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The Scoop on Stats - Week 2

Week two of the college football season is in the books which means we took a look at some stats that we found interesting after another exciting weekend of football. With the NFL getting started last night, we've mixed in a few interesting nuggets from the NFL as well.

As always, if you noticed something over the weekend that you think deserves a spot on this list, let us know by emailing [email protected] or tweeting @FootballScoop.

- North Carolina alums in the NFL led all alums in sacks after Sunday's action (seven).

- Penn State (2-0) is dead last in third down conversion percentage, converting at just under 8 percent (2-of-26).

- There are only four teams that have played two games without giving up a sack. Those four teams are Indiana, Auburn, Oregon, and Nebraska. Hawaii, Florida Atlantic, and Idaho have already allowed double digit sacks in two games.

- Shalique Calhoun, a defensive lineman for Michigan State, is the only defensive player listed among the top scorers in the country. Calhoun has accounted for three defensive touchdowns in two games.

- Last year the Baltimore Ravens allowed their seventh touchdown pass during a week 10 contest. This year, Peyton Manning threw for seven touchdown's in the first game alone against the Raven's defense (H/T to Mike Sando of ESPN).

- In his first play from scrimmage of the 2013 season, Adrian Peterson took the handoff 78 yards to the house. He gained just 15 yards on his next 17 carries against the Detroit Lions.

- Wisconsin is the only team in the country to have played more than one game, and pitched a shutout in both (they've played Tennessee Tech and UMass).

- USC is the only defense in the country allowing less than a yard per carry (30 yards on 53 carries = 0.57 ypc)

- Tennessee and Northwestern lead the nation in interceptions with seven each. 

- Washington, Wisconsin, Washington State, Kansas, Michigan State and Alabama are all allowing less than four yards per pass attempt.

- Zach Murphy of Miami (OH) is the busiest punter in the country with 20 punts in the first two games of the year (10 punts per game average). Murphy is also second nationally in punting average with just under 49 yards per boot.

- With two games to his credit, Colorado's Paul Richardson is averaging an impressive 209 yards per game receiving. His next closest competitor, Georgia State's Albert Wilson, is nearly 60 yards away.

- Oregon leads the nation with 10 yards per carry. In other interesting run game news, Navy is averaging 70 run plays per game.

- Making a case for the most efficient runners when the ball is in their hands are Marcus Mariota (Oregon) and Melvin Gordon (Wisconsin) (first and fourth, respectively, in the country). Mariota is averaging 26 yards per carry (9 carries for 235 yards), and Melvin Gordon has 22 carries for 284 yards (a 13 yard average)

- Eight teams are allowing negative punt return yardage (Air Force, Wyoming, Houston, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Fresno State, Purdue and Boise State).

-Arizona State is the only team in the country who has not allowed a 10+ yard rush. This weekend they take on Wisconsin who has 16 runs of 10+ yards in two games.

- Following Saturday's win over Notre Dame, Michigan moved to 16-0 at the Big House under Brady Hoke. 

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.