Big 12 notes
Three teams set attendance records - Texas (101,096), Oklahoma State (53,012), Kansas (53,530). Kansas State set an attendance record for a home opener with 50,750.
In 10 games Saturday, Big 12 teams allowed an average of 11.6 points and 276 total yards per game.
Baylor (1-0; vs. Connecticut, Sept. 19)
Once on fourth-and-one in the first quarter and then on third and one on Baylor's final drive, the Bears used defensive tackles Phil Taylor (6-3, 355 pounds) and Trey Bryant (6-2, 315) as blocking backs. Both times Baylor's Terrance Gannaway carried for the first down.
In his first game with Baylor after transferring from Penn State, Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year Phil Taylor had four tackles (one for loss) and an interception.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin punted on a quick kick play. It went 59 yards and forced Wake Forest to start from its 5-yard line. It was the first collegiate punt for Griffin, who punted for his high school team.
Senior wide receiver David Gettis had an 8-yard touchdown reception, his first since his freshman season in 2006.
Baylor won its 14th season opener on the road and its first since winning at SMU in 2005.
Colorado (0-1; at Toledo, 8 p.m. Friday)
The Buffaloes' 23-17 loss to Colorado State was their biggest margin of defeat to their in-state rival since a 41-14 loss in 1999 in Denver. The last time Colorado State won in Boulder was exactly 23 years ago - Sept. 6, 1986.
Colorado had 29 yards rushing on 21 attempts. That's the second-lowest single-game rushing total in coach Dan Hawkins' three-plus seasons in Boulder. On Sept. 15 2007 the Buffs had a negative 27 yards rushing against Florida State. They bounced back the next week with 359 yards rushing against Miami (Ohio).
In 38 games under Hawkins, Colorado has rushed for less than 100 yards 12 times.
When Colorado failed to convert on a fourth-and-one in the third quarter, it ended a streak of 12 successful fourth-down conversions dating back to last season. The Buffs finished two-of-three on fourth-down conversions but were only three-of-14 on third down. Both of those third-down conversions came on Colorado's final drive.
Colorado's offensive line, which was expected to be one of the team's strengths, allowed four sacks. Last season, Colorado State was last in Division I-A with nine sacks.
The Big 12 went 10-2 in the season's opening weekend. Both losses came to teams from the Mountain West Conference - Colorado State over Colorado and BYU over Oklahoma.
Iowa State (1-0; vs. Iowa, 11 a.m. Saturday)
Iowa State junior quarterback Austen Arnaud, in his first game running the Cyclones' new no-huddle spread attack, matched his career high 17 rushing attempts and gained a career high 78 yards.
Paul Rhoads became the third Iowa State coach to win his first game at Jack Trice Stadium. The others were Donnie Duncan in 1979 (Bowling Green, 38-10) and Dan McCarney in 1995 (Ohio, 36-21).
The attendance (48,831) was the most for a home opener since 1987 when 54,101 showed up for the Iowa game. It was the largests season-opening crowd to see a team other than Iowa since 1982 when 51,866 witnessed a game with Drake.
Kicker Grant Mahoney, who made two field goals from 48 yards last season as a freshman, made a career-best 50 yarder late in the third quarter to give Iowa State a 27-17 lead.
Iowa State had one penalty for 10 yards. The flag occurred with 3:15 remaining in the game and came on a Cyclones punt.
In the first half, Iowa State coaches were unable to communicate between the field and the coaches' box because of malfunctioning headsets. The Cyclones improvised with cell phone calls. "I'd like to thank (athletic director) Jamie Pollard and the business department for paying our cell bill in the first half," first-year coach Paul Rhoads joked after the season-opening victory, the first of his career.
Kansas (1-0; at UT-El Paso, 6:30 p.m. Saturday)
In four nonconference games last season, Kansas gained 476 yards on 138 attempts (3.4 yards per carry) and averaged 45 pass attempts. Against Northern Colorado, Kansas gained 328 yards on 47 carries (7 yards per carry) and attempted just 22 passes.
The Jayhawks' two touchdown drives in the second half came with freshman quarterback Kale Pick running the offense. Freshman running back had both TDs on runs of 10 and 26 yards.
Kansas has won 18 consecutive nonconference home games.
Kansas has won six consecutive home openers by the average of 29.5 points. The 46-point margin over Northern Colorado was the largest during the six-game streak.
Quarterback Todd Reesing gained 79 yards rushing, the third-best total in his career. He rushed for two touchdowns, a career first.
Senior receiver Kerry Meier had five receptions for 115 yards. He has at least two pass receptions in 22 consecutive games.
Defensive end Jake Laptad had the first two-sack game of his career.
Kansas State (1-0; at Louisiana-Lafayette, 6 p.m. Saturday)
Kansas State gained 225 yards rushing, its best total on the ground since gaining 262 yards against Missouri in 2006.
The Wildcats blocked a Massachusetts field goal and a punt. Since 2002, Kansas State has blocked 35 kicks, the fifth-highest total in Division I-A.
Junior Daniel Thomas gained 104 yards rushing on 23 carries. That's the best debut for a Kansas State running back since 1993.
Senior tight end Jeron Mastrud had three receptions for 44 yards. He went over the 1,000-yard mark in career reception yards, the fourth Kansas State to pass that plateau.
Kansas State won its 15th consecutive home opener.
Bill Snyder is 60-9 (.870 winning percentage) in his career against non-conference opponents. Snyder-coached Kansas State teams are 43-3 in the month of September.
Missouri (1-0; vs. Bowling Green, 6 p.m. Saturday)
In his first start, sophomore Blaine Gabbert finished with a quarterback rating of 187.0. That's a better rating than previous starter Chase Daniel achieved in 34 of his 41 starts.
Gabbert completed 25-of-34, passes for 319 yards and three touchdowns.
Missouri has won a school record 11 consecutive non-conference games. The last loss in a non-conference game came to Oregon State (39-38) in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas to cap the 2006 season. The Tigers' last non-conference loss in a regular-season game was in 2005, a 45-35 loss to New Mexico.
Senior wide receiver Danario Alexander, who has been slowed by injuries the last two seasons, had career highs in receptions (10) and yards (132).
Sophomore kicker Grant Ressel, in his first game taking over for NCAA record holder Jeff Wolfert, made field goals of 32, 44 and 41 yards.
Sophomore receivers Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson each recorded their first touchdown catches. Kemp's came on a 49-yarder and Jackson's on a 4-yarder.
Missouri has won 10 of its last 11 season openers. The only loss came in 2001 to Saturday's opponent Bowling Green.
Nebraska (1-0; vs. Arkansas State, 1 p.m. Saturday)
Nebraska has won 24 consecutive season openers, the longest streak in the nation. Each of the victories have been by 10 or more points. Saturday's 46-point margin was the largest in a season opener since defeating North Texas 76-14 in 1993.
Junior running back Roy Helu Jr. had 152 yards on 16 carries and a scored a career-high three touchdowns. Going back to last season, he has rushed for 100 or more yards in four of his last six games. In his first five carries of the second half, he gained 95 yards.
Over Nebraska's last five regular-season games, Helu has gained 662 yards and is averaging 7.7 yards per carry.
Nebraska allowed its fewest points in a season opener since blanking West Virginia, 31-0, in 1994. It's the fewest points the Cornhuskers have allowed since beating Kansas 21-3 in 2006.
Nebraska forced three turnovers, all coming in the third quarter. The Cornhuskers forced 17 turnovers last season and had just one game with more than two.
Freshman Cody Green, the backup to starter Zac Lee, scored Nebraska's final touchdown on a 1-yard run. He completed two of three passes for 18 yards and had a 49-yard run.
Oklahoma (0-1; vs. Idaho State, 6 p.m. Saturday)
The Sooners' longest play from scrimmage was an 18-yard completion (Sam Bradford to Brandon Caleb).
Oklahoma was 2-for-11 in third-down conversions. Last season, the Sooners completed 51.3 percent of their third-down plays.
On the play before he left the game with an injury to his throwing shoulder, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford became the school's career passing leader with 7,937 yards.
Oklahoma didn't lose a fumble until Game 8 in 2008. DeMarco Murray and Ryan Broyles each lost fumbles in the first half.
Freshman punter Tress Way averaged 44.4 yards on seven attempts. He had three punts of 50 yards or longer.
Sophomore linebacker Travis Lewis had 13 tackles. He had six double-digit tackle games last season.
Oklahoma is 5-5 in season openers vs. ranked opponents.
Oklahoma State (1-0; vs. Houston, 2:30 p.m. Saturday)
The Cowboys beat a ranked non-conference opponent at home for the first time since 1975.
Georgia, ranked No. 13, is the highest-ranked opponent Oklahoma State has defeated in Stillwater since a 24-17 victory over No. 13 Texas Tech in 2005.
Oklahoma State was forced to punt on its first possession of the game. The Cowboys punted on their opening possession only twice all of last season. On a similar note, Georgia scored a touchdown on its first possession. The Cowboy defense did not allow a touchdown on the opening drive of any game last season.
Oklahoma State was blanked in the first quarter. The only game in which the Cowboys didn't score in the first quarter last season was against Texas.
Quarterback Zac Robinson and wide receiver Dez Bryant have hooked up for 27 touchdown passes.
Perrish Cox returned the second-half kickoff 74 yards. It was his ninth career kick return of 50 yards or longer. He had four kick returns of 50 yards or longer last year and had two returns of 50 yards or longer in both 2006 and 2007.
Oklahoma State averaged 33.7 yards on three kickoff returns. Georgia averaged 16.2 yards on four returns.
Texas (1-0; at Wyoming, 2:30 p.m. Saturday)
Senior quarterback Colt McCoy became the first Texas quarterback to surpass 10,000 yards in career passing yardage. He has 10,049 yards. McCoy is the fourth quarterback in Big 12 history to surpass the 10,000-yard barrier - Graham Harrell of Texas Tech (15,793), Chase Daniel of Missouri (12,515) and Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech (12,429).
The Longhorns have won 10 consecutive season openers. The average score in those games has been 49.9 to 7.7. Texas has scored 50 or more points seven times during the streak.
In 12 openers under Mack Brown, UT is 11-1 and has outscored its opponents 49-11.
Starting running back Vondrell McGee lost a fumble in the first and third quarters. The last time a Texas running back had lost a fumble happed in 2007 against Baylor.
Texas has scored at least 28 points at home in 10 consecutive games.
Sophomore running back Cody Johnson has 15 rushing touchdowns in his career. 12 of those have been from the 1-yard line (the other three were on runs of 2, 4 and 23 yards).
Texas A&M (1-0; vs. Utah State Sept. 19)
The Aggies played 12 freshmen in the first half when the game was still in doubt. Three freshmen started - Uzoma Nwachukwu at wide receiver in a three-wide set, Jonathan Stewart at weakside linebacker and Dustin Harris at cornerback.
Texas A&M, which was 114th in total defense last season, held New Mexico to two rushing yards and nine first downs in the first half. New Mexico finished with 231 total yards. The Aggies allowed an average of 461 yards per game in 2008.
Texas A&M had four sacks. That matched last season's single-game high. The Aggies had 16 sacks in 2008.
Texas A&M's 606 yards in total offense set a school record for a season opener. It was the Aggies' highest total offense total since gaining 714 yards against SMU in 2005.
Sophomore receiver Jeff Fuller had career highs in receptions (10) and yards (111).
Junior quarterback Jerrod Johnson had 406 yards in total offense, the sixth-highest total in school history. Johnson's personal best for total offense is 487, set last season against Kansas State.
Texas A&M took a 7-0 lead by going 74 yards in eight plays on its opening drive. Last season, the Aggies scored on their opening drive three times.
Texas Tech (1-0; vs. Rice, 6 p.m. Saturday)
Taylor Potts threw three interceptions in his 48 pass attempts in his first career start. As a backup, Potts attempted 85 passes with two interceptions.
It was the first start for Taylor Potts since playing for Abilene High School in a Texas high school playoff game in 2005. That start came 1,379 days before Saturday.
Texas Tech had its fewest points in an opener since scoring 35 against SMU in 2006.
Mike Leach has won 77 games as Texas Tech's coach. He needs six more to pass Spike Dykes as the winningest coach in school history.
One of Potts' two touchdown passes was an 18-yarder to sophomore Adam James. He's the son of former SMU running back and ESPN television analyst Craig James.
The attendance of 47,824 ended Texas Tech's streak of home sellouts at six.