Numbers Never Lie: Eastern Washington's Kupp is full

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Updated: 11/17/2013 12:08 pm

The Eagles have utilized them on their way to a No. 3 national ranking and a 7-0 record in the Big Sky Conference with a season-ending matchup against Portland State set for next weekend.

Quarterback Vernon Adams heads the Eagles' offensive attack, as he's aptly dubbed "Big Play V-A," which he's proven to be true in games against tough opponents.

But the play of freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp can not, and should not, fly under any radar this season.

On Saturday, in Eastern Washington's 35-22 win over Cal Poly, Kupp hauled in 139 receiving yards and two touchdowns on eight catches. By his standards, Kupp's day was just another ordinary Saturday. But he did so much more than merely help his team to victory.

It was the 11th consecutive game Kupp hauled in a touchdown, which ties an FCS record held by three other receivers.

The first to do was Randy Moss at Marshall in 1996. Cal Poly receiver Ramses Barden accomplished the feat in 2008, while former Eastern Washington standout Brandon Kaufman did the same in 2010.

Kupp's two touchdown receptions brought his season total to 16, which is second in program history behind Nicholas Edwards (2011) and Eric Kimble (2004), who share the record of 19 scoring grabs in a season. Moss holds the record for most receiving touchdowns in a freshman campaign with 19.

To round out his Saturday, Kupp broke the FCS freshman record for receiving yards in a season, set by former Appalachian State wideout Sean Price a year ago. Price's season total was 1,196, while Kupp's total is now 1,231 with a regular-season game and then the playoffs left for him.

As we wrap up Week 12 of the FCS season, let's take a look at some stats that stood out from this weekend's slate of games.

In its final game of the 2013 season, Rhode Island was bested by Maine, 41-0, in Orono. The Rams were shut out for a second consecutive week to end their season, and were held scoreless in four contests in 2013. They were shut out twice on the road and twice at home.

Two running backs in Week 12 rushed for over 200 yards - Eastern Illinois' Shepard Little and Portland State's D.J. Adams. Little gained 245 yards against Jacksonville State and scored two rushing touchdowns, while Adams raced for 249 yards and five touchdowns against Sacramento State.

And speaking of Sacramento State, quarterback Garrett Safron threw for 554 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for two more scores against the Vikings in his team's 43-42 win. His 554 passing yards rank second in a FCS game this season behind Stephen F. Austin quarterback Brady Attaway's 662 yards.

Richmond signal caller Michael Strauss was right behind Safron Saturday with 543 passing yards against Delaware.

Bethune-Cookman's inability to stay out of game trouble was apparent again on Saturday, although it didn't lead to a Wildcats loss versus Hampton. The Wildcats were flagged 14 times against the Pirates for 156 penalty yards. In the past four weeks, B-CU has been penalized 65 times, including an FCS-record 25 against North Carolina Central in Week 10.

There was certainly plenty of good for the Wildcats on Saturday, though, as the offense rushed the ball 73 times for 475 rushing yards and five touchdowns. The 73 team rushes are tied for third-most in a game this season, while 475 rushing yards represent the third-highest team total this season.

Sacred Heart running back Keshaudas Spence knows a thing or two about running the football this season. The junior gained 111 yards on the ground against Robert Morris Saturday as his team clinched the Northeast Conference's automatic playoff bid. In the Pioneers' last six games, Spence has gone over 100 rushing yards five times.

Lamar receiver Reggie Begelton set a single-game high with 18 receptions Saturday against Stephen F. Austin. Begelton hauled in 167 receiving yards and two touchdowns in his team's 46-45 win.

On the opposite side, Stephen F. Austin receiver Tyler Boyd caught nine passes for 229 yards and two touchdowns. His 229 receiving yards are the third-highest single game total this season.

As his team gets set to transition to the FBS level, and play one final game this season against FBS North Carolina, Old Dominion quarterback and 2012 Walter Payton Award winner Taylor Heinicke dominated an FCS team for the final time this season. Heinicke's 341 passing yards and three touchdowns helped lift the Monarchs over Campbell.

In his seven games against versus FCS opponents this season, Heinicke threw for 23 touchdowns. His Monarchs won all seven of those contests.

Finally, in the Prairie View versus Abilene Christian matchup Saturday, the two squads combined for 1,264 total offensive yards and 110 combined points.

Wildcats quarterback John David Baker threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns, while his counterpart, Jerry Lovelocke, tossed 285 passing yards and five touchdowns. Abilene Christian running back Charcandrick West gained 151 yards on the ground to go along with four touchdowns.

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