10/25 01:17 CDT STAT WATCH: Buffalo's 11 sacks are most in FBS since 2019
STAT WATCH: Buffalo's 11 sacks are most in FBS since 2019
By ERIC OLSON
AP College Football Writer
Buffalo is back on top of the Mid-American Conference sacks chart after its
school-record performance against Akron.
The Bulls have been the MAC's leading sack team the past two years, but had
slipped a bit this season under a new coaching staff and were fifth entering
their game at Akron on Saturday.
Buffalo sacked DJ Irons 10 times and Zach Gibson once. The Bulls' 11 sacks were
the most by a Football Bowl Subdivision team since Miami (Ohio) recorded 12
against Akron in 2019.
Kyler Laing had 3.5 sacks, the most by a Buffalo player since the program moved
to the FBS in 1999.
Buffalo, which had a total of 12 sacks over its previous six games, moved from
41st to seventh nationally in sacks, and from fifth to first in the MAC.
Akron has been an easy mark for defenses looking to build up their sack
numbers. The Zips have allowed 202 in their last 52 games, and they've allowed
six or more in 12 games since 2017.
THE 200 CLUB
Chris Smith of Louisiana and Chase Brown of Illinois turned in the only
200-yard rushing performances.
Smith ran 24 times for 238 yards against Arkansas State on Thursday, and Brown
had 33 carries for 223 yards against Penn State.
Brown's big day came in the Illini's 20-18 nine-overtime win. His rushing total
was the highest against Penn State since Michigan State's Sedrick Irvin went
for 238 yards in 1997.
THERE HE GOES
TCU's Derius Davis became the 10th FBS player to return a kick 100 yards, doing
it on the opening kickoff against West Virginia.
It was Davis' first kick return for a touchdown. He has run back four punts for
TDs, which is tied for second in program history.
His kick return was the Horned Frogs' first for a touchdown since KaVontae
Turpin went 99 yards against Oklahoma in 2018. It was the Frogs' first TD on an
opening kickoff since at least 1996.
LONG PUNT RETURN
Texas A&M's Ainias Smith ran back a punt 95 yards for a touchdown against South
Carolina, the longest in the FBS since Texas State's Brandon McDowell returned
one 95 yards against Prairie View in 2015.
Louisiana running back Montrell Johnson broke a 99-yard run against Arkansas
State on Thursday, the second time in five days that an FBS player had a
99-yarder. The first was Ohio quarterback Armani Rogers, who covered that
distance against Buffalo.
Before those two runs, no one had gone 99 yards on a rushing attempt since
Abdul Adams of Oklahoma against Baylor in 2017.
ROMEO REELS 'EM IN
Nevada's Romeo Doubs had the most receptions of any FBS player since 2019 when
he caught 19 balls for 203 yards in a loss at Fresno State.
Doubs program record-tying number of catches ranked as the most since East
Carolina's Tyler Snead had 19 for 240 yards against SMU in 2019.
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