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Number of receivers in Big 12 history with a 300-yard game until the Baylor-West Virginia tilt this past weekend. In that game, both Stedman Bailey of West Virginia and Terrance Williams of Baylor topped the mark. Williams set the conference record with 314 receiving yards while Bailey had 303 and added five TDs in his Mountaineers’ victory.
Number of times Stony Brook has beaten an FBS team after knocking off Army 23-3 on Saturday. The Sea Wolves – you know, the same ones who took Omaha by storm during the 2012 College World Series – had never beaten an FBS squad until Miguel Maysonet rushed for a career-best 220 yards against the Black Knights.
Return touchdowns by No. 1 Mount Union in a 54-0 throttling of Ohio Northern. The Purple Raiders had a punt return TD from Chris Denton and a Blair Skilliter kickoff return for a score. For Denton, it was his third punt return for a touchdown this season.
Number of shutouts by FBS teams during Week 5. BYU got the first with a 47-0 whipping of Hawaii before San Jose State whitewashed Navy 12-0 and North Carolina went nuts on Idaho 66-0. The SJSU shut out shouldn’t be seen as much of a surprise as the Spartans rank in the top 20 nationally in total defense and top 30 in scoring defense.
Consecutive 100-yard rushing games by Cody Getz after going for 222 against Colorado State on Saturday. He became the first Falcon in school history to open the year by topping the century mark four games in a row. We salute you.
Number of field goals made this year by Ohio and Northwestern, the national leaders. Only seven FBS teams have made at least 10 field goals through the first five weeks of the season. Louisiana-Monroe is on the other end of the spectrum as it is the only FBS team without a made field goal to date.
Number of years since Georgia Tech lost to a non-BCS team before it was smashed by Middle Tennessee State 49-28 on Saturday. The Blue Raiders got 217 rushing yards from Benny Cunningham in the upset, which also gave the Yellow Jackets consecutive home losses for the first time since 1988.
Career receptions by Duke’s Conner Vernon. Why is this important, you ask? With all the crazy receiving numbers the past couple of weeks, we wondered who the active career leader is in the FBS. West Virginia’s Tavon Austin (222) in second and USC’s Robert Woods (201) is third, both trailing Vernon. So now you know.
Rushing yards last Saturday by Wofford’s Eric Breitenstein. We have trouble spelling his name but we sure know what he does well: run over people. The Terriers’ top back set the Southern Conference single-game mark with his outburst against Elon.
Total offensive yards by freshman QB Johnny Manziel as he helped Texas A&M to 51 unanswered points in a 58-10 throttling of Arkansas. Manziel set the school single-game passing mark, as well with 453 yards while rushing for another 104 yards. The previous SEC mark of 540 total offense yards belonged to Ole Miss’ Archie Manning (1969) and LSU’s Rohan Davey (2001).
Passing yards by QB Stephen Morris, a Miami (Fla.) and ACC record. This strong-armed signal-caller put one in the air for about 70 yards with 19 seconds left to score the winning touchdown in a shootout with NC State. Morris threw for 271 yards in the first quarter, a total only three FBS players have reached in one period since 2004.
Total yards by quarterback Zac Dysert in a 56-49 win against Akron. He is currently third among active quarterbacks in passing yards and will likely go over the 10,000-yard mark for his career in his next game. With his 516 passing yards against the Zips, he now has 9,943 career passing yards, trailing only Oklahoma’s Landry Jones (13,152) and USC’s Matt Barkley (10,059) among active FBS signal-callers.
Total offense yards by Northwestern as it improved to 5-0 with a 44-29 win against Indiana. The total is a school record and came as Kain Colter ran for 161 yards and four scores while also adding 131 receiving yards. We suggest you watch them soon to see for yourself as these aren’t your fathers’ Wildcats. Wow.
Yards of combined total offense between Baylor and West Virginia in the Moutaineers’ 70-63 victory Saturday. We don’t know what the opposite of a slugfest is, but this was it. Neither team could be stopped as there were only four combined punts – but 19 touchdowns – in the game. Nuts.
Career rushing yardage total by junior RB Franklyn Quiteh after posting his second 200-yard performance of the season last weekend, rushing for 202 yards on 26 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Only three Bloomsburg rushers have reached the mark, and he joined 10 other rushers to eclipse the plateau in Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) history. Quiteh currently ranks ninth in the league annals.