College Openers – 6 Teams Rush For 400+ Yards, 5 More Pass For 400+ Yards

While reviewing the Sortable Team Statistics for the first week of the college football campaign, I was surprised to notice that no less than 6 teams rushed for more than 400 yards in their first game, and 5 others passed for more than 400 yards in their openers. techpiled

Navy led the rushing statistics with a whopping 558 yards followed by Air Force with 433, Southern Mississippi 427, Nevada 426, Eastern Michigan 413 and Wisconsin 404.

This begged the question: Which team played Navy and gave up 558 yards rushing in one game? It was none other than 1-AA Towson, which the Midshipmen defeated 41-13. That explains a lot, however, 558 yards is an obscene amount of yardage to give up, even for a 1-AA university.

Air Force gained 433 yards in beating 1-AA Southern Utah, 41-7. Southern Mississippi rolled to 427 yards while turning back Louisiana-Lafayette, 51-21. Nevada piled up 426 yards while upending 1-AA Grambling, 49-13. Eastern Michigan gained 413 yards to shut out I-AA Indiana State, 52-0. Wisconsin rumbled for 404 yards in whipping Akron, 38-17. Only Louisiana-Lafayette and Akron are 1-A schools. realisticmag

It should come as no surprise that Navy was No. 1 nationally in rushing offense among 119 schools in the 1-A Division last year. Air Force was No. 2, Nevada was No. 12, Southern Mississippi No. 19 and Wisconsin No. 21. Only Eastern Michigan, which was No. 54, was a real surprise the first week.

It almost goes without saying that having a productive rushing offense keeps your defensive team off of the field and eats up valuable clock time when your opponent is trailing.

Texas Tech led the passing statistics with 536 yards, scoring in every quarter while beating 1-AA Eastern Washington, 49-24. Brigham Young picked up 486 yards in turning back 1-AA Northern Iowa, 41-17. Houston had 467 yards in its victory over 1-AA Southern University, 55-3.

Even though No. 20-ranked Illinois threw for 451 yards against No. 6 Missouri, the Illinois lost 52-42 to the Tigers. Oregon State could not get it done either. The Beavers threw for 404 yards but lost to Stanford, 36-28, on the road.

It should come as no surprise that Texas Tech was No. 1 nationally in passing offense among 119 schools in the 1-A Division last year. Brigham Young (BYU) was No. 14 and Houston was No. 25. The two real surprises were Oregon State (rated No. 87 last year) and Illinois (No. 109). For more Info please visit these sites:-

Two other interesting facts are that even though Texas Tech was ranked No. 1 in passing offense last year, the Red Raiders were dead last in rushing (119th out of 119 teams). Navy, which was rated No. 1 in rushing offense, was also dead last in passing among 119 teams.


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