Week 10, Statistically Speaking

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

.850 — Duke’s winning percentage with Anthony Boone as a starter (17-3), the highest mark in the program’s history.  Worth Lutz‘s record of .846 has stood for 60 years (1951-54, 11-2).

0 — Number of intersectional foes that have played continuously longer than Notre Dame and Navy, meeting every year since 1927 (88 games).  The Irish’s 43 straight wins over the Midshipmen from 1964-2006 remains the longest winning streak by one team over another in FBS history.

1 — FBS quarterbacks with at least 150 pass attempts who have not thrown an interception this season, that one being Utah’s Travis Wilson (165 attempts).  Last season, Wilson’s 16 interceptions — in just 237 attempts — were the second-most in the nation. Ball State’s Jack Milas has not thrown a pick in 116 attempts.

1.1 — Number of interceptions Louisville’s Gerod Holliman has averaged per game this season.  His 10 interceptions in nine games are the most for an FBS player since North Carolina State’s David Amerson recorded 13 in 13 games in 2011.  The all-time FBS record for interceptions in a season is 14 by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.  I should also add that Ole Miss’ Senquez Golson has nine picks in the same number of games.

1-34 — Kansas’ record in Big 12 play over the last 35 conference games, stretching back to early November of 2010. The Jayhawks haven’t won back-to-back league games since October of 2008.

3 — Players who have thrown for more than 3,000 yards through the first 10 weeks of the season, with Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty and Cal’s Jared Goff joining the group.  Entering this week’s slate of games, there was one — Washington State’s Connor Halliday, who sustained what turned out to be a season-ending injury Saturday.

3 — Teams that are 4-0 on the road in 2014: Arizona State, Marshall and UCLA.

3 — Current FBS head coaches who won FCS national titles as head coach: Wyoming’s Craig Bohl (North Dakota State, 2011-13), Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (Georgia Southern, 1999 & 2000) and Virginia’s Mike London (Richmond, 2008). The latter two squared off in Week 10.

4.75 — Receptions per game East Carolina’s Justin Hardy needs to average over the next four regular season games to break the career mark of 349 set by Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles in 2008-11.  Hardy currently has 331 career catches.

Nelson Spruce
Nelson Spruce

5 — Players who have more than 1,000 yards receiving through the first 10 weeks of the season (Colorado State’s Rashard Higgins, Alabama’s Amari Cooper, West Virgina’s Kevin White, Colorado’s Nelson Spruce, Washington State’s Vince Mayle).  Entering this week’s slate of games, there were three.

5 — Rushing touchdowns, tying a Sun Belt record, for Arkansas State’s Michael Gordon on just 17 carries in the win over Idaho.

5 — Fumbles lost by East Carolina in its 20-10 upset loss to Temple.  The Owls turned those turnovers into 14 points.

6 — Games in which Georgia Southern has rushed for 400 or more yards this season, the only FBS team that can make that claim.  The Eagles have a high of 631 yards and a low of 246.  The latter was one of only two games in which they rushed for fewer than 300 yards.

6 — Total touchdowns for quarterbacks Trevor Knight (three passing, three rushing) and Everett Golson (three passing, three rushing) in Oklahoma’s beatdown of Iowa State and Notre Dame’s escape against Navy, respectively.

7 — Using records that date back to 1951, the most defensive touchdowns scored by Washington in a single season set through nine games this year.

7 — Starters lost to season-ending injuries by Utah State this season, the only team that can make that claim.  Three of those starters have been quarterbacks.

Melvin Gordon
Melvin Gordon

7.86 — Yards per carry Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon has averaged in his career, which would be an FBS record for players with a minimum of 415 carries. The NCAA officially recognizes the mark of 7.16 set by Nebraska’s Mike Rozier as the record at this level, although USC’s Reggie Bush finished his career at 7.32 ypc (that was vacated by the NCAA Committee on Infractions).  The FBS record for a minimum of 300 rushes is Army’s Glenn Davis at 8.26, while the mark for a minimum of 800 carries is 6.4 by Northern Illinois’ Garrett Wolfe.

8 — Combined turnovers for Louisiana Tech and Western Kentucky in the former’s 59-10 win.  WKU had five of them (four interceptions, one fumble) while Tech had three (two fumbles, one interception).

10 — Teams undefeated in conference play through Week 10:

Florida State, ACC, 5-0
Kansas State, Big 12, 5-0
Michigan State, Big Ten, 4-0
Ohio State, Big Ten, 4-0
Louisiana Tech, Conference USA, 5-0
Marshall, Conference USA, 4-0
Toledo, MAC, 4-0
Mississippi State, SEC, 5-0
Georgia Southern, Sun Belt, 6-0
Louisiana-Lafayette, Sun Belt, 4-0

10 — Active NFL stadiums in which Notre Dame has played, the most of any team in college football. Those stadiums are Soldier Field, Heinz Field, EverBank Field, Mercedes-Benz Superdome, M&T Bank Stadium, FedEx Field, AT&T Stadium, MetLife Stadium, Sun Life Stadium and Lucas Oil Stadium.

10 — First-quarter points allowed by Ole Miss through the first nine games of the season, the least allowed by any team at the FBS level.  Seven of those points came in Saturday’s game against Auburn.

10 — Consecutive games in which Indiana’s Tevin Coleman has rushed for 100 or more yards, the longest current streak in the country and the longest in IU history.  The junior, who entered the weekend as the nation’s leading rusher in yards per game, is the only player at this level to run for 100-plus yards in every game this season.

11 — Games Florida State, UCLA and West Virginia will play against Power Five programs this season. Arizona State, Clemson, Georgia, Kansas State, Stanford, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, TCU and Utah all play 10 games apiece against the power conferences.

Myles Garrett
Myles Garrett

11 — Sacks for Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett, breaking the SEC freshman record of eight set by South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney in 2011.  The defensive lineman had 3.5 of those 11 sacks in the win over Louisiana-Monroe Saturday, the third multi-sack game in his nine-game career.

13 — Players who have rushed for 1,000 or more yards through the first 10 weeks of the season (Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah, Marshall’s Devon Johnson, Indiana’s Tevin Coleman, Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin, Minnesota’s David Cobb, Pittsburgh’s James Conner, Miami’s Duke Johnson, Central Michigan’s Thomas Rawls, USC’s Buck Allen, UCLA’s Paul Perkins, San Diego State’s Donnell Pumphrey, UAB’s Jordan Howard).  Entering this week’s slate of games, there were 10.

18 — First-time starters for Tulsa this season, the most in the nation.

20 — Consecutive Big Ten regular season wins for Ohio State, tying the conference mark set by the Buckeyes from 2005-07.  OSU holds five of the top six winning streaks in league history.

21 — Percentage of head coaches at the FBS level who are either current or former MAC head coaches.

23-1 — Baylor’s home record since 2011, the best mark in the country during that time.  The Bears have also won the last 18 games played they’ve played in the state of Texas.

25 — Wins in Big 12 play for Kansas State since 2011, tops among all conference schools during that time.

26 — Games in a row Florida State cornerback Ronald Darby claims he has held the opposing receiver without a touchdown. The last receiving touchdown he allowed was Nov. 17, 2012, to Maryland’s Kevin Dorsey.

29Cents a gallon gas cost the last time Indiana beat Michigan in football (1967).

Jameis Winston
Jameis Winston

52.1 — Completion percentage for Florida State’s Jameis Winston in Thursday night’s win over Louisville, the lowest of his two-year career.  His previous low-water mark came against Bethune-Cookman in the third start of his career last year.

35 — Underclassmen listed on Oklahoma State’s two-deep depth chart, the most of any FBS squad.  Temple, with five, has the fewest.

65-1 — Oklahoma’s record under Bob Stoops when rushing for more than 200 yards, including the win over Iowa State Saturday in which the Sooners ran for 510 yards. OU’s last — and lone — loss when rushing for 200-plus under Stoops came in September of 2006 against Oregon (34-33, in Eugene); since then, OU has won 37 straight when eclipsing the double-century mark on the ground.  The Sooners also had three players go over 100 yards in the same game for the first time since 1992.

68 — Career touchdown passes for UCLA’s Brett Hundley, tying the school record first set by Cade McNown from 1995-98.  McNown made his mark over the course of four seasons, while Hundley has made his in less than three full ones.

214 — In his second game back from an injury that cost him the first seven games of the season, receiving yards for Louisville’s DeVante Parker in the loss to Florida State Thursday.  He now has 346 yards on 17 receptions the last two games.

233 — School-record receiving yards for Pharoh Cooper in South Carolina’s overtime loss to Tennessee.

263 — Career-high rushing yards for James Connor in Pittsburgh’s double-overtime loss to Duke.

336 — Combined yards for a pair of true freshman — quarterback Kent Meyers (186 passing) and running back LaJuan Meyers (150 rushing) — in Utah State’s win over Hawaii.  Meyers, making his first career start, completed 14-of-15 pass attempts in becoming the fourth Aggie to start a game under center in 2014.

Tobenna Okeke, Brian Hill
Brian Hill

387 — All-purpose yards for Wyoming’s Brian Hill in the win over Fresno State, setting a single-game Mountain West record (378, New Mexico’s Deon Long in 2011).  He had 281 yards rushing, the most by an FBS player this season as well as 106 yards on three receptions.

389 — Combined rushing yards for Kelvin Taylor (197) and Matt Jones (192) in Florida’s win over Georgia.  The Gators rushed for 418 as a team, the most for a Will Muschamp-coached team.

400 — Passing yards for Cody Kessler in USC’s win over Washington State, the first 400-yard game in his career.  He also tossed five touchdown passes, giving him 14 over the last three games and 25 on the season.

404 — Career-high passing yards for New Mexico State’s Tyler Rogers in the win over Texas State.

1960 — Last time Rice went unbeaten in the month of October prior to this season.

1990 — Last year Syracuse had four different players rush for 100 yards or more in a game in the same season.

1996 — Last year Army captured the Commander-in-Chief trophy.  Air Force, which had beaten Navy earlier in the year, claimed this year’s trophy for a record 19th time with its win over Army Saturday.

1997 — Last time Colorado State won at least seven games in a row before its current seven-game streak.  That ’97 Rams team ended up winning the last nine games of the season.

2006 — Prior to Saturday, the last time Fresno State started more than one quarterback in a season.

12,454 — Career passing yards for Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, surpassing the 12,327 yards USC’s Matt Barkley accumulated from 2009-12 and setting a new Pac-12 record in the process.

(For the latest “The Fifth Quarter: Week 10 Rewind,” click HERE.)

Washington dismisses DL Mosiah Nasili-Kite for violation of team rules

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A violation of team rules has led to Washington sophomore defensive lineman Mosiah Nasil-Kite being shown the exit door from the Huskies program. Washington announced the dismissal with nothing more than a brief statement and confirmation nobody from the program, including head coach Chris Petersen, will address the issue any further.

The specific violation of team rules was not detailed or reported.

Nasil-Kite was a three-star recruit in Washington’s Class of 2018. He did not play in any games for the Huskies last season while taking a redshirt season in his first year on campus.

UCF voted AAC preseason favorite for second straight year

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Defending American Athletic Conference champion UCF is entering the 2019 season being viewed as the team to beat in the conference, again. The preseason media poll released by the AAC on Tuesday during the AAC media day event in Newport, Rhode Island saw the Knights once again be chosen as the preseason favorite to win the conference. UCF and Memphis were each selected as the preseason division favorites in the East Division and West Division, respectively.

UCF received 19 first-place votes in the preseason media poll, earning the Knights a conference-high 169 total points in the tabulation. Cincinnati, coming off an 11-win season, received 11 first-place votes in the East Division. The gap was a bit closer in the West Division at the top. Memphis was picked as the division favorite for a third straight preseason with 15 first-place votes in the division, but Dana Holgorsen and his Houston Cougars received 14 first-place votes. The Tigers and Cougars are separated by just three points in the preseason poll. SMU also received a first-place vote in the West Division, although the Mustangs finished fourth overall in the preseason media poll.

UCF was the leader in conference championship picks with 12 votes going to the Knights. Cincinnati had the second-most votes for the AAC title, suggesting the balance of power resides in the East Division this season. The Bearcats received eight votes for the AAC title, with Memphis receiving six and Houston picking up the remaining four votes in the mix. It is worth noting that just two preseason AAC polls in the six-years of the conference’s existence have correctly predicted the eventual conference champion. Cincinnati was part of a three-team tie for first place in the conference after being labeled the preseason favorite in 2014 (UCF and Memphis tied for the title in the last season before the introduction of the AAC championship game). UCF successfully lived up to the preseason poll’s expectations last season.

EAST DIVISION

  1. UCF (19 first-place votes) – 169 points
  2. Cincinnati (11) – 157
  3. USF – 107
  4. Temple 101
  5. East Carolina – 66
  6. UConn – 30

WEST DIVISION

  1. Memphis (15 first-place votes) – 165
  2. Houston (14) – 162
  3. Tulane – 108
  4. SMU (1) – 87
  5. Navy – 70
  6. Tulsa – 38

AAC CHAMPIONSHIP

  • UCF – 12 points
  • Cincinnati – 8
  • Memphis – 6
  • Houston – 4

Conference USA also released its preseason poll today, with Marshall and North Texas being named preseason favorites.

Clemson TE Garrett Williams to pass on final year of eligibility

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Clemson tight end Garrett Williams will not suit up for the defending national champions this fall. Instead, Williams will look to assist the program in other ways and begin his quest to become an officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Williams expressed his desire to pursue a military career back in February when he suggested he was probably not coming back to play for the Tigers. That decision now is official, according to a report from Tiger Net. Although he is not going to play for Clemson as the program searches for back-to-back national titles, he is expected to assist head coach Dabo Swinney as an assistant coach of some kind.

Williams is still rehabbing a torn ACL that he suffered in the spring of 2017. The injury likely forced Williams to begin thinking about some alternative plans to football, which led him to the military path. Although Williams returned to the football field for the 2018 season, in which he appeared in 13 games, the redshirt senior has made it known for quite some time the Tigers will likely have to prepare for the 2019 season without him on the depth chart.

Big 12 cooridinator of officials clears up when ‘horns down’ is and is not a penalty

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Opponents of the Texas Longhorns have been flashing more and more “Horns Down” hand signals in recent seasons, and the Big 12 attempted to put an end to it. They did not, and now the conference’s coordinator of officials is letting it be known the gesture is OK, as long as it doesn’t go too far.

Big 12 Coordinator of Football Officials Greg Burks explained the context for what would draw a flag on a “Horns Down” gesture to Adam Rittenberg of ESPN at Big 12 Media Days in Arlington, Texas. In short, as long as a player doesn’t flash it at an opposing player, it will probably not get flagged. Per Rittenberg’s report;

“Like any play, there is a degree — who it’s directed at,” Burks said Tuesday at Big 12 media days at AT&T Stadium. “If they do it in their bench area, we’re not going to look at it. It would be like any other celebration foul, so it has to be like any other foul we have. Does it rise to the level we need to deal with that? It’s a hot topic.

“I know people want us to be definitive on that, but it’s like any touchdown celebration. Is it directed at an opponent or just celebration with your teammates?”

One example used to emphasize the interpretation of the Big 12’s unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was last year’s game between West Virginia and Texas. In that game, WVU quarterback Will Grier flashed a “horns down” while celebrating a two-point conversion, and he was penalized for the celebration after flashing the symbol to the Texas fans. Because the gesture was aimed at the Texas fans, the penalty would still be called today.

Basically, the Big 12 officials will have to interpret how the gesture is being used. Is it being used in celebration purely between teammates or into a television camera? If so, then the flag should stay in the pocket. If the gesture is aimed at an opposing player or fans, then the flag will be thrown if it is witnessed by an official.

It’s one thing to say players should not flash a “horns down” anyway and show good sportsmanship, but on the other hand, if the players want to have fun and lash out at the opposing fans, a “horns down” is a far cry from the most offensive thing a player could do.