Week 11, Statistically Speaking

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

-9 — Rushing yards for Northwestern in the one-point loss to Michigan.  Quarterback Trevor Siemian totaled minus-37 yards rushing, while the Wildcats’ leading rusher, Justin Jackson, had plus-35.

.844 — Overall career winning percentage (54-10, fifth season) for Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, the best for any ACC head coach with three or more seasons.  His winning percentage of .842 in ACC games is best of all-time, ahead of the legend he replaced at FSU, Bobby Bowden (.814).

1.3 — Interceptions for Louisville’s Gerod Holliman after a three-pick performance against Boston College.  Holliman now has 12 interceptions with two regular season games and a bowl game remaining; the all-time FBS record for interceptions in a season is 14 by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.  Incidentally, there are only 17 FBS teams with more interceptions this season than Holliman.

2 — FBS players and who have accounted for more than 9,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing in a career, and both played at Nevada: Cody Fajardo (9,084 and 3,025, 2011-present) and Colin Kaepernick (10,098 and 4,112, 2007-10). Kaepernick’s 14,210 yard of total offense is No. 1 in FBS history, while Fajardo’s (12,109) is currently 16th.

2 — Rushing touchdowns allowed by Alabama’s defense this season, the fewest in the FBS.  Next lowest?  Utah’s allowed five.

2-7 — Record of teams the game after playing Navy this season.  That includes Notre Dame’s second loss of the season, a 55-31 decision to Arizona State this weekend.

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3 — Weeks in a row a player from Rutgers’ opponent has been named as the Big Ten’s Player of the Week.  That streak temporarily came to an end this week as the Scarlet Knights are on a bye, although Indiana — and the nation’s second-leading rusher Tevin Coleman — await next week and could easily extend the streak to four straight.

4-3 — Touchdowns vs. incompletions for Hutson Mason in Georgia’s blowout win over Kentucky.

5 — FBS players who have ever totaled 200-plus yards rushing and 100-plus yards receiving in a single game: Brian Hill, Wyoming vs. Fresno State, Nov. 1, 2014 (281 rushing, 106 receiving); Donald Buckram, UTEP vs. Tulane, Nov. 7, 2009 (234, 109); Steve Slaton, West Virginia vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 16, 2006 (215, 130); Emmett White, Utah St. vs. New Mexico St., Nov. 4, 2000 (322, 134); and Thomas Jones, Virginia vs. Buffalo, Nov. 13, 1999 (221, 110).

10.1 — Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett leads the FBS in passing touchdown percentage (26 TDs on 233 attempts; 11.1 percent).

11 — Games in a row Oregon’s Marcus Mariota has thrown two or more touchdown passes, the longest such streak for an FBS quarterback.

13.1Nick Chubb‘s yards per carry average as he ran for 170 yards on just 13 rushes in Georgia’s blowout win over Kentucky.

14 — 300-yard passing games for Baylor’s Bryce Petty, breaking the school record of 13 previously held by Heisman winner Robert Griffin III.

17 — Times Kansas State has played or will play in a bowl game in Bill Snyder‘s 23 seasons in Manhattan, including 2014.  In the 96 seasons not coached by Snyder, K-State played in one bowl game (1982).

19 — Commander-in-Chief’s Trophies won by Air Force, the most of any service academy.  Navy has 14 (last in 2013) and Army has six (1996).  Four times in the 43-year history of the round-robin competition the trophy has been shared, the last coming in 1993.

20-0 — Oklahoma’s record in its first 20 meetings with Baylor.  The Bears, however, have won three of the last four games vs. the Sooners, including Saturday’s 48-14 spanking.  The win over OU also marked BU’s first-ever win in Norman in 12 meetings.

21 — Consecutive bowl appearances for Virginia Tech, the second-longest streak in the country behind Florida State’s 32.  That streak is in jeopardy, however, as the 4-5 Hokies must win two of their last three games (at Duke, at Wake Forest, vs. Virginia) in order to reach bowl eligibility.

24 — Points Bowling Green scored off of five Akron turnovers in the Falcons’ 27-10 win over the Zips Tuesday night.

28 — Games in a row won by Wisconsin when the contest kicked off at noon ET.  UW’s last loss with that kickoff time was Oct. 17, 2009, to Iowa.

28 — Season-high in points put up by SMU in its loss to Tulsa Saturday.  77 FBS teams average more than that on the season.

33 — North Dakota State’s all-division-best winning streak that was snapped in Week 11 by Northern Iowa in resounding fashion, with the Panthers coming away with a 23-3 home win.

37 — Road games in a row Baylor had lost in a row to ranked teams prior to the win over Oklahoma, a streak that had stretched all the way back to 1991.  That was the longest such streak in the country; that “honor” now falls to Kentucky and its 23 straight.

Yankee Stadium41 — Times Army has played a football game at new/old Yankee Stadium, including Saturday’s game against UConn.  The Black Knights were 14-19-5 at the old Bronx home of the Yankees, 1-2 at the new version including the Week 11 win to the Huskies.  That win, incidentally, was the service academy’s first at Yankee Stadium in 54 years.

43 — FBS teams that average less than Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon‘s 166.8 rushing yards per game.

47 — Games in a row with a reception for Wyoming’s Dominic Ruffin, the best current streak in the FBS and tying a school and Mountain West record held by Jovon Bouknight (2002-05).  The all-time FBS record of 53 is held by Central Michigan’s Bryan Anderson (2006-09).  As the Cowboys have at most four games remaining, the senior Ruffin won’t be able to match or exceed Anderson’s standard.

92 — Yards on Bill Belton‘s second-quarter scoring jaunt against Indiana, the longest rushing touchdown in the history of Penn State football.  Blair Thomas also had a 92-yard run in 1986, but that didn’t result in a score.

94 — FBS teams with fewer rushing touchdowns than Western Michigan true freshman running back Jarvion Franklin‘s 22.

221 — Rushing yards for Cameron Artis-Payne in Auburn’s loss to Texas A&M.  His previous career-high was 177, set in the 2014 opener against Arkansas.

224 — Receiving yards for Corey Coleman in Baylor’s win over Oklahoma.  His previous career-high was 167, set a week before against Kansas.

386 — Total offense (300 passing, 86 rushing) for Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett in the huge road win over Michigan State.  The redshirt freshman also tossed three touchdown passes and scored two on the ground.

402 — Rushing yards for Ole Miss in the win over Presbyterian, its most since 1969.  The 640 yards of total offense was second in school history (751 vs. Troy last season).

446 — Passing yards for Everett Golson in Notre Dame’s loss to Arizona State.  It was Golson’s first 400-yard passing game, and bested his previous career-high of 362 set against Syracuse Sept. 27 this year.

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471 — In his first career start, passing yards for redshirt freshman Luke Falk in Washington State’s surprise 39-32 win over Oregon State.

498 — Total offense (367 passing, 131 rushing) produced by Grant Hedrick in Boise State’s wild win over New Mexico.  Hedrick also accounted for six touchdowns, four passing and two rushing.

505 — Rushing yards for New Mexico in its 60-49 loss to Boise State.

582 — Total offense for Auburn vs. Texas A&M, its most ever in a loss.

965 — Rushing yards for Boston College’s Tyler Murphy entering Week 11, the most for any quarterback in the country (Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott had 725) and more than 16 teams had totaled all season.  The Florida transfer added 41 yards to that total in BC’s game against Louisville, his lowest out put of the season.

1942 — Last year Georgia scored more points in an SEC game than UGA did in Saturday’s 63-31 win over Kentucky.  In that 1942 game, they beat Florida 75-0.

1956-57 — Prior to 2013-14, the last time Duke was ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 in back-to-back seasons.

1967 — Last year Minnesota won both the Little Brown Jug (Michigan) and Floyd of Rosedale (Iowa) rivalry trophies in the same season.

2,951 — Career receiving yards for Amari Cooper, breaking Alabama’s all-time record (DJ Hall, 2,923, 2004-07).  Cooper also broke Julio Jones‘ school record for single season receiving yards (1,133) in 2010, and now has 1,215 with three regular season games plus at least one postseason game remaining.

Third NC State football player this month hits the portal

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Who does this NC State football team think it is, Clemson?

Citing an unnamed source, 247Sports.com has reported that defensive lineman Joseph Boletepeli (pictured, No. 99) has entered the NCAA transfer database.  The website did note that “Boletepeli is still on the active roster for the Wolfpack and can still return to the program despite entering the portal.”

No specific reason for the decision was given, although playing time certainly played a role.

A three-star member of the Class of 2018 for NC State football, Boletepeli was rated as the No. 27 player regardless of position in the state of North Carolina.  During his two seasons with the Wolfpack, Boletepeli played in seven games.  Four of those appearances came this past season.

Boletepeli started the first two games of his true freshman campaign.  This season, Boletepeli was a No. 2 defensive end who ultimately dropped further down on the depth chart.

Barring something unexpected, Boletepeli will have to sit out the 2020 season if he moves on to another FBS school.  That would then leave him with two years of eligibility he could begin using in 2021.

Boletepeli is the third NC State football player to enter the portal this month.  Jan. 7, linebacker Brock Miller announced on Twitter that he was leaving as a graduate transfer.  A week later, defensive end Jeffrey Gunter was reported to be making the same move.

Over the weekend, Miller announced that he would be transferring to Boise State.

Southern Miss co-DC Derek Nicholson moves on to Louisville

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A familiar face has returned to the Louisville football coaching family.

In a release, Louisville announced that ACC Coach of the Year Scott Satterfield has hired Derek Nicholson to his staff as inside linebackers coach.  Nicholson will take over the void left by Dale Jones‘ departure for the defensive coordinator job at Appalachian State.

“Derek has an infectious personality that will blend well within our staff,” the Louisville football head coach said in a statement. “He will bring great energy to our program and is an excellent recruiter. He has shown that he’s a great teacher of defensive football and will be a great addition to our defensive staff.”

This will be Nicholson’s second stint with the Louisville football team.  In 2014, Nicholson coached the Cardinals’ outside linebackers and defensive ends.

In between his time at the UofL, Nicholson spent four years at Southern Miss.  The first two he coached the defensive line.  He was the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach the past two seasons.

Nicholson played his college football at Florida State.

“I’d like to thank Scott Satterfield, Bryan Brown, Cort Dennison and the rest of the Louisville football program for this amazing opportunity,” Nicholson said. “My family and I are extremely excited to be back at Louisville and in the Atlantic Coast Conference. I look forward to working with the coaching staff and coaching the inside linebackers. There is something special is brewing in Louisville and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Marshall WR Obi Obialo makes way into the portal

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One of the best names in the sport, and a Marshall Thundering Herd football player to boot, is the latest to hit the portal.

Over the weekend, Obi Obialo announced on his personal Twitter account that he has decided to place his name into the NCAA transfer database.  The move is normally the first step in a departure, although the wide receiver could always return to the Marshall Thundering Herd football team.

“I want to thank all of the coaches and staff at Marshall for the opportunity to grow into the person and player I am today,” Obialo wrote.

Obialo also confirmed in the same post that he will be leaving the Herd as a graduate transfer.  The 2020 season will serve as his final season of collegiate eligibility.

Obialo actually began his playing career at Oklahoma State as a three-star 2016 signee who was originally a walk-on.  In May of 2017, Obialo opted to transfer from OSU.  A month later, he moved on to Marshall.

In 2017 and 2018, Obialo started 16 games for the Thundering Herd, including all 13 in the latter season.  In that 2018 season, Obialo was second on the team in receptions (42), receiving yards (505) and receiving touchdowns (four).

A foot injury sidelined Obialo for all but one game this past season.  In that limited action, he caught 18 passes for 244 yards.

Because he played in just the four games, that will allow Obialo to take a redshirt for the 2019 season.  The move also preserved a year of eligibility that he will presumably use elsewhere.

Maryland hires George Helow to Mike Locksley’s staff

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The lone hole on Mike Locksley‘s Maryland Terrapins football staff has been filled.

In late December, John Papuchis left the Maryland Terrapins football program to take a job with Mike Norvell at Florida State.  Exactly four weeks later, Locksley has landed Papuchis’ replacement, with the addition of George Helow officially announced by the school.

Helow will serve as Maryland’s special teams coordinator.  He’ll also coach the Terps’ inside linebackers.

Helow spent the past four seasons at Colorado State.  The first two were as a defensive quality control coach and graduate assistant.  The last two were spent as safeties coach.

The 2018-19 seasons were Helow’s first as an on-field assistant at the collegiate level.

In addition to the Mountain West Conference school, he has also been a football staffer at:

  • Georgia, defensive quality control assistant (2014-15)
  • Florida State, defensive graduate assistant (2013)
  • Alabama, defensive intern (2012)

Helow played his college football at Ole Miss from 2006-10.  Most of his action during his 38 games played came on special teams.