It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for a little non-AQ Did You Know?. Thanks to the conference and team sports information departments for these nuggets of information.
Tulsa and Notre Dame are playing for the first time on Saturday, but the school dug up an interesting factoid. A postseason game between the two at the end of the 1916 almost materialized. Tulsa, known as Kendall College back then, went 10-0 that season and a few local businessmen tried to get Notre Dame to play in Tulsa.
According to the book, “The Golden Hurricane: Fifty Years of Football at The University of Tulsa” published in 1952, the deal fell through because of the large guarantee Notre Dame wanted to play there. Nearly 100 years later, some things never change, right?
The 1960 Navy football team will be honored at halftime in recognition of the 50th anniversary of its berth in the Orange Bowl. The Midshipmen went 9-2 that year, losing 21-14 to Missouri in the big bowl game. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino led the team.
Troy quarterback Jamie Hampton has been nominated for the 2010 Discover Orange Bowl Courage Award. Hampton originally committed to Purdue but instead went to Troy in 2007 in order to stay closer to his mother after his father went to prison. As a sophomore, he won a three-player battle at quarterback and was off to a good start before seriously injuring his knee. He missed the rest of the 2008 season and 2009 as well.
He returned to action this fall as a short-yardage and change-of-pace quarterback. But in the fifth game against Middle Tennessee -- almost two years since his initial injury -- he broke his leg. A team captain, Hampton participated in the pregame coin toss the following week, heading to midfield on crutches. He plans to try another comeback in 2011.
At least two Mountain West teams have been ranked in the USA Today Coaches’ Top 25 poll for 41 consecutive weeks, dating back to Sept. 7, 2008. The MWC joins the Big 12, Big Ten and SEC as the only four conferences that have had at least two teams ranked for 41 consecutive weeks.
If you compare the win percentage of the top four teams in each of the 11 FBS conferences, the Mountain West Conference currently ranks fourth behind the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten. The top four teams in the Big 12 are a combined 25-3 (.893), followed by the SEC at 28-4 (.875) and Big Ten at 27-4 (.871). The top four teams in the MWC boast a .833 win percentage with their collective 25-5 mark.
TCU did not punt in last week’s 38-7 victory over Air Force. It was the first game in which the Horned Frogs did not record a punt since the Horned Frogs’ 45-14 win at Colorado State on Nov. 25, 2006.
Tulane wide receiver Casey Robottom has four touchdowns on the season -- more than he had his previous three seasons combined (three).
San Jose State plays New Mexico State on Saturday, its first FBS opponent of the season with a losing record. The Spartans scored a season-high 18 points last week against Fresno State, but they have lost 11 straight road games and five straight overall.
Nevada RB Vai Taua needs 72 yards for his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season.
Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz needs 79 passing yards to reach 3,000 on the season.
Northern Illinois has won five straight, its longest winning streak since the 2004 season, when the Huskies won six consecutive games between Sept. 24 and Oct. 30. Northern Illinois’ 6-2 start this year matches the team’s record through eight games in 2004.
Since joining the MAC in 2007, Temple owns the league’s best home record for MAC games at 12-2.
Central Michigan is 18-1 in its last 19 games against MAC opponents from the state of Ohio. The Chippewas had won 18 straight against Ohio MAC opponents before a 27-20 loss to Miami on Oct. 16. The streak began after a 27-22 loss at Ohio on Oct. 23, 2004. Central Michigan plays Bowling Green on Saturday.