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November 2, 2010

Inside the stats: Ducks light up scoreboard

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

1. Oregon is averaging 54.9 points per game, but the Ducks are slightly behind the NCAA-record pace. The NCAA record is 56.0 by Army in 1944 (the NCAA began keeping records in 1937). Five teams have averaged at least 50 since that Army squad: 1982 Nebraska (52.0), 1989 Houston (53.5), 1995 Nebraska (52.4), 2005 Texas (50.2) and 2008 Oklahoma (51.1). The '95 Nebraska team and the '05 Texas team won national titles.

2. Oregon has scored 58 touchdowns in its eight games, which is 7.3 per game. Over a 13-game schedule, that would be 95 TDs for the season; the record is 96 by Oklahoma in 2008, when the Sooners played 14 games. The per-game record is 7.0, by the 1983 Nebraska squad.

3. Nebraska RB Roy Helu's 307-yard rushing performance against Missouri this past Saturday was the highest single-game total this season. It was the 85th 300-yard game in NCAA history. Helu became the sixth back to rush for at least 250 this season, joining Pittsburgh's Ray Graham (277 vs. Florida International), Michigan's Denard Robinson (258 vs. Notre Dame), Oregon's LaMichael James (257 vs. Stanford), Oklahoma State's Kendall Hunter (257 vs. Washington State) and Baylor's Jay Finley (250 vs. Kansas State). In all, there have been 29 200-yard performances, by 23 players. San Diego State's Ronnie Hillman, Hunter, James, Louisville's Bilal Powell and Robinson each have reached 200 at least twice. Helu and QB Taylor Martinez are the only teammates to have had 200-yard games.

4. SEC teams have combined to score 197 rushing TDs, which is the most of any conference. The league with the most passing TDs is the Big 12, with 176. Only two league's quarterbacks have combined to throw more than 100 picks -- the ACC's with 101 and the MAC's with 148.

5. Surprisingly, Boise State is last in the nation in net punting, at just 29.88 yards per punt. Thing is, Boise has punted just 17 times; only two teams have punted less, Stanford and Nevada, with 16 attempts.

6. Weird but true: Exactly half the 120 FBS teams have a negative turnover margin. Twenty-six of those 60 teams have at least a minus-0.5 margin, and of those, just four (Florida State at 6-2, Texas A&M at 5-3, West Virginia at 5-3 and SMU at 5-4) have winning records. The best per-game margin belongs to Oregon (8-0), at plus-1.63; the worst is Middle Tennessee (3-4), at minus-1.86.



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