The Big 12 lost its only national championship contender and likely lost a chance at the Heisman Trophy in Week 13.
If there’s any silver lining, though, Saturday could have set up an interesting final week of the season in the league.
Texas and Baylor are in action during the Thanksgiving weekend, but if the Longhorns and Bears defeat Texas Tech and TCU, respectively, they’ll still be in the Big 12 hunt come Dec. 7.
Oklahoma State controls its path to the Fiesta Bowl, but the Cowboys face Oklahoma in the final week of the season, a game that is suddenly more intriguing after the Sooners defeated Kansas State. Baylor lost in convincing fashion to the Cowboys, but the Bears will be rooting for an Oklahoma State loss to keep the Bears in the BCS hunt.
The final week of the season will be compelling, but how we got here was just as interesting. Here’s how the stats told the story.
Key Numbers from around the Big 12 in Week 13
1. One-loss team whose defeat came to a team with a losing record
The most popular question as Oklahoma State built its lead against Baylor was how in the world did the Cowboys lose to West Virginia? Indeed, it’s an outlier for one-loss teams. Of the eight one loss teams, only Oklahoma lost to a team with a losing record. Michigan State is the only other team whose loss came to a team unranked in this week’s Associated Press poll — and that team was an 8-3 Notre Dame.
29:01. Baylor’s longest streak without a touchdown before Saturday
Baylor’s longest touchdown drought this season covered 29:01 of game time, starting with the final 6:03 in a lopsided win over Kansas and going into the first half against Oklahoma on Nov. 7. The touchdown-free streak was the longest for Baylor until...
45:32. Time before Baylor scored a touchdown against Oklahoma State
Oklahoma State pulled off what no team or even pair of teams have done this season by keeping Baylor out of the end zone for more than 45 minutes. Before Antwan Goodley caught a 25-yard touchdown pass for Bryce Petty with 14:28 to go, Baylor had been limited to a field goal in the first three quarters.
3. Teams to hold Art Briles-led Baylor teams to two or fewer touchdowns since 2010
Oklahoma State joined an interesting cast of teams that have held Baylor to two or fewer touchdowns since 2010, Robert Griffin’s sophomore year and the first bowl season under Briles. Oklahoma State did it Saturday, an undefeated TCU team held Baylor to one touchdown in 2010, and Illinois, coached by Ron Zook at the time, did it in the 2010 Texas Bowl.
3. 10-win seasons for Oklahoma State under Mike Gundy
The win over Baylor secured Oklahoma State a 10-win season for the third time under coach Mike Gundy, joining a 12-1 season in 2011 and 11-2 in 2010. The Cowboys have had only six 10-win seasons in their history and Gundy has been involved in five of them. Gundy was the quarterback for Oklahoma State’s 10-2 teams in 1987 and 1988. The Pokes also went 10-2 in 1984.
37. Consecutive road losses against ranked teams for Baylor
The Bears have rewritten their record book under Art Briles, but Baylor still has one more hurdle. The 49-17 loss to Oklahoma State was Baylor’s 37th consecutive road loss to a ranked team. The winless streak goes back to Baylor’s 21-14 defeat of then-No. 16 SMU on Oct. 12, 1985.
206. Receiving yards for Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett before halftime
The nation has had 21 200-yard receiving games this season. Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett joined that group before halftime against Oklahoma. Lockett had 206 of his school-record 278 yards before halftime. Lockett has the fifth (278 against Oklahoma) and eighth-highest (237 against Texas) receiving totals in a game this season
440. All-purpose yards for Lockett against Oklahoma, most in a game this season
Lockett added 162 yards on kickoff returns against Oklahoma to give him 440 all-purpose yards, the most in a game since Nov. 17, 2012 when Tavon Austin had 572 yards against Oklahoma and NC State’s Tobias Palmer had 496 yards Clemson.
48. Average yardage on second-quarter scoring plays in Oklahoma-Kansas State
Oklahoma eventually put the game away, but one of the highlights of the Sooners’ win in Manhattan was a 38-point second quarter that featured four touchdowns of at least 30 yards. OU freshman Trevor Knight scored on an eight-yard run, but then the floodgates opened. Lockett caught a 48-yard touchdown pass, followed by a 30-yard TD pass. Oklahoma’s Brennan Clay responded with a 64-yard touchdown run. Lockett scored the final TD of the quarter with a 90-yard touchdown catch.
24. Rushing yards for Kansas State, fewest since 2006
Where have you gone, Collin Klein? Kansas State rushed for 24 yards on 22 carries, the fewest since rushing for 23 yards on 25 carries against Texas on Nov. 11, 2006.
706. Rushing yards for Oklahoma since the loss to Baylor
The Sooners rushed for only 87 yards against Baylor, but since then, Oklahoma has been unstoppable in the ground game. OU rushed for 301 yards and three touchdowns on 52 carries against Kansas State on Saturday and 405 yards and four touchdowns on 44 carries a week earlier against Iowa State.
1. Conference without a winless team in league play
Iowa State’s 34-0 rout of Kansas, a week after the Jayhawks defeated West Virginia, means the Big 12 is the only FBS conference in which every team has a league win. Orange slices for everyone.