Friday, November 5, 2010
Non-AQ Did You Know? Week 10
By Andrea Adelson
Time for a little trivia and your weekly installment of non-AQ Did you know? Thanks to the school and league sports information departments for these notes, along with ESPN Stats & Information.
The Mountain West is the only league in the country with four teams ranked in the Top 10 for fewest sacks allowed. Utah is tied for second with Oregon with three through eight games. San Diego State is tied for seventh with Army (four). Air Force and TCU are tied for ninth with five.
TCU has allowed opponents to convert just 23.9 percent of third downs, best in the nation, but it is the Utah defense that is best on third-and-short. With 3 yards or fewer to go, opponents are converting on Utah at a rate of 38.1 percent.
Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick needs two rushing touchdowns to break the school record of 53 held by Chris Lemon. He is five passing touchdowns away from the school record of 78, held by Eric Beavers.
Utah State will honor the 10-year anniversary of Emmett White’s NCAA single-game all-purpose yards record at halftime against New Mexico State, the same school that White set his record against 10 years ago. White had 578 yards against New Mexico State, rushing 34 times for a school-record 322 yards, while adding 134 yards on seven receptions, 2 yards on one punt return and 120 yards on four kickoff returns. He also had four touchdowns in the win.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of UNLV’s Las Vegas Bowl victory, the entire 2000 Rebel football team will be honored during next week’s game against Wyoming. Representatives of the team will serve as honorary captains, and the entire squad will take the field to be recognized between the first and second quarters.
The team, coach by John Robinson, was the last one from UNLV to make a bowl game. That fall, the Rebels won their last three games of the regular season in dramatic fashion to earn a spot in the Las Vegas Bowl, where they beat Arkansas 31-14 to finish 8-5.
UCF now has the third-longest active winning streak in conference play among FBS schools. The Knights have won their past 10 C-USA matchups, trailing only Boise State (19) and TCU (14). UCF is also ranked in the NCAA’s top 15 nationally in all four major team defensive categories, leading Conference USA in all but one (rushing defense). The unit is ninth in total defense (279.8 ypg) 11th in scoring defense (16.5 ppg) 13th in rushing defense (100.9), while placing 15th in pass defense (177.5 ypg).
Ball State senior running back MiQuale Lewis is approaching the school career rushing record. Lewis has 3,659 career yards and needs 344 yards rushing to break Marcus Merriweather’s mark of 4,002 yards. There are three games left in the season for the Cardinals, who host Akron on Saturday.
Temple has posted consecutive shutouts against Buffalo (42-0) and Akron (30-0) for the first time since 1971 (at Connecticut and vs. Xavier).
ULM quarterback Kolton Browning has thrown for more than 200 yards in seven straight games -- the longest streak at the school since Robert Cobb’s seven-game streak in 1993. His 1,741 passing yards are the most through eight games since Raymond Philyaw had 1,762 in 1996. Browning has thrown a touchdown pass in seven of ULM's eight games this season; the Warhawks are 4-3 in those games.
Western Kentucky running back Bobby Rainey needs 62 yards for his first 1,000-yard rushing season. Rainey has rushed for no less than 64 yards in a game this season.