A memorable game occurred in Ann Arbor, Michigan on Saturday, but several individual and team performances were also worthy of mention. Here, by the numbers, are just a few.
712 – Passing yards allowed by Florida State’s defensive unit over the last two games against Miami and Louisville; both wins, but a cause for concern for the near future (see the next item). Louisville’s freshman QB Lamar Jackson threw for 307 in the Cardinals’ 41-21 loss to FSU.
532 – Total offense put up by the Clemson Tigers in their 34-17 victory at home against the Boston College Eagles. Going into the game, BC led Division 1-FBS colleges with a season average of only 140 yards permitted. Clemson QB Deshaun Watson threw for 420 of those yards and three touchdowns.
372 – Passing yards by Florida State’s Everett Golson in the Seminoles win over Louisville. The total is a season high and ranks second on Golson’s personal list. He accumulated 466 passing yards in a game for Notre Dame last year.
243 – Rushing yards accumulated by No. 15 Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in the Cardinal’s stunning 56-35 rout of No. 18 UCLA on Thursday. McCaffrey, who scored 4 touchdowns in the game, averages 253 all-purpose yards per game, leading the nation. A distant second, at 210 yards per game, is LSU Heisman front-runner Leonard Fournette.
27 – Passing TDs by Baylor QB Seth Russell. He leads the nation in that category after throwing 5 more in the Bears’ 62-38 romp over West Virginia in Waco, Texas.
13 – Consecutive wins by the Memphis Tigers dating back to last season. Saturday’s convincing 37-24 victory over No. 13 Ole Miss kept Memphis unbeaten at 6-0 and ensured an overdue appearance in the AP Top-25 poll coming out on Sunday. QB Paxton Lynch threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers.
8 – Turnovers by No. 21 Boise State in their lopsided 52-26 loss at Utah State. Seven of those turnovers came in the first half, including a 90-yard interception return by the Aggies’ Marwin Evans.
2 – Victories on the road vs. top-10 teams by the Alabama Crimson Tide. Saturday’s 41-23 win against Texas A&M before 105,733 puts the Tide squarely back in the national title conversation. They routed previously No. 8 Georgia in Athens two weeks ago.
1 –Winning streak by Florida A&M. The Rattlers (1-6) earned their first victory of the season with a 41-13 Homecoming rout of Delaware State at Bragg Stadium. Coach Alex Wood earned his first victory as Rattler coach.
0 – Available words of encouragement for No. 12 Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh and Michigan fans after Saturday’s not-to-be-believed loss to No. 7 Michigan State. Needing only to get a punt in the air to guarantee a victory, the Wolverines botched the most basic special teams play allowing the Spartans’ Jalen Watts-Jackson to grab the ball and race 38 yards to the end zone as time expired, giving MSU a 27-23 victory.