Numbers and statistics are a huge part of college football. Every Sunday, reading updated box scores and stats is like Christmas for fans and media members. Some stats like total offense and total defense are overrated, but each help paint a picture for a team or particular game.
Whether the stats are historic, advanced or just an observation from a box score, Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of college football action:
10 Amazing College Football Stats from Week 10
5: Unbeatens That Lost in Week 10
Eleven teams entered November with an unbeaten record. After one week of action, that number was nearly cut in half. Five teams with a perfect record prior to Week 10 – Toledo, Michigan State, TCU, LSU and Memphis – lost on Saturday. That drops the number of unbeatens to six entering Week 11 – Houston, Ohio State, Iowa, Clemson, Oklahoma State and Baylor.
31: Rushing Yards by LSU RB Leonard Fournette Against Alabama
LSU running back Leonard Fournette entered Saturday night’s matchup averaging 193.1 rushing yards per game, 7.7 yards per carry and the clear frontrunner to win the Heisman Trophy. However, Alabama’s defense won the battle in the trenches and suffocated the Tigers’ ground attack. Fournette finished with only 31 yards and one touchdown on 19 attempts. 18 of the sophomore’s yards came on one carry and the other 17 attempts never resulted in a rush longer than four yards.
29: Ohio State’s Big Ten Winning Streak Extends to 29 Games
Ohio State tied a national record for the most consecutive conference victories after a 28-14 win over Minnesota on Saturday. The Buckeyes have won 29 conference games in a row, which ties Florida State’s record (1992-95) for the longest streak in college football history. Under coach Urban Meyer, Ohio State is a perfect 29-0 in regular season matchups against Big Ten teams. Ohio State should be heavily favored against Illinois in Week 11 to break Florida State’s 29-game conference win streak.
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3: SEC QBs Coached by Dan Mullen With At Least 100 Career Touchdowns
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott eclipsed 100 career touchdowns in Thursday’s 31-13 win over Missouri. Prescott is the sixth SEC quarterback to reach 100 career touchdowns. Three of those signal-callers – Prescott, Tim Tebow and Chris Leak – played under Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen. Mullen tutored Tebow and Leak while he was at Florida. Georgia’s Aaron Murray, Florida’s Danny Wuerffel and Tennessee’s Peyton Manning are the other three quarterbacks to reach 100 career touchdowns.
42.7: Average YPC by Oklahoma State WR James Washington Last Two Games
The Big 12 is home to some of college football’s best receivers. Baylor’s Corey Coleman, TCU’s Josh Doctson and Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard take most of the spotlight, but Oklahoma State has a star on the rise in Washington. The sophomore has nine receptions over the last two contests (Texas Tech and TCU) and recorded 384 yards and five touchdowns in that span. Washington has averaged 42.7 yards per catch in the last two weeks, with his five scores in those games spanning an average of 64 yards.
1968: Last Time Florida Won While Scoring Single Digits
Florida’s win over Vanderbilt wasn’t pretty. However, the Gators did just enough to earn a 9-7 victory against the Commodores, clinching a trip to Atlanta and the SEC East title in coach Jim McElwain’s first season. Defense is a strength for Florida, but the offense struggled once again, recording only 258 yards and nine points in the win over the Commodores. The nine points scored by Florida in Saturday’s win represented the first time since 1968 the Gators won while scoring in the single digits.
3: Arkansas Ties School Record With Three Consecutive Games of at Least 50 Points
Arkansas wasn’t necessarily pegged as a high-scoring offense in the preseason, but coach Bret Bielema’s group tied a school record by scoring 53 points in the overtime win over Ole Miss on Saturday. The Razorbacks have scored at least 50 points in three consecutive games, tying a record set in 1916. Earning a fourth consecutive game of 50 or more points will be a challenge, as Arkansas takes on LSU in Week 11.
17: Consecutive Wins by Nebraska in Night Games at Memorial Stadium
Nebraska knocked Michigan State from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 39-38 upset on Saturday night. The ending of the game wasn’t without controversy, as receiver Brandon Reilly went out of bounds and did not appear to be forced out, yet scored on a 30-yard pass from quarterback Tommy Armstrong. The score was upheld after a review, which allowed Nebraska to earn a one-point win and earn its 17th consecutive victory in night games at Memorial Stadium.
524: North Carolina QB Marquise Williams Sets School Record for Total Yards
North Carolina quarterback Marquise Williams recorded one of the top individual performances from Week 10 in a 66-31 victory over Duke. The senior set the school record for most total yards (524), passing yards (494) and yards per completion (21.48) in the win over the Blue Devils. The senior has six passing scores and zero interceptions over the last two games, which were critical matchups (at Pittsburgh and Duke) in North Carolina's bid to win the Coastal Division.
24: Consecutive Games With a Touchdown Pass by WKU QB Brandon Doughty
WKU quarterback Brandon Doughty continued his prolific 2015 season with 273 yards and four passing scores in a 35-19 win over FAU. Doughty has passed for a touchdown score in 24 consecutive games, which is tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the longest streak in the nation. Doughty has five games of four or more passing touchdowns this season and leads the nation with a 72.7 completion percentage.