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Some notable performances and accomplishments from the first weekend of college football, by the numbers:
1: Coach at UAB who has won in his debut game. Bill Clark opened his Blazers tenure Saturday with a 48-10 win at home against Troy. It was the biggest margin for UAB against an FBS team since toppling Baylor 56-24 in the 2004 season opener. In all, FBS coaches making their debuts at that school were 9-7 (.563).
3: Games of 500-plus yards passing in FBS through Saturday. There were eight all of last season. This year’s list is topped by Brandon Doughty’s 569 for Western Kentucky. Connor Halliday had 532 for Washington State and Texas A&M’s Kenny Hill, making his first college start, had 511. Only Halliday’s total was not a school record (he went for 557 last year in a loss to Oregon).
4: Starting offensive linemen at Texas-El Paso who were making their first college appearances Saturday in the Miners’ 31-24 win at New Mexico. All they did was help pave the way for 330 yards rushing, including 237 for sophomore Aaron Jones, who had three TDs.
4: Interceptions in as many career starts for Central Michigan sophomore Tony Annese. He had two Thursday, the second ending Chattanooga’s final possession with 1:39 to play, as the Chippewas rallied from a 16-0 deficit to defeat the FCS Mocs 20-16. Last season, Annese returned his first two career interceptions for touchdowns.
8: Three-and-out possessions in the first half Friday by Houston in its 27-7 home loss to Texas-San Antonio. The Cougars averaged 4.4 three and outs for an entire game last season. UTSA had a school-record six takeaways and came within 1:04 of pitching a shutout.
8: Plays Jackson State ran in the final 42 seconds Saturday, the last a 49-yard Hail Mary to beat Florida A&M 22-17. The final drive covered 77 yards in all, with the final play at LaMontiez Ivy heave to DeSean McKenzie. The victory came in Harold Jackson’s debut as head coach at his alma mater. He knows a few things about clutch catches, amassing 30 TDs in games decided by seven points or fewer in a 178-game NFL career.
10: Lead changes Thursday in Mercer’s 45-42 win against Reinhardt (Ga.). The teams alternated scores throughout the night and neither led by more than four points. Alex Lakes started the scoring and put the finishing touches on things for Mercer with a 6-yard TD run with 2:51 to play.
14: Games since Syracuse had allowed a player to rush for at least 100 yards before Villanova QB John Robertson racked up 115 on 34 carries Friday. But it took two overtimes to break the streak, and Robertson was stopped on the potential game-winning two-point conversion run by Syracuse senior DE Robert Welsh to clinch a 27-26 win. Syracuse was the only FBS team to not allow a 100-yard rusher all last season.
23: Years since Towson lost a season opener at home before falling Saturday to Central Connecticut State, 31-27. The string by last season’s FCS runner-up spanned 13 games and included two wins against CCSU. Rob Hollomon had the last of his two rushing TDs, with 36 seconds left, for CCSU’s final score. The Tigers’ previous season-opening loss at home, in 1991, was to Boston University, which no longer has a football team.
25: Consecutive wins by North Dakota State, an FCS record. The three-time defending FCS champion had shared the mark with Montana and Pennsylvania. North Dakota State also has won 18 in a row away from Fargo and five in a row against FBS schools, the latest 34-14 Saturday at Iowa State. The Bison trailed 14-0 in the second quarter but rallied behind 138 yards rushing and three TDs by RB John Crockett in Chris Kleiman’s debut as head coach.
46: Consecutive wins in regular-season non-conference games by LSU after erasing a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter Saturday to edge Wisconsin 28-24. Thirty-six of the wins in the streak have come with Les Miles as coach.
105: Plays from scrimmage by Southern California, setting a Pac-12 record, in a 52-13 win against Fresno State. The Trojans, playing their first game under coach Steve Sarkisian, averaged 71.1 plays last season.
147: Yards on Leonte Carroo’s first catches of the season for Rutgers each of the last two years. Carroo scored on a 78-yard pass from Gary Nova on the Scarlet Knights’ first play from scrimmage Thursday in a 41-38 win against Washington State. Carroo’s first career catch at Rutgers was a 69-yard TD in last season’s opener at Fresno State. Carroo finished Thursday’s game with six catches for 151 yards.
1,149: Games in Penn State history before it had a 400-yard passer. Sophomore Christian Hackenberg finished 32-for-47 for 454 yards, including 47 yards on the final drive to set up Sam Ficken’s 36-yard field goal as time expired to defeat Central Florida 26-24 in Dublin.