10 Impressive Performances You May Have Missed

Do you know this QB? You should.

Do you know this QB? You should.

This Saturday marks the end of the college football regular season, bringing to a close what is, to me, the most exciting regular season of any sport. The end of the season is a sad time as it means no more Hawkeye football, outside of the bowl game, until next fall. While college basketball season is upon us, the early season does not hold my attention the way college football does. In honor of another exciting regular season, I thought I would shed some light on ten outstanding individual performances you may have missed. Most of these players do not play in BCS conferences, but their performances should be no less noteworthy. Confession: I am a numbers guy, so if you are a stat fiend like me, you might enjoy this.

 (Records are Division I only unless otherwise noted)

Top 10 Individual Performances You May Have Missed:

1.  Eastern Michigan QB Andy Schmitt

On November 22nd, Schmitt set a Division I season high by throwing 76 passes in a game against Temple. He completed 50 throws for 484 yards and 3 touchdowns against zero interceptions in the Eagles’ 55-52 loss to the Owls. Hopefully he used Thanksgiving week to ice down his arm. Six days later, Schmitt topped all of those numbers against in-state foe Central Michigan, finishing 58 of 80 for 516 yards and 5 touchdowns, while throwing just 1 interception. In a 7-day span Schmitt had 2 of the 6 highest single-game passing attempt totals in Division I history. In addition, the 58 completions against Central Michigan set the all-time all-Division NCAA record (breaking the record held by Jeremy Moses – see below). Perhaps most impressive is that he threw 156 passes in those 2 games with only 1 pass picked off. Not surprisingly, the 76 attempts against Temple set the record for most attempts in a game without an interception, breaking the record held by former Hawaii QB Timmy Chang (70 in 2003)

Most Attempts, Single-Game

83           Drew Brees, Purdue                                       1998

80           Andy Schmitt, Eastern Michigan                    2008

79           Matt Vogler, TCU                                           1990

78           Rusty LaRue, Wake Forest                             1995

76           Andy Schmitt, Eastern Michigan                    2008

76           David Kilngler, Houston                                 1990


Most Completions, Single-Game

58           Andy Schmitt, Eastern Michigan                    2008

55           Drew Brees, Purdue                                       1998

55           Rusty LaRue, Wake Forest                             1995

50           Andy Schmitt, Eastern Michigan                    2008

50           Rusty LaRue, Wake Forest                             1995

(If you think I included those lists solely to get Rusty LaRue’s name in this column, you are 100% correct.)

2. Tyler Jones, WR, Eastern Michigan

In a related story, the favorite target of Mr. Schmitt seemed to be Tyler Jones. Jones caught 17 passes against Temple and 23 against Central Michigan, tying the record set by UNLV’s Randy Gatewood in 1994. While quite impressive, Jones’s 17 catches against Temple didn’t even lead the team that day – fellow Eagle Jacory Stone hauled in 18. The all-division record for receptions is 24, held by Chas Gessner and Jerry Rice (yeah, that Jerry Rice), both set at the I-AA level in 2002 and 1983, respectively.

Honorable mention: Nick Moore of Toledo, the only other receiver to grab at least 20 passes in a game this season – his 20 came in Toledo’s upset over Michigan in Ann Arbor.

3.  Jose Martinez, K, UTEP

Martinez kicked a 64-yard field goal against Central Florida as time expired in the first half on September 27th. The kick was only the 8th in Division I history of at least 64 yards and only the 2nd since the late 1970s, when kickers were no longer allowed to use tees on field goals. Martinez missed by one yard tying the no-tee record of 65 set by the immortal Martin Grammatica of Kansas State in 1998.

4.  Leonard Johnson, DB, Iowa State

While I will never be mistaken for a fan of the Cyclones, I will give props to Johnson for setting the all-time record for kickoff return yardage against Oklahoma State on November 1st. Johnson totaled 319 yards on 9 returns, breaking the previous record of 282 yards by Justin Miller of Clemson in 2004.

Honorable mention: Troy Stoudamire of Minnesota, whose 283 yards in returns on November 22nd against Iowa came 3 weeks too late to have been a record.

5.  Mike Teel, QB, Rutgers

This one happened last night so you might have it in your recent memory, but Teel’s performance is worth revisiting. Teel set school records with 447 yards passing and 7 touchdowns, the first Division I passer to throw for 7 TDs in a game this season. Teel was also deadly accurate, completing 21 of 26 passes, a better than 80% clip. It also warrants noting that Teel also had a 6 TD game earlier this year against Pittsburgh.

6.  Morgan Williams, RB, Toledo

Williams, a freshman, ran for 330 yards and 3 touchdowns against Miami University on November 21st. Although Williams’ total was not even a national record for freshmen (Marshall Faulk, San Diego State – 386 in 1991), such a performance against a conference opponent is worthy of mention. Williams’ outburst came in Toledo’s 11th game of the season and was only his 2nd 100-yard game of the season. He followed up that great game with a solid 153 yards against Bowling Green, ending his freshman campaign with 1,010 yards rushing.

Honorable Mention: Shun White of Navy has the highest single-game rushing total with 349 yards on just 19 carries against Towson, a I-AA opponent.

7.  Phillip Tanner, RB, Middle Tennessee State

Tanner is the only Division I player to score six touchdowns in a game this season, the scores coming in a 52-14 Blue Raider romp over North Texas on November 22nd. Tanner ran 14 times for 159 yards and 5 of his touchdowns, while also scoring on a 92-yard kickoff return. While it should be noted that North Texas ranks 119th (i.e., dead last) in scoring defense, if you score 6 times in one game you deserve a little love.

Division I-AA:

8.  Jeremy Moses, QB, Stephen F. Austin

Moses held the single-game all-division record for completions for all of 27 days after completing 57 passes against Sam Houston State on November 1st. Moses also set the all-division record for attempts with 85. He finished with 449 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions in the 34-31 double-overtime loss.

Division II:

9.  Jerry Seymour, RB, Glenville State

Seymour ran for 349 yards on 34 carries and 3 touchdowns against Concord on October 18th. For the season, Seymour ran for 2282 yards in just 11 games, an impressive average of 225.6 yards per game. His season included 7 games of more than 200 yards and he missed out on 100 only once, rushing for 94 yards on just 9 carries in the season opener against Lock Haven.

Note: There were a slew of amazing offensive performances in Abilene Christian’s 93-68 playoff win over West Texas A&M. It didn’t seem right to single out only 1 performance from that game so more will be forthcoming regarding that one.

Division III:

10.  Garet Lynch, RB, Brockport

Lynch piled up the 4th highest rushing total in NCAA all-division history on November 22nd against Hartwick. He totaled 40 carries for 429 yards and 7 touchdowns in the 70-68 (yep, 70-68) Brockport victory. As a team, Brockport ran for 541 yards and Hartwick rolled up 700 yards of total offense in the loss.




~ by Bristol on December 5, 2008.

One Response to “10 Impressive Performances You May Have Missed”

  1. Two mentions of West Texas A&M in one day? What are the odds?


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