It’s too early to discuss Heisman possibilities, but Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III leads our list of intriguing numbers for the week with two double-take statistics.
He has completed 85.6 percent of his passes this season – impressive but a mere afterthought compared with Griffin’s other stat of note: He has thrown more touchdown passes (13) than incompletions (12) this year. Ingest that for a moment while you peruse the other noteworthy numbers of the week:
14 – Number of FBS quarterbacks who have completed better than 70 percent of their passes this season.
7-0 – Combined record of the two teams (Florida and Iowa State) that average the most penalties per game this season.
8 – Consecutive losses against FBS teams by Arizona, which was 7-1 and ranked No. 13 when that streak began.
1-7 – Oregon State’s record since it was 4-2 after beating Cal 35-7 last season. The lone win was a 36-7 pasting of then-No. 20 USC.
4-0, No. 19 –– Michigan’s record and ranking after four games in 2011.
4-0, No. 19 – Michigan’s record and ranking after four games in 2010. It finished 7-6 and coach Rich Rodriguez was fired.
3 – Victories by FCS (formerly Division I-AA) teams over FBS teams on Saturday: Southern Utah beat UNLV, North Dakota State beat Minnesota, and Sam Houston State beat New Mexico, which owns the nation’s longest losing streak at seven in a row and has lost 17 straight road games.
72 – Age Kansas State coach Bill Snyder will turn on Oct. 7. His team is 3-0 after beating Miami-Fla.
0-4 – Record of Eastern Washington, the defending national FCS champion, which was ranked No. 1 in the preseason FCS poll. The Eagles’ loss to Montana State on Saturday was their first defeat on their red turf (yes, red), which was installed prior to last season. Indicative moment: An Eastern Washington cheerleader tore her anterior cruciate ligament while leading the team onto the field Saturday.
1.23 – Yards per rushing attempt yielded this season by Stanford, easily the best in the country. In 2006, the Cardinal ranked 117th of 119 teams in rushing defense.
2.82 – Yards per play yielded this season by Alabama, the only team giving up less than three yards a play and one of just six allowing less than four yards a play.
Moment of the week I – Officials on the field as well as replay officials ruling a fourth-quarter Syracuse extra point good against Toledo when it was clearly wide left, which the coordinator of Big East officiating admitted after the game. “I guess that means we won 30-29,” said Toledo coach Tim Beckman, whose team officially lost 33-30 in overtime.
Moment of the week II – Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict helping USC quarterback Matt Barkley up off the ground after Burfict had intercepted a Barkley pass and was tackled by Barkley, who had called Burfict “a dirty player” earlier in the week.
The List of the week
Quarterback Brandon Weeden, who is 8-0 in career road-game starts for No. 5 Oklahoma State and turns 28 next month, is among this group of players who played their final high school season in 2001:
— Vince Young
Smith, Rodgers, Clarett and Merriman are younger than Weeden.
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