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Numbers that stand out

Statitudes: Record breakers

Jordan Westerkamp had the catch of the week.Jordan Westerkamp had the catch of the week.
784 The Big Ten Conference has been playing football since 1896, and in that century-plus time no team has put up more yards of offense than Nebraska did with 784 against Florida Atlantic on a record-setting day for the Cornhuskers (only Arizona had more yards among FBS teams in Week 1, with 787). In front of an NCAA-record 334th consecutive home sellout, Nebraska finished with two 100-yard rushers and two 100-yard receivers in the same game, led by Ameer Abdullah's career-high 232 yards rushing. Abdullah became the eighth Cornhusker to reach the 3,000-yard rushing mark, and he currently stands six on the school's all-time list with 3,209 yards. Kenny Bell also reached a milestone, becoming the third Cornhusker to surpass 2,000 receiving yards with 116. Terrell Newby rushed for 107 yards and Jordan Westerkamp -- he of the famous behind-the-back catch -- had 125 receiving yards. The previous Big Ten record for yards was 763 by Purdue in 2004.
Highlights: Abdullah, Westerkamp star for Huskers


5 With its 34-14 win against Iowa State, three-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State beat an FBS opponent for the fifth consecutive year, following Kansas (2010), Minnesota ('11), Colorado State ('12) and Kansas State ('13). The Bison are 8-3 overall against FBS competition.

25 More Bison. North Dakota State now owns the longest winning streak in FCS history at 25 games. NDSU beat its own school record for consecutive wins set from 1964-66 -- when it was in Division II -- and the FCS mark set by Penn from 1992-95 and tied by Montana in 2001-02.

3 UCLA scored three defensive touchdowns in the second quarter of its 28-20 victory against Virginia. It marked the first time a team had scored three defensive touchdowns in one quarter since Eastern Carolina in 2009. It was the first time the Bruins had three defensive scores in a game since 1986.

105 Southern California set a Pac-12 record by running 105 plays in coach Steve Sarkisian's debut, a 52-13 win against Fresno State. But that wasn't the week's high-water mark: Northern Illinois ran 109 plays in a 55-3 victory against Presbyterian. The FBS record for plays in a game is 115 accomplished three times, most recently by BYU last year.

37 Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes in Michigan's 52-14 win against Appalachian State to move past Tom Brady (35) on the school's all-time TD list. Gardner is tied with Todd Collins for seventh place with 37, 50 behind leader Chad Henne.


17: Florida State defeated Oklahoma State 37-31 to extend its win streak to 17, which matches a school record (1999-2000). ... 2: Kentucky had two interceptions in its 59-14 win against Tennessee-Martin, one fewer that it had all of last season in finishing 2-10. ... 35: With a 45-0 win against UC Davis in the Bill Walsh Legacy Game, David Shaw passed Walsh on Stanford's all-time coaches' wins list with 35. ... 19: Of Air Force's 558 yards of offense in its 44-16 win against Nicholls State, only 19 came through the air. ... 3: Three players rushed for more than 200 yards in their first college game: Marlon Mack, South Florida (275); Jocobi Owens, Air Force (233); and Sherman Badie, Tulane (215). 

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