Big 12 teams rolling up big numbers, and quickly
- Article by: ERIC OLSON
- Associated Press
- November 5, 2012 - 8:55 AM
High-scoring football is being played across the nation, and no teams are more prolific than those in the Big 12.
Eight of the top 17 scoring teams and six of the top 19 yard producers are from the conference.
Per-team scoring in the Big 12 is 36.2 points a game. The next closest average is the Western Athletic Conference's 30.7.
The Big 12's per-team yardage is 461 a game, well ahead of the WAC's 428.
You want to talk efficiency?
There have been 371 touchdown drives in the Big 12. More than one-third (133) have covered 50 yards in five plays or fewer, and one of every five (74) have lasted less than a minute.
More big numbers were posted Saturday.
Kansas State and Oklahoma State combined for 985 yards and 51 first downs in the Wildcats' 44-30 win. Not included in the total yards were kickoff returns for touchdowns of 100 (KSU) and 80 yards (OSU).
Baylor had Glasco Martin and Lache Seastrunk each go over 100 yards rushing, Nick Florence threw for 367 yards and the Bears totaled 666 yards in a 41-14 win over Kansas.
Landry Jones passed for 405 yards and four TDs and Clay Brennan rushed for 157 as Oklahoma amassed 593 yards in a 35-20 victory over Iowa State.
Baylor is tops in the nation in yards, at 581.5; Oklahoma State is No. 2, at 575.9.
ACC GETS INTO THE ACT: Atlantic Coast Conference teams have combined to top 500 yards in total offense 30 times this season.
That's twice as many times as ACC teams went over 500 yards in 2011.
Florida State and Clemson are leading the way this season, each averaging better than 520 yards and 42 points a game.
DUCK SOUP: Of course, when fans think offense, they think of Oregon.
The Ducks put up crazy numbers again in their 62-51 road win against Southern California.
Kenjon Barner set the school single-game rushing record with 321 yards — the most ever by a USC opponent and fourth-most in Pac-12 history.
Oregon's 730 total yards broke the previous school record of 720 in a 72-0 win over New Mexico in 2010. The 730 yards and 62 points also were the most ever surrendered by the Trojans.
SPEAKING OF OFFENSE: Tennessee and Troy combined for 1,439 yards — the most ever in a game involving a Southeastern Conference team. The previous record was 1,329 yards, set in 1997 by Tennessee and Kentucky.
The Volunteers beat Troy 55-48. The 103 combined points were the fourth-most in a regulation game in SEC history.
Tennessee's 718 yards were the most in the SEC this season.
FIRST-QUARTER STREAK ENDS: Penn State was the last team in the Bowl Subdivision to surrender points in the first quarter.
The streak lasted 122 minutes, 1 second of elapsed first-quarter time. It ended when Purdue kicked a field goal 2:01 into Saturday's game. Penn State won 34-9 on the road.
The Nittany Lions go into their game at Nebraska having outscored opponents 76-3 in the first quarter and 137-33 in the first half.
CHASING NEWTON: Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel has 922 rushing yards this season, third highest for a quarterback in SEC history.
Auburn's Cam Newton holds the record of 1,473 yards, and Auburn's Jimmy Sidle is second at 1,006.
If the Aggies play four more games, including a bowl, Manziel would have to average 138 yards to catch Newton.
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