Friday, October 1, 2010
Non-AQ Did you know, Week 5
By Andrea Adelson
Now it is time for a little bit of non-AQ Did You Know?
You probably know that Air Force leads the nation in rushing with an average of 394 yards per game. But did you know the Falcons have finished the season with the NCAA rushing title just once since 1980? It happened in 2002, when they averaged 307.8 yards a game. They have been awfully close, though, finishing second 11 times in the same span.
Wyoming head coach Dave Christensen and offensive line coach Jim Harding return to a very familiar place when the Cowboys play Toledo on Saturday. Christensen spent nine seasons at Toledo as offensive line coach and offensive coordinator from 1992-2000. During his nine seasons, Toledo won outright or tied for three MAC West titles (1997, ‘98 and 2000) and won the MAC title in 1995, advancing to the Las Vegas Bowl where it defeated Nevada 40-37. Harding was a former offensive tackle for the Rockets from 1997-2000, starting a school record 46 consecutive games. In his senior season, he helped lead Toledo to a road win against Penn State, a 10-1 record and a No. 25 national ranking.
Utah State quarterback Diondre Borel needs 393 yards of total offense to reach 7,000 career yards, becoming just the second quarterback in school history to reach the milestone. He also needs 220 passing yards to crack the top five on the school’s career passing list.
Western Michigan receiver Jordan White is second in the nation in receiving yards with 127.3 a game. He averages nine catches.
Boise State receiver Titus Young has caught a pass in 33 straight games, the third longest active streak in the nation. He leads the country in all-purpose yards with 208 a game.
Nevada is 19-for-19 in the red zone with 14 touchdowns and five field goals this season. The Wolf Pack also have converted 6-of-7 fourth-down attempts.
TCU (27-3) and Utah (27-3) are two of six teams (Alabama 30-2, Florida 30-2, Boise State 29-1, Texas 28-3) with 27 or more wins since the beginning of the 2008 season. The Mountain West is one of two conferences (SEC) to have two teams with 27-plus wins during that span.
San Diego State and Utah are two of 12 teams in the country that have allowed just one sack this season. Both are off this week.
UTEP quarterback Trevor Vittatoe passed Tulsa's Paul Smith (2005-07) to move into fifth place on the all-time Conference USA passing list in last week’s game against Memphis (10,669). Vittatoe is also fifth on the conference list in touchdown passes (83).
North Texas defeated Florida Atlantic for the first time in school history last week. The Mean Green were 0-6 all-time versus the Owls coming into this game. North Texas starts the Sun Belt season 1-0 for the first time since 2005 when it won a road game at Middle Tennessee 14-7 to begin the conference season.
Five Northern Illinois starters -- running back Chad Spann, guard Joe Pawlak, tight end Jason Schepler, defensive end Jake Coffman and defensive end Sean Progar -- and 11 players on the current depth chart originally arrived to the school as walk-ons.
It appears Saints quarterback Drew Brees lost a bet with receiver Lance Moore when Toledo beat Purdue last week. Moore, who went to Toledo, sent out a Twitter message and picture of Brees wearing a Rockets shirt. Brees played at Purdue. The twitter message said, “Ok so I wasn't gonna do it but I couldn't help myself. Thanks Rockets for beating Purdue! @drewbrees u look good in that bro.”
Terrific note from ESPN Stats & Information: This year marks the first since 1947 that both New Mexico (0-4) and New Mexico State (0-3) have entered the month of October winless. Football seasons started later back then, and New Mexico was 0-1 while New Mexico State was 0-2 entering October. If neither team wins this week, something will have to give next week since they play each other in Las Cruces.