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Someone in the Big 12 scheduling office must have had an idea how the season would turn out.
The season is over for all but four Big 12 teams, but this week’s two games will feature three teams who still have a shot at the Fiesta Bowl. The fourth team, Oklahoma, is looking to win 10 games in a season for the fourth consecutive year.
Most of the other eight teams already wrapped up disappointing years. Kansas, Iowa State, TCU and West Virginia have all been out of bowl contention for weeks. And Texas Tech is limping into its postseason with five consecutive losses.
At least the Big 12 season promises to end on a high note with the a Big 12 championship still in play for Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas.
Key Numbers around the Big 12 for Week 14
37. Consecutive games Baylor had 400 yards in a game, a streak ended Saturday
Baylor defeated TCU 41-38 and remained in BCS contention, but the victory wasn’t easy for the Bears’ offense. Baylor amassed 370 yards, the first game since Nov. 20, 2010 against Oklahoma in which the Bears failed to gain 400 yards of offense. Quarterback Bryce Petty had his second lowest passing total of the season (206 yards) and lowest yards per pass (5.4). The touchdown record held by 2008 Oklahoma (96 TDs) is probably secure. Baylor has 73 offensive touchdowns with two games to go.
Plus-25. “Sack margin” for Texas in Big 12 play
Texas came back from no sacks a loss against Oklahoma State to nine in the win over Texas Tech. The Longhorns’ nine sacks was tied with four other teams for the most in a game this season, but the most interesting stat may have been one sack of Texas quarterback Case McCoy. Since Big 12 play began, Texas has picked up 33 sacks while allowing only eight, giving Texas a “sack margin” of plus-25 in conference games. No team in the Big 12 is better than plus-10 in that category (Oklahoma).
8. Most loses for TCU since 1997
With a 41-38 loss to Baylor, TCU wrapped up a 4-8 season. That’s the most losses for the Horned Frogs since 1997, a 1-10 season in Pat Sullivan’s last year. The following year, TCU hired Dennis Franchione. TCU’s 14 losses in two seasons in the Big 12 is one more than TCU had in seven seasons as a Mountain West member.
8. Most losses for West Virginia since 2001
TCU’s partner in expansion fared no better with a 52-44 loss to Iowa State in triple overtime. The back-to-back defeats to Iowa State and Kansas to finish the season gave West Virginia eight losses, the most since the Mountaineers went 3-8 in the first season under Rich Rodriguez.
15. Consecutive field goals made by Texas’ Anthony Fera
The Longhorns’ kicker extended his streak of made field goals to 15 with a 37-yarder and 49-yarder against Texas Tech. Fera has the fourth-longest streak of made field goals in the country after Boston College’s Nate Freese (23), Arizona State’s Zane Gonzalez (18) and Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien (17).
294. Rushing yards allowed per game during Texas Tech’s final five games
The reasons Texas Tech’s 7-0 start collapsed into a five-game losing streak to finish the season are many. Near the top of the list will be the run defense. Texas ran for 281 yards on 61 carries against the Red Raiders as Texas Tech allowed 294 rushing yards per game during its five-game losing streak. The Red Raiders allowed 123.4 rushing yards per game during the undefeated start.
51. Run by punter Ryan Erxleben, longest run of the year for Texas Tech
Another sign of why Texas Tech’s season crashed to a 7-5 year, punter Ryan Erxleben took a fake punt against Texas to run for a 51-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was Texas Tech’s longest run of the season and the first of more than 40 yards.
0. Kansas State’s turnover margin to finish the regular season
Bill Snyder teams tend to excel in turnover margin. Every season since Snyder returned to the bench in 2007, the Wildcats have been on the plus side of that statistic, including plus-20 last season. In the 31-10 rout of Kansas, Kansas State was plus-four in turnover margin with six takeaways (four interceptions, two fumbles) and two turnovers (a fumble and an interception). That move Kansas State to even in the turnover margin with a bowl game to go. A Snyder-coached team hasn’t been on the negative side of the turnover margin since 2002, a team that still finished 11-2.
3. Big 12 road wins for Baylor
Baylor’s road woes are well-established. It wasn’t always easy, but Baylor set a mark with three Big 12 road wins for the first time in school history. Baylor defeated Kansas State, Kansas and TCU away from Waco.
223. Yards Kansas State allowed to Kansas
Many records in the Big 12 have been set against Kansas in the last few years, including one for Kansas State. The Wildcats held Kansas to 223 total yards, the lowest total for the Kansas State defense since holding Nebraska to 222 in 2004.
17. Largest fourth-quarter deficit overcome to win in Iowa State history
Iowa State has had a forgettable season, especially after the Cyclones lost 31-30 to Texas on Oct. 3. If there’s a silver lining, though, it’s the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Grant Rohach. Iowa State trailed West Virginia 31-7 at one point and 31-14 going into the fourth quarter. Rohach led the comeback to give the Cyclones a 52-44 win in overtime for only the second fourth-quarter of 17 points or more in school history. Iowa State’s only other 17-point comeback came in a 39-38 win over Northern Iowa on Oct. 10, 1987.