True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether its a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Big Ten to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference.
4-for-4 for 28: Ohio State turns four fourth-down conversions into 28 points
Ohio State was successful on all four fourth-down attempts against host California Saturday, turning all four conversions into scores. All four were successful fourth-and-1 conversions.
Two of them were direct scores on fourth down as Kenny Guiton found Chris Fields for a one-yard TD pass in the first quarter. Jordan Hall scored from the one-yard line in the second quarter. The next two conversions led to scores as Guiton’s 33-yard run to the five-yard line setup Hall’s second one-yard score, and a Hall six-yard rush kept a drive alive in the third that turned into a Guiton-to-Corey Brown six-yard TD pass five plays later.
The Buckeyes also tacked on a 39-yard field goal from Drew Basil on fourth-and-14 in the first quarter.
15 and 7:44: Iowa’s longest drive of the season is game winner over rival Iowa State
A one-yard touchdown run from Iowa quarterback Jake Rudock in the fourth quarter not only capped off the longest drive of the season for the Hawkeyes but also helped them claim the Cy-Hawk trophy with a 27-21 win against rival Iowa State Saturday.
Rudock’s touchdown was the last for Iowa as it built a 27-7 lead and survived a late rally by the Cyclones. The 73-yard drive lasted 15 plays and 7:44 — both season highs for the Hawkeyes — and consisted of two third-down conversions and 14 run plays for 67 yards, including Rudock’s one-yard score on third-and-goal.
4-for-6… kind of: Michigan State’s Calhoun comes up with fourth turnover of the season turned into Spartan points
Michigan State defensive lineman Shilique Calhoun did not get his fourth touchdown of the season, but his play did lead to an immediate score during the Spartans’ 55-17 rout of visiting Youngstown State Saturday.
Calhoun, who entered the day sixth in scoring in the Big Ten after returning two fumbles and an interception for scores, was held off of the scoreboard but did get his nation-leading third fumble recovery of the season. His recovery late in the second quarter at the Youngstown State 24 was instantly followed by a Connor Cook-to-Macgarrett Kings 24-yard touchdown pass, and 28-10 lead.
14:35-:25: Michigan State possesses the ball for all but 25 seconds in fourth quarter
Youngstown State did not even get any garbage-time production in the fourth quarter during its 55-17 loss to Michigan State Saturday, thanks to the Spartans possessing the ball for 14:35 of the final 15 minutes.
Following a 16-play, 77-yard, 8:58 drive — all game-highs — which ended with a Kevin Muma 20-yard field goal, the Spartans recovered the ensuing kickoff. They used four plays and 2:11 to turn the fumble into another Muma three-pointer — this one from 22. MSU followed by forcing a 25-second three-and-out and milked the final 4:57 of the game with eight plays.
Altogether, the Spartans held on to the ball for 25:30 of the second half after Youngstown State was ahead 16:21-13:39 in the first half.
80 for 21: Three consecutive 80-yard scoring drives spark Indiana rout
Indiana scored on three 80-yard drives in four possessions Saturday to turn a four-point lead into a 32-point win as the Hoosiers defeated visiting Bowling Green 42-10.
From the 4:54 mark of the second quarter to the 14:23 mark of the fourth quarter (20:31), IU ran 21 plays for 244 yards — only a two-play, four-yard drive to run out the first half interrupting the scoring streak — and 21 points. The Hoosiers averaged just over two minutes on each of the scoring drives, scoring from the 8, 33 and 1.
Four of the Hoosiers’ final five scoring drives were for at least 73 yards. Preceding the three straight 80-yard drives was an eight-play, 73-yard drive that was finished off by a Kofi Hughes eight-yard touchdown catch from Nate Sudfeld to retake the lead and begin the 35-0 run.
Despite five scoring drives of at least 73 yards, Indiana was still on the wrong end of time of possession as Bowling Green won that battle 35:13-24:47.
22 in 10: Minnesota’s 10-minute, 22-point spurt helps fend off Western Illinois upset bid
A touchdown, four punts, a fumble and an end-of-the-half kneel down is how Minnesota offense spent the first 39:08 of its game against visiting Western Illinois Saturday. Then the next 10:23 happened.
The result was three straight touchdown drives for the Gophers and 22 unanswered points to comeback from a 12-7 second-half deficit against the Leathernecks. Minnesota converted third-and-1s on back-to-back scoring drives after having gone 2-of-6 on the money down previously.
0-for-6: Cornhuskers’ struggles on third down lead to second-half implosion
Nebraska’s second-half collapse and eventual 41-21 loss against visiting UCLA Saturday came in part to their performance on third downs in the second half.
Holding a 21-10 lead at halftime, Nebraska converted just one third down in the second half — an eight-yard pass from Taylor Martinez to Jake Long on third-and-6 on the opening possession. The drive eventually stalled three plays later on a Martinez incompletion.
It kicked off an 0-for-6 finish on third down in the final 27:02 of the game, which included Martinez going 0-for-3 passing, a nine-yard loss on a sack and his eight-yard rush on the Cornhuskers’ longest third down of the second half — third-and-11. Altogether, Nebraska faced an average of third-and-7 in the second half and came away with zero yards.
They were 3-for-14 on third down for the entire game, including 2-of-7 in the first half for 28 yards on an average of third-and-7.9.
151 for 8 for 51: No team has faced more passes in the nation and collected more interceptions in the nation than Northwestern.
In three games, the Wildcats have seen 151 attempts and picked off eight of them. Northwestern saw 41 attempts against Western Michigan, 45 against Syracuse and 65 against California.
The Wildcats have either scored on or converted seven of the eight interceptions into scoring drives for 51 of their 130 points.
In Saturday’s 38-17 win over Western Michigan, it was Ibraheim Campbell collecting Northwestern’s eighth pick of the season — and his fifth straight game with an interception.
Campbell’s interception against the Broncos was converted into a score seven plays later, as QB Kain Colter scored on a four-yard rush. The four interceptions against Syracuse led to two five-play scoring drives and a three-play TD drive. Collin Ellis returned two of the three against Cal for scores, and Campbell’s pick against the Bears led to a 91-yard TD drive.
507 and 34: The 507 yards of offense and the 34 points Central Florida gained against Penn State Saturday were both rare allotments from a Nittany Lions defense.
The 507 yards was the most allowed in a regular season game since Michigan State gained 542 in a 42-37 Penn State win on Nov. 24, 2001.
The 34 points allowed were the most in a non-conference home game since PSU joined the Big Ten. Miami scored 33 in a 33-7 win to open the 2001 season, and was also the last non-conference opponent to post more than 500 yards against Penn State (602).
2: Nineteen years after its first game at Soldier Field, Illinois took to the Chicago Bears’ home field to play host to another Washington team. Both games resulted in defeats.
On Saturday it was a 34-24 loss to Washington. On Sept. 1, 1994, it was a 10-9 loss to Washington State — Illinois' first college game in then 70-year history of Soldier Field.