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Week 6 College Football by the numbers

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Saturday brought out several top performances in college football. Here are just a few.

1,022 – Rushing yards piled up this season by LSU’s Leonard Fournette. The Heisman Trophy hopeful added 159 on Saturday against South Carolina in the Tigers’ 45-24 win over South Carolina. He faces his stiffest challenge on Saturday when Florida comes to town.

405—Passing yards piled up by Miami’s Brad Kaaya in the Hurricanes’ narrow 29-24 loss on the road to Number 12 Florida State. Kaaya is the first opponent to cross the 400-yard mark since 2003 when Phillip Rivers piled up 422 yards for NC State in 2003 in FSU’s 50-44 win in double overtime. Kaaya has 738 yards vs. FSU the past two seasons.

330 – Total offense by Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the Vols’ 38-31 victory over falling Number 19 Georgia. Dobbs threw for 312 yards and 3 touchdowns, while rushing for 118 yards and two more touchdowns. Dobbs’ performance was overshadowed by the loss of Georgia’s star running back Nick Chubb to a knee injury.

321 – Points scored by the third-ranked Baylor Bears this year. Saturday’s 66-7 smacking of Kansas on the road marks the fourth consecutive game the Bears have topped the 60 point plateau. They average 64.2 points per game through their first 5 games.

222 – Rushing yards by Dalvin Cook in Florida State’s 29-24 victory over Miami. Cook’s total is the most by an FSU running back against the Hurricanes.

50 – Point turnaround by Texas vs. a top 10 team. The Longhorns beat tenth-ranked Oklahoma 24-17 in Saturday’s Red River Shootout just one week after last Saturday’s destruction by Number 2 TCU, 50-17.

43 – Number of touchdown passes thrown by Baylor’s Seth Russell (22) and TCU’s Trevone Boykin (21). Russell threw three more Saturday in the Bears’ 66-7 romp over Kansas while Boykin threw two in the Horned Frogs’ comeback win at Kansas State. The two most prolific touchdown tossers meet in the final game of the regular season on November 27.

6 – Passes attempted by Navy in their 41-24 loss at Number 15 Notre Dame on Saturday. Quarterbacks Keenan Reynolds and Tago Smith combined to complete three of those 6 attempts for 22 yards. The Midshipmen rushed for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns.

5 – Interceptions thrown by highly touted California quarterback Jared Goff in the Bears’ narrow 30-24 loss at Number 5 Utah. The Utes took advantage of the misfires, along with a Bears’ fumble, to remain unbeaten at 5-0, the only remaining Pac 12 team without a loss.

0 – Number of touchdowns allowed by the Florida Gators on the road this season. Saturday’s 21-3 victory at Missouri put them in the driver’s seat for the SEC East title. On September 20, they traveled to Lexington, Ken. and limited the Wildcats to three field goals in a 14-9 victory.

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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