For You Big-Time Stats Guys | SEC Week 8

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | SEC Week 8
October 17, 2013, 6:45 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!

Before I write about individual teams I would like to congratulate the Southeastern Conference on becoming the first conference to have eight different teams ranked in the AP Top 25 in a regular season poll.  The SEC had eight in a preseason poll in 2011.


The Missouri Tigers probably had the biggest win of the SEC last week with a victory on the road against Georgia.  Mizzou now has six wins on the season.  They only had five wins last season.   One of the main reasons for their success is forcing turnovers.  Missouri is 19-0 under Gary Pinkel when forcing four or more turnovers in a game.  The Tigers have forced at least one turnover in a game for 36 straight games which is the longest streak in the FBS.  Here are the top five streaks with that feat:

  • Missouri: 36
  • Stanford: 30
  • Washington: 22
  • Arizona State: 21
  • Louisiana-Monroe: 21


Quarterback Dak Prescott did a little bit of this and a little bit of that in Mississippi State’s 21-20 win over Bowling Green last week.  The signal caller had 75 yards passing and a career-high 139 yards rushing.  The 139 rushing yards was the most ever by a Mississippi State quarterback under Dan Mullen.  Here are the top three:

  • Dak Prescott: 2013 vs. Bowling Green - 139 rush yards
  • Dak Prescott: 2013 vs. Auburn - 133 rush yards
  • Chris Reif: 2009 vs. Ole Miss - 131 rush yards

In the first quarter, Prescott had a 75-yard touchdown run.  That mark was not only the longest run by a Mississippi State quarterback under Dan Mullen, it’s tied for the longest by any player.  Here are those top three: 

  • Dak Prescott: 2013 vs. Bowling Green - 75 yards
  • Vick Ballard: 2010 vs. Alcorn State - 75 yards
  • Vick Ballard: 2011 vs. Wake Forest - 72 yards


In 2002 the Auburn Tigers scored 56 points against Western Carolina.  Eleven seasons later they scored even more.  Last week against the Catamounts they scored 62.  The Tigers had 21 points in the first and second quarters with 14 more in the third and six in the fourth.  Since 2000, the 62 points was tied for the fifth highest by the Tigers.  Here are those top six top scoring games for Auburn:

  • 2003 vs. Louisiana-Monroe: 73 points
  • 2010 vs. Arkansas: 65 points
  • 2005 vs. Ball State: 63 points
  • 2009 vs. Furman: 63 points
  • 2010 vs. Chattanooga: 62 points
  • 2013 vs. Western Carolina: 62 points


Last week against Arkansas, South Carolina did everything right.   The Gamecocks looked good on offense and defense.  They outgained the Razorbacks 537-248.  South Carolina also had 52 more plays on offense than Arkansas.  The Gamecocks had 89 compared to 37 by the Razorbacks.  The 52 differential is the most by an SEC team in the 2000s and is tied for eighth most in the FBS during that same time period.  One of the teams they are tied with is their hated in-state rival Clemson when it did this feat in the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl against LSU. 


I know the Gators lost last week, but they did something last week in their loss against LSU that has only happened four times in the 2000s.  Strangely enough it has happened another time this season but just four times this century.  In the game, quarterback Tyler Murphy quick-kicked and punted the ball 36 yards which was downed at the 1-yard line.  Florida’s punter Kyle Christy later in the game actually completed a pass for 14 yards on a fake punt.  Since 2000, a team’s quarterback had punting yards and a team’s punter had passing yards just four times in the 2000s.  Here are those times:

  • 2013: Florida vs. LSU
  • 2013: Boise State vs. Fresno State
  • 2008: Tulsa vs. Bowling Green (2007 season/2008 bowl game)
  • 2002: Kentucky vs. South Carolina


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