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The Numerical, Week 8: Seth Doege, The 2,000/1,000 Club And Diversity

Seth Doege's diversity, West Virginia's lack of defensive playmaking, Penn State's pass rush, Stephen Hill's disappearing act, Rick Neuheisel's remaining days and New Mexico's most depressing hour punctuated Week Eight of the college football season.

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0: Points scored by Illinois in the first 11 drives of their 21-14 loss to Purdue. In their last two games (both losses, of course), they have score 21 fourth-quarter points ... and zero first-, second- or third-quarter points. The defense allowed a combined 38 points to Ohio State and Purdue, and Illinois went 0-2.

1: Box score entries, other than tackles, recorded by West Virginia defenders in their somewhat shocking 49-26 loss at Syracuse Friday night. Darwin Cook broke up a pass, and that was it. No tackles for loss, no forced fumbles, no turnovers. Just a defense knocked back on its heels, allowing six yards per per play, 443 yards for the game, and a leverage rate of 78 percent. (LSU's Ron Brooks, meanwhile, posted 2.5 tackles, 0.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble, an interception, a pass broken up and a QB hurry all by himself in the Tigers' 45-10 win over Auburn.) The Orange had not given hints that they were capable of such efficiency, but that's why they play the games.

2: Number of 50-yard touchdowns scored by Eastern Michigan running back Javonti Greene in the Eagles' 14-10 upset win over Western Michigan. EMU is now 5-3 overall, 3-1 in the MAC and two wins from bowl eligibility. Here's your reminder that EMU was 5-31 over the last three years.

3: Approximate percentage of point-after-touchdown kicks that miss the mark. This includes the kick missed by Buffalo kicker Peter Fardon with 14 seconds remaining in their 31-30 loss to Northern Illinois. The Bulls have actually been semi-competitive this season, but two losses by three points or less have stunted their visible growth.

4: One-possession losses suffered by Utah State this season. A play here and a play there, and the Aggies could be 6-1. Instead, they are 2-5 and winless (0-2) in the weakened WAC. Put the coffee down, head coach Gary Andersen.

6.4: Yards per pass attempt averaged by Michigan State's Kirk Cousins in the first 59:50 against Wisconsin. It rose to 7.5 following the 44-yard, miracle touchdown pass to Keith Nichol that gave the Spartans a 37-31 win. Has Brent Musberger passed Keith Jackson in the "announcer for a miracle finish" department? Had he already?

7: Sacks registered by Penn State's defense, against three different Northwestern quarterbacks, in their 34-24 win over the Wildcats. The Nittany Lions still have some issues on offense -- after gaining 302 yards (7.6 per play) and scoring 34 points on their first six drives, they gained just 64 (2.0 per play) over their last five -- but they came up with enough big plays on defense to maintain their distance. Jordan Hill, Devon Still and Gerald Hodges combined for 19.0 tackles and 5.5 sacks; Hill added a 63-yard interception return to boot. Penn State's defense is the real thing, but the offense is still learning how to get out of its own way.

9: Yards generated by four passes targeting Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill in the Yellow Jackets' 24-7 loss to Miami. He has four catches in the last four games. Remember when a) Georgia Tech had an offense and b) some idiot blogger was pretending Hill was a Heisman/All-American candidate? Me neither.

9.6: Average yards per carry for Washington running back Chris Polk, who gained a damn impressive 144 yards against a stout Stanford defense. Unfortunately, Stanford backs Stepfan Taylor, Tyler Gaffney and Anthony Wilkerson averaged 10.5 yards and gained 348 yards over 33 carries in the Cardinal's 65-21 romp.

12: Receivers who caught a pass from Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege in the Red Raiders' shocking 41-38 win over Oklahoma. He completed 33 of 52 passes for 441 yards and four touchdowns, and his diversity kept a banged-up Oklahoma defense on its heels all game. Of course, he wasn't alone in spreading the ball around. Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden found nine receivers (four with at least five receptions) in the 'Pokes' win over Missouri; UCF's Jeff Godfrey and Blake Bortles found nine receivers in just 19 completions in the Knights' loss to UAB; Boise State's Kellen Moore found 11 receivers and threw just six incompletions in a win over Air Force; Southern Miss' Austin Davis completed 27 passes to nine receivers in a 27-3 win over SMU; and perhaps most impressively of all, East Carolina's Dominique Davis completed 40 of 45 passes, to nine receivers, in the Pirates' 38-35 win over Navy. In comparison, Case Keenum's 24-for-28 performance against Marshall, which included just seven different receivers, seems lacking. Come on, Case.

20.4: Average gain of the nine passes targeting Iowa receiver Marvin McNutt, Jr., in the Hawkeyes' 45-24 win over Indiana. He caught six for 184 yards and three touchdowns (other targets: six catches, 69 yards). He is on pace for over 160 receptions, almost 3,000 yards and almost 30 touchdowns for his career. Best Iowa receiver ever? Quite possibly. McNutt stole some of the thunder from Wake Forest's Chris Givens, whose 147 yards (over the same six catches and nine targets) and two touchdowns allowed the Demon Deacons to avoid a Duke upset bid.

21.9: Value, in equivalent points, of the three turnovers Notre Dame committed in their 31-17 loss to USC. Granted, USC earned this one -- they held an explosive, well-rounded Irish attack to just 267 total yards and outgained them by 176 yards -- but the fact remains: when Notre Dame loses fewer than three touchdowns' worth of turnovers in a game, they win. Meanwhile, Utah continues to do a rather solid Notre Dame impression; they lost four turnovers, worth 24.0 equivalent points, in their 34-10 loss to California.

28: Length of Toledo's lead over Miami (Ohio) five possessions into the game. The Rockets gained 273 yards (9.1 per play) scored four touchdowns and missed a field goal while allowing 66 yards (3.0 per play) and completely seizing control of the game. UT ended up winning 49-28, but this one was over quickly. Fast starts: important. Toledo: very, very good this year.

32: Days until UCLA's season and, almost certainly, Rick Neuheisel's tenure as UCLA head coach end. Athletic director Dan Guerrero says Neuheisel's job is safe until the end of the season. I honestly don't see the point in that, but I'm not a UCLA fan, so I'll leave it to them to react. And to say the least, they're reacting.

34: Nebraska's halftime lead against Jerry Kill's hapless Gophers. The Huskers ended up winning, 41-14, and outgaining the Gophers by a 515-254 margin, but a majority of the damage was done in the first 30 minutes. NU gained 324 yards (7.7 per play) and scored 34 points while holding the scoreless Gophers to just 88 yards, four punts, one fumble and a turnover on downs.

74: Rushing yards generated by Louisville's Jeremy Wright on UL scoring drives. For the game he had 108 yards in just 11 carries, and he was a serious catalyst in the Cardinals' 16-14 win over Rutgers, a win that added to the disastrous Big East standings. Seriously, a team that lost by three touchdowns to Tennessee is leading the conference right now.

77: Percentage of Maryland's drives that ended in punts during their 41-16 loss to Florida State. Sophomore quarterback C.J. Brown was rendered entirely ineffective, averaging just 2.9 yards per pass attempt and once again ceding the job to Danny O'Brien. The Terps, now 2-5, are trending in the wrong direction after a season-opening win versus Miami.

85: Total yards gained by New Mexico in their depressing 69-0 loss to TCU. (Oregon's Kenjon Barner gained 84 in just one carry in the first quarter of the Ducks' 45-2 win over Colorado.) They lost fumbles on their first two drives. Their quarterbacks combined to complete eight passes for 21 yards and get sacked three times for 15 yards. Their "leading" receiver, Ty Kirk, caught four passes ... for six yards. TCU's first three touchdown drives needed to go just 22, 24 and 43 yards. There have been many low points since Rocky Long left town three years ago; this may have been the lowest.

147: Yardage margin, favoring Ole Miss, over the first 23 minutes of the Rebels' eventual 29-24 loss to Arkansas. They outgained the Hogs, 196-49, in building a shocking 17-0 lead ... and then were outgained, 389-174, over the rest of the game.

157: Receiving yards generated by Clemson's DeAndre Hopkins over the course of 12 targets and nine catches during the Tigers' 59-38 win over North Carolina. CU's win was dictated by UNC turnovers (the Heels had six of them, worth 36.2 Equivalent Points), but Hopkins made sure that UNC couldn't over-compensate for Sammy Watkins, who still managed eight catches (in 13 targets) for 91 yards and a touchdown. If Hopkins and Watkins are clicking, Clemson really might just maneuver through what is a rather challenging home stretch.

198: Rushing yards racked up by Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy in the Commodores' 44-21 win over Army. Yes, it was Army, but after his efforts versus Georgia the week before, Stacy now has 311 yards in just 40 touches (7.8 per touch) over the last two Saturdays. For the season, he is averaging a healthy 7.1 yards per carry versus defenses not named South Carolina or Alabama.

267: Seconds it took for Kansas State to turn a 31-14 lead into 52-14 at the start of the second half in their 59-21 romp over Kansas. Tyler Lockett scored on a kickoff return, then the offense scored on two short, fumble-aided touchdown drives, and that was the ballgame. This game was KSU at its best: Lockett continuing to emerge as an explosive weapon, Collin Klein (12-for-19 passing, 92 rushing yards) being very Collin Klein, John Hubert and Angelo Pease combining for 153 rushing yards, and KSU forcing two killer turnovers at pivotal moments.

285: Yards gained by Alabama after halftime in their 37-6 win over Tennessee. The game was tied at 6-6 after a first half that saw the Tide gain just 152 yards, but the Vols just had no hope of keeping up on offense (they gained just 155 for the game) and eventually caved.

308: Receiving yards generated by Oklahoma receivers Ryan Broyles, Kenny Stills and Jaz Reynolds over the course of 19 catches against Texas Tech. Unfortunately for the Sooners, the three also managed to drop seven passes and lose a fumble, a shocking loss of focus for perhaps the best trio of receivers in college football.

382: Combined rushing (69) and passing (313) yards gained by Nevada's Cody Fajardo in the Wolf Pack's 45-38 win over Fresno State. Despite playing only sparingly in the opening month, the redshirt freshman from Anaheim has an outside shot at a 2,000/1,000 season; he has thrown for 516 yards in his last two games, rushed for 139 against Texas Tech a few weeks ago. He currently stands at 682 passing yards and 384 rushing yards and (assuming UNR reaches a bowl), needs a 220/103 pace the rest of the way to reach 2,000/1,000.

(Speaking of 2,000/1,000, BYU's Riley Nelson would have had a very good shot if he had begun the year as a starter instead of the now-deposed Jake Heaps. In his last four games, Nelson has registered 795 passing yards and 276 rushing yards. He had 215 and 62 in the Cougars' 56-3 rout of Idaho State on Saturday. But on the bright side for ISU, they do have a receiver named Rodrick Rumble. So there's that.)

1,002: Yards gained in Cincinnati's 37-34 win over South Florida. The Bearcats commandeered momentary control of the Big East by gaining 507 yards to USF's 495, and they won in part because they only committed three turnovers to USF's four.

17,314: People in attendance at Rice Stadium during Tulsa's 38-20 win over the home Owls. All 17,314, plus players, coaches, trainers and officials had to wear corrective glasses after looking directly at Tulsa's helmets. Look at them long enough, and you see the sailboat. /obvious joke