September 26, 2010
Weird, wild and prolific stats from the weekend's action.
• Oregon State's hyper-productive 1-2 punch, James and Jacquizz Rodgers, combined for 78 yards from scrimmage in the Beavers' 37-24 loss at Boise State, the first time in their college careers they've been held under 120 yards on offense as a duo. (Though James Rodgers did add a spectacular 53-yard punt return in the first half.)
• A week after pounding out 266 yards rushing in an upset over Houston, UCLA's 264-yard effort on the ground in a 34-12 stunner at Texas gave the Bruins their first back-to-back 200-yard rushing games since 2004. Those two performances are also the best single-game rushing totals in 29 games under Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow.
• Trailing Wyoming 14-7 in the third quarter, Air Force embarked on back-to-back touchdown drives covering 79 yards on 16 plays and 80 yards on 14 plays, respectively, to pull out a 20-14 comeback on the road. The Falcons held the ball for more than 17 of the game's final 20 minutes, and didn't attempt a single pass at any point in that span.
• Ohio State set new Sweatervest-era highs with 73 points on 645 total yards in a token obliteration of Eastern Michigan, the first time the Buckeyes have exceeded 60 points in Jim Tressel's decade-long tenure.
• N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson hit nine passes covering at least 20 yards, to nine different receivers, en route to a 368-yard, three-touchdown afternoon in the Wolfpack's 45-28 upset at Georgia Tech.
• Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann ran for 223 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries (14.9 per carry) in the Huskies' 34-23 "upset" at Minnesota, cuing up the dirge music as the Tim Brewster death watch hits Big Ten play.
• Arizona State gained 597 yards on a whopping 99 plays, but also turned the ball seven times – six times in the second half, including interceptions on three straight fourth-quarter possessions to close the game – in a 42-31 loss to Oregon.
• Michigan scored touchdowns on nine of eleven possessions against Bowling Green, coming up short on a fumble and a turnover on downs on back-to-back drives into Falcon territory in the first half – the latter of which saw a certain touchdown pass dropped and another touchdown called back on a penalty on consecutive plays.
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