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 Aaron Murray became the all-time passing yard leader in Southeastern Conference history in Georgia’s win over Tennessee. The accomplishment started on a short 3-yard pass to Branden Smith and continued game after game until he broke the record on a 24-yard pass to Chris Conley on a fourth-down play. The record was held by former Georgia Bulldog David Greene. Murray now has 11,625 yards passing in his career, while Greene had 11,528. If you want to be super accurate, Greene has 11,816. In Greene’s first season (2001) stats did not count in bowl games. Bowl game stats started counting in 2002. Murray should pass the real record in Georgia’s next game against Missouri. Here are the top five by counting Murray with the record. Notice three of the five are Bulldogs.
- Aaron Murray (Georgia): 11,625 passing yards
- David Greene (Georgia): 11,528 passing yards
- Chris Leak (Florida): 11,213 passing yards
- Peyton Manning (Tennessee): 11,201 passing yards
- Eric Zeier (Georgia): 11,153 passing yards
Nick Marshall struggled somewhat through the air against Ole Miss. So the quarterback did the next best thing, he ran. Marshall only had 93 yards passing and was less than 5.5 yards per pass attempt. On the ground he had 140 rushing yards and two touchdowns and Auburn defeated Ole Miss, 30-22. The 140 rushing yards was the most by an SEC quarterback this season. It was also the seventh most by an Auburn quarterback since 2000. The top six were by Cam Newton. Here is this season’s list by SEC quarterbacks:
- Nick Marshall (Auburn): 140 rushing yards vs. Ole Miss
- Dak Prescott (Mississippi State): 133 rushing yards vs. Auburn
- Barry Brunetti (Ole Miss): 111 rushing yards vs. SE Missouri State
- Dak Prescott (Mississippi State): 103 rushing yards vs. LSU
- Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M): 102 rushing yards vs. SMU
Zach Mettenberger threw for 340 yards in LSU’s 59-26 win over Mississippi State. The big man became the third Bayou Bengal to have back-to-back 300 yard pass games. Since 2000, several LSU quarterbacks have had 300 yard passing games. Here are those quarterbacks and the number of times they did it since 2000.
- Rohan Davey: 7 times
- Zach Mettenberger: 2 times
- Matt Flynn: 2 times
- JaMarcus Russell: 2 times
- Matt Mauck: 2 times
- Marcus Randall: 1 time
Louchiez Purifoy did what many Gators have done before him; he had his first career interception and returned it for a touchdown. In the second quarter with Arkansas leading Florida 7-3, Purifoy interception a Brandon Allen pass and returned it 42 yards for the score. Since 2000, three Florida players have had two interception returns for touchdowns in one season. One of those players did it twice. Here are those players:
- Keiwan Ratliff: 2003 (vs. Arkansas and Vanderbilt)
- Ahmad Black: 2008 (vs. Hawaii and Kentucky)
- Brandon Spikes: 2008 (vs. LSU and South Carolina)
- Brandon Spikes: 2009 (vs. Georgia and Florida International)
Sticking with defense, let us look at Michael Sam. Sam had five tackles including three sacks in Missouri’s win over Vanderbilt. Two of those sacks happened on fourth-down plays. This is the second straight game in which he recorded three sacks. He is the only FBS player to have three sacks in a game twice this season. He had 9.5 sacks entering this season which was the most by a returning Tiger. He has six this season, so he might pass his previous career total during his senior season alone.