Enough College Football Stats Goodness to make your head explode
Some people believe that Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year. I don’t think those people know what they are talking about. Today Christmas arrives early for sports fans with the return of football. For the next five months, we can all bask in the glory that the little brown spheroid brings us.
I am anxiously looking forward to gambling, Chris Berman delivering his annual 49ers vs. Bills Super Bowl prediction, Lee Corso donning a mascot head every week, Gus Johnson’s big-play orgasms, Brent Musburger calling out “you are looking live,” funny College Gameday signs, the Browns winning the AFC North, the Steelers finishing last in the division, fantasy football leagues, and did I mention gambling?
Every week I planning on producing a weekly stats article for stat nerds that will help to provide some interesting facts regarding the big sporting events of the week. This week, with the return of college football, here are some record performances that are kind of difficult to believe.
1. Alabama is seeking to win their 3rd straight National Title which has not been done since Minnesota won 3 straight from 1934-1936.
2. Ohio St. could break their own consecutive game unbeaten streak if they start off 11-0, which will break their old record of 22 straight victories.
3. Current Houston Cougar QB David Piland holds the record for most pass attempts in a single game (77) without throwing an interception. It was against Louisiana Tech in 2012.
4. Future NFL Hall-of-Famer LaDainian Tomlinson holds the record for most rushing yards in a single game with 406 in TCU’s 52-24 win over UTEP in 1999.
5. Former Cincinnati Bengal malcontent Corey Dillon has the record for most rushing yards in a quarter with 222 in a game for the Washington Huskies against San Jose St. in 1996.
6. “Touchdown” Travis Prentice holds the NCAA record for most carries without a fumble with 862.
7. Former Steeler draft bust, Troy Edwards, holds the record for most receiving yards in a game with 405 against Nebraska in 1998.
8. NFL Defensive Player of the Year Terrell Suggs holds the record for most sack in an NCAA season with 23, which he set in 2002 at Arizona St.
9. Michigan St. holds the distinction for the largest comeback win in NCAA history coming from 35 down (38-3) in the 3rd quarter to beat Northwestern 41-38 in 2006.
10. Jarrett Dillard of Rice holds the record for most TDs in a career by a WR with 60.
11. Current Nevada prison inmate O. J. Simpson still holds the FBS record for most rushing yards per game with 164.
12. Incredibly, Nevada holds the record for most points scored in a loss with 67, losing to Boise St. 69-67 in 4 OTs in 2007.
13. Tee Martin and Geno Smith hold the record for highest completion percentage for one game with 96%. Martin did it versus South Carolina in 1998 and Smith versus Kansas in 2012.
14. Hawaii holds the record for biggest improvement (8.5 games) over one season by going from 0-12 in 1998 to 9-4 in 1999.
15. Miami (OH) scored a record 21 points in 1:00 minute in a 51-23 win over Akron in 2005.
16. Northwestern holds the record for most consecutive losses with 34 from 1979-1982.
17. During the modern era Nebraska hold the record for most consecutive winning seasons with (40) from 1962-2001.
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