For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Sun Belt Week 2

For You Big-Time Stats Guys | Sun Belt Week 2
September 5, 2013, 12:00 pm
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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!


This article has to start with Senior quarterback Corey Robinson.   If I didn’t there is something wrong with this article.  Last week, Robinson broke a FBS record for highest completion percentage in a game where the quarterback had at least 30 completions.  He started the game with a nice little 52-yard pass.  After an incompletion (yikes) he then completed the next 20 passes (which tied a school record by Sim Byrd). Then after another incomplete pass he notched nine-straight completions and finished his day going 30-for-32.  The 93.8 completion percentage beat the 91.2 mark held by former BYU quarterback and current Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian.  I decided to look at the top five highest completion percentages of Sun Belt quarterbacks in a game with a minimum of 15 passes thrown since 2000.  When I did that I found a familiar name in fourth place.  Here is that list.

Corey Robinson (Troy) 2013 vs UAB                                           30-for-32            93.8 comp pct

Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State) 2011 vs Memphis                           19-for-21            90.5 comp pct

Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State) 2012 vs Middle Tennessee             19-for-21            90.5 comp pct

Corey Robinson (Troy) 2012 vs Navy                                          25-for-28            89.3 comp pct

Derek Thompson (North Texas) 2012 vs Kansas State                25-for-28            89.3 comp pct           


Arkansas State was in a rush when they tangled with Arkansas-Pine Bluff last week.  The Red Wolves had 509 rushing yards.  It was the fifth time in school history where they reached the 500 mark.  Not only that, they had four different players that reached the 100-yard total.  Arkansas State was the seventh team in FBS history to have four players do that and the first since Nevada in 2009.  Here is what each of the four players did for Arkansas State this week. 

David Oku                             16 attempts                        124 rush yards

Sirgregory Thornton               9 attempts                         112 rush yards

Michael Gordon                      4 attempts                         102 rush yards

Fredi Knighten                        3 attempts                         101 rush yards 


The Bobcats once again handed it to Conference USA.  For the second-straight season, Texas State defeated a Conference USA opponent on the road to start the season.  Last season it was Houston and this time it was Southern Miss.  In the game itself the Bobcats forced six turnovers (four fumbles and two interceptions).  Since 2000, that was the fifth time Texas State forced at least that many turnovers in a game.  Here are those five games where the defense demolished its foe. 

2000 vs Nicholls State                        7 turnovers forced

2002 vs Texas Southern                     7 turnovers forced

2004 vs McNeese State                       7 turnovers forced

2006 vs McNeese State                       6 turnovers forced

2013 vs Southern Miss                       6 turnovers forced 


The Bobby Petrino era at Western Kentucky began successfully.  Petrino faced a familiar foe as they defeated a former Southeastern Conference rival Kentucky in Nashville, Tenn.  Petrino has now faced the Wildcats as a head coach of Louisville, Arkansas and Western Kentucky.  Here is how he has fared against the other team from the Bluegrass State.

With Louisville                                     4-0 record

With Arkansas                                      0-1 record

With Western Kentucky                        1-0 record

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