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.

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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.

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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.

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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.)

Central Michigan loses one of its highest-rated 2018 signees to the transfer portal

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One of the highest-rated signees for Central Michigan football a couple of years ago is leaving the MAC program.  Or, at least, he is exploring the option of doing as much.

According to 247Sports.com, George Pearson is listed in the NCAA transfer database.  That would be the first step in the redshirt sophomore quarterback’s potential departure from the Central Michigan football team.

Now, for what’s seemingly becoming a daily disclaimer when it comes to transfers.

As we’ve stated myriad times in the past, a player can remove his name from the portal and remain at the same school. At this point, though, other programs are permitted to contact a player without receiving permission from his current football program.

NCAA bylaws also permit schools to pull a portal entrant’s scholarship at the end of the semester in which he entered it.

Pearson was a three-star member of the Central Michigan football Class of 2018.  Only one offensive signee in that cycle for CMU, wide receiver Keonta Nixon, was rated higher than the New Jersey product.  As a true freshman, Pearson completed 12 of his 24 passes for 94 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Pearson didn’t play a down for the Chips in 2019.

In 2018, Central Michigan lost a school-record 11 games.  In Jim McElwain‘s first season in 2019, CMU won went 8-6.  Included in the losses was a New Mexico Bowl beatdown at the hands of San Diego State.

Ole Miss pulls in second transfer from a university in Canada

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From Oh Canada to Ole Miss football?  I’m thinking one recruit might be in for a little culture shock.  Actually, make that two.

Last month, a Canadian college football player, the University of Guelph’s Tavius Robinson, committed to Ole Miss football.  On Twitter Wednesday, Deane Leonard did the same. The cornerback comes to the SEC school from the University of Calgary.

“First off I’d like to thank my friends, family, and coaches that have supported me through this process,” Leonard wrote. “I can’t thank each and every one of you enough for all that you’ve done for me over the years. Love you guys!

“With the cancellation of the USports season I’ve decided it’s in my best interest to look at my options down south.

“With that being said, I’ll be transferring to Ole Miss to complete my collegiate career.”

During his time at That Country Up North, Leonard appeared in 23 games.  In that action, the defensive back was credited with 47 tackles, 19 passes defensed, six interceptions, two forced fumbles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one block.  He also returned five kicks for 124 yards (24.8 average) and 19 punts for 195 yards (10.3 avg.).  One of those punts was returned for a touchdown.

Both Leonard and Robinson are expected to be immediately eligible for new head coach Lane Kiffin and the Rebels.

SEC commish issues statement in wake of Big Ten’s seismic announcement

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It didn’t take long for the most powerful man in SEC football country to respond to what the B1G wrought.

As you may have heard, the Big Ten confirmed Thursday afternoon that it will be going with a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season.  That was the first significant Power Five domino to tip, but it certainly won’t be the last.  In the coming days, or perhaps next week, the ACC and Pac-12 are expected to make a similar announcement.  The Big 12 and SEC, though, are widely expected to kick that football scheduling can down the road a bit longer, perhaps as late as the end of July.

Not long after the B1G announcement, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement addressing just where his conference is at decison-wise.

The Southeastern Conference will continue to meet regularly with our campus leaders in the coming weeks, guided by medical advisors, to make the important decisions necessary to determine the best path forward related to SE Fall sports.  We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions.

Again, it’s expected that the SEC will make a decision on the football path it will take later this month.  Barring unforeseen circumstances pushing up that timeline, of course.

Big Ten commish, Ohio State AD decidedly pessimistic on B1G having a 2020 college football season

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The Big Ten toppled the first significant domino earlier in the day.  Now, two of the most powerful men in the conference are expounding on the development.  And, if you’re a fan of the sport, you might want to close your eyes when reading the next few paragraphs.  Or take several shots of an adult beverage before proceeding.

Thursday afternoon, the Big Ten confirmed reports that it will be going with a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season.  All other fall sports are impacted in the same way.

In television appearances following the announcement, the B1G’s commissioner didn’t put a positive spin on football’s immediate future.

“One thing we have to realize is that this is not a fait accompli that we’re going to have sports in the fall,” Kevin Warren flatly stated. “We may not have sports in the fall, we may not have a college football season in the Big Ten. …

“We made a vow early on that, first and foremost, we would put the health, the safety and the wellness of our student-athletes at the center of all of our decisions.

Gene Smith was equally pessimistic.

“I can’t reiterate enough the fact that we might not play,” the Ohio State athletic director said in discussing football in 2020. “We just might not, and I think people need to understand that.”

It’s expected that other Power Five conferences will follow the lead of the Big Ten.  In the coming days, both the ACC and Pac-12 will most likely announce a conference-only football schedule.  The lone exception will be the ACC including Notre Dame, which already has six games against the conference on its 2020 slate, in any revamped schedule.

The Big 12 and SEC are widely expected to kick the scheduling can down the road a bit longer, perhaps as late as the end of July.  In the end, however, both of those Power Fives are likely to come to the same scheduling conclusion.