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By The Numbers: Week Ten

CFN Contributing Writer
Posted Nov 4, 2012

LSU dominated the stat sheet... except for the minor matter of not scoring more points than Alabama in 60 minutes. We take you inside the numbers after a particularly thrilling week of college football.

FBS-versus-FBS games only; no statistics are pulled from FBS-FCS games unless specified

FBS-versus-FBS games: 56

Home teams' record: 32-24

Games decided by 60 or more points: 1 – Northern Illinois 63, Massachusetts 0

Games decided by 50 to 59 points: 1 – UCLA 66, Arizona 10

Games decided by 40 to 49 points: 3 (Largest margin of victory: Stanford 48, Colorado 0)

Games decided by 30 to 39 points: 6

Games decided by 20 to 29 points: 14

Games decided by 10 to 19 points: 13

Games decided by 1 to 9 points: 18

Four games involved winning scores in the final two minutes of regulation: Buffalo vs. Miami University (tie-breaking field goal), Tennessee vs. Troy (tie-breaking touchdown), Nebraska vs. Michigan State (go-ahead touchdown), and Alabama vs. LSU (go-ahead touchdown).

Six games were decided by go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter, but not in the final two minutes: Middle Tennessee State vs. Western Kentucky (tie-breaking touchdown), Florida vs. Missouri (tie-breaking touchdown), Arkansas vs. Tulsa (go-ahead touchdown), Western Michigan vs. Central Michigan (go-ahead touchdown), Indiana vs. Iowa (go-ahead touchdown), and UAB vs. Southern Mississippi (go-ahead field goal).

Biggest comebacks of week ten: UAB (16 points at Southern Mississippi), Notre Dame (14 points versus Pittsburgh), Indiana (14 points versus Iowa), Georgia (10 points versus Ole Miss), Nebraska (10 points at Michigan State), Navy (10 points versus Florida Atlantic), and Western Michigan (9 points at Central Michigan).

Two games went to overtime in week ten: TCU vs. West Virginia (2 OT) and Notre Dame vs. Pittsburgh (3 OT). Both games featured an overtime period in which both teams failed to score. Subsequently, both losing teams scored first in the final overtime stanza before giving up the winning points, meaning that the team with the ball second won each game. Combined overtime points scored: 30 in five stanzas, for an average of six points per stanza and three points per team per stanza.

With the Mountain West Conference being deemed a "power conference" for purposes of clarity, there were four games played in which a power conference team played a non-power conference team (Conference USA, Mid-American, Sun Belt, and WAC). The power conference teams went 3-1. A total of three games were hosted by the power conference team. One game was hosted by a non-power conference team (Army). The only power conference team to lose in these games: Air Force, at Army. Of the power conference teams that won, Tennessee (7 points over Troy) and Arkansas (4 points over Tulsa) prevailed by single-digit scoring margins. (The fourth game in this quartet was Auburn's 35-point win over New Mexico State.)

There was one non-conference game contested by power-conference schools in week ten: Notre Dame (power independent) defeated Pittsburgh (Big East).

One non-conference game matched non-power conference FBS schools against each other: Navy (non-power independent) defeated Florida Atlantic (Sun Belt).


Records of teams that had greater numbers of first downs, yards, turnovers, and several statistical categories

Teams with MORE first downs went 36-17 (3 games involved equal amounts of first downs)

Teams with MORE yards went 42-14

MORE rushing yards: 48-8

MORE passing yards: 33-23

MORE penalties: 24-25 (7 statistical ties)

MORE turnovers: 17-25 (14 statistical ties)

MORE time of possession: 31-25


- Virginia Tech held the ball for 34:21, had more first downs, rushing yards, passing yards, and fewer penalties… and lost to Miami, 30-12.

- Cal held the ball for 31:37, had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards, fewer penalties, and converted 10-of-18 third downs (with an average of over 16 yards to go on the ten conversions)… and lost, at home, to Washington, 21-13.

- Missouri held the ball for 33:57, had over twice as many first downs, more total yards, more passing yards, and held the Florida’s offense to 2-of-13 on third down… and lost, 14-7.

- South Alabama had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and held Florida International to 2-of-11 on third down… and lost, 28-20.

- Notre Dame held the ball for 35:23, had almost three times as many first downs, had more total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, fewer penalties, and held Pitt to 1-of-14 on third down conversions… and needed triple overtime to win, 29-26.

- New Mexico held the ball for 41:02 and rushed for 307 yards… and lost to UNLV, 35-7.

- In its 48-28 victory over Houston, East Carolina held the ball for 44:08.

- Virginia held North Carolina State to 19 rushing yards.

- Wake Forest, in its 28-14 victory, held Boston College to 12 rushing yards.

- Rice, in its 49-47 victory, held the ball for 40:01 and held Tulane to 0 rushing yards.

- Utah, in its 49-6 victory, held Washington State to minus-4 rushing yards.

- Stanford, in its 48-0 victory, held Colorado to 6 first downs and 76 total yards (97 passing and minus-21 rushing).

- Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisiana-Monroe combined for 64 points, 47 first downs, 1,014 total yards, and 706 passing yards.

- Clemson and Duke combined for 76 points, 55 first downs, 1,060 total yards, and 636 passing yards.

- Louisiana Tech and UT-San Antonio combined for 78 points, 58 first downs, 975 total yards, 671 passing yards, and 29 penalties.

- Rice and Tulane combined for 96 points, 45 first downs, 958 total yards, and 747 passing yards.

- Tennessee and Troy combined for 103 points, 69 first downs, 1,440 total yards, and 1,026 passing yards.

- Oregon and USC combined for 113 points, 68 first downs, 1,345 total yards, and 788 passing yards.

- USC gave up over 60 points to an opponent for the first time in 124 years of playing college football.

- LSU held the ball for 39:15, gained more first downs, more total yards, more passing yards, was plus-2 in the turnover battle… and lost at home, to Alabama, 21-17.