Big 12 notes: Offense, offense, more offense

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Big 12 players of the week

Offense: QB David Ash, Texas, right: Completed 19 of 23 passes for a career-high 326 yards and four touchdowns in the Longhorns' 66-31 win at Ole Miss. He had scoring passes of 69, 55 and 46 yards.

Defense: LB Joel Hasley, TCU: Aledo High School walk-on had a career-high 12 tackles, including eight solo and two sacks in the Frogs' 20-6 win at Kansas.

Special teams: KR Tyler Lockett, Kansas State: His 96-yard return for a score answered North Texas' early 7-0 lead and helped the Wildcats win 35-21. He had 119 yards on two returns and is second all-time at Kansas State with three career touchdown returns.

Passing fancy

Big 12 quarterbacks make up most of the top 10 list for national passing efficiency leaders through three weeks of the season. A look:

Rank, Player, School

G

C-Att.

Yds.

TD-INT

Rtg.

1. Casey Pachall, TCU

2

33-39

536

5-0

242.4

2. Geno Smith, W. Virginia

2

66-75

734

9-0

209.8

4. David Ash, Texas

3

55-72

703

7-0

190.5

5. J.W. Walsh, Okla. St.

3

34-51

496

6-1

183.3

6. Seth Doege, Texas Tech

3

75-101

858

12-1

182.8

9. Collin Klein, Kansas St.

3

43-59

609

5-2

180.8

Key stat

2Punts for Texas Tech in three games, the fewest in the nation. TCU and West Virginia are tied for second-fewest with three each in two games.

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Big 12 offenses were supposed to rule the roost in 2012 and so far they've done plenty of clucking.

Nowhere was this more evident than Texas' offensive explosion at Ole Miss on Saturday. The Longhorns (3-0) ran over the Rebels for 676 yards, the second-most in school history, and won 66-31. It's the most points for Texas since beating Colorado 70-3 in the 2005 Big 12 Championship game. Mississippi hadn't allowed that many points since 1917.

"The biggest difference Saturday was down the field we made some big plays and we were very balanced," Texas coach Mack Brown said. "[Quarterback David Ash] had by far his best game."

Ash, making his ninth career start, threw for 326 yards, including touchdowns of 69, 55 and 46 yards. The Longhorns also rushed for 350 yards, marking the third time in school history and first time on the road that Texas has gained more than 300 yards passing and rushing in a game.

"It's one of the things we've been talking about, offensively we're in a scoring league," Brown said. "And good defenses give up a lot of points in this league. That's just what it is. It has been that way and it's probably more unique than anybody else in the country because just about anybody in our league can score and they can score fast. That's one of the things we couldn't do in a couple of games last year and it really hurt us."

Five of the top eight FBS scoring teams are in the Big 12. The Southeastern Conference is the only other league with at least two teams in the top 10.

Seven Big 12 teams rank in the top 24 for total offense, including four of the top eight. Oklahoma State is averaging a nation-leading 686.7 yards in three games.

Tougher test

Baylor (2-0) has its hands full headed into a Friday night game at Louisiana-Monroe on ESPN. The Warhawks (1-1) have opened the season with an overtime win at Arkansas and a 31-28 overtime loss at Auburn.

"I think they're playing with a lot of effort, attitude, and they've got a lot of confidence right now," said Bears coach Art Briles. "You hope your players are always ready. If you didn't have the amount of respect for them that you should have, it certainly helped out."

Baylor has home wins against SMU and FCS Sam Houston State.

"We have a lot of respect for Louisiana-Monroe and [quarterback Colton Browning] as a player," Briles said. "This is going to be a good atmosphere. They're doing a whiteout. I think it will help prepare us for down the road in Big 12 play."

Stefan Stevenson

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