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In 26 Conference games this season, 20 teams that have committed the most turnovers have lost. Only Kansas and Colorado have won committing more turnovers.

Winning teams in Conference play have committed a combined 30 turnovers while losing teams have made a combined 78 turnovers.

Nebraska (freshman Cody Green) and Texas Tech (red shirt freshman Seth Doege) each started new quarterbacks. This season, 21 different quarterbacks have started for Big 12 teams. Last season, 15 different quarterbacks started in the Big 12. Only Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M have started the same quarterback in every game.

Eight non-offensive touchdowns were scored Saturday (one kickoff return, four interception returns, two fumble recoveries/returns and one blocked punt return).

Non-conventional scoring

Texas had two interception returns for touchdowns against Oklahoma State Saturday night. For the season, the Longhorns have nine non-offensive touchdowns, the most in Division I-A.

Player                          Type of TD                 Opponent

D.J. Monroe                89-yard kickoff           Louisiana-Monroe

Jordan Shipley         46-yard punt return     Texas Tech

D.J. Monroe              91-yard kickoff return  UTEP

Ben Wells                 3-yard blocked punt    Colorado

Earl Thomas             92-yard interception    Colorado

Jordan Shipley          74-yard punt return     Colorado

Malcolm Williams       blocked punt               Missouri

Curtis Brown              77-yard interception    Oklahoma State

Earl Thomas                31-yard interception    Oklahoma State

Baylor (3-5, 0-4; at Missouri, 1 p.m.)
Receiver Kendall Wright continued his streak of catching at least one pass to 20 consecutive games (each game of his career).

Cornerback Clifton Odom had his first career interception and first career touchdown.

Baylor has lost four consecutive games on Halloween and is 4-8 overall on the holiday. The Bears' last victory on Halloween came in 1936.

The Bears have lost 23 consecutive games when trailing at halftime. Nebraska led 20-0 at the break.

The Bears have been out-scored 65-10 in the first half of four Big 12 games.

Baylor's only touchdown came on an interception return. The last time the Bears failed to score on offensive touchdown in a Conference game was Oct. 13, 2007 at Kansas.

Colorado (2-6, 1-3; vs. Texas A&M, 12:30 p.m., Fox College Sports)
Receiver Scotty McKnight had nine receptions and extended his regular-season streak of catching a pass to 32 games.

Safety Benjamin Burney's 78-yard interception return for a touchdown was Colorado's first non-offensive TD this season.

In four games at Folsom Field, Colorado opponents have converted just 17-of-65 third downs (26.2 percent).

Colorado has allowed an opponent to score a touchdown on its opening drives in four games but Missouri was the first Big 12 foe to get a TD on its opening possession.

The Buffaloes' defense is allowing an average of 70.5 yards in the third quarter.

Colorado has allowed three touchdown plays of 70-plus yards.

CU allowed eight sacks in a game for the first time since 1984.

Iowa State (5-4, 2-3; vs. Oklahoma State, 2:30 p.m., ABC)

The Cyclones are 1-9 against Texas A&M.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Jerome Tiller, making his second career start, had career highs for attempts (27) and completions (18).

Kicker Grant Mahoney has made a field goal in 14 consecutive games.

Receiver Josh Lenz had career highs in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (63).

Darius Darks had a career-high 65 receiving yards.

In the first carry of his Iowa State career, running back Bo Williams gained 44 yards.

Kansas (5-3, 1-3; at Kansas State, 11:30 a.m., Versus)

Receiver Dezmon Briscoe extended his streak of catching at least four passes to 11 consecutive games. He had his fifth 100-yard receiving game.

In four Big 12 games, Kansas has scored just nine first-quarter points and has failed to score in the opening period in its last two games.

Freshman Bradley McDougald became the first Kansas player with an interception and a reception in the same game since Aqib Talib in 2007.

Kansas has had at least five sacks in three games this season.

Freshman running back Toben Opurum recorded his ninth rushing touchdown.

Kansas State (5-4, 3-2; vs. Kansas, 11:30 a.m., Versus)

Brandon Banks now holds the Big 12 record for most kickoff returns in a season (four) and in a career (five). His five kickoff returns in his career is one short of the NCAA record and his four in one season is also one shy of equaling the single-season NCAA mark.

Banks had a career-high 351 all-purpose yards, equaling the school record set by Darren Sproles in 2004.

Banks returned six kickoffs for a career-high 195 yards.

In his career, Banks has 953 kickoff return yards on 30 attempts (31.8 per return).

Keithen Valentine has six touchdowns this season; he had one last season - on Kansas State's first offensive play of 2008.

Running backs Daniel Thomas and Valentine have combined for 1,295 yards on 236 carries (5.5 yards per attempt).

Kansas State has not won at Oklahoma since 1997.

Josh Cherry has made five consecutive field goal attempts after starting the season missing five of his first seven.

Missouri (5-3, 1-3; vs. Baylor, 1 p.m.)
When Colorado kicker Aric Goodman kicked a 48-yard field goal in the second quarter, it ended a streak of 139 consecutive points that Missouri had scored against the Buffs. The Tigers scored the last 48 points against CU in 2007, had a 58-0 shutout last season and scored the first 33 points Saturday. Colorado went 136:03 in game time without scoring against Mizzou.

The Tigers scored a touchdown on its opening possession for the first time this season.

Prior to scoring 21 points in the first quarter against Colorado, Missouri had scored 33 points in the opening quarter of its previous seven games.

First-year Missouri kicker Grant Ressel has made 12 of his 13 field goal attempts and all 19 of his extra points.

Missouri's eight sacks were the most since it has had in a game since 2006 against New Mexico.

In four Big 12 games, Missouri has scored a total of six points in the second half.

Nebraska (5-3, 2-2; vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m., ABC)

Freshman Cody Green started at quarterback, the first true freshman to start at QB

since Tommie Frazier started on Oct. 24, 1992 at Missouri. Green and Frazier are the

only freshmen to start at quarterback in Nebraska history.

Sophomore defensive tackle Jared Crick had a school record five sacks. He tied the school record for tackles for losses (seven).

Freshman Eric Martin blocked a punt and redshirt freshman Justin Blatchford returned it 25 yards for a touchdown. It was the Huskers' first blocked punt for a touchdown since 2004.

Junior kicker Alex Henery is 11-of-13 on field goals this season and 37-of-42 in his career. He has made 24 consecutive field goals inside 50 yards.

The Huskers are plus-8 in turnover margin in their five victories and minus-12 in turnover margin in their three losses.

Nebraska has held seven consecutive opponents to fewer than 280 yards.

The Huskers have failed to score an offensive touchdown in 16 of 20 quarters against teams from Bowl Championship Series automatic qualifier conferences.

Nebraska is 17-1 in games played on Halloween.

Oklahoma (5-3, 3-1; at Nebraska, 7 p.m., ABC)
Over his last three games, redshirt freshman quarterback Landry Jones has completed 76 passes for 796 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sophomore receiver Dejuan Miller had career highs in receptions (nine) and receiving yards (94).

Oklahoma extended its home winning streak to 28 games. The Sooners have won 48 of their last 49 home games.

The Sooners have not allowed a point in the first quarter in their last 10 games. Oklahoma has outscored its opponents 79-0 in the first quarter.

OU took four plays to score its first touchdown. The Sooners have nine scoring drives of five or fewer plays this season.

Oklahoma has at least one interception in the last six games and 11 picks during that span.

Oklahoma State (6-2, 3-1; at Iowa State, 2:30 p.m., ABC)

Beau Johnson's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was the second rushing touchdown allowed by Texas.

Redshirt freshman receiver Justin Blackmon had career highs in receptions (four) and receiving yards (38).

The attendance of 58,516 was a record for an Oklahoma State game. The school has had six of its top 11 crowds this season in expanded and renovated Boone Pickens Stadium.

The Cowboys rushed for 134 yards, the most Texas has allowed this season.

Oklahoma State is 2-22 against Texas.

Texas (8-0, 5-0; vs. Central Florida, 11 a.m., FSN)

Colt McCoy is 40-7 as a starting quarterback. He is in second place on the NCAA's list for career victories behind Georgia's David Greene (42 victories).

Four of Jordan Shipley's six first-half receptions produced first downs.

Curtis Brown intercepted the first pass of his career and returned it 77 yards for the first touchdown of his career.

Sophomore safety Blake Gideon recorded his fourth interception of the season and his career. He also recovered the first fumble of his career.

 

Texas has held its last five opponents to 14 or fewer points. Only twice in eight games has a UT opponent scored more than 14 points.

The Longhorns have forced 26 turnovers, 10 more than they forced last season.

 

Texas A&M (5-3, 2-2; at Colorado, 12:30 p.m., Fox College Sports)

In two games against Iowa State the last two seasons, Aggies quarterback Jerrod Johnson has accounted for eight touchdowns (six by pass, two by rush). Johnson has completed 54 of 67 passes (80.6 percent for 615 yards) against the Cyclones.

Sophomore running back Cyrus Gray had his second consecutive 100-yard rushing day. He had 119 yards on 21 carries against Iowa State. The previous week against Texas Tech, Gray gained 131 yards on the ground.

Von Miller, the nation's sack leader, had one against Iowa State to increase his season total to 13.5.

The 25-point margin of victory over Iowa State was A&M's largest in a Big 12 game since a 39-point win (62-23) against Oklahoma State in 2005 at Kyle Field.

The Aggies didn't punt for the first time in 30 games. The last time A&M didn't punt in a game came against Louisiana-Monroe in 2007.

A&M had three penalties for 25 yards. That matched the Aggies' season low (three penalties for 25 yards against Utah State).

The Aggies have won consecutive Big 12 games by 20 points for the first time since 2002 when they won at Baylor (41-0) and at Kansas (47-22).

Texas Tech (6-3, 3-2; idle, at Oklahoma State Nov. 14)
Texas Tech has won four consecutive games against Kansas and is 11-1 overall against the Jayhawks.

Mike Leach has won 82 games as Texas Tech coach. He's now tied with Spike Dykes as the school's all-time winningest head coach.

Leach is 30-8 in his career following a loss.

Texas Tech went 3-0 against North Division foes Kansas State, Nebraska and Kansas. The Red Raiders outscored those three teams 139-45.

Texas Tech won on Halloween for the first time since a 3-0 victory over Rice in 1970.

Seth Doege became the first redshirt freshman to start at quarterback during the Mike Leach Era.

Junior running back Baron Batch became the first Texas Tech player with four rushing touchdowns since Taurean Henderson had four scores on the ground in 2005.

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