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 8
58-0: Miami’s Worst Loss in Program History
Al Golden’s tenure at Miami hit rock bottom in Saturday’s 58-0 loss to Clemson. The Hurricanes were thoroughly dominated by the Tigers on the stat sheet on both sides of the ball. Quarterback Brad Kaaya suffered a concussion in the first half and did not return. As a result, the offense managed only 146 total yards, converted six first downs, went 4 of 18 on third downs and lost three turnovers. The defense gave up 6.4 yards per play, 416 rushing yards, 33 first downs and 58 points. It’s only a matter of time before Miami makes a coaching change. And after the worst lost in program history, the timetable for a change is speeding up.
12: Points Scored by Missouri in its Last Three Games
Missouri’s offense wasn’t overly prolific last year (22.7 points per game in SEC contests), but this unit is struggling mightily in 2015. The Tigers have scored only 12 points in their last three games and have not scored an offensive touchdown since the third quarter of the 24-10 win against South Carolina on Oct. 3. The problems for this offense starts up front with an offensive line that has allowed 20 sacks, a lackluster rushing attack, while true freshman quarterback Drew Lock is experiencing growing pains in his first year in the program.
108: Points Scored in Friday’s Memphis-Tulsa Game, Most of any FBS Game in 2015
Two of the American Athletic Conference’s best offenses were on display Friday night. Memphis and Tulsa combined for 108 points in the Tigers’ 66-42 victory, which was the highest-scoring FBS game in 2015. Behind a rising star at quarterback in Paxton Lynch and a deep group of skill players, Memphis ranks third nationally in scoring offense (48.9 points per game).
12: Touchdowns by Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett in Last Three Games
Urban Meyer made the switch from Cardale Jones to J.T. Barrett as Ohio State’s starting quarterback prior to Saturday’s game against Rutgers. While the offense was productive behind Jones, Barrett seems to be the best fit for Meyer’s attack. The numbers back Meyer’s switch, as Barrett recorded 324 total yards against the Scarlet Knights and five overall touchdowns. In his last three games, Barrett has scored 12 touchdowns – more than Jones has all year – and Ohio State is 16 for 18 in its red-zone trips in that span.
1,433: Yards Needed by Christian McCaffrey to Break All-Purpose Record
Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey continued his run at the Heisman Trophy in Saturday’s win over Washington. The sophomore recorded 300 all-purpose yards against the Huskies, which is the second consecutive game McCaffrey has posted at least 300 all-purpose yards. Through seven contests, McCaffrey has 1,818 all-purpose yards and is on pace to break the single-season record by former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders (3,250 in 1988).
28: Florida State’s Win Streak Over ACC Teams Ends at Georgia Tech
Florida State’s 28-game winning streak against ACC opponents ended on Georgia Tech’s blocked field goal return for a touchdown as time expired on Saturday night. The loss to the Yellow Jackets was Florida State’s first in an ACC game since Oct. 6, 2012 and prevented coach Jimbo Fisher’s team from tying the conference record (29 consecutive wins) set by the Seminoles from 1992-95.
28: Career Pass Attempts by Baylor QB Jarrett Stidham
With Seth Russell sidelined indefinitely due to a neck injury, Baylor will hand the keys to its high-powered offense to Jarrett Stidham. The freshman was a top 50 recruit in the 2015 signing class and has looked sharp in limited action. Stidham has completed 24 of 28 passes for 331 yards and six touchdowns in seven appearances this year. It’s a small sample size, but Stidham’s totals and overall talent are impressive. Baylor’s playoff hopes hinge on how quickly Stidham settles into the starting role.
5: Nebraska Losses by 5 Points or Less in 2015
Nebraska might have the worst luck in close games of any team in college football this season. The Cornhuskers lost their fifth game of the year on Saturday, dropping a 30-28 matchup to Northwestern. Nebraska needs to win three of its last four to get to a bowl, but this team is just a couple of plays away from having a 5-3 or 6-2 record. All five of the Cornhuskers’ losses were by five points or less in 2015, including three by two points or less.
288: Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott Throws First Interception in 288 Passes
Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott turned in one of Week 8’s top performances by recording 465 overall yards and six total scores in the 42-16 win over Kentucky. However, Prescott tossed an interception against the Wildcats, ending a streak of 288 passes without a turnover. The streak was the third-longest in SEC history and a school record. With Prescott and Florida State’s Everett Golson tossing their first picks of the year, only two starters – LSU’s Brandon Harris and Arizona’s Anu Solomon – have yet to throw an interception in 2015.
100: Wins in a Row by Division III Powerhouse Mount Union
The stats in this column usually focus on the FBS level, but Mount Union’s impressive win streak deserves a mention in this space. The Purple Raiders earned their 100th consecutive victory on Saturday by defeating Wilmington 69-0 and have a chance to break their previous 110-game winning streak that stretched from 1994-05.