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Holgorsen, West Virginia, right at home in Big 12

Associated Press Published: October 1, 2012


GROUND CONTROL: For all of the offense in the Big 12, the conference is also home to the top two pass defenses in the country.

Undefeated Texas Tech leads the nation, allowing only 82 yards through the air per game after giving up only 73 in a 24-13 win over Iowa State, while No. 17 Oklahoma is second — averaging 123.7 yards passing per game.

The stingy Red Raiders (4-0) host high-flying West Virginia in two weeks.


PICK SIX: Offenses aren't the only ones having fun through the air this season.

Fresno State's Phillip Thomas had a pair of interceptions Saturday in the Bulldogs' 52-40 win over San Diego State. The senior now leads the nation with five interceptions this season, including a pair returned for touchdowns.


INTERCEPTED HOPES: Michigan was off this weekend following its 13-6 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame.

Even with the bye week, the Wolverines are tied for worst in the country in interceptions — having thrown 10 in four games. They are tied with Idaho for 119th in the nation.

Starting quarterback Denard Robinson has thrown eight of the interceptions for Michigan, which is at Purdue next week.


EXTRA POINTS: Tennessee, which lost 51-44 to No. 5 Georgia on Saturday, leads the Southeastern Conference in passing with 329.2 yards per game ... Undefeated Oregon State is fourth in the country, averaging 362.7 yards after a 38-35 win over Arizona ... A pair of Beavers' receivers, Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton, are fifth and sixth nationally in receiving yardage per game — combining for 269 yards per game. ... Marshall's Rakeem Cato is third nationally with 384 yards passing per game ... Overall, Big 12 teams lead all conferences with an average of 41 points per game ... The Atlantic Coast Conference is second with 33.9, while SEC teams are averaging 33.2 points per game.