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 11
15: Consecutive 100-Yard Performances by Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott
Ohio State’s offense is still putting all of the pieces together to make a run at the national championship. While coach Urban Meyer is looking for more consistency from his quarterbacks and offensive line, this unit continues to lean on the steady play of Elliott. In Saturday’s 28-3 win over Illinois, Elliott recorded 181 yards and two touchdowns on 27 attempts. The 181-yard effort extended Elliott’s streak of consecutive 100-yard games to 15 and moved the junior to third all-time on Ohio State’s career rushing list behind Eddie George and Archie Griffin.
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125: North Carolina Sets Program Record With Points Scored Over Last Two Games
The Tar Heels aren’t getting much national respect at 9-1, but coach Larry Fedora’s team is quietly building an impressive resume. North Carolina has scored 125 points over its last two games – blowout victories over Duke and Miami – which is the best-two game mark in program history. In addition to the 59 points scored against the Hurricanes, North Carolina recorded 487 overall yards, forced two turnovers and held Miami without a score on its first 10 drives.
7: Games by Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield of At Least Four TDs in 2015
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is making a strong case for Heisman votes and All-America honors this season, as the junior has been a big reason for the Sooners’ offensive improvement in 2015. Mayfield has scored at least four touchdowns in seven games this season, including four overall scores in Saturday night’s 44-34 victory over Baylor. The seven games of at least four touchdowns in a single contest are tied with TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin for the most in the nation this year.
81: Career Rushing Touchdowns by Navy QB Keenan Reynolds
Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds entered the NCAA record book during Saturday’s easy 55-14 victory over SMU. Reynolds rushed for four touchdowns and 137 yards on 14 carries and completed 2 of 9 passes for 81 yards and one score. The senior now has 81 career rushing touchdowns, which surpassed Wisconsin’s Montee Ball (77) for the all-time record. Reynolds will have a chance to add to this total over the next few weeks, as Navy takes on Tulsa in Week 12, followed by a trip to Houston on Black Friday. The Midshipmen also have the annual battle against Army on Dec. 12 and could play in the American Athletic Conference title game on Dec. 5.
9: Sacks by Alabama in Saturday’s Win Over Mississippi State
A week after a huge victory against LSU, there was some concern in Tuscaloosa about a letdown performance at Mississippi State. Alabama’s defense quickly put an end to those concerns in a dominant effort in Starkville. This unit held the Bulldogs to just 4.5 yards per play (a season low for Dan Mullen’s team) and forced nine sacks. Prior to Saturday’s game, Mississippi State allowed only 13 sacks all season. The nine recorded sacks were the most by an Alabama defense since 1998.
1994: Georgia Tech’s Last Season of a .500 or Worse Record in ACC
Virginia Tech’s 23-21 victory at Georgia Tech on Thursday night likely ended the Yellow Jackets’ bowl hopes. At 3-7, coach Paul Johnson’s team needs to beat Miami and Georgia to close out the regular season and hope 5-7 teams are needed to fill bowl tie-ins. If the Yellow Jackets do not play in a postseason matchup, this program’s run of 18 consecutive seasons with a bowl game will end. Additionally, Georgia Tech’s remarkable run of consistency within the ACC is also slated to end this year. This program will suffer its first record of .500 or worse in conference games for the first time since 1994.
3: Night-Game Losses by LSU in Last Two Seasons
Tiger Stadium is one of college football’s best venues and toughest places to play for opposing teams. However, the home-field advantage at night hasn’t been as intimidating for opponents in the last two seasons. LSU has lost three night games over the last two seasons, including Saturday's 31-14 defeat against Arkansas. According to the Advocate, the Tigers are now 48-6 under coach Les Miles in night games at home. Three of those losses took place in the last two seasons.
47.6: Oregon’s Average Points in Last Three Games
A healthy Vernon Adams at quarterback makes a huge difference for Oregon’s offense. The Ducks scored 38 points and averaged a healthy 9.1 yards per play in Saturday night’s upset victory over Stanford. Adams suffered a finger injury in the opener against Eastern Washington and was clearly not at full strength against Michigan State or Utah. However, over the last three games, Adams has showed why he was an impact transfer for this offense. The senior has guided Oregon to an average of 47.6 points per game in its last three contests and completed 10 of 12 passes against the Cardinal for 205 yards and two touchdowns.
15: Consecutive Games With a Rushing Touchdown by Alabama RB Derrick Henry
With three efforts of 200 or more yards over his last four games, Alabama running back Derrick Henry has emerged as the frontrunner in the Heisman Trophy race. The junior recorded 204 yards and two scores on 22 attempts (9.3 ypc) in the convincing 31-6 victory over Mississippi State on Saturday. Henry has now scored a rushing touchdown in 15 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. Additionally, the junior’s 15-game run is the longest in the SEC over the last 20 years.
118: Wins by Gary Pinkel at Missouri Since 2001
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel capped an emotional week with a 20-16 victory over BYU Saturday night, which improved the Tigers to 5-5 overall this year. Missouri needs a victory in one of its two remaining games (Tennessee or at Arkansas) to play in a bowl. Due to health reasons, Pinkel announced his intentions to retire at the end of the season on Friday. The 63-year-old coach was arguably one of the nation’s most underrated coaches and is the winningest coach in Missouri history at 118 career wins.