Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:59 pm

By the numbers: Week 11'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.

0:16: Time remaining when Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge scored to lift the Golden Gophers past Illinois 38-34. Eskridge scored three touchdowns on the day, the last one on a 2-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive engineered by quarterback Adam Weber. The quarterback kept it alive with a key 29-yard scramble on a third-and-10 play.

4: Number of receiving touchdowns by Luke Ashworth in BYU's 49-10 victory over Colorado State. Ashworth hauled in TD passes of 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards, one shy of the school record for touchdowns in a game. The scoring receptions were the only catches Ashworth had.

6: Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas defeated UTEP 58-21. In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.

37: Length of the game-winning field goal by sophomore Maikon Bonani in overtime to give South Florida a 24-21 win against Louisville as the Bulls become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season. Bonani's winning kick avenged a missed field goal that would have won the game with time running out.

 Points scored by Wisconsin in an 83-20 rout of Indiana. Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns in his first career start and Scott Tolzien threw for three more. Wisconsin put up the most points by an FBS school this season and matched the highest scoring total by a team in a Big Ten conference game since Ohio State's 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.

201: Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor ran 20 times for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown as Navy defeated Central Michigan 38-37.

212: South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Gamecocks past Florida, clinching the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

221: Ryan Broyles broke a tie with Clayton for the school record for career receptions, breaking Mark Clayton's old record. Broyles also broke Clayton's record for career touchdown catches with 32. He finished with eight catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over Texas Tech. He also matched Clayton's records with eight 100-yard games in a season and 15 in a career.

Yards passing by Dan Persa in Northwestern's 21-17 upset over Iowa. Persa also had two touchdowns. Persa capped a 91-yard drive with a perfect pass to Arby Fields, who beat Micah Hyde in the left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD with 1:22 to play.

 Total yards combined in Western Michigan's 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan's Alex Carder threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns, while Alex Gillett ran for 159 yards and passed for 214 for Eastern Michigan while accounting for four touchdowns.


Posted on: June 30, 2010 4:43 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 4:58 pm

Three bowl teams that might miss the postseason

Last week I wrote about the five teams that can make a bowl after posting a losing season in 2009.

Now it's time to go in the opposite direction and give you three teams that played in the postseason that will be in major danger of missing it this season.

Adam WeberMinnesota (7-6): How did this team make a bowl last season? The Golden Gophers were ranked last in the Big Ten in total offense (109th in the nation) and last in scoring (21 ppg). Nine starters are back from that squad, including quarterback Adam Weber and the entire offensive line, so a year older could mean some improvement. On defense, just two starters are back -- both safties. Keep an eye on the defensive line, where DTs Brandon Kirksey and Jewhan Edwards could help a squad that allowed 151.7 yards per game on the ground. Now Minnesota's biggest challenge -- games against USC, at Wisconsin, at Purdue, Penn State, Ohio State, at Michigan and Iowa. Those could all be losses meaning no bowl game for Minnesota.

Bowling Green (7-6): For a team that lost starting quarterback Tyler Sheehan and one of the best wide receivers in the nation in Freddie Barnes, it will be tough for the Falcons to get back to a bowl game in 2010. Just four starters are back on offense. Sophomore Aaron Pankratz (13 attempts in 2009) or redshirt freshman Matt Schilz will be the starting quarterback. The only problem is on defense as just four starters are back. The top two tackles are gone, so the Falcons will have an all new starting linebacker crew. If the Falcons can win some games early (at Troy, at Tulsa, Marshall and at Michigan), things could change, but right now I don't see them returning to the postseason.

Ole Miss (9-4): When you lose do-all running back Dexter McCluster, starting quarterback Jevan Snead and four starting offensive lineman, things might be a lot tougher this go around. Houston Nutt is going to have a very young team this season, with a ton of sophomores in the starting lineup. The defense will be strong again with the return of six starters, including DT Jerrell Powe and junior college transfer Wayne Dorsey at defensive end. This team still might be able to get six wins, especially with a schedule of Jacksonville State, at Tulane, Vanderbilt and Louisiana-Lafayette, but I the Egg Bowl at the end of the year could mean the difference of postseason or staying home for the holidays.

Posted on: September 8, 2008 11:10 am
Edited on: September 8, 2008 1:58 pm

CBSSports.com 120 -- Movers and Fallers


Don't look now but there is more to the SEC than Florida, Georgia and Alabama. That's because the Commodores are quickly moving up the rankings in the CBSSports.com 120.

Vanderbilt had the biggest jump this week moving up 25 spots from No. 67 to No. 42 after improving to 2-0. It knocked off Miami (Ohio) 34-13 in the first week and then upset South Carolina 24-17, earning its first win over a ranked team in 16 years.

"I think tonight's win was a statement win. We showed the nation that our football team is improving and that we are becoming a winning organization. We showed that not only is Vanderbilt University a great academic school but a great athletic school as well. There are a lot of exciting things happening here at Vanderbilt and I think everyone saw that tonight," said quarterback Chris Nickson after the game.

And with games vs. Rice and at Mississippi over the next two weeks, the Commodores might find themselves reaching the Top 25 and starting the season 4-0.

Now don't get too excited Vanderbilt faithful because it could all be short lived as the meat of the SEC schedule is still on the horizon -- Auburn, at Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

And the folks in Nashville have seen this start before. Last season it started out 3-1 only to lose six of the last eight. In 2005, the Commodores did start out 4-0, beating Wake Forest, Arkansas and Mississippi, but then came the tough SEC games and they ended up finishing 5-6.

For now they are No. 42 eyeing the Top 25, but let's see how they do in the middle of the season.

Other big movers:

Minnesota -- 22 spots up -- from No. 82 to No. 60
Middle Tennessee -- 21 spots up -- from No. 111 to No. 90

Big fallers:

-- Maryland dropped 34 spots falling from No. 65 to No. 99 after losing to Middle Tennessee. Maryland might be in for a long season since their only win was a 7-point victory over FCS Delaware.

-- Memphis and Syracuse also fell as both teams dropped to 0-2. Memphis fell 25 spots from No. 68 to No. 93 and Syracuse dropped 20 spots from No. 90 to No. 110.


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