We are officially in the back half of Big 12 play, with all teams having played at least five conference contests so far. Last week featured both big upsets and continued domination by teams in this conference. Here, we look at how the numbers tell the story of Week 9 in the Big 12.
KANSAS WIN STREAK
Congratulations are in order for the Kansas Jayhawks, who won their first Big 12 game since 2016, snapping a 14 game losing streak in conference play. The game was an upset of the TCU Horned Frogs, who now face the possibility of missing a bowl game. The upset marks the first time that TCU has lost to Kansas since 1997, and it is the first time that Gary Patterson has ever lost to the Jayhawks as head coach of the Horned Frogs.
MOST PASSING YARDS THIS SEASON BY THE JAYHAWKS
The Jayhawks threw for 249 yards against the Horned Frogs in Lawrence, which is the highest total they’ve put up through the air in 2018. In what was probably the best game of Peyton Bender’s career, the senior finished with a 65.5 completion percentage, two touchdowns, and no interceptions.
WINLESS IN OCTOBER
With their loss in Lawrence, the TCU Horned Frogs go without a win in October in 2018. They’ve also lost three contests in a row, something that doesn’t happen to Gary Patterson very often. TCU hadn’t lost to Kansas since 1997, before Patterson was even the head coach, so things indeed appear to have gone awry. The Horned Frogs are at the bottom of the Big 12 standings with a 1-4 conference record, certainly a far cry from their Top 25 ranking in the preseason.
702 TOTAL YARDS OF OFFENSE
Kansas State really looked off-kilter against the Sooners, playing probably their worst game of the season in 2018. They gave up over 700 yards of offense against Oklahoma, which marks the Sooners’ highest total of the season. A number like that speaks to the potent offense of Oklahoma, but the bigger takeaway here is probably that a Bill Snyder-coached team was absolutely handled by another Big 12 team. Oklahoma’s total of 51 points may not seem impressive, but it certainly could have been worse had Lincoln Riley not pulled Kyler Murray once things were in hand. The times sure seem to be a changin’ in Manhattan.
FEWEST POINTS SCORED IN BIG 12 PLAY
Bill Snyder seemed beside himself after the Wildcats got decimated by Oklahoma last Saturday, and he had good reason to be. So far in 2018, the Wildcats have scored 99 points in Big 12 play. They are averaging 19.8 points per game through five contests and are the only team that hasn’t gotten into the triple digits in conference play. That’s just behind Kansas and TCU, who each have exactly 100 points as we enter Week 10.
POKES UNSTOPPABLE AS AN UNDERDOG
After their upset of then sixth-ranked Texas, Oklahoma State has won six of their last seven straight up as an underdog. That’s a fairly good streak, and if it continues the Pokes shouldn’t have a problem making a bowl game.
1.3 YARDS PER RUSH
After starting the season 1-3, the Iowa State Cyclones seem to have the most momentum of any team in the Big 12 right now. A big part of that effort is the consistent play of their defense, which only allowed Texas Tech to gain 1.3 yards per rush in Ames. That allowed them to limit the Red Raiders to just 30 yards on the ground and make them one dimensional.
1-10 ON THIRD DOWN
Amazingly, West Virginia was some how really bad on third down in the victory at home against Baylor last Thursday. The Mountaineers converted only one third down, and were stopped nine other times in their 58-14 drubbing of Baylor. Those numbers don’t seem at first glance to add up, but when you consider how much damage West Virginia did on first and second down – with four touchdown drives of only two plays – it makes sense. Success on early downs dictated whether the Mountaineers sent on the punt unit or the PAT unit.
21 POINTS ON SIX PLAYS
Last week’s game pitting West Virginia and Baylor looked like it could be close after a quarter of play, with the Mountaineers up 10-0. The chances for this being a tight ballgame evaporated quickly after the second quarter, though, when the Mountaineers score three consecutive touchdowns on only six plays, helping them to rack up a 41-0 lead by halftime.
10 RECEPTIONS FOR 222 YARDS
Oklahoma State’s Tylan Wallace announced himself as a legitimate receiver in the Big 12 when the Pokes upset Texas. Wallace exploded against the Longhorns, averaging 22.2 yards per reception, and contributing two score for Oklahoma State in Stillwater.