Dalvin Cook was explosive in the fourth quarter of Florida State’s win over Florida Saturday, keeping his Heisman hopes alive. Cook finished with 194 total yards and two touchdowns. It was his seventh game this season with at least 100 yards and two touchdowns, the most in the nation. It was also the fifth time he’s topped 150 yards with two scores and the fourth time he’s topped 190 yards with two touchdowns, tied for the most in the country in both categories.
Cook had four carries of 20 yards or more against the Gators, giving him a total of 22 such runs this season, tied with New Mexico State’s Larry Rose for the most in the nation. In all, 10.4 percent of Cook’s carries this year have gone for at least 20 yards.
Florida’s defensive front was solid, stopping seven of Cook’s 26 carries at or behind the line of scrimmage, but as he’s done all season, Cook took off once he found space. For the year, Cook is averaging 10.75 yards per carry on all runs that go for positive yardage -- 3.5 more yards per carry than Heisman frontrunner Derrick Henry.
Cook vs. Florida: 29 touches, 194 yards, 2 TDs
Fournette vs. Florida: 32 touches, 195 yards, 2 TDs
ACC’s other great RB
Hood ran for 220 yards and two touchdowns against NC State, and he’s now scored eight times in his last four contests. And while UNC’s schedule hasn’t been particularly tough, Hood is averaging 35 percent more yards per carry than his opposition allows to other Power 5 backs this season.
Perhaps more impressive is that Hood hasn’t padded his stats in UNC’s two FCS games. For the year, he has 14 rushing touchdowns vs. Power 5 defenses, trailing only Henry and Ezekiel Elliott, and he’s averaged 7.2 yards per rush in those games. Among tailbacks with 100 carries vs. P5 foes, only Cook has been better (7.7).
Kaaya hits 3K
Brad Kaaya had another sterling performance for Miami as the Hurricanes upset Pitt. Kaaya threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for another score. In the process, he crossed the 3,000-yard passing plateau for the second straight season.
In the last decade, the only other ACC quarterback to throw for 3,000 yards in both his freshman and sophomore seasons is Jameis Winston.
For the year, Kaaya has 3,019 passing yards, 15 passing TDs and just four interceptions. The only other quarterbacks in the country with a 3,000/15 line and fewer than five interceptions are Dak Prescott and Paxton Lynch.
Isaiah Ford caught 6 passes for 121 yards against Virginia. He now needs just 63 more yards in the Hokies' bowl game to become the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver. The school record belongs to Andre Davis, who had 962 in 1999.
Deshaun Watson has three games this season with at least 250 passing yards and 100 rushing yards. In the last five years, the only quarterback with more such games in a season was Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel.
Clemson’s Deon Cain has a touchdown grab in five straight games, tied with Oklahoma’s Sterling Shepard for the longest active streak by a Power 5 player. Interestingly, Cain is the second Clemson player this season with a streak of five games. Jordan Leggett had at least one in each game from Week 3 to Week 8.
Georgia Tech’s offense is built around the run, but the passing game has definitely hurt the Yellow Jackets this season. Against Power 5 foes last year, Justin Thomas completed 51 percent of his throws with 12 TDs and five interceptions and averaged 8.8 yards per pass. This year, those numbers are just 39 percent completions, 10 TDs to eight INTs and 7.15 yards per pass.
Brad Watson finished the regular season tied for fourth among Power 5 defenders in passes defended. The Wake Forest corner had a whopping six pass breakups Saturday against Duke, which tied with Michigan’s Jourdan Lewis for the most in a single game this season. It was the most by an ACC defender since Duke’s Matt Daniels had six against Richmond in 2011.
Tyler Boyd was held to just 70 yards on five catches against Miami. He’ll need 127 receiving yards in the Panthers’ bowl game to get to 1,000 on the year for the third straight season. In the last decade, only Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles and Duke’s Jamison Crowder have done that at a Power 5 school.
Tight ends David Grinnage and Jaylen Samuels had big days for NC State in a losing effort, but the wide receiver position continues to be a problem for the Wolfpack. NC State is averaging just 7.13 yards per attempt to wide receivers this year (100th in FBS) and is completing just 56.5 percent of its throws (90th). In ACC play, only Georgia Tech and Boston College’s receivers had fewer TD receptions.
Discounting yardage lost to sacks, no Power 5 quarterback rushed for more yards this season than Louisville’s Lamar Jackson (907). Jackson rushed for 186 yards vs. Kentucky, scoring twice. It was his fourth game with more than 100 non-sack rushing yards this season and his second with more than 180. In the last decade, only Denard Robinson, Jordan Lynch and Cam Newton have had more 180-yard rushing games among QBs in a season.
Saturday marked the first time this season Duke QB Thomas Sirk averaged better than 7 yards per attempt vs. a Power 5 foe. Against Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Duke’s three non-Power 5 opponents this year, he averaged 8.1 yards per attempt with 12 TDs and no picks. In his other seven games, he averaged 5.0 yards per attempt with three TDs and six picks.