- The Washington Times - Monday, September 24, 2007

Running his version of the two-minute drill, the Back Judge is going to throw some notable numbers at you this week:

0-4: That’s right, the Irish are 0-4 for the first time in the 119-season history of Notre Dame football. In a related story, the giant mosaic of Jesus behind the stadium apparently has thrown up its hands in exasperation.

On the positive side, Charlie Weis’ offense did score its first two touchdowns of the season in Saturday’s 31-14 loss to Michigan State. On the negative side, the BJ doesn’t see a potential Notre Dame victory until after Halloween as the Irish now segue into the nasty middle meat of their schedule (at Purdue, at UCLA, Boston College, Southern Cal). There will be some serious chum in the water by the time Navy rolls into 0-for-‘07 South Bend (Nov. 3) hoping to snap its 43-game losing streak to the Irish.

$111,111: Salary per third-down conversion against Georgia for Nick Saban. The Crimson Tide’s suspect offense managed to convert only three of 15 third-down opportunities in a 26-23 overtime loss to the Bulldogs. Sorry Sabanites, the devil went down to Georgia. The victory gives Bulldogs coach Mark Richt a staggering record of 23-3 in SEC road games.

306: Total rushing yards for the Arkansas tailback tandem of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. Both Jones (133 yards) and Run DMc (173 yards) eclipsed the century mark before halftime, but Kentucky closed the game with 21 unanswered points to gut the Hogs in Fayetteville.

Though Kentucky’s Andre Woodson didn’t enjoy one of his more inspiring performances, he did establish an NCAA record for passing attempts without an interception (296) and should pad the record this week against Florida Atlantic.

31-0: Lead for Miami over the ranked team formerly known as Texas A&M entering the fourth quarter of Thursday night’s showdown-turned-beatdown. Remember when people actually thought Dennis Franchione could coach?

14-127: Penalties and penalty yards for Florida in its 30-24 slopfest over Ole Miss. Asked to comment on the near-upset, Mississippi coach Ed Orgeron raised his spear and grunted vigorously.

10-214: Catches and receiving yards for Ball State‘s Dante Love, who enjoyed the most prolific weekend among the nation’s wideouts. Unfortunately, Love’s numbers will be overshadowed by one dreadful miscue, an inexplicable cold drop of a certain touchdown pass at the Nebraska 10-yard line that would have given Ball State a program-building upset in Lincoln.

+15: Turnover margin through four games for Cincinnati. The Bearcats (4-0) have forced an NCAA-leading 19 turnovers and could be this season’s Boise State.

9: Consecutive victories for Michigan over Penn State. Even in a down year, the Wolverines proved again Saturday that they absolutely own JoePa and the Nittany Lions.

646: Passing yards for Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell, the fourth-highest total in major college history, in Saturday’s 49-45 loss to Oklahoma State. Aphorism for Mike Leach: Defense wins championships.

The BJ loves your Xbox offense, but when you give up almost half a hundred to a team that was run off the field by Troy last week, you’ve got serious issues.

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