Week 13, Statistically Speaking

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

.592 – Winning percentage of visiting teams in Pac-12 road games (29-20) this season. The six teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona, Utah and USC) have a combined overall road record of 23-6 (.793).

.815 — Ohio State’s winning percentage (97-22) in Big Ten play since 2000, the highest league winning percentage among all Power Five schools.  Oklahoma 99-24 is next at .805.

.933 — Career field-goal percentage for Florida State’s Robert Aguayo (42-45).  The all-time career mark, for at least 45 attempts per the 2014 FBS record book, was .900 (45-50) by Louisiana-Lafayette’s Brett Baer (2009-12). The career mark, for at least 55 attempts, is .895 (68-76) by Nebraska’s Alex Henery (2007-10).

0 — Touchbacks this season for Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal, the only player in the Top 25 in punting average who can make that claim.

1 — 400-yard passing games for Jake Waters in his career, the lone one coming in Kansas State’s win over West Virginia Thursday night (400 even).  Waters had only one previous 300-yard game, that coming in November of last year against Oklahoma (348).

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1 — Kickers at the FBS level who have yet to miss a field goal attempt (minimum eight attempts) this season: Maryland’s Brad Craddock (17-17).  Craddock has made 23 straight attempts dating back to 2013, the longest current streak at the FBS level and third-longest in Big Ten history.

1.2 — Yards per play Savannah State averaged in its 64-0 loss to BYU.  The Cougars limited the Tigers to 40 yards passing on 28 attempts and 23 yards rushing on the same number of attempts.

4 — FBS teams currently undefeated in conference play:

Florida State (ACC, 8-0)
Georgia Southern (Sun Belt, 7-0)
Marshall (Conference USA, 7-0)
Ohio State (Big Ten, 7-0)

5 — Consecutive games Auburn allowed 30 or more points prior to playing Samford, the first time that’s ever happened in the history of the football program.

5 — Number of undefeated home seasons in the history of Utah State football: 1968 (4-0), 1972 (5-0), 1982 (4-0), 2012 (6-0) and 2014 (6-0).

6 — Total touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) for Colorado State’s Dee Hart in a win over New Mexico, the second-highest single-game total in Mountain West History.

10 — Consecutive road wins for Missouri, breaking the school record originally set between 1978-80.  Mizzou’s last road loss came in the 2012 regular-season finale against Texas A&M.

10.9 — Yards per carry Nick Wilson averaged in setting a career-high with 218 yards in Arizona’s 42-10 thumping of Utah.

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17 — USC wide receiver JuJu Smith‘s age prior to Saturday.  The true freshman is currently second on the Trojans in receptions 46, receiving yards 610 and receiving touchdowns five.

22 — Rushing touchdowns this season for Pittsburgh’s James Conner, breaking the ACC record of 21 set by Virginia Tech’s Ryan Williams in 2009 and tying the school record of 22 set by Tony Dorsett during his Heisman-winning season in 1976.

26 — Consecutive Big 12 road games Kansas has lost, with the last conference win away from Lawrence coming in early October of 2008 against Iowa State in Ames (35-33).  It’s last double-digit conference road win came in 2007 against Oklahoma State in Stillwater (43-28).

27 — Regulation possessions in the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest that didn’t result in points, sending an FBS game into overtime in a scoreless tie for the first time in nearly a decade.  18 of those possessions ended in punts; four in turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions); three in missed field goals; and two at the end of halves.

30 — Years since Wake Forest had beaten Virginia Tech before winning 6-3 in overtime Saturday.

40 — Wins for Clemson’s 2014 seniors, tied with 1990 for the most wins ever by one class in school history.

48 — Consecutive games Oklahoma has won when leading at halftime, the longest such streak in the country.  Kansas State has won 46 straight when up after two quarters.

100.7 — Yards per game receiving Western Michigan’s Corey Davis has averaged in his career (21 games, 2,114 yards), the only current FBS player who 1s averaging 100-plus yards per game.

150 — Consecutive games played between Lafayette and Lehigh, the longest continuous rivalry in the history of college football.  The 150th edition of the game was played Saturday in Yankee Stadium.  Lafayette leads the series 78-67-5 after Saturday’s 27-7 win in Yankee Stadium.

150 — Career-high receiving yards for Mario Hull in Rice’s Friday night win over UTEP.  It was the first 100-yard game of the senior’s career, and just the fifth time in 32 games he’s topped the 50-yard mark.

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219 — Career-high rushing yards for Joey Iosefa in Hawaii’s last-season 37-35 win over UNLV, topping the 191 he produced last November in a loss to Navy.

265 — Career-high rushing yards for Kareem Hunt in Kent State’s 27-20 win over Bowling Green Wednesday night.  The performance was the first 200-yard game of Hunt’s career, and bested his previous high-water mark of 198 set Oct. 25 of this year vs. UMass.

296.7 — Pass efficiency rating for Hutson Mason in Georgia’s 55-9 scrimmage win over Charleston Southern.  Mason completed 10-of-12 passes for 187 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two quarters of work.

510 — Total offense (409 passing, 101 rushing) for Eastern Michigan’s Reginald Bell Jr. in the 45-30 loss to Ball State.  The passing yardage is a career-high for the freshman (previous high was 283 a week ago), while it’s the third time this season the quarterback has run for 10-plus yards in a single game.

601 — Yards passing for Luke Falk in Washington State’s 52-31 loss to Arizona State.  It’s the fourth time in 11 games this season a Wazzu quarterback has topped the 500-yard mark, with the first three belonging to Connor Halliday.

1,433 — Rushing yards this season for Western Michigan’s Jarvion Franklin, breaking the MAC freshman single-season record of 1,361 by Temple’s Bernard Pierce in 2009. The true freshman also has 23 rushing touchdowns, four shy of tying Pierce’s record of 27 set in 2011.

3,507 — Yards of total offense for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, breaking the school record of 3,130 set by Braxton Miller in 2012.

13,438 — Career passing yards for Oregon State’s Sean Mannion, moving past Georgia’s Aaron Murray (13,166) and Texas’ Colt McCoy (13,253) and into 10 place on the all-time FBS list.

Miami lands commitment from three-star 2020 Washington State signee Keyshawn Smith

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The personnel roll on which the Miami Hurricanes football program has been on is showing no signs of abatement.

After some initial uncertainty, Houston quarterback D’Eriq King announced Monday that he will be transferring to the Miami Hurricanes football team.  Not long after, AAC Defensive Player of the Year Quincy Roche announced that he will be doing the same.  Hell, even the Florida International kicker who taunted Miami after beating them joined the Hurricanes.

A day after King and Roche hopped aboard, so did Keyshawn Smith — although his addition comes with a bit of a twist.

Writing “[m]y dream school is the University of Miami,” the Class of 2020 wide receiver announced on Twitter that he is committing to The U.  The twist comes in the fact that Smith had signed his National Letter of Intent with Washington State during the Early Signing Period last month.

Because Mike Leach subsequently left Wazzu to take the Mississippi State job, however, Smith’s old school released him from his NLI so he could join his new school.

“From the West Coast to the East Coast, I am ready to get it going in the 305!” Lewis wrote. “Let’s do this!

“Special thanks to everyone that supported me through this very long process.”

Smith is expected to enroll in classes at U-M this week.  That will allow him to participate in spring practice with his new Miami Hurricanes football teammates.

A three-star prospect, Smith was rated as the No. 152 receiver in the country and the No. 84 player in the state of California regardless of position.  Smith would be the third receiver added by the Hurricanes this cycle, the others being four-star recruits in Michael Redding III and Dazalin Worsham.  The former is the No. 28 player at the position, the latter No. 57.

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.