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Week 3 college football by the numbers

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1,207 – Combined yards of total offense put up by Western Kentucky and Indiana. Hilltoppers’ quarterback Brandon Doughty threw for 484 yards, while the Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld had 358 of his own in the Hoosiers’ 38-35 victory.

411 – Rushing yards allowed by Will Muschamp’s Auburn defense to LSU. The wildly over-rated Number 18 Auburn Tigers were throttled by the Number 13 LSU Tigers in Baton Rouge, La., 45-21.

91 – Length of touchdown run by Notre Dame’s C.J. Prossie in their win over Georgia Tech in South Bend, Ind. It was the longest run in stadium history. This is the same field where Georgia Tech allowed a sack to Rudy Ruettiger (Rudy, Rudy!) 40 years ago.

51 – Points put up by Virginia Tech in a 51-27 road rout of Purdue in West Lafayette, Ind. The Hokies allowed the Boilermakers only 9 first downs. Five lost fumbles by Virginia Tech kept Purdue from being totally embarrassed.

29 – Consecutive games won by the Florida Gators over the Kentucky Wildcats. Saturday’s 14-9 win in Lexington, Kentucky wasn’t pretty, but extended the streak. The Wildcats last beat the Gators 10-6 on November 15, 1986.

23 – Lead held by Miami in the fourth quarter against Nebraska. After squandering all of it, the Hurricanes took advantage of an interception in overtime to edge the Cornhuskers, 36-33 at Sun Life Stadium.

11 – Consecutive games Georgia RB Nick Chubb has run for at least 100 yards after his 159-yard, two-touchdown day against South Carolina in Athens, Ga. The seventh-ranked Bulldogs dispatched Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks, 52-20.

10 – Combined turnovers at home between Number 1 Ohio State and Number 2 Alabama. The Buckeyes overcame their 5 to edge Northern Illinois, 20-13, in Columbus, Ohio. Mississippi made the Crimson Tide pay for their 5 with a 43-37 upset in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

9 – Points scored by Number 22 Missouri in a 9-6 victory over Connecticut in Columbia, Missouri. The Huskies had a chance to tie the game with a field goal, but allowed the host Tigers to escape with one of the worst fake field goal attempts in memory.

0 – Number of wins by Arkansas under Bret Bielema when the game is decided by 10 or fewer points. His once-ranked Razorbacks are now 1-2 this season following their second straight home loss, this one to Texas Tech on Saturday.

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

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