Week 14, Statistically Speaking

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

.2 — Yards per attempt for USF on its 22 carries in Friday’s 16-0 loss to UCF.

.611 – Winning percentage of visiting teams in Pac-12 road games (33-21) this season. The four teams ranked in last week’s Associated Press Top 25 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State, Arizona) have a combined overall road record of 19-3 (.864).

5 — Single-game rushing performances Georgia Southern has placed in the Top 30 all-time at the FBS level this season alone.  Those are No. 2 (613, vs. Georgia State), No. 3 (564, vs. Savannah State), No. 21 (421, vs. Troy), T-No. 22 (419, vs. New Mexico State) and No. 30 (408, Appalachian State).

5 — Times during their 124 meetings Minnesota and Wisconsin have faced each other when both teams are ranked (1954, 1962, 1999, 2005, 2014).

6 — Consecutive losses to end the regular season for Kentucky after it began the season 5-1, leaving the Wildcats one win shy of bowl-eligibility.  UK was also 0-4 after the announcement of a contract extension for head coach Mark Stoops.

6-0 — UCF’s home record in 2014, its first perfect season at home since 2001.

7 — Consecutive seasons Alabama, Nebraska and Oregon have won at least nine games, the only teams in the country that can make that claim.

cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznptm5nju3zweyoduxyzrjmzfhnmrjnjnjzwjmntbiywfl7 — More wins Western Michigan and Air Force have in 2014 (8-4 and 9-3, respectively) than they did in 2013 (1-11 and 2-10, respectively), the biggest turnarounds this season.  TCU (4-8 last year, 10-1 this year) could reach that mark with a win in Week 15, while Memphis (9-3 in 2014, 3-9 in 2013) could do it in a bowl game.

12 — Bowl-eligible teams for the SEC, a conference record.  The only teams from the 14-team league that failed to qualify for the postseason were Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

12 — Consecutive games in which Jake Waters has thrown for 200 yards or more, the longest such streak during Bill Snyder‘s tenure at Kansas State.

12 — Points scored by Northern Illinois off of Western Michigan’s six turnovers in NIU’s 31-21 win Friday.

13 — Consecutive games in which TCU has scored 30 or more points, the longest such streak at the FBS level.

14 — Interceptions this season by Louisville’s Gerod Holliman, tying the FBS record set by Washington’s Al Worley in 1968.

15 — Combined touchdown passes for Marshall and Western Kentucky in Friday’s 67-66 game; Army has thrown 15 touchdown passes the last four seasons combined.

16 — Consecutive home wins for Alabama, the longest such streak in the country.  Baylor is next with 15 straight, followed by Florida State (14) and Boise State (14).

16 — Consecutive seasons Boise State has won eight or more games, the longest such streak in the country.  The Broncos went 6-5 in 1998 prior to starting their streak.

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Jameis Winston

17 — Interceptions this season for Florida State’s Jameis Winston in 392 attempts, the most for any Power Five quarterback.  During his Heisman-winning 2013 season, Winston threw 10 interceptions in 384 attempts.

18 — Players in FBS history to run for 2,000-plus yards in the season, with Indiana’s Tevin Coleman becoming the most recent.  Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon had already surpassed that mark earlier this season.

19-4 — Kansas State’s record vs. Kansas under Bill Snyder, including a 19-1 record since 1993.  Prior to Snyder’s arrival, KU held a 59-23-5 advantage on K-State in the in-state rivalry.

23College GameDay appearances, home, road and neutral sites, for Alabama since Nick Saban took over as head coach in 2007, the most of any other team.  Oregon is next with 18 in that span, followed by LSU (16), Ohio State (13), and Oklahoma and Florida (12 each).

25 — Point deficit Rutgers overcame in 41-38 win over Maryland, the largest comeback in school history.  The previous largest was 24 against Vanderbilt in 2004.

38 — Yards for Melvin Gordon in a Week 2 win over FCS-level Western Carolina, averaging 2.2 yards on his 17 carries.  In his other 11 games, all against FBS competition, Gordon is averaging 202 yards per game and 8.3 yards per carry.

39 — Number of wins for Duke in David Cutcliffe‘s six-plus years as head coach. It’s also the number of wins the football program had in the previous 17 years prior to Cutcliffe’s arrival in 2008.

40 — Consecutive games Texas Tech has totaled at least 325 yards of total offense, the longest such streak in the country.

42 — Yards on a second-quarter completion by Navy’s Keenan Reynolds in a win over South Alabama, his only completion in four attempts in a game that helped the service academy become bowl-eligible.

43 — Years since Memphis won a conference title before clinching at least a share of the AAC in Week 14.

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J.T. Barrett

45 — Touchdowns responsible for in 2014 (34 passing, 11 rushing) for Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett, breaking the Big Ten record of 42 set by Purdue’s Drew Brees in 1998 (39 passing, three rushing).

95 — Non-offensive touchdowns for Kansas State since 1999, the most of any FBS team in that span.

100 — Graduation rate percentage for Duke, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Stanford football for the most recent academic year, the only FBS programs that can make that claim.

124 — Including Saturday, games played in the Minnesota-Wisconsin series, the most-played rivalry at the FBS level.  It’s also the longest-running, consecutively-played rivalry at 108 straight; Clemson-South Carolina at 106 straight is the second-longest.

133 — Points scored in the Western Kentucky-Marshall football game, more than the the combined score of the former’s basketball game Thanksgiving Day (121) or the latter’s Black Friday hoops contest (127).

222 — Rushing yards as a team for Western Kentucky in its win over Marshall, even as Leon Allen had 237 on his own.  The only other Hilltopper credited with a run was quarterback Brandon Doughty, whose statline read two carries for minus-15 yards.

317 — Number of yards rushing Oklahoma’s Samaje Perine ran for in the second and third quarters alone in his record-setting 427-yard rushing performance in Week 13.

320.2Logan Woodside‘s pass efficiency rating in Toledo’s 52-16 win over Eastern Michigan Friday.  Woodside, who came into the game with a 131.2 rating, completed 14-of-18 passes for 323 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions.

340 — Consecutive games Nebraska has sold-out Memorial Stadium, a streak that dates back to Nov. 3, 1962.

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Kyle Bolin

381 — After replacing the injured Reggie Bonnafon, career-high passing yards for Louisville freshman Kyle Bolin in the 44-40 win over Kentucky.  Bolin, who entered the 2014 season as the Cardinals’ No. 3 quarterback, entered Saturday’s game with 35 career passing yards.

456 — Passing yards for Auburn’s Nick Marshall in the Iron Bowl loss to Alabama, his first career 400-yard passing game.  In fact, it was just his second career 300-yard passing game, with the first (339) coming Sept. 14 of last year vs. Mississippi State.

469 — Rushing yards for Arkansas State in its 68-35 rout of New Mexico State.  Three different Red Wolves players rushed for 100-plus yards: quarterback Fredi Knighten (153) and running backs Michael Gordon (143) and Johnston White (110).  Knighten and Gordon combined for eight touchdowns as well, two passing and two rushing for the former and three rushing and one receiving for the latter.

598 — Passing yards for Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes in the two-point loss to Baylor, setting a Big 12 freshman record.  The previous record of 462 was set last season by Tech quarterback Davis Webb, whose injury earlier this season opened the starting door for Mahomes.  It was also the fourth-highest single-game total in Red Raider history.

1,074 — Rushing yards in 2014 for Boston College’s Tyler Murphy, breaking the single-season ACC record for a quarterback of 1,061 set by Clemson’s Woodrow Dantzler in 2001.

1,773 — Yards passing for Washington State’s Luke Falk in the four games since Connor Halliday went down with a season-ending injury.  That’s more than nine FBS teams had in 12 games this season, and nearly more than a 10th (Wisconsin, 1,774).

1933-35 — Last time a Big Ten team (Minnesota) went three straight years without a regular-season loss in conference play prior to Ohio State pulling that trick in 2012-14. The Buckeyes are also the first team ever to produce no ties or losses in conference contests over a three-year period in Big Ten history.

cd0ymzcznguwzdbhnduynddiytjhm2yyzthlmtjjotqwyyznpwvinzjjnmiwyzc4y2riodmwotk1n2rinmixmgq0nju31940s — Last decade in which Indiana had a winning record over Purdue in the battle for the Old Oaken Bucket (7-3).  With Saturday’s win, the Hoosiers now have a 3-2 record in the rivalry game in the 2010s.

1968 — Prior to CBS airing it Saturday, the last year the Mississippi State-Ole Miss Egg Bowl was aired on a broadcast network, with that network being NBC.

1983 — Last season LSU played on Thanksgiving Day prior to Thursday’s win over Texas A&M.  The Tigers have played on Turkey Day a total of 26 times in their history, the first coming in 1899.

1986 — Last season Arizona State (No. 13) and Arizona (No. 15) both entered the Territorial Cup as ranked teams prior to this year’s rivalry game.

1998 — Last season prior to this year that Arizona won at least 10 games in the regular season.  It’s also just the second time ever 116-year history of the program the Wildcats have pulled off that feat.

2,260 — Rushing yards in 2014 for Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon, surpassing the Big Ten single-season record of 2,109 of former UW running back Ron Dayne in 1996. Gordon’s total currently stands fourth-best in FBS history, behind only Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders (2,628 in 1988), UCF’s Kevin Smith (2,567 in 2007) and USC’s Marcus Allen (2,342 in 1981).

3,387 — Career rushing yards for Miami’s Duke Johnson, breaking the school record of 3,331 yards set by Ottis Anderson.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott tests positive for COVID-19

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It was quite the eventful day for the Pac-12 on the news front.  Not exactly the kind of headlines the conference wants, though.  At all.

Earlier this evening, the Pac-12 announced that, like the Big Ten, it will be going with a conference-only schedule for fall sports, including football.  Not long after, the conference announced that its commissioner, Larry Scott, has tested positive for COVID-19.

After experiencing mild flu-like symptoms late this week and out of an abundance of caution, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott was tested for COVID-19.  The test for Commissioner Scott came back positive, and as a result he is self-quarantining at the direction of his physician.  Commissioner Scott is continuing to carry on his duties remotely as normal.

The 55-year-old Scott took over as the commissioner of the conference in July of 2009.  Prior to that, he was the chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association.

His current contract is set to expire in 2022.  However, there is talk that league leaders are discussing buying out Scott’s contract prior to that.

There’s serious talk amongst the Pac-12 CEO Group,” said one high-level conference administrator, “to end his contract ahead of the expiration date to have a fighting chance to save the (conference) Networks.

PAC-12 joins Big Ten in going conference-only for 2020 football season

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Thanks to the Pac-12, the Big Ten has football scheduling company.

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.  It was expected that the ACC and Pac-12 would quickly follow suit.  The ACC, though, released a statement earlier Friday in which that conference revealed it won’t make a decision on. Fall sports until late July.

The Pac-12, however, isn’t waiting as that league announced Friday evening that it too will be going to a conference-only football schedule.  As was the case with the Big Ten, this will apply to all fall sports as well.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

“Competitive sports are an integral part of the educational experience for our student-athletes, and we will do everything that we can to support them in achieving their dreams while at the same time ensuring that their health and safety is at the forefront,” said Michael Schill, Pac-12 CEO Group Chair and President of the University of Oregon.

According to the conference, “student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics during the coming academic year because of safety concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.”

The Pac -12 expects to announce its conference-only schedules, including for football, no later than July 31.

Among the games impacted by this decision are Alabama-USC and Texas A&M-Colorado. It had previously been discussed that Alabama could replace USC with TCU for the opener. Whether that is still in play remains to be seen.

Both the Big 12 and SEC are expected to announce its plans by the end of the month.

Toledo announces creation of GoFundMe page to assist the family of Jahneil Douglas, the Rockets DL who was shot and killed earlier this week

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Toledo is doing what it can for those close to one of its fallen football players.

According to reports coming out of the area Wednesday, a man was shot dead following an argument outside of a pizza joint in the city.  It was subsequently confirmed that the victim was Rockets defensive lineman Jahneil Douglas.

“The University and all of Rocket Nation mourn the death of junior football player Jahneil Douglas, who was shot in an incident in Toledo last night,” UT’s athletic department wrote in a tweet.

Subsequent to that, Toledo head coach Jason Candle issued his own statement on the 22-year-old Douglas’ death.

“The Toledo football family is heartbroken by the loss of Jahneil,” the fifth-year coach wrote. “He was a bright and hard-working young man who was loved by all his teammates and coaches. Our sincerest condolences go out to Jahneil’s family and friends during these difficult times. Jahneil will forever be a part of the Rocket football family.”

Thursday, the Toledo football program announced that a GoFundMe page has been created to support Douglas’ family.  Below is the school’s release:

The fund will help pay for funeral costs, as well as assist Douglas’ children.

The page was started by former teammate Mitchell Guadagni, the Rockets’ starting quarterback the past two seasons.

“We all loved Jahneil and we loved his family,” said Guadagni. “(Former Rocket teammate) Nate Childress and I were talking about Jahneil and decided we wanted to do something to help his family and his beautiful children. Jahneil will always be a Rocket and he will always be in our hearts.”

Toledo Head Football Coach Jason Candle said he is proud of the way the players have come together to help their teammate’s family.

“Yesterday was a terrible day for the Rocket Football family,” said Candle. “We are still reeling from the loss of JD. Coming together as a family is important during these trying times, and I am happy to see our Rockets step up like this. JD’s impact will be forever felt on Toledo Football.”

UToledo Vice President and Athletic Director Mike O’Brien added that a scholarship fund in Douglas’ name will be forthcoming.

“This has been such a tragic loss for Jahneil’s family and for our football program,” said O’Brien. “Jahneil was a fine young man and a great Rocket, so we felt it was only fitting to create some kind of lasting legacy to honor his memory.”

Click HERE to access the link to the GoFundMe page for Jahneil Douglas’ family or go to: https://www.gofundme.com/f/22ey4h9x6o

MAC schools stand to lose millions because of Big Ten going to conference only schedule

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No conference will feel the financial pinch of one of the Power Five’s domino-tipping decisions more than MAC football.

Thursday afternoon, the Big Ten confirmed reports that it will be going with a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season.  That means, of course, that the 14 members of the league will forego playing a combined 42 non-conference games.  Nine of those 42 were to come against other Power Five programs.  Those schools are more well-positioned financially to take any hit.

Then there’s MAC football.

All told, 11 games were scheduled to be played between members of the Mid-American Conference and the Big Ten.  Ball State (Indiana, Michigan), Bowling Green (Illinois, Ohio State), Central Michigan (Nebraska, Northwestern) and Northern Illinois (Iowa, Maryland) each had two games on this season’s docket against Big Ten teams.

According to USA Today, MAC schools stand to lose a combined $10.5 million from those canceled football games.  Bowling Green and Central Michigan will take $2.2 million and $2.15 million hits, respectively.  Kent State would’ve been paid $1.5 million for its game against Penn State.

At this point, it’s unclear if the MAC schools will have any legal recourse to recoup the money.  Rest assured, though, all of those impacted by the Big Ten’s decision are looking into that angle as we speak.

“Every member of the NCAA is attempting to navigate these very difficult times in college athletics,” Bowling Green athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said in a statement. “While we are certainly disappointed that our student-athletes will not have the opportunity to compete in non-conference games against Big Ten opponents, we understand that difficult decisions need to be made.

“The decision by the Big Ten is the tip of the iceberg. Ten FBS conferences have signed a college football playoff agreement with an expectation that we will work together for the good of college football. If we are to solve these challenges and be truly dedicated to protecting the health and safety of our student-athletes, we need to do a better job of working together.”

It should also be noted that BYU will be directly impacted by the Big Ten’s move as well.  The football independent has two paycheck games scheduled against B1G opponents this season, at Michigan State and at Minnesota.  At this point, it’s unclear how much BYU stands to lose.