The scoop on stats - Week 6
With week 6 in the books, a handful of statistics caught our eye. Some teams continued their streaks (Air Force and UTSA have yet to allow a sack) and other teams caught our eyes for different reasons (see the first stat on Oregon and the last stat on fumbles that we've noted).
Let us know anything else that has caught your eye.
- Oregon has had touchdown drives of less than one minute 12 times this season.
- West Virginia has scored 118 points in their first two Big 12 games.
- Prior to Florida State's 13 point second quarter, NC State had not allowed any points in the second quarter in their previous 5 games.
- Northwestern has already returned more punts through six games this season (9) than they did all of of last season (8). They have also returned two of those nine punts for touchdowns. They had zero punt returns for touchdowns last season.
- Texas is averaging a blocked kick / punt per game. They have 5 blocked kicks / punts through 5 games this season.
- Air Force (who lost to Navy in OT Saturday) and UTSA (who had a bye week) remain the only teams in the country who have yet to allow a sack.
- Oregon (6-0) and Mississippi State (5-0) are the only two teams in the country that are allowing negative punt return yardage. The Bulldogs have allowed 6 returns for -3 yards (-.5 yards per return), while the Ducks have allowed 3 returns for -4 yards (1-.33 yards per return).
- Utah State (4-2) and Florida State (5-1) both lead the country with 50 total forced punts.
- The Tulsa defense leads the country in sacks with 25 on the year (they had 27 all of last season). South Carolina is a close second with 24 (Lorenzo Ward is doing a great job this season). San Jose State actually is averaging the most per game with 22 through 5 games.
- Kansas State is the least penalized team in the country, committing less than 2 penalties per game. The Wildcats have played 4 of their 5 games at home this season.
- Louisiana Tech and Utah lead the country in forced fumbles with 11 through 5 games. Louisiana Tech has already eclipsed their total from last season, when they forced 10 through 13 games, and Utah is just one short of their total (12) from last season.
- Penn State leads the country in fourth down attempts, going for it 20 times through six games (65% conversion rate). Bill O'Brien recognized in our "Deserving Credit" series this week.
- Kentucky is 0 for 10 on 4th down conversion attempts this season.
- Rutgers and North Texas are the only teams in the country to have not allowed a fourth down conversion. Rutgers' opponents are 0 for 5 through five games and North Texas' opponents have yet to convert on 5 tries this season.
- Eastern Michigan is the only team to have not kicked a touchback. They have kicked off 16 times.
- Arizona (32.2), Oklahoma State (31.5) and Nevada (30.3) are all averaging over 30 first downs per game.
- Five of the nation's top ten tacklers are from the MAC. One of them (Northern Illinois' Jimmie Ward) is a defensive back.
- Two West Virginia receivers are ranked in the top three in receiving yards per game (Stedman Bailey - 142 ypg, and Tavon Austin - 132 ypg). Also, two Ball State receivers rank in the top 8 in receptions (Willie Snead with 47 and Jamill Smith with 44).
- Four of the top five teams in time of possession are undefeated (1. Oregon State, 2. UTSA, 3. Florida, 4. Louisiana-Monroe, 5. Louisville).
- In NFL action, both Detroit and Oakland (who both had byes this week) have yet to record an interception this season. They are the only remaining teams to do so.
- UTSA, Baylor and Indiana are the only teams in the country that have yet to lose a fumble this year. UTSA has fumbled just once, while Baylor and Indiana have both coughed up the ball twice. On the flip side, Iowa State (4 fumbles), Akron (5 fumbles) and Kansas (5 fumbles) have lost possession every time the ball has hit the turf.