The final Big 12 Conference football statistics are now tabulated and circulated following last Friday’s Cotton Bowl, and West Virginia finished among the league leaders in several offensive categories.
Wide receiver Stedman Bailey
led the Big 12 in scoring touchdowns (150 points), was second in overall scoring (including kickers) and tied teammate Tavon Austin
in receptions with an average of 8.8 per game. The junior caught 114 passes for 1,622 yards and an NCAA best 25 touchdowns.
Bailey also finished second to Baylor’s Terrence Williams in receiving yardage with an average 124.8 yards per game. Williams averaged an impressive 140.9 yards per outing, catching 97 passes for 1,832 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2012.
Austin easily ranked first in all-purpose yardage with an average 223.8 yards per game, or more than 80 yards per game more than the 142.0 yards Williams averaged. Austin accumulated 2,910 all-purpose yards, including 1,289 through the air.
Quarterback Geno Smith
finished second to Baylor’s Nick Florence in total offense with an average of 335.0 yards per game; was second to Oklahoma State’s J.W. Walsh in passing efficiency with a 163.9 rating and was third in passing yardage with an average of 323.5 yards per contest.
Smith completed 369 of 518 passes for 4,205 yards and 42 touchdowns with only six interceptions.
Defensively, senior Josh Francis
was fourth in tackles for loss with an average of 1.15 per game, senior Terence Garvin
was fifth in sacks with six, and freshman safety Karl Joseph
finished fifth in total tackles with an average of 8.0 stops per game.
As a team, the Mountaineers were first in the Big 12 in passing efficiency with a 162.0 rating and also finished first in opponent penalty yardage with an average of 60.4 yards per game.
WVU was second to Kansas State in turnover margin at plus-seven. The Mountaineers were third in scoring offense with an average of 39.5 points per game and third in total offense with an average of 502 yards per game.
West Virginia owned two of the top three rushing performances in the Big 12 this year (Tavon Austin
’s 344 yards against Oklahoma and Andrew Buie
’s 207 yards against Texas), the No. 1 passing performance (Geno Smith
’s 656 yards against Baylor) and four of the top five receiving efforts (Stedman Bailey
’s 303 yards versus Baylor, 225 yards at Oklahoma State and 205 yards against Oklahoma, and Tavon Austin
’s 215 yards against Baylor).