Big 12 football: Texas defense is getting better — despite what some scores indicate

Oklahoma State and West Virginia combined for 84 points and 1,036 yards against Longhorns.
by Michael Baldwin Published: October 8, 2012
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photo - West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, left, is sacked by Texas defender Jackson Jeffcoat (44) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG113
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, left, is sacked by Texas defender Jackson Jeffcoat (44) during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) ORG XMIT: TXEG113

WILDCATS DON'T BEAT THEMSELVES

Kansas State leads the nation in fewest penalties with only nine for 71 yards. That averages out to just two penalties a game for 14.2 yards.

The Wildcats also are among the national leaders in turnover margin (plus-10). K-State has committed only seven turnovers and has collected 17.

“They prove why they're the smartest team in the Big 12,” said Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, whose Cyclones host K-State this week. “They prove why they don't lose football games. They make good decisions. They don't make risky throws. They have great ball security.

“You'll struggle to find a finer coached football team and a finer prepared football team in the country than a Bill Snyder-coached Kansas State ballclub.”

WEIS LOOKS TO FUTURE

With the Jayhawks facing a major rebuilding effort, Kansas coach Charlie Weis used a unique approach when he did not have any seniors participate in Sunday's practice.

“When you have a team that's near the bottom of the league, development is a big key,” Weis said. “For the younger guys, we let them know not only are we going to coach you hard, we're looking for development. Fortunately no one came out and spit the bit and went through the motions. That's what I was hoping for.”

TWO-MINUTE DRILL ...

TCU freshman Trevone Boykin, who took over for suspended quarterback Casey Pachall, practiced at tailback last Monday and Tuesday. Boykin had only one day to practice the game plan. Boykin accounted for 309 yards of offense but threw three interceptions. ... Kansas State scored 56 points on 51 plays in a lopsided win over Kansas. Snyder said it was a testament to some big offensive plays, but he was disappointed Kansas controlled time of possession with its running game, especially in the first half. ... Half the Big 12 teams are above 50 percent on third down conversions, another indication why defenses face major challenges every week.


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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