Minnesota State-Mankato held Minot State to minus-43 yards rushing. Yup, it had that negative sign in front of the number. It marked the first time the MSM defense didn't allow positive rushing yards since Oct. 17, 2009, when it held Minnesota State-Moorhead to minus-2 yards rushing.


Tevin Drake rushed for 29 yards to lead Western Michigan, but Illinois held the Broncos to negative rushing yardage as QBs Alex Carder and Tyler Van Tubbergen were sacked for 35 yards lost.


Nobody expects a Pirate-led team to do much on the ground, but Mike Leach's coaching debut with Washington State provided even less as the Cougars had minus-5 yards rushing in a 30-6 loss to BYU.  


Georgia Southern beat Jacksonville 58-0 despite not completing a single pass. That's zero, none, nada. The Eagles went 0-for-8 but still demolished the Dolphins by racking up 557 yards on the ground. According to GSU, the program improved to 7-0 when passing for zero yards. Well done.


It's going to look pretty familiar with the No. 1 sitting next to Southern California. The Trojans get one here for doing what everyone expected by scoring on the first play from scrimmage this season. OK, no one really knew what to expect but it sure seemed fitting.


You can't really talk about one of the L.A. schools without the other right? Or does that only apply when billboards are involved? Either way, UCLA jumps in here after dumping Rice 49-24, despite leaving three points on the field. Literally, the Bruins left them on the field after having three point-after kicks blocked.


Normally we don't like to double up on the numbers but Giovani Bernard made us do a triple take Saturday when he busted out three touchdowns in three different phases of the game. He scored on a 59-yard run and 6-yard reception in the first quarter and followed with a 70-yard punt return for a score in the second quarter of a 62-0 blowout against Elon.


Lonnie Pryor sure made it look easy for No. 7 Florida State as he rushed for three touchdowns on five carries in the Seminoles' 69-3 win against Murray State. His three scores were part of seven rushing touchdowns by FSU.  


We don't like bringing up injuries. It's not fun. It was even less fun for the Ol' Ball Coach to talk about after his South Carolina Gamecocks only had 11 pass attempts by starting QB Connor Shaw before he went down with an injury. Shaw is being held out of practice early this week and could be out vs. ECU, meaning his number of attempts may not change for a while.


The only players who didn't catch a pass for Oregon on Saturday were the almuni in the stands. Well, not really, but it seemed like it after a 57-34 win against Arkansas State when two Duck QBs completed passes to 14 receivers. Marcus Mariota was an impressive 18 of 22 for 200 yards and three scores to lead the way.


Twelve quarterbacks completed at least 30 pass attempts in Week 1, but it was Syracuse's strong armed Ryan Nassib who led the charge with 44 completions on 65 attempts. Those are some big numbers which, not surprisingly, propped up a big score. Unfortunately Nassib and Cuse came out on the wrong end against powerhouse Northwestern (I've always wanted to write it, even if it wasn't true).


Connecticut's defense needs a little love. It can get some here for allowing only 59 yards on Saturday. We'll overlook that it came against Massachussetts because anytime you only give up 3 rushing yards and 56 passing yards, well, it's solid. 


Poor Oklahoma State. It lost a first-round quarterback to the NFL and one of its most prolific wide receivers in school history. It may take a long time to recover, but unfortunately we won't know for sure for at least another week after it tossed around Savannah State, beating every expectation with an  embarrassing 84-0 shutout.


His name is Teddy Bridgewater and he's a sophomore. He's also a guy you might want to be on the watch for in New York in a couple years if he keeps up this pace. After rebuilding Louisville in mid-season last year, he started the Cardinals on a blistering pace in 2012 as he hit 90 percent of his passes -- 19 of 21 for 232 yards -- to bring home the Governor's Cup with a 32-14 win against Kentucky on Sunday. 


The big numbers will continue to pile up when Arkansas hits the field this year. That's something you can count on. QB Tyler Wilson showed why as he and Brandon Allen combined for 400 passing yards, including at least 110 to each Chris Gragg (110 yards, 2 TDs) and Brandon Mitchell (122 yards).


LSU fans may still have an easier time picking their favorite running back than Todd Graham has picking jobs, but the Tigers sure make it tough. Kenny Hilliard won over some fans with 141 yards and two rushing touchdowns in Week 1 while Alfred Blue blew away them with 123 yards on the ground. 


Miami (Fla.) may not be the U that it used to be, but it still can put up the points. It won its opener 41-32 but not before Boston College receivers Alex Amidon (149) and Tahj Kimble (130) each pulled in at least 130 yards through the air. 


The Big Ten has a running back who will be in New York in December. Which one it'll be, well, we might have to wait to see but Le'Veon Bell put his name in the hat after busting out of the gates with 210 yards on the ground and two TDs. His high hurdling and bruising runs aside, he also caught six passes for 55 yards. Welcome to the watch list, Mr. Bell.


Which player with the best performance did you not hear about this weekend? We'd be hard pressed to think it'd be anyone other than Austin Franklin. The wide receiver caught eight passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, it was against Sacramento State, but we'd have been tired after his 84-yard catch-and-run. 


The Urban Renewal has begun. What? You thought we wouldn't use it at some point? Coach Meyer's presence has definitely turned heads in Columbus, but it was his QB protege Braxton Miller who stole the show Saturday. Miller had 207 passing yards and two TDs and blew past an overmatched Miami (Ohio) defense for 161 yards and a score on the ground. 


Gettysburg did little to make Misericordia feel welcome in its inaugural football game. The Bullets had 14 players combine for a school- and conference-record 546 rushing yards, but did not have anyone with more than 94 yards on the ground. The rushing blitz led to a 70-0 victory, the highest point total for the school since 1905.


Welcome to the 700 club, Mount Union. The Purple Raiders, winners of 10 Division III national titles, became the 21st school in NCAA history to reach the milestone. Only Wittenberg (708) has more victories in the NCAA's smallest classification. 


Say hello to the NCAA record-book single-game passing leader in all divisions from Eureka College, Sam Durley. (Does anyone else think Eureka should have an exclamation as part of its official name?) Durley averaged 21.6 yards on each of his 34 completions, including two long touchdown passes in the final 1:44 to help Eureka! (we couldn't resist) to a 62-55 victory against Knox. 


Fordham followed Mount Union's lead and got the big win out of the way early as the Rams picked up milestone victory No. 750 during Week 1. Other milestones that could be following Fordham: Michigan needs five to reach 900 wins; Nebraska needs three to reach 850; Oklahoma needs three for 825; Harvard needs four to reach 825; Penn needs six for 825; Alabama needs 10 for 825; and Tennessee needs five for 800.


With 90 yards on 22 carries Saturday, Delaware junior Andrew Pierce became the fourth Blue Hen to cross the 3,000-yard threshold. It's an impressive total for the RB who helped the Blue Hens to the 2010 national title game. More impressive? He's the first at the school to do it before his senior year.