By Wendell Barnhouse | email@example.comBig12Sports.com Correspondent
There were 38 touchdowns from scrimmage in Saturday's five games. Those touchdowns totaled 858 yards, an average of 22.5 yards per play. 21 touchdown runs averaged 20 yards while 17 touchdown passes averaged 25.8 yards.
Through 12 weeks, touchdowns from scrimmage are averaging 10.7 yards while touchdown passes are averaging 27.3 yards.
Through 12 weeks there have been 35 defensive/special team touchdowns - interception returns of 25, 32, 38, 41, 63, 58, 24, 66, 32, 31, 32, 54, 31, 21, 43 and 43 yards. Three fumble returns of 9, 91, 54 and 40 yards. Kickoff returns of 94, 100, 45, 95, 95, 98 and 100 yards. Punt returns of 67, 85, 52, 95, 91 and 58 yards. A muffed punt recovery in the end zone (0 yards) and a blocked field goal return of 65 yards.
There have been 16 interception returns for touchdowns by Big 12 defenses this season. Nine of those have come in Conference games, equaling last year's total.Baylor (9-0, 6-0; defeated Texas Tech 63-34; at Oklahoma State Saturday)
Levi Norwood had career highs in receptions (7) and receiving yards (156) plus had a career-long 58-yard punt return for a touchdown. It was his second of the season and he's the first Baylor player to have two punt return TDs in a season or a career.
Freshman Shock Linwood had career highs for rushing attempts (2) and yards (187). His 812 rushing yards is 31 yards shy of the freshman record of 843 set by Robert Griffin III in 2008.
Senior kicker Aaron Jones broke the NCAA record for career PATs made with 260, passing Louisville's Art Carmody (253). Jones has made a school-record 175 consecutive PATs.
Since 2011, Baylor is 13-1 in the months of November and December (the best in the FBS for that stretch and is 5-1 vs. ranked teams.
Baylor forced five three-and-outs on 17 Texas Tech possessions. The Bears have forced 60 three-and-outs on 136 drives.
Baylor has 41 rushing touchdowns, a school single-season record.Iowa State (1-9, 0-7; lost at Oklahoma, 48-10; vs. Kansas Saturday)
Quarterback Grant Rohach had career highs for completions (21) and passing yards (179).
Kicker Cole Netten has made all eight of his field goal attempts from 41 yards or less.
Iowa State is 25-of-26 in the red zone this season (19 touchdowns, six field goals).
Iowa State has used nine different starting combinations on its offensive line.Kansas (3-7, 1-6; defeated West Virginia, 31-19; at Iowa State Saturday)
Running back James Sims had a career-high 211 yards rushing. He has 34 career touchdowns; the Kansas record is 41. He had rushes of 68 (a career best) and 62 yards; both are the longest runs by a KU back this season.
Over the last three games, kicker Ron Doherty has made five of six field goal attempts.
Freshman quarterback Montell Cozart won his first start. Since 2000, he's the eighth Kansas QB to win a debut. He gained a career-high 60 yards rushing.
Kansas ended a 27-game losing streak in Big 12 games. The Jayhawks' last Conference victory came on Nov. 6, 2010 when they defeated Colorado, 52-45.Kansas State (6-4, 4-3; defeated TCU, 33-31; vs. Oklahoma Saturday)
Kicker Jack Cantele made all four of his field goal attempts, including the game-winning 41-yarder. He has made 11 of 13 field goal attempts.
Jake Waters and Tremaine Thompson connected on a 79-yard touchdown pass, the longest pass play for K-State since 2005.
Kansas State has 28 points off turnovers in its last four games. Over the first six games, the Wildcats had 37 points resulting from turnovers.
This year's senior class will become the first to go to a bowl all four years since the 2003 senior class capped an 11-year bowl streak.
Kansas State has sold out all seven home games and its last 12.Oklahoma (8-2, 5-2; defeated Iowa State 48-10; at Kansas State Saturday)
Oklahoma had touchdown runs from Damien Williams (69 yards), Brennan Clay (63) and Trevor Knight (56). It was the first time since 1988 that the Sooners had three different players rush for touchdowns of 50 yards or more.
Oklahoma had 405 yards rushing, the most of the Stoops Era and the most since 1997.
Bob Stoops has 157 career victories, tying Barry Switzer for the most in school history.
Oklahoma finished 6-0 at home, the 11th perfect home record for the Sooners in 15 seasons under Stoops. Oklahoma State (9-1, 6-1; won at Texas, 38-13; vs. Baylor Saturday)
Justin Gilbert has returned two interceptions for touchdowns this season. That's tied for the most in school history.
Oklahoma State has scored six non-offensive touchdowns this season and has scored 24 non-offensive touchdowns since the start of the 2010 season.
Oklahoma State has won six straight Big 12 games. The Cowboys won seven consecutive Big 12 games in 2011 and 10 straight Missouri Valley Conference games from 1929-34.
Oklahoma State is 9-1 for the third time in the last four seasons. Prior to Mike Gundy taking the head coaching position at OSU in 2005, the Cowboys had only one 9-1 start in 102 seasons of football - 1985. (The 1945 team finished 9-0-0).TCU (4-7, 2-6; lost at Kansas State, 33-31; vs. Baylor Nov. 30)
Sophomore Jaden Oberkrom's 56-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining was a career-best and the second-longest in school history.
Sam Carter had his fourth interception, the most on the team this season. It was the eighth of his career.
Casey Pachall's 51-yard third-quarter touchdown pass to David Porter gave him 40 career scoring tosses, tying Sammy Baugh (1934-36) for fourth on the Horned Frogs' all-time list.
TCU has failed to become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2004.Texas (7-3, 6-1; lost to Oklahoma State, 38-13; vs. Texas Tech Nov. 28)
Kicker Anthony Fera made both of his field goal attempts. He has made 13 in a row and is 17-of-18 on the season.
Receiver Jaxon Shipley had six receptions and has had at least five receptions in 13 of the last 15 games.
Texas has allowed just three sacks in the team's last 185 pass attempts.
Texas leads the series with Oklahoma State 23-5 but three of those losses have come on the Cowboys' last three trips to Austin.
Oklahoma State is the third team to beat Texas on its home field three consecutive times. Colorado (1990, 1994, 1997) and Texas A&M (1984, 1986 and 1988) are the other two.Texas Tech (7-4, 4-4; lost to Baylor 63-34; at Texas Nov. 28)
Junior tight end Amaro made four receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns. His 1,157 receiving yards are the most for a Texas Tech player since Michael Crabtree had 1,165 in 2008.
Senior linebacker Will Smith had a career-high 16 tackles, the most by a Texas Tech player since Dwayne Slay recorded 18 tackles at Baylor on Oct. 29, 2005.
Texas Tech gave up a punt return for touchdown for the first time since 2009.
Texas Tech lost the turnover battle 3-1 and is last in the Big 12 in turnover margin at minus-12. West Virginia (4-7, 2-6; lost at Kansas, 31-19; vs. Iowa State Nov. 30)
Charles Sims' six-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter gives him a team-leading ninth rushing touchdown of the season. Sims also has three receiving touchdowns.
West Virginia was the first Kansas opponent to score on its opening drive.
West Virginia has failed to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2001.
This will be the first time in 14 seasons as a head coach or an assistant coach that Dana Holgorsen won't be coaching in a bowl game.