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Big 12 Conference Week 1 Football Review



Big 12 Notables

  • Four Big 12 teams are ranked in the Amway Coaches Poll, including three in the top-15. Oklahoma is No. 3, followed by Texas at No. 8, Oklahoma State at No. 12 and Baylor at No. 24.
  • Oklahoma comes in at No. 3 in the Associated Press Top 25 followed by Texas at No. 9 and Oklahoma State at No. 11.
  • Three Big 12 quarterbacks rank in the top-25 in multiple career categories. Texas senior Sam Ehlinger ranks in the top-15 in seven categories and the top-25 in five others. Ehlinger’s 3.32 touchdown-to-interception ratio is currently 10th on the career ledger. With two more touchdowns, Ehlinger will become the 13th Big 12 player to register a combined 100 passing and rushing touchdowns. Iowa State’s Brock Purdy is in the top-17 in four categories, including eighth with 8.74 passing yards per attempt. Baylor QB Charlie Brewer sits in the top-25 in seven categories. The senior’s 64.1 completion percentage is 15th all-time.
  • Four veteran Big 12 signal callers rank in the top-20 in lowest interception percentage: Texas’ Sam Ehlinger is 7th (1.85%), K-State’s Skylar Thompson 10th (1.94%), Baylor’s Charlie Brewer 12th (2.03%) and Iowa State’s Brock Purdy 20th (2.32%).

Team-by-Team Notes

  • Baylor announced on Saturday that the Bears have agreed to host Houston in an 11 a.m. CT showdown on FOX on September 19.
  • JaQuan Bailey’s tackle-for-loss against Louisiana gave him 32.5 for his career, moving him to fourth-most in Iowa State history.
  • Cyclone running back Breece Hall registered his 10th career rushing touchdown and recorded over 100 yards from scrimmage (rushing plus receiving) for the eighth time in his last nine games.
  • Kansas WR Takulve Williams tied his 2019 season totals in receptions with four in the first quarter versus Coastal Carolina. Williams finished with a career-high seven receptions for 38 yards. His previous best of three receptions for 17 yards came at Oklahoma State in 2019.
  • Kansas State defensive back Will Jones II blocked Arkansas State’s first punt of the day, which led to a K-State touchdown on the subsequent drive. It was the Wildcats’ first blocked kick in a season opener since Emmanuel Lamur blocked a field goal against UMass in 2009 and was the first blocked punt in a season opener since Brice Libel did so against Temple in 1999.
  • K-State running back Deuce Vaughn scored his first-career touchdown on a 3-yard run to become the first true freshman Wildcat to score a touchdown in a season opener since at least 1988. He finished the game with 47 yards on 12 carries.
  • The 48-0 shutout over Missouri State was Oklahoma’s first in a season opener since 2013 (34-0 vs. ULM). It was OU’s first shutout overall since a 55-0 win at Kansas State in 2015.
  • Oklahoma scored 31 points in the first quarter for the sixth time in school history, the first time since 2008 (35 points vs. Nebraska) and the first time in a season opener since 2001 (31 points vs. North Carolina).
  • Missouri State did not convert a third down in 11 attempts against Oklahoma on Saturday, marking just the ninth time a non-conference Big 12 opponent did not convert a third down with nine or more attempts.
  • Redshirt freshman Spencer Rattler set OU freshman records for passing efficiency rating (303.3), yards per completion (23.71) and yards per attempt (17.06). His passing efficiency rating is also a Big 12 record for a freshman, and the third-highest passer rating overall in Oklahoma history. His passer rating is sixth all-time in a Big 12 game (with a minimum of 15 attempted passes). Rattler Finished 14-of-17 for 290 yards and four passing TDs (all in the first half).
  • Oklahoma State’s season-opener against Tulsa was pushed back to Saturday, September 19. The 11 a.m. CT kickoff will be televised on ESPN.
  • TCU is slated to open the season against Iowa State on Saturday, September 26.
  • Texas’ 481 passing yards against UTEP are the most in a single-game in school history, surpassing a 476-yard effort at Houston back in 1987. The Horns had 13 passing plays of at least 15 yards (10 of those over 20 yards) against UTEP.
  • UT’s Sam Ehlinger posted 429 passing yards and five TD passes in the first half against UTEP to establish UT records for a single half. He finished 25-for-33 with career-highs of 426 yards and five TDs. That marks the third most-prolific passing game in Texas football history, while the TD passes are tied for second-most in a single game on UT record. Ehlinger recorded his second career 400-yard passing game, tying Major Applewhite and Colt McCoy for the most in Longhorn history. He now has 10 career games of 300 or more yards. That trails only McCoy (15) for most in UT history.
  • With Saturday’s win over Houston BaptistTexas Tech stretched its streak of wins in home openers to 21.
  • The Red Raiders have scored in 283-straight games dating back to the 1997 season, a streak that now ranks ninth nationally and second in the Big 12 Conference.
  • Senior defensive back Zech McPhearson recorded his first career interception on Saturday night, picking off HBU’s Jarreth Sterns in the end zone early in the second quarter.
  • With a 56-10 victory over Eastern KentuckyWest Virginia is now 21-0 against schools at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) level.
  • Zach Frazier became the first true freshman to start at center in the season-opener for the Mountaineers in at least 40 years.
  • WVU scored 42 points in the first half, the most of the Neal Brown era. It also marked the first time
  • WVU has scored at least 40 points in a half since Oct. 25, 2018, at Baylor (41).
  • Mountaineer junior running back Leddie Brown finished the game with a career-high 123 rushing yards, marking WVU’s first 100-yard rusher since Nov. 17, 2018, at Oklahoma State (148 by Kennedy McKoy). It also marks the third 100-yard game of his career and the first 100-yard rusher of the Neal Brown era.



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