More Big 12 games are in the books, and records continue to get broken. 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 5 slate. After going through the the games from last week, here are some of the more ridiculous statistics from across the conference.
Most Passing Yards In A Game This Season
Baylor threw for a season-high 416 yards against Oklahoma on Saturday. Why is that remarkable? That’s the third highest total through the air that Matt Rhule’s team has thrown for since he became the head coach of the Bears. The highest is 463 yards, a record that Baylor set in 2017. That one was also against the Sooners.
80.6 Percent Completion Percentage
As a second season starter, Sam Ehlinger had his most accurate game in a Longhorn uniform against Kansas State, completing 80.6 percent of his passes in Manhattan. Even though the sophomore quarterback did have a good day, his less than spectacular 207 yards passing should tell you everything you need to know about how short most of his throws were against the Wildcats.
12 Turnovers Lost Through 5 Games
TCU is currently last in turnover margin in the Big 12, with the Horned Frogs having lost the football 12 times this year. There’s no way Gary Patterson is happy about that. Quarterback Shawn Robinson has accounted for over half of those, including six interceptions in five games. Nonetheless, TCU has found ways to win games in spite of those mistakes.
Defense In The Red Zone
New Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Jim Knowles is already having a measurable impact on the Pokes, who currently boast the best red zone defense in the Big 12. Oklahoma State’s opponents have scored 10 times in 15 trips inside the 20 yard line of the Cowboys. Even more impressive? The Pokes have managed to take the ball away from opposing offense on three occasions with their backs against their own goal line.
Over 3,000 Yards Rushing
In one of the less discussed games of last week, Oklahoma State’s Justice Hill recorded several important stats in the Pokes’ 48-28 win over the Jayhawks. He ran for over 100 yards for the 18th time in his career, passing Barry Sanders on the school’s all-time list. Hill also amassed over 3,000 career yards rushing and tied a Big 12 record for most consecutive games with a touchdown for a running back.
54 Points In Two Quarters
If you were watching Texas Tech play West Virginia on Saturday, you almost didn’t even need to watch the middle of the game. Of the 76 total scored between the two squads, 54 of those came in the first quarter (35 points) and fourth quarter (19 points). If you tuned out at halftime, you missed a real treat of a game, as each team seemed to go on scoring streaks. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 35-7 lead before the Red Raiders fought their way back to make the final score 42-34.
Eight Sacks On The Season
Oklahoma State’s Jordan Brailford is having himself quite a season. Against Kansas, he tallied three sacks, which is the second time he’s done so in a game in 2018. The redshirt senior has posted eight sacks in all, a number that puts him well ahead of every other defender in the Big 12.
7.5 Yards Per Rush
The Kansas Jayhawks have not had a 1,000 yard rusher since 2013, but true freshman Pooka Williams might just approach that number. Williams averaged 7.5 yards against Oklahoma State in the Jayhawks’ 48-28 loss last weekend. The Pokes have the best rush defense in the Big 12 right now, but Williams was three yards away from having another 100-yard game as a true freshman.
A Touchdown Every Six Plays
In their 66-33 rout of the Baylor Bears, the Sooners played one of their best offensive games of the year. The Sooners ran only 54 plays, but managed to rack up 66 total points on the day. That averages out to a little over seven points every six plays, making last Saturday’s game in Norman the most explosive one Oklahoma’s had this season. The rest of the Big 12 better be ready to bring their tackling skills if they want to unseat the champs.
79 Total Yards Passing
The Cyclones have been having their share of offensive struggles in 2018, and against a Gary Patterson defense, that was no different last weekend. Iowa State threw the ball 28 times for a total of 79 yards in their loss to TCU. That’s the lowest passing total the Cyclones have amassed since a 2012 loss to Texas Tech. This week, Iowa State will probably need to perform better through the air against Oklahoma State in Stillwater.