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!
Senior Derek Thompson started the 2013 season with a bang as he completed 23-for-27 passes for 349 yards and two scores in a 40-6 win over Idaho. The North Texas quarterback was 12-for-15 in the first half and equally as impressive with 11-for-13 in the second. The 349 passing yards were a career-high and it was the fifth time the Mean Green signal caller eclipsed the 300-yard plateau. Here are those five times.
- 2013 vs. Idaho: 349 passing yards
- 2012 vs. Louisiana-Monroe: 333 passing yards
- 2011 vs. Louisiana-Monroe: 332 passing yards
- 2011 vs. Troy: 331 passing yards
- 2012 vs. Arkansas State: 316 passing yards
As you saw in my article for last week, there is no doubt how special junior quarterback Rakeem Cato is. This season he started off just like how the reigning Conference USA Most Valuable Player should with five touchdown passes in a win over Miami of Ohio. It was the third time he posted such a number. Here are those three times.
- 2012 vs. Purdue: 5 TD passes
- 2012 vs. East Carolina: 5 TD passes
- 2013 vs. Miami (Ohio): 5 TD passes
It seems like I am just writing about quarterbacks. So here is another one. East Carolina junior quarterback Shane Carden was as sharp as the ones I mentioned above. He looked fantastic at home in a 52-38 win over Old Dominion. The gunslinger had 447 passing yards as 21 of his 46 completions went for at least 10 yards. In his last two games at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, he has been on fire. Look at the numbers of last season’s home finale and this season’s season opener.
- 2012 vs. Marshall: 38-for-47, 439 passing yards, 3 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions
- 2013 vs. Old Dominion: 46-for-54, 447 passing yards, 5 touchdown passes, 0 interceptions
Finally, I am switching positions to talk about a running back. The Blue Raiders may be new to Conference USA, but they are not new to college football. This is their 99th season, and on the first play from scrimmage last Thursday they hit pay dirt. Sophomore running back Jordan Parker took off and scored on a 65-yarder against Western Carolina. Parker has been a major force for Middle Tennessee since the end of the 2012 season. Starting with the Nov. 1 game, look at this talented back’s numbers.
- Nov. 1, 2012 vs. Western Kentucky: 149 rush yards
- Nov. 17, 2012 vs. South Alabama: 154 rush yards
- Nov. 24, 2012 vs. Troy: 141 rush yards
- Dec. 1, 2012 vs. Arkansas State: 73 rush yards
- Aug. 29, 2013 vs. Western Carolina: 156 rush yards
Prior to this streak, Parker only had one 100-yard rushing game (117 vs. FAU)