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Week 5 college football by the numbers

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Some remarkable individual achievements solidified the status of some of college football’s greatest stars. Some were necessary to assure their team of a victory. Others provide fun things to talk about.

Here are just a few of those performances:

255 – Number of points scored this year by the Baylor Bears in 4 games, an average of 64 points. Their closest game was Saturday, a 63-35 romp over Texas Tech in their Big 12 Conference opener.

243 – Yards rushing by Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott in the SECOND HALF of the Buckeyes’ 34-27 squeaker with Indiana. Elliott finished with 274 yards, a career high, and keeps him in the conversation for the Heisman Trophy.

105 – Total yards gained by Maryland in a 28-0 home shutout loss to Number 22 Michigan. It was the second straight shutout for the Wolverines under first-year coach Jim Harbaugh, something they have not accomplished since 2000.

83 – Completion percentage achieved by Florida quarterback Will Grier in the Gator’s 38-10 swamping of former Number 3 Mississippi. Grier, one of a few Gators battling the flu bug, completed 24 of 29 passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns. Ole Miss felt pretty sick after this one.

47 – Average yards per carry for Florida State’s Dalvin Cook in the Seminoles 24-16 victory at Wake Forest. Cook had one carry for zero yards and a 94-yard touchdown sprint. Unfortunately, an injury forced him out of the game and his status for the Miami game on Saturday is uncertain.

25 – Amount of points Number 13 Alabama beat the spread against former Number 8 Georgia. The Bulldogs were a 2.5 point favorite against the Crimson Tide, who stormed into Athens and routed Georgia, 38-10.

5 – Touchdown passes thrown by TCU’s Trevone Boykin in the Horned Frogs’ 50-7 demolishing of once proud Texas.  Boykin has thrown for 19 TDs this season in 5 games (with 3 interceptions) and has 74 touchdowns for his career.

4 – Losing streak of ESPN’s Lee Corso in his College Game Day headgear predictions. This week, he predicted Notre Dame would defeat Clemson on the road. The Tigers hung on for a 24-22 victory.

3 – Consecutive 200-yard rushing games achieved by LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The Heisman Trophy candidate ran for 233 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries to lead the Tigers to a 44-22 win in Baton Rouge, La. over Eastern Michigan.

0 – Number of touchdowns scored by the Duke Blue Devils in a 9-7 victory over the Boston College Eagles. It was Duke’s first win without getting into the end zone in 35 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 [email protected]

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