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!
Before I write about a great stat on the Thundering Herd, I would like to tell you that on Thursday night Marshall players will have “75” on the left side of their helmet to honor the 75 men and women who died in the 1970 plane crash involving the football team.
Now onto the stat from last week’s win. In the victory over UAB, Marshall had not one, not two but three players rush for over 100 yards. It was the first time ever that Marshall had three different players rush for over 100 yards in the same game. Here are the three players that reached the century mark and how many career games in which they have reached that mark. Also included is how many yards they rushed for in the last game.
- Steward Butler (139 vs. UAB): 4 games
- Essray Taliaferro (118 vs. UAB): 5 games
- Kevin Grooms (108 vs. UAB): 5 games
And for all those scoring at home, Johnny Watson rushed for 115 yards against Morris Harvey back in 1928 for Marshall’s first ever 100-yard rush game.
East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden is pretty much a regular in this article. Carden had a field day as he accounted for a school record seven touchdowns in the 58-24 win over Tulsa. Carden had five touchdown passes and two touchdown runs. He also threw for 384 yards which is the 10th time in his career he has done that. That is nice, but it is the touchdowns what I want to write about. Since 2000, only eight FBS quarterbacks have thrown for five touchdowns and rushed for two in the same game. Actually only seven since one did it twice. Here are those players:
- Shane Carden – East Carolina (2013 vs. Tulsa)
- Taylor Kelly – Arizona State (2013 vs. Washington State)
- Garrett Gilbert – SMU (2013 vs. Rutgers)
- Marcus Mariota – Oregon (2013 vs. Colorado)
- Tajh Boyd – Clemson (2012 vs. North Carolina State)
- Chase Clement – Rice (2008 vs. North Texas)
- Chase Clement – Rice (2007 vs. UTEP)
- Kent Smith - Central Michigan (2004 vs. Eastern Michigan)
The Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee showed both offense and defense as they shut out FIU in the annual Armed Forces and Veteran’s Game, 48-0. The victory gave them six wins and made them bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons. Quarterback Logan Kilgore was 17-for-20 for 269 yards and a touchdown. The touchdown gave Kilgore 50 in his career which tied a school record with Wes Counts. The 269 yards passing gave Kilgore 19 career 200-yard passing games which breaks the school record. This section of the article in not about offense, however, it is about defense. This is the first shutout by Middle Tennessee since 2006. Here are all the shutouts they have had since 2000.
- 2013 vs. FIU (48-0)
- 2006 vs. North Texas (35-0)
- 2006 vs. Tennessee Tech (44-0)
- 2004 vs. Utah State (21-0)
- 2000 vs. UL-Monroe (28-0)
LOUISIANA TECH and NORTH TEXAS
I couldn’t decide which player to write about for my final paragraph, so I am writing about both. Last week two players in the conference ran for over 200 yards which established the two highest rush totals so far this season. Kenneth Dixon ran for 207 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech and Brandin Byrd ran for 202 yards and two touchdowns for the Mean Green of North Texas.