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!
What can you say about the 2013 Iron Bowl that hasn’t been said already? Unless you are an Alabama fan (or maybe had money on the game), this could have been one of the most thrilling college football games of all time. Stars like Nick Marshall, Tre Mason, AJ McCarron, T.J. Yeldon and Amari Cooper certainly did not disappoint and neither did Chris Davis. Alabama has been virtually unbeatable the last few seasons, especially to Auburn. Alabama had won four of the last five Iron Bowls and dominated the last two. Here is a stat for Auburn of what the Tigers did in the past two meetings against Alabama combined compared to what they did last Saturday.
- 2011 and 2012: 14 points, 16 first downs, 7 third down conversions, 303 total yards
- 2013: 34 points, 22 first downs, 8 third down conversions, 393 total yards
The Tigers from Auburn weren’t the only Tigers on the prowl this season. Missouri showed a great mixture of offense and defense all season and they will be rewarded in an extra game this Saturday. One of the keys for them will be their balanced passing attack. Both Dorial Green-Beckham and L’Damian Washington each caught their 10th touchdown pass of the season. It was just the second time Missouri has had a pair of players reach 10 touchdown receptions in the same season. In 2008, Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman did this feat. Both players are tied for third for the most touchdown receptions in a season by a Missouri player. Missouri is also one of three teams to have two players with 10 TD receptions.
- Missouri: Dorial Green-Beckham and L’Damian Washington
- Fresno State: Davante Adams and Josh Harper
- Ball State: Willie Snead and Jordan Williams
Not all the SEC talk over the weekend was about the two division champions. It was also about some of the teams defeating their out-of-conference in-state rivals. South Carolina did just that by defeating Clemson for the fifth straight season. The Gamecocks have also won at least 10 games for the third straight season (prior to this streak, 1984 was the only 10-win season). Connor Shaw improved to 26-5 in his career. The 26 wins is a school record. He also finished his career at 17-0 as a starter at Williams-Brice Stadium. Here are his career stats at home, where Shaw excelled.
Comp Pct: 67.4
Passing TD: 34
Rushing TD: 10
This version of clean old-fashioned hate turned out one for the ages. For the second time in three games, the Georgia Bulldogs trailed by 20 points and came back. This time the Dawgs won as they defeated Georgia Tech 41-34 in two overtimes. Hutson Mason made his first career start and came out a winner. Todd Gurley once again showed why he is the star that he is. Gurley had 122 yards rushing and scored four total touchdowns including two in overtime. The sophomore had three touchdowns on the ground and one through the air. He is one of five FBS players that have scored three or more rushing touchdowns and at least one receiving touchdown in the same game this season.
- Jeremy Langford, Michigan State (against Indiana)
- Joey DeMartino, Utah State (against New Mexico)
- Michael Gordon, Arkansas State (against UL-Monroe)
- Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (against Illinois)
- Todd Gurley, Georgia (against Georgia Tech)