Baylor's Defense vs. the Big 12

Reese Strickland-US PRESSWIRE

A short summary of how we've done in the Big 12 this season defensively. Not for the faint of heart.

Passing Rushing Total Offense First Downs Penalties
Rk Date Opponent Result Cmp Att Pct Yds TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg Pass Rush Pen Tot No. Yds Fum Int TO
4 2012-09-29 @ West Virginia L (63-70) 45 51 88.2 656 8 37 151 4.1 2 88 807 9.2 22 10 1 33 6 78 0 0 0
5 2012-10-13 Texas Christian L (21-49) 22 30 73.3 261 4 57 248 4.4 3 87 509 5.9 15 14 0 29 6 50 0 0 0
6 2012-10-20 @ Texas L (50-56) 19 31 61.3 274 1 44 251 5.7 7 75 525 7.0 11 14 2 27 5 52 0 0 0
7 2012-10-27 @ Iowa State L (21-35) 36 55 66.7 381 5 48 176 3.6 0 103 557 5.4 20 11 1 32 6 18 1 1 2
4 Games 122 167 73.1 1572 18 186 826 4.4 12 353 2398 6.8 68 49 4 121 23 198 1 1 2

Ok, those are our complete stats for conference play this season so far. I had to jury-rig last night's game since the table hasn't updated, but the totals are correct. I checked them twice.

As you can see, our defense has given up 2398 yards in 4 straight losses. That's 599.5 yards per game. Obviously that number is pulled upward significantly by the West Virginia game, but even without it the number would be over 530. That is an astronomical amount. We've never given up fewer than 500 yards or 5 yards per play, and we've yet to hold any starting QB under 60% in completions.

Speaking of Big 12 QBs, we've given up the following performances:
WVU -- Geno Smith -- 45/51 for 656 yards, 8 TDs, 0 INTs.
TCU -- Trevone Boykin -- 22/30 for 261 yards, 4 TDs, 0 INTs.
Texas -- David Ash -- 19/31 for 274 yards, 1 TD, 0 INTs.
Iowa State -- Steele Jantz -- 36/52 for 381 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT.

It's worth noting that since our game, Smith has a grand total of 686 passing yards in three games. He's only surpassed his total against us in the three games since by 30 yards. He also only has 6 TDs in those three games, 2 fewer than he had against us.

I think you get the point of what I did here. In Big 12 play this season, our defense hasn't been just bad, it's been amazingly so. I don't have the numbers, but I'd put that 4-game stretch against just about any in history in terms of futility. The worst part is that sans Kansas, these numbers are not all that likely to improve with Kansas State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Oklahoma remaining on the schedule, either. We as a program have to decide when all the information is in after the season whether this is acceptable or not. Put me in the camp that says "no way."

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