Alabama's historic rout of Texas A&M; Rakeem Cato sets FBS TD streak mark
59 Alabama silenced a lot of critics with its 59-0 stomping of Texas A&M on Saturday. The 59-point margin is the largest against a ranked opponent in Crimson Tide history. The previous program mark dated to the 1953 Orange Bowl, when the Tide beat No. 14 Syracuse 61-6. Overall, it is their largest margin of victory since a 66-3 win against Vanderbilt in 1979. The 59 points is also the most Alabama has scored since putting up 62 against Duke in 2010. The 35 points scored in the second quarter set a program record, and the 45 points in the first half tied one. It was bad news for Texas A&M, which is in a free fall after ascending to No. 6 in the country; it was the first time any team coached by Kevin Sumlin was shut out. The Aggies have dropped out of the rankings after losing three consecutive SEC games.
106 Wisconsin-Whitewater head coach Lance Leipold notched his 100th career win in his 106th game, becoming the fastest coach in any division to reach that mark in history. His Warhawks, who have won five of the past seven Division III national championships, beat Wisconsin-Eau Claire 52-3 on Saturday. Leipold got to 100 in two fewer games than Gil Dobie at Cornell and Fielding Yost at Michigan. Whitewater has won 23 consecutive games, the second longest streak across all divisions.
39 Rakeem Cato recorded another touchdown pass in Marshall’s 45-13 win against FIU last week. It was the 39th consecutive game he has done so, which broke Russell Wilson’s FBS record. Through his first seven games, Cato has passed for 1,912 yards and 19 touchdowns. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota can pass Wilson’s mark later this year as well. He stands on 33 consecutive games with a touchdown pass, which encompasses every game he has started as the Ducks’ quarterback.
7 Cody Kessler needed just 26 pass attempts to throw for seven touchdowns on Saturday, setting a program record and tying a conference record. His performance broke predecessor Matt Barkley's mark of six, which he did in four times. In the Trojans' 56-28 win last week against the Buffaloes, Kessler passed for all seven in the first three quarters, becoming the first Pac-12 quarterback to do so. He totaled 319 yards in the game on 19 completions, including a 75-yard touchdown to Nelson Agholor.
323 Longtime Carson-Newman coach Ken Sparks moved into a tie with Paul "Bear" Bryant at No. 6 on the all-division all-time wins list at 323 after his Eagles beat Tusculum 55-35. In his 35 years at the Division II school, located in Johnson City, Tennessee, Sparks has a record of 323-87-2, and he sits 10 wins behind Mount Union's Larry Kehres at No. 5. St. John's (Minn.) coach John Gagliardi holds the top spot with 489 wins, followed by Grambling's Eddie Robinson (408), Florida State/West Virginia's Bobby Bowden (377) and Glenn "Pop" Warner (336). Sparks has continued coaching after a prostate cancer diagnosis in 2012.
20 With the win against Notre Dame, Florida State's Jameis Winston is now 20-0 as a starter. The win streak to start a career is the longest in the past 15 years, surpassing Greg McElroy's 19-0 at Alabama. The win was also Florida State's 23rd in a row, a school record. Winston has kept himself in the race for a second consecutive Heisman with impressive numbers this year -- he is completeing 70.6 percent of his passes and averaging 313 yards per game, both improvements from 2013. On Saturday, he led the Seminoles to a comeback victory completing 15 of 16 passes for 181 yards in the second half.
4: The SEC landed four teams in the AP top five, becoming the first conference to do so. ... 7: West Virginia wide receiver Kevin White has surpassed 100 yards in seven consecutive games, the longest active streak in FBS and a program record. 30. ... Stanford has hed an opponent under 30 points in 30 consecutive games, which is more than double the length of any other such streak in the country. ... 251: Kenny Cook of Gardner-Webb caught 12 passes for 251 yards against VMI, the best total in FCS this season. ... 38: Marquise Williams set a North Carolina record with 38 completions in a win against Georgia Tech. He totaled 463 yards of offense, with 390 through the air and 73 on the ground. ... 106,795: More people watched a Rutgers football game last week than ever before in its 145-year history when 106,795 people filled up the Horseshoe in the Scarlet Knights' loss at Ohio State. ... 5: Yale's Tyler Varga ran for five touchdowns, tying his own FCS season mark. ... 1: The SEC West is now 26-1 against the rest of the country after Arkansas' loss to Georgia. ... 150: Temple running back Jahad Thomas had two receptions that bettered his previous best for an entire game with 74- and 72-yard catches. He had 150 receiving yards, 84 yards more than his previous mark of 66. ... 119: Missouri managed just 119 yards of total offense, but still beat Florida 42-13. It is the second time Florida has allowed fewer than 120 yards and still lost under Will Muschamp. ... 1,024: Ameer Abdullah became the first player in Nebraska history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three season, as he passed Ahman Green for second place on the Huskers' all-time list with a total of 1,024 after last week. 3: Colorado State's Rashard Higgins became the first receiver to have more than 175 yards in three consecutive games since Michael Crabtree in 2007.