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AUSTIN, Texas -- The worst job in football? Big 12 defensive coordinator.Just ask TCU coach Gary Patterson.The worst job maybe in America right now is the defensive coordinator, especially in the Big 12, Patterson said this week after his Horned Frogs gave up 52 points in a loss to Oklahoma. Basically youre going to make about 70 calls in 20 seconds and youre going to be evaluated every seven days, and by the next day whether you did a very good job or not.The Horned Frogs arent alone. Big 12 defenses are suffering every week.Eight of the leagues 10 teams rank No. 77 or lower nationally in total defense as the yards and points come in bunches. Six rank No. 67 or lower in scoring allowed. Four of those -- Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech and Texas -- all surrender more than 35 points or more per game.And it could get worse.Most of those ugly stats were built against non-conference opponents. The leagues high-powered offenses are just getting warmed up as only Baylor and Oklahoma State have played more than one conference game.The outlier in all those missed tackles and wide open scoring passes is Kansas State, which ranks No. 4 in total defense but struggles to score. If the Wildcats can just figure out how to punch in a few touchdowns, they could run away with the league.After two straight losses giving up 50 and 49 points, Texas coach Charlie Strong had seen enough . He demoted coordinator Vance Bedford and will call defenses himself this week against Oklahoma.Bedford may be relieved to not be charged with defending fast-tempo offenses that spread the field, put a premium on open-field tackling and barely give defenders, or game officials, a chance to breathe.For some coaches, its not the game they love.Its beyond ridiculous. The way (offenses) run to the line of scrimmage and the referee has to run out of there to snap the football. To me, thats not football, Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. What theyre doing to football is tough, its difficult. I dont even know what to call it anymore; I really dont.The Big 12 has had breakneck offenses for years, of course -- it just seems that the defenses havent caught up. The last time a Big 12 team ranked in the top 10 in total defense was in 2010, when Texas was No. 6 (TCU was No. 1 that season but didnt join the league until 2012).The Longhorns were No. 3 in total defense in 2009 when they played for the national title. When Oklahoma won the 2000 national championship, the Sooners had a top 10 unit peppered with big-time playmakers.Those days of rockem, sockem Big 12 defenses are ancient history, Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said.Defensive statistics are not what they used to be and theyre not ever going to go back to the way it used to be, Gundy said. His Cowboys beat Texas 49-31 in a game that passed 1,000 yards of total offense.Offenses play fast ... Theres more speed on the perimeter ... (And) were back in a trend here where weve got fantastic quarterbacks playing in this league. When that happens, theyre going to run up 400-500 yards. Thats just the way it is, Gundy said.The league does have some gunslingers. TCUs Kenny Hill, Texas Techs Patrick Mahomes and Oklahoma States Mason Rudolph all rank in top the top 10 nationally in passing.But Big 12 defenses have been beaten up all around the country this season:- Texas has surrendered more than 500 yards and three or more touchdown passes three times in the first four games, while forcing just one turnover with no interceptions.- Texas Tech allowed Arizona States Kalen Ballage to score an NCAA record-tying eight touchdowns in a 68-55 loss. Ballage has scored just two more touchdowns in the Sun Devils four other games.- Defending Big 12 champion Oklahoma, which made the College Football Playoff last season, has given up 91 points in its last two games.When the Longhorns and Sooners play their annual rivalry game in Dallas on Saturday, the loser will come out 2/3 and facing a furious fan base. After two losing seasons, Strong is under enormous pressure to win this season or risk losing his job.A defensive coordinator at Florida when the Gators won two national titles, Strong is betting on himself to turn around Texas defense and season.I dont think its desperate measures, Strong said. Ive done it before. I see where I can help. Sometimes you need new energy and eyes.---AP Sports Writers Cliff Brunt, Stephen Hawkins and John Raby contributed. Cheap NFL Jerseys China . -- Quarterback Will Finch threw for 252 yards and three touchdowns, and Yannick Harou rushed in two scores as the No. Wholesale Adidas Hockey Jerseys . 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Its the second straight game Bell has scored in extra time for Kelowna, which beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 6-5 on Friday, and he now has four game-winning goals on the season.TAMPA, Fla. -- Doug Martin doesnt believe in the so-called sophomore jinx. Tampa Bays second-year running back rushed for 1,454 yards and scored 12 touchdowns as a rookie, and the Buccaneers believe hes capable of performing even better in 2013. Especially with two of the teams best players -- guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph -- returning from injuries to strengthen the offensive line. Martin finished third in the NFL behind Adrian Peterson and Calvin Johnson with 1,926 total yards from scrimmage in 2012. He was fourth in rushing behind Peterson, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch and Jamal Charles after being selected with the 31st overall pick of last years draft. Now, hes eager to build on that success. "Im more confident in what Im doing out there. I cant wait for the season to start," Martin said following practice during the teams three-day mandatory minicamp. "Theres a lot of room to improve. Its the second year in this system," the former Boise State standout said. "Getting a second year under our belt, everyone looks pretty comfortable." The Bucs traded up to select the 5-foot-9, 215-pound Martin late in the first round of the draft, confident that he had the size and toughness to be an every-down back as a pro. After a relatively quiet first six weeks of his rookie season, Martin burst into the spotlight with a 29-carry, 135-yard performance in a nationally televised Thursday night game against Petersons Minnesota Vikings. He also turned one of his three pass receptions into a 64-yard touchdown. The following week he averaged 10 yards per carry while running for 251 yards and four TDs to key another road victory at Oakland. The team-record output included touchdown bursts of 45, 67 and 70 yards, making him the first player in NFL history to score three rushing TDs of 45 or more yards in the same game. "Every day he comes in and gives it his best," quarterback Josh Freeman said, adding the return this season of Nicks and Joseph, should give Martin a chance to be even more effective in 2013. "Having Carl and Davin back and healthy, thats going to make a huge diffference," Freeman added.dddddddddddd"Im not saying youre expecting a drop-off or anything, but those are two All Pro-calibre guys coming back, and I know theyre really hungry, really eager to get back on the field." The soft-spoken running backs success as a rookie may have surprised some people, but not coach Greg Schiano, who has likened Martins style to that of Baltimores Ray Rice, who played for Schiano at Rutgers. As part of his preparation for the upcoming season, Martin has been watching film of some of the all-time great NFL running backs, including Jim Brown and Walter Payton. "Theyre relentless runners," Martin said. "What I learn from watching them is it took three or four guys to bring them down. Dont let one guy bring you down, just always run hard." As good as Martin was as a rookie, Schiano said he -- and the entire offence for that matter -- figures to benefit from a second year in the Bucs system. "Absolutely," Schiano said. "If you look at him, I think he looks better now than he did this time last year -- physically, understanding-wise, all those things. I think theres another level for him for sure." Freeman became Tampa Bays first 4,000-yard passer in 2012, Vincent Jackson had 72 receptions for 1,384 and eight touchdowns, and Martin had five 100-yard games and broke the teams rookie rushing record. To cap it off, Martin was selected to play in the Pro Bowl. 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