200 x 3
For just the third time in Big 12 history, three running backs gained 200-plus yards on the same day. Oklahoma State’s Kendall Hunter (257 yards), Kansas State’s Daniel Thomas (234) and Oklahoma’s DeMarco Murray (218) all broke the 200-yard barrier in Saturday’s games.
The only other times in the Big 12’s previous 14 seasons came in 1998. On Sept. 12, 1998, Missouri’s Devin West (319), Iowa State’s Darren Davis (244) and Texas’ Ricky Williams each broke the 200-yard barrier. This was followed up on Oct, 24, 1998 by Kansas' David Winbush (268), Texas' Ricky Williams (259) and Oklahoma's De'Mond Parker (220).
There have been 12 instances when the Big 12 had two 200-yard rushers on the same day.
Coaching debuts a 50-50 deal
Turner Gill at Kansas and Tommy Tuberville at Texas Tech became the 25th and 26th coaches to be a first-year coach in the Big 12. The Red Raiders’ 35-27 victory over SMU Sunday made Tuberville the 13th coach to win his Big 12 debut.
Opening in style
The top five scoring efforts in a season opener by Big 12 teams:
|2007||Oklahoma 79, North Texas 10|
|2004||Texas 65, North Texas 0|
|2003||Texas 66, New Mexico State 7|
|2005||Texas 60, Louisiana-Lafayette 3|
|2010||Oklahoma State 65, Washington State 17|
Baylor (1-0; vs. Buffalo, 6 p.m.)
* Sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin III’s 68-yard touchdown pass to tight end Brad Taylor was a career-best for both players.
* Griffin, who has played in 16 games, is responsible for 37 touchdowns. That’s fourth-best in Baylor history.
* Sophomore wide receiver Terrance Williams made his first career start and caught his first career touchdown pass, a 23-yard reception in the second quarter.
* Since 2001, Baylor is 23-2 (.920) when scoring at least 30 points. Baylor has won 12 consecutive games when reaching the 30-point plateau.
Colorado (1-0; at California, 2:30 p.m.)
* Senior wide receiver Scotty McKnight became Colorado’s career receptions leader when he caught a 27-yard touchdown pass. The TD reception gave him 168 career catches, besting Michael Westbrook, who had 167 receptions between 1991 and 1994.
* McKnight also extended his school record of consecutive games with at least one reception to 38.
* Travon Patterson, a transfer from USC, returned four punts for 46 yards, including a 25-yard return. The Buffs were last in the Big 12 last season, averaging 3.3 yards per punt return.
* The Buffs limited Colorado State to 49 rushing yards on 25 attempts. That’s the fifth-fewest allowed by Colorado in a season opener;
* Colorado was one of the most penalized teams in the nation last season, totaling 107 in 12 games. Against the Rams, they were penalized 10 times for 104 yards.
Iowa State (1-0; at Iowa, 2:30 p.m.)
* Senior quarterback Austen Arnaud has 5,339 career passing yards, 6,364 yards in total offense and 472 completions. All three are second in Iowa State history in those categories.
* Arnaud completed passes to eight different receivers.
* Sophomore linebacker A.J. Klein, in his first start, had 15 tackles against Northern Illinois. He had 17 tackles last season.
* The Cyclones have won nine of their last 11 games played on Thursday night.
* Iowa State has gained 400-plus yards in total offense in its last two season openers. The last time that happened was in 1999 and 2000.
* Paul Rhoads is 2-0 in season openers. The last Iowa State coach to do that was Donnie Duncan (currently the Big12’s director of the football championship game) in 1979-80.
Kansas (0-1; Georgia Tech, 11 a.m.)
* Kansas coach Turner Gill joins Colorado coach Dan Hawkins as Big 12 coaches who lost their debut games to a team from the Football Championship Subdivision. The Buffs lost to Montana State, 19-10, in the 2006 season opener.
* Only two of Kansas’ last eight head coaches won their first game (Don Fambrough in 1971 and Terry Allen in 1997).
* There are no names on the back of the Jayhawks’ jerseys for the first time since 1981.
* The six points allowed by the Jayhawks were the fewest allowed in a KU loss since a 6-3 loss to TCU on Sept. 22, 1962. The last time Kansas scored just three points in a game was Oct. 15, 2005.
* Kansas had not lost at home to a nonconference foe since losing to Northwestern in the 2003 season opener.
* Junior wide receiver Daymond Patterson gained 51 yards on a reverse – his first career rushing attempt.
* Going back to last season, Kansas has lost eight consecutive games. The Jayhawks play host to No. 16 Georgia Tech, a 41-10 winner over South Carolina State, Saturday.
Kansas State (1-0, vs. Missouri State, 6:10 p.m.)
* Senior running back Daniel Thomas registered a career-high 28 carries for a career-best 234 yards and two touchdowns. It was the 12th 200-yard rushing effort in school history and the best by a Kansas State player since Darren Sproles set the school record with 292 yards against Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 18, 2004.
* Thomas also had the longest run of his career (44 yards) and the longest touchdown run of his career (35 yards)
* With Bill Snyder as their coach, the Wildcats have won 18 consecutive season openers.
* Sophomore kicker Anthony Cantele converted the first field goal of his career, a 35-yarder with 2:04 remaining in the third quarter. He made all four of his extra point attempts and had four touchbacks on kickoffs.
Missouri (1-0; vs. McNeese State at 6 p.m.)
* In defeating Illinois Saturday, Missouri rallied from a halftime deficit of 10 points and shut out its opponent in second half. That’s happened only once before. In Columbus in 1976, Tigers trailed Ohio State 21-7 at halftime but rallied for a 22-21 victory.
* In two games in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert is 59-of-81 for 600 yards passing, no interceptions, four touchdown passes and one rushing touchdown.
* The Tigers have won nine consecutive season openers and 18 consecutive regular-season nonconference games.
* Sophomore receiver T.J. Moe had career highs of 13 receptions and 101 yards. Last season as a freshman, Moe totaled two receptions for eight yards.
* Missouri has converted 239 consecutive extra point attempts. The NCAA record is 262 by Syracuse.
* Kicker Grant Ressel made two of three field goals and is 28-of-30 in his career.
Nebraska (1-0, vs. Idaho at 11:30 a.m.)
* Nebraska's Taylor Martinez became the redshirt or true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for Nebraska. Several freshmen had previously made starts at quarterback, most recently Cody Green last season, however a freshman had not been the starter in game one.
* Martinez was the first Huskers quarterback to gain 100 yards rushing since Jammal Lord had 109 yards against Texas A&M in 2003. The last freshman quarterback to rush for 100 yards was redshirt freshman Eric Crouch (108 yards against Kansas State in 1998).
* Nebraska has won 25 consecutive season openers, the nation’s longest active streak. Each of those victories have been by at least 10 points.
* Nebraska has allowed 20 or fewer points in nine straight games dating back to last season, the longest streak in the nation.
Oklahoma (1-0; vs. Florida State, 2:30 p.m. Saturday)
* Senior running back DeMarco Murray had career highs for rushing attempts (35) and yards rushing (218). His previous career high for yards gained was 128. The 218 yards rushing set a school record for a home opener.
* Sophomore punter Tress Way averaged 46.6 yards on eight kicks with three downed inside the 20. His 85-yard punt was the third-longest in school history and the longest since 1970.
* Oklahoma became the seventh college program to reach 800 victories.
* Strong safety Tony Jefferson and wide receiver Kenny Stills became the first freshmen to start an opener since defensive tackle Tommie Harris in 2001. Eight freshmen played in the opener.
Oklahoma State (1-0; vs. Troy at 6:05 p.m.)
* Senior running back Kendall Hunter gained a career-high 257 yards and also scored a career-best four touchdowns.
* Hunter’s 208 yards in the first half was the first time an Oklahoma State running back gained 200 or more yards in a half since Barry Sanders gained 217 yards in the first half against Kansas in 1988.
* Oklahoma State now has won 19 of its last 20 games at Boone Pickens Stadium against nonconference opponents.
* Since 1984, Oklahoma State is 5-0 in season openers against teams from the Pacific-10 Conference.
* The Cowboys have won 15 straight home openers, the longest streak in school history.
* Oklahoma State's point total was its highest since a 66-24 win over Baylor on Nov. 11, 2006.
Texas (1-0; vs. Wyoming, 6 p.m.)
* Kicker Justin Tucker joined Mark Schultis (55, at Texas Tech - 1994); Kris Stockton (52, vs. New Mexico State - 1998) and Phil Dawson (50, at Pittsburgh - 1994) to become the fourth UT player to make a field goal of 50 or more yards on his first collegiate attempt. Tucker’s second attempt was from 54 yards and he became the first UT player to start his career with two field goal attempts of 50 or more yards.
* Junior linebacker Keenan Robinson recorded his first interception, first fumble recovery and first touchdown (10-yard return of recovered fumble).
* Tre’ Newton had a career-high three rushing touchdowns. It was the first game in his career where he recorded multiple rushing TDs.
* Rice lost 55 yards on running plays; Texas had three sacks that accounted for 32 of those negative yards.
* Texas is 4-0 in Reliant Stadium and has a 204-34 scoring edge in those victories.
* The Longhorns opened the season on the road for the first time since 1995 when they won at Hawaii, 38-17.
Texas A&M (1-0; vs. Louisiana Tech, 6 p.m.)
* Junior receiver Ryan Tannehill has caught at least one pass in 25 consecutive games. The school record is 29 by Martellus Bennett.
* Junior receiver Jeff Fuller has 18 career touchdown receptions. The school record of 19 was set by Bob Long from 1966 through 1968.
* Senior quarterback Jerrod Johnson has thrown for at least one touchdown in 19 consecutive games; that’s second in the FBS behind Houston’s Case Keenum’s 31 consecutive games with a TD pass.
* Receiver Ryan Swope had 13 receptions for 106 yards against Stephen F. Austin. That’s the second-most in a game in school history and the best by an Aggies receiver since Albert Connell set the school record with 18 against Colorado in 1996.
Texas Tech (1-0; at New Mexico, 7 p.m.)
* Senior wide receiver Lyle Leong had a career-high 142 yards receiving on 11 catches and three touchdowns.
* Texas Tech passed 53 times for 359 yards and ran 31 times for 72 yards. The 82 plays and 27:50 time of possession equals one offensive play every 20 seconds. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 76 plays per game.
* The announced attendance was 57,528, an opening-day record. Also, 12,910 students attended the game; that also set record.
* Texas Tech and SMU were members of the Southwest Conference. The Red Raiders have won the last 14 games with the Mustangs. SMU’s last victory came in 1989.
* SMU won the special teams battle. Matt Szymanski kicked a career-best and school-record 61-yard field, Darryl Fields had a 92-yard kickoff return and the Mustangs blocked two field goals.