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Friday, September 16, 2011
Boise State, Iowa riding long streaks

Every Friday during college football season, we're taking fans' questions and answering them on our blog. You can send questions to our Twitter account @ESPNStatsInfo. Be sure to follow so you can tweet us your questions (facts, not opinions) and we'll answer the best of the best.

What is the longest active and non-active streak in CFB for not losing by more than a touchdown? Iowa currently at 41 games.
-- asked by @sting2387

We can't go all-time but we can give you active streaks.

The longest active streak of not losing by more than a touchdown belongs to Boise State at 42 games. Its last loss by more than a touchdown came to Hawaii, 39-27 on November 23, 2007.

The longest active streak by a team from an FBS AQ conference is Iowa at 41 games. The last time the Hawkeyes lost by more than a touchdown was to Western Michigan, 28-19 on November 17, 2007.

Who led the PAC12 in sacks this weekend? What is the record for sacks in a game in CFB history?
-- asked by @36jones

The NCAA record book only does defensive stats back to 2000 because that's when it started keeping sacks as an official stat. The individual record is 6.0, shared between Elvis Dumervil (Louisville vs Kentucky, 9/4/05) and Ameer Ismail (Western Michigan vs Ball State, 10/21/06). The team record is 15 by TCU (vs Nevada, 9/9/00).

Stanford recorded six sacks against Duke on Saturday, which was more than any other Pac-12 team this weekend. Stanford’s Chase Thomas had 2.5 sacks on Saturday, more than any other player in the Pac-12 this weekend.

What is the least amount of offensive yardage by an FBS AQ team in a win?
-- asked by @SKahler

North Carolina State recorded 10 yards -- TEN! -- in a 13-0 win over Virginia on September 30, 1944.

Denard Robinson averaged 30 yds per completion against ND. Who holds single game record average & what is it?
-- asked by @fsutoby

Unfortunately, the NCAA sets a minimum of 22 completions for such a record (Robinson had only 11).

Most Yards Gained per Completion, Single Game
(22-41 completions) 22.9 -- John Walsh, BYU vs. Utah St., Oct. 30, 1993 (27 for 619 yards)
(42+ completions) 15.7 -- Matt Vogler, TCU vs. Houston, Nov. 3, 1990 (44 for 690 yards)

How often have CFB teams won despite 5+ more turnovers than their opponent (a la UNC)? Had UNC ever done it?
-- asked by @nuggetpalooza

North Carolina is the fourth team since 2004 to win a game with a turnover differential of minus-five or worse and the first since 2007.