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CFB-FBS: Big 12 Conference Week 3 Release

This Week’s Schedule

Saturday, September 16 CT
Iowa State at Ohio (ESPNU) 11:00 a.m.

No. 15/15 Kansas State at Missouri (SEC Network) 11:00 a.m.

Long Island at Baylor (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) 11:00 a.m.

No. 19/16 Oklahoma at Tulsa (ESPN2) 2:30 p.m.

Villanova at UCF (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) 5:30 p.m.

Miami (OH) at Cincinnati (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) 6:00 p.m.

South Alabama at Oklahoma State (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) 6:00 p.m.

Tarleton State at Texas Tech (Big 12 Now on ESPN+) 6:00 p.m.

Pittsburgh at West Virginia (ABC) 6:30 p.m.

BYU at Arkansas (ESPN2) 6:30 p.m.

TCU at Houston* (FOX) 7:00 p.m.

Wyoming at No. 4/6 Texas (Longhorn Network) 7:00 p.m.

Kansas at Nevada (CBSSN) 9:30 p.m.

  • Denotes Big 12 game.
    All times listed as Central.
    Rankings listed as AP/Coaches.

CONFERENCE NEWS & NOTES
TCU will travel to Houston this week in the Big 12’s conference opener and UH’s first league game as a member of the Big 12. The Horned Frogs are tied for second in the nation with a six-game conference road win streak. Nonconference play will wrap up for the other league teams.

“Big 12 Homecoming” will make its debut Thursday-Saturday on the Houston campus with three days of entertainment and community engagement. Click here for additional information.

No. 4 Texas jumped seven spots in the AP Poll after winning at No. 3 Alabama for its highest ranking since finishing No. 2 in 2009. This week’s rankings are No. 4/6 Texas, No. 15/15 K-State and No. 19/16 Oklahoma. TCU, Kansas, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and UCF received votes.

After two weeks, the Big 12 is 20-8 (.714) in non-conference games. A nation-high-tying eight teams are undefeated – BYU, UCF, Cincinnati, Kansas, K-State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

The Big 12 captured both of the Week 2 Walter Camp National Players of the Week as Texas QB Quinn Ewers picked up the offensive award after the win over Alabama and Oklahoma LB Danny Stutsman collected the defensive honor with the Sooners’ win against SMU.

Ewers (offensive) and Stutsman (defensive) were also named Big 12 Players of the Week along with UT wide receiver Adonai Mitchell (newcomer) and UCF kicker Colton Boomer (special teams).

Texas was named the Cheez-It National Team of the Week for the sixth time since the award was established in 2002.

The Big 12 ranks second nationally with five of the 22 teams that are averaging 100% or over in home stadium capacity. TCU is third among all teams at 106.85 capacity followed by 6. Oklahoma (104.46), 8. K-State (104.01), 11. Cincinnati (101.85) and tie 22. Oklahoma State (100). Twelve of 14 Big 12 teams are averaging
over 92 percent capacity.

The Big 12 is tied for the nation’s lead with 20 interceptions.

The Big 12 is second among conferences in total touchdowns (122) and passing yards a game (276.1) as well as third in total offense (451.4) and rushing (175.3).

UCF leads the nation in total offense (626.5) with nine other teams in the top 51, averaging over 430 yards a game: 10. Kansas (530.0), 12. Cincinnati (519.0), 16. Oklahoma (503.5), 17. K-State (492.5), 18. TCU (491.5), 32.

West Virginia (463.5), 37. Texas (456.0), 46. Texas Tech (443.5) and 51. Baylor (431.5).

Eight teams are in the top 43 of scoring defense, allowing less than 17 points a game, highlighted by 6. Oklahoma (5.5), 7. K-State (6.5) and 10.

BYU (8.0) holding opponents in single digits.

Baylor QB Sawyer Robertson threw for a career-high 218 yards and rushed five times for 19 yards and his first career TD against No. 13 Utah.

BYU held Southern Utah to three points in the first half, the first time since 2012 that BYU’s defense opened the first six quarters of a season without allowing a touchdown (Washington State, Weber State).

Colton Boomer set a career best with a 50-yard field goal only to surpass it later in the game with a 55-yarder to tie the UCF program record. The sophomore finished the game a perfect 4-for-4 including a 40-yard game-winning field goal as time expired.

Cincinnati RB Corey Kiner finished with a career-high 153 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown against Pittsburgh. Kiner ripped off a career-long 68-yard rush in the first quarter. It marked the longest play from scrimmage this season and the second straight week that he has set a career-long rush after a 54-yard rush vs. EKU last week.

Houston QB Donovan Smith set a career record with three rushing touchdowns against Rice, surpassing his previous career-high of one. ISU has held 17 straight opponents under 400 yards of total offense, the longest streak in the nation.

With three 10-play touchdown drives covering 80-plus yards in the first half, Kansas became the third team in the last 20 seasons to accomplish the feat, joining Texas Tech in 2013 (vs. Iowa State) and Florida State in 2009 (at BYU).

K-State’s defense has allowed a total of 13 points over the first two games of the 2023 season, the second straight year the Cats have held their first two opponents to 13 points or less (2022: 0 vs. South Dakota, 12 vs. Missouri).

Oklahoma surrendered just three points through the first seven quarters of the season. The last time OU did not give up a touchdown in its first seven quarters of a season was 1999.

OSU held Arizona State to 1-for-5 on fourth down, the most fourth-down stops by the Cowboys in a game since Oct. 13, 2012, when they held Kansas to 0-for-5.

A block by Trent Battle and a 24-yard return by Blake Nowell gave TCU its first blocked punt for a touchdown since Antonio Graves against New Mexico in 2011.

Texas secured its first non-conference road victory over an AP Top-3 opponent in program history and the first victory on the road against any top-three team since 1969 to snap a 21-game home winning streak for Alabama, and a 57-game home non-conference streak.

Texas Tech had seven explosive plays (20-yard gains or more) against No. 13 Oregon. The Red Raiders logged a season-high seven twice in 2022 versus FBS opponents.

West Virginia WR Hudson Clement joined Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey as the only Mountaineers to reach 175 receiving yards and catch three TDs in one game.

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