For all you passionate fans, you big-time stats guys, you BTSG's. Here are some notes, nuggets and tidbits of all things College Football. Impress your friends it's time to kickoff!
Duke did it again! The Blue Devils reached six wins for the second straight season. For the first time since the 1988 and 1989 season they won at least six in back-to-back seasons. That season they were led by head coach Steve Spurrier. This past week Duke defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech. It was the first time the Blue Devils defeated a ranked team since 1994 when No. 23 Duke defeated No. 14 Virginia. But this past game was in Blacksburg. So the last time the Blue Devils defeated a ranked team on the road was against Stanford in 1971. Overall Duke has won against a ranked team on the road 10 times.
- 2013 defeated No. 16 Virginia Tech
- 1971 defeated No. 10 Stanford (Duke was No. 19)
- 1970 defeated No. 11 West Virginia
- 1959 defeated No. 9 Georgia Tech
- 1958 defeated No. 17 North Carolina
- 1957 defeated No. 15 Rice (Duke was No. 5)
- 1955 defeated No. 14 Ohio State (Duke was No. 11)
- 1952 defeated No. 9 Virginia (Duke was No. 6)
- 1947 defeated No. 11 Wake Forest (Duke was No. 15)
- 1942 defeated No. 9 Colgate
The Florida State Seminoles beat up on North Carolina State from the get go. In the first quarter, FSU scored on a Karlos Williams run, a Kelvin Benjamin reception, a Devonta Freeman run, a Nick O’Leary reception and a Rashad Greene reception. That’s 35 points that the Seminoles scored on the Wolfpack in the first period alone. They ended up winning 49-17 and looked great in the process. Here are all the teams in the FBS that have scored 35 points in a quarter this season.
- Florida State (vs. North Carolina State): 35 points in first quarter
- Mississippi State (vs. Troy): 35 points in second quarter
- Baylor (vs. UL-Monroe): 35 points in first quarter
- Vanderbilt (vs. Austin Peay): 35 points in second quarter
- Texas A&M (vs. Sam Houston State) : 35 points in third quarter
- Boise State (vs. Tennessee Martin): 35 points in second quarter
- Utah (vs. Weber State): 35 points in second quarter
The Ramblin’ Wreck kept running and running and running. Georgia Tech had 394 yards rushing against Virginia in its 35-25 win. In the process, three Georgia Tech players had over 100 rushing yards. Zach Laskey had 133 yards rushing, Robert Godhigh had 111 and David Sims had 107. Six times this season a team has had three players hitting the century mark. Wisconsin has done it twice and Arkansas State had four players. Here are all the teams that have accomplished this feat and the players involved.
- Georgia Tech (vs. Virginia): Zach Laskey, Robert Godhigh, David Sims
- New Mexico (vs. UNLV): Kasey Carrier, Carlos Wiggins, Cole Gautsche
- Wisconsin (vs. Tennessee Tech): Corey Clement, Melvin Gordon, James White
- Wisconsin (vs. UMass): Melvin Gordon, James White, Corey Clement
- Oregon (vs. Nicholls State): De’Anthony Thomas, Byron Marshall, Marcus Mariota
- Arkansas State (vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff): David Oku, Sirgregory Thornton, Michael Gordon, Fredi Knighten
The Tigers of Clemson bounced back and defeated Maryland 40-27. Even though I am writing about Clemson last they did a lot of things first—i.e. first downs. The Tigers had 30 first downs in all against the Terrapins, 14 rushing, 14 passing and two by penalty. They also had a strong running game led by Roderick McDowell, who had a career-high 161 rushing yards and tied a career-high with two rushing touchdowns. He also had an impressive 30 rushing attempts. The 30 carries were the second highest by any Clemson player in the 2000s. Here are the top five:
- Travis Zachery, 2000 vs. North Carolina State: 31 attempts
- Roderick McDowell, 2013 vs. Maryland: 30 attempts
- Tajh Boyd, 2012 vs. LSU: 29 attempts
- James Davis, 2007 vs. Maryland: 29 attempts
- Travis Zachery, 2000 vs. Maryland: 29 attempts