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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Curious stat of the week, week 1

On Nov. 26, 2011, with under a minute left in the game, down 42-14, Auburn's Clint Moseley fumbled the ball at the Alabama 32. Turns out that was a big deal. Why? Because no other offense would be able to finish a drive on the other side of the Alabama 49 yard line for another 80 minutes of game play. LSU stormed through the 2011 season like Napeleon through Europe only to falter at midfield in the BCS title game. Instead of using scorched earth and light cavalry raids like the Russians, Alabama stopped LSU by pounding them mercilessly into the ground. Eight months later, Michigan would set out for the land of milk, honey and offensive points, but would wander, not for 40 years, but for more than 20 minutes in the wilderness on their own side of the field.

Between 2007 and 2011, two other teams, Boise St and USC (against New Mexico St and Washington St, respectively), prevented opponents from ending drives on their side of the field. Three times in that period Ohio St. kept teams from ending a drive past their 38 yard line. Eleven teams have kept opponents out of their side of the field for at least 3 quarters before finally submitting in the 4th. TCU has done that 3 times.

Fifteen teams found the end zone in every game between 2007 and 2011. One of those is Texas Tech, whose former coach was just locked out of the end zone for an entire game for the first time since 2006.

By my count, 8 times since 2007 has a game between two FBS opponents ended without either team getting into the end zone. Can you name them?

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