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The Scoop on Stats - Week 11

As we inch closer to the end of the season, a number of NCAA records become more and more in danger of falling.

If you see any other stats out there worth mentioning, please send them our way.

- Oregon continues on its record-shattering pace. The Ducks scored 59 points in their win over California, upping their season average to 54.8 points per game, just 1.2 points per game behind the 56.0 ppg averaged by Army in 1944.

- Oregon remains well on pace to break the NCAA total scoring records, set by Texas in 2005 with 652 points in a 13-game season and by Oklahoma in 2008 with 714 points in a 14-game season. 

- The Ducks need to score 24 more touchdowns to break the NCAA single-season touchdown record of 99 set by Oklahoma in 2008. 

- Oregon has already broken one NCAA record as Saturday night marked their 13th straight game scoring 40 points or more. 

- The biggest disparity between opponents' scoring offense and scoring defense averages this season will take place on Saturday when Utah State visits Louisiana Tech. Utah State ranks sixth nationally with a defensive scoring average of 13.5 points per game, facing off with Louisiana Tech's second-ranked scoring offense average of 53.4 points per game. That's a difference of 39.9 points per game. 

- Per ESPN Stats & Information, Tennessee is the first team in SEC history to allow 38 points or more in six consecutive games. 

- Courtesy of the Dallas Morning News' Chuck Carlton: From the 10 quarters from the Oklahoma game through the first half against Kansas, the Texas defense allowed 127 points and 1,482 yards. In the 10 quarters since, Texas has surrendered 32 points and 793 yards. 

- Fresno State is the only FBS team to have players ranked among the top 10 nationally in passing yards (Derek Carr, 3,290 yards), rushing yards (Robbie Rouse, 1,362 yards) and receiving yards (Davante Adams, 1,027 yards). 

- The top 11 FBS teams in turnover margin (all with an average margin of 1.2 or greater) have a combined record of 93-17 this season.

- Auburn has only intercepted one pass this season. 

- Louisiana Tech quarterback Colby Cameron set an FBS record on Saturday by throwing 419 consecutive passes (and counting) without an interception. 

- Abilene Christian became just the third program in college football history (following Hawaii and Houston) to produce three consecutive 12,000-yard passers. 

- Wisconsin ran for 564 yards on Saturday in its 62-14 win over Indiana, more yards than Tulane and Washington State have run for all season.

- Tulane and Washington State have averaged less than two yards per carry this season. No FBS team has rushed for less than 2 ypc since Temple averaged 1.87 yards per rush in 2006. 

- Rutgers is threatening to accomplish something no FBS team has done in more than a decade. The Scarlet Knights average 30.4 yards per kickoff return, which would make them the first FBS team since Hawaii in 2001 to hit the 30-yard barrier. Rutgers is currently ahead of Florida State's NCAA record average of 30.33 yards per return, but the Scarlet Knights' 10 returns falls well short of the minimum 25. 

 - The Denver Broncos lead the NFL in sacks (31) and are tied at the top of the league for sacks allowed with just 11 on the year.

NAIA playoff bracket

The NAIA playoff bracket can be seen below. Nine teams will look familiar from last season's bracket, when St. Xavier (Chicago, IL) took the national title home.

Interestingly enough, two conferences (the Mid-States Football Association Mideast Division and the Heart of America Athletic Conference) each landed three teams in the playoff bracket. St. Xavier, Marian, and St. Francis represent the MSFAE and Missouri Valley, MidAmerica Nazarene, and Baker represent the HAAC.

One perennial power that failed to make the cut was Carrol (MT), who failed to make it for the first time since 1999. The Fighting Saints had previously been a mainstay in the national championship game, appearing in 8 of the last 10 title games.

As you can see, there will be some quality match ups to see who has what it takes to bring home the hardware in 2012. Read more about the teams and the match ups here.

 

Game 1: Bethel (Tenn.) (8-3) at Georgetown (Ky.) (10-0), 3:30 p.m.
Game 2: Ottawa (Kan.) (8-2) at Missouri Valley (10-0), TBD

 

 

Game 3:

Montana Tech (8-2) at Morningside (Iowa) (10-0), 1 p.m.

Game 4: William Penn (Iowa) (9-2) at Saint Xavier (Ill.) (9-1), 1 p.m.

 

Game 5:

Northwestern (Iowa) (9-2) at Marian (Ind.) (8-1), 1 p.m.
Game 6:

Baker (Kan.) (8-2) at Saint Francis (Ind.) (8-2), 12 p.m.

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Game 7: MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) (8-2) at Cumberlands (Ky.) (9-1), 12 p.m.
Game 8: Southern Oregon (8-2) at Saint Ambrose (Iowa) (9-1), 1 p.m.

 

 

Two North Carolina teams combine for 184 points

In North Carolina high school playoff action over the weekend, Davidson Day high school outlasted Harrells Christian in a scoring frenzy that would make even Oregon jealous.

Davidson ended up winning 104-80, and quarterback Will Grier set the national passing yardage record with 837 yards through the air to go along with his 10 touchdowns (which ties the national record). Grier has thrown 64 touchdowns on the season.

Harrels Christian running back running back Russell Washington also put up some ridiculous numbers, carrying the ball 46 times for 429 yards and 8 touchdowns. The eight touchdowns in a game was good enough to tie for fourth nationally.

The game lasted nearly four hours (the final buzzer sounded around midnight) and Davidson Day scored on all but one of their possessions, while never leading by more than 24 points. After the game Davidson Day head coach Chad Grier (Will's father) told NewsObserver.com "I sure didn't come in with a plan for us to score 104 points, and I sure as heck didn't have a plan to give up 80."

It's rare to feel a sense of both accomplishment and disappointment after a game, but the bottom line is that a win in the playoffs means you're fortunate enough to be playing next week.

Here's an interesting note. Of the 26 NBA teams that played on that same Friday night, 20 of them failed to put up more points than Davidson Day did. Impressive job.

 

 

Addazio: We're frustrated, but also very excited

After coming off a 9-4 finish in 2011, Steve Addazio and his young Temple team have struggled to a 3-6 start this season. Despite the disappointing start, and likely missing the bowl eligibility mark with their loss to Cincinnati on Saturday, Addazio is confident that his guys are on the right path.

"The feedback that I get back from people that we play against is 'You got a really tough football team, and we see a really great team in the making.' And I believe that too, and that's why I have the attitude that I have."

"You probably say 'What's up with this guy?'" Addazio told reporters after the 34-10 loss to Cincinnati. "That's what I really believe, and I'm not a good liar, I'm not a good faker, I'm not a good hider, I'm not a good manipulator. I'm not good at that, but I know what I feel and I'm expressing that to you. And that's the beautiful thing is that you can see that...agree with that...not, it's your decision, but that's what's going on and that's where we are."

"It's exciting, it's frustrating...it's very frustrating, but it's exciting," Addazio said. "How fast can we get this done? We're in a footrace to do it right now, we are absolutely in a footrace. We need a little bit of that taste of victory. We need to get some of that again, because that's important. When you work as hard as we work you need to feel that victory."

Addazio also touched on the promise that his players are showing by continuing to show up and work their tails off everyday, enjoying the entire process, even after tough losses. In the eyes of him and his staff, that's one of the most promising aspects of their team. The losses have them frustrated, but there's plenty of promise being shown, you can hear the conviction in Addazio's voice.

Monday TV - Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Kansas City and Pittsburgh on tonight, no games tomorrow night, and we'll get two mid-week MAC games on Wednesday night.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Kansas City at Pittsburgh - 8:20 - NFL Network

College:

No games

High School:

No games

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