Big 12 Conference Review and Preview

A look at this past week's action, highlights and games heading into this week.


Big 12 Conference Review

KANSAS STATE


(2-3, 0-2)
This Week: Oklahoma
Next Week: Nebraska

Kicker Joe Rheem connected on 49- and 37-yard field goals against Kansas to move into second place in KSU career scoring list with 257 points. He passed older brother Jamie Rhem with 252 markers from 1996-2000. Joe Rheem is 73 points away from Martrin Gramatica's school record of 349 points.

Darren Sproles needs 218 yards to pass Texas' Ricky Williams (5,992 yards from 1996-98 in Big 12 play) for most career Big 12 all-purpose yards. Sproles had 160 all-purpose yards against Kansas last Saturday to raise his career tally to 5,775 and season number to 1,030 yards-- first nationally with a 206 ypg average.

Brett Jones has two of the team's five pass interceptions.

BAYLOR

(2-3, 0-2)
This Week: at Nebraska
Next Week: Iowa State

Five starters, including Joseph DeWoody (C), Michael Gary (DT) and Marcus Venus (TE), are among 11 former walk-ons listed on the Bears roster. Daniel Sepulveda (P) and Kenny Webb (PK) also began their BU careers as walk-ons.

Kick returner Willie Andrews leads the Big 12 in combined punt and kickoff return yards. He has averaged 16.3 yards on 36 runbacks, including, 14 kickoffs for 358 yards-third in the conference- and 22 punts for 228 yards.

Dane King is eighth in the conference in yards passing per game with 160 after hitting on 77-for-147 aerials for 800 yards in five outings.

COLORADO

(3-2, 0-2)
This Week: Iowa State
Next Week: at Texas A&M

The Buffaloes are seventh in the NCAA with 190 consecutive contests without a shutout over 16 seasons.

True freshman linebacker Jordon Dizon is the Buffaloes' leading tackler with 44 total stops (29 solo) along with four TFL and three pass deflections.

Punter John Torp is second in the Big 12 and ninth nationally with a 44.9 average and long boot of 61 yards. He placed three punts inside the 20 last weekend against Oklahoma State.

Bobby Purify moved into fifth place in the Buffaloes' career rushing list with 2,460 yards. He is 39th nationally with 461 yards and five TDs.

IOWA STATE

(2-3, 0-2)
This Week: at Colorado
Next Week: at Baylor

Iowa State ranks square in the middle defensively in the Big 12, ranking sixth in rushing defense (117.8 ypg), pass defense (197.0 ypg), and total defense (314.8 ypg).

The Cyclones did not commit a turnover through the first two games, and currently have eight for the season.

ISU has not allowed a fourth-down conversion this season. Opponents are 0-for-5 against the Cyclones when "going for it" on fourth-down.Jon Davis is tied for fifth in the Big 12 with 5.0 receptions per game. Davis has 25 catches for 325 yards.

MISSOURI

(4-1, 2-0)
This Week: at Texas
Next Week: Oklahoma State

Mizzou's 30-10 victory at Baylor was the Tigers' first Big 12 road triumph since a 33-27 win in double overtime at Texas A&M on Nov. 16, 2002. The Tigers are 10-0 in games within the state of Missouri (Columbia and St. Louis) since Aug. 2003.

Brad Smith moved into the third spot on the Mizzou career passing yards list with 5,310. He enters this week's contest 43 yards shy of Phil Bradley in second place.

Missouri's defense forced four turnovers in the win at Baylor, and limited the Bears to 173 yards of offense. The Tigers lead the Big 12 and rank eighth nationally in total defense, surrendering 259.4 yards per game.

KANSAS

(3-3, 1-2)
This Week: Open
Next Week: at Oklahoma

The Jayhawks ended an 11-year series losing streak against Kansas State with a 31-28 win over the Wildcats in Lawrence last Saturday night.

John Randle had one of his top performances of the year with a game-high 105 yards on 20 carries and five receptions for 51 yards. His 43- yard TD run with 3:16 left in the contest proved to be the winning score, putting KU up 31-21. Randle also reached paydirt on a 24-yard reception.

Nick Reid leads the Big 12 in tackles with 60, and in tackle average per game at 10.0. Reid has also registered a conference-leading 36 solo stops on the season.

NEBRASKA

(3-2, 1-1)
This Week: Baylor
Next Week: at Kansas State

NU tops the nation in rushing defense with an allowance of 60.2 yards per game. The Huskers have allowed just four rushing touchdowns and 2.13 yards per carry to opponents through five games.

Cory Ross paces the Huskers with 523 rushing yards on 98 attempts to rank fifth in the Big 12. He averages 104.6 yards per contest.

Linebacker Barrett Ruud ranks second on Nebraska's career tackles chart with 338. He enters this week's action five stops shy of becoming the Huskers all-time tackle leader.

OKLAHOMA

(5-0, 2-0)
This Week: at Kansas State
Next Week: Kansas

Freshman running back Adrian Peterson ranks third in the Big 12 and fourth in the NCAA, averaging 154.2 yards. Peterson ran for 225 yards in last week's 12-0 win over then-No. 5 Texas in earning National and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors. He's the first player in OU history to rush for over 100 yards in his first five contests.

OU leads the Big 12 and ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense, allowing 11.4 points a game. The Sooners have given up a total of 20 points over their last three games.

Jonathan Jackson was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after the Texas game. Jackson posted a season-high eight tackles.

TEXAS

(4-1, 1-1)
This Week: Missouri
Next Week: at Texas Tech

Linebacker Derrick Johnson leads the nation and has tied UT's season record with seven forced fumbles. He had 11 total tackles, one forced fumble, a pass interception with an 18-yard return, and one TFL against Oklahoma.

Cedric Benson's 167.6 yards per game rushing average ranks second in both the Big 12 and NCAA. He needs 452 yards to become the school's second 5,000-yard career rusher, joining Heisman Trophy winner Ricky Williams.

The Longhorns have allowed 11.8 points per game--ninth in the country-- and 148 yards passing--second nationally. Texas did not commit a turnover in three of its five games.

OKLAHOMA STATE

(5-0, 2-0)
This Week: Texas A&M
Next Week: at Missouri

The Cowboys lead the Big 12 and rank sixth nationally in scoring offense, posting 41.2 points a game. OSU has scored at least 31 points in all its contests this season.

Oklahoma State is fourth in NCAA passing efficiency with a 182.5 efficiency rating. Eight of the team's 32 completions have been for touchdowns.

OSU leads the country in turnover margin at +15. The Cowboys have committed two turnovers this season, while gaining 17.

TEXAS TECH

(4-2, 2-1)
This Week: Open
Next Week: Texas

Texas Tech leads the nation with 2,566 passing yards. The Red Raiders registered 451 yards through the air and six TD passes in its first-ever win over Nebraska, 70-10 last Saturday.

The Red Raiders have three of the Big 12's top five receivers in catches per game in Jerrett Hicks (7.0 average, tops in Big 12, 11th in NCAA), Nehemiah Glover (6.8 per game, second in league) and Trey Haverty (5.0 average, fifth in conference).

Sonny Cumbie leads the nation in passing (420.2 ypg) and total offense (415.3 ypg). He passed for 436 yards and five touchdowns in the win over Nebraska.

Tech has posted 425 yards or more of offense in every game this season. Vernand Morency leads the nation with 173.8 rushing yards per game. He has 131 carries for 869 yards, eight TDs and a long gainer of 58 yards.

TEXAS A&M

(4-1, 2-0)
This Week: at Oklahoma State
Next Week: Colorado

The Aggies have equalled last season's win total of four and need two triumphs to qualify for a 12th bowl appearance since the 1989 campaign.

Texas A&M has made a plus-23 improvement in turnovers since the end of the 2003 season. The current edition is plus-12 with 13 takeaways and one TO. Last year's squad was -11 in turnovers.

The Aggies also are the only Division I-A team without a pass interception (141 attempts) this year.

A&M leads the Big 12 with 18 sacks for 132 yards. Defensive back Byron Jones leads the conference with 4.5 sacks, including four solo.

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