By The Numbers: Week Eleven

Staff Columnist
Posted Nov 11, 2012

Washington State outgained UCLA by 190 yards... and trailed the Bruins by 30 with one minute left in the third quarter. That's just one nugget you'll find in the latest survey of the week that was in 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: 29-27

Games decided by 40 or more points: 3 – (Largest margin of victory: 48, Wisconsin over Indiana)

Games decided by 30 to 39 points: 6

Games decided by 20 to 29 points: 10

Games decided by 10 to 19 points: 14

Games decided by 1 to 9 points: 23

Five games involved winning scores in the final two minutes of regulation: Ball State vs. Toledo (tiebreaking touchdown); Virginia vs. Miami (go-ahead touchdown); Vanderbilt vs. Ole Miss (go-ahead touchdown); Purdue vs. Iowa (tie-breaking field goal); and Florida vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (tie-breaking touchdown).

Six games were decided by go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter, but not in the final two minutes: Buffalo vs. Western Michigan (go-ahead touchdown); Nebraska vs. Penn State (go-ahead touchdown); Stanford vs. Oregon State (go-ahead touchdown); Central Florida vs. UTEP (tiebreaking touchdown); Louisiana Tech vs. Texas State (tiebreaking touchdown); and North Texas vs. South Alabama (tiebreaking touchdown).

Biggest comebacks: Vanderbilt (17 points at Ole Miss); Central Michigan (14 points at Eastern Michigan); Missouri (14 points at Tennessee); Nebraska (14 points vs. Penn State); Michigan (10 points vs. Northwestern); and Virginia (14 points vs. Miami).

Three games went to overtime: Northwestern vs. Michigan; Missouri vs. Tennessee; and Kansas vs. Texas Tech. Northwestern-Michigan required only one overtime stanza. Kansas-Texas Tech required two. Missouri-Tennessee required four. The losing team failed to score in the decisive overtime stanza in all three overtime games. In two instances, the winning score was a touchdown (Northwestern-Michigan and Kansas-Texas Tech). In Missouri-Tennessee, a field goal won. Combined overtime points scored in the three games: 71 in seven overtime stanzas, for an average of roughly 10.14 points (to the nearest hundredth of a point) per overtime stanza, or 5.07 points per team per overtime stanza. The team that got the ball second in the decisive overtime period lost two of the three games.

With the Mountain West Conference being deemed a "power conference" for purposes of clarity, and with "power independents" (Notre Dame and BYU) being distinguished from "non-power independents" (Army and Navy), there was one non-conference game from week 11 between power-conference teams. Notre Dame (power independent) won at Boston College (ACC).

There were non-conference games in which a power conference team played a non-power conference team (from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference). Florida (Southeastern Conference) won at home vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (Sun Belt); Rutgers (Big East) won at home against Army (non-power independent); and BYU (power independent) won at home against Idaho (WAC).

There was one non-conference game between non-power conference teams. Troy (Sun Belt) won at home against Navy (non-power independent).


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

Teams with MORE first downs went 36-17; first downs were even in three games.

Teams with MORE yards went 40-16.

MORE rushing yards: 39-17

MORE passing yards: 32-24

MORE penalties: 23-23 with 10 statistical ties

MORE turnovers: 11-34 with 11 statistical ties

MORE time of possession: 35-21


Tennessee collected 12 more first downs than Missouri. Tennessee outgained Missouri by 131 yards and committed fewer turnovers. Yet, it lost at home to the Tigers.

New Mexico gained 396 rushing yards against Wyoming, picking up 11 more first downs and 122 more yards than the Cowboys. The Lobos committed only one turnover and gained a 16-minute, 22-second advantage in time of possession… and lost at home.

Kansas outrushed Texas Tech, 390-63, committed no turnovers… and lost.

Purdue committed three turnovers, while Iowa committed none. Purdue committed eight more penalties for 82 more penalty yards. The Boilermakers still beat the Hawkeyes on the road.

Maryland outrushed Clemson, did not commit more turnovers than the Tigers, and held the ball longer than Clemson did. Maryland lost by 35 points.

Air Force gained nine more first downs than San Diego State. The Falcons gained 125 more yards and 320 more rushing yards. They held the ball 7:46 longer than the Aztecs. Air Force lost by 19, scoring only nine points.

South Alabama collected 12 more first downs than North Texas. The Jaguars gained more yards than the Mean Green, committed only one turnover, held the ball 6:16 more than North Texas… and lost by 10.

Colorado held the ball 23:36 more than Arizona.

Kansas State gained only 12 first downs against TCU... and led by 20 with one minute left in regulation.

Washington State collected 12 more first downs than UCLA. Washington State outgained UCLA by 190 yards and did not commit more turnovers than the Bruins. The Cougars trailed by 30 points with one minute left in the third quarter.

Three teams won despite committing at least four turnovers in week 11: USC, Stanford and UAB.

Alabama committed three turnovers, Texas A&M none.