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!
In an all-white uniform look (maybe the first time ever) the Blue Raiders wanted to give something extra to their fans. Or maybe they just wanted to play a little extra. The game was tied on five different occasions. But led by Reggie Whatley, who had a career-high 154 rushing yards, Middle Tennessee defeated FAU 42-35 in overtime. It was the seventh overtime game in team history and sixth as a FBS team. Here are all the results:
- 2013: Won vs. Florida Atlantic
- 2011: Lost vs. Western Kentucky (2 OT)
- 2003: Lost vs. Missouri
- 2003: Won vs. Idaho
- 2003: Lost vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
- 2001: Won vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
- 1996: Won vs. Southeast Missouri State
One thing Larry Coker and the Roadrunners know how to do is share the wealth in the passing game. Check out how many different players for UTSA that caught passes in each game this season compared to the total receptions by the squad.
- Aug. 31 vs. New Mexico: 21 receptions (11 different players)
- Sept. 7 vs. Oklahoma State: 30 receptions (14 different players)
- Sept. 14 vs. Arizona: 30 receptions (13 different players)
- Sept. 21 vs. UTEP: 18 receptions (12 different players)
Jamarcus Nelson was at it again. On Aug. 31 against Troy, the Blazer junior returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown. This past week against Northwestern State he returned a punt 63 yards for the score. In doing so, he became only the second UAB player to have two special teams (returning) touchdowns in one season. The other “Great Returner” was Cedrick Buchannon and he did it in 1995.
Despite losing to Georgia this past Saturday, Brelan Chancellor returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week. It was the first kickoff return for touchdown by North Texas since Chancellor did it back in 2010. That season he had two of them. One was a 91-yarder, the other a 93-yard score. This one was tied for third longest ever in Mean Green history. Here are the top five:
- Broderick McGrew: 100 yards - 1998 vs. Utah State
- Johnny Stovall: 100 yards - 1936 vs. Sam Houston State
- Brelan Chancellor: 99 yards - 2013 vs. Georgia
- Brian Smith: 99 yards - 1995 vs. Idaho State
- Michael Hugh: 99 yards - 1993 vs. Missouri State
At one point, North Texas considered the Stovall return to be 104 yards.