A Different Look at Pass Defense

Here at LonghornDigest.com, we've taken looks at explosive plays in the offensive passing game. But which Big 12 teams are the best at creating explosive defensive plays against the pass? Read more inside.

Here, we're looking at a defense's ability to create an explosive play against the opponent's passing game. More specifically, its ability to create sacks or interceptions, hereby defined as "explosives."

But, like anything else, a team could create more explosive plays with more chances. So here, we've listed the attempts — passing attempts, plus sacks — and found each Big 12's team's explosives percentage … a look at how many sacks and interceptions they were able to force, divided by the number of passing attempts they faced. And by doing so, you can see which teams were tops in the league in 2011 in generating explosive plays against the passing game.



TEAM ATT. INT Sacks Explosives Percent
Oklahoma 514 attempts 15 interceptions 40 sacks 55 explosives 10.7 percent
Texas A&M 562 7 51 58 10.3 percent
Oklahoma State 571 24 30 54 9.5 percent
Texas 486 12 30 42 8.6 percent
Kansas State 500 18 22 40 8.0 percent
Missouri 514 13 27 40 7.8 percent
Baylor 514 16 19 35 6.8 percent
Texas Tech 330 5 16 21 6.36 percent
Iowa State 442 11 17 28 6.33 percent
Kansas 384 8 10 18 4.7 percent

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