Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The most unbreakable records in Big 12 history

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) escapes a handful of Rice defenders as he scrambles over his right end for an eight-yard touchdown Saturday in Austin, Texas. McCoy later passed Major Applewhite for the Texas all-time record in touchdown passes with 62.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) escapes a handful of Rice defenders as he scrambles over his right end for an eight-yard touchdown Saturday in Austin, Texas. McCoy later passed Major Applewhite for the Texas all-time record in touchdown passes with 62.



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Texas quarterback Colt McCoy (12) escapes a handful of Rice defenders as he scrambles over his right end for an eight-yard touchdown Saturday in Austin, Texas. McCoy later passed Major Applewhite for the Texas all-time record in touchdown passes with 62.


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Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel prepares to throw against Buffalo on Saturday in Columbia, Mo. Daniel set a Big 12 record for consecutive completions in a game last week with 20.

Missouri's Chase Daniel and Texas' Colt McCoy recently threw themselves - literally - into the Big 12 Conference football record books.

Daniel set a conference record for consecutive completions in a game with 20 in Missouri's 42-21 victory over Buffalo on Saturday, eclipsing the previous marks of 18 by Sam Bradford (2007) and Seneca Wallace (2001).

A few hours later, McCoy became the Longhorns' all-time leader in touchdown passes with 62 in UT's 52-10 cakewalk over Rice. McCoy leapfrogged current Texas running-backs coach Major Applewhite's previous mark of 60.

Will Big 12 fans see more records broken this year?

Some might say absolutely, considering six of the top 10 quarterbacks in the nation this season in passing efficiency (Bradford, McCoy, Daniel, Zac Robinson, Robert Griffin, Josh Freeman) hail from the Big 12.

But maybe not.

Some Big 12 records are more realistic to be broken than others. Here's a look at some of the most unbreakable records in conference history, which spans from 1996 to present. If every record is meant to be broken, players should have a difficult time chasing these landmarks:


Most unbreakable: Texas Tech quarterback B.J. Symons' 5,883 passing yards in a season, 2003. The mark is an all-time NCAA record. For reference, that averages out to 448.7 yards per game.

Semi-unbreakable: Symons' 661 passing yards in a single game vs. Mississippi, Sept. 27, 2003.

Any 2008 candidates to break these marks?: When it comes to completions, attempts and yards, Texas Tech owns all nine records listed in the 2008 Big 12 media guide. Therefore, the only candidate to break Symons' records is not surprisingly the Red Raiders' 2008 signal-caller, Graham Harrell. Progress-check on the single-season yardage mark: Through four games, Harrell has averaged 393.3 yards per game. What a slacker.


Most unbreakable: Iowa State tailback Troy Davis' 378 rushing yards in a single game vs. Missouri, Sept. 28, 1996.

Semi-unbreakable: Texas halfback Hodges Mitchell's 45 rushing attempts in a single game vs. Texas Tech, Nov. 4, 2000.

Candidates in 2008: No selection. Gone are the days of pounding the football on the ground in the Big 12. The best rushing team in the Big 12 - Oklahoma State - possesses a committee with Kendall Hunter, Keith Toston and Beau Johnson, diminishing the Cowboys' chances at the records.


Most unbreakable: Oklahoma State wideout Rashaun Woods' seven TD's in a single game vs. SMU, Sept. 20, 2003.

Semi-unbreakable: Texas A&M; wideout Albert Connell's 18 receptions in a single game vs. Colorado, Sept. 28, 1996.

Candidates in 2008: For Woods' record, it would have been Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree against a nonconference opponent, but the Red Raiders' nonconference schedule is over, so scratch that.

As for Connell's record, it's pretty safe. KU possession receiver Kerry Meier could be a contender to break it, but the Jayhawks likely have too many options for the Pittsburg native to approach 18 receptions in one game.

Missouri's Jeremy Maclin caught 14 passes last week against Buffalo, but like KU, Missouri has too many weapons from which to choose.


KU 9 years ago

Reesing is low on the efficiency rating primarily because of the dink and dunk philosophy we are adhering to this season. He has one of the lowest "yards per attempt" and "yards per completion" averages because we have been throwing so many 3 and 5 yard routes to Meier, et al. It's hard to stretch the field when you have defenders pressuring the QB after 1.5 seconds on almost every play.Also, since we throw so much, Reesings "touchdowns per attempt" ratio is middling. On the flip side, he does have one of the lowest "interceptions per attempt" ratios.Still, I wouldn't trade Reesing for anybody in the Big 12.

ajs10 9 years ago

Reesing isn't in the top 6 of the Big 12 for passing efficiency?

Eric Sorrentino 9 years ago

I think many of your guys' comments on Reesing are true. I don't think any QB, even some of the best ones in the Big 12, could operate this offense like Reesing does. Remember, though, passing efficiency is just one category. Reesing does show up in a big way in other statistical categories (second in the nation in completions per game, fourth in the nation in passing yards).Finally, great final farley comment, KU. If anyone wants to see that Reesing to Briscoe play again (because let's face it, it doesn't get old),I had it on my blog from last week:

Chicago_JHawk 9 years ago

According to, Reesing is 9th in the conference.

FlaHawk 9 years ago

You got to realize these stats ar against non-conference an often pussy teams in non-BCS conferences.

Eric Sorrentino 9 years ago

Sands rushed for those 396 yards 17 years ago, before the Big 12 was in existence. It's a completely different game today. While scoring occurs with regularity in this league, it's usually not via the run, thanks to the spread offenses that are taking over the conference.Of the best rushing teams this season in the Big 12 (Oklahoma State, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas), none of those teams employs a feature back. I listed the three running backs from OSU in the story above. Baylor and Texas' rushing statistics are inflated because of the production their quarterbacks have given them on the ground. Oklahoma has DeMarco Murray and Chris Brown splitting carries.For those reasons, I highly doubt anyone will eclipse Davis' mark any time soon. If it happens, consider me wrong on this one (and consider the defensive that gives up the record rather horrible).

ajs10 9 years ago

I agree...I wouldn't trade Reesing for anybody.

KU 9 years ago

KG.....I've seen a lot of football, but I'm not sure I have ever witnessed--in person--anything quite like Reesings scramble and throw on the touchdown to Briscoe last Saturday.The scramble was incredible in itself. When he felt the pocket collapse, he did sort of a backwards hop to avoid a defender at his feet....went left......then dodged back right. He showed amazing ability to feel pressure while keeping his eyes downfield.The most amazing thing, though, was the throw! Granted, he had a running start that sort of looked like a javelin thrower, but to throw the ball 60 yards in the air? On the money? Not many guys could do that!I love the Chris Farley clip they showed after that play (and the Patterson punt return): "But that......was......AWESOME!"

KGphoto 9 years ago

The QB ratings always have been, and always will be nonsense. If you look at the stats of these quarterbacks, it's obvious that the YPC is far too heavily weighted.Reesing on average has thrown for more yards, more touchdowns, and a higher completion percentage than over half the 21 people with higher ratings nationally. His yards per completion average about 1.5 yards fewer than those ahead of him.Now, if these passer ratings made any sense, they would come with a "great plays" column. Complete with a link to the video highlight. I think we can all agree that Reesing would be a little higher than 22 then. Ah, but that's too subjective, and statistics are intended to be all-knowing certainties.I don't mind statistics. They're fun. But when you start ranking the greatness of a player by simply glancing at a stat sheet, the fun becomes stressful. Like a job. Heisman Trophies are linked WAY too directly to stat sheets. Stat geeks and agents start manipulating stats like clay until their guy can't lose.Stats are just numbers. I'll trade all of Reesings stats and national, or Big XII rankings for just a handful of the amazing things he's done on the field. Like KU said, I wouldn't trade Reesing for anybody in the Big XII. And I'll add, anybody in the nation.On the positive side of stats. I would get a kick out of seeing Kerry Meier and Reesing connect for 20 or more passes in a game. It wouldn't even really surprise me. And it would be fun to watch too. I wouldn't care if they got a plaque on the wall or Heisman recognition. It would be fun to break a single, clean cut record. No math required, except counting to 20.

Rick Arnoldy 9 years ago

"Most unbreakable: Iowa State tailback Troy Davis' 378 rushing yards in a single game vs. Missouri, Sept. 28, 1996."Considering that Tony Sands had 396 (also against Missouri) I don't consider this unbreakable at all.

Rick Arnoldy 9 years ago

p.s. Nice to see two of the top four performances were against Misery.

Rick Arnoldy 9 years ago

The tide will swing back or there will be another big time talent. LT's record is less than 10 years old. 406 LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU vs. UTEP, 1999396 Tony Sands, Kansas vs. Missouri, 1991386 Marshall Faulk, San Diego St vs. Pacific, 1991378 Troy Davis, Iowa St. vs. Missouri, 1996377 Anthony Thompson, Indiana vs. Wisconsin, 1989373 Astron Whatley, Kent vs. E. Michigan, 1997

John Percival 9 years ago

How did the "p" word get by the screeners? I want the "s" word I used once put back in my post!

Eric Sorrentino 9 years ago

Non-BCS conferences? Here are the six records I mentioned in the article.1. Symons passing yards over the entire season (I'd think several Big 12 schools were included in that one).2. Symons single-game passing yards (opponent: Mississippi)3. Davis single-game rushing yards (opponent: Missouri)4. Mitchell's single-game rushing attempts (opponent: Texas Tech)5. Woods' single-game receiving TD's (opponent: SMU)6. Connell's single-game receptions (opponent: Colorado)Five out of the aforementioned six records look like BCS conferences to me, buddy.

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