Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 10:38 pm
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 4, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .
4: Number of touchdowns by freshman James White as No. 11 Wisconsin steamrolled Austin Peay 70-3 . White finished with 145 yards rushing on just 11 carries.
6: Amount of touchdowns accounted by Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the 73-20 pounding of Eastern Michigan. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for another score and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass from his former high school teammate, Jordan Hall, late in the third quarter.
13: Points scored in the fourth quarter by Air Force in the 20-14 victory over conference rival Wyoming. Tim Jefferson ran 7 yards for the decisive score late in the fourth quarter.
24: Seconds remaining when Carson Coffman scored on a 7-yard run to lift Kansas State to a come-from-behind 17-13 victory over UCF. The game was delayed almost 1 1/2 hours in the first quarter by weather .
35: Length of Ben DeLine's field goal as time expired to lift Colorado State past Idaho 36-34.
100: Florida coach Urban Meyer became the sixth fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins as Florida knocked off Kentucky 48-14. He improved to 100-18 at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green, hitting the century mark faster than anyone except Gil Dobie (108 games), George Woodruff (109), Bud Wilkinson (111), Fielding Yost (114) and Knute Rockne (117).
368: Career passing yards by N.C. State's Russell Wilson in the 45-28 victory over Georgia Tech. Wilson completed 28 of 41 passes with three touchdowns as the Wolfpack improved to 4-0, their best start since winning their first nine games in 2002.
Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:38 am
As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 3, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.
Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:05 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 12:01 am
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 .
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.
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.
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: July 2, 2010 5:03 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2010 10:57 am
Mark Ingram, Terrelle Pryor and Kellen Moore are all guys that even the casual fan knows. Even on a team like Ball State, which won two games last year, most fans know who running back MiQuale Lewis.
Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State: The die-hard fans will know Burfict, but the average fan might not. Not much is expected from the Sun Devils this season, but the sophomore linebacker will be a beast this season. In case you missed it, he was named Pac-10 defensive freshman of the year and earned freshman All-American honors. One of the best linebackers in the nation, he won't be a name most have heard of because he plays on such a bad team out west. Look for him to improve on his numbers from last year -- 69 tackles, seven for a loss and two sacks. Burfict has already earned earned preseason first team All-American honors by the Sporting News.
Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State: The first-team All-Big 12 member is posed for another big season. Thomas is back for his senior season after leading the conference with 1,265 yards on 247 attempts (5.1 avg) to go along with 11 touchdowns. Kansas State hasn't played in a bowl since 2006 and it might miss the postseason again, but it won't be because of Thomas. The 6-foot-2 back has flown under the radar a bit, mostly because he plays for Kansas State and he came in last year as a junior college transfer. Be ready to know this guy as his production should increase after being involved in 34.4 percent of the offensive plays last year.
Donovan Varner, WR, Duke: It's not too often that Duke has a leader in the ACC, but the junior wide receiver led the conference with 65 catches and receiving yards per game (88.8). He became just the third player in Duke history to have 1,000 yards receiving. Against Miami (Fla.) he had eight catches for 165 yards. Varner is a definite first-team all-conference member and if he can improve on last year's numbers, he just might be able to earn some third-team All-American honors.
Duke Ihenacho, S, San Jose State: Not even diehard fans know much about San Jose State, considering its had one winning season in the past 10 years, but you need to know Ihenacho. He led the Spartans last season with six pass breakups and 89 tackles and is one of the best safties in the nation. He's also a two-time All-WAC selection and can also play linebacker. NFLDraftScout.com has the fourth-best safety for the 2011 NFL Draft. Ihenacho will be center stage for the first game of the season as the Spartans play at Alabama.
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International: The Golden Panthers have never had a winning season since the progam started in 2002. And for the most part, it hasn't had any big-time players, until Hilton came to Miami. After a tremendous freshman season where he earned Freshman All-American honors as a punt return specialist by the FWAA, he struggled a bit as a sophomore due to injuries. He still led the team with 57 catches and a return average of 28.8 yards per game, the highest in school history and 13th in the nation. I'll bet the Alabama special teams unit knows Hilton as he opened the season in 2009 with a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdown.
Posted on: November 9, 2009 3:40 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2009 4:24 pm
K-State needs just one more victory to become bowl-eligible (The Wildcats played two FCS teams, so they must win seven games, instead of the usual six) and controls its own destiny to reach the Big 12 Championship game against Texas.
"At the beginning of the season, everyone expected us to not do so much, to have a losing season or whatever," cornerback Josh Moore said to The Manhattan Mercury, "but all the players on the team and the coaches have a lot of faith in what we're doing. We're number one in the North right now - you have to take us seriously."
After Bill Snyder retired in 2005, the Wildcats didn't have much success under former assistant Ron Prince. They made just one bowl game (Texas Bowl in 2006) and had two consecutive losing seasons. The school decided a change needed to be made and brought Snyder back.
Not much was expected heading into this season, in what was supposed to be a competitive Big 12, with one of the worst defensives in the nation. Kansas state gave up 36.8 points per game (110th in the nation) and was 117th in the nation overall. This year, the defense is 43rd in the nation overall and 45th in points allowed.
The biggest telling statistics is the Wildcats are plus-11 in turnover margin. Safties Emmanuel Lamur, who leads the team in tackles and recorded two INTs against Colorado, and Tysyn Hartman, who has four INTS, are the driving force behind the turnaround on defense.
We're playing at a very high level," Hartman said to The Kansas City Star a few weeks ago. "We don't make a lot of mistakes, and when we do we try to correct them as soon as possible. That's what leads to our performance."
Another nice surprise has been running back Daniel Thomas. After rushing for 185 yards in the victory over Kansas, he now has 1,087 yards on the season with 11 touchdowns.
Thomas was a star at Northwest Mississippi Community College before signing with Kansas State, but wasn't expected to contribute much with the return of three running backs.
"Here is a guy that did not know where Kansas was a few months ago and still does not know anything about Kansas, but he gives it everything he has got, and he played hard," said Snyder after the game. "Sometimes he plays like he is a linebacker, and I just appreciate his approach to the game. He is not an easy guy to get down, and that is for one reason and one reason alone. It does not have anything to do with speed or size or anything else, it is just tenacity and a desire to get that extra inch or foot."
Oregon ranking talk, Part II
Last week, we had the debate about which team should be ranked higher -- one-loss Oregon or an undefeated Boise State team? This week we have the Oregon/USC debate.
Both teams are 7-2, but Oregon destroyed USC two weeks ago 47-20. In all four polls (AP, Coaches, Harris and BCS), the Trojans are ranked ahead of the Ducks. Did the voters forget about the thrashing the Trojans took?
One poll that didn't follow the rest of the nation was the CBSSports.com 120, where Oregon is ranked No. 11, USC is No. 12 and Ohio State is No. 13. The Trojans beat the Buckeyes 18-15 earlier in the season.
... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is Washington at No. 71. Despite being only 3-6, the Huskies beat USC, Idaho and Arizona. It also barely lost to LSU, Notre Dame and UCLA.
... The lowest-ranked team with a winning record is Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 101. The Rajin' Cajuns are 5-4, but their strength of schedule is ranked No. 116 out of 120 teams. They did beat Kansas State, but the rest of their wins are against Southern (FCS team) and three Sun Belt schools with a combined record of 4-22.
... One of the biggest games between non-Top 25 teams is this weekend when No. 40 Fresno State (6-3, 5-1) takes on No. 53 Nevada (6-3, 5-0). Both teams still have a shot to win the WAC, especially Nevada, which hasn't faced the Broncos yet.