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September 7, 2010

Week 1 inside the numbers: Big rush

Each week during the season, we look at some statistics involving individuals and/or teams that we find intriguing. Here is the first installment for this season:

1. Three teams rushed for more than 400 yards: Air Force with 437, Wake Forest with 415 and Navy with 412. Air Force and Wake did it against FCS opponents, while Navy did it against a FBS opponent -- and lost. Air Force had seven rushing TDs to lead all teams. Seven other teams ran for at least 300 yards; six of the seven won.

2. Three teams passed for more than 400 yards: Hawaii with 459, Arizona with 413 and North Carolina with 412. Arizona (over Toledo) was the only winner among that trio.

3. Houston, which threw for 346 yards, had six TD passes, the most of any school. Of note is that Mississippi State threw five TD passes. Last season, the Bulldogs threw just nine -- so they're already more than halfway there.

4. Thirteen teams threw for fewer than 100 yards, with three teams throwing for fewer than 50 -- Eastern Michigan with 31, Georgia Tech with 12 and Maryland with 11. EMU was the only loser among the three.

5. Twenty-five teams ran for fewer than 100 yards. North Carolina (24 yards), Cincinnati (15), Louisiana-Lafayette (14) and Miami of Ohio (4) each ran for fewer than 25; New Mexico ran for exactly 25. All five of those teams lost.

6. Fresno State and Miami each had eight sacks in their openers. Neither was that proficient in that area last season: Fresno had just 13 and Miami 23.

7. Five players scored at least four touchdowns. Oregon RB Kenjon Barner led the way with five, and Oklahoma State had two players -- TB Kendall Hunter and WR Justin Blackmon -- score four each.

8. Thirteen teams were called for at least 10 penalties, and 10 of those teams won, including Boise State over Virginia Tech and Utah over Pittsburgh. Eastern Michigan and Ole Miss weren't called for any penalties in Week 1 -- and each lost.

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