Originally posted on Crystal Ball Run  |  Last updated 11/9/11

87 seconds of highlights can't really do a game with 18 touchdowns (and 1 field goal) justice, but Toledo played their second straight game in the 60s in defeating Western Michigan 66-63 on Tuesday night. This came a week after their 63-60 loss to Northern Illinois last week. The MAC! It's Faaaantastic! (Hey, it's not like the NBA is using that slogan right now.)

Football is a funny, funny game. Those two Toledo games sandwiched the newest Game of the Century between #1 LSU and #2 Alabama on Saturday night where the Tigers needed overtime to win 9-6. Depending on your own football philosophy or your region of the country, you may have thought Bama-LSU was as ugly as a Nick Saban comedy tour... or, you may have thought that it was a beautiful work of smashmouth defensive artistry.

Similarly, you can either love or hate the video game numbers and seven on seven drills that are featured in these MAC shootouts. But it's amazing to think that what we saw in Toledo and Tuscaloosa is the same game of 22 players and one oddly shaped ball. Here's a look inside the numbers at Toledo-Western Michigan, how it compares to LSU-Alabama, and the rest of college football...

The Rockets and Broncos combined for 129 points, 18 touchdowns, and 1,439 yards of total offense.

*The 129 combined points is more than three FBS teams have scored this year - Kent State, New Mexico, and Florida Atlantic. Those three schools average 14 PPG or less. Last night, WMU scored at least 14 points in every quarter.

*The 68 combined completions also exceeded the season totals of three teams - Navy (55), Georgia Tech (54), and Army (25). The 10 combined passing touchdowns would place this game in the Top 100 amongst college football teams. It's more passing touchdowns than teams like Texas, Penn State, Kansas State, and Florida have registered this season, and also one more passing touchdown than Case Keenum had against Rice.

*Toledo and Western Michigan combined for 1,439 yards of total offense last night. MAC brethern Kent State has only totaled 2,005 yards all season.

*Toledo's 804 yards is only the fourth time since 2000 a team has gained 800 yards in a game.

*Alex Carder's 548 passing yards is 67 more yards than Army has thrown for this year. Carder completed as many passes last night (38) as Braxton Miller has in his first season at Ohio State, and threw for more yards (548-547) and more touchdowns (7-6) than Miller as well. Let's not even talk about Joe Bauserman.

Onto the comparisons to LSU-Alabama...

*Toledo (37) and Western Michigan (32) surpassed and equalled the combined number of first downs in LSU-Alabama (32).

*Toledo recorded 270 more yards than LSU and Alabama combined (804-534). The 1,439 combined yards of total offense was over two and a half times the offense of LSU's 9-6 victory.

*Toledo-WMU scored more touchdowns (18) than LSU and Alabama scored points (15). The Tigers and Tide needed overtime just to get that!

*LSU threw for 91 passing yards in the game. Carder had 118 passing yards in the second quarter last night, 144 yards in the third quarter, and 180 yards in the fourth quarter. Toledo had 133 yards rushing in the second quarter, more than Alabama posted against LSU's defense in four quarters and an overtime period (96).

*Trent Richardson (5 catches, 80 yards), the leading receiver in LSU-Bama, would have been the fifth leading receiver for the Broncos last night.

And finally...

*Toledo's 435 second half yards would place them 35th in the nation in average yards per game.

*It wasn't all positive though. The ten combined turnovers between Toledo and WMU are more than seven teams have committed this season. The seven fumbles lost in last night's game is more than that of 51 teams this year!

*Toledo is the first school in college football history (according to the college football reference database) to play two consecutive games where both teams scored in the 60s. Toledo plays Central Michigan (allowing 31.3 PPG) next Friday night on ESPNU. Set your DVR to see if the scoreboard ticks over into triple digits.

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Florida's Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

LaVar Ball gets Crying Jordan, meme treatment after UCLA loss

Celtics upset Suns tried to pad Devin Booker’s stats

Five teams that may be interested in Blake Griffin this summer

Report: Tony Romo ‘believes it’s Texans or retirement’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Clay Matthews Sr. passes away at 88

WWE’s Kane is inching toward running for mayor in Tennessee

Jung Ho Kang denied visa for DUI, may miss 2017 MLB season

Jets not ready to say Josh McCown will be starter

Sens owner on Sidney Crosby: He’s 'a whiner' and should be suspended for Methot slash

Report: Griffin could be growing more open to leaving Clippers

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker