Notre Dame had a net total of 3 punt return yards this season. That's not in 1 game, that's for the whole season. Granted, they only had 10 punt returns, but that's still only 0.3 yards per punt return. Theo Riddick has 2 returns for -2 yards and John Goodman had 8 returns for 5 yards. The funny thing is that Goodman's long on the year was 13 yards so that means that he average a little more than -1.0 yards per return on his other 7 returns. I find the 3 PR yards to be equally impressive, horrifying, and hilarious, similar to my view of ND's football team.
Other Interesting Stats From This Season
I miss 2006:
Baylor scored 66 on Texas Tech on Saturday, becoming the 33rd team to reach the 60-point plateau this season. That's the second-highest total in the past 10 seasons; there were 38 such occurrences last season. The fewest 60-point games in the past 10 seasons? There were just 15 in 2006. That's the only time in that span that there were fewer than 20 instances.
Confirming that the Big 12 hates playing defense:
And, not surprisingly, the Big 12 has four of the top 10 in total offense (Baylor is second, Oklahoma State third, Oklahoma fourth, and Texas A&M seventh). The highest-ranked Big 12 team in total defense is Texas at ninth, but that's the only league team in the top 50.
The SEC sure is great:
The highest-ranked SEC team in total offense is Arkansas at 28th, and eight of the league's teams rank 75th or worse, including five that are 101st or worse.
If you play against teams with horrible offense, your numbers are going to look great (Admittedly, this could work the other way):
the SEC has five of the nation's top 10 teams when it comes to total defense (Alabama is first, LSU second, South Carolina fourth, Georgia fifth, and Florida 10th).
The Big Ten likes running and hates to pass:
There are six leagues with at least 12 members, and the Big Ten - by far - has the most rushing TDs among those half-dozen conferences with 273. The SEC is second with 237, while Conference USA is last in that group with 217. Of the six leagues with at least 12 members, the Pac-12 has the most TD passes with 308. Second is the MAC with 274, while the Big Ten is last with 204.