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November 9, 2010

Inside the stats: Keeping score for Ducks

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. We're going to keep a weekly eye on Oregon as it continues to put up potentially record-setting offensive numbers. The Ducks are averaging 54.7 points per game, slightly behind the NCAA-record pace. The NCAA record is 56.0 by Army in 1944 (the NCAA began keeping records in 1937). Oregon has scored 65 touchdowns in its nine games, which is 7.2 per game. Over a 13-game schedule, that would be 94 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. Of note: Neither the '83 Nebraska nor the '08 Oklahoma teams won the national title.

2. Navy scored 76 points in eviscerating East Carolina by 41 on Saturday. There have been 26 teams who have scored at least 60 points this season, and thanks to information provided by cfbstats.com, we know that it is the most 60-point games in the past five seasons. There were 25 such games in 2007. It was the second season in a row and the third time in four seasons Navy reached 60. Navy's point total was the fourth time this season that a team had scored 70; the others were Wisconsin (70 vs. Austin Peay), Oregon (72 vs. New Mexico) and Ohio State (73 vs. Eastern Michigan). The notable aspect about Navy's output is that it came against a team that is likely to go to a bowl; no one else who has scored 70 can say that.

3. Nevada rang up 844 total yards in crushing Idaho on Saturday. That's the highest total this season, but a long way from the NCAA record of 1,021, set by the 1989 Houston team against SMU.

4. The three highest single-game yardage totals of the season came Saturday. No. 1 was Nevada's output, with No. 2 being Boise State's 737-yard day against Hawaii and No. 3 being Oklahoma State's 725-yard performance against Baylor. That's 2,306 yards from three teams in one day; in nine games this season, UNLV has 2,323 total yards.

5. Saturday's Illinois-Michigan game was the first contest this season to go into a third overtime.

6. Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers has played in 32 career games, and Saturday's loss to UCLA was just the fifth one in which he has not scored a rushing touchdown. Indeed, his streak of 12 consecutive games with at least one rushing TD ended. He scored in every game but one last season -- a win over UCLA (though he did throw a TD pass -- the only one of his career -- against the Bruins). As a true freshman in 2008, he didn't score in the opener against Stanford, a midseason game against Arizona State and a late-season game against Arizona in which he was injured in the first quarter.



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