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VIDEO: Texas QB Shane Buechele went deep to a receiver on a jet ski too

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OH, did you think Mason Rudolph of Oklahoma State was the only Big 12 gunslinger who could hit a target on a jet ski? Well, think again!

Texas quarterback Shane Buechele also took a moment to show he was fully capable of hitting his target on a jet ski at a lake this Memorial Day weekend, and his attempt may have been more impressive than Rudolph’s. While Rudolph managed to hit a receiver on a jet ski that appeared to come to a stop, Buechele went deep to a jet ski receiver seeming to be moving away. That picks up some points in the competition for most impressive offseason viral trick video.

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If Buechele can hit his mark on the move like that on the football field, then he may have enough to make a push for the starting job with the Longhorns this fall.

This also appears to be a tradition for Texas quarterbacks. Remember when Colt McCoy hit Jordan Shipley on a motor boat? Brent Musburger enjoyed it, of course the difficulty level has ramped up on shots like this over the years.

That McCoy to Shipley stunt on a boat looks like child’s play compared to what quarterbacks are doing today. But McCoy still managed to be pretty successful on the field as well.

Now that we have seen this jet ski act a few times now, it is time to raise the bar, college quarterbacks.

Texas, UCLA interested in star FCS QB Vernon Adams

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Regardless of whether Vernon Adams can make the transition from the FCS to the FBS, Oregon will have some competition for the quarterback’s services.

The Eastern Washington star’s high school coach, Dean Herrington, told The Oregonian that, in addition to Oregon, Texas and UCLA have called him expressing interest in the potential transfer. “They want him,” Herrington said of the Longhorns and Bruins.

That said, Herrington fully expects his former player to opt for the Ducks when it comes time to pull the trigger on a transfer. As for a timeline on a decision, the high school coach said “[i]t’ll be sooner rather than later,” adding that Adams is “definitely not trying to drag this out for weeks.”

Jan. 28, it was reported that Adams would be visiting Oregon as he was contemplating a transfer. It’s unclear if he will visit any other schools that have called expressing interest.

The day after reports first surfaced about Adams’ interest in moving up the college football ladder, EWU released a statement acknowledging that it had granted the player permission to explore a potential move.

Regardless of where he actually ends up, Adams certainly has the credentials to come in and compete for a starting job immediately as he would be a grad transfer.

In a 49-46 win over Oregon State in 2013, Adams accounted for 518 yards of offense and six total touchdowns — 411 and four passing, 107 and two rushing.  A year later, Adams passed for 475 yards in a 59-52 loss to Washington.

Over the past two seasons, Adams has thrown for 90 touchdowns and ran for another 10.  In 2013, he was runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS.  He was a finalist for the same award in 2014.

Oregon and UCLA are both looking to replace long-time starters in Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley, respectively, while Texas is simply looking for someone to be a standout — or even passable — at the position for the first time since Colt McCoy’s eligibility expired following the 2009 season.  Regardless of where he ends up, Adams won’t be a participant in spring practice at his new home as he won’t graduate from EWU until May.

J.T. Barrett’s high school coach takes jabs at Texas QB situation

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It’s not exactly a state — or national — secret that Texas has been mired in uncertainty and mediocrity at the quarterback position since Vince Young led them to their last national championship in 2005 and Colt McCoy used up his eligibility following the 2009 season.  Conversely, Ohio State has an embarrassment of riches at the position, with three quarterbacks who are of Heisman-caliber.

One of of those three, J.T. Barrett, played his high school football in the state of Texas.  Barrett’s coach in Wichita Falls (Tex.), Marc Bindel, discussed the recruitment of his former player with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and didn’t hold back in criticizing the flagship football program in his state.

“I was, at the time, a big Texas fan,” Bindel said. “I wasn’t really happy with the way (Barrett) got treated. I felt like they mislead him a little bit and they chose to go Tyrone Swoopes and not offer J.T. I don’t know if J.T. would have gone there had he not gotten offered, but Texas, I don’t feel like handled the situation the right way.

“They don’t have a quarterback and Ohio State has three.”

One, ouch. Two, there are a couple of caveats to the criticism.

First, it was Mack Brown and his offensive coaching staff that were in charge of the Longhorns during Barrett’s recruitment leading up to National Signing Day in 2013. It was Brown, not the new regime, that opted for Swoopes (No. 13 dual-threat QB, No. 36 player in the state of Texas) over Barrett (No. 7 dual-threat QB, No. 20 player in the state).

Secondly, Brown’s replacement, Charlie Strong, is looking to change the outlook at the position. While it remains to be seen whether Swoopes is the answer, Strong signed four-star prospect Jerrod Heard (No. 7 dual-threat QB) in his first UT class and has a second four-star commitment, Zach Gentry (No. 3 pro-style QB), for this year’s class.

That said, “they don’t have a quarterback and Ohio State has three” has got to leave a big ol’ Texas-sized mark on the storied program, regardless of the circumstances that played into UT’s present reality.

Week 13, Statistically Speaking

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A statistical snapshot of the week that was in college football…

.592 – Winning percentage of visiting teams in Pac-12 road games (29-20) this season. The six teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah and USC) have a combined overall road record of 23-6 (.793).

.815 — Ohio State’s winning percentage (97-22) in Big Ten play since 2000, the highest league winning percentage among all Power Five schools.  Oklahoma 99-24 is next at .805.

.933 — Career field-goal percentage for Florida State’s Robert Aguayo (42-45).  The all-time career mark, for at least 45 attempts per the 2014 FBS record book, was .900 (45-50) by Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brett Baer (2009-12). The career mark, for at least 55 attempts, is .895 (68-76) by Nebraska’s Alex Henery (2007-10).

0 — Touchbacks this season for Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal, the only player in the Top 25 in punting average who can make that claim.

1 — 400-yard passing games for Jake Waters in his career, the lone one coming in Kansas State’s win over West Virginia Thursday night (400 even).  Waters had only one previous 300-yard game, that coming in November of last year against Oklahoma (348).

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1 — Kickers at the FBS level who have yet to miss a field goal attempt (minimum eight attempts) this season: Maryland’s Brad Craddock (17-17).  Craddock has made 23 straight attempts dating back to 2013, the longest current streak at the FBS level and third-longest in Big Ten history.

1.2 — Yards per play Savannah State averaged in its 64-0 loss to BYU.  The Cougars limited the Tigers to 40 yards passing on 28 attempts and 23 yards rushing on the same number of attempts.

4 — FBS teams currently undefeated in conference play:

Florida State (ACC, 8-0)
Georgia Southern (Sun Belt, 7-0)
Marshall (Conference USA, 7-0)
Ohio State (Big Ten, 7-0)

5 — Consecutive games Auburn allowed 30 or more points prior to playing Samford, the first time that’s ever happened in the history of the football program.

5 — Number of undefeated home seasons in the history of Utah State football: 1968 (4-0), 1972 (5-0), 1982 (4-0), 2012 (6-0) and 2014 (6-0).

6 — Total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) for Colorado State’s Dee Hart in a win over New Mexico, the second-highest single-game total in Mountain West History.

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For once, Texas-OU overshadowed inside Lone Star State

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The Texas-Oklahoma game is the biggest annual sporting event in the state of Texas, and has lived up to that billing for the last decade in a half. Either the Longhorns or the Sooners have been entered the game ranked for the 17th consecutive seasons, and both squads have been ranked 12 times in those seven years.

Beyond that, four of the past 14 meetings have seen both squads ranked inside the top five. Not only is it the biggest game in Texas, it’s often the biggest game in the country.

That, however, will not be the case this coming Saturday. Oklahoma heads to the Cotton Bowl ranked 11th nationally, smarting after Saturday’s 37-33 loss to then No.25 and current No. 9 TCU. And they’re in much better shape than their Red River counterparts, who arrive Saturday at 2-3 on the year and fresh off a 28-7 loss to No. 5 Baylor. The days of Mack Brown vs. Bob StoopsChris Simms vs. Roy WilliamsVince Young vs. Adrian Peterson and Colt McCoy vs. Sam Bradford are gone, in favor of the much less anticipated duel between Trevor Knight and Tyrone Swoopes.

Coincidentally, No. 9 TCU visits No. 5 Baylor an hour and a half south of Dallas in what will be the undoubtedly the state’s biggest game of the day – and the second biggest game nationally behind No. 2 Auburn at No. 3 Mississippi State.

As if that wasn’t enough, Texas-OU isn’t even the second biggest game in the state of Texas on Saturday. That distinction goes to No. 3 Ole Miss at No. 14 Texas A&M Saturday night in College Station.

What used to be the state and the Big 12 Conference’s biggest game of the season is now just the third biggest game of October 11.

Oh, how times have changed.