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September 22, 2009
Inside the numbers: BG's Barnes catching on
Each week, we'll look at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we find intriguing.
1. It's early, but … Bowling Green WR Freddie Barnes, who began his career as a quarterback, already has 42 receptions for 336 yards. (That's more receptions than 28 teams). At that pace, he would finish the season with 168 receptions. In case you're wondering, the record is 142 by Houston's Manny Hazard in 1989. And Clemson K Richard Jackson has made 11 field goals and UCLA K Kai Forbath has made 10. Jackson is on a pace that would see him make 44 field goals and Forbath is on a pace for 36. The NCAA record is 31, by Georgia's Billy Bennett in 2003.
2. Staying on target. N.C. State sophomore QB Russell Wilson has completed an NCAA-record 329 consecutive passes without an interception. The record had been 325 by former Kentucky QB Andre Woodson in 2006-07. Wilson and the Wolfpack play host to Pittsburgh on Saturday; Pitt has three picks this season.
3. Nowhere to run. Florida International (0-2) and San Jose State (0-3) have combined to rush for 98 yards. Yes, you read that right. They are the only teams in the nation averaging less than a yard per carry; Florida International is at 0.88, and San Jose State is at 0.68.
4. Something has to give. Six teams haven't allowed a rushing TD, and two meet Saturday when Iowa plays at Penn State. The Nittany Lions are allowing 46.3 rushing yards per game, the Hawkeyes 140.7. Offensively, Penn State is averaging 133.3 rushing yards, with four rushing touchdowns. Iowa is averaging 137 rushing yards, with five rushing touchdowns. The other four teams that haven't allowed a TD on the ground are Arizona State, Boston College, Oklahoma and Tulsa.
Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.