Saturday, by the numbers

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-8California had compiled a total of negative-eight offensive yards throughthe first quarter of its game with USC.

1No. 5 Nebraska trailed in a game for the first time against Texas onSaturday, when the Longhorns’ placekicker Justin Tucker nailed a 28-yard field goal. Italso suffered its first loss of the year.

7There were a combined seven turnovers–four by Russell Wilson–in Saturday’s game between East Carolina and North Carolina State. The Pirates won the game33-27 in overtime.

7If you thought the above statistic was pathetic, then don’t finish reading this one–Duke turned the ball over seven times itself against Miami (FL) in a 28-13 loss.There were two turnovers by the ‘Canes, as well.

13 TCU’s defense surrendered an astounding 13 total offensive yards toBYU’s offense on Saturday. The Horned Frogs scored two late first-half touchdowns to go up 17-0. The Cougars finished with just 147 total offensive yards.

15 Oklahoma wide receiver Ryan Broyles caught 15 passesSaturday for 182 yards and a score against Iowa State. Broyles broke his own Sooner record forreceptions in a game with the new total.

19 A total of 19 different receivers caught passes in East Carolina’s win overthe Wolfpack of N.C. State.

29 Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann (31) had 29 morecarries than backup quarterback Jordan Lynch (2), but just 15 more rushing yards thanksto a 90-yard touchdown run by Lynch.

31.6 In Texas’ win over No. 5 Nebraska, three quarterbacks–Garrett Gilbert, TaylorMartinez, and Zac Lee–combined for a completion percentage of 31.6%.

42 The Trojans of USC put up 42 points on California’s defense in thefirst half Saturday. Quarterback Matt Barkley is putting together an honest case forthe Heisman. Barkley added five touchdowns through the first two quarters to become the firstquarterback to reach 20 passing touchdowns this year.

49 Virginia Tech put up 49 points on Wake Forest’s defense in the first halfof Saturday’s matchup, with quarterback Tyrod Taylor and running back DarrenEvans literally exchanging seven touchdowns. The Hokies piled up 430 offensive yards inthe first half.

51 Shawn Powell of Florida State punted five times Saturday against BostonCollege, averaging an amazing 51.0 yards per punt.

108 No. 7 Auburn beat No. 12 Arkansas on Saturday by a final score of 65-43, a totalof 108 points.

165 Georgia’s defense limited Vanderbilt’s offense to a paltry 165 totaloffensive yards.

191 Boston College running back Montel Harris rushed for 191yards on 28 carries against Florida State.

207 Stud Cowboy receiver Justin Blackmon racked up 207 receivingyards for Oklahoma State Saturday against Texas Tech in a 34-17 win. Blackmon scored once on10 catches.

329 The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets racked up 329 rushing yards on 57rushes shared between 12 different players against Middle Tennessee State on Saturday.

413 Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillett rocked Ball State’s defensetoday for 413 total offensive yards–rushing for 188 yards and two scores on 35carries and passing for 225 yards and another three scores. The Eagles won its first game ofthe year 41-38 over the Cardinals.

Washington State’s leading receiver suspended for Colorado game after reportedly getting a tad angry

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While everybody on the Palouse is worried about Mike Leach following athletic director Bill Moos to Nebraska this week, a more pressing concern for Washington State is getting back on track and beating Colorado on Saturday night.

That might be just a tad bit tougher now because the school has suspended leading receiver Tavares Martin Jr.’s for one game following his actions subsequent to the team’s loss at Cal last Friday. The reason he won’t suit up when the Buffs roll into Pullman? It seems he got a tad angry, throwing a bit of a temper tantrum and skipping a practice.

“He was a little angry, saying things hadn’t gone his way the last couple of games. He broke a team rule and needs to be punished for that,” the receiver’s father, Tavares Martin Sr., told The Seattle Times. “He just made a mistake, and he had to pay a price for it. It was a miscommunication between him and the coaches. He was upset. He said he felt like he should have been more involved in that game.”

Martin Jr. leads the team in receiving yards (502) and touchdowns (seven) after starting all seven games this season. Despite that, he had just three catches in the Cougars’ 37-3 loss in Berkeley that caused them to tumble out of the top 10.

The Florida native reportedly apologized for his actions and was placed on the scout team in practices prior to playing Colorado. It seems the stiff lesson is being learned quickly though as he is expected to be back for Wazzu’s game at Arizona next Saturday — likely with a much different attitude.

Notre Dame LB Greer Martini out for USC game after knee procedure

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The greatest intersectional rivalry in college football between USC and Notre Dame is turning into a potential battle of walking wounded on defense. The latest name on the injury list? Irish linebacker Greer Martini.

The starter and team leader has been dealing with a knee injury he suffered in practice and while there was some thought he could be back for Saturday’s massive showdown with the team’s rivals from Los Angeles, that appears not to be the case. Indianapolis Star beat writer Laken Litman reported on Thursday afternoon that Brian Kelly confirmed after practice Martini would miss the game and that he had a surgical procedure to clean up an unspecified meniscus injury on his knee.

Martini is a captain on the team and the third leading tackler on the defense. In his absence, junior Te’von Coney likely slides into the starting lineup at linebacker. The good news might be that Martini could be back for an equally important game against N.C. State that could loom large in any College Football Playoff discussion next month.

The Trojans are dealing with the loss of defensive tackle Josh Fatu and linebacker Porter Gustin for this week’s trip to South Bend as well so both sides have a number of injuries that could hamper their ability to stop the run on Saturday. Given that the game will feature two of the best tailbacks in the country in Ronald Jones and Josh Adams, things could turn into a track meet come kickoff time on NBC.

Michigan State RB LJ Scott reportedly arrested (for a seventh time!) over driving without valid license

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It seems the tumultuous offseason that Mark Dantonio has experienced dating back to last year is not ending with the 2017 campaign being well underway for his Spartans. That’s because the Michigan State head coach is dealing with yet another headache, this time caused by star running back LJ ScottThe Lansing State Journal reports that Scott was arrested on Wednesday for driving on a suspended license.

Now you might say, oh that’s not that big of a deal all things considered. Generally you’d be correct depending on the circumstances. Yet in this case it kind of is a big deal because this is the seventh time — yes, seven times — Scott has been arrested for the same general offense. So yeah.

Per the LSJ:

‘Scott, 21, was arrested and later released on a personal recognizance bond, East Lansing Police spokesman Lt. Chad Connelly said Thursday. He declined to comment further because Scott has not yet been arraigned.

The charge carries up to a year in jail if Scott is convicted because he has at least one prior conviction on the same charge, which is typically a 93-day misdemeanor.’

What might be worse is that the junior has been cited for the same issue across two different states, including Michigan and his native Ohio. The first instance happened back in February 2016 according to the paper, but charges were dropped after a citation was issued and a fine paid. Scott got caught later in March 2016 when he was speeding, another time in April 2016 after being involved in a car crash, and yet again in July 2016 by campus police.

But wait, there’s more.

Scott was pulled over and charged again this past March and another time as recently as July. The LSJ does not have information as to why his license was suspended in the first place but we can offer a few guesses.

What might be even more infuriating for Dantonio and the coaching staff is that Scott just posted a career high against Minnesota (194 yards) and seemed to finally emerge as the primary ball carrier over senior Gerald Holmes and fellow junior Madre London.

The school had not released a statement regarding the matter but it’s probably safe to assume that the Spartans will be without Scott on Saturday when they play Indiana.

BYU, East Carolina add two games to football series in 2022 and 2024

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If you wanted to see BYU and East Carolina play some more football, congrats because this is your lucky day.

Prior to the Cougars’ trip to Greenville this week, the two schools announced on Thursday that they will be adding another two game set to their ongoing series. As these schedule announcements usually do, the dates are well into the future — with a game in Provo for Oct. 15, 2022 between the two teams and a return date for Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium back east on Oct. 19, 2024.

“We have enjoyed the opportunity to play teams from the American Athletic Conference, including the current series with East Carolina,” BYU athletics director Tom Holmoe said in a release. “ECU is a great matchup and it was an easy decision to schedule another series with them. It provides our team with a unique travel opportunity, and it gives Cougar fans who live in the southeast another opportunity to see us play.”

The two sides are wrapping up the first two game series on Saturday as BYU travels to East Carolina in a game where the teams combined record is a whopping 2-12. The Cougars won 45-38 last year in Utah during the first meeting.

The upcoming series gives ECU three non-conference opponents for both 2022 and 2024 as a result, and becomes the first team scheduled by BYU for the 2024 slate.