AAC, this game didn’t do much for the reputation of defense in the Big 12. The scoring and yards were piling up from the opening kickoff, as both teams combined for 63 points in the first half alone.
181 Rushing Yards Per Game
2018 has gotten off to an uncertain start for the Baylor Bears, who are giving up 181 yards per game on the ground. That might not seem too eye popping until you consider the fact that the Bears have played Abilene Christian, UTSA and Duke. Matt Rhule came to Waco preaching toughness and physical play, but so far it looks like those values have yet to take.
First Game With Over 160 Yards Passing
Kansas State’s 285 yards passing against UTSA marked an accomplishment for the Wildcats this season. It was not only the first time Kansas State exceeded 200 yards passing, but the most passing yards they’d had since throwing for 152 yards against Nicholls State in the opening week. Sophomore Skylar Thompson accounted for all but one of those nineteen pass attempts, so it looks like he might be QB1 for the Wildcats moving forward.
360 Yards Passing
Even though Iowa State lost to Oklahoma in Ames, quarterback Zeb Noland did all he could to throw the ball around. Noland posted 69.4 completion percentage and tossed a couple of touchdown passes against the Sooners, but the Cyclones just didn’t put up enough points to get the win. Noland’s 360 yards passing actually exceeded the 348 put up by his counterpart Kyler Murray, which should be encouraging for Iowa State fans. The future looks bright for the young signal caller.