STAT WATCH: Arizona backup Khalil Tate sets QB rushing mark
By ERIC OLSON, AP College Football Writer
Arizona’s Khalil Tate turned in the top rushing performance of the season in the Football Bowl Subdivision, piling up 327 yards on just 14 carries against Colorado. In all, nine of the top 27 rushing games came this past weekend.
Tate, who entered the Wildcats’ 45-42 win on their first possession after starter Brandon Dawkins was injured, broke the FBS quarterback rushing record of 321 yards by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch in 2013.
Tate had touchdown runs of 58, 28, 47 and 75 yards, and his average of 23.4 yards per carry was a school record for at least 10 attempts in a game. He also threw for 142 yards.
For Colorado, tailback Phillip Lindsay amassed 281 yards on a school-record 41 carries and went over 3,000 yards for his career.
Tate (327) and Lindsay (320) racked up the Nos. 3 and 4 all-purpose yard totals of the season as the teams combined for 1,118 total yards.
The other 200-yard rushers:
Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor ran 25 times for 249 yards against Nebraska ; Appalachian State’s Jalin Moore, 19-241 vs. New Mexico State; Hawaii’s Diocemy Saint Juste, 25-241 vs. Nevada; Nevada’s Kelton Moore, 19-216 vs. Hawaii; Navy’s Zach Abey, 29-214 vs. Air Force; Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson, 28-204 vs. Mississippi; and Old Dominion’s Jeremy Cox, 22-202 vs. Florida Atlantic.
Moore is the only FBS player with three games of at least 240 yards rushing in his career. He had 244 at Idaho in 2015 and a career-high 257 at Akron last season.
Other notable statistical feats:
Four players have had three interceptions in a game this season, and two of them play on the same team. Appalachian State cornerbacks Clifton Duck and Tae Hayes each picked off three passes against New Mexico State. The Mountaineers’ previous team record for interceptions in a game was five, set against Elon in 1968 and Mississippi College in 1991.
Alex Kessman of visiting Pittsburgh set a Carrier Dome record with a 56-yard field goal against Syracuse. He tied Utah’s Matt Gay for longest field goal this season.
32 CATCHES IN 2 WEEKS
SMU’s Trey Quinn had 17 catches against Houston, tied for most in the country. Last week he had 15 receptions against Connecticut. The 32 catches in two weeks increased his season total to 54, two behind Syracuse’s Steve Ishmael.
Memphis’ Riley Ferguson tied a national high with seven touchdown passes against UConn, and Anthony Miller matched the high with a school-record four touchdown receptions in the 70-31 win. Ferguson tied Paxton Lynch’s school record for TD passes, set in 2015. The Tigers had a school-record 711 yards of total offense and had 100 offensive plays for the second time in program history.
No surprise, Western Michigan’s 71-68 seven-overtime win over Buffalo produced a plethora of records.
The combined 139 points were an FBS-era record, and the seven overtimes tied for longest game in history. Buffalo QB’s Drew Anderson set a national season high and Mid-American Conference record with 597 yards passing, and his seven TD passes tied the national season high. The Bulls’ nine touchdowns, 597 passing yards and 683 total yards were school records. Buffalo’s 68 points were the most ever in a loss by an FBS team.
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