STAT WATCH: Aztecs’ Penny takes all-purpose title to hilt
San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny might have outdone himself this time.
Penny shows up regularly in the weekly rundowns of college football accomplishments, but the sheer variety of his feats against Nevada on Saturday went above and beyond.
Let us count the ways he starred in the 42-23 win :
– His 429 all-purpose yards were most in the country this year, broke Marshall Faulk’s school record of 422 against Pacific in 1991 and rank ninth on the Football Bowl Subdivision all-time chart.
– He became the first player since 1996 with two rushing touchdowns, one kick return touchdown and one punt return touchdown in the same game.
– His seventh kick return TD tied Clemson’s C.J. Spiller (2006-09) and Houston’s Tyron Carrier (2008-11) for the most in FBS history.
– He rushed for 222 yards, making him the first player in school history and first in the FBS since LSU’s Leonard Fournette in 2015 to run for at least 200 yards in three straight games.
– His 70-yard punt return for a touchdown came the first time in his career that he lined up as a punt returner.
Other notable performances from the weekend:
Northwestern’s Justin Jackson carried 31 times for 166 yards against Minnesota and went over 1,000 yards for the fourth straight season. Jackson is the second Big Ten player – the other was 1999 Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne of Wisconsin – and ninth in FBS history with four 1,000-yard seasons.
Stanford’s Bryce Love set an FBS record with his 11th run of 50 yards or longer. He did it in the third quarter against California when he loped 57 yards for a touchdown.
Love was otherwise held in check in the 17-14 win. He sat out most of the fourth quarter after aggravating an ankle injury and finished with 101 yards on 14 carries.
East Carolina’s Gardner Minshew and Trevon Brown hooked up for their second 95-yard pass play of the season. This one came in a 31-13 win over Cincinnati. Minshew completed his first 13 passes and finished 31 of 45 for 444 yards and four touchdowns. Brown had nine receptions for a school- and American Athletic Conference-record 270 yards.
The first Minshew-to-Brown 95-yarder came in a loss at West Virginia in September. There have been a total of four pass plays of 95 yards this season, and none longer.
Toledo freshman Shakif Seymour became the sixth player to score five touchdowns in a game. He ran in from 3, 2, 10, 23 and 1 yard against Bowling Green to tie the school and Mid-American Conference records for rushing touchdowns.
Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph continues to lead the nation in passing with an average of 374.1 yards per game. UCLA’s Josh Rosen is second at 351.5.
Stanford’s Love is first on the national rushing chart with 172.3 yards per game. San Diego State’s Penny follows at 165.8.
The top receiver is Oklahoma State’s James Washington, at 119.7 yards per game. Michael Gallup of Colorado State is next at 112.1.
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