With the 2011-12 college football season in the books, here are the single-game yardage leaders in four of the major categories plus a look at the big touchdown producers.
313 – Lance Dunbar, North Texas vs Middle Tennessee, Dec. 3
What a way to conclude a career! Dunbar had positive yardage on 39 of his 40 carries and four touchdowns – including three straight in the opening half -- in a 59-7 season-ending romp. The Mean Green opened the game by giving the ball to Dunbar the first six plays. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry on the day and finished the season with 1,115 yards rushing and 10 TDs.
291 – Dustin Garrison, West Virginia vs Bowling Green, Oct. 1
The freshman had the second-best day rushing in West Virginia annals and the third-best day in Big East history. In the 55-10 win, Garrison had a career-high 32 carries (9.1 avg.) and a pair of touchdowns. He was 12-85 in the opening quarter and, surprisingly, had only one run of more than nine yards in his first 11 totes. Though a bum ankle kept him out of an Orange victory over Clemson, he finished the season as the Mountaineers’ leading rushing with 742 yards.
548 – Alex Carder, Western Michigan at Toledo, Nov. 8
Carder’s effort took place in the highest-scoring game in the FBS this season as WMU came up short in a 66-63 slug fest that set the record for most points in a MAC game. He completed 38-of-59 attempts (no interceptions) and tied a MAC record with seven touchdown passes. Carder, who also ran for an eighth TD, had 326 of his yards in the second half.
534 – Case Keenum, Houston vs Rice, Oct. 27
What was most impressive about Keenum’s effort is that he compiled the yardage on only 24 completions for a whopping average of 22.2 yards per completion. He also threw nine touchdown passes, which combined accounted for 327 yards. In the 73-34 win over Rice, Keenum broke the FBS mark for career TD passes and he would go on to finish with 155.
There’s more on these QBs below.
318 – Patrick Edwards, Houston vs Rice, Oct. 27
Talk about making the most of seven receptions. Five of them resulted in touchdowns and Edwards averaged 45.4 per catch in the demolition of Rice noted above with Keenum’s effort. Each of Edwards’ TD catches was at least 22 yards with three of them covering 64, 57 and 47 yards. His 20 TD receptions this season led the country.
284 – Paul Richardson, Colorado vs Cal, Sept. 10
Unfortunately for Richardson, a knee injury limited him to eight games and his monster effort against the Golden Bears represented more than half his season total of 555 yards. Richardson, who set a school record with those 284 yards, had a pair of lengthy touchdowns (66, 78 yards) among his 11 receptions in a 36-33 OT loss.
412 – Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State vs Fresno State, Nov. 12
During a 48-45 win over the Bulldogs, Rogers had 246 yards on eight kick returns (30.7 avg.), including one he took 99 yards for a score. He also had 166 yards on 10 receptions (with another TD) giving him an average of 22.9 yards on 18 touches. Rogers led the nation this season with three kick returns for touchdowns.
378 – Deon Long, New Mexico vs Sam Houston State, Sept. 24
Long had 209 yards receiving, 165 on kick returns plus a two-yard run and two-yard punt return to boot. The redshirt freshman also totaled four touchdowns – the first four of his career – but it was not enough in a 48-45 OT defeat. Long returned the opening kick 98 yards for a score and he would go on to have three touchdowns among his nine receptions.
9 - Case Keenum, Houston vs Rice, Oct. 27
His first scoring toss did not come until the final play of the opening quarter. That scoring pass opened the floodgates. At one point, five straight touchdowns were courtesy of Keenum’s arm. He threw four of his TDs in the third quarter and took only 8:52 to do so. The single-game mark for TD passes is 11 by another former Houston gunslinger, David Klingler.
7 - Alex Carder, Western Michigan at Toledo, Nov. 8
Carder equaled a MAC record with his total, which included two in a 2:19 stretch within the final minutes of the fourth quarter. Kent State’s Jose Davis set the mark against Central Florida I 1997.
7 – Bryant Moniz, Hawaii vs UC-Davis, Sept. 24
All seven touchdown passes came in the opening half, which tied the all-time FBS mark and gave the Warriors a 49-0 lead in what would be a 56-14 win.
5 – Patrick Edwards, Houston vs Rice, Oct. 27 (see above)
There were also four games in which a player caught four TD passes this season and Edwards had one of them.
5 – Three times
Sept. 17: Zach Line, SMU vs Northwestern State
Touchdowns came on only 16 carries.
Sept. 24: Bernard Pierce, Temple at Maryland
Scored first four TDs of the game with three of them in opening quarter.
Dec. 29: Terrance Ganaway, Baylor vs Washington (Alamo Bowl)
All TDs came in second half, including 89-yarder.