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On the final Saturday of November, some noteworthy performances from teams and individuals are worthy of mention. Here are just a few:

302 – Passing yards by Florida State QB Sean Maguire at halftime of FSU’s 45-21 win over Syracuse. Maguire was the first quarterback to achieve that many yards before halftime since Chris Weinke had the same halftime total in 2000.

183 – Yards receiving by No. 5 TCU receiver Josh Doctson in the Horned Frogs’ 40-10 romp over West Virginia. Doctson leads Division 1-FBS with 1,250 yards, 128 more than second place Roger Lewis of Bowling Green. Doctson and TCU have a showdown at No. 12 Oklahoma State on Saturday.

123 – Combined points scored by No. 12 Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in their game Saturday won by Oklahoma State, 70-53. Oklahoma State’s total was the third-highest for a ranked team not playing overtime. The teams also combined for 1,304 yards of total offense.

11 – Remaining unbeaten teams in Division 1-FBS. The number was reduced by one following No. 21 Temple’s narrow 24-20 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame.

10 – Career interceptions by No. 11 Florida DB Vernon Hargreaves III. His tenth came Saturday against Georgia on a deflected pass during the Gators’ 27-3 rout of the Bulldogs.

8 – Laterals carried out by Miami on the final play of the game in their shocking defeat of Duke, 30-27. Replays indicated one ball handler had a knee down during the chaos, plus at least one block in the back not called.

7 – Consecutive wins by unranked North Carolina after a season-opening loss to South Carolina. Saturday’s 26-19 victory at No. 23 Pittsburgh lifted the Tar Heels to a 7-1 mark overall and 4-0 in the ACC Coastal. They should crash the AP Top 25 poll coming out on Sunday.

5 – Touchdown passes thrown by No. 3 Clemson QB Deshaun Watson in the Tigers 56-41 victory at North Carolina State. Watson threw for 383 yards and rushed for 54 more as he prepares for Saturday’s visit from No. 17 Florida State.

3 – Kick returns by Maryland’s Will Likely this season. He returned a kickoff 100 yards in the Terrapins’ 31-15 loss to No. 11 Iowa on Saturday. Likely returned two punts for scores against Richmond earlier this season.

0 – Incompletions thrown by University of Cincinnati QB Gunner Kiel in the Bearcats’ 52-7 win over the Central Florida Knights. Kiel passed for 319 yards and five touchdowns via a 15-for-15 performance, the most completions without a miss in Division 1-FBS in 20 years.

 

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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