For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Conference USA Week 10

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Conference USA Week 10
October 29, 2013, 10:30 am
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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!


Rice won its fifth straight game by defeating UTEP 45-7 last week.   The Owls are now bowl eligible for the second straight season.  It is only the second time they have been bowl eligible in consecutive seasons.  They have also started 4-0 in conference play for the first time in Conference USA history.  The last time they started 4-0 in a conference was in 1999 when they were part of the WAC.  More importantly, or should I say more inspirational, running back Jayson Carter made his collegiate debut in the game and carried the ball for one yard.  Carter is just 4-foot-9 and weighs 135 pounds.  The walk-on from KIPP Houston High School was born with a genetic disorder that hindered his growth.   Since 2000 here are the three shortest players and three lightest players to play in an FBS game.

  • Jayson Carter (2013 – Rice): 4’9”
  • Brandon Diles (2003-06 – Tulsa): 5’0”
  • Mike Caldrone (2000 – Missouri): 5’2”
  • Jayson Carter (2013 – Rice): 135 pounds
  • Phil Tran (2003 – Baylor): 137 pounds
  • Danny Royster (2004 - UL-Monroe): 137 pounds


Middle Tennessee and Marshall had a very crazy game last Thursday.  The game was tied at seven, at 14, at 21 and at 28.  The Blue Raiders took control deep into the third quarter and into the fourth.  The Thundering Herd fought hard and took the lead with just under three minutes left. Middle Tennessee then had a monster drive. Logan Kilgore connected with Tavarres Jefferson from nine yards out on the game’s final play and the Blue Raiders won 51-49.  In the game, Kilgore had four touchdown passes and a touchdown run.  Since 2000, three Middle Tennessee players have accomplished the same thing.  Here are those three players:

  • Logan Kilgore: 2013 vs. Marshall
  • Joe Craddock: 2007 vs. UL-Monroe
  • Josh Harris: 2003 vs. UL-Lafayette


Middle Tennessee may have scored 51 points in its game, but the Roadrunners of UTSA scored 52 points in theirs.  The 52 players were the most ever scored by UTSA over an FBS team.  Thirteen different players caught passes in the victory, five players caught two passes and eight caught one.  On the season, 20 different players have caught passes for Larry Coker’s bunch.  That total is the second highest amount in the FBS.  Here are those top four schools:

  • UCLA: 22 players
  • UTSA: 20 players
  • Clemson: 19 players
  • Iowa: 19 players


In this Conference USA matchup the Bulldogs defeated the Golden Panthers 23-7.  In the game there was five interceptions combined.  Two of the players, one on each team had two apiece.  There are only five players this season in the conference that had two in a game and two were in this game.  Here are those five players:

  • Bryson Abraham (Louisiana Tech) vs. FIU
  • Justin Halley (FIU) vs. Louisiana Tech
  • Lorenzo Doss (Tulane) vs. North Texas
  • Dashone Smith (UTEP) vs. New Mexico State
  • Zac Whitfield (North Texas) vs. Louisiana Tech

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