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The Scoop on Stats - Week 1

With the first week of college football officially in the books, we take a look back on some of the more interesting stats of the weekend in 2013's first installment of The Scoop on Stats.

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- Arkansas State is the only team in the country to rank in the top five in both rushing (509 yards) and rushing defense (12 yards allowed) after the first weekend of college football. Arkansas State opened up with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

- As Utah's Kyle Whittingham pointed out during his press conference yesterday, 10 teams had 88 or more snaps on opening weekend, and only three of those teams won.

- Two teams, Georgia Tech and Indiana, scored 10 touchdowns on opening weekend. 17 teams topped the 50-point barrier in Week 1. On the flip side of the coin, Louisiana-Monroe and UMass were left scoreless at the final horn.

- Coaches in the first year with their team were a combined 15-11, winning just under 58 percent of their respective first games. 

- Troy's Corey Robinson went 30-of-32 through the air during the Trojans overtime victory over UAB. The 93 percent completion clip set an FBS record (minimum 30 attempts), eclipsing Steve Sarkisian's 31-of-34 mark (.918). Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston also had an unbelievably efficient outing, going 25-of-27 for 356 yards and 4 touchdowns (with 1 rushing touchdown on top of that) in his debut game.

- Boise State failed to score a touchdown for the first time since 1997 in their 38-6 loss to Washington

- Defenses at Florida (1-of-13), Arkansas State (1-of-15) and Syracuse (1-of-16) all allowed less than 8 percent conversions on 3rd down.

- Alabama held Virginia Tech to 5-of-26 completions, by far the best passing defense in the country at just over 19 percent completion percentage. Both Pitt and UAB allowed more than 90 percent pass completions.

- Six teams (Houston, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arkansas, Purdue and Fresno State) are allowing negative punt return yardage after Week 1. Houston leads the country with a -4.5 average return.

- Oregon had the ball for just under 20 minutes total, but managed to rack up 66 points and 772 yards of total offense on in just 71 plays against Nicholls State.

- Texas set a single-game record with 715 yards of total offense in its 56-7 win over New Mexico State. After failing to score and posting just 133 yards on its first five drives, Texas scored touchdowns on eight of its final 10 possessions, racking up 582 yards on 46 plays (12.65 yards per play) over the game's final 32:28. 

- Minnesota was the only team in the country to block more than one kick or punt (two).

- Oklahoma, Michigan State, Maryland and Arkansas State are the only defenses allowing less than three yards per play.

- Texas Tech was the only team in the country to have more first downs via penalty (four) than they earned via the run game (three).

- Red Raiders quarterback Baker Mayfield earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors for his 413-yard, four-touchdown debut against SMU on Friday night. He became the first freshman Texas Tech quarterback to win the honor since Kliff Kingsbury in 1999. 

- Nevada (who played UCLA), and Nebraska (who played Wyoming), both allowed 28 plays of 10+ yards in their debut.

- With two receptions for 122 yards (a 61-yard average) and two touchdowns, Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis is making a strong case for the making more of his touches than any player in the country.

- Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis had two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns. That means that a defensive player scored more points than 21 teams did in their first game (including Pitt, Boise State and Virginia Tech).

- LSU's 13 third-down conversions were the program's most in a single game since October 13, 2001, against Kentucky. (via @PaulMyerberg)

After a great week of opening games, we're really looking forward to what Week 2 has in store.

(H/T to USA Today for pointing out a few of the stats)

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.