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November 9, 2011

Interesting stats: Record-breaking year

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

Fifty-three players are on a pace to rush for 1,000 yards this season, which would be an increase of five from last season. There were 53 in 2009, 54 in '08, 56 in '07, 36 in '06 and 46 in '05.

While there is nobody on a pace to throw for 5,000 yards in the regular season, seven quarterbacks look as if they will reach the 4,000-yard plateau (four of them play in the Big 12). There were three 4,000-yard passers last season and in 2009, six in '08 and '07, three in '06 and two in '05.

Three wide receivers are on a pace to have 1,500 receiving yards. There were four last season, three in 2009, one in '08, two in '07, zero in '06 and one in '05.

Our weekly update on Houston QB Case Keenum: He threw for 402 yards in last week's rout of UAB, giving him an NCAA-record 17,212 career passing yards. The old mark of 17,072 had been held by Hawaii's Tim Chang. Keenum also has 1,375 career completions and could break that career record Thursday night against Tulane. Former Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell holds the current record with 1,403. Keenum already broke Harrell's career TDs record; it had been 134, but Keenum now has 141. Keenum also is the career record-holder in total offense.

There are four SEC teams in the nation's top nine in total defense and five in the top 14. The flipside: There are six SEC teams in the bottom 31 in total offense, including two in the bottom eight. The Big 12 has five teams in the top 11 in total offense. The flipside: There is just one league team in the top 43 in total defense, but four in the bottom 13 and six in the bottom 30.

Boise State and Stanford are the only two teams in the nation in the top 10 in both third-down conversion offense and defense. Boise State converts on 50 percent of its opportunities on offense, which is tied for eighth, and allows a 26.4 percent conversion rate, which leads the nation. Stanford hits on 53.4 percent of its opportunities, which is tied for fourth, and allows a 29.9 percent conversion rate, which is fifth.

N.C. State sophomore CB David Amerson leads the nation with nine interceptions. Miami's Sean Taylor and Nebraska's Josh Bullocks had 10 picks each in 2003, but UCLA's Rahim Moore in 2009 is the only FBS player to reach double-digit interceptions in a season since '03. The single-season record is 14 by Washington's Al Worley in 1968.

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.

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