STATIC WATCH: 4 RBs break through with 200-yard performances

By Week 3, a player needed 200 yards in a game. This happened four times on Saturday.

Eastern Michigan’s Samson Evans had 36 carries for 259 yards and a touchdown against Arizona State, gaining 108 yards in the fourth quarter alone. He never gained more than 89 yards in his other 19 career games.

UNLV’s Aidan Robbins rushed 29 times for 227 yards and three TDs against North Texas. In none of his previous six games at Louisville had he gone for more than 84 yards.

UAB’s DeWayne McBride had his second career 200-yard game, carrying 28 times for 223 yards and four TDs against Georgia Southern.

Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim had 23 carries for 202 yards and three touchdowns against Colorado, his fourth career 200-yard outing.

BACKEYES BONANZA

Ohio State scored 77 points for the third time since 2016 in its 77-21 win over Toledo. The Buckeyes also posted 77 on Oregon State in 2018 and Bowling Green in 2016.

The Buckeyes’ total of 763 yards was the most by a Bowl Subdivision team since North Carolina’s 778 against Miami on Dec. 12, 2020.

‘DEFENSE DOG

Top-ranked Georgia has scored seven points or less in each of its first three games of the season for the first time since 1954, according to ESPN.

The Bulldogs scored their first touchdown on Saturday. South Carolina scored on a layup in the final minute of a 48-7 victory over Georgia.

Georgia replaced five quarterbacks who were selected in the first round of the NFL draft and showed no sign of dropping a 2021 team that led the nation in defense.

In three games, the Bulldogs scored 10 points. The ’54 team gave up 13 in its first three games and held each of its first four opponents to seven points or less.

GET STARTED SOON

Washington scored on its first possession in all three games and on 14 of 16 possessions in the first half with 12 touchdowns. The Huskies drove 77 yards in seven plays to start their 39-28 victory over Michigan State.

Michigan State’s first-quarter goal-line drive marked the second time this season that UW’s first-half possession did not end in a score, and the first time a first-quarter possession did not result in a touchdown.

THE EXACT NUMBERS OF GUNS

Minnesota is scoring at a rate not seen in the Twin Cities in over a century. The Gophers’ combined 149 points against New Mexico State, Western Illinois and Colorado is the most points in three games since the 1916 team scored 169 against South Dakota State, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The caveat is that Minnesota’s first three opponents are 0-10 overall and Western Illinois is 0-3 from the championship division.

Things will get real this week when the Gophers visit Michigan State for their Big Ten opener.

PLENTY OF TURNOVER

UTEP snapped a national season-high seven shutouts with a 27-10 rout of New Mexico, including five in the second half.

Gavin Hardison had three interceptions and Calvin Braunholtz had his only tackle. All three losses came in the second half.

New Mexico did not convert any of those turnovers into points. In fact, the Lobos have scored just one touchdown on 10 carries in three games.

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