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Week four college football by the numbers

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The biggest news in Florida was the Gators comeback win over Tennessee to keep their winning streak alive against the Vols at 11. Some other newsworthy games and corresponding numbers occurred throughout the country.

244 – Yards rushing by Number 8 LSU’s Heisman contender Leonard Fournette in the Tigers’ 34-24 victory at Syracuse. He became the first LSU runner to tally consecutive 200-yard rushing games in the program’s storied history. Another 87-yard romp was called back by penalty.

143 – Number of consecutive games Number 22 BYU had scored before Saturday. Their dismal performance in a 31-0 road loss to Michigan on Saturday snapped that string. The Cougars were unable to follow up on a near upset last week of Number 10 UCLA, 24-23.

107 – Combined points scored by Number 3 TCU and Texas Tech in the Horned Frogs’ 55-52 win over the previously unbeaten Red Raiders in Lubbock, Texas. TCU scored the winning points with 23 seconds left when Aaron Green caught a tipped, fourth-down pass in the end zone.

98 – Combined points scored by the two Pac 12 teams from Los Angeles in their respective invasions of Arizona. Number 19 USC whacked Arizona State 42-14 in Tempe, while Number 9 UCLA throttled Number 16 Arizona 56-30 in Tucson.

41 – Average number of points allowed by Number 13, and 2014 national runner-up Oregon, during their first four games. The Ducks were humiliated at home Saturday night by Number 18 Utah, 62-20.

18 – Number of receptions by TCU’s Josh Doctson in the Number 3 Horned Frogs’ 55-52 escape over Texas Tech. He had 267 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. No TCU receiver had caught as many as 10 balls in a game in two years.

12 – Number of consecutive 100-yard rushing games by Georgia’s Nick Chubb. The Heisman contender ran for 131 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 48-6 rout of Southern. Chubb, who also had a receiving TD, tied the school record held by Herschel Walker.

  6 – Touchdown passes thrown by Number 5 Baylor quarterback Seth Russell in a 70-17 rout of Rice in Waco, Texas. Russell also threw for 277 yards on 12 completions in an abbreviated appearance.

3 – Number of rushing touchdowns scored this season by Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche. The 296-pound native of Loganville, Ga. scored his latest on a one-yard plunge in the Rebels’ 27-16 win over Vanderbilt in Oxford, Miss on Saturday. Expect the William “Refrigerator” Perry comparisons to soon follow.

2 – Number of games Tennessee has led by double-digits with less than 9 minutes remaining – only to lose. Saturday’s game with Florida was the second. The Vols’ lost to Oklahoma on September 12 in Knoxville, Tenn. after leading 17-3.

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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