Wednesday, September 17, 2008

This week in the Big 12 Conference


OSU backs thriving

Thanks to Oklahoma State running roughshod over former KU coach Terry Allen's Missouri State defense last week, three Cowboys rank in the Top 10 in Big 12 rushing stats, including leader Kendall Hunter, who is averaging 149.7 yards a game.

ISU forcing turnovers

Iowa State boasts a Big 12-leading dozen takeaways (five fumbles, seven interceptions), but the Cyclones also lead the league in giveaways with seven (four lost fumbles, three interceptions).

Time on KU's side

Time of possession isn't always a true indicator of performance, but it's a gold-star statistic for Kansas. The Jayhawks lead the Big 12 by maintaining possession for 33 minutes and 46 seconds. Kansas State is second at 31:24.

Meier grabs early lead

Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree is generally regarded as the Big 12's best pass-catcher, but Crabtree ranks second in this week's receiving stats with 24. Kansas' Kerry Meier is the leader with 29. However, Crabtree has five touchdowns receptions, whereas Meier has none.

Flags haven't cost TTU

Texas Tech is 3-0 despite being the most heavily penalized team in the league. Coach Mike Leach's Red Raiders have been flagged 35 times for an average of 103.7 yards per game. Kansas, by contrast, has been penalized just 17 times for an average of 53.0 yards per game.


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