STAT WATCH: Bulls’ Patterson breaks Williams’ 2-game record

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Buffalo’s Jaret Patterson ran for more than 300 yards one week and over 400 the next.

When the Bulls visit Ohio on Saturday, Patterson will be coming off the most productive back-to-back games by a running back in Football Bowl Subdivision history.

Patterson’s 409 yards against Kent State rank No. 2 on the FBS all-time list behind Samaje Perine’s 427 for Oklahoma against Kansas in 2014. Patterson’s eight rushing touchdowns tied the FBS record set by Illinois’ Howard Griffith against Southern Illinois in 1990.

In his game against Bowling Green on Nov. 17, he ran for 301 yards and four touchdowns.

He smashed the FBS record for rushing total in consecutive games. His 710 yards broke the 22-year-old mark of 668 set by Texas’ Ricky Williams, who ran for 318 yards against Rice and 350 against Iowa State.

Patterson’s 12 touchdowns in two games also is an FBS record.

The junior leads the nation with his average of 230 yards over four games. His 16 touchdowns are the most behind Najee Harris’ 17 in eight games for Alabama.

Buffalo finished with 515 rushing yards, the most since Kentucky ran for 517 against Louisville on Nov. 30, 2019.

200 CLUB

Next to Patterson’s accomplishment, 200-yard games might seem a little ho-hum. There were four of them in addition to Patterson’s 400-yard performance.

UTSA’s Sincere McCormick ran for 251 yards against North Texas, Oklahoma State’s had 235 against Texas Tech, Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson had 226 against Oregon and UCLA’s Demetric Felton had 206 against Arizona.

There have been 18 200-yard performances this season, including three by Minnesota’s Mohamed Ibrahim and two by Patterson.

CRUICKSHANK TO THE HOUSE

Aron Cruickshank has run back a kickoff for a touchdown three times in his last 11 games.

He went 100 yards in the third quarter to start Rutgers’ comeback from a 10-point deficit in what would be a 37-30 win at Purdue.

Playing for Wisconsin last year, Cruickshank had kick returns of 89 yards against Nebraska and 95 yards against Oregon in the Rose Bowl.

IT ONLY TAKES 10

Memphis’ 10-7 win at Navy marked the first time the Tigers scored as few as 10 points in a win since 1995, and the first time in a road win since 1993.

Navy’s seven points were its fewest in a home conference game since the Midshipmen joined the American Athletic Conference in 2015.

MOST RECEIVING YARDS

South Alabama’s Jalen Tolbert set a national season high with 252 receiving yards against Arkansas State.

Tolbert piled up his yards on 10 catches, three of which went for touchdowns.

Tolbert also had a big game against Arkansas State last year, catching five balls for 144 yards and four TDs.

NATIONAL LEADERS

(Minimum of 4 games)

Team offense: Scoring, Buffalo, 50.8 ppg; rushing, Air Force, 336.5 ypg; passing, UCF, 373 ypg; total, Kent State, 606.5 ypg.

Team defense: Scoring, Marshall, 10.1 ppg; rushing, Marshall, 65.3 ypg; passing, West Virginia, 161.5 ypg; total, Marshall, 259.7 ypg.

Individual: Rushing, Patterson, Buffalo, 230 ypg; passing, Dillon Gabriel, UCF, 3772.6 ypg; receiving, Elijah Moore, Mississippi, 149.1 ypg.

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