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The Scoop on stats - Week 7

Almost everyone is at least at the halfway point of the college football season. It's going by fast, so here's a look at some interesting stats so far through week 7.

Enjoy, and let us know if you see anything else worthy of making the cut.

- Following their game against Marshall at the end of last month, Purdue ranked 23rd nationally in rushing defense. Today, after back to back games against Michigan (where they allowed 304 yards rushing) and Wisconsin (where they allowed 497 yards rushing), they now rank 97th in run defense.

- Alabama has not trailed at the end of any quarter for 20 straight games.

- Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is the nation's top freshman in points responsible for, total offense, scoring, pass efficiency, passing yardage, and rushing.

- Utah State had 14 sacks going into this weekend. Against San Jose State, the Aggies recorded a school record 13 sacks, bringing their yearly total to 27. Even that performance wasn't enough to top Tulsa, who lead the nation in sacks with 31 total.

- Toledo and Eastern Michigan combined for 55 points in the third quarter on Saturday.

- Despite having the ball for 13 less minutes than the Buckeyes, Indiana ran only one less offensive play. The Hoosiers churned out 78 plays on Saturday while Ohio State got off 79..

- New Mexico recorded their fourth straight game of 300+ rushing yards against Hawaii. Their game against Boise State is included in those four games (330 yards rushing).

- Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene had 14 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and an interception in their win against Syracuse this weekend. 

- Eastern Michigan has yet to record a touchback on kickoffs this season. Washington has kicked off into the end zone just once all year.

- Air Force is now the only team in the country to have not allowed a sack. UTSA gave up their first sack of the year on Saturday for a loss of 5 yards.

- Only Louisiana Tech and Oregon are averaging over 50 points per game. Tech is putting up nearly 54 per game and the Ducks are averaging just over 52 ppg. On the flip side, UMass, Florida Atlantic and Tulane are all averaging less than 14 ppg.

- Indiana and UTSA are the only teams in the country yet to lose a fumble. Each team has fumbled twice this season. 

- Ball State has ran the most plays through 7 game than anyone else in the country with 594 total plays (85 per game). Marshall carries the highest average per game with 92 plays per contest. Temple ranks at the bottom in plays ran with 64 per game.

- Washington State has more first downs due to penalties than they've earned on the ground. Alabama, Central Florida and Clemson have had just three penalties help move the chains for them through six games.

- Tulane is the only team in the country without a run over 20 yards. Penn State, New Mexico State and Maryland have one each.

- The top 5 teams in fumble recoveries are a combined 31-12 (New Mexico, Missouri, Louisiana Tech, Ohio, Tulsa, and Boise State).

- Every kickoff specialist the country has had at least one kick go out of bounds.

- Washington State (10) and Cal (10) are the only two teams in the nation with losing records despite double digit interceptions.

- Baylor's defense is allowing teams to convert 64% of their third down conversions, which ranks 120th nationally.

- Three of the top four tacklers in the country are out of the MAC (Toledo, Ball State, Miami of Ohio).

- Only 56 kickers have hit 100% of their extra point attempts. Three kickers, all from teams with winning records (Wisconsin, UCLA, Louisville), have converted on less than 90% of their tries.

- Kent State kickoff returner Dri Archer has returned 3 kicks for more than 90 yards this season.

- Quinn Sharp (Oklahoma State) and Jeff Lock (UCLA) are both kicking touchbacks at a rate of about 84%. Sharp leads the nation at 83.78% with Lock not far behind at 83.72%

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.