Behind the Numbers – 16 Interesting Stats after Week 2 (Sep 11)

Some of these 16 stats after Week 2 are just for trivia, but most are good to know as you look at fantasy trends/leaders across the season or for specific positions or teams.

120+ teams have played exactly two games, so many of the stats this week are focused upon consistency/hitting benchmark stat totals in each of the first two games. Teams/players that played in week zero and have not yet had a bye week (Nebraska, Illinois, UConn, Fresno State, Hawaii, UTEP, & New Mexico State) may be a little over-represented.

There have been five 400+ yard passing games this season – and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky) has two of them, the others are CJ Stroud (Ohio State), Seth Henigan (Memphis) and Brennan Armstrong (Virginia). The season high was Stroud’s 484 yards against Oregon.

Only three players have two 125+ yard receiving games – Dontay Demus (Maryland), Erik Ezukanma (Texas Tech), and Samori Toure (Nebraska).

Three times this season a QB has thrown for 200 yards and rushed for 100 yards in a game, and Nebraska’s Adrian Martinez has two of those games (242/112 & 232/111). The other is North Carolina’s Sam Howell (352/104).

Nine QBs have two 300+ yard passing games – Brennan Armstrong (Virginia), Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii), Dillon Gabriel (UCF), Jake Haener (Fresno State), Tanner Mordecai (SMU), Nick Starkel (San Jose State), Carson Strong (Nevada), Grant Wells (Marshall), and Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky).

Only one player has two 3 TD rushing games – Duke’s Mataeo Durant. Sixteen other players have one game with at least 3 rushing TDs. Only three players have had 4 in a game – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State), Isaiah Bowser (UCF) and Rasheen Ali (Marshall).

Since volume matters, only two players have had two 25+ rushing attempt games – Brad Roberts (Air Force) & Harrison Waylee (Northern Illinois).

Three times this season a player has had a game with at least 70 rushing yards as well as 70 receiving yards – RB Trestan Ebner (Baylor, 125/70), RB Bijan Robinson (Texas 103/73) and WR Wan’Dale Robinson (Kentucky, 73/101).

There have been five 200 yard rushing games – Kenneth Walker (Michigan State), Mataeo Durant (Duke), DeAndre Torrey (North Texas), Chris Rodriguez (Kentucky) & Tyler Badie (Missouri). Walker has the season-high, a 23/264-4 game against Northwestern.

Memphis WR Calvin Austin has the only 200 yard receiving gamea wild 6/239-3 against Arkansas State.

Only one QB has two 4+ TDs passing games so far this season – SMU’s Tanner Mordecai. Most passing TDs in a game is 7, again one by Tanner Mordecai and the other by Bailey Zappe (Western Kentucky).

Three players have two games with 8+ receptions – Josh Downs (North Carolina), TE Trey McBride (Colorado State), and Deven Thompkins (Utah State).

Only one player has at least two rushing TDs as well as two receiving TDs so far this year – Colorado State RB David Bailey – 34/126-2 rushing and 6/59-2 receiving.

Five times this season a player has had 30 rushing attempts – Treyson Potts (Minnesota, 34), Isaiah Bowser (UCF, 33), Sincere McCormick (UTSA, 31), Chez Mellusi (Wisconsin, 31) and Mohamed Ibrahim (Minnesota, 30). Minnesota is obviously the only school with two players on the list.

Most receptions in a game this season? TE Trey McBride (Colorado State) had 13/116-0 against South Dakota State. Four players are tied for next with 12.

Two players have at least 40 total rushing attempts this season but have 0 rushing TDs – QB Chevan Cordeiro (Hawaii, 40/125-0) and RB Kevin Mensah (UConn, 40/107-0).

Three QBs have thrown at least 50 total passes this season but have 0 passing TDs – Davis Brin (Tulsa, 55), Graham Mertz (Wisconsin, 54) and Brock Purdy (Iowa State, 53).

Credit to the CFB Reference site for its stat-keeping, if you see any stats you feel are incorrect please let me know.