Stats & Info: Austin Pettis

Oklahoma tops CFB Live Preseason Poll

April, 22, 2011
All week on College Football Live, we’ve been unveiling our Preseason Top 25. A 38-person panel consisting of our analysts, studio hosts, play-by-play announcers, bloggers, researchers and production team members submitted their votes and here’s our in-depth Top 5.

1. Oklahoma Sooners
With nine starters back on offense including quarterback Landry Jones and AP First-Team All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, simply put, the Sooners are loaded on that side of the ball. Last season, Jones led the Big 12 in passing yards (4,278) and touchdown passes (38). He also holds seven school records. Speaking of school records, Broyles owns 10 Oklahoma receiving marks, setting nine of them last season. With seven starters returning on defense including linebacker Travis Lewis, the Sooners are the early favorite to win not only the Big 12 title but the BCS championship, as well.

2. Alabama Crimson Tide
Even with the departure of quarterback Greg McElroy, 2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram, receiver Julio Jones and defensive lineman Marcell Dareus, the Crimson Tide should contend for the national championship once again. Junior running back Trent Richardson returns, which is key since Bama will be breaking in a new quarterback in either third-year sophomore A.J. McCarron or redshirt freshman Phillip Sims. Nine starters are back on defense including linebacker Dont’a Hightower and safety Mark Barron.

3. Oregon Ducks
Seven offensive starters are back for the Ducks including quarterback Darron Thomas and Heisman finalist running back LaMichael James. That backfield duo served as the key cog to the Oregon offensive machine that led the bowl subdivision in scoring, averaging 47 points per game last season. The defense loses six starters, among them First-Team All-Pac-10 linebacker Casey Matthews. However, the Ducks should have enough to contend for their third straight conference title in the new Pac-12.

4. LSU Tigers
With nine starters returning on offense and seven on defense, the Tigers look poised for another run at the SEC and national championships. Senior quarterback Jordan Jefferson returns for his third full season as the starter. He’ll need to be more productive than last year when he passed for 1,411 yards, seven touchdowns and 10 interceptions. To help Jefferson infuse life into an offense that finished 11th in the 12-team SEC, LSU hired former Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe as its new offensive coordinator. Even with the loss of Thorpe Award-winning cornerback Patrick Peterson, the LSU defense should still give opposing offenses nightmares.

5. Boise State Broncos
The Broncos' offense and defense each have seven starters returning and none bigger than quarterback and 2010 Heisman Trophy finalist Kellen Moore. With the departure of offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin (Texas) and dynamic receivers Austin Pettis and Titus Young, the senior will be relied upon even more to keep the offense in sync. Senior running back Doug Martin, who rushed for 1,260 yards and 12 TDs last season, also returns. Boise State is making the jump from the WAC to the Mountain West this season.

The rest of the top 25:

6. Florida State
7. Stanford
8. South Carolina
9. Oklahoma State
10. Ohio State
11. Texas A&M
12. Arkansas
13. Nebraska
14. Wisconsin
15. TCU
16. Michigan State
17. Notre Dame
18. Florida
19. Virginia Tech
20. Texas
21. Mississippi State
22. Auburn
23. Missouri
24. West Virginia
25. Arizona State
There is no atmosphere more perfect for No. 4 Boise State Broncos than a home football game on a Friday night.

Tonight will be the second of three straight Friday games for the Broncos, but this is the only one of the three that's at home. They are 9-0 at home in games played on Fridays, including 2-0 against Fresno State.

In those nine games, the Broncos are averaging 50.8 points per game.

The Broncos, who own the longest active win streak in the FBS at 23 games, have scored first in all nine games this season. In fact, the last time the Broncos trailed in a game was against Virginia Tech in the season opener.

Boise State took the lead with a 69 seconds remaining in that game and hasn’t looked back. The Broncos haven’t trailed for the last 481 minutes, 9 seconds.

Two Broncos have their sights set on school records. QB Kellen Moore is 210 yards shy of passing Ryan Dinwiddie (9,819) for the most passing yards in school history. Wide receiver Titus Young is 80 yards shy of passing Ryan Ikebe for the most receiving yards in school history. Young currently has 2,672 yards, trailing Don Hutt by 56 yards and Ikebe by 79.

While Young has three games to become Boise State’s most prolific receiver in terms of yards, it’s been Austin Pettis who has been Moore’s go-to guy in the red zone. Moore has thrown 36 touchdowns in the red zone since 2009, most in the FBS. Pettis has been targeted 39 times by Moore in the red zone in that span, while no other Boise State receiver has more than 13 red zone targets.

Against Virginia Tech, the Broncos’ biggest game (and win) of the season, Moore connected with Pettis for two touchdowns in the red zone, including the game-winning score with 69 seconds to play.
No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech lived up to the hype on Monday night. The two teams combined for 63 points and 697 yards of total offense. Despite a lopsided first quarter the game was competitive all the way until the clock ran out.

In the end, Boise State’s chance at a perfect season is still intact while Virginia Tech snaps their 5-game win streak. Here’s an inside-the-numbers look at Boise State versus Virginia Tech.

Boise State 33, Virginia Tech 30

0 - The Hokies fall to 0-22 against AP top-5 teams away from home (1-26 overall).

3 – Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams scored 3 TD (2 Rush, 1 Rec) making it the 4th game with 3 or more TD over the last 2 seasons. That's tied for the 2nd most in the FBS. Williams now has 13 TD in his last 4 games dating back to last season.

4 - Boise State improves to 4-1 versus teams in the AP top 10 since 2000.

15 - Boise State has won 15 straight games.

17 - Boise State outscored Virginia Tech 17-0 in the 1st quarter and outgained the Hokies 76-5.

20 – Virginia Tech QB Tyrod Taylor was 2-8, 0 TD on passes OVER 20 yards (13-14, 2 TD on passes less than 20 yards).

30 - First time since Dec. 7, 2002 that Virginia Tech lost a regular-season game when scoring 30+ points (lost 56-45 to Miami).

50 - Coach Chris Petersen improves to 50-4 as coach of Boise State.

56 – Kellen Moore led a 56-yard touchdown drive capped off by a 13-yard TD pass to Austin Pettis with 1:09 remaining to seal the victory for Boise State