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Friday, November 12, 2010
Non-AQ Did you know, Week 11

By Andrea Adelson

Time for a little non-AQ Did You Know for Week 11. Thanks to the schools and conference sports information departments for the nuggets.

TCU has held seven opponents to single-digit scoring this season, including two shutouts, and is the only team in the country to do so. Iowa is second in that category, holding five opponents to fewer than 10 points through nine contests. Since 1990, the highest number of games a team has held its opponents to less than 10 points in a single season is eight (USC in 2008, Miami Hurricanes in 2002 and Kansas State in 1998).

UTEP coach Mike Price gave Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino his first coaching job as a graduate assistant in 1984 at Weber State. The two worked together again when Price became head coach at Washington State. Now they square off Saturday when the Miners travel to play the Razorbacks.

“I knew after my interview with him, which was probably his first-ever interview for a coaching position, that he was really special,” Price said this week. “My son happened to be a wide receiver that year and played for coach Bobby and he says to this day, ‘He’s the best coach I’ve ever been around.’ He’s a special guy. He was born to be a coach.”

The Mountain West Conference is home to the nation’s two longest rushing plays from scrimmage this season. Wyoming’s Alvester Alexander has the longest -- a 94-yard touchdown run at New Mexico last week, while San Diego State’s Ronnie Hillman is second with a 93-yard touchdown run at Missouri on Sept. 18.

UTEP senior quarterback Trevor Vittatoe made his 46th consecutive start behind center for the Miners last week against SMU. Only Minnesota’s Adam Weber (48) has a longer consecutive starting streak than Vittatoe, who has started every game of his UTEP career.

UAB running back Pat Shed has 1,426 all-purpose yards in 2010, the fourth-best single-season mark at the school. He needs just 79 yards to break the Blazer single-season record of 1,504 set by Derrick Ingram in 1994.

Louisiana Tech’s Phillip Livas is one kick/punt return for a touchdown short of tying the NCAA record of eight set by five different players.

New Mexico State has scored just seven total points in the second quarter of games this season.

Utah State running back Derrvin Speight recorded the Aggies’ first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week with 114 yards against New Mexico State.

Fresno State blocked two kicks last week against Louisiana Tech to increase its NCAA-high total since 2002 to 54.

Western Michigan is the only program in the nation that has two receivers with 70 receptions or more this season. Broncos senior wide receivers Jordan White (72 receptions, 1,057 yards, three touchdowns) and Juan Nunez (70 receptions, 768 yards, seven touchdowns) have been favorite targets for sophomore quarterback Alex Carder. The Broncos are ranked 13th in the nation in passing offense.

The MAC has seen a youth movement at quarterback. In Week 11, the MAC will see four freshmen and seven sophomore quarterbacks start. Northern Illinois junior quarterback Chandler Harnish and Ohio senior quarterback Boo Jackson are the only two veteran MAC quarterbacks.

Arkansas State has four conference wins, tied for the most since it had five in the 2005 season. The Red Wolves have scored at least 23 points in every game this season, marking the first time since 1986 that it has scored 20-plus points in nine straight games.

Louisiana has been eliminated from bowl contention, marking just the second time in the last six seasons that the team failed to become bowl eligible.

Troy failed to force a turnover in its win at North Texas last week, marking just the 17th time since 2000 that the Trojans have failed to force one. It was also just the second time Troy has recorded a victory since 2000 when failing to force a turnover. The Trojans entered the game tied for seventh in the nation this year, having forced 22 total turnovers.