Sorting Through Some Stats

Thanks to, here are a few broken-down stats from the first few games that I found rather interesting.  If you go to CFB Stats, you can sort to your heart’s content, but this is just a sampling:

—Best passing efficiency by quarter
1st: Greg McElroy, Alabama (251.7)
2nd: Kyle Parker, Clemson (232.2)
3rd: Cameron Newton, Auburn (298.9)
4th: Jerrod Johnson, Texas A&M (282.2)

—Best passer by down
1st: Terrance Cain, Utah (300.1)
2nd: Andrew Luck, Stanford (256.3)
3rd: Trevor Vittatoe, UTEP (226.9)

—Best Passers Inside Own 20 yard line
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (335.6)
2. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas (299.6)
3. T.J. Yates, North Carolina (286.28)

—Best Passers Inside Opponents’ 20 yard line
1. Dan Persa, Northwestern (377.4)
2. Zach Collaros, Cincinnati (377.1)
3. Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (361.0)

—Most Rushing Yards By Quarter
1st: Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; Jordan Todman, Connecticut
2nd: Denard Robinson, Michigan
3rd: Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
4th: Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State

—Most Rushing Yards By Down
1st: Edwin Baker, Michigan State
2nd: Denard Robinson, Michigan
3rd: Orwin Smith, Georgia Tech; Chandler Harnish, N. Illinois

—Most Rushing Yards From Inside Own 20 Yard Line
1. Denard Robinson, Michigan
2. Edwin Baker, Michigan State
3. Ronnie Hillman, SDSU

—Most Rushing Yards Inside Opponents’ 20 Yard Line
1. Ed Wesley, TCU
2. Ricky Dobbs, Navy
3. John Clay, Wisconsin

—Most Rushing Attempts By Down

1st: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State (44)
2nd: Denard Robinson, Michigan (32)
3rd: Ricky Dobbs, Navy (19)

—Most Rushing Attempts by Quarter
1st: Daniel Thomas, Kansas State (27)
2nd: Vai Taua, Nevada (23)
3rd: Rodney Stewart, Colorado (30)
4th: Ronnie Hillman, SDSU (28)

—Most Receiving Yards by Quarter
1st: Jeff Maehl, Oregon
2nd: DeMarco Sampson, SDSU
3rd: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
4th: Marvin Jones, California

—Most Receiving Yards By Down
1st: Jermaine Kearse, Washington
2nd: Joe Adams, Arkansas
3rd: Virgil Green, Nevada

Fewest Rushing Yards Allowed on Third and Short
1. Miami (-7)
2. Tennessee (-2)
3. Iowa (0)

Highest Average Rushing Yards Allowed on Third and Short
1. South Florida (14.0)
2. North Carolina (12.9)
3. UCLA (11.4)

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