Posted on: November 20, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 11:59 pm

By the Numbers: Week 12's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: School-record five touchdowns by Alvester Alexander as Wyoming beat Colorado State 44-0 in the Border War rivalry. Alexander ran in from 8 yards for the final score and the school record late in the fourth quarter. Redshirt freshman quarterback Kolton Browning also threw five touchdown passes as Louisiana-Monroe beat North Texas 49-37.

Total touchdowns by Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis, who rushed for four touchdowns and threw for two more, in the 59-41 victory over Houston. Davis completed 23 of 30 passes for 285 yards without an interception, and rushed for 111 yards on 17 carries.

102: Marcus Lattimore had 102 yards rushing and three touchdowns by halftime and No. 17 South Carolina scored its most points under coach Steve Spurrier, routing Troy 69-24.

Rodney Stewart (US Presswire)192: Rushing yards by Dwayne Priest on 35 carries, including three touchdowns in Eastern Michigan's 21-17 win over Buffalo.

195: Career-high rushing yards by Colorado tailback Rodney Stewart in the 44-36 victory over Kansas State. Stewart ran for a touchdown, while also catching two passes for 49 yards. He also completed a 23-yard halfback pass for a TD.

213: Rushing yards by Cincinnati's Isaiah Pead in the 69-38 victory over Rutgers. Pead also scored a career-high five touchdowns - four running, one receiving in the highest-scoring game in Big East history.

248: Career-high rushing yards by Western Kentucky's Bobby Rainey in the 27-26 loss to Middle Tennessee. Rainey also had two touchdowns on 45 carries.

330: Mikel Leshoure ran for a school-record 330 yards and two touchdowns, and Illinois beat Northwestern 48-27 in a game played under circumstances at Wrigley Field. The Wildcats and Fighting Illini were looking for publicity when they scheduled the first football game in 40 years at the old ballpark and did they ever get it.

Montee Ball and James White combined for 354 yards rushing and six touchdowns in Wisconsin's 48-28 victory over Michigan. Ball ran for 173 yards and four TDs. White had 181 yards rushing and two scores. Ball and White became the second pair of Badgers to run for 150-plus yards in a game, joining Billy Marek (226) and Ken Starch (184) who pulled off the feat against Wyoming in 1973.

389: Passing yards by Brandon Weeden to go along with three touchdowns to lead Oklahoma State to a share of the Big 12 South title with a 48-14 win over Kansas.

Michigan's Denard Robinson set two NCAA records in the loss to Wisconsin. Robinson broke Beau Morgan's major-college record for yards rushing by quarterbacks and became the first player in NCAA history with 1,500 yards rushing and 1,500 yards passing in one year. Morgan had 1,494 yards rushing for Air Force in 1996. Robinson beat that mark with a 12-yard run in the third quarter against the Badgers.

Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:38 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 10:59 pm

By the numbers: Week 11's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 10, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

0:16: Time remaining when Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge scored to lift the Golden Gophers past Illinois 38-34. Eskridge scored three touchdowns on the day, the last one on a 2-yard run to cap an 80-yard drive engineered by quarterback Adam Weber. The quarterback kept it alive with a key 29-yard scramble on a third-and-10 play.

4: Number of receiving touchdowns by Luke Ashworth in BYU's 49-10 victory over Colorado State. Ashworth hauled in TD passes of 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards, one shy of the school record for touchdowns in a game. The scoring receptions were the only catches Ashworth had.

6: Ryan Mallett threw for a school-record five touchdowns and ran for another as Arkansas defeated UTEP 58-21. In what could be his final home game at Razorback Stadium, Mallett tied the school record for touchdown passes for the fourth time in his career. The junior has now set or tied 35 school or stadium records at Arkansas in less than two full seasons at the school.

37: Length of the game-winning field goal by sophomore Maikon Bonani in overtime to give South Florida a 24-21 win against Louisville as the Bulls become bowl eligible for the sixth straight season. Bonani's winning kick avenged a missed field goal that would have won the game with time running out.

 Points scored by Wisconsin in an 83-20 rout of Indiana. Montee Ball ran for three touchdowns in his first career start and Scott Tolzien threw for three more. Wisconsin put up the most points by an FBS school this season and matched the highest scoring total by a team in a Big Ten conference game since Ohio State's 83-21 victory over Iowa in 1950.

201: Backup quarterback Kriss Proctor ran 20 times for a career-high 201 yards and a touchdown as Navy defeated Central Michigan 38-37.

212: South Carolina freshman Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns to lift the Gamecocks past Florida, clinching the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

221: Ryan Broyles broke a tie with Clayton for the school record for career receptions, breaking Mark Clayton's old record. Broyles also broke Clayton's record for career touchdown catches with 32. He finished with eight catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns in the 45-7 victory over Texas Tech. He also matched Clayton's records with eight 100-yard games in a season and 15 in a career.

Yards passing by Dan Persa in Northwestern's 21-17 upset over Iowa. Persa also had two touchdowns. Persa capped a 91-yard drive with a perfect pass to Arby Fields, who beat Micah Hyde in the left corner of the end zone for a 20-yard TD with 1:22 to play.

 Total yards combined in Western Michigan's 45-30 win over Eastern Michigan. Western Michigan's Alex Carder threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns, while Alex Gillett ran for 159 yards and passed for 214 for Eastern Michigan while accounting for four touchdowns.


Posted on: November 24, 2008 1:27 pm

CBSSports.com 120 -- Surprising Iowa

As the season winds down and we are closing in on what could be a wild finish (especially in the Big 12), it is time to reflect on some of the biggest surprises this season.

We all know about Alabama and Ball State, who check in at No. 1 and No. 14 in this week's CBSSports.com 120, but what about some of those other teams we predicted to not do so well back in August.

Two teams in the Big Ten are at the top of the list, beginning with Iowa, who joins the Top 25 this week, moving up from No. 30 to No. 25.

The Hawkeyes were predicted to finish eighth in the conference in our Big Ten preview, but here they are with a chance to go to a Jan. 1 bowl game.

Back in August Dennis Dodd said: I never thought I'd see Iowa sink this low under Kirk Ferentz. The off-field stuff is more than a distraction. The biggest blow is the decline in talent. The recruiting just hasn't been good in recent years. Last year's 6-6 record is going to look like a BCS bowl after 2008.

Iowa looked like it was headed for a rough season after losing three in a row to drop to 3-3 after six games. But the Hawkeyes finished strong, beating Wisconsin 37-16, Penn State 24-23 and closing out the regular season with a 55-0 thrashing of Minnesota.

"It's a long season and we've had our ups and downs," Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said. "I cannot say enough about the leadership we've gotten from our upperclassmen and a lot of other guys. I'm pleased with the attitude the team kept all through the season."

One guy Ferentz can thank is running back Shonn Greene. The junior came into the season with just 378 career rushing yards and sat out all of 2007 to work on his academics. 

Now his name is popping up on Heisman lists after rushing for 1,729 yards with 17 touchdowns this year.

"My expectations at the beginning of the season were just like everybody else - I didn't know what to expect," Greene said to Daily Iowan. "I just stuck with it, and with my teammates helping me out with stuff like that, we just happened to have a good season."

Iowa can now look forward to capping their strong season in either the Outback Bowl against a SEC team or Champs Sports Bowl vs. an ACC squad.

The Hawkeyes aren't the only Big Ten team that has been a surprise -- Northwestern is sitting at No. 18 after downing Illinois 27-10 this weekend. Many publications, including ours had the Wildcats finishing near the bottom of the rankings. But led by quarterback C.J. Bacher, the Wildcats are looking for their first 10-win season since winning the Big Ten in 1995.

Another big surprise has been Cincinnati. The Bearcats were predicted to finish fourth in the Big East behind West Virginia, Pittsburgh and South Florida, but they are on the verge of winning the Big East and check in this week at No. 16 with a 9-2 record, including 5-1 in the conference.

Not a bad season for a team that has played four different quarterbacks. Tony Pike guided the Bearcats to their biggest win of the season, beating Pittsburgh to take control of the Big East. They only need to beat Syracuse this weekend to earn an automatic bid to a BCS Bowl, most likely the Orange Bowl.

One more team that has surpassed all expectations is Air Force. Since this one is all on me, this is what I said in the Mountain West preview, when I predicted them sixth:

The Falcons should expect a drop-off from last season after losing two of the best players in school history -- Shaun Carney and Chad Hall -- to graduation. Only three starters are back on offense and the Falcons will break in a new quarterback, either Eric Herbort or Shea Smith. The defense is thin on returners too, but safety Chris Thomas is back after recording 110 tackles.

So much for finishing sixth. The Falcons are 8-4 and in fourth place in the division, behind three ranked teams (Utah, TCU and BYU). Air Force had a tough loss this week, but are still ranked No. 43 this week, much higher than was expected at the beginning of the season.


... Mississippi jumped from No. 43 to No. 28 and is on the verge of reaching the Top 25 for the first time this season.

... The highest-ranked team with a losing record is N.C. State, which checks in at No. 57 this week. The Wolfpack have won three in a row, beating Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina.

... Rotten Apple Cup. With Washington State's victory, it moved up to No. 104, while Washington fell to No. 117. The Huskies are ranked ahead of SMU, North Texas and Western Kentucky.

Posted on: September 29, 2008 12:33 pm

Northwestern helps Big Ten in conference rankings

With one month of the season in the books, the usual debate of "Who has the best conference?" continues. Nobody can doubt the SEC is still king, but the conference that ranks No. 2 might surprise you.

Don't be so quick to say the Big 12, because after analyzing the rankings of this week's CBSSports.com 120, we see the Big Ten ranks slightly ahead of the Big 12 from top to bottom. Based on an average ranking of 36.63, the Big Ten edges out the Big 12, which has an overall average of 37.83. SEC is first at 31.83.

Before the e-mails of "How can that be? Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas and Texas Tech are all ranked in the Top 10!!!" -- we only have to look at the overall records in the Big Ten.

The Big Ten has two undefeated teams, three with a 4-1 record and zero teams in the conference have a losing record.

And one of those undefeated teams is Northwestern. The Wildcats sit tied with Penn State atop the Big Ten with a 5-0 record, including 1-0 in the conference.

Northwestern is off to their best start in 46 years and jumped all the way from No. 41 to No. 27 this week in the CBSSports.com 120. The Wildcats are on the verge of breaking into the Top 25 in the other polls too. They are ranked 30th in the AP poll, 26th in the Coaches poll and 27th in the Harris poll.

Northwestern takes on No. 24 ranked Michigan State on Oct. 11 in what could be a major breakthrough for a team that usually finds itself at the bottom of the conference.

"Our plan going into the bye week is, No. 1, get healthy," Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "No. 2 is to stay sharp. I feel like we're getting better each week and growing each week. With that prudent mentality, we'll probably go quick in our practices and won't be out there real long."

Another factor that helps the Big Ten rank ahead of the Big 12 is the lowest-ranked team in the Big Ten is Indiana (No. 74), which stands at 2-2. Texas A&M (No. 84) and Iowa State (No. 90) pull down the average in the Big 12.

The Aggies lost to a Sun Belt school earlier this year (Arkansas State won 18-14) and barely beat Army 21-17. Iowa State is 2-2, but its only victories are against South Dakota State and Kent State.

Here are the overall average conference rankings:

1. SEC -- 31.83
2. Big Ten -- 36.63
3. Big 12 -- 37.83
4. ACC -- 45.67
5. Big East -- 52.5
6. Pac-10 -- 55.3
7. MWC -- 72.75
8. C-USA -- 78.25
9. WAC -- 82.75
10. MAC -- 89.46
11. Sun Belt -- 101

Quick Notes

... The ACC which gets criticized for being one of the weakest conference, is ranked fourth. Despite not having any undefeated teams, the conference has seven teams ranked between No. 31 and No. 49. Florida State (No. 35), North Carolina (No. 36) and Maryland (No. 40) all had big wins this past week, moving up numerous spots.

... The lowest-ranked undefeated school is Kentucky at No. 38. Kentucky defeated Louisville, Norfolk State, Middle Tennessee State and Western Kentucky. It will surely move way up the rankings if it beats Alabama this weekend.

... UCF dropped the farthest in the rankings this week, dropping from No. 76 to No. 100 after losing 58-13 to UTEP, which entered the game at 0-3.

... FIU got out of the 120th spot with a 35-16 victory over Toledo. The Golden Panthers are now ranked No. 114. North Texas fell from No. 118 to No. 120 after losing 77-20 to Rice. The Mean Green are one of only three teams without a win. Army (No. 119) and Washington (No. 101) are the others. The Huskies are ranked so high because it lost by only one point to BYU and by 7 to Stanford this past week.

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