September 20, 2009
Weird, wild and prolific stats from Saturday's action.
• Florida State piled up 313 rushing yards on more than six yards per carry en route to a 54-28 thrashing at BYU. FSU's first five offensive possessions all went for touchdowns, on drives of 80, 86, 60, 82 and 70 yards.
• One year removed from a high of 30 points against Northeastern, Syracuse went off for 37 points in a three-point win over Northwestern. Quarterback Greg Paulus passed for 336 yards, and 'Cuses's 471 total yards was its most in any game since the nascent days of the Greg Robinson era, against Buffalo in 2005.
• Georgia's 52-41 win over Arkansas was the game Texas-Texas Tech should have been: Ryan Mallett became the first Razorback quarterback in school history pass for 400 yards in a game, and Georgia's Joe Cox averaged more than 14 yards per attempt, easily the highest number of the Mark Richt era. The two offenses connected on a staggering 19 passes of at least 20 yards, not to mention an 80-yard touchdown run by UGA's Richard Samuel, and went on 16 total scoring drives -- and somehow, there was still time and inclination to get off 11 punts.
• West Virginia's 509 yards of total offense in a 41-30 loss at Auburn was the most the Tigers have allowed in a regular season game since 2001. (Wisconsin went well over 500 in the 2005-06 Outback Bowl.) Auburn's offense hit 400 yards for the third straight game, the first time that's happened since 2005.
• Notre Dame and Michigan State combined for seven touchdown drives of at least 70 yards in the Irish's 33-30 win.
• Quarterbacks Jeremiah Masoli and Terrance Cain, both former JUCO transfers, combined to complete 24-of-57 passes with three interceptions in Oregon's 31-24 win over Utah. Masoli was just 4-of-16, but two of those completions were big gains (for 58 and 27 yards, respectively) that set up Duck touchdowns.
• Vanderbilt and Mississippi State combined for more punts (19) than points in the Bulldogs' 15-3 win in Nashville. Vandy rolled up 157 yards of total offense, which would be the Commodores' worst number since 2005 if not for last year's 107-yard flop against MSU in Starkville.
• Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones set a school record with six touchdown passes in a 45-0 Tulsa, but credit the Sooner defense for that goose egg: The prolific Golden Hurricane hadn't been held below 21 points by anyone in the last three years, and hadn't been shut out since the 2002 opener in Norman.
• Maryland allowed 351 yards passing to Middle Tennessee State and failed to score on four trips into MTSU territory in a 32-31 loss, (UMD's second straight to the Blue Raiders), dropping the Terps to 1-2 after last week's overtime squeaker over James Madison.
• In the Battle of the Aggies, Texas A&M and Utah State combined for more than 1,000 total yards, the vast majority of them passing, in A&M's 38-30 win. Utah State had four touchdown drives longer than 75 yards in the loss, including two that covered more than 90 yards.
• Iowa State rushed for 234 yards in a 34-14 win over Kent State, the Cyclones' first 200-yard rushing game against a I-A defense since 2005 and best performance on the ground against anyone since the 2004 Independence Bowl.