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By The Numbers: Week Twelve

CFN Contributing Writer
Posted Nov 19, 2012

Oklahoma-West Virginia wasn't the only video game played this past Saturday. You will learn more about that and other details in this week's edition of By The Numbers.

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

FBS-versus-FBS games: 54

Home teams' record: 27-27

Games decided by 40 or more points: 1 (48 points – Oregon State 62, California 14)

Games decided by 30 to 39 points: 8

Games decided by 20 to 29 points: 12

Games decided by 10 to 19 points: 9

Games decided by 1 to 9 points: 24

Five games involved winning scores in the final two minutes of regulation: Marshall vs. Houston (tie-breaking field goal), LSU vs. Ole Miss (tie-breaking touchdown), Syracuse vs. Missouri (go-ahead touchdown), Oklahoma vs. West Virginia (go-ahead touchdown), and Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Western Kentucky (go-ahead touchdown).

Four games were decided by go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter, but not in the final two minutes: Northwestern vs. Michigan State (tie-breaking field goal), Kent State vs. Bowling Green (tie-breaking touchdown), Buffalo vs. Massachusetts (go-ahead touchdown),and Arizona vs. Utah (tie-breaking touchdown).

No FBS team lost to an FCS opponent in week twelve.

Biggest comebacks of week twelve: Syracuse (14 points at Missouri), Buffalo (13 points at Massachusetts), Clemson (11 points vs. North Carolina State), Virginia Tech (10 points at Boston College), and Louisiana-Lafayette (10 points vs. Western Kentucky).

Four games went to overtime in week twelve: Virginia Tech vs. Boston College, Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, Utah State vs. Louisiana Tech, and Stanford vs. Oregon. Every game required only one extra period to conclude and all four losing teams failed to score in overtime. Combined overtime points: 24 in four stanzas, for an average of 6 points per stanza or 3 points per team per stanza. The team with the ball second in overtime went 1-3 in these four games.

With the Mountain West Conference being deemed a "power conference" for purposes of clarity, there were two games played in which a power conference team played a non-power conference team (Conference USA, Mid-American, Sun Belt, WAC, Army, and Navy). The power conference teams went 1-1. Both games were hosted by non-power conference teams: Army (non-power independent) lost at home to Temple (Big East), and San Jose State (WAC) won at home against BYU (power independent).

Three games matched power conference FBS schools against each other: Miami (ACC) defeated South Florida (Big East); Notre Dame (power independent) defeated Wake Forest (ACC); and Syracuse (Big East) defeated Missouri (SEC).

One game matched non-power conference FBS schools against each other: Navy (non-power independent) defeated Texas State (WAC).


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

Teams with MORE first downs went 34-16 with 4 statistical ties.

Teams with MORE yards went 43-11.

MORE rushing yards: 43-10 with 1 statistical tie.

MORE passing yards: 28-26.

MORE penalties: 27-20 with 7 statistical ties.

MORE turnovers: 8-30 with 16 statistical ties.

MORE time of possession: 35-18 with 1 statistical tie.


- Florida International held Florida Atlantic to minus-12 rushing yards.

- Arizona State held Washington State to 1 rushing yard.

- East Carolina held Tulane to 9 rushing yards.

- Nevada held New Mexico to 0 passing yards.

- Air Force threw for 0 passing yards… and beat Hawaii, 21-7.

- Tulsa, in its 23-21 victory over UCF, did not commit a single penalty.

- Michigan State held the ball for 34:19, had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and fewer penalties… and lost at home, to Northwestern, 23-20.

- Wisconsin held the ball for 37:17, had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards, and passing yards… and lost at home to Ohio State, 21-14, in overtime.

- BYU had more first downs, total yards, rushing yards, passing yards, and fewer penalties… and lost to San Jose State, 20-14.

- Clemson and North Carolina State combined for 110 points, 1,351 total yards, 919 passing yards, and 58 first downs.

- Oklahoma and West Virginia combined for 99 points, 1,440 total yards, 874 passing yards, and 62 first downs.

- Temple and Army combined for 95 points, 1,060 total yards, 941 rushing yards, and 47 first downs.

- Utah State and Louisiana Tech combined for 89 points, 1,275 total yards, 736 passing yards, and 64 first downs.

- Marshall and Houston combined for 85 points, 1,095 total yards, 702 passing yards, and 60 first downs.

- Arkansas State and Troy combined for 75 points, 1,113 total yards, 816 passing yards, and 56 first downs.

- Oregon’s offense had fewer first downs, total yards, rushing yards, and passing yards and its defense won the turnover battle, 3-1… and the Ducks lost in overtime at home to Stanford, 17-14.