As the conference race begins to get more clarity, teams are putting up some eye-popping numbers. Now, some of those numbers are particularly good, while others stick out because they’re particularly bad. Let’s dive into those statistics that really grab our attention after Week 7 in the Big 12.
Lowest Passing Total In The Kingsbury Era
It certainly seems like Kliff Kingsbury is finding new ways to win. Texas Tech threw for only 202 yards in their win over TCU last Thursday, the lowest passing total of the Kingsbury era. Few people probably would have bet on the Red Raiders to win a game like that in Fort Worth, but they managed to pull off the upset despite being out-gained in most statistical categories. Oh, and did I mention Texas Tech won that game with their third string quarterback?
152 Yards Total Offense
Was Saturday a bad day for the ‘Eers or is Iowa State’s defense just that good? Probably a bit of both. The Mountaineers managed a meager 152 yards of total offense on the evening, by far a season low. West Virginia looked like their rhythm was off throughout Saturday, and the Iowa State defense proved to be as a good as they’ve been all season
244 Yards Rushing
The Cyclones had one of their best offensive performances against the Mountaineers. Freshman quarterback Brock Purdy seems to have given the entire unit a boost, contributing to an effort that netted 244 yards on the ground. It sure seems like the Cyclones are gaining some offensive momentum midway through the season.
Best D In The Big 12?
Although they looked like they might have a rough year offensively earlier in the season, Iowa State has continued to be elite on the defensive side of the ball. Just like in 2017, the Cyclones have a good argument to be the best defense in the Big 12. They lead the conference in rushing defense, allowing only 110 yards per game. That’s after having faced some of the best running backs that this league has to offer.
On Pace To Turn The Ball Over 30 Times
It’s almost old news by now that TCU has been struggling with turnovers, but looking at the numbers really makes it stick out. The Horned Frogs have given the ball up 15 times through three games, meaning they’re on pace to have 30 turnovers by the end of the regular season. It’s hard to win a lot of games that way.
5:2 Run-Pass Ratio
In Kansas State’s win over Oklahoma State, the Wildcats seemed to get back to the kind of football we’ve grown accustomed to with them. Bill Snyder’s squad ran the ball 55 times compared to only 22 rushes. That a ratio of five runs for every two pass attempts. If Kansas State is starting to turn things around, the running game will probably be key to that effort.
Most Penalized Team In The Big 12
After Saturday’s narrow win over Baylor, the Texas Longhorns are officially the most penalized team in the conference, with Texas Tech and Oklahoma State coming in close behind them. Texas has 53 penalties on the season, something that doesn’t seem to have had a noticeable effect on the win/loss column as of yet.
Texas Tech Dominating..In Time Of Possession?
That’s right, halfway through the season the Red Raiders are leading the conference in time of possession. A team that’s built a reputation on one and two minute scoring drives, Texas Tech has had to find new ways to win in 2018. Part of that is learning how to keep your defense off the field, and as dangerous as they’ve been offensively, the Red Raiders have done that.
First 100 Yard Rushing Performance In Over A Year
Texas’ Keontay Ingram had his first 100 yard rushing performance against the Baylor Bears on Saturday, but he’s the first Longhorn running back to do that this year. He’s also the first Texas player to do that since Texas’ rout of San Jose State in September 2017. That breaks a fifteen game streak of not having a running back surpass the century mark.
Worst Rushing Defense In The Big 12
The Baylor Bears came within a few seconds of upsetting the Texas Longhorns in Austin last Saturday. Charlie Brewer and the Bears’ passing attack showed that they’re for real, but the run defense continues to be an issue for Baylor. The Bears are now giving up 5.7 yards per carry to opposing ball carriers, something that will make it hard to put opponents in third down situations.