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Saturday’s college football action saw plenty of newsworthy accomplishments. While only three games featured ranked teams playing each other, unranked teams made spirited bids for upsets and produced heroic performances.

An all-time NCAA record was established along with new records at two of college football’s most storied programs.

Here are some of Saturday’s top accomplishments

307 – Rushing yards by Indiana against No. 14 Michigan in the Wolverines’ 48-41 double-overtime victory. Coming into the game, Michigan was the third-best defense against the rush allowing only 81 yards per game. Jordan Howard led the Hoosiers with 238 yards.

230 – Yards rushing by South Florida’s Marlon Mack in the Bulls’ 44-23 upset win over No. 22 Temple. Mack scored three touchdowns, including one receiving and average more than 10 yards per carry. It was USF’s first victory against a ranked team since 2011.

177 – Yards receiving by No. 12 Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard in the Sooners’ huge 44-34 victory at No. 6 Baylor. Two of Shepard’s 14 catches went for touchdowns, including one in the third quarter that put Oklahoma ahead for good.

125 – Points scored by No. 23 North Carolina over the last two weeks. They routed Duke, 66-31 last week and followed that up with a 59-21 blowout of Miami on Saturday. The Tar Heels have won 9 straight games and need one win in their last two games to reach the ACC Championship Game against No. 1 Clemson.

98 – The length of a touchdown run by No. 4 Notre Dame’s Josh Adams in the Fighting Irish’s 28-7 victory over Wake Forest. The play was the longest scoring play from scrimmage in Notre Dame’s long history. Adams, who started the season fourth on the depth chart, was filling in for the injured C.J. Prosise.

81 – Career touchdowns by No. 20 Navy QB Keenan Reynolds. He scored 4 rushing TDs to set the all-time NCAA record of 77 set by former Wisconsin star Montee Ball. Navy rolled over SMU 55-14 to run their record to 9-1.

21 — Rushing yards by South Carolina in their 24-14 loss to the Florida Gators. The Gator defense held the Gamecocks to less than one yard per carry. South Carolina’s leading rusher was Pharoh Cooper with 16 yards.

20 – Fourth quarter deficit overcome by No. 24 Houston in their 35-34 victory over No. 21 Memphis. The Cougars stormed back after trailing 34-14 with less than 13 minutes to play. Backup QB Kyle Postma led Houston to victory after an injury to starter Greg Ward, Jr.

9 – Number of sacks by Alabama in their 31-6 romp over Mississippi State. The Crimson tide had not recorded that many sacks in one game since 1998 against Vanderbilt. Bulldogs’ QB Dak Prescott had a touch night and failed to lead his team into the end zone for the first time this season.

6 – Touchdown passes by Michigan’s Jake Rudock in their victory over Indiana. Rudock’s big day was a Michigan school record. He also threw for 440 yards.

2 – Number of consecutive games LSU’s Leonard Fournette has failed to rush for 100 yards. He ran for 91 yards in the Tigers’ 31-14 loss at home to Arkansas on Saturday. Combined with his meager 31 yards against Alabama last week, Fournette is on his way down in the Heisman race.

0 – Number of running backs in Florida State’s history who have rushed for more yards in one season than Dalvin Cook this year. Cook ran for 138 yards on Saturday in FSU’s 34-17 win over North Carolina State, bringing his season total to 1,369. Warrick Dunn previously held the record of 1,242 set in 1995.

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Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at Bob@ramos-sparks.com.

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