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!
Nick Montana and Tulane had a relatively easy time with UTEP and won 45-3. He was 12-of-19 passing with three touchdown passes. It tied his season-high from when he had three back in September against South Alabama. With the win, Tulane will later this season play in bowl game for the first time since the 2002 season. This game also is the last game for Tulane at the SuperDome. Next season, the Green Wave will play its home games in Yulman Stadium. Tulane has played its home games at the SuperDome since 1975 except in 2005 (due to Hurricane Katrina). Here are Nick Montana’s career stats at the SuperDome compared to his father Joe and his career stats at the famous New Orleans landmark. (I told you he had a “relative” easy time in the first sentence.
- Nick: 4 games, 60.2 comp pct, 9 TD passes, 1 interception
- Joe: 10 games, 64.1 comp pct, 24 TD passes, 4 interceptions
The stats with Joe count his nine regular season games and Super Bowl XXIV where he completed 22-of-29 passes for 297 yards and five touchdowns and zero interceptions. He was named the Most Valuable Player.
Hey, it is an ECU stat, it must be a Shane Carden fact. Don’t worry Pirate fans, it is! Carden threw for three touchdowns and ran for two more as East Carolina defeated North Carolina State 42-28. This season marks the first time that East Carolina has defeated both North Carolina and NC State in the same season.
Back to Carden, he now has at least one touchdown pass in 20 straight games and in this game he had a 3-yard touchdown run. Why is that strange? He has nine touchdown runs this season and eight have been for just one yard. He now has three games this season where he has at least three touchdown passes and two touchdown runs. That it is the most in the FBS. Here are the nations’ players that have more than one.
- Shane Carden, East Carolina: 3 games
- Brandon Connette, Duke: 2 games
- Garrett Gilbert, SMU: 2 games
- Bryce Petty, Baylor: 2 games
Although next week’s game with ECU will be very important to Marshall, last week was too. The 48-10 win over FIU was its fourth straight and sixth win in last seven games. Rakeem Cato excited his hometown Miami crowd by throwing for four touchdowns. One of his favorite targets was tight end Gator Hoskins, who tied his career-high with three touchdown receptions. He now has 12 touchdown catches this season compared to the 10 he had last season. He leads all tight ends in the FBS with those 12 touchdowns. Here are the top five tight ends in the FBS in terms of touchdown receptions.
- Gator Hoskins, Marshall: 12 TD receptions
- Nick O’Leary, Florida State: 7 TD receptions
- Jace Amaro, Texas Tech: 6 TD receptions
- Kivon Cartwright, Colorado State: 6 TD receptions
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington: 6 TD receptions