'By the Numbers' — New math for Vols

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1 — Number of offensive plays run by Oklahoma before Idaho State called its first timeout. For the record, the Sooners’ first play was a 34-yard completion from Landry Jones to Ryan Broyles (pictured).

3.5 — Margin of victory in the ACC’s two conference games so far this season (Miami over Florida State, 38-34; Georgia Tech over Clemson, 30-27).

4 — Ohio State drives that began on USC’s side of the field. The Buckeyes only came up with two field goals from those opportunities.

5 — Losses by Big 12 teams to opponents from non-automatic qualifier conferences so far this season. The rest of the BCS automatic qualifier conferences have combined for only four such losses.

5 — Interceptions this season by UCLA sophomore defensive back Rahim Moore, who incredibly had number six wiped out near the end of the Tennessee game due to a phantom offsides penalty.

7 — Most plays Virginia ran on any of its 14 possessions in a 30-14 loss at home to TCU. Six of those possessions were of the three-and-punt variety.

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329 — Rushing yards by Virginia Tech freshmen running backs in the 52-10 victory over Marshall. It was split evenly between David Wilson, who rushed for 165 of the yards, and Ryan Williams (pictured), who had the remaining 164.

456 — Yards passing by Texas Tech quarterback Taylor Potts in the blowout victory over Rice. Perhaps even more impressive is the fact that he distributed the football to 13 different receivers.

1,145 — Yards of total offense for Auburn in the first two games of the Gene Chizik era. Not too shabby, no matter who you’ve played.

1970 — The year that Auburn last racked up 500-plus yards in back-to-back games.

16,431 — Louisiana-Lafayette fans who saw their team beat Kansas State on a 48-yard field goal with 32 seconds left to lift the Ragin’ Cajuns to 2-0 for the first time since 1990.

2,550,000 — Dollars it will cost Colorado boosters to buyout the remaining three years of Dan Hawkins’ contract after the conclusion of the 2009 season . . . if he makes it to the end of the season.

Longtime UCLA staffer Angus McClure’s hire one of two announced by Nevada

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The departure of a longtime UCLA staffer has officially been confirmed.

Late last week, reports surfaced that Angus McClure was leaving UCLA for a position at Nevada.  Tuesday, the Mountain West Conference football program confirmed that McClure has been hired as Jay Norvell‘s new offensive line coach.

McClure had been with the Bruins since 2007, serving at various times as position coach for both sides of UCLA’s lines as well as special teams.  Most recently, McClure had served as recruiting coordinator for the Pac-12 school.

McClure and Norvell have a prior working relationship as they were both on the same staffs at Nebraska and UCLA.

In addition to McClure, David Lockwood was announced as Nevada’s new safeties coach.  Lockwood was on the UNLV staff last season after spending the previous three years as the cornerbacks coach at Arizona.

“I think we made our staff stronger with these two veteran hires,” Norvell said in a statement. “I’m excited about the experience and expertise that we have added to the Wolf Pack coaching staff.”

Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey passes away

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Former Kansas State head coach Jim Dickey passed away Saturday night. He was 84.

A Texas native, Dickey played quarterback at Houston in the 1950’s and started his coaching career as an assistant at his alma mater. From there he took assistant jobs at Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Kansas and North Carolina before landing the K-State job ahead of the 1978 season. He went 25-53-2 in seven-plus seasons on the job, which doesn’t look like much at first blush until one takes stock of where the Wildcat football program was at the time.

Dickey took Kansas State to the Independence Bowl in 1982, a 14-3 loss to Wisconsin, which was the first bowl appearance in program history. He was named the Big 8’s Coach of the Year for that season.

After back-to-back 3-win seasons in 1983 and ’84, he was let go after an 0-2 start to the 1985 campaign. The program would remain historically down until future College Football Hall of Famer Bill Snyder built the program up in the 1990’s.

Dickey finished out his career as an assistant on the pre-Steve Spurrier Florida teams before retiring in 1989. He lived at a rest home in Houston at the time of his passing, according to the Manhattan Mercury. Dickey’s son, Darrell Dickey, is the former head coach at North Texas and currently the offensive coordinator at Texas A&M.

Mario Cristobal reportedly reuniting with former assistant in Eugene

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The Oregon coaching staff is going to have a specific South Florida flavor to it. Head coach Mario Cristobal is a Miami native, a former Hurricanes player and assistant, and the former head coach at Florida International. On Tuesday, Cristobal moved to bring a fellow South Floridian with him to the Pacific Northwest.

According to Grant Traylor of the Huntington (W. Va.) Herald-Dispatch, Marshall offensive line coach Alex Mirabal is leaving the staff to reunite with Cristobal in Eugene.

Sports Illustrated‘s Bruce Feldman added Mirabal will work under Cristobal, who will handle the offensive line.

Mirabal is also a native of Miami and a Florida International graduate. He spent the first decade-plus of his career working in Miami’s high school ranks before joining Cristobal’s FIU staff as tight ends and later offensive line coach from 2007-12. He landed at Marshall in 2013 after Cristobal was forced out at FIU, where he remained until Tuesday.

Under Mirabal’s guidance, Marshall finished fourth nationally in sacks allowed at just 0.85 per game. Oregon finished 54th nationally in that same metric.

Trio of players transferring from Missouri

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As we trudge deeper into the college football offseason, roster attrition across the sport has shown no signs of slowing down.

It was confirmed Tuesday that three players have decided to take their leave of the Missouri football program.  Two of the departees are defensive backs (redshirt freshman Jerod Alton, redshirt sophomore TJ Warren) while the other is a wide receiver (redshirt junior Ray Wingo).

All three of the transferring players were three-star recruits coming out of high school.  Wingo, who moved to receiver after his redshirt season in 2014, was the highest-rated of the group, with 247Sports.com pegging him as the No. 24 cornerback in the country and the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Missouri.

After catching five passes for 143 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2016, Wingo didn’t record a reception at all in 2017.  He’ll finish the Mizzou portion of his playing career with 167 yards and those two touchdowns on his nine receptions.

Warren played in 18 games the past two seasons, including six last year.  He started one of those games, with that coming during the 2016 season.

Alton took a redshirt as a true freshman last season.