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October 5, 2011

Interesting stats: Big numbers week

Each week during the college football season, we look at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we find intriguing. Here is this week's version:

Arkansas' Tyler Wilson threw for 510 yards in the Hogs' victory over Texas A&M; he is the first quarterback to break the 500-yard plateau this season. Four quarterbacks did it last season: Hawaii's Bryant Moniz (twice), San Diego State's Ryan Lindley and Boise State's Kellen Moore.

Last weekend was a big one for prolific passing numbers. Four of the top five single-game totals this season happened last week. There was Wilson, Western Michigan's Alex Carder (479 vs. Connecticut, the second-highest total this season), Houston's Case Keenum (471 vs. UTEP, fourth-highest) and USC's Matt Barkley (468 vs. Arizona, fifth-highest). All four quarterbacks were on winning teams. The third-highest total this season is 474 yards, by Colorado's Tyler Hansen in a loss to California on Sept. 10.

The highest rushing total of the season also happened last week, with West Virginia true freshman TB Dustin Garrison rambling for 291 yards (on 32 carries) against Bowling Green. On Thursday, UTEP's Joe Banyard turned in the fifth-highest single-game total this season with 240 against Houston.

And three of the season's top four receiving days also were turned in over the weekend. Arkansas' Jarius Wright had 281 receiving yards against Texas A&M (second), Illinois' A.J. Jenkins had 268 against Northwestern (third) and USC's Robert Woods had 255 against Arizona (fourth). Colorado's Paul Richardson had the season's best day with 284 yards against California on Sept. 10.

Our weekly Keenum update: He now has 121 career TD passes; that's 13 shy of tying the NCAA career record owned by former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell. Keenum -- who has at least seven games left this season -- also has 1,258 completions and 15,591 passing yards, putting him well within reach of the NCAA career records of 1,403 (Harrell) and 17,072 (Hawaii's Timmy Chang).

Oklahoma senior WR Ryan Broyles had just four catches in last week's rout of Ball State, but they went for 109 yards and two TDs. He has 304 career catches and is 12 shy of tying former Purdue WR Taylor Stubblefield's NCAA career record for receptions. While he's a lock to break the receptions record, he has some work to do if he wants to also be the yardage record-holder. Former Nevada WR Trevor Insley has the record with 5,005. Broyles has 3,905, meaning he would need to average 122.2 yards in the Sooners' remaining nine games (we're assuming OU goes to a bowl) to tie the record.

Last week's game was the seventh time UTEP and Houston have played as Conference USA members. Houston won 49-42. The Miners have scored 253 points in the seven games (36.1 average), and the Cougars have scored 295 (42.1 average). UTEP and UH have teamed to produce 7,357 yards of offense (1,051 per game), including 4,594 passing (656 per game). The winning team has scored at least 34 points each time and at least 42 points in each of the past four matchups.

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