2013 By The Numbers: Week 9

Staff Columnist
Posted Oct 28, 2013

The ACC and Pac-12 both produced two games that short-circuited the human brain. Duke-Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech-Virginia, Stanford-Oregon State, and Utah-USC made no sense on many levels. These and other revelations emerge from the latest tour of the college football landscape... By The Numbers.

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FBS-versus-FBS games only; games involving Old Dominion not counted; no statistics are pulled from FBS-FCS games unless specified

FBS-versus-FBS games in week nine: 53

Home teams' record: 29-24

Games decided by 60 or more points: 0

Games decided by 50-59 points: 0

Games decided by 40-49 points: 5

Games decided by 30 to 39 points: 11

Games decided by 20 to 29 points: 10

Games decided by 10 to 19 points: 10

Games decided by 1 to 9 points: 17


In week nine, 6 games involved winning scores in the final two minutes of regulation. Four games involved go-ahead scores from teams that were trailing. Two games involved tiebreaking scores.

In week nine, 4 games were decided by go-ahead scores in the fourth quarter, but not in the final two minutes. Therefore, in week nine, 10 games were decided by go-ahead scores at some point in the fourth quarter.


6 such comebacks – 2 road-team comebacks, 4 home-team comebacks.

Comeback Winners: SMU, Miami (FL), Minnesota, Western Michigan, San Jose State, South Carolina.

Comeback Losers (teams listed correspond with the winners listed above, in order): Temple, Wake Forest, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Wyoming, Missouri.

Most Notable Comebacks: 21 points, SMU over Temple; 17 points, South Carolina over Missouri.


There were 3 overtime games in week nine – one double-overtime game and two single-overtime games. All in all, 31 points were scored in 4 total stanzas, for an average of 7.75 points per stanza and 3.88 points per team per stanza.

In these three games, the losing team did not score in the deciding overtime stanza. The team with the ball second went 0-3. The home team went 1-2.


For this season, the five main BCS conferences plus The American and the Mountain West are considered power conferences, while the MAC, Sun Belt, and Conference USA are considered non-power conferences. For purposes of clarity, Notre Dame and BYU are deemed "power independents," while Army, Navy, Idaho, and New Mexico State are considered "non-power independents. Old Dominion – owing to a transitional year in which it is playing more FCS opponents (7) than FBS opponents (5) – will be treated as a separate entity altogether. Here are the breakdowns of various non-conference games from week nine. Games in which independents played each other are not included in these tabulations:

In week nine, 3 games pitted a power conference team against a non-power conference team. The power conference teams went 2-1. The non-power conference team's win was Navy (non-power independent) over Pittsburgh (ACC).

In week nine, 2 games pitted power conference teams against each other. BYU (power independent) defeated Boise State (Mountain West), and Notre Dame (power independent) defeated Air Force (Mountain West).

In week nine, no games matched non-power conference FBS schools against each other.


Records of teams that had greater numbers of first downs, yards, penalties, turnovers, and more time of possession

In week nine, teams with MORE first downs went 42-9 with 2 statistical ties.

Teams with MORE yards went 43-10.

MORE rushing yards: 40-13.

MORE passing yards: 39-14.

MORE penalties: 26-20-7.

MORE turnovers: 8-34-11.

MORE time of possession: 33-20.


Safeties in week nine: 1. Average starting field position on non-onside kick free kicks/kickoffs following safeties: the receiving team's own 48-yard line.

--Duke finished with 6 fewer first downs and 189 fewer yards than Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils finished with 198 total yards and 20:33 in time of possession while throwing four interceptions. They won on the Hokies' home field in Blacksburg, Va.

--Oregon State gained 23 first downs against Stanford and enjoyed an advantage of over 17 minutes in time of possession, yet scored only 12 points.

--Western Kentucky finished with 11 more first downs than Troy. The Hilltoppers gained 135 more yards, committed 5 fewer penalties, and held the ball for 12:58 more than the Trojans. They lost.

--San Diego State finished with an edge of 10:22 in time of possession compared to Fresno State. The Aztecs also finished with more first downs, more rushing yards, and more passing yards than the Bulldogs. They lost.

--USC rushed for only 30 yards on Saturday against Utah. The Trojans finished 3-of-15 on third downs. They gained only 14 first downs. They started two drives in the red zone and could not score a touchdown on either one. They scored just one touchdown on four drives that began in Utah territory. They won by 16.

--Virginia gained 14 more first downs than Georgia Tech despite being outrushed, 394-68.

--Georgia Tech finished with more yards than Virginia despite committing five turnovers and finishing with a minus-4 turnover margin, not to mention a deficit of 9:28 in time of possession.