Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:53 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2010 12:00 am

By the Numbers: Week 6's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 6, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

0:26: Ricky Dobbs led a brilliant touchdown drive capped by a 6-yard pass to Greg Jones with 26 seconds left to give Navy a 28-27 win and hand Wake Forest its second straight last-minute loss.

4: Total number of touchdowns by Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (two passing, two rushing) as Georgia snapped a four-game losing streak, routing Tennessee 41-14.

12: USC's Robert Woods caught 12 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in the 37-35 loss to No. 19 Stanford on a last-second field goal.

194: Points scored by Army this season after defeating Tulane 41-23. That's 10 more than the Black Knights scored all of last season.

198: Career-high rushing yards by Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton in Auburn's 37-34 victory over Kentucky. Newton had four touchdowns and deftly guided the Tigers 88 yards in the final 7:22 for the game-winning field goal.

334: Career-high passing yards by Terrelle Pryor in Ohio State's 38-10 victory over Indiana. Pryor also had three touchdowns, giving coach Jim Tressel his 100th victory on the Buckeyes' sideline.

393: Number of passing yards by Oregon State's Ryan Katz in the 29-27 upset victory over Arizona. Kats also had two passing touchdowns and a rushing TD in the victory.

Number of passing yards by Taylor Potts in Texas Tech's 45-38 victory over Baylor. Potts, who completed 15 straight passes on one point in the first half and finished 42 of 59, guided an offense which gained 635 total yards.

1999: Syracuse is off to its best start since 1999 and matched the number of conference wins its has had each of the past four seasons with its victory over south Florida. The Orange are now 4-1.

Posted on: October 2, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: October 2, 2010 11:58 pm

By the Numbers: Week 5's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 5, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

4: Total touchdowns by Ole Miss' Jeremiah Masoli in the 42-35 victory over Kentucky . Masoli threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another.

94: Length of a school-record touchdown pass by Cameron Newton. The quarterback connected with Emory Blake on a 94-yard touchdown pass on his first throw as No. 10 Auburn routed Louisiana-Monroe 52-3. Newton finished with 245 yards and three TDs.

190: Jordan Todman ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns to lead Connecticut to a 40-21 win over Vanderbilt , just the second win for the Big East over a BCS conference team this season. Todman, who carried the ball 37 times, has now rushed for over 100 yards in seven of his last eight games.

226: Career-high rushing yards by backup running back Matt Brown in Temple's 42-35 victory over Army. Pierce, the Owls' leading rusher, was scratched for the game with an ankle injury.

257: Sophomore running back LaMichael James rushed for 257 yards in the 52-31 victory over Stanford. James busted loose on a 76-yard TD run to seal the victory for the Ducks.

277: Number of rushing yards by Pittsburgh's Ray Graham in his first college start, lifting the Panthers to a 44-17 win over FIU . Graham's third consecutive 100-yard game - his first two were off the bench - represented the second-highest rushing total in Pitt history.

380: Robert Griffin threw for a career-best 380 yards with two of his three touchdowns to Josh Gordon as Baylor pounded Kansas 55-7 for its most lopsided conference victory ever.

401: Combined yards rushing by Derrick Coleman (185) and Johnathan Franklin (216) in UCLA's 42-28 victory over Washington State.

969: Total yards of offense combined by Michigan's Denard Robinson and Indiana's Ben Chappell. Robinson rushed for 217 yards and two scores, while throwing for 277 yards and three scores. Chappell set school records with 480 yards passing (45-of-64) with three touchdowns (he also has negative 5 yards rushing). 

Posted on: September 25, 2010 3:44 pm
Edited on: September 25, 2010 10:38 pm

By the Numbers: Week 4's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 4, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

4: Number of touchdowns by freshman James White as No. 11 Wisconsin steamrolled Austin Peay 70-3 . White finished with 145 yards rushing on just 11 carries.

6: Amount of touchdowns accounted by Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the 73-20 pounding of Eastern Michigan. He completed 20 of 26 passes for 224 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for another score and also caught a 20-yard scoring pass from his former high school teammate, Jordan Hall, late in the third quarter.

13: Points scored in the fourth quarter by Air Force in the 20-14 victory over conference rival Wyoming. Tim Jefferson ran 7 yards for the decisive score late in the fourth quarter.

24: Seconds remaining when Carson Coffman scored on a 7-yard run to lift Kansas State to a come-from-behind 17-13 victory  over UCF. The game was delayed almost 1 1/2 hours in the first quarter by weather .

35: Length of Ben DeLine's field goal as time expired to lift Colorado State past Idaho 36-34.

100: Florida coach Urban Meyer became the sixth fastest coach in NCAA history to reach 100 career wins as Florida knocked off Kentucky 48-14. He improved to 100-18 at Florida, Utah and Bowling Green, hitting the century mark faster than anyone except Gil Dobie (108 games), George Woodruff (109), Bud Wilkinson (111), Fielding Yost (114) and Knute Rockne (117).

368: Career passing yards by N.C. State's Russell Wilson in the 45-28 victory over Georgia Tech. Wilson completed 28 of 41 passes with three touchdowns as the Wolfpack improved to 4-0, their best start since winning their first nine games in 2002.

Posted on: September 18, 2010 3:47 pm
Edited on: September 19, 2010 1:38 am

By the Numbers: Week 3's best performances

As we look at all the action around the nation during Week 3, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: A LSU record number of field goals by Josh Jasper and number of interceptions by the Tigers defense in the 29-7 victory over Mississippi State.

10: Vanderbilt snapped a 10-game conference losing streak dating back to 2008 with a 28-14 victory over Ole Miss. The Commodores have beaten the Rebels four of the past six seasons.

14: Seconds remaining when Arkansas' Ryan Mallett threw a 40-yard scoring pass to Greg Childs to lift No. 12 Arkansas over Georgia 31-24.

A school-record consecutive completions by Terrelle Pryor in Ohio State's easy 43-7 victory over Ohio. Pryor, who also ran for a touchdown, completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards and two scores with two interceptions.

181: Daniel Thomas rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on a career-high 34 carries, and Kansas State rallied to beat Iowa State 27-20.

287: Passing and rushing yards by Nebraska freshman Taylor Martinez in Nebraska's pounding of Washington 56-21. Martinez ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns, threw for another 150 yards and a score.

295: Combined rushing yards by Illinois RB Mikel LeShoure (180) and QB Nathan Scheelhaase (115) in the 28-22 victory over Northern Illinois. LeShoure and Scheelhaase combined for 53 rushing yards on a fourth quarter drive that set up a 32-yard field goal by Derek Dimke that provided the winning points.

528: School-record rushing yards by Oregon in the 69-0 victory over Portland State. LaMichael James led the way with 227 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns.

722: Total yards by Oklahoma State in the 65-28 victory over Tulsa. Brandon Weeden passed for 409 of the yards with six touchdowns. The total yards broke the school record of 717 set against Kansas during Barry Sanders' Heisman Trophy season in 1988.

Posted on: September 11, 2010 4:22 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2010 8:05 am

By the Numbers: Sept. 11's Best Performances

As we look at all the action around one of the biggest weekends of the season, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog.

5: Total touchdowns for East Carolina quarterback Dominique Davis in the victory over Memphis. Davis ended up throwing three touchdowns and rushing for two more in the 49-27 win.

16: Points in the fourth quarter, allowing Washington State to come from behind and beat Montana State 23-22. Nico Grasu's 18-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining capped the comeback.

Combined number of points by Wake Forest and Duke in the Demon Deacons' 54-48 victory. Wake Forest posted the first consecutive 50-point games in school history, outgained the Blue Devils 500-487 and won the second highest-scoring game in ACC history.

182: A career-high day for South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, who ran for 182 yards on 37 carries in South Carolina's 17-6 victory over Georgia.

183: The number of rushing yards by Michigan State's Edwin Baker in the 30-17 victory over Florida Atlantic. Baker also had an 80-yard touchdown run.

350: C.J. threw for 350 yards, including touchdown passes of 42 yards to Charles Clay and 25 yards to Trae Johnson, to lead Tulsa to a 33-20 victory over Bowling Green.

391: Passing yards by Steven Threet to lead Arizona State to a 41-20 win over FCS opponent Northern Arizona.

409: Rushing yards for Air Force as the Falcons knocked off BYU 35-14. It was the last time the two teams are scheduled to meet with BYU leaving the Mountain West after the season.

502: Total yards for Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson in the 28-24 victory over Notre Dame. Robinson finished with 244 yards passing and 258 yards rushing and blogger Tom Fornelli wonders, could this be the year a Michigan player wins the Heisman?

Posted on: September 4, 2010 7:05 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 12:01 am

By the Numbers: Saturday's big performances

As we look at all the action around the opening weekend  in college football, here are some of the biggest performances of the day. Follow all the action on our scoreboard and our updating college football blog .

Career-high number of touchdown passes by Andrew Luck in Stanford's 52-17 victory over Sacramento State. Luck also had 316 yards passing in the victory.

18.1: Average yards per carry by Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez when he rushed for 127 yards on seven carries in the 49-10 win over Western Kentucky.

48: Number of attempts by Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who finished 34 of 48 for 281 yards. Gabbert rallied Missouri from a 10-point halftime deficit with two touchdown passes to lift the Tigers over Illinois 23-13 .

72: Points scored by Oregon in an easy 72-0 victory over New Mexico. Kenjon Barner replaced the suspended LaMichael James and had a career-high 147 yards and four touchdowns.

141: Freshman Le'Veon Bell rushed for 141 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns to spark Michigan State past Western Michigan 38-14 in a season-opening game Saturday.

168: Scott McKnight became Colorado's all-time leader in receptions with a 27-yard touchdown in the 24-3 victory over Colorado State . McKnight's 168th career catch broke the mark set by Michael Westbrook from 1991-94. The senior finished with six catches for 78 yards.

218: Rushing yards by Oklahoma's DeMarco Murray, helping No. 7 Oklahoma survive an unexpected scare from Utah State 31-24.

235: Daniel Thomas rushed for 235 yards and two touchdowns and Kansas State rallied for a 31-22 victory over UCLA before a crowd of 51,059, the biggest for a home opener in Wildcat history.

292: Second-half rushing yards for Air Force as the Falcons scored 41 points after halftime against Northwestern State. Air Force ended up winning 65-21.

357: Total combined yards rushing and passing by Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton in the win over Arkansas State. Newton ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns and passed for 186 yards and three more scores.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 10:45 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 10:50 am

Discover to sponsor Orange Bowl

Get out your credit cards!

The Orange Bowl has its new sponsor -- Discover Financial Services. 

Orange Bowl logoDiscover will be the title sponsor for the 2011-2014 Orange Bowl Games and the 2013 BCS National Championship Game. The Orange Bowl Game will be known as the "Discover Orange Bowl" and the 2013 BCS National Championship Game will be named the "2013 Discover BCS National Championship Game."

Under the partnership, Discover will be the official card of the Orange Bowl and the Bowl Championship Series.

"Discover’s commitment to the Orange Bowl reinforces the game’s national strength and appeal as one of the premier sporting events in the country," said Eric Poms, CEO of the Orange Bowl Committee. "We welcome Discover to South Florida and the home of championship college football and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial partnership. Our shared passion will leave a lasting impact on our community, while further enriching the 77-year history of the Orange Bowl."

FedEx was the sponsor for the game from 1989-2010, but ended its deal earlier this year.
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Tags: Orange Bowl
Posted on: August 16, 2010 7:07 pm

Speaking Polls with Pollspeak has some interesting tidbits about the preseason Coaches Poll, which was released last week.

One thing that stood out was the fact that the Mid-American Conference has five coaches voting, the same number as the Pac-10! Not that it mattered in the preseason poll, but alot of MAC schools play Big Ten teams, which could come into play toward the end of the season.

Some other quick hits:

-- Florida State is the only six-loss team to make the poll at a generous No. 20.  This likely says a lot about what other coaches think of the numerous coaching changes at FSU.

-- At No. 8, Oklahoma is the highest ranked team that was unranked to end the 2009 season.  The coaches are obviously confident in Bob Stoops’ ability to right the ship after a disappointing 8-5 season.  No doubt they feel numerous key injuries, particularly at QB, played a large part in the Sooner’s record.

Check out the entire story at

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