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.

Ex-LSU AD repeats claim Les Miles turned down Michigan, more money in 2011

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 03:  Head coach Les Miles of the LSU Tigers leads the team on to the field at Tiger Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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One of the biggest open secrets in all of college football has been confirmed (?) by a person who purportedly had a front-row seat to the spectacle.

Shortly after Rich Rodriguez was fired following the 2010 season, Michigan put on the full-court press to land Les Miles as his replacement.  It was known at the time that then-UM athletic director David Brandon and other school officials flew down to Baton Rouge to meet with Miles, who played his football for the Wolverines in the mid-seventies and was an assistant at his alma mater a decade later.

The open secret many still swear by?  That on that trip south Brandon had offered the job, along with a significant raise to what he was making at LSU, to Miles, who ultimately decided to turn it down and stay with the Tigers.

During a radio interview Wednesday, Skip Bertman, LSU athletic director from 2001-2008, confirmed that version of events

“Les Miles turned that job down for more money at Michigan. He turned it down,” Bertman told the ESPN Radio affiliate in Baton Rouge. “He would never say that because he’s a very humble guy. But I was there; he turned it down.”

Renowned Michigan historian John Bacon, however, disputes not only the 2011 claim, but the 2007 claim by Kirk Herbstreit and one made in 2014 as well.

The football program hired Rodriguez in 2007 and Brady Hoke in 2011, then stuck with Hoke through a rough 2014 season that had Miles-to-Ann Arbor speculation flying yet again. Ultimately, though, the university finally landed its Michigan Man in Jim Harbaugh.  I’m thinking that’s working out just fine for the program, regardless of how exactly things transpired with Miles in the past.

Big Ten to use commemorative coin to honor Sam Foltz, Mike Sandler

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Tributes to Nebraska punter Sam Foltz and former Michigan State punter Mike Sadler have seemingly been a weekly occurrence across college football the first four weeks of the season, and the players’ conference will get on board in Week 5.

A commemorative coin will be used to honor both Foltz and Sadler at all seven Big Ten games this weekend, the league announced Wednesday.  As this is the first full weekend of conference action, the coins, with Foltz on one side and Sadler on the other, will be used for the coin flip prior to each league matchup.

The Cornhuskers have decided to use the coins for the remainder of the season.

Folks and Sadler were killed in a July car accident on their way home from a kick camp in Wisconsin. LSU kicker Colby Delahoussaye was injured in the wreck, but is kicking this season for the Tigers and honoring both by wearing special cleats.

Below are the coins that will be used, courtesy of the Big Ten:

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Nick Saban would ‘love’ for Blake Barnett to stay at Alabama

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Blake Barnett #6 of the Alabama Crimson Tide throws before the Advocare Classic against the Wisconsin Badgers at AT&T Stadium on September 5, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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At least from Alabama’s side of it, the door’s not completely shut on Blake Barnett‘s future being in Tuscaloosa.

Earlier Wednesday, a report surfaced that Barnett had decided to leave the football program and transfer out.  In meeting with the media a short time later, Nick Saban confirmed that Barnett had “expressed some concern about his future” at a meeting earlier in the day.

The head coach said he “didn’t know” when asked if Barnett, who lost the starting quarterback job to true freshman Jalen Hurts earlier this year, was still a part of the team, although he made it clear that the redshirt freshman was still welcome in the locker room if he changes his mind.

“Blake is a fine young man,” Saban said. “He’s done a great job with his program, and we’d love to see him be a part of the program in the future, but we also want him to do what’s best for him.”

Barnett, who started the opener against USC but held on to the job for just tw series, was a five-star 2015 recruit who 247Sports.com rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country.  The California high school product originally committed to Notre Dame in November of 2013 before decommitting from the Irish in June of the following year.

SEC overturns Florida WR Brandon Powell’s half-game suspension for phantom punch

GAINESVILLE, FL - OCTOBER 03: Brandon Powell #4 of the Florida Gators scores on a 77 yard touchdown reception during the second quarter of the game against the Mississippi Rebels on October 3, 2015 in Gainesville, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Fortunately for both Brandon Powell and Florida, common sense in the league office prevailed.

In the fourth quarter of UF’s loss to Tennessee, Powell was flagged for an unsportsmanlike call and ejected from the game for seemingly throwing a punch at a Vols player.  Because of SEC rules, Powell was also set to be suspended from the first half of this Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt.

The conference, however, overturned the suspension upon review, no doubt determining that Vols safety Rashaan Gaulden performed a flop of such magnitude that it would’ve made an international soccer star stand up and cheer, then bow down and claim they’re not worthy.

We’ve received word that he’ll go,” head coach Jim McElwain said Wednesday. “Nothing from there, so he was full go from Monday afternoon on.”

Powell is currently second on the team with 15 receptions for 145 yards and two touchdowns.