Yellow Jackets lead offensive barrage

Looking ahead to this week in college football, the main storyline was how many top-ranked teams were playing road games against quality opponents.

Historically, however, we might remember this week for the record-breaking and near record-breaking offensive performances.

Headlining the day’s accomplishments were the unranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, who set an Football Bowl Subdivision record with 12.1 yards per rush (minimum 50 rushes), finishing the day with 604 yards rushing on 50 carries in their 66-24 win over the Kansas Jayhawks.

The previous record belonged to the Alabama Crimson Tide, which averaged 11.9 yards per rush in a win over the Virginia Tech Hokies in 1973.

Most Single-Game Total Yards
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The 604 yards marked the school single-game record for rush yards, and the Yellow Jackets were the first team since Rice in November 2003 to run for at least 600 yards in a game. Georgia Tech finished the game with 768 total net yards, also a school record. The previous record was 706 vs the Citadel in 1948.

A good chunk of those yards came on Orwin Smith’s 95-yard touchdown run which opened the scoring less than three minutes into the game. That was the longest touchdown run in school history.

Making all of those schools records more impressive is the fact that Georgia Tech began playing football in 1892. You know, when there were only 44 states in the union.

Meanwhile, across the country, the 12th-ranked Oregon Ducks cruised to a 56-7 victory over the Missouri State Bears behind their Heisman candidate, LaMichael James.

Most Games With 200 Rush Yards
BCS Schools Over Last 5 Seasons

James ran for 204 yards on just 12 carries, giving him a 17-yard average on the day. It was his fourth career 200-yard rushing game for the Ducks.

In the second quarter, James ran for a 90-yard touchdown, the second-longest in Oregon school history, trailing only the 92-yard run by Bob Smith back in 1938 against Idaho.

Earlier this season, James broke Derel Loville's record for career rushing yards at Oregon, and with three rushing touchdowns Saturday now has 40 for his career, trailing Loville by just one for the school record.

Over in the Big 12, Seth Doege, the quarterback for the Texas Tech Red Raiders completed 40 of 44 pass attempts in a 59-13 win over the New Mexico Lobos, breaking the FBS record for completion percentage in a game (minimum 40 pass attempts).

He did manage to keep the record in-house, however. The previous record holder was Texas Tech’s Kliff Kingsbury, who completed 49 of 59 passes (83.3 percent) against Texas A&M in October 2002.