By Wendell Barnhouse | email@example.com
In Week 1, Big 12 teams out-scored opponents by a 437-137 margin, winning by an average score of 48.5-15.2.
In their nine victories, Big 12 teams combined to run 703 offensive plays and gain 4,679 yards. That's 519.8 yards per game and 6.7 yards per play.
Big 12 teams are off to a 9-0 start. Since last season, the league is 36-3 in non-conference games (.923 win percentage), and 42-5 (.893) including bowl games.
The Big 12 has three of the longest FBS streaks of scoring at least 30 points: Oklahoma State (19), Oregon (14), USC (9), TCU (7), Baylor (7), Air Force (4), Temple (4.)
West Virginia, Oklahoma State and Baylor were the three Big 12 teams that scored touchdowns on their opening drives.
Baylor (1-0; defeated SMU 59-24; vs. Sam Houston State on Sept. 15).
Senior quarterback Nick Florence had a career-high four touchdown passes. His freshman season, he had three against Missouri.
Aaron Jones made a 44-yard field goal on the final play of the first quarter. It's the seventh time in his career that he has made a field goal with 0:00 on clock heading to halftime.
The official attendance was 43,514 - largest to ever watch Baylor and SMU, two teams who were members of the Southwest Confereence. It was the fourth-largest opening day crowd in Floyd Casey history.
Baylor has scored at least 10 points in 10 of its last 12 quarters, dating back to a 48-24 victory over Texas last season.
Baylor has scored 40 or more points in five consecutive games and has had 500 or more yards of total offense in eight consecutive games.
Iowa State (1-0; defeated Tulsa 38-23; at Iowa Saturday)
Quarterback Steele Jantz had career highs in completions (32) and passing yards (281).
Running back Shontrelle Johnson had a career-high 120 yards rushing. It was his third career 100-yard rushing game.
Receiver Chris Young had career highs in receptions (seven) and yards (73).
The attendance of 54,931 set a school record for a home opener, besting last year's record of 54,672.
Kansas (1-0; defeated South Dakota State 31-17; vs. Rice Saturday)
Sophomore Tony Pierson's 47-yard touchdown run matched his career-long rush (last year vs. McNeese State). He added a 3-yard scoring run for the first multi-TD game of his career. He had 124 yards rushing, the first 100-yard effort of his career.
Junior Taylor Cox debuted with 121 yards rushing. It was the first time Kansas had two players with 100 or more yards rushing in a game since playing Central Michigan in 2007.
Senior receiver Kale Pick had a career-long 43-yard reception in the first quarter. He had a career-high 81 receiving yards.
Senior Bradley McDougald had two interceptions, the first time a Kansas player had two picks in a game since the Missouri game in 2008.
Kansas State (1-0; defeated Missouri State 51-9; vs. Miami, Fla., Saturday)
Junior running back John Hubert had the longest scoring run in stadium history, a 95-yarder that was one yard shy of the school record. He had 12 carries for 152 yards and also had a career-high six receptions.
Tramaine Thompson's 89-yard punt return for a touchdown in the fourth quarter was the longest for K-State since Jordy Nelson's 92-yarder on Oct. 28, 2007.
Senior kicker Anthony Cantele was perfect on three field goal attempts, and has made 11 of his last 13 attempts.
Kansas State's 35 fourth-quarter points were the most in the final quarter by the Wildcats since 1993.
Oklahoma (1-0; defeated UTEP 24-7; vs. Florida A&M Saturday)
Landry Jones' 68-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills was the longest play from scrimmage by Oklahoma since Jones hit Cameron Kenney for an 86-yard touchdown at Oklahoma State on Nov. 27, 2010. Stills' 68-yard touchdown reception was the longest reception of his career. He has 14 career touchdown receptions.
Senior Tress Way had punts of 54, 52 and 50 yards, giving him 61 punts of 50-yards or longer in his career.
Damien Williams's 65-yard touchdown run the fourth quarter was the longest by a Sooner since DeMarco Murray had a 70-yard run at Texas A&M on Nov. 8, 2008.
The blocked punt returned for UTEP's only touchdown was the first by an OU opponent since Alabama's Lance Taylor did it on Sept. 7, 2002.
Oklahoma State (1-0; defeated Savannah State 84-0; at Arizona Saturday)
In his first start, freshman quarterback Wes Lunt set a school record with a perfect completion percentage (11-11), edging out Bobby Reid's 90 percent (9-10) effort against Baylor in 2006.
The Cowboys set a modern-era school record for points scored in a season opener with 84 points, besting the previous record of 65 set against Washington State in 2010. The most points OSU has ever scored in a game was 134 against Phillips in 1914. Oklahoma State also set the Big 12 record for points in a game, topping Texas Tech's 80 in 2005 against Sam Houston State.
In eight season openers under Mike Gundy, Oklahoma State is averaging 44.3 points per game. In home openers since 2006, the Cowboys are averaging 58.5 points per game.
Sophomore Desmond Roland had career highs in carries (9), rushing yards (107) and rushing touchdowns (3).
TCU (0-0; idle; vs. Grambling State Saturday)
The Horned Frogs open their season at home against Grambling State Saturday. The last time TCU didn't play on the first day of the season was 2009 when it went 12-0 in the regular season en route to the Fiesta Bowl.
Texas (1-0; defeated Wyoming 37-17; vs. New Mexico Saturday)
Sophomores Malcolm Brown (105 yards) and Joe Bergeron (110) each recorded 100-yard rushing games. It is the second time the tandem has registered 100 yards or more in the same game. The first was during a 44-0 shutout against Kansas on Oct. 29, 2011.
Jaxon Shipley caught seven passes for 45 yards to lead the Longhorns. It is the sophomore's third career game with six or more receptions.
In the second quarter Texas out-scored Wyoming 17-0 with a 154-to-25 advantage in total yards.
The Texas run defense held the Cowboys to 69 yards on 30 carries with no rushing touchdowns.
Texas Tech (1-0; defeated Northwestern State 44-6; at Texas State Saturday)
Senior Eric Stephens returned from a season-ending knee injury suffered against Texas A&M last year. He finished with 58 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns.
Sophomore kicker Ryan Bustin made field goals of 31, 36 and 37 yards. He's the first Texas Tech kicker to connect on multiple FGs in a debut game since 2001.
Sophomore Bradley Marquez ended the night with career highs in receiving yards (92) and receptions (7).
Tommy Tuberville is the first Texas Tech coach to win his first three season openers since Steve Sloan (1975-77).
West Virginia (1-0; defeated Marshall 69-34; vs. James Madison Saturday in Washington, D.C.)
Senior quarterback Geno Smith became the school's career leader for completions and touchdown passes.
Senior running back Shawne Alston had a career-high 123 yards rushing.
The 69 points are the most in a season opener since defeating Richmond, 66-22, in Morgantown in 1958. It was also the most points scored in a home opener.
West Virginia ran 101 offensive plays, had six scoring drives of less than two minutes and held a nearly six-minute advantage in possession time.