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October 19, 2006

Amazing Stats: Going deep

Whither the Heisman.

With Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson sidelined and Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe suddenly bottled up, the competition for the Heisman looks no more interesting than a race between a Corvette and a guy on a unicycle.

Is there really a serious challenger to Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith? If so, who is it?

If you read between the numbers, maybe you'll find a possibility or two. And hopefully some other numbers that just might be of interest.

Receptions, yardage and touchdowns for Oklahoma State wide receiver Adarius Bowman in his first five games this season
Receptions, yardage and touchdowns for Bowman last week against Kansas
Number of players in the ACC with more receiving yards this season than Bowman had against the Jayhawks

Oklahoma State's Adarius Bowman.

Illinois QB Juice Williams.
Average yards on the seven TD passes of Illinois freshman quarterback Isiah Williams (he hasn't thrown one shorter than 30 yards).
Winning percentage of the 14 Division I-A teams that are averaging 90 percent or higher in red zone offense
Winning percentage of the two Big Ten teams (Illinois and Michigan State) that are averaging 90 percent or higher in red zone offense

Yards below his average per-game rushing total that Garrett Wolfe was held to by Western Michigan (Wolfe had 25 yards on 18 carries)
Freshmen in NCAA Division I-A history who have surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark in their first seven games (last week P.J. Hill of Wisconsin joined Emmitt Smith, Marshall Faulk and Adrian Peterson)

Northern Illinois RB Garrett Wolfe.

21-2 The record of Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith as a starter
481 Consecutive games with positive rushing yards for Penn State under Joe Paterno (every game he has coached) until Michigan limited the Nittany Lions to negative rushing yards on Saturday
3 Games this season in which Arizona has had negative rushing yards

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