Posted on: November 20, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 11:59 pm

By the Numbers: Week 12's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: School-record five touchdowns by Alvester Alexander as Wyoming beat Colorado State 44-0 in the Border War rivalry. Alexander ran in from 8 yards for the final score and the school record late in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning also threw five touchdown passes as Louisiana-Monroe beat North Texas 49-37.

Total touchdowns by Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis, who rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more, in the 59-41 victory over Houston. Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries.

102: Marcus Lattimore had 102 yards rushing and three touchdowns by halftime and No. 17 South Carolina scored its most points under coach Steve Spurrier, routing Troy 69-24.

Rodney Stewart (US Presswire)192: Rushing yards by Dwayne Priest on 35 carries, including three touchdowns in Eastern Michigan's 21-17 win over Buffalo.

195: Career-high rushing yards by Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart in the 44-36 victory over Kansas State. Stewart ran for a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 49 yards. He also completed a 23-yard halfback pass for a TD.

213: Rushing yards by Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead in the 69-38 victory over Rutgers. Pead also scored a career-high five touchdowns - four running, one receiving in the highest-scoring game in Big East history.

248: Career-high rushing yards by Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey in the 27-26 loss to Middle Tennessee. Rainey also had two touchdowns on 45 carries.

330: Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 in a game played under circumstances at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats and Fighting Illini were looking for publicity when they scheduled the first football game in 40 years at the old ballpark and did they ever get it.

Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns in Wisconsin's 48-28 victory over Michigan. Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs. White had 181 yards rushing and two scores. Ball and White became the second pair of Badgers to run for 150-plus yards in a game, joining Billy Marek (226) and Ken Starch (184) who pulled off the feat against Wyoming in 1973.

389: Passing yards by Brandon Weeden to go along with three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a share of the Big 12 South title with a 48-14 win over Kansas.

Michigan's Denard Robinson set two NCAA records in the loss to Wisconsin. Robinson broke Beau Morgan's major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year. Morgan had 1,494 yards rushing for Air Force in 1996. Robinson beat that mark with a 12-yard run in the third quarter against the Badgers.

Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:05 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 12:01 am

By the Numbers: Saturday's big performances

As we look at all the action around the opening weekend  in college football, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

Career-high number of touchdown passes by Andrew Luck in Stanford's 52-17 victory over Sacramento State. Luck also had 316 yards passing in the victory.

18.1: Average yards per carry by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez when he rushed for 127 yards on seven carries in the 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.

48: Number of attempts by Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who finished 34 of 48 for 281 yards. Gabbert rallied Missouri from a 10-point halftime deficit with two touchdown passes to lift the Tigers over Illinois 23-13 .

72: Points scored by Oregon in an easy 72-0 victory over New Mexico. Kenjon Barner replaced the suspended LaMichael James and had a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns.

141: Freshman Le'Veon Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to spark Michigan State past Western Michigan 38-14 in a season-opening game Saturday.

168: Scott McKnight became Colorado's all-time leader in receptions with a 27-yard touchdown in the 24-3 victory over Colorado State . McKnight's 168th career catch broke the mark set by Michael Westbrook from 1991-94. The senior finished with six catches for 78 yards.

218: Rushing yards by Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray, helping No. 7 Oklahoma survive an unexpected scare from Utah State 31-24.

235: Daniel Thomas rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and Kansas State rallied for a 31-22 victory over UCLA before a crowd of 51,059, the biggest for a home opener in Wildcat history.

292: Second-half rushing yards for Air Force as the Falcons scored 41 points after halftime against Northwestern State. Air Force ended up winning 65-21.

357: Total combined yards rushing and passing by Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton in the win over Arkansas State. Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores.
Posted on: June 25, 2010 12:12 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2010 11:09 am

Five losing teams that can make a bowl in 2010

Preparing for the offseason takes a great deal of research, so as I was looking at last year's standings , I was wondering if any of the losing teams from last year can make that leap and potentially make a bowl game in 2010?

For some schools the jump isn't that big. If they could just earn one or two more victories, they would be in line for one of the 35 postseason games .

A squad like Miami (Ohio) or Western Kentucky  would need a complete turnaround, but here are five schools I think could get to 6 or 7 wins and make a bowl. 

Rodney Stewart Note: Schools like Texas A&M that finished 6-7, weren't eligible for my list because they played in a bowl last year. This list is only for teams that had losing records and didn't make a bowl in 2009. Below is the team, plus its record from last season.

N.C. State (5-7): The offense is there with the return of quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receivers Jarvis Williams and Owen Spencer, but the big question mark is the defense. The Wolfpack averaged 30.3 points per game last year, but also allowed 31.2 ppg and 361 yards a game. Not good. And with only three starters returning on defense we might be in for a lot of 34-31 games. But still, the out-of-conference schedule isn't too tough with Western Carolina, at UCF and Cincinnati at home. A bowl game should be in sight toward the end of the season when the Wolfpack have to play three of their last four on the road.

Colorado (3-9): The one that has to improve the most on my list, but with eight Big 12 bowl bids, the Buffaloes should be in line for one of them. With eight starters back on offense and seven on defense the Buffaloes better get to a bowl game of the folks in Boulder are not going to be happy. Quarterback Tyler Hansen looks like he might finally take over the starting role from Cody Hawkins. Rodney Stewart returns for his junior season and will be looking to improve on his 804 yards rushing from last year. Two very good receivers are back too, along with the entire offensive line. Defensively, seven starters are back, including cornerbacks Jalil Brown and Jimmy Smith. The schedule doesn't do Colorado any favors as it plays at Colorado State, at California, Hawaii and Georgia to open the season. Then add in trips to Oklahoma and Nebraska and Colorado has one of the tougher schedules in the conference.

Washington (5-7): This one was easy. The Huskies should easily make a bowl this season and it would be a major disappointment if they didn't. Senior Jake Locker is back at quarterback and is on most people's radar as a possible No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. Eight other starters are back on offense, including running back Chris Polk, who had 1,113 yards rushing as a freshman. A solid offensive line and good receivers should allow the Huskies to compete with anybody in the Pac-10. The defense is a little shaky (ranked 9th in the Pac-10 in points allowed with 26.7 ppg) and the key will be the secondary as Desmon Trufant, Adam Long and Nate Williams all return. I'm more concerned with the start of the schedule -- at BYU, Syracuse, Nebraska and at USC to start the year.

Purdue (5-7): All eyes will be on Miami transfer Robert Marve at quarterback. The kid has talent and will have a great wide receiver to throw to with the return of Keith Smith (91 catches). The Boilermakers biggest issue in the offseason will be the running game. Starting back Ralph Bolden tore his ACL in March and his return is slim, so the rushing attack falls on Al-Terek McBurse (known by fans as ATM). He is a very good kick returner, but can he handle the load of an entire season? On defense, the front seven is very strong and is led by DE Ryan Kerrigan. Seven wins shouldn't be that hard to get, especailly when they play Western Illinois, Ball State and Toledo in three of the first four. (Season opener is at Notre Dame).

Mississippi State (5-7): This is the year for Dan Mullen's crew to get back to its first bowl game since 2007. The Bulldogs were close last year, losing a heartbreaker to LSU (30-26), staying with Florida for three quarters before losing 29-19 and being tied with Houston at 17 until eventually losing 31-24. Four starters are back on the offensive line, so whoever wins the quarterback job in the fall Chris Relf or Tyler Russell should be protected. Defensively the Bulldogs should be better, especially with the return of DE Pernell McPhee. This team won't be competing for the SEC title, but I feel they can get to that 6-6 mark and make a lower-level bowl.

Posted on: September 14, 2009 1:21 pm

CBSSports.com -- Colorado's fall

"10 wins and no excuses."

That was the prediction from Colorado head coach Dan Hawkins at the beginning of the season.

My how things have changed in just two games.

Colorado, which lost to Toledo this week to drop to 0-2, has fallen all the way down to No. 101 in the CBSSports.com 120 rankings.

"It's great people want us to win. All I can do is what I can do. We're going to have supporters. We're going to have detractors," said Hawkins, who is in his fourth season at Colorado. "I can't control what people think, nor am I willing. I know this: Inside our program we're doing things right."

Can things get any worse?

You bet.

The Buffaloes host Wyoming this week, but then have back-to-back road trips at West Virginia and Texas. They still have to play Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma State this year too.

"We're frustrated, Dan's frustrated and our fans our frustrated as well," Colorado Athletic Director Mike Bohn said to the New York Times on Saturday. "Again, I think that's why the competitive resolve of our entire constituency base is going to be important for us to battle through this."

Hawkins owns a 13-26 record now at Colorado and only one bowl appearance. His best season was in 2007 when the Buffaloes went 6-7, losing to Alabama in the Independence Bowl.

But Hawkins might not be going anywhere. Buffzone.com reported the school's total liability could approach $3 million under the terms of the deal if any partial year was prorated in a buyout.

And the athletic department remains in debt with the majority of an $8 million loan from the campus in 2006 still to be paid off. Part of that debt was caused when Gary Barnett was fired at the end of the 2005 season and the school hired Hawkins.

"It's after the second game of the season and right now we're focused on creating an environment to get this turned around, and it starts with Wyoming," Bohn told the website following the Toledo game.

Colorado isn't the only big-name program struggling. Virginia is also 0-2 and ranked No. 102 in the CBSSports.com 120. Syracuse is ranked No. 105 after losing to Minnesota and Penn State to start the year.

Virginia opened the season with a loss to William & Mary and then fell to TCU 30-14. The Horned Frogs sacked Virginia QB Jameel Sewell eight times, the most sacks the Cavaliers have given up since 1997.

"What do you think my thoughts are? It's disappointing. I definitely expected our offense to be further along than this," said senior offensive tackle Will Barker. "We've gotten off to a pretty slow start."

Jumping Up

While some teams were dropping down the rankings, some are moving up. Houston jumped 10 spots from No. 27 to No. 17 after beating Oklahoma State. The Cougars are 2-0, while Oklahoma State is 1-1, but for some reason, the Cougars are still behind the Cowboys in the AP and Coaches Polls. Houston isn't even ranked in the Coaches Poll.

Michigan also took a big leap, moving up from No. 50 to No. 22 after beating Notre Dame to improve to 2-0.


... The MAC has three schools ranked in the bottom four. Ball State is No. 117, Miami (Ohio) is No. 118 and Eastern Michigan is No. 119.

... The lowest-ranked undefeated team is SMU at No. 100. The Mustangs two wins are against Stephen F. Austin and UAB. The highest-ranked winless team is Nevada at No. 50. The Wolf Pack lost to Notre Dame in the opener, but was off this week. They play at Colorado State this weekend.

Posted on: February 5, 2008 12:20 pm

Signing Day Eve

Is there such a thing? Well, there should be.

Christmas Eve is the day when kids get all excited because Santa is coming tomorrow and hoping to get the presents they asked for.

Signing Day Eve is the day when adults get all excited because the five-star recruit they've been drooling over the past two months, might put on the hat of their favorite team. I'm sure Ohio State, Michigan and Notre Dame fans all over the country will have trouble sleeping tonight, because they don't know what tomorrow will bring.

I can't make any promises, but here is what I bring today .... rumors:

As reported by the Bleacher Report, the nation's No. 1 wide receiver Julio Jones, might be signing with Alabama.

The website said he was spotted at the LSU-Alabama basketball game in Tuscaloosa on Saturday with Alabama commits Burton Scott and Robert Lester.

Jones has basically narrowed his choices down to Oklahoma, Florida State and Alabama. Texas Tech also had a shot, but he canceled his visit this weekend to Lubbock. He will announce his plans at 11 a.m. on ESPNU's recruiting show.

As for the nation's top quarterback Terrelle Pryor, its down to Ohio State and Michigan.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Terrelle Pryor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review he is 80 percent sure he'll announce his college choice Wednesday afternoon on National Signing Day.

That pretty much means Oregon is out, considering he never visited the campus. So it's all coming down to Ohio State or Michigan.

Darrell Scott, the nation's No. 1-rated running back, is expected to choose between Colorado and Texas.

According to the Daily Camera, Scott told several recruiting services last month he was leaning toward Texas because it offers the chance to play early, tradition and warm weather. In interviews last fall, Scott told the Daily Camera and other media outlets he was heavily favoring Colorado because of early playing time and the fact his uncle, freshman wide receiver Josh Smith, is already a Buff.

The only other undecided player left on CSTV.com's Top 25 is Quinton Coples, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound, defensive lineman from Virginia.

Coples has a handful of schools to choose from, including Florida State, Tennessee, North Carolina and N.C. State. Mike Farrell, from Rivals.com, reported there are also strong rumors that he is headed to join the Tar Heels, but Coples has publicly denied that he is committed, and he is scheduled to announce on Signing Day.

Stay tuned, tomorrow is a big day.

Posted on: January 23, 2008 1:05 pm

Terrelle Pryor, Darrell Scott and Julio Jones

With National Signing Day right around the corner, the top three prospects are still undecided.

The nation's No. 1 prospect, QB Terrelle Pryor, appears to have his choices down to four.

According to Terrelle Pryor's official website -- yes, he has his own official site -- he says he's still considering Ohio State, Michigan, LSU and Oregon, which indicates that Florida and Penn State may have fallen out of the picture.

He just visited Michigan and the Detroit Free Press reports his high school coach "liked" his trip. Pryor sat with Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez for parts of the game and Pryor was serenaded with “WE WANT PRYOR!!!” and “COME TO MICHIGAN!!!” chants from the student section.

He already visited Ohio State and will probably get to LSU and Oregon in the next couple of weeks.

"I talked over the Michigan visit with my dad when I got back, and I still have a lot of comparing to do," Pryor said. "And I'm going to take at least one or two more official visits if I can fit them in."

Darrell Scott, the nation's top RB, is likely leaning toward Texas. "Texas is still in the same place they were before. They hold a slight lead over Colorado."

According to BurntOrangeNation.com, the coaches from Austin are think they're going to win this battle with the Buffaloes. Scott still might be taking a visit to LSU, but it appears to be down the two Big 12 rivals. His uncle, Josh Smith, is a freshman wide receiver with the Buffaloes, which could play into where he lands.

The DailyCamera.com, a newspaper from Colorado, said Scott told them nothing is more important to him than family when he made an official visit to Colorado in October, but they also report that Scott isn't a fan of the cold weather in Boulder, which is one of the reasons Texas is in the lead.

As for Julio Jones, the nation's top receiver from Alabama. He is considering Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, but the Crimson Tide are definitely the front runner. According to RollBamaRoll.com, he cut short his visit to Florida, so they are probably out.

He is headed to Norman, OK to visit the Sooners this weekend, where Stoops and Co. will try their hardest to steal him from Saban.

Stay tuned...



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