By Wendell Barnhouse | firstname.lastname@example.org
In Saturday's games, the Big 12 had 11 scoring plays of 40-or-more yards (8 pass, 1 run, 1 interception return, 1 kickoff return).
The combined 133 points in the Baylor at West Virginia game set a record for most combined points in a Conference game.
The Big 12's non-conference record is 26-3 to lead the nation with a .897 non-conference win percentage. The three non-league losses are the fewest of all FBS conferences.
Since last season, the league is 53-6 in non-conference games (.898 win percentage), and is 59-8 (.881) including bowl games.
The Big 12 is 52-5 in non-league games in the month of September in 2011 and 2012 combined.
In the Baylor-West Virginia game, the Mountaineers Geno Smith and the Bears' Nick Florence combined to throw for 1,237 yards. That's 16 yards shy of the single-game record by opposing players.
Seven Big 12 quarterbacks combined to complete 172 of 234 passes (73.5 percent) for 2,653 yards and 24 touchdowns. That's an average of 379 yards per game and 15.4 yards per completion.
Big 12 has four of the top five quarterbacks in passing efficiency. Those four - West Virginia's Geno Smith, Texas' David Ash, Oklahoma State's J.W. Walsh and TCU's Casey Pachall – have combined to throw for 48 touchdowns and four interceptions.
Seven Big 12 quarterbacks are in the top 17 in passing efficiency. The next closest is the Southeastern Conference with four QBs in the top 17.
The Big 12 has the top two players in passing efficiency (Smith and Ash), total offense (Smith and Baylor's Nick Florence), receptions per game (West Virginia's Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey), the top three in receiving yards (Baylor's Terrance Williams, Austin and Bailey), two of the top five in scoring (Bailey is No. 1, Oklahoma State's Quinn Sharp is No. 5), top two in points responsible for (Smith and Florence), top two in total receiving yards (Williams and Bailey), top two in passing yards per game (Smith and Florence).
In NCAA team statistics, the Big 12 has the top three teams (and four of the top eight) in total offense, four of the top seven passing offenses, the top three and five of the top 11 teams in scoring offense, the top two teams in pass defense, four of the top five teams in passing efficiency, five of the top six teams in third-down efficiency. Texas Tech leads the nation in total defense and is one of two teams in the top 10 in total defense and total offense.
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West Virginia's 70-63 victory over Baylor Saturday produced enough records to fill a hard drive. Here are some notable numbers you might have missed.
There were 19 touchdowns. On those 19 scoring drives, 16 took less than three minutes.
The combined 133 points scored were three shy of the NCAA record of 136 produced by Navy and North Texas (74-62) in 2007.
Going into Saturday, there were 17 FBS teams that had passed for less than the 656 yards Geno Smith totaled.
Geno Smith completed 88.2 percent of his passes – an NCAA record for completion percentage with 50-plus attempts.
The two teams combined for 1,507 total yards – 807 on 88 plays from West Virginia and 700 on 92 plays from the Bears.
The combined 1,237 passing yards were 16 shy of an NCAA record.
The two offenses combined to convert 23-of-31 third-down tries (74.1 percent). Not surprisingly, there were a combined 77 first downs.
West Virginia Mountaineer Mascot Jonathan Kimble fires his musket after every score and does a pushup for each WVU point that's on the scoreboard. Saturday he did 385 pushups and he Tweeted that he feared he would run out of gunpowder. Through four games, he has done 997 pushups.
Baylor (3-1, 0-1; lost to West Virginia 70-63; vs. TCU Oct. 13)
Terrance Williams set Baylor single-game records with 17 receptions and 314 receiving yards.
Nick Florence broke Baylor's single-game passing record with 581 yards and also had a career-high five touchdown passes. Robert Griffin III had 479 yards for the record (and he surpassed the record of 427 … set by Florence).
Baylor had three 100-yard receivers in a game (Terrance Williams 314, Tevin Reese 120, Lanear Sampson 109) for the first time in school history.
Kicker Aaron Jones is 5-of-9 on field goals this season and has missed four of his last seven. He came into the season
Baylor has scored 30-plus points in 10 consecutive games, tied for the 4th-longest active streak nationally. The Bears have also scored 45 or more points in eight consecutive games. Baylor also has been over 500 yards in total offense in 10 straight games.
Baylor lost for the first time when scoring 40 or more points in the Art Briles Era. BU is now 18-1 when scoring 40+ points since Briles' arrival.
Iowa State (3-1, 0-1; lost to Texas Tech 24-13; at TCU Saturday)
A.J. Klein's 87-yard interception return for a touchdown set a school record for defensive touchdowns (he has four in his career). Klein's pick six tied the FBS record for interception returns for touchdowns by a linebacker.
Kirby Van Der Kamp had four punts of 50 yards or longer.
Texas Tech's touchdown late in the first half ended a streak of 157 minutes, 40 seconds of clock time between TDs allowed by Iowa State.
Iowa State tied last season's attendance record with the third crowd this season of more than 54,000. Total attendance was 54,149.
Kansas (1-3, 0-1; at Kansas State Saturday)
The Jayhawks resume their season with the Sunflower State Showdown in Manhattan. Game time is 11 a.m. and the game will air on FSN.
Kansas State (4-0, 1-0; vs. Kansas Saturday)
The Wildcats are ranked eighth in the coaches' poll and seventh in the media poll. They resume play by hosting the Sunflower State Showdown at 11 a.m. on FSN.
Oklahoma (2-1, 0-1; at Texas Tech Saturday)
The Sooners are ranked 14th in the coaches' poll and 17th in the media poll. Oklahoma will travel to Lubbock to face undefeated Texas Tech in a game that will kick off at 2:30 p.m. and air on ABC/ESPN2.
Oklahoma State (2-2, 0-1; lost to Texas 41-36; at Kansas Oct. 13)
Junior running back Joseph Randle rushed for a career-high 199 yards, surpassing his previous best of 152 yards last season against Baylor. Randle also had a career-long 69-yard run.
Oklahoma State has scored at least 30 points in 22 consecutive games, the longest streak in the nation.
The Cowboys were five-for-five in red-zone opportunities and have scored on all 25 of their trips inside the opponent's 20-yard line.
Oklahoma State finished with 582 yards of total offense. A year ago in Austin, the Cowboys had 420 total yards in a 38-26 victory.
TCU (4-0, 1-0; defeated SMU 24-16; vs. Iowa State Saturday)
Freshman defensive end Devonte Fields totaled a team-high seven tackles, including four for loss with 2 1/2 sacks. That's the most sacks for a freshman in Gary Patterson's 12-year career as TCU's coach.
Skye Dawson had a career-long 64-yard punt return in the second quarter.
Brandon Carter had a career-long 63-yard kickoff return in the second quarter.
TCU's 12-game winning streak is the best in FBS.
TCU has allowed just three touchdowns. Dating back to last season, the Horned Frogs have surrendered only three touchdowns in their last 17 quarters.
The five interceptions by the Horned Frogs are the most during Gary Patterson's 12-year career.
TCU finished with 156 yards of total offense, its lowest total since compiling 151 in a 17-10 loss at Kansas on Sept. 6, 1997.
TCU is the only school in the nation with two players in the top 10 nationally in punt returns. Deante' Gray is No. 1 with Skye Dawson 8th.
Texas (4-0, 1-0; defeated Oklahoma State 41-36; vs. West Virginia Saturday)
D.J. Monroe's 100-yard kickoff return for a TD in the opening quarter was the third of his career, which sets the school record.
Quarterback David Ash completed a career-high 30 passes. On UT's game-winning drive in the fourth quarter, he was 4-of-5 for 70 yards.
Freshman Johnathan Gray had career highs for carries (12) and rushing yards (68).
Sophomore receiver Jackson Shipley had a career-high three touchdown catches - one fewer than his career total of four entering the game.
Texas outscored Oklahoma State 20-19 in the second half as it won its seventh consecutive game in Stillwater. Starting with the victory in 1999, the Longhorns have outscored the Cowboys 171-44 in the second half of those seven games.
Texas went 51 pass plays without allowing a sack before allowing two against Oklahoma State. The Longhorns have allowed four sacks on 120 pass attempts.
Texas was 9-of-17 converting third downs (52.9 percent) against Oklahoma State. The Longhorns are fourth in FBS in third-down efficiency (58.3 percent).
Texas converted three of three fourth-down attempts and is seven-of-eight on fourth down this season.
Texas this season has scored 49 points resulting from eight turnovers.
Texas Tech (4-0, 1-0; defeated Iowa State 24-13; vs. Oklahoma Saturday)
Senior cornerback Cornelius Douglas, a converted wide receiver, had two interceptions – the first of his career.
Eric Ward finished with nine catches for 122 yards. It was his first 100-yard receiving performance of the season and the second of his career (151 yards vs. Baylor - 2011)
Texas Tech held a Big 12 opponent under 200 yards for the first time since 1997.
Texas Tech defeated Iowa State for the first time since a 42-26 victory on Oct. 21, 2006.
West Virginia (4-0, 1-0; defeated Baylor 70-63; at Texas Saturday)
Through four games last season, Baylor's Robert Griffin III had thrown for 1,308 yards, was completing 82.1 percent of his passes and had 18 touchdowns with one interception. Through four games, West Virginia's Geno Smith has thrown for 1,826 yards, is completing 83.4 percent and has 20 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Geno Smith set school records for touchdown passes (eight), consecutive pass completions (14), completions (45), passing yards (656),
Ten of Geno Smith's last 13 touchdown passes have been longer than 20 yards. His 20 touchdown passes this season are averaging 25.3 yards.
In his last five games, Geno Smith has completed 173-of-212 (81.6 percent) for 2,135 yards, 26 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Stedman Bailey set the West Virginia career record for receiving touchdowns (26). His 303 receiving yards were a school single-game record. Teammate Tavon Austin had 215 yards receiving; that also bested the previous single-game record of 209.
Tavon Austin's 14 receptions were a school single-game record, topping the record of 13 he set in the previous game.
Receiver J.D. Woods had career highs for receptions (13) and receiving yards (114).
West Virginia has scored 10 touchdowns in three of its last five games.