For all you Big Time Stats Guys, I decided to take a look at some of the conference championship bowls from last weekend. Some of those games were very exciting and full of great individual and team records. Many of those are part of my news, nuggets and tidbits that you will see below. So if you are a BTSG please enjoy my article.
What an offensive explosion by both teams in Atlanta. Points and yards were going at a rate that was totally inconceivable. Missouri and Auburn scored the most points ever by far in an SEC Championship Game. The 101 combined points easily out distanced the previous highest point total of 75 set by Florida and Alabama back in 1996. The two teams had 79 combined points in the third quarter. Auburn’s 59 points broke its own record set in 2010 and Missouri’s 42 points is tied for the fourth highest as well. The 59 points by Auburn was also the third highest total ever by the Tigers against an SEC team all-time. Here are the five highest point totals scored by a single team in SEC Championship Game history (started in 1992).
- Auburn (2013): 59 points
- Auburn (2010): 56 points
- Florida (1996): 45 points
- Missouri (2013): 42 points
- LSU (2011): 42 points
The main story was Auburn running back Tre Mason, who broke SEC championship records in rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns. Mason’s 304 rushing yards came within three yards of breaking the Auburn all-time record set back in 1944 by Curtis Kuykendall (not Bo Jackson’s). He had four touchdowns as well in the SEC title game and now has 22 rushing touchdowns this season, breaking Cam Newton’s record of 20 (not Bo Jackson’s).
Mason’s rushing yards total this season of 1,621 is the second most in one season by an Auburn player. First place is 1,786 yards held by Bo Jackson (yes, Bo Jackson). Getting back to the rushing yards in SEC championship history. Here are the top three all-time so you can see how much Mason destroyed the old record.
- Tre Mason (Auburn) 2013: 304 rush yards
- Justin Vincent (LSU) 2003: 201 rush yards
- Gerald Riggs (Tennessee) 2004: 182 rush yards
The Florida State Seminoles are champions of the Atlantic Coast Conference for the 14th time in their history. That total includes the 12 they won outright and the two they shared. FSU took care of business winning 45-7 over Duke. The Seminoles have scored at least 45 points 10 times this season. They only achieved that mark nine times (nine times, Mrs. Bueller) over the last three seasons combined. Check how many times they have done this compared to the other ACC teams this season. Here are the top three:
- Florida State: 10 times
- Clemson: 6 times
- Miami: 4 times
ACC Player of the Year Jameis Winston had 330 passing yards in the ACC Championship. It was his seventh game with at least 300. He only had six that were under 300. He now has 3,820 passing yards this season which is the most by any FBS freshman quarterback in history. Here are the top five and their totals:
- Jameis Winston (Florida State – 2013): 3,820 pass yards
- Brett Hundley (UCLA – 2012): 3,740 pass yards
- Corey Robinson (Troy – 2010): 3,707 pass yards
- Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M – 2012): 3,706 pass yards
- Jared Lorenzen (Kentucky – 1996): 3,687 pass yards
In case FSU fans were wondering, FSU’s Drew Weatherford’s total of 3,208 in 2005 is currently 11th.
The Rice Owls won their first ever Conference USA title by defeating Marshall 41-24 last Saturday at Rice Stadium. It was the first conference title for the Owls since the 1994 Southwest Conference which they shared. It was the first time they’ve won a conference title outright since 1957. Game MVP Luke Turner tossed two touchdown passes and ran for 49 yards. Turner is a running back and became the first non-quarterback to throw a touchdown pass in the history of the Conference USA championship.
It was the third and fourth career touchdown pass thrown by Turner. He had three this season and one in 2012. Here are those games and receivers:
- 2012 vs. Texas-San Antonio: 38 yards to Donte Moore
- 2013 vs. Houston: 57 yards to Turner Petersen
- 2013 vs. Marshall: 35 yards to Donte Moore
- 2013 vs. Marshall: 8 yards to Connor Cella
Turner threw for 40 touchdown passes in his career for Gilmer High School in Texas.