football-fbs flag | October 2, 2014

Seventh heaven

Statitudes: First downs and defense

Cal QB Jared Goff (top) and Colorado QB Sefo Liufau.QBs Jared Goff (top) and Sefo Liufau
7 California quarterback Jared Goff and Colorado QB Sefo Liufau each threw seven touchdown passes in the Bears' 59-56 double-overtime win, the first time in FBS history both teams threw at least seven TD passes. The 14 combined TD passes also are a record in a game involving two FBS opponents, and tied the record involving at least one FBS team set in 1990 when Houston's David Klingler accounted for an FBS single-game record of 11 against FCS opponent Eastern Washington. Other numbers of note: Each QB threw for 449 yards; Cal ended a 15-game Pac-12 losing streak; Colorado WR Nelson Spruce caught 19 balls, breaking his own single-game school record set a week earlier, and scored three TDs, giving him 10 in five games; Colorado ran 31 more plays.


3 Michigan lost three games before October for the first time in its 135-year history. The Wolverines (2-3) are coming off a 30-14 loss to Minnesota, just their second defeat in the past 24 games in the history of the Little Brown Jug. Michigan, which is just 3-8 in its past 11 games dating to last season, was held to 171 yards of offense, 12 fewer than star Golden Gopher running back David Cobb.

7 Backup Brandon Harris led LSU to touchdowns in each of his seven series as the Tigers beat up on New Mexico State 63-7. Harris accounted for five of those TDs (three passing, two rushing). Harris was named the starter for LSU's game this week against No. 5 Auburn.

3 Coastal Carolina (5-0 and ranked third in the FCS) has not allowed a touchdown in three consecutive games, holding each opponent to a field goal -- a Big South Conference first. Linebacker Quinn Backus recorded 13 tackles in the Chanticleers' 31-3 win vs. Elon, making him the Coastal Carolina all-time leader with 365 and the Big South leader in solo tackles with 201 (and second in overall tackles to Charleston Southern's Jada Sullivan, who had 454).

24 NC State's 24 first-quarter points were the most against Florida State in the opening quarter in the 769-game history of Seminole football. Florida State, which won 56-41, hadn't allowed a first-quarter point in its first three games.

.214 Kansas had a 6-22 record with Charlie Weis as head coach, the .214 winning percentage the worst of any Power 5 team during that span (since the start of the 2012 season). Weis was fired Sunday following a 23-0 loss to Texas and a 1-18 Big 12 mark.


4: Of the top seven FBS rushers in 2014, four reside in the Big Ten: 1. Ameer Abdullah, Nebraska (833 yards); 3. David Cobb, Minnesota (722); 4. Tevin Coleman, Indiana (691); 7. Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin (612). ... 190: SMU has been outscored by 190 points in 2014. No team in the past 10 seasons has had a worse scoring differential through its four games. ... 17: Kentucky beat Vanderbilt 17-7 to end a 17-game SEC losing streak. The longest SEC skid now belongs to Arkansas at 14 games. ... 6: Vanderbilt has more touchdowns on defense and special teams (6) than offense (5) this season. ... 4: Boise State quarterback Grant Hedrick threw four interceptions for the second time in a game this season in the Broncos' 28-14 loss to Air Force. Boise had seven turnovers in the game. ... 5: Tyler Varga rushed for five touchdowns, including the winner in OT, as Yale beat Army 49-43. ... 17: DII New Mexico Highlands WR Tyler Slavin had 17 receptions for the second consecutive game (seven TDs combined) as the Cowboys beat Fort Lewis 45-10. On the defensive side, teammate Jared Koster has had at least 13 tackles in each of NMHU's four games this season. ... 4: The Saint John's (Minn.) Johnnies beat the St. Thomas (Minn.) Tommies 24-14 in DIII action as St. Thomas committed turnovers on all four of its fourth-quarter possessions. The game also marked the first time in 63 regular-season games under head coach Glenn Caruso the Tommies didn't lead at halftime.


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