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The Scoop on Stats - Week 13

Last night was the last week night of mid week MACtion, and with many teams wrapping up the college football season on Saturday, it's hard to believe the season has gone by so fast.

Here's a look at some of the interesting statistics we've come across through week 13 of the season. If you see anything else worth noting, please let us know.

- Minnesota is the only team in the country to yet to give up a 50+ yard play on defense.

- Baylor is the only team in the country who has had more than 20 passing plays of over 40 yards (21). Clemson is the only team with double digit passing plays of over 50 yards (10).

- Houston has three players (linebackers Phillip Steward and Derrick Mathews, and defensive back Trevon Stewart) who rank in the top 11 players in the country in tackles. No other team can say that.

- "Jack of all trades" player Tavon Austin broke the individual rushing record against the Sooners on Saturday by a impressive 109 yards, finishing with 344 yards on the ground. Austin was the 10th player to eclipse the 200 yard mark against OU, and four of those players went on to win the Heisman. Pretty elite company.

- Florida State is the only team in the nation to average 8 or more punt returns per game (8.2).

- Western Michigan has thrown 21 interceptions on the season, and are -14 in the turnover margin (last nationally). On the flip side, Kent State has intercepted 21 passes this season (1st nationally).

- Mississippi State is the only team in the country allowing negative punt return yardage. The Bulldogs have allowed 11 returns and have given up -1 yard.

- Army and New Mexico have yet to hit the 1,000 yard mark passing, and with one game remaining each, likely will not hit that milestone.

- Boise State has allowed just three passing touchdowns all season (first nationally). On the other end of the spectrum, Colorado has allowed 38 (124th nationally).

- Florida State is the only team in the country to allow less than 5 yards per pass attempt (4.9). West Virginia is giving up twice that yardage per attempt (10).

- The Notre Dame defense has allowed just 2 rushing touchdowns all season (1st nationally).

- The nations leading passer, Marshall's Rakeen Cato, has more passing yards (3,883) than the bottom four teams combined. New Mexico, Army, Navy and Air Force have combined for 3,867 yards passing. 

- Wake Forest's starting punter Alexander Kinal, has punted nearly 20 more times than the next closest player. Kinal has 90 punts on the year compared to Colorado's Darragh O'Neill who has 72.

-USC's Marqise Lee is the only player in the country with over 100 receptions (107).

- UAB and Army have attempted the most onside kicks this year (5). 45 teams have not attempted a single one.

- Kent State's Dri Archer is averaging 10.27 yards per carry, and is the only player in the country in double digits in the category.

- Ball State allows just under three tackles for a loss each game (first nationally).

- The nation's leader in rushing touchdowns, Louisiana Tech's Kenneth Dixon (who is also a freshman), has more rushing touchdowns than 97 teams have been able to run for all season.

- Eight offenses have yet to reach the 1,000 yard rushing plateau as a team. 35 individuals have reached the 1,000 yard mark rushing this season. Army and Kent State each have two individuals who have reached that milestone.

- Three teams (Southern Miss, Kansas and Army) are completing less than 50% of their passes. Only three teams (San Jose State, Texas Tech, Louisville) have completed 70% or more of their passes.

Author: Doug Samuels
Doug Samuels has been with FootballScoop since 2011. Samuels joined the FootballScoop staff after serving as a college scout as well as an assistant coach at the college level, where he was fortunate enough to have coached every offensive position by age 24. Samuels is a lifelong Michigan State fan, no huddle enthusiast, and currently coaches high school football in West Michigan.