2-week lull is Alabama defense's worst in 5 years

Associated Press Modified: November 12, 2012 at 4:16 am •  Published: November 12, 2012
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The 6-foot-1, 225-pound freshman has carried nine times on third downs when the Cornhuskers have needed 1 to 3 yards. He's made first downs on seven of them.

Inside the opponent's 20-yard line, on any down, Cross has scored on four of eight attempts. Two of those TDs came in a span of 2 1/2 minutes in the third quarter as the Huskers came back from a 14-point deficit to beat Penn State 32-23.

NICE, LONG KICK: Baylor's Aaron Jones made a 58-yard field goal in the first quarter against Oklahoma, the longest for the Bears since Jeff Ireland kicked one the same distance in 1991.

Jones' field goal was the third-longest in the country this season, behind a 61-yarder by Clemson's Spencer Benton and 60-yarder by Washington' Andrew Furney.

REMEMBER THIS NAME: Matt Soltes of Division II East Stroudsburg has finished one of the great seasons for a freshman quarterback.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder threw for five touchdowns and 394 yards in a 52-45 loss to Mercyhurst on Saturday, two weeks after setting an all-division freshman record with 666 yards of total offense in a 45-37 win over LIU Post.

Soltes averaged 315.8 yards in total offense to lead D-II freshmen. He didn't become the starter until the fourth game, and he played on a team where 67 of the 85 players were either freshmen or sophomores.

CLOCK WATCHING: If you want to spend a long afternoon at the stadium, go see Baylor. The Bears' average game stretches 3 hours, 43 minutes. That figure is skewed, but only a little, because of a 45-minute weather delay against Kansas.

This is a team that took 3:51 to beat Sam Houston State, and only one of its games has taken less than 3 1/2 hours.

Why? Maybe because Baylor and its opponents combine to average 81 points.

Middle Tennessee is in and out of games in 3:03, quickest in the Bowl Subdivision. The Blue Raiders played North Texas in 2:44 and Florida Atlantic in 2:45.

The national average is 3:17, three minutes longer than in 2011.



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