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Week 5, Statistically Speaking

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

.6 — Yards per carry, on 25 attempts, Washington State averaged in a 34-28 loss to unbeaten Cal, which averaged just 2.6 ypc on its 30 attempts itself.  The two teams did combine for 779 yards passing, 390 for Cal’s Jared Goff and 389 for Wazzu’s Luke Falk.

0 — Prior to Missouri (Drew Lock) and South Carolina (Lorenzo Nunez), the number of times an SEC game had featured two true freshman quarterbacks as the starters.

1 — Turnovers for Florida State, LSU and Navy this season, the fewest of any FBS teams in 2015.

1 — Pass attempts for Army in the service academy’s loss to Penn State.  The Black Knights have now attempted 37 passes through five games.

UAB v Western Kentucky4 — Consecutive 400-yard passing games for Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty.  The senior now has eight such games over the past 18, including two that were more than 500 yards.

10 — Consecutive games Baylor has scored 30 or more points, the longest current streak in the FBS.  Michigan State had a streak of 12 straight entering Week 5, but scored just 24 in a win over Purdue.

16 — Counting Georgia’s Nick Chubb in Week 5, the number of players who have rushed for 100-plus yards since the beginning of the 2005 season. Chubb’s 146-yard effort in the loss was his 13th straight of 100 or more yards, tying UGA great Herschel Walker for the all-time school record.

21 — Deficit North Carolina erased in its 38-21 win over Georgia Tech, the largest comeback in the football program’s history.

22 — ACC wins under David Cutcliffe (2008-present) for Duke after winning just 18 conference games from 1990-2007.

Purdue v Michigan State28 — Career wins for Connor Cook, the most-ever for a quarterback in Michigan State history.  The senior surpassed the record of 27 set by Kirk Cousins.

34ESPN College Gameday shows that have originated from a game featuring Alabama and Florida, the most of any FBS programs.  Others schools with the most Gameday appearances include Ohio State (33), Florida State (31), Oklahoma (29) and Notre Dame (26).  The latter’s game at Clemson Saturday is included.

38 — Consecutive winning seasons for Florida State, the longest such streak in the country.

56 — Times Alabama has held its opponents to 20 points or less since the start of the 2010 season.  That number is tops in the nation, with Florida State and Stanford next at 54 and 48, respectively.

100 — Yards of total offense for Virginia Tech in a 17-13 loss to Pittsburgh.  That’s the fewest yards for Tech since 60 yards in a 1987 loss to Clemson, which also happened to be Frank Beamer‘s first game as Hokies’ head coach.

191 — Rushing yards for Utah State’s Kent Meyers, setting a single-game school record for a quarterback.  The old record was 121, set most recently by Chuckie Keeton.

<> on September 19, 2015 in Pullman, Washington.208 — Rushing yards for Wyoming’s Brian Hill in the Cowboys’ eighth straight loss, a 31-13 setback to Appalachian State.

221 — Career-high rushing yards for Michael Gordon in Arkansas State’s win over Idaho

234 — Rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott on his first eight carries of the second half in Ohio State’s closer-than-expected win over Indiana.  195 of those yards came on three touchdown runs.  Elliott finished with a career-high 274 yards on 23 carries, and his 11.9 yards per carry were a school record.

260 — Career-high rushing yards for Larry Rose III in New Mexico State’s loss to rival New Mexico.  The sophomore averaged 12.4 yards per carry and scored three touchdowns.

365 — School freshman record passing yards for BYU’s Tanner Mangum in the Friday night win over UConn.

437 — Career-high passing yards for Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph in the win over Kansas State.  It was Rudolph’s second career 400-yard passing game, both of which have come this season.

Texas State v Houston455 — Yards of offense for Greg Ward Jr., including 182 yards rushing that set a single-game Houston record for a quarterback.

1922 — The last time Penn State played five consecutive home games prior to starting the 2015 season with five in a row in Happy Valley.

1930 — The last time Temple played a non-conference game against an FBS opponent in the state of North Carolina before the Week 5 game against Charlotte.

1942 — The last time both Ohio State and Indiana were undefeated entering a game prior to the Week 5 matchup between the 4-0 Buckeyes and 4-0 Hoosiers.

1950 — Prior to this year, the last time Cal began a season 5-0.

1966 — The last time Michigan State was ranked second in the country in the Associated Press poll.

1977 — Both the year and number of days since Clemson last played host to Notre Dame before Saturday’s clash of ranked teams.

Memphis, Temple exit Week 5 unbeaten, still eyeing New Year’s Six prize

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For one it wasn’t easy, and it wasn’t pretty for the other, but both Memphis and Temple kept pace Friday night with the best the Group of Five has to offer — and kept their hopes for that group’s lone New Year’s Six bid very much alive in the process.

In rain-soaked Charlotte, drenched thanks to the outer edges of Hurricane Joaquin, the Owls overcame a choppy, weather-related start to pull away from the home-standing 49ers 37-3.  Down in South Florida, the Tigers overcame an early 10-0 hole to post a hard-fought and extremely defensive 24-17 win over the Bulls.

The win moves Memphis to 5-0 on the season, and 2-0 in the AAC West.  It was also the U of M’s 12th straight win dating back to last season, matching TCU’s current streak for the second-longest in the nation and behind only Ohio State’s 17 straight.

Temple, meanwhile, has won four straight to start the season and, at 2-0, is the only team in the AAC East that even has a conference win in 2015.

In the very early stages of Week 5, Memphis and Temple are currently two of five undefeated Group of Five teams — and four of those teams come from the AAC, with the other two teams from that conference being Navy and Houston at 3-0.  The only other undefeated G5 is the MAC’s Toledo at 3-0.

Given the four AAC members in this unbeaten group, the undefeated ranks will have no choice but to thin in the coming weeks.  In a span of three straight weeks from Nov. 7-21, Memphis will play, in order, Navy, Houston and Temple, with the latter two coming on the road — and that’s not even mentioning their Oct. 17 road trip to Oxford to face third-ranked Ole Miss.  Houston and Navy both play each other as well as fellow West foe Memphis, while Temple catches a break in that they only face Memphis, at home, of that West threesome.

Eight other G5s have just one loss entering Week 5: Tulsa (2-1) of the AAC; Marshall and Western Kentucky (each 3-1) of Conference USA; Ohio (3-1) of the MAC; Air Force (2-1) and Boise State (3-1) of the Mountain West; and Appalachian State (2-1) and Georgia Southern (3-1) of the Sun Belt.

None of those teams mentioned above are ranked in either the Associated Press or coaches’ Top 25 polls.  Toledo, though, is the first team in the AP’s “others receiving votes” category, while Boise State is three spots behind UT in that same category.  Houston, Temple, Memphis and Navy also received AP votes in the most recent Top 25.

All of those teams also received votes in the coaches’ poll, although Boise at an unofficial No. 31 is currently the highest of the G5s.

Of course, the picture for the Group of Five will remain murky and muddled until the first release of the College Football Playoff rankings Nov. 3.  And, even then, there will still be five more weeks of jostling for positions and the right to claim a spot in a lucrative New Year’s Six bowl.

Week 4, Statistically Speaking

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

.900 — Career winning percentage (27-3) of Michigan State’s Connor Cook, the best of any active FBS quarterback.  Next in line are Stanford’s Kevin Hogan at .750 (27-9) and Wisconsin’s Joel Stave at .750 (24-8).

5 — Field goals in the first two quarters for Nebraska’s Drew Brown, tying the NCAA record for a half last set by Nebraska’s Dale Klein (1985 at Missouri) and New Mexico State’s Dat Ly (1988 at Kansas). He also tied the record for most field goals in a quarter with four set previously by five players, the last of which was Oregon State’s Jose Cortez in 1998.  Brown failed to connect on a field goal in the second half.

6 — FBS teams that have won 10 or more games in a season since 2000: Boise State and Oklahoma (12); Ohio State (11); Oregon, TCU and Virginia Tech (10).

8 — Number of Power Five programs that have won at least 100 games since the start of the 2005 season: Ohio State (114), Alabama (110), Oregon (108), LSU (106), Oklahoma (104), TCU (104), USC (102) and Wisconsin (101).

at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 26, 2015 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.13 — Shutouts for Alabama since 2010, nearly double of the next-best total of seven by both Florida and Ohio State.  Stanford is just behind those two with six.

13 — Graduate students on Virginia’s roster, the most of any FBS team.  Right behind UVa. is South Carolina with 11, followed by Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, Missouri and USC with 10 apiece.

13 — Games in which Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds has scored three or more rushing touchdowns, the most of any player in NCAA history.

13.1 — Yards per carry UT-San Antonio’s Jarveon Williams averaged in gaining 170 yards on Colorado State.  The junior came into the game averaging 4.2 ypc this season, and had averaged more than five yards a carry in just three of the 22 games in which he had played previously.

16 — Games scoring 60 points or more since 2009 for Baylor, the most of any FBS team.  Oregon is next with 12.

19 — Consecutive games in which Baylor and Michigan State have scored three-plus touchdowns in a game, the longest streak in the country.  Nebraska has pulled that trick in 18 straight.

31 — The number of first downs for Tulsa has earned in each of its three games this season.

LSU v Syracuse50 — Consecutive non-conference wins for LSU, extending the all-time best streak with a win on the road at Syracuse. LSU hasn’t lost a non-conference regular season game since a 26-8 defeat at Virginia Tech to open the 2002 season.

64 — Percentage of the TCU student body that’s female, a statistic that is likely mentioned prominently on the recruiting trail.

134 — Points SMU has scored through four games this season, after scoring 133 points in 12 games last season.

148 — Wins for Oregon this century, easily the most of any school in the Pac-12.  The next closest is USC with 122, although the Trojans’ number would climb to 146 if vacated wins were counted.

163 — Consecutive made extra points for Florida State’s Robert Aguayo, by far the longest streak in the nation.  Next closest is Duke’s Ross Martin, who has made 124 straight, while Middle Tennessee State’s Cody Clark has connected on 115 in a row.

173 — Passing yards combined for Boston College (92) and Northern Illinois (81) in BC’s 17-14 win.  A total of 19 quarterbacks threw for more than that combined total in one half in Week 4.

184 — Rushing yards for Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, setting a single-game school record for a quarterback.

193 — Points Ole Miss scored in 12 games in 2011, the year prior to Hugh Freeze‘s arrival in Oxford.  In four games this season, the Rebels have scored a total of 219 points.

267 — Receiving yards for TCU’s Josh DoctsonTCU v Texas Tech, breaking the school’s single-game record of 226 by Jimmy Young in 2008.

300 — Rushing yards on 42 carries for San Jose State’s Tyler Evans against Fresno State, the most for any player in the FBS this season.  His previous career high was 146 set last season.

316 — Combined receiving yards for Middle Tennessee State’s Ed’Marques Batties and Richie James; their Blue Raider teammates combined for a total of 14 yards.

350 — Players from the SEC on NFL rosters, the most of any Power Five conference.  Behind that league are the ACC (269), Big Ten (248), Pac-12 (246) and Big 12 (151).

447 — Yards passing for Southern Miss’ Nick Mullens in the loss to Nebraska, the second time he’s gone over the 400-yard mark in his career.  Not surprisingly, both of those games were losses for the Golden Eagles.

457 — Rushing yards for Notre Dame in a 62-27 win over UMass.  The Irish averaged nine yards on its 51 carries, with C.J. Prosise going over 100 yards (149) for the third straight game.

457 — Passing yards for Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty vs. Miami of Ohio, his third straight game of 400-plus yards and fifth time in the last six he’s gone over that mark.

TCU v Texas Tech485 — Career-high passing yards for Trevone Boykin in TCU’s wild win over Texas Tech.

517 — Yards rushing for UNLV in an 80-8 win over FCS Idaho State.  That romp snapped a nine-game losing streak.

620 — Team passing yards for Cincinnati in its Thursday night loss to Memphis.  While it’s an impressive total, it’s far off the single-game record of 771 yards put up by Houston in a 1989 game vs. SMU.

1956 — The last time Texas was 1-3 to start a season prior to this year.  It’s also the first time in program history the Longhorns have lost three games before the end of September.

1956 — The last time prior to facing No. 23 Northwestern and No. 20 Georgia Tech the last two weeks that Duke had played consecutive home games against ranked teams the same season.

1961 — The last time Memphis started a season 4-0 prior to this year.

1974 — Last five-game road winning streak for North Carolina State prior to the current one, tied for longest in school history.  The Wolfpack also won five straight away from home in 1962-63.

1977 — Last meeting with a Mountain West school for Penn State prior to its game against San Diego State.

2004 — Before this year, the last season UCF started a season 0-4, when the Knights finished 0-11 in George O’Leary‘s first season.

2008 — Last season Colorado had a three-game winning streak prior to their run to start the 2015 season.  The Buffaloes last won four straight in the same season in 2002 when they peeled off five in a row.

7,220 — Feet above sea level the University of Wyoming sits in Laramie, the highest elevation of any FBS program.

425,000 — Dollars FCS James Madison for beating SMU Saturday.

25,989,854 – Number of fans who have watched Nebraska play football during its record streak of 344 straight sellouts at Memorial Stadium, which began back on Nov. 3, 1962.