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 7
0:00: The First and Only Time Michigan State Led Against Michigan
Saturday’s Michigan-Michigan State game produced one of the craziest finishes by any game in college football history. After Michigan punter Blake O’Neill bobbled and fumbled the snap with less than 10 seconds to go, Michigan State’s Jalen Watts-Jackson returned the fumble for a 38-yard touchdown as time expired. The score by Watts-Jackson gave the Spartans their first lead of the day against the Wolverines – with no time left on the clock.
4: 20-Game Winning Streaks by Urban Meyer in Coaching Career
Ohio State’s 38-10 victory over Penn State on Saturday night improved the Buckeyes’ record to 7-0 this season and 45-3 overall under coach Urban Meyer. Additionally, Ohio State has not lost a Big Ten regular season game under Meyer and enters Week 8 on a 20-game winning streak. During Meyer’s career as a head coach, he’s recorded four streaks of at least 20 consecutive victories. If the Buckeyes win the national championship this season, Meyer would finish 2015 on a 28-game winning streak. Ohio State’s last loss was against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6, 2014.
3: Interceptions Returned by Alabama Against Texas A&M
Alabama’s secondary has taken its share of criticism over the last year, but this unit stepped up in Saturday’s 41-23 win over Texas A&M. In addition to limiting quarterbacks Kyle Allen and Kyler Murray to just 284 passing yards, the Crimson Tide returned three interceptions for scores. Freshman Minkah Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a 33-yard return in the first quarter and later returned a 55-yard pick for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Safety Eddie Jackson also returned an interception 93 yards for a score in the second quarter.
2: Teams That Have Scored On Every Opening Drive in 2015
The state of Texas is home to some of college football’s best offenses this season. Four out of the five top scoring offenses are from the Lone Star State, with Baylor (63.8 points per game) leading the way nationally. In addition to the Bears’ lead in scoring average, coach Art Briles’ team and Houston are the only two programs to score on every opening drive this season.
12: Receiving TDs Needed by Baylor WR Corey Coleman to Set Single-Season Record
Baylor’s high-scoring offense has been unstoppable through the first six games of 2015. The Bears lead the nation by averaging 63.8 points per game and 8.94 yards per play. New quarterback Seth Russell has been nearly flawless this season, and the junior has developed a big-play rapport with receiver Corey Coleman. The junior caught three touchdowns in Saturday’s 62-38 win over West Virginia, which gives him 16 – a Baylor single-season record – in 2015. Former Louisiana Tech star Troy Edwards owns the NCAA single-season record at 27, and Coleman is on pace to shatter that record after catching 16 through the first six games.
0: Interceptions by Florida State QB Everett Golson in 2015
Golson struggled with turnovers during his 2014 campaign at Notre Dame, but the senior is taking better care of the ball through six games at Florida State. Golson has yet to toss an interception on 177 pass attempts and is also on pace to set a career high in completion percentage (67.2 in 2015). While it’s tough to ask Golson to keep a zero in the interception column all year, he’s doing exactly what coach Jimbo Fisher needs out of his quarterback right now and can only get better with more snaps in this offense.
8: Turnovers by Boise State in Friday’s Loss Against Utah State
Boise State’s hopes of reaching a New Year’s Six Bowl and winning the Mountain West took a huge hit on Friday night. The Broncos lost eight turnovers in a 52-26 loss against the Aggies. In coach Bryan Harsin’s 21-game tenure, Boise State has lost 38 overall turnovers. 22 of those lost turnovers took place in four games – Ole Miss, BYU, Air Force and Utah State. And this should come as no surprise, but all four of those games were losses.
1996: The Last Win by Memphis Over a Ranked Team Prior to Victory in Week 7
Memphis continued its rise under coach Justin Fuente, defeating Ole Miss 37-24 to improve to 6-0 and extending its winning streak to 13 games. The impressive victory over the Rebels gave Memphis its first win over a ranked team since 1996. While the Tigers entered Week 7 unranked, it’s safe to say that will change when the polls are released on Sunday. Keeping Fuente is going to be a challenge for Memphis, but this team is going to make plenty of noise the rest of the way and is the frontrunner to claim the top Group of 5 bowl spot in a New Year’s Six bowl.
6: Passing TDs by Washington State QB Luke Falk in First Half Against Oregon State
Washington State’s offense has been on fire since a 17-point showing in a surprising loss to Portland State in the opener. Quarterback Luke Falk is a big reason why the Cougars are 4-1 in their last five games, and the sophomore tied a school record with six touchdown passes in the 52-31 victory over Oregon State in Week 7. Falk did all of his damage in the first half, as his six touchdown tosses helped Washington State hold a 45-17 lead at the break. Falk is the only player in school history to pass for six scores in a half.
24: LSU’s Special Teams Touchdowns Under Les Miles
LSU coach Les Miles and his penchant for rolling the dice on special teams paid off in a big way on Saturday night against Florida. The Tigers scored the game-winning touchdown on a 16-yard fake field goal touchdown run by kicker Trent Domingue. According to LSU’s sports information department, the touchdown run by Domingue was LSU’s 24th special teams’ touchdown under coach Les Miles.