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The Fifth Quarter: Week 13 Rewind

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As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.

HISTORIC REPEAT
As it turns out, while Samaje Perine made history, the timeframe in which he did it wasn’t historically unprecedented.

In Oklahoma’s win over Kansas, Perine set the FBS single-game rushing record with 427 yards.  That performance broke the record of 408 set a week ago by Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon.  Most assumed Perine’s breaking of a rushing record that was a week old had never happened before; Anthony Thompson would point out what the word “assume” makes out of all involved.

Back on Nov. 11, 1989, the Indiana running back’s 377 yards broke the previous mark of 357 yards.  That record was first set by Washington State’s Rueben Mayes in 1984 and tied by Cal State Fullerton’s Mike Pringle on Nov. 4, 1989, exactly one week before Thompson broke it.

Below is how the FBS rushing record has progressed over the past four-plus decades:

347 — Ron Johnson, Michigan, 1968
350 — Eric Allen, Michigan State, 1971
356 — Eddie Lee Ivery, Georgia Tech, 1978
357 — Rueben Mayes, Washington State, 1984
357 — Mike Pringle, Cal State Fullerton, 1989
377 — Anthony Thompson, Indiana, 1989
386 — Marshall Faulk, San Diego State, 1991
396 — Tony Sands, Kansas, 1991
406 — LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU, 1999
408 — Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin, 2014
427 — Samaje Perine, Oklahoma, 2014

Perine was also second to Thompson in something else — percentage increase of the previous record.  Thompson bested the old mark by 5.6 percent;  Perine, meanwhile, topped Gordon’s week-old record by 4.7 percent.

Some would say, though, the most impressive record belongs to Gordon.  The Badger back did his record-setting damage in three quarters of work and on just 25 carries; the only other players on that list with less than 30 carries were Ivery (26) and Allen (29).  Gordon’s 16.2 yards per carry is easily the best mark among the group, with only Ivery (13.7) within three yards.   Perine did average 12.6 ypc, the third-best among that group of 11 players.

At the opposite end of the yards-per-carry spectrum were Thompson and Sands, who averaged 7.25 yards on 52 carries and 6.8 yards on 58 carries, respectively.

Of course, Perine is the only true freshman to break the record… and he did it in three quarters plus two fourth-quarter plays after not starting a game played in the rain… and he is the only player to rush for 200-plus yards in both halves of a game, all of which makes his performance arguably the greatest of all-time regardless of how you attempt to parse out the numbers.

PROJECTING CFP TOP FOUR
Unlike previous weeks, there was no upheaval around the top of the College Football Playoff Top 25 in Week 14.  The highest-ranked team to lose was No. 8 Ole Miss, and, with two losses, it’s unlikely the Rebels were a realistic playoff option to begin with.

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Nick Saban lobs a ‘kiss my ass’ when asked about Pat White Corvette allegations

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OK, this is gonna take a not-so-quick, get-you-up-to-speed moment or two.

Earlier this week, Alabama running back Derrick Henry posted a picture on Twitter of himself standing in front of what appears to be an extremely nice and relatively new Dodge Challenger, with a comment of “[e]verybody meet my new baby.”  Because the unveiling of an expensive car involved a player from the SEC in general and Alabama specifically, it of course set off a maelstrom of “CHEATERS!!!” accusations across the vast expanses of the Internet.

One of those caught up in the maelstrom?  Former West Virginia and current CFL quarterback Pat White, who decided to post the following to his Facebook page Wednesday:

Pat White Facebook

White played his high school football in Mobile, Ala. The Crimson Tide reportedly recruited him as a running back while White only wanted to play quarterback, which he ultimately did — very successfully — under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia in the middle to end of last decade.

Nick Saban, who was the head coach at LSU at the time of White’s recruitment and is, coincidentally or not, a native of Fairmont, WV, was asked by a media member about White’s “accusations” during a Crimson Tide Caravan event in Nashville. His response?

Or, better yet, his video response?  Courtesy of The Tennessean, see below:

 

And, just like the Jameis Winston video from earlier in the day, that was a letdown.  Saban was obviously perturbed by the question, but more along the lines of “gimme a break, get a life, I don’t need this ****” to the reporter than anything untoward in regards to White, which was the initial tack the “kiss my ass” headlines took.

In other words, chalk this up to being the middle of May and meaningful college football action being both a month in the rearview and another couple of months out on the horizon.

Wednesday offseason one-liners

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Some links from around college football on a Wednesday…

Gamecocks stun Wolverines on late TD to claim Outback Bowl

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For a fleeting moment Tuesday afternoon, it appeared the Big Ten was about to shake the postseason SEC monkey off its back.  Northwestern had already easily handled a disappointing Mississippi State squad, while both Nebraska and Michigan held leads, albeit tenuous ones, on their SEC opposition.

In the end, though, we’re right back to where New Year’s Day began: the SEC owning the B1G.

As noted earlier, Georgia pulled away from the Cornhuskers in the second of the three B1G-SEC matchups.  In the third, it was No. 11 South Carolina pulling some late-game magic out of the Ol’ Ball Coach’s visor to add another B1G notch to the SEC’s headboard.

After Michigan had taken a 28-27 lead with 3:29 left in the game, a 70-yard Gamecocks drive was capped by a 32-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Thompson (backup quarterback) to Bruce Ellington (basketball point guard) with 11 ticks left, handing USC a stunning 33-28 Outback Bowl win over the Wolverines.  The Gamecocks have now won 23 games the past two seasons, with the 12 wins last season and 11 in 2012 marking the two winningest seasons in the school’s history.

Ace Sanders was the offensive star of the game for the Gamecocks, catching two touchdown passes as well as returning a punt 63 yards for another score.  It was Jadeveon Clowney, though, who stole the show.

The freakish sophomore defensive end was the talk of Twitter, largely due in part to one play that personified his freakish ability.  On that play, which came immediately after one of the most blatant missed calls of this or any other bowl season, Clowney simultaneously relieved Michigan’s Vincent Smith of both his helmet and the ball in one of the more jaw-dropping sequences you’ll ever witness:

 

That right there is exactly why Clowney will be a preseason favorite for the 2013 Heisman Trophy and the odds-on favorite to be the first player selected in the 2014 NFL draft.

As for Michigan, it’s the fourth time the past five seasons the Wolverines have finished with at least five losses.  This five-loss season, though, was different from other years as the five losses came to teams with a combined record of 57-7, including losses to the only two FBS schools that finished the regular season undefeated (Notre Dame, Ohio State).

There was one bright spot on the day as Denard Robinson broke Pat White‘s FBS record for most rushing yards by a quarterback with 4,505.  The former West Virginia Mountaineers finished his WVU career with 4,493 yards.

The SEC is now 3-2 this bowl season, while the Big Ten dropped to 2-4.  The SEC is now 11-5 against the Big Ten in bowl games the past six years, including a 7-2 mark the past three postseasons.

Arizona’s Matt Scott breaks passing records in loss to Stanford

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No. 18 Stanford was able to bounce back from a stunning loss last week to Washington and rally to beat Arizona on Saturday 54-48 in overtime. The win keeps the Cardinal from slipping further behind in the race to the Pac-12 championship game. Quarterback Josh Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards while accounting for five touchdowns.

But it was Arizona quarterback Matt Scott who made history, completing 45 of 69 passes for 491 yards and three touchdowns. The completions and attempts surpass previous records held by Willie Tuitama. When you think of Rich Rodriguez offenses, you think of  running quarterbacks like Pat White and Denard Robinson, but almost all of Arizona’s offense on Saturday came through the air.

However, it was Scott’s final throw of the game that landed in the arms of Stanford linebacker Chase Thomas and allowed Stanford to keep the Wildcats off the scoreboard.

Stephan Taylor would rush for the game-winning touchdown on the next possession.