Monday, November 05, 2007
In Case You Missed It: Week 10
...Against NC State, Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman posted the following stat line:
1 completion, 14 attempts, 84 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions
That's right, Freeman's yards per pass attempt (6.0) was almost as high as his completion percentage (7.1%). He completed 3 times as many passes to Wolfpack defenders as he did to his own teammates. Not surprisingly, the Hurricanes lost that game to Wolfpack. On the season, Freeman has completed a lowly 31% of his passes. Freeman makes fellow signal-caller Kyle Wright look like a Heisman candidate.
...Smile big man. Mangino's Jayhawks scored touchdowns on an astounding 10 straight possessions against Nebraska. Kansas is now 9-0 and has a legitimate shot at the national championship. I'm a week late in trotting out these stats, but it's interesting nonetheless. In Mangino's first 5 seasons, Kansas won 4 true road games. Those games came against Tulsa (finished 1-11) in 2002, Wyoming (4-8) in 2003, Missouri (5-6) in 2004, and Iowa State (4-8) in 2006. No bowl teams, no winning teams, and only two conference opponents in that bunch. In the month of October, Kansas won road games at Kansas State (5-4, no other home losses), Colorado (5-5, beat Oklahoma at home), and Texas A&M (6-4, no other home losses). Comparatively, that's an amazing turnaround. None of those teams are elite, but all 3 will probably at least be bowl-eligible.
...The team on the other end of the Kansas smackdown? Nebraska. In their 6 conference games, the Cornhuskers have allowed 243 points. The Huskers gave up more than 243 points in an entire season only once under Frank Solich (2002). They never allowed 243 points in a season under Tom Osbourne or Bob Devaney. Prior to the 2002 season, Nebraska had not allowed 243 points in a season since 1957.