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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.

6:
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.

354:
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.

1,500:
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: 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.

83:
 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.

318:
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.

1,009:
 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: March 30, 2010 2:59 pm
Edited on: March 30, 2010 3:50 pm
 

Week-by-Week in SEC Football

Sure the games are tentative and we are months from the start of the season, but that won't stop me from breaking down week-by-week of what to watch for in the SEC.

Sept. 4: Opening weekend of the season. If you want to get excited about Alabama playing San Jose State or Florida vs. Miami (Ohio), go ahead, but I'll be watching LSU vs. North Carolina in the Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. LSU's offense was horrendous last season, while North Carolina's defense was one of the best. So with Jordan Jefferson having a full season under his belt at quarterback, things have to get better for the Tigers, right? North Carolina is one of my teams to watch as it returns a ton of starters and will ranked in the preseason Top 20.

Sept. 11: Two huge out-of-conference matchups highlight this huge day in sports. Not only do we have Michigan at Notre Dame, Stanford at UCLA, Florida State at Oklahoma, Miami at Ohio State, but three key games involving SEC schools. No. 1 -- Oregon at Tennessee: Pac-10 vs. SEC matchups don't happen very often. Can Oregon put offseason issues behind them or will Derek Dooley earn his first big win as coach? No. 2 -- South Florida at Florida: Last year when USF beat Florida State they put up billboards claiming it is now part of the Big Four. Is this the year USF shocks the Gators in The Swamp? John Brantley's first real test. No. 3: The biggest of them all -- Penn State at Alabama: These two teams have had some epic history. The 1979 Sugar Bowl and 1989 blocked field goal game come to mind. The teams haven't played since 1990, so expect this to be one of the biggest games of the year.

Sept. 18: Florida at Tennessee. Urban Meyer vs. Lane Kiff ... Oh what could have been a great rivalry between the two coaches. Either way this one is always huge. Both schools and fans don't like each other very much no matter who is coaching. Two other games to watch ... Arkansas at Georgia. Last year's game was won by Georgia 52-41. Ryan Mallett's first really big game of the season to see how legit the Razorbacks will be this year. Clemson at Auburn: For two schools only four hours apart this will be the first time they meet in the regular season since 1971. ACC vs. SEC is always fun.

Sept. 25: West Virginia at LSU. It's hard to believe, but these two schools have never played each other. By this point, we'll know how good LSU is and if it can be a real contender in the SEC. This will be the Mountaineers real first game. Gotta love those LSU night games with the hostile crowd welcoming in the opponents. Make sure you are in front of the TV for this one. Alabama at Arkansas: If the Razorbacks get past Georgia, this one will be their biggest game of the season, especially since they get the defending champions at home.

Oct. 2: Florida at Alabama: Seven of the last 11 times these teams have met was in the SEC Championship game, but the two haven't played in Tuscaloosa since 2005. Could be a conference title game preview. If both teams are ranked in the Top 10, this might end up as one of the games of the year in college football. Tennessee at LSU: Another classic east vs. west division matchup. The last three games have been classic -- Tennessee 30-27 (2005); LSU 28-24 (2006) and LSU 21-14 (2007). At this point, we'll know if either team has a chance to win the SEC.

Oct. 9: LSU at Florida: Another huge West vs. East division game. LSU has lost three of the last four in the series, including last year's 13-3 game in Baton Rouge. This is a tougher task for the Tigers as they go to Gainesville, but expect this game to be another classic matchup.

Oct. 16: Mississippi State at Florida: With the Bulldogs on the up swing and only losing 29-19 last year, this could be the year Mississippi State gives the Gators a real run for its money ... or it could be a 42-10 blowout by the Gators.

Oct. 23: Alabama at Tennessee: Remember last year's 12-10 win by Alabama that featured two blocked field goals? Get ready for another defensive battle, this time the Vols get the defending champs at home. Georgia at Kentucky: The Wildcats shocked Georgia 34-27 in Athens last year, so this game has a little more meaning than a usual SEC matchup. Georgia would love a little payback, while Kentucky looks to cap a three-game home stretch (Auburn on the Oct. 9 and South Carolina on Oct. 16).

Oct. 30: Florida vs. Georgia. It doesn't matter what the records are or who is playing at quarterback, get to Jacksonville to experience The World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

Nov. 6: Alabama at LSU: At this point of the season, we'll know who is challenging Alabama in the West. Arkansas? Auburn? Or LSU? If it's LSU, get ready for an epic SEC game.

Nov. 13: Georgia at Auburn: Auburn's final home game of the season before it takes on Alabama. While this is Georgia's last road game before it gets Georgia Tech at home the final week. Georgia has won four in a row in the series, including 31-24 at Athens last year.

Nov. 20: South Carolina at Troy: Troy loves taking on SEC teams, but usually is on the losing end. But this time, the Trojans get South Carolina at home and just might be able to pull off the upset. Also if South Carolina loses this one and is sitting at 6-5, get ready for the "Fire Steve Spurrier" chants.

Nov. 26: Auburn at Alabama: The annual Iron Bowl is always one of the best traditions in college football. No explanation needed.

Posted on: November 10, 2008 11:57 am
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- South Carolina and Spurrier

Steve Spurrier took the two-headed quarterback to a whole new level this past weekend vs. Arkansas.

Chris Smelley and Stephen Garcia both saw time in the victory over Arkansas, but instead of alternating series or quarters, the two alternated plays. Spurrier kept up the pattern much of the opening period with Smelley starting and then Garcia coming in every other play.

If you think this is something new for Spurrier ... it's not. He did the same thing while he was at Florida in 1997, rotating Noah Brindise and Doug Johnson in the victory over Florida State.

"It was interesting," said Smelley. "We practiced it a little bit this week. We weren't exactly sure how we were going to do it, but it worked out. We got the win, which is what we came out here to do. You hear people talk about getting into a rhythm and all that stuff, but I think we felt pretty good out there. It didn't take away from our performance."

Smelley finished with 148 yards passing and a touchdown, while Garcia had 71 yards passing and a touchdown and 35 yards rushing and a score.

"You don’t see a lot of guys doing it," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "(Spurrier) likes it because he gets to talk to them on the sideline and send the play in. It gives them an idea of what they need to do and he’s very good at doing it."

With the victory, coupled by losses from Georgia Tech, Maryland, California and West Virginia, South Carolina jumped into the Top 25 of the CBSSports.com 120, moving from No. 38 to No. 25.

It has won six of its past seven games and with just two games remaining -- at Florida and at Clemson -- the Gamecocks find themselves in great position to play in a New Year's Day bowl game.

Assuming Florida and Alabama will both wind up in a BCS bowl and Georgia being the top pick of the Capital One Bowl, the Gamecocks could find themselves in either the Outback against a Big Ten team or the Cotton Bowl against a Big 12 opponent.

But first up for the Gamecocks will be trying to get past the No. 3 ranked Gators this weekend.

"I would say Florida has a better team this year than they had two years ago that won the national championship," Spurrier said. "They're a stronger team, it appears right now, than two years ago. Two years ago you felt like you had a chance and a lot of teams had chances. Certainly Florida won the close ones two years ago that led them all the way through to the national championship. Now they are sort of blowing out people pretty regularly."

And don't think for a second, Spurrier is tipping his hand on which quarterback he will start or how he will use both of them.

Other teams that made the leap into the Top 25 this week: Pittsburgh, landing at No. 21 after beating Louisville 41-7; Cincinnati, jumping from No. 34 to No. 22 after beating West Virginia in overtime 26-23 and Oregon State, landing at No. 23 after beating UCLA 34-6.

How low can you go?

Tennessee took quite a tumble this week, falling from No. 61 to No. 94 after losing to Wyoming 13-7. How bad a loss is it? Heading in to the game with the Vols, Wyoming was averaging 10.8 points a game. It was shutout against BYU and New Mexico, but did score 35 points against San Diego State. Wyoming now could earn a bowl bid if it beats UNLV and Colorado State the last two weeks of the season.

Kansas also fell from No. 26 to No. 46 after losing 45-35 to Nebraska. The Jayhawks were in the Top 25 most of the early part of the season, but have lost three of its past four. It could keep falling too as they play Texas and at Missouri to close out the season.

Notes

... Military academy watch -- Air Force is No. 37 at 8-2; Navy is No. 56 at 6-3 and Army is No. 99 at 3-7.

... FI who? Florida International, which was No. 120 the first three weeks, has now jumped up to No. 96 after winning four of its last six. The Golden Panthers still have a shot to become bowl-eligible and maybe snag its first bowl game in school history. If it wins out and finishes 7-5, FIU could be headed to the Papajohns.com Bowl or Independence Bowl to replace an SEC school.

... Utah vs. San Diego State will be the No. 8 ranked team playing the No. 119 ranked squad.

 

 
 
 
 
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