The only year the Big 12 hasn’t at least tied for the most points scored over the last five seasons was in 2010.
The conference that led the way that season, you ask? That was the (allegedly) defensive-minded SEC, whose teams scored an average of 31 points per game that year.
50-POINT CLUB: A pair of programs topped the 50-point mark on average this season.
Louisiana Tech, which surprisingly missed out on a bowl game, led the country with an eye-popping 51.5 points per game. The Bulldogs scored at least 44 points in all but one of their games, a 28-14 win at New Mexico State on Oct. 27.
Despite all the points, and a memorable near-miss in a 59-57 loss to Texas A&M on Oct. 13, Louisiana Tech’s season will likely be best remembered for the bowl game that wasn’t.
DUCKS CALLING: Oregon was the other team to top the half-century mark.
The Ducks averaged 50.8 points per game this season, though that number could have been much higher were it not for coach Chip Kelly’s kindly ways.
Oregon led by significant margins in several of its games this season before shutting things down. That included taking a 50-3 second-quarter lead over Arkansas State in its season opener before “settling” for a 57-34 win.
The Ducks scored at least 41 points in all but one of their games this season. That, of course, was their only loss _ a 17-14 setback to Stanford.
EXTRA POINTS: Marshall quarterback Rakeem Cato topped several of the passing categories to end the regular season, including passing yards per game (350.1). … Baylor quarterback Nick Florence led the country in total offense, averaging 387.7 yards _ gaining 4,121 through the air and another 531 on the ground. … Florence narrowly topped Heisman Trophy hopeful Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, who averaged 383.3 total yards per game. … Arizona sophomore Ka’Deem Carey topped the regular season with an average of 146.4 yards rushing per game, 1,757 total, though Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch finished with the most yards (1,771) rushing.