Around the Big 12

The Big 12 went 8-1 in non-conference action last week. League members outscored their opponents by a 330-100 margin in the eight wins. For the season, the Big 12 is 27-4 outside of conference and holds a 1,056-467 scoring advantage.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

Baylor 20, at Army 10

at Kansas 34, Louisiana Tech 14

at Missouri 52, Troy 21

at Nebraska 7, Pittsburgh 6

at UCLA 41, Oklahoma 24

at Oklahoma State 20, Arkansas State 10

at Texas 51, Rice 10

at Texas A&M 66, SMU 8

at Texas Tech 80, Sam Houston State 21

 

BAYLOR (3-0, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: at Texas A&M

 

Baylor is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 1996 and won its second consecutive road game, a feat the Bears hadn't accomplished in nine years.

 

The Bears have never lost to a service academy, having beaten Army and Air Force three times each.

 

Punter Daniel Sepulveda is second in the nation in with a 47.6 yards-per punt average.

 

Baylor has allowed 60 or fewer rushing yards in consecutive games (55 by Samford and 56 by Army) for the first time since the 1989 season. The Baylor defense ranks sixth in the Big 12 and 29th nationally against the run (93.7 ypg).

 

 

COLORADO (2-0, 0-0)

This Week: at Miami

Next Week: at Oklahoma State

 

Colorado has scored in 199 consecutive games, setting the stage to go for No. 200 at Miami this week. Only 11 teams in college football history have ever reached 200 in a row in Division I-A play.

 

Colorado's 39-0 shutout over New Mexico State was the first recorded by the team since a 34-0 win over Baylor in Boulder on Oct. 19, 2002 (a span of 33 games).

 

Quarterback Joel Klatt joined Kordell Stewart (6,481) and Koy Detmer (5,390) as the only players in Colorado history to top the 5,000-yard mark in career passing yardage. He finished the NMSU game with 186 yards and now has 5,148 for his career. He also became the CU all-time leader in pass completions during the game and now has 465.

 

 

IOWA STATE (2-0, 0-0)

This Week: at Army (Sept. 23)

Next Week: Nebraska

 

The win over Iowa was the first time Iowa State has beaten a ranked team since a 36-14 victory on Sept. 28, 2002, over then-20th ranked Nebraska.

 

ISU's victory over No. 8 Iowa marked the highest ranked nonconference opponent the Cyclones have knocked off.

 

Coach Dan McCarney got his first win over a Top 10 team and beat intra-state rival Iowa for the sixth time in the last eight outings.

 

The Iowa State defense forced five turnovers in a game for the first time since forcing six by Kansas on Nov. 17, 2001, in a 49-7 victory. All of ISU's points against Iowa came off of the turnovers.

 

 

KANSAS (3-0, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: at Texas Tech

 

The Jayhawks are 3-0 for the first time since the 1997 season and have three straight wins for the first time since the 2003 season. KU has also won seven of its last eight night games.

 

Senior wide receiver Mark Simmons has caught at least one pass in every game since the 2003 season — a string of 27 straight contests. With his 106 receiving yards against Louisiana Tech, Simmons surpassed Brandon Rideau (1,636) and moved into fifth on the KU all-time yardage receiving chart with 1,694 for his career. Simmons has four 100-yard receiving games for his career.

 

Senior linebacker Brandon Perkins recorded five sacks against La. Tech, setting a KU record. Perkins also surpassed four Jayhawks and moved into a tie for seventh place with David McMillan on the KU all-time sacks list with 15 for his career.

 

 

KANSAS STATE (2-0, 0-0)

This Week: North Texas

Next Week: at Oklahoma

 

Kansas State has scored 21 or more points in 22 straight games and has scored 20 or more points in 34 straight games.

 

Junior Tailback Thomas Clayton, the nation's leading rusher, has 329 yards in his first two games of extensive action for a 164.5 per game average. He had 152 yards on the ground against Marshall.

 

K-State will look to post its 13th 3-0 start in the last 15 seasons when former Wildcat quarterback Darrell Dickey brings his North Texas squad to Manhattan Saturday.

 

31 of the 40 points the Wildcats defense has given up this season are a direct result of four turnovers inside the K-State 20-yard line and a blocked punt.

 

 

MISSOURI (2-1, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: Texas

 

Quarterback Brad Smith moved into ninth place on the NCAA alltime QB rushing chart, as he now has 3,327 yards for his career. He stands just 568 yards shy of the record of 3,895 set by Antwaan Randle-El of Indiana (1998-2001) and just 107 yards from the Big 12 record of 3,434 set by Eric Crouch of Nebraska (1998-2001).

 

Starting tailback Marcus Woods took over primary punt return duties after starter Earl Goldsmith got dinged up early in the Troy game, and responded with a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter that helped break the game open. It was Woods' first return for a TD, and was the first for MU (non-blocked) since Marcus James returned a punt 80 yards for a score in 2002 at Iowa State.

 

Woods also scored on a 1-yard TD run late in the third quarter and had 62 yards rushing (12 carries) and 12 yards receiving (2 catches) on the day.

 

 

NEBRASKA (3-0, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: Iowa State

 

Senior I-back Cory Ross rushed 32 times for 153 yards against Pittsburgh, marking his 11th career 100-yard rushing game. The 153 rushing yards moved Ross into 17th place on Nebraska's career rushing list with 2,217 career yards.

 

The Nebraska defense has not allowed a point in the first quarter in three games this season and has allowed just three points in the first half on the year.

 

Senior punter Sam Koch rocketed a career-long 84-yard punt in the third quarter against Pitt, giving him three punts of 70 yards or longer this season. The 84-yard punt is the second-longest punt in Nebraska school history, trailing only an 87-yarder by Mike Stigge on Oct. 10, 1992, against Oklahoma State.

 

 

OKLAHOMA (1-2, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: Kansas State

 

Oklahoma started three true freshmen at UCLA - Branndon Braxton (right tackle), Reggie Smith (strong safety) and Malcolm Kelly (wide receiver). At least 15 first-year players have seen action in each of OU's first three games, including 16 freshmen (redshirt and true combined) in the last two games.

 

Redshirt freshman Rhett Bomar, in his second start at quarterback, completed 20-of-29 passes for 241 yards with no interceptions at UCLA. He also rushed 15 times for 28 yards, including a 16-yard

touchdown run.

 

Wide receiver Travis Wilson scored a touchdown on a 56-yard run at UCLA. It was the longest rushing TD by a Sooner WR since P.J. Mills' 62-yard rush against Kansas in 1993.

 

 

OKLAHOMA STATE (3-0, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: Colorado

 

D'Juan Woods caught four passes for 108 yards against Arkansas State, including a 41-yarder for a touchdown from redshirt freshman quarterback Bobby Reid in Reid's first career start.

 

Donovan Woods, in his first game at free safety after moving to the defensive side of the ball from quarterback, had two tackles – one for a 2-yard loss .

 

Oklahoma State's defense has recorded 10 sacks on the season for 100 yards in loss by the opposition's offense.

 

Through three games, OSU quarterbacks have not thrown an interception. Oklahoma State is Plus-3 in turnover margin for the season.

 

 

 

TEXAS (3-0, 0-0)

This Week: Open

Next Week: at Missouri

 

Texas has won 12-consecutive home games and is 40-3 at home under Mack Brown. The 12 consecutive wins is the fourth-longest active streak in Division I-A.

 

The Longhorns are 62-0 when out rushing an opponent and 40-0 when rushing for 200 or more yards in a game under Mack Brown.

 

UT has rushed for over 300 yards in two of its first three games this season.

 

Jamaal Charles' 189 rushing yards is the second-best single-game total in UT freshman history. Cedric Benson holds the record of 213versus Kansas in 2001.

 

Quarterback Vince Young's streak of nine consecutive games accounting for a touchdown ended against Rice.

 

 

TEXAS A&M (1-1, 0-0)

This Week: Texas State

Next Week: Baylor

 

Quarterback Reggie McNeal became the first Aggie to pass for more than 300 yards (349 yards) and rush for 100 yards in the same game. He is the 16th player in NCAA history to do it and the first this season. McNeal was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation IA Offensive Player of the Week.

 

McNeal established a Texas A&M career total offense record with last Saturday's 449 yards of total offense. He now has 6,913 yards of total offense in his career eclipsing the record of Corey Pullig (1992-95) with 6,888 yards.

 

Texas A&M's 66 points were its most since scoring 73 against Baylor in 2003, and the Aggies' 714 total yards of offense ranks as the No. 3 offensive effort in school history.

 

Jaxson Appel's touchdown recovery of the first quarter blocked punt by Amos Gbunblee marked the third TD of his career.

 

 

TEXAS TECH (2-0, 0-0)

This Week: Indiana State

Next Week: Kansas

 

Running back Taurean Henderson's third touchdown vs. Sam Houston gave him 52 rushing and receiving scores for his career, and ties him on the Tech all-time touchdowns list with James Gray, who accounted for 52 touchdowns from 1986-89.

 

Henderson also tied Byron Morris in second place on the Tech career rushing touchdowns list with 37.

 

Tech broke a 52-year scoring record with its 80 points against SHSU. The 1953 team set the previous mark of 71 in a shutout of New Mexico A&M in Lubbock.

 

Junior receiver Robert Johnson amassed 209 yards on eight catches, including 185 yards on seven receptions in the first half. His yardage total is the seventh-best single-game performance in school history.

 

 


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