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Running Hog wild

Statitudes: The SEC & Battle for Ohio

Arkansas RBs Alex Collins (left) and Jonathan Williams Hog RBs Collins (left) and Williams
7.93 Its average dipped some, but Arkansas continues to lead the FBS in yards per carry at 7.93 after racking up 438 rushing yards on 68 attempts in a 49-28 victory against Texas Tech. The Razorbacks had three touchdown drives of double-digit plays taking up more than six minutes of clock, and on two of those they didn't attempt a pass, including one that encompassed 82 yards on 13 plays. Arkansas also leads the FBS in rushing TDs with 14, half of those coming against Texas Tech, and are second to Navy (403) with 362 rush yards per game. Arkansas is the only team with two players in the top 25 in FBS rushing: No. 7 Alex Collins (411 yards; 212 and two TDs vs. Texas Tech) and No. 22 Jonathan Williams (322; 145 and four TDs vs. TTU).


401 After rushing for 191 yards in a 37-31 upset of Southern California, Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy ranks eighth in the FBS in rushing at 401 yards, with running backs occupying the top seven spots. A week after allowing 302 rushing yards in a loss to Pittsburgh, BC outgained USC 452-20 on the ground.

1 Division III Southwestern forced Sul Ross State into seven turnovers and defeated the Lobos 27-21 for its first victory since reinstating football last season, following a 62-year hiatus. Southwestern won 154 games from 1908-50. Footnote: Originally known as Rutersville College in 1840 -- and by other names and locales during its formative years -- Southwestern University is the oldest institution of higher learning in Texas.

201 Miami (Fla.) wideout Phillip Dorsett had 201 receiving yards on just four catches, including two 63-yard TD receptions, in a 41-20 win against Arkansas State. It was the third-most receiving yards in school history. For those of you into history, the Miami record is Eddie Brown's 220 yards in 1984 against Boston College, aka the Hail Flutie game.

39 Colorado State-Pueblo ran its regular-season winning streak to 39 games -- the second longest in Division II history behind Grand Valley's State's 48 from 2004-09 -- with a 47-21 victory at Sam Houston State. The loss snapped Sam Houston's 23-game home winning streak, which had been the longest active run in the FCS.

142 Rose-Hulman defeated Illinois College 74-68 in three overtimes, tying a DIII record for most points in a game, previously set in 2007 when Hartwick defeated Utica 72-70 in four OTs. Combined records did fall, including first downs (77), touchdown passes (13) and plays from scrimmage (231). Rose-Hulman QB Austin Swenson set school records with 603 passing yards and seven TDs. Rose-Hulman set 10 school records in all, including a DIII-best 41 first downs.


6: Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel had six touchdown passes in a 58-34 win against Toledo, the most by any FBS player in his career debut. ... 50: Oregon defeated Wyoming 48-14, the 50th time since 2009 the Ducks scored 40 or more points in a game, 13 more than any other FBS team in that span. ... 28: It took three overtimes and a crucial fourth-down TD completion, but Florida beat Kentucky 36-30 to extend the nation's longest winning streak against one opponent to 28 games. ... 47: With its four turnovers forced in a 38-10 win against UCF, Missouri has forced a turnover in 47 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the FBS. ... 63: East Carolina QB Shane Carden threw three touchdown passes in a 28-21 win against Virginia Tech, giving him the school record for TD passes with 63. ... 10: Virginia beat Louisville 23-21 to snap a 10-game ACC losing streak; it also broke the Cavaliers' 11-game slide against FBS opponents. ... 14: Abilene Christian, in just its second season as a member of the FCS, rallied twice from 14-point deficits in the second half and beat FBS member Troy 38-35. ... 2a: Georgia kicker Marshall Morgan set an SEC record by making his 19th consecutive field goal, then added to the streak with No. 20, before missing on his final two attempts in the Bulldogs' three-point loss to South Carolina. ... 2b: The last two times South Carolina beat Georgia before this season (2011, '12), the Bulldogs went on to win the SEC East title.


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