Nevada’s Fajardo racks up big dual-threat numbers
The season is now three weeks old, and the stats are proving
what defensive coordinators have known for years.
A dual threat quarterback is still the most dangerous weapon an
offense can have.
DUAL THREAT TRIO: Michigan’s Denard Robinson and Ohio State’s
Braxton Miller are the nation’s most prominent dual-threat
They’re both looking up at Nevada’s Cody Fajardo in the stat
Robinson, Miller and Fajardo are the only quarterbacks in the
nation with at least 1,000 yards passing and 300 yards rushing this
season. But Fajardo has more yards of total offense per game than
either of his more famous counterparts after running for 118 yards
and three touchdowns and throwing for 237 yards and a score in
Saturday’s 45-34 win over Northwestern State.
Fajardo has 362.3 yards of offense per game, good for
eighth-best in the nation. Robinson is ninth at 350 yards a game,
and Miller is 12th after throwing for a season-high 249 yards and
four TDs in a dramatic 35-28 win over California.
GENO ON POINT: West Virginia’s Geno Smith doesn’t need to use
his feet to beat up on opposing defenses.
Smith is 66 of 75 passing for 734 yards and nine touchdowns
through two games. He’s got as many passing TDs as incompletions
and his 88 percent completion percentage leads the nation.
Smith might not find as many open receivers starting this week
when the Mountaineers (2-0) face Maryland. West Virginia then
starts its first season in the Big 12 by hosting Baylor on Sept.
Based on Smith’s passing prowess, the Mountaineers should fit
right in to their new league.
BAD START: Massachusetts could use a dual-threat quarterback –
and pretty much everything else.
UMass, in its first season in the FBS, is last nationally in
scoring offense and defense. The Minutemen are scoring 6.5 points
per game and giving up 48.3 after getting blown out by Robinson and
the Wolverines 63-13.
UMass (0-3) is also the only team in the country gaining less
than 200 yards a game and one of just nine allowing more than 500
RUSHING STARS: UCLA freshman quarterback Brett Hundley can run
when he needs to.
He’s quickly learned that it’s better to turn around and hand it
to Johnathan Franklin.
Franklin and Nevada’s Stefphon Jefferson are the only players in
the country with over 500 yards rushing this season. Franklin
maintained his national lead despite a season-low 110 yards on 25
carries in a 37-6 win over Houston. Franklin has 541 yards, and
Jefferson has 529 after exploding for 247 yards in Saturday’s win
over Northwestern State.
Fresno State’s Robbie Rouse is third with 382 yards rushing.
SEMINOLE SHUTDOWN: Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd will take
touchdowns any way he can get them next weekend in Tallahassee.
Florida State (3-0) leads the nation in points allowed per game
at 1 having pitched a pair of shutouts after allowing a field goal
in a season-opening win over Murray State.
The Tigers are scoring nearly 40 points per game behind Boyd, a
junior. But they’ll be hard-pressed to match that total against the
EXTRA POINTS: Ohio State’s Braxton Miller is also the only
quarterback ranked in the top 10 in rushing yards per game with
125.7 … Utah’s Sean Sellwood leads the nation with 48.9 yards per
punt. … Louisiana-Monroe, which nearly knocked off Auburn on
Saturday after stunning Arkansas, is averaging 37:02 in time of
possession. … Oklahoma State has reached its opponent’s red zone
20 times in three games and has scored every time. The Cowboys have
settled for field goals inside their opponent’s 20 twice. … It’s
no surprise that Alabama is the nation’s top-ranked team. The
Crimson Tide leads the country in turnover margin, with 12
takeaways against just one turnover.