Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BIG 12 FOOTBALL ; League Has 4 Teams with 100-Yard Receiver, 100-Yard Rusher

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

BIG 12 FOOTBALL ; League Has 4 Teams with 100-Yard Receiver, 100-Yard Rusher

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Baylor often makes reference to itself as (hash)WRU - or Wide Receiver U.

While generally an apt description for the fifth-ranked Bears with their big-play receivers, that doesn't tell the full story for Baylor or the Big 12 Conference. Big 12 teams certainly know how to throw the ball down the field, with four of the nation's top eight passing offenses. But they can also run.

Baylor, fourth-ranked TCU, No. 23 West Virginia and Texas Tech all have at least one running back averaging 100 yards per game to go with a receiver gaining more than 100 yards a game.

That is four Big 12 teams with such 100-100 duos. Indiana, with the Big Ten's top receiver and rusher, is the only other team in a Power Five conference with a double threat like that. Notre Dame has a dynamic duo, too.

"If you watch the whole game film and look at the whole numbers, it's not like it's 80-20 pass, it's more around 55-45, 60-40 pass to run, Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "Teams in this league do a good job mixing it up, and the run really does set up a lot of the big plays.

A look at the 100-100 duos or, in some cases, trios in the Big 12:

BAYLOR

While the Bears have become well-known under coach Art Briles for their receivers, including Corey Coleman (Big 12-best 153.3 yards per game, FBS-best eight touchdowns), they also have the nation's top rushing offense with 379.7 yards per game. They are the most balanced team in the league, splitting their nation's best 767 total yards a game almost evenly through the air and on the ground. Shock Linwood's 121 yards rushing per game top the Big 12, while Terence Williams gains 101.7 yards per game. Surprisingly, Baylor throws on only 39 percent of its plays only Texas and Kansas State pass less but has a three-TD receiver in every game so far.

WEST VIRGINIA

Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen strives for being as balanced as possible. …

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