Melvin Gordon's historic day; Arkansas ends 17-game SEC losing streak
408 Melvin Gordon needed just three quarters to put his name all over the record books and make his Heisman case on Saturday against Nebraska. His 408 rushing yards broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s FBS record, and he did it on 18 fewer carries than the 43 Tomlinson needed to set the mark. The 16.3 yards per carry is another FBS single-game record with a minimum of 25 carries. The 408 yards is more than Wake Forest has all season and there are only 42 other FBS teams averaging more than Gordon’s 190.9 yards per game. On Saturday, Gordon didn't even need to touch the ball in the fourth quarter, having already set the record with his Badgers up big after scoring 49 consecutive points. He had eight rushes of 25 yards or more and racked up 262 of his yards outside the tackles.
.500 Oregon State is 5-5 in its past 10 home games as an unranked team against an AP Top-10 team. It is the only team to have a .500 record in that situation since 2000, with the next best winning percentage being Arizona’s 5-10 (.333). The Beavers knocked off then-No. 6 Arizona State on Saturday night, its first win against the AP Top 10 since upsetting No. 1 Southern California in 2008.
5 Florida State has won five of its 10 games this season in comeback fashion. The Seminoles are the first team since 2005 UCLA to win three times in which they trailed by at least 15 points. They came back again on Saturday against Miami (Fla.), erasing a 23-7 deficit to win 30-26. The win was also the Seminoles’ fifth in a row against the Hurricanes, the first time they have done that since 1995-99.
630 Augsburg’s Ayrton Scott finished the season leading his Auggies to an upset of Bethel (Minn.) by accumulating 630 yards of total offense, the most in Division III this season and a MIAC single-game record. His 563 passing yards also set a school record, with 334 of those going to Joey Sonnenfield, the third-most by Division III receiver this season. Augsburg won the game 62-61 in two overtimes.
17 Arkansas ended its 17-game SEC losing streak, coincidentally by a 17-0 score against then-No. 17 (CFP) LSU. The Razorbacks had not won in the conference since beating Kentucky on Oct. 13, 2012, before current coach Bret Bielema’s arrival. It was the first win for Arkansas in the “Battle for the Golden Boot” since 2010.
433 Quarterback Vad Lee continued to lead James Madison’s FCS playoff push with 433 passing yards in the Dukes’ 55-20 dismantling of Richmond on Saturday. That broke his own school record as he also set program single-season marks for passing yards, completions and touchdowns. JMU, on a six-game win streak, is trying to grab an at-large bid despite starting the season 2-3.
4: South Carolina has four wins against Florida in the past five seasons, the same amount it had against the Gators from 1911-2009. … 338: Azusa Pacific’s Terrell Watson ran for 338 yards against Menlo, the highest total in Division II this year. His 2,153 yards on the season leads all rushers across all divisions. … 2: Southern California’s Nelson Agholor has had two consecutive 200-plus-yard games, the first time a USC receiver has accomplished that. … 0: San Jose State managed to score zero points while also punting the ball zero times in a loss to Hawaii. … 5: Nick Saban has five wins against the AP No. 1 as head coach, the most for any coach in the history of the poll. …769: Navy and Georgia Southern combined for 769 rushing yards, compared to 144 combined passing yards. Navy QB Keenan Reynolds accounted for 277 yards on the ground. 3: Three FBS players eclipsed 300 rushing yards in Week 12, something no rusher did in the previous 11 weeks. … 1: In the past 30 years, AP No. 1 teams have just one win (with nine losses) in their first game vs. a ranked team, with Mississippi State being the latest victim. … -39: Louisiana-Monroe had -39 rushing yards against Louisiana-Lafayette, the worst rushing total in FBS this season. … 628: North Carolina’s Marquise Williams set the program’s season record for rushing yards by a quarterback. He has 628 on the year.