Big 12 teams rolling up big numbers, and quickly


Big 12 teams rolling up big numbers, and quickly

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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Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

Capitals stars react to losing Barry Trotz as head coach

LAS VEGAS—Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom weren’t expecting to lose their head coach less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup.

But business is business, Ovi said, and Barry Trotz is handling his by attempting to capitalize on claiming the championship.

“It’s sad,” Ovechkin said on the red carpet at the NHL Awards, where he accepted his seventh Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy on Wednesday night. “Obviously, we won together.”

The Caps’ captain also thanked Trotz for directing him—and his teammates—to new heights.  

“First of all, [I want to] thank him for a great job to be our coach, to be our dad, to give us a chance to win,” Ovechkin said. “But then again, it’s a business. You never know what’s going to happen. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be fine and I wish him luck.”

Backstrom, meanwhile, said he was caught off guard by Trotz’s decision to step down over a contract stalemate with the team. Trotz asked for $5 million per for five seasons; the Caps balked over the terms Trotz’s camp sought.   

“I was a little surprised, obviously,” Backstrom said. “I heard the scenario.”

Like Ovechkin, though, Backstrom praised the job Trotz did during his four-year tenure.

“He’s done a great job in Washington,” Backstrom said. “We obviously have him to thank for a lot. He’s done a tremendous job of schooling us and winning a championship. No one is going to take that away from him.”

Trotz’s next move is unclear, but he’s a free agent and currently eligible to negotiate with any team. The Islanders are the only team with an opening for a head coach.

As for Washington, GM Brian MacLellan said that associate coach Todd Reirden will get the first crack at replacing Trotz.

Ovechkin said he thinks Reirden would be a good fit.

“We all respect Todd,” Ovechkin said. “We all like him. Again, it’s not our thing to say who’s going to be head coach, but if it’s going to be Todd, it’s going to be fun.”


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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

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A drawing of the moment Ovi lifted the Stanley Cup makes the moment joyful all over again

How do you make a photo of Alex Ovechkin hoisting the Stanley Cup for the first time even more memorable?

You make it out of all the Capitals' game scores this year, of course.

Capitals fan and artist Daniel Duffy (@RealArtOfWords) posted a phenomenal finished piece commemorating the Cup win on Wednesday, June 20. It's a little meta and astounding to look at, but very fun to try and read. If you want to relive the glory that was the parts of the 2017-18 Capitals season, check out the piece.

The piece, which appears to be done in a traditional medium like pen or marker, holds the team faced, arena played at, and final score of every game. It uses six colors and over sixty lines of text. Ovechkin roars as he holds the Stanley Cup overhead, the white away jersey shaded with bits of grey text. It takes a skilled eye to sort text and colors into shapes and shading, but Daniel did a fantastic job! It's awesome to see a fanbase create different interpretations of iconic moments. We'll surely see more of Ovechkin in this moment.

Just as we thought we were going to get tired of the celebration, fans find new ways to surprise us. Stay creative, Caps fans!