After one full week of Big 12 games in the bag, the numbers are becoming more and more relevant. 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 4 slate. After going through the the games from last week, here are some of the more ridiculous statistics from across the conference.
44:41 Time Of Possession
The Sooners only scored 21 points in regulation in their game against Army, in part because they never had the ball. The Black Knights, notorious for their clock-decimating triple option offense, ran the ball 78 times while attempting only 9 passes. Oklahoma gave up 4.3 yards per rush, which will not lead to a lot of stops that slow the clock.
40 Total Plays From Scrimmage
When you’re offense only has the ball for about 15 minutes, you don’t get much time to run many plays. The Sooners got firsthand experience with that, only managing to run 40 plays from scrimmage. That number equals the fewest number of plays that the Sooners have run since the Eisenhower administration.
-4 Turnover Margin
In TCU’s loss to Texas on Saturday, the Longhorns were able to take advantage of multiple mistakes by the Horned Frogs in order to get the 15-point victory. Quarterback play contributed in some way to the three interceptions and a lost fumble by the Horned Frogs, who turned the ball over four times last weekend and were unable to get any turnovers of their own. You’re not going to win many football games that way.
Third Game With Over 600 Yards Offense
The Red Raiders certainly gave a shock to fans in Stillwater, but maybe the bigger surprise was new defensive coordinator Jim Knowles’s first game against the Air Raid. The evening didn’t go as planned for Knowles, who is known for his aggressive defenses. Texas Tech posted 621 yards on the Pokes, giving them their third game this season with 600 yards of offense.
2 Significant Winning Streaks Ended
Texas ended TCU’s winning streak against them on Saturday by defeating the Horned Frogs for the first time in half a decade. Before that game, Gary Patterson could boast the longest winning streak in the Big 12 against the Longhorns. Those four victories in a row were tied for the most successive victories the Horned Frogs had achieved against Texas since 1938.
An even longer streak was broken in Stillwater as the Red Raiders prevented a straight decade of losses to the Cowboys. The streak goes back so far that it is Kliff Kingsbury’s first win over Mike Gundy.
Keeping Teams Out Of The End Zone
One of the most striking surprises of the Mountaineers’ undefeated start to 2018 has been the play on defense. West Virginia continued to showcase improvement there against Kansas State, preventing the Wildcats from scoring a touchdown in a 35-6 win. It marked the first time in almost three years that Tony Gibson’s unit had achieved that feat.
3 of 14 on Third Downs
Kansas State’s offensive struggles this season continued in their loss against West Virginia, where the Wildcats were held without a touchdown in spite of picking up a couple of turnovers early in the game. Key to Kansas State’s struggles was their inability to pick up first downs. They converted less than a third of their third downs in Morgantown, which usually won’t translate into many points scored.
Second Half Shutout
The Red Raiders have been up and down defensively so far this season, giving up 47,0, 49, and then 17 points in successive contests. However inconsistent they’ve been, Texas Tech stepped up in Stillwater last weekend. The Pokes were unable to score for the entire second half of that game. Anytime a defensive unit can hold an Oklahoma State offense to less than 20 points, that’s something to hang your hat on.
23 Unanswered Points
The Bears apparently weren’t too happy to only be touchdown favorites against the Jayhawks in their first Big 12 matchup. Baylor came out absolutely on fire, reeling off 23 straight points before Kansas could even get on the board. Rhule’s team made sure that their game in Waco wouldn’t be close and managed to hold on thereafter for the 26-7 win.
149 Yards Passing
Kansas currently has the worst passing offense in the Big 12, partly due to the Jayhawks’ struggles at quarterback. Kansas tried to roll with transfer Miles Kendrick behind center last week, and the results were mixed. Long time starter Peyton Bender came into the game when Kendrick suffered an apparent injury, managing to get the Jayhawks on the board for the only time all day. The total stat line was unimpressive, however, as Kansas passed for a meager 149 yards in the contest.
Bonus Stat: 28 Tackles
We’ve already talked about the Army-Oklahoma game, but there is one more eye-popping stat to highlight. That’s the 28 tackles recorded by Kenneth Murray. It’s the most tackles recorded by a single player in a game since in the FBS since at least 2000.