Last week was filled with its share of high-flying Big 12 action, as multiple games came down to the wire. Others resulted in some stats that are not a good look for a couple of teams in the Big 12. Let’s look at the numbers from Week 11 in college football.
280 PASSES WITHOUT A PICK
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger surpassed the previous Big 12 record for consecutive passes without an interception, previously set by Gino Smith, who set the record at 273 in 2012. Ehlinger ended Texas’s game against Texas Tech having thrown 280 consecutive passes without throwing it to the other team. The sophomore has progressed markedly since the Longhorns’ opening season loss to Maryland, in which he threw two picks.
SEIBERT BREAKS SCORING RECORD
A lot of eye-catching numbers were put up by both teams in Bedlam on Saturday, but perhaps the least talked about was the record set by Oklahoma kicker Austin Seibert. Seibert surpassed the record for career points scored in the second quarter of the rivalry game in Norman, outpacing his predecessor, Sooner Michael Hunnicutt, who previously held it with 451 points. Seibert is currently at 457 points, which is the most in both Big 12 and Oklahoma history.
NEGATIVE SEVEN YARDS ON THE GROUND
TCU has struggled offensively throughout 2018, and that was no less clear on Saturday, when they were routed by West Virginia 47-10. The Horned Frogs managed negative seven yards on 24 carries, averaging -0.3 yards per carry. If the 4-6 squad from Fort Worth wants to stave off being ineligible for bowl play, they’ll probably need to run the ball better.
MOST LOPSIDED LOSS OF THE PATTERSON ERA
When West Virginia beat TCU by 37 points this past weekend, they handed Gary Patterson the worst loss of his tenure in Fort Worth. It’s the largest margin of defeat for the Horned Frogs since a 2004 loss to Texas Tech that ended 70-35.
LOOKING FOR A COACH, BUT NOT A BOWL
With their loss to Kansas State, the Kansas Jayhawks move to 3-7 on the season and are officially eliminated from bowl contention. The 2018 season will be the tenth straight in which Kansas went without qualifying for a bowl game. That ties the previous decade-long bowl drought for the Jayhawks, which saw Kansas fail to get to the postseason from 1982-1991.
BARNES LEADING THE PACK
Alex Barnes of Kansas State is on pace to become the Big 12’s only 1,000 yard back this season. He’s averaging 115.3 yards per game and is currently only 193 yards away from reaching the millennium mark. After he averaged 7.4 yards per carry against Kansas, Barnes has two more games to achieve that goal.
LAST IN THE BIG 12 IN PENALTIES
The Red Raiders lost a nail-biter at home to Texas last weekend, partially because of the eight penalties for 89 yards committed by Texas Tech in that game. Kingsbury’s squad is currently last in the conference in that category, averaging 76.8 penalty yards per game. The total number of penalties for the Red Raiders – a noticeable 84 total – is also far more than any other Big 12 team
1,342 TOTAL YARDS OF TOTAL OFFENSE
Bedlam gave us perhaps the most entertaining Big 12 game of the weekend, with Oklahoma holding on to edge out Oklahoma State 48-47 in Gaylord Memorial Stadium. It always starts to feel a little bit like a track meet when these two teams play, and this meeting did not disappoint in that respect. The Sooners and Cowboys combined to put up 1,342 yards of total offense, in addition to almost exceeding 100 points combined.
9.71 YARDS PER ROUTE RUN
According to Pro Football Focus, Oklahoma wideout Marquise Brown is the most dangerous player out of the slot in the entire Big 12. He’s averaging almost 10 yards a reception when he lines up in the slot, well above any other receiver in the country.
BEST DEFENSE IN THE BIG 12
There’s a strong case to be made that Iowa State has the best defense in the Big 12. In conference play, they’re first in rushing defense and total defense, and currently second and third in the categories of scoring and pass defense, respectively. They’re giving up 22.6 points per game on average, and the Cyclones have thus far been the only team to hold offensive juggernauts Oklahoma and West Virginia under 40 points.