Big 12 Conference filled with action this week

MORGANTOWN – Coming off of back-to-back losses the University of Texas (1-2, 0-0 Big 12) and its embattled head coach Mack Brown enter Big 12 Conference play against a Kansas State (2-1, 0-0 Big 12) program which has had the Longhorns’ number of late.

“It was just inconsistency,” Brown said during Monday’s Big 12 Teleconference. “We didn’t start out as well as we needed to.”

Texas is coming off of a 44-23 setback at the hands of SEC member Mississippi State.

“We’ve got to go back and show them (the players) what they need to improve upon. We’ve got to pound the positives and let them understand that we’re not as far away (from being a good team) as it seems to be.”

Adding to that problem, however, is a Wildcat team that has had an extra week to prepare for their conference opener.

“Our players are more concerned with our own preparations that what has happened in the past,” head coach Bill Snyder said. “What I see (in Texas) are players that are playing hard. A scheme that is working. I see them getting closer to the way they want to play.”

Elsewhere around the 10-team conference:

At Baylor: The unbeaten, and high-scoring, Bears play host to UL-Monroe after having the week off following their 70-13 thumping of Buffalo.

Junior running back Lache Seastrunk continues to lead the conference in rushing, averaging 130.5 yards per game while quarterback Bryce Petty is second only to Texas Tech’s Baker Mayfield with an average of 325 passing yards per outing.

At Kansas: Head coach Charlie Weis is still looking for answers following the Jayhawks’ 23-14 loss to Rice a week ago.

Enter a Louisiana Tech program that lost by a 29-0 count the last time the two teams met in 2008.

Quarterback Jake Heaps’ 77-yard touchdown pass to Tony Pierson was the longest of each of their careers. It was also the longest passing play by the Jayhawks since 2007.

At Texas Tech: After winning his first Big 12 Conference game last weekend – a 20-10 win over then-No. 24 TCU – head coach Kliff Kingsbury leads Tech against instate foe Texas State.

Junior running back Kenny Williams’ 50-yard touchdown pass from Baker Mayfield was the longest TD reception of his career. The previous was a 24-yarder.

After three games, Mayfield leads the Big 12 in passing yards per game (332.0) and total offense (362.7).

At West Virginia: The Mountaineers (2-1, 0-1 Big 12) play their final non-conference game of the year when they take on border state rival Maryland (3-0) at Ravens Stadium in Baltimore.

Sophomore Nick O’Toole dropped to fourth place in the Big 12 in punting with an average of 44.3 yards per attempt.

Open dates: Unbeatens Oklahoma State (3-0, 0-0) and Oklahoma (3-0, 1-0) have the weekend off as does winless Iowa State (0-2).

In other news:

  • Through the first three weeks of the 2013 season, five teams have started quarterbacks that did not start in the season opener.
  • Six Big 12 teams are ranked or receiving votes in one of the two national polls. With Texas Tech entering the AP rankings this week, fifty percent of teams have achieved a Top 25 ranking this season.
  • Baylor leads the nation in total offense and the Big 12 has 60 percent of its team in the top 50. The Bears are also the NCAA leader in passing offense.
  • Nine Big 12 players are averaging over 100 all-purpose yards a game.
  • Big 12 Players of the Week are offense: Blake Bell (Oklahoma); defense: Kip Daily (K-State) and special teams: Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State).