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!
Southern Miss wins. That hasn’t been said in awhile, but the Golden Eagles did it in style, defeating UAB 62-27. The win snapped Southern Miss’ 23-game losing streak. Not since Dec. 24, 2011 have the Golden Eagles won. The 62 points was the most points they’ve scored since the 63-point game against Navy in 2011. The 62 points is more than the total of their next three highest outputs this season (23, 21, 15). Freshman Nick Mullens set career-highs with 370 yards passing and five passing touchdowns. It tied the school record held by two others and neither is named Brett Favre. Here are those quarterbacks.
- Lee Roberts: 1998 vs. UL-Lafayette
- Dustin Almond: 2005 vs. Central Florida
- Nick Mullens: 2013 vs. UAB
Marshall scored 50 for the fifth time this season and easily defeated East Carolina 59-28, advancing to the Conference USA Championship for the first time in team history. Marshall improved to 9-3 on the season and 7-1 in the conference. It was the Thundering Herd’s first nine-win season since 2002. Marshall scored both offensively and defensively in the game. The defensive score was courtesy of defensive lineman Gary Thompson’s pick-six in the middle of the third quarter. It was Marshall’s third interception return for a touchdown this season. The three is tied for the second most in the conference behind Middle Tennessee. The three is also the third highest for Marshall since 2000. Here are the three top three-plus interception games since 2000 and the players who helped make that mark.
- 2004: 4 INT return for TD (Johnathan Goddard, Chris Royal, Roberto Terrell and Willie Smith)
- 2001: 4 INT return for TD (Michael Owens, Ralph Street, Terence Tarpley and Roberto Terrell)
- 2013: 3 INT return for TD (Monterius Lovett, Raheem Waiters and Gary Thompson)
As I mentioned above, Marshall will play in the Conference USA Championship and it will play Rice at Rice Stadium in Houston. The Owls dominated defensively last week and defeated Tulane 17-13. Rice allowed just six first downs in the game as Tulane only converted 1-of-14 third downs. Rice allowed just 123 total yards. That total was the lowest Rice has allowed in a game since 2000. Here are the top five:
- 2013 vs. Tulane: 123 yards (26 rush, 97 pass)
- 2002 vs. Tulsa: 189 yards (47 rush, 142 pass)
- 2001 vs. Houston: 199 yards (7 rush, 192 pass)
- 2002 vs. Navy: 205 yards (111 rush, 94 pass)
- 2004 vs. Houston: 212 yards (8 rush, 204 pass)