College football stats: Best numbers from Week 7
5,218 Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan became the greatest rushing quarterback in the history of college football (across all divisions) Saturday with a 161-yard performance that pushed his career rushing total to 5,218 yards. With that performance, Vander Laan topped the previous mark of 5,128 set by Wofford’s Shawn Greaves in 1992. The Division II quarterback needed only 71 yards to beat Greaves’ record coming into the game against Ohio Dominican, and Vander Laan’s 53-yard touchdown run in the second quarter was enough to break the record and cement the himself in college football history. What's more is that impressive Vander Laan is halfway through his junior year, while Greaves set the record over the span of a four-year career at Wofford.
3 For the first time in the three-year history of the American Athletic Conference, three schools are ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll. Memphis cracked the list for the first time all year at No. 18 after beating then-No. 13 Ole Miss, while Houston sits at No. 21 followed closely by No. 22 Temple. Even more impressive, all three teams are still undefeated.
38 Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson returned to East Lansing a hero after scooping up a Michigan fumble with 10 seconds in the game and racing 38 yards to the endzone for the game-winning score. The Spartans trailed the Wolverines 23-21, but the heads-up play by Watts-Jackson on the bumbled punt and subsequent fumble recovery touchdown gave Michigan State a win it won’t soon forget.
369 Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey is slowly becoming a household name in college football after another dominating performance this weekend. The Cardinal running back finished Saturday’s huge win over USC with 369 all-purpose yards, including 243 yards on the ground and four touchdowns. McCaffrey ranks second in the Pac-12 and 10th in the nation with 844 rushing yards and averages 253 all-purpose yards per game.
16 In just his seventh game of the year, Baylor’s Corey Coleman broke Kendall Wright’s school record for receiving touchdowns in a season after a 166-yard, three touchdown performance against West Virginia. The biggest beneficiary of the Bears’ high-octane offense, Coleman’s season stats sit a 47 receptions, 877 yards and 16 touchdowns.
5 Baker Mayfield’s favorite number must be five, because after No. 19 Oklahoma’s 55-0 drubbing of Kansas State on Saturday, Mayfield became the fifth player to throw for five passing touchdown in the first half of a game. Mayfield is now seventeenth in the country with 19 passing touchdowns on the season.
611 Undefeated and 19th-ranked Toledo put up 611 yards of offense in a 63-20 win over Eastern Michigan. ... 10 Georgia escaped with a 9-6 win over Missouri on Saturday, the first time the Bulldogs failed to score 10 points in a game since 1971, when they beat North Carolina 7-3. ... 1979 Temple is ranked for the first time since 1979 after beat UCF 30-16 on Saturday. ... 25 Rutgers trailed Indiana by 25 points, but managed to come back and beat the Hoosiers 55-52. Before that win, teams trailing by 25 points or more were 0-121 this season. ... 0.2 Michigan State had a 0.2 percent chance of beating Michigan with 10 seconds to play, according to ESPN Stats and Information. But we all know how that ended. ... 7 Jim Harbaugh is the seventh straight Michigan coach to lose his first game against Michigan State. .... 6 Baylor’s Seth Russell threw three touchdowns for the sixth straight game this season. ... 153 Derrick Henry rushed for 153 yards in the first half of Alabama’s win over Texas A&M, the most by an FBS player in the first half of a game this year. ... 80 Before bobbling the snap that helped Michigan State win, Michigan punter Blake O’Neill booted the longest punt this season at 80 yards against the Spartans. ... 4 After coming back to beat No. 13 Ole Miss on Saturday, Memphis now leads the FBS with four double-digit comebacks this season.