September 06, 2009
Weird, wild and prolific stats from Saturday's action.
• Washington outgained LSU by 157 yards and eight first downs in a late-night, 31-23 loss. The Huskies gained 478 total yards in Steve Sarkisian's debut, a full 100 yards better than their best output last year and more than all but two games in four years under Tyrone Willingham. It was also the most yards LSU has given up in a single game under Les Miles since the Hat's first game with the Tigers -- another season-opening Pac-10 trip, at Arizona State in 2005 -- including last year's 51-21 loss at Florida. East Coast media: You better recognize.
• In other former Pete Carroll assistant news, Tennessee exploded for 657 total yards on almost nine yards per play in a 63-7 win over Western Kentucky in Lane Kiffin's Rocky Top debut -- despite turnovers on UT's first two possessions. Two Vol running backs went over 100 yards, including Bryce Brown (104 yards on 11 carries), and Jonathan Crompton matched his 2008 quota for touchdown passes with five.
• And speaking of Carroll himself, USC hung 620 yards on more than nine yards per play in a 56-3 demolition of San Jose State, despite punting three times and fumbling twice in the first quarter. The Trojans scored touchdowns on six straight drives in the second and third quarters.
• Navy mounted three 80-plus-yard touchdown drives in a 31-27 loss to Ohio State, and Ricky Dobbs's 156 passing yards was more than the Midshipmen gained in any game in 2008.
• Texas A&M had the best start it could have hoped for, too, getting 93 yards on 8.5 per carry from true freshman Christine Michael and a 349-yard, two-touchdown night from quarterback Jerrod Johnson en route to racking up 606 total yards in a 41-6 bludgeoning of New Mexico.
• Georgia Tech had six players with at least 20 yards rushing but no 100-yard rushers in a 37-17 pounding of Ryan Perrilloux-less Jacksonville State. Tech fullback Jonathan Dwyer went 74 yards on the first play from scrimmage and averaged 13.4 yards per carry, but only had seven carries.
• Houston quarterback Case Keenum hit 23-of-30 passes for 359 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars scored touchdowns on six of their first seven possessions in a 55-7 spanking of Northwestern State.
• Northwestern scored touchdowns on five of six first half possessions in a 47-14 rout over outmanned Towson.
• I-AA Northern Iowa slightly outgained Iowa overall and matched the Hawkeyes at 5.1 yards per play in a 17-16 loss that featured the weirdest ending of the day. Iowa finished with 87 yards rushing, 100 yards below its 2008 average on the ground; starting running back Paki O'Meara finished with 16 yards on nine carries (1.8 per) on a long gain of five yards.