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!
If you remember my article last week I told you about the interception return by Al Riles. The pick-six went for 99 yards and a touchdown. Now I will tell you statistically how it fits. Well it was the second longest in Ragin’ Cajun history. The longest went for 105 yards by Luther Perrin against Stephen F. Austin back in 1934. Of course there was no such thing as the Sun Belt Conference in 1934. So as for conference records Riles’ return is tied for the longest in Sun Belt history. Here are the top four:
- Al Riles (UL-Lafayette): 2013 vs. Western Kentucky - 99 yards
- Maurice Holman (North Texas): 2005 vs. Middle Tennessee - 99 yards
- Tobe Nwigwe (North Texas): 2008 vs. Western Kentucky - 97 yards
- Tyrell Johnson (Arkansas State): 2005 vs. Florida International - 92 yards
The Jaguar offense was running on all cylinders at Homecoming this past week against Kent State. Running was the key word. In the previous week, South Alabama had a school record 471 passing yards, and this time it had a season-high 257 rushing yards. The 257 yards was the third highest in the school’s short history. Here are the top three games all-time in terms of rushing yards.
- 2010 vs. Georgia State: 293 rushing yards
- 2010 vs. Nicholls: 282 rushing yards
- 2013 vs. Kent State: 257 rushing yards
Even though it was in a losing effort, Kent State did have a player that accomplished an impressive feat. Senior running back Dri Archer put on a show. In the second quarter of the game he had a 74-yard touchdown run. That was the third longest score of his career, but he was not done. In the game’s final quarter he had a career-long 73-yard touchdown reception. Since 2000, there have been only five players in the FBS that have had a 70-yard or more touchdown run and a 70-yard or more touchdown reception in the same game. Here are those five players:
- William Green (Boston College): 2001 vs. Notre Dame
- Marcus Thigpen (Indiana): 2008 vs. Michigan State
- Jason Chery (Louisiana-Lafayette): 2008 vs. UL-Monroe
- Ronnie Hillman (San Diego State): 2011 vs. Wyoming
- Dri Archer (Kent State): 2013 vs. South Alabama
Well you can put down a conference victory for Texas State, its win over Georgia State was the first Sun Belt win for the Bobcats. In the game, Chris Nutall had two rushing touchdowns and Robert Lowe added another one. For the season Lowe has seven and Nutall has six. Since 2000, a Dennis Franchione team has had two players rush for at least six touchdowns in a season just four times including this one. None of those four times included the two seasons from 2001 to 2002 at the University of Alabama. Here are those three special seasons, and remember there is quite of football left for this season’s group to increase the total.
- 2013: Texas State - Robert Lowe (7) & Chris Nutall (6)
- 2005: Texas A&M - Jorvorskie Lane (9) & Courtney Lewis (7)
- 2004: Texas A&M - Courtney Lewis (9) & Reggie McNeal (8)
- 2000: TCU - LaDainian Tomlinson (22) & George Layne (6)