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!
Florida State picked on Wake Forest last week. Actually they picked, picked, picked, picked, picked and picked on them. The Seminoles tied an ACC record by intercepting six passes in the win against the Demon Deacons. Florida State also had six in a game against Louisville in 1991. FSU has an FBS best 18 interceptions on the season. In this last game, Nate Andrews had two and Terrance Smith, Christian Jones, Mario Edwards and Marquez White each had one. One of Andrews’ interceptions he returned 56 yards for a touchdown. Here are times that FSU has had four or more interceptions in a game in the 2000s.
- 6 in 2013 vs. Wake Forest: (see above)
- 4 in 2011 vs. Florida: Greg Reid (2), Mike Harris and Terrance Parks
- 4 in 2002 vs. Maryland: Bryant McFadden (2), Rufus Brown and Kendyll Pope
I am going to stick with interceptions. Ray Vinopal, who once played for Michigan, picked off Notre Dame passes in the fourth quarter including one in the end zone to help Pittsburgh to an upset win last week. Vinopal had only two career interceptions entering the game. He is only one of three Panther players to have two interceptions in a game in the 2000s against a ranked team. One of them is a teammate while the other is very similar to this latest one. Here are all three:
- 2013 vs. No. 24 Notre Dame: Ray Vinopal
- 2012 vs. No. 13 Virginia Tech: Jason Hendricks
- 2004 vs. No. 24 Notre Dame: Josh Lay
I don’t have an interception stat for the Hokies, but I have a pretty good one on a running back. Trey Edmunds had four touchdown runs in the win against the Miami Hurricanes. The Virginia Tech redshirt freshman only had five previous touchdowns. In this game he had four and he only had 74 yards rushing in the game. The last ACC player to do this was Tevin Washington last season, and the last ACC player to do it in a conference game was Antone Smith. Only three FBS players have done it this season.
- Marion Grace (Arizona State) vs. Wisconsin: 84 yards rushing
- Trey Edmunds (Virginia Tech) vs. Miami: 74 yards rushing
- Keshawn Simpson (Western Kentucky) vs. Georgia State: 25 yards rushing
Earlier this season I wrote about how Tanner Price of Wake Forest had a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and receiving touchdown in the same game. This past week it happened again in the Atlantic Coast Conference. North Carolina’s Marquise Williams had an 8-yard touchdown pass, a 29-yard receiving touchdown and a 3-yard touchdown run. Williams has eight career touchdown passes to go along with his two career touchdown runs. This past week he had his first career touchdown reception.