College football Week 2: By the numbers

Our stats guy puts the biggest games in focus for Week 2, going deep inside the numbers to shed some light on college football.

No. 2 USC vs. Syracuse (in East Rutherford, N.J.)

14 — The number of seconds it took USC to get on the scoreboard in the 2012 season. On the Trojans' first play from scrimmage, Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley connected with wide receiver Marqise Lee for a 75-yard touchdown. The opening kickoff was a touchback, meaning that the scoring play itself took the full 14 ticks.

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20.6 — Just how uptempo was Syracuse in its 42-41 loss to Northwestern? The Orange ran a whopping 95 plays, with 66 of those coming through the air. That mark was five short of the Syracuse record for plays in a game, set during a 49-47 triple-overtime win over North Carolina in 2003. Syracuse held the ball for 32:40 in the Northwestern game, meaning the Orange ran a play every 20.6 seconds.

Washington at No. 3 LSU

300 — The weight, in pounds, of a Bengal Tiger named Sheena, who took in Washington practice this week. Per the Seattle Times, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian wants the Husky players to get used to the sight of a tiger for when LSU brings its own version to the opposing sideline on Saturday.

2000 — That's the last time LSU lost to an unranked non-conference opponent. Washington, of course, meets both qualifications. The Tigers last fell at home to UAB in the final non-conference game of the 2000 season in an upset. Since then, LSU has put up a 48-4 mark against non-conference opponents, falling only to ranked teams, and only losing once to a non-con foe since 2005.

No. 7 Georgia at Missouri

1.71 — Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson caused waves this week by calling Georgia football "old-man football," in reference to the run-heavy approach the Bulldogs used. If Missouri continues its production against the run, he can say whatever he wants. The Tigers held Southeastern Louisiana to 1.71 yards per carry this past weekend. Georgia will present more of a challenge. The Bulldogs averaged 5.82 yards per tote in week one.


"Old-man football?" Mark Richt's Bulldogs might have something to say about that. (US Presswire)

19 — If it's a close game, watch out for Mark Richt's Bulldogs. Nineteen times in Richt's tenure, Georgia has won despite being tied, or trailing, in the fourth quarter. Richt's squads have pulled out at least one such win in every year from 2001 on, with the lone exception being in 2010. Last year, the Bulldogs trailed Florida 20-17 at the start of the fourth quarter, but came back to win 24-20.

No. 13 Wisconsin at Oregon State

101.2 — The difference in passer rating between Russell Wilson's splendid season-opening performance in 2011, and Danny O'Brien's opener against Northern Iowa in 2012. But it's not like O'Brien was bad. In fact, his 191.3 rating was good enough to leave him 13th in the country after Week 1. O'Brien completed 19-of-23 throws for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Wilson, of course, was otherworldly in his debut, hitting on 10-of-13 passes for 255 yards and two touchdowns, for a quarterback rating of 292.5. Wilson also ran twice for 62 yards and another score.

1962 — Oregon State will be inducting members of its 1962 team into the OSU Hall of Fame this weekend. The 1962 Beavers went 9-2 and won the Liberty Bowl. That season, Beaver quarterback Terry Baker became the first Heisman Trophy winner west of Texas. The Beavers will want to honor those players with a big victory, and under head coach Mike Riley, they've been able to do that. Oregon State has beaten nine ranked teams since 2005, including four over top-10 teams.

No. 16 Nebraska at UCLA

72Johnathan Franklin was a rare kind of explosive last Saturday against Rice. In uncorking touchdown runs of 74 yards and 78 yards in the first half, he became the first Bruin player to have two rushes of at least 72 yards in a single game. Franklin rushed for 214 yards and three scores in total, just missing out on his career-high rushing mark of 216 yards, set in 2010 against Washington State.

212.46 — The quarterback rating put up by Taylor Martinez. Yes, that Taylor Martinez, the Nebraska quarterback. Martinez completed 76.5 percent of his passes against Southern Mississippi for 354 yards and five touchdowns. That was good enough to leave him in fifth place nationally. Last year, Martinez threw just 13 touchdown passes all season.

New Mexico at No. 17 Texas

3 — New Mexico's national rank in rushing offense after Week 1. The Lobos rushed 51 times for 347 yards and five touchdowns, churning out ground yardage with their triple option attack to the tune of 6.8 yards per carry. That helped New Mexico put up 66 points, ranking fourth in the nation in scoring. Of course, that would put the Lobos third in the Big 12, behind Oklahoma State (No. 1) and West Virginia (tied for No. 2).

12.5 — The average yard-line Wyoming had to start from when Texas kicker Nick Rose didn't boot the ball too far into the end zone for a touchback. Rose had three touchbacks in the game, giving Wyoming three possessions starting at the 25-yard line. Rose's other four kickoffs left the Cowboys stranded at the 10, 10, 14 and 16. Call it a combination of Rose's impressive kickoff hang time, and the collection of eager athletes Texas employs on its kickoff coverage team.

No. 18 Oklahoma State at Arizona

5 — The number of games it would take Arizona to pass last year's rushing totals, if the Wildcats can keep up with their current pace. The Wildcats rushed 237 yards in their first game against Toledo. All last season, Arizona rushed for just 1,134 yards, or an average of 94.5 per game. Sophomore back Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 147 yards, leaving him just 421 yards short of last year's leading rusher, Keola Antolin, who rushed for 568 over the entire season. Carey's average, if he played in all 12 games, would put him at 1,764 yards.

6:56 — The amount of time left, in the first quarter, when freshman quarterback Wes Lunt finished his final play against Savannah State. The Cowboys jumped up 21-0 so quickly that Cowboy coach Mike Gundy pulled many of his starters just past the halfway point in the first stanza. When the Cowboys forced a punt and got the ball back with 5:17 left in the quarter, backup J.W. Walsh entered for his first action. A few more numbers: Savannah State was just 4-72 against fellow FCS competition, and the Tigers received $385,000 for the 84-0 shellacking. It may get worse before it gets better: the Tigers are set to play Florida State this week.


Can the Wildcats keep Collin Klein upright against Miami? (US Presswire)

Miami at No. 21 Kansas State

1 — How many times Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was sacked in the season opener. While the opponent was Missouri State, and probably not a great gauge for how well the Wildcats can protect their star quarterback, it's worth noting that Klein took a whopping 28 sacks in the final six games of 2011. To put that number into perspective, pass-happy Oklahoma and Oklahoma State only gave up 23 sacks over the entire 2011 season combined. The Wildcats led the Bears 16-9 heading into the fourth quarter before exploding for 35 points and a 51-9 victory.

19.2 — Miami freshman running back Duke Johnson's yards per carry average in Week 1. Johnson, recently tapped as the ACC Rookie of the Week, carried the ball just seven times, but broke off touchdown runs of 54 and 56 yards in running for 135 yards and two scores. He added another 10 yards receiving and 69 kickoff return yards for an all-purpose total of 214. Miami used that boost to grab a road win at Boston College 41-32.

Purdue at No. 22 Notre Dame

80 — Purdue's third-down conversion percentage against Eastern Kentucky. The Boilermakers faced 15 third downs in the 48-6 win, converting 12 of them. And only twice did Purdue have a third-down result in an ended drive, with the Boilermakers extending an additional drive by converting on a fourth-down play. Purdue was perfect on its only fourth-down conversion try.

7200 — The number of travel miles logged by Notre Dame in its trip to Dublin, Ireland, a trip improved by a 50-10 victory over Navy. Irish coach Brian Kelly has said he'll keep an eye on fatigue this week, but said there was a plan in place to try and ensure the team was fresh upon its return. Sophomore quarterback Everett Golson completed 12-of-18 passes for 144 yards, a touchdown and an interception in his first start.

No. 24 Florida at Texas A&M

9 — After Saturday's 27-point output against Bowling Green, the Gators have gone nine games against FBS opponents without cracking the 30-point mark. The last time Florida went over 30 points against an FBS opponent was Sept. 24 of last year, when the Gators hung 48 on Kentucky in a 48-10 victory. In fact, the 27 points scored Saturday was the most Florida has scored vs. an FBS team since that contest. After beating Kentucky, Florida has averaged 15.9 points per game against FBS teams, with a 3-6 record against those squads.

1995 — The last time Texas A&M beat an SEC team. And that's not as small a sample size as you would think. The Aggies beat LSU 33-17 in 1995, the year before the Big 12 was formed, and haven't won since, going 0-6 against SEC teams from 1996 on, losing to five different foes. A&M has beaten league rival Missouri more recently, but hasn't fared well in that matchup either, winning just once since 2000, taking home a win in 2006.


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