By Wendell Barnhouse | email@example.com
Catching up from a weekend where the Big 12 went 4-1 and is now 14-1 in nonconference play.
* This week's media and coaches polls are out. Oklahoma remains No. 1 in both polls. The Sooners are the first team to have been ranked No. 1 100 times in the Associated Press poll, which started in 1936. Oklahoma State is No. 8, Texas A&M No. 9, Baylor No. 19 and Texas No. 24 in the AP poll. In the coaches' poll, Oklahoma State is No. 7, Texas A&M No. 9, Texas No. 21 and Baylor No. 24.
* Texas 17, BYU 16 provided a huge boost for a Longhorns team trying to erase memories of last year's 5-7 record. "This team wouldn't have won this game last year," UT coach Mack Brown said. "We're not a great football team, but we're 2-0," Brown said. "We're pretty even with every team from here on out. Every game is going to be 17-16 or 20-17, which is what we thought we would have last year but we didn't. We didn't panic tonight."
* Missouri coach Gary Pinkel called two timeouts before Grant Ressel attempted a game-winning 48-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining at Arizona State Friday night. "We tried to get five more yards. They were jumping, (Vontaze Burfict) was jumping all over and blowing our guard up and timing it and going every time," said Pinkel, who also noted the that the winds were gusting and that was a reason to want a closer attempt. "And we thought just maybe we could get him to jump offsides and we'd have gotten the first down."
* In the Missouri-Arizona State game, the teams were penalized a total of 23 times for 224 yards (11 for 114 yards on Missouri, 12 for 110 on Arizona State. Pinkel called it "the most-penalized game I've ever seen."
* Missouri sophomore quarterback James Franklin, in his first start on the road, had 403 yards in total offense (84 rushing, 319 passing) in the Tigers' overtime loss to Arizona State. “We got the experience of playing in an environment that we’ll probably see a few times this year,” Franklin said. “Getting this out of the way early, especially when we were down 14 and knowing we were able to come back and tie it up, that’s really encouraging. All the guys did a great job focusing on the here and now and not worrying about the crowd of anything … just making plays.”
* In his first three seasons as Iowa State's coach, Paul Rhoads has victories at Nebraska, at Texas and Iowa. Saturday's triple-overtime victory over the Hawkeyes left the emotional Cyclones coach struggling to express his feelings. “I don’t have trouble finding words very often,” he said. “Had trouble in the locker room, have trouble right now because of the unbelievable performance — not just one team, but two teams out there. ... Our football team overcame adversity. You don’t turn the ball over three-times-to-one and miss two field goals and win, unless you have the resolve of the young men that I coach.”
* Sports Illustrated, in its college football preview, predicted that Kansas would finish 1-11. Following Saturday night's 45-42 victory over Northern Illinois, the Jayhawks are 2-0. “That Sports Illustrated thing — we’d only win one game - that’s out the window," senior linebacker Steven Johnson said. "I’m looking forward to getting another one.”
Here are this week's team-by-team notes.
Baylor (1-0; vs. Stephen F. Austin Saturday)
* The Bears were idle last week.
Iowa State (2-0; at Connecticut Friday)
* The Cyclones' 44 points in their triple overtime victory over Iowa Saturday was the most Iowa State scored against the Hawkeyes in the 59-game series. In the previous four meetings with Iowa, the Cyclones had scored a total of 30 points.
* The 85 combined points are the most ever for an Iowa State-Iowa game, bettering the 83 combined points in 1997.
* The 57-yard completion from Steele Jantz to Aaron Horne was Iowa State's longest pass play since Bret Meyer to Todd Blythe for 63 yards on Oct. 29, 2005.
* Josh Lenz had a career-high with 119 kickoff return yards.
* The attendance of 56,085 was the second-highest in Jack Trice Stadium history.
Kansas (2-0; at Georgia Tech Saturday)
* D.J. Beshears, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass, had career highs in catches (seven) and yards (70). Beshears had a career-high 197 kickoff return yards, the second-highest in school history. He finished with 285 all-purpose yards.
* Sophomore running back had 110 yards on a career-high 26 carries. He has rushed for 100 yards in both games this season, becoming the first KU running back with consecutive 100-yard games since Jake Sharp in the first two games in 2009.
* Kansas scored the game-winning touchdown with nine seconds remaining. In the first half, the Jayhawks scored a touchdown with 17 seconds remaining. Both were pass plays.
* Kansas has scored 87 points (42 and 45) in its first two games. Last season the Jayhawks scored 89 points in their first four games and scored 42 or more points twice in 12 games. The 87 points in consecutive games is the most since scoring 87 in back-to-back games in November of 2008.
* Sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb had a career-high 281 yards passing.
* Kansas has scored 12 touchdowns this season by eight different players.
Kansas State (1-0; vs. Kent State Saturday)
* The Wildcats were idle last week.
Missouri (1-1; vs. Western Illinois Saturday)
* The 37-30 overtime loss to Arizona State was Missouri's first overtime game since the 2008 Alamo Bowl. The Tigers are 9-4 in overtime games and are tied with nine other schools for the most overtimes in NCAA history. It was Missouri's first overtime loss since Nov. 9, 2002.
* Missouri had eight plays from scrimmage of 20 yards or more. In the season opener against Miami (Ohio) the Tigers had one play of 20 yards or more.
* Junior wide receiver T.J. Moe returned kickoffs for the first time in his career. He finished with 108 yards on five returns.
* Punter Trey Barrow had a career-best 73-yard punt in the second quarter. He averaged 58 yards on four punts.
* Missouri senior kicker Grant Ressel's miss on the 48-yard game-winning attempt was the fifth of his career. His misses have come from 37, 43, 48 and twice from 54 yards.
Oklahoma (1-0; at Florida State Saturday)
* The Sooners were idle last week.
Oklahoma State (2-0; at Tulsa, Sept. 17)
* Senior quarterback Brandon Weeden broke the single-game school record for pass completions (42) and pass attempts (53) in the Cowboys' 37-14 victory over Arizona Thursday.
* Junior receiver Justin Blackmon has 14 consecutive games with at least 100 yards receiving. He has caught a pass of at least 29 yards in 15 straight games.
* Sophomore running back Joseph Randle had a career-best 99 receiving yards. He was one receiving yard from becoming the first player in Oklahoma State history with 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game. Randle had 121 yards rushing against Arizona.
* Punter Quinn Sharp had 23 yards rushing on a fake punt. That was more than any Arizona running back totaled as the Wildcats gained just 41 yards rushing.
* Oklahoma State has opened the season 2-0 for the fifth time in the last six years. Since the Jimmy Johnson years (which began in 1979), the Cowboys have started a season 2-0 on 14 occasions. In 10 of those 14 years, they have qualified for a bowl game.
Texas (2-0; at UCLA Saturday)
* The Longhorns rallied from a 13-0 deficit to defeat BYU 17-16. That's the largest deficit UT has overcome since rallying from 21-point deficits (twice) to defeat Oklahoma State in 2007.
* Texas has outscored its opponents 35-6 and outgained its opponents 509-173 in the second half this season.
* The Longhorns have held their last six opponents scoreless in the fourth quarter.
* Senior running back Cody Johnson had two rushing touchdowns and has 33 in his career. He's tied for seventh in school history.
* D.J. Monroe had the first reception of his career (for 26 yards) and had 40 yards rushing on three attempts.
* Marquise Goodwin - who originally planned to sit out this season to concentrate on his long jump career - returned to the team last week. The junior contributed as a receiver, rusher and returner. He led Texas with 87 all-purpose yards.
Texas A&M (1-0; vs. Idaho Saturday)
* The Aggies were idle last week.
Texas Tech (1-0; at New Mexico Saturday)
* The Red Raiders were idle last week.