Sometimes it seems like an offense can't do anything right.
Western Kentucky knows the feeling. The Hilltoppers turned the ball over five times in a span of six plays against Tennessee in a 52-20 loss on Saturday.
That's right. Five turnovers, six plays.
"I don't remember that many interceptions and that many turnovers back-to-back-to-back-to-back," Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino said. "It really dug us a hole."
Western Kentucky's second through sixth series ended like this: interception, interception, fumble, fumble, interception.
Tennessee converted the turnovers into four touchdowns and a field goal, or 31 points, with Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returning picks for TDs.
The Hilltoppers committed two other turnovers, including one the Vols turned into another touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Brandon Doughty threw the five interceptions and was the first Western Kentucky quarterback since 1977 to get picked off that many times in a game.
Tennessee's seven takeaways were its most since it had that many against Memphis in 1984. The Vols hadn't intercepted five passes in a game since they did it against Kentucky in 1999.
There are no records kept for most turnovers in fewest number of plays. According to the NCAA, the record for consecutive series ending in a turnover is seven by Florida State against Florida in 1972. That run of bad luck happened on the Seminoles' first seven possessions.
Some other notable statistical achievements from the second week of the season:
DEFENSE OUTSCORING OFFENSE: Michigan State is 2-0, but it's not a good sign that defensive end Shilique Calhoun is the team's touchdown leader and has personally outscored the entire Spartans offense.
The Spartans have a total of six touchdowns. Calhoun has scored three of them, and a fellow defender, Kurtis Drummond, has a fourth.
Calhoun ran back a fumble 4 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and an interception 56 yards for a score in the third in Saturday's 21-6 win over South Florida. Calhoun's other TD came in the opener against Western Michigan on a 16-yard fumble return.
Drummond's touchdown came on an interception return against WMU.
"Through camp we discussed being able to score on defense," Calhoun said. "Even if our offense is good, even if they are doing great, we just wanted to make that another aspect of our game to be able to score on defense."
LOBOS ON THE RUN: New Mexico attempted just seven passes in a 42-35 overtime win over UTEP. The Lobos ran 57 times for 395 yards, with Kasey Carrier going for 291 and four touchdowns on a career-high 41 carries.
Carrier's performance is dwarfed in program history only by his 338-yard night he had against Air Force last season.
Clayton Mitchem completed 4 of his 7 passes for 88 yards. The Lobos are just 10-of-24 passing for 176 yards and a touchdown through two games.
"We have to throw it a little more," coach Bob Davie said. "It shouldn't be quite as hard to throw it as we make it."
RICHARDSON ON ROLL: Paul Richardson will be going for an NCAA record-tying third straight 200-yard game when Colorado hosts Fresno State this week.
Richardson caught a school record-tying 11 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 win over Central Arkansas. This after he had 10 catches for 208 yards and two TDs against Colorado State.
Richardson, who missed last season as he recovered from an ACL tear, leads the nation with his 208.5-yard average. His 21 catches are second to the 23 by SMU's Darius Joseph.
TIRED LEG: Zac Murphy's leg is getting a workout. The Miami (Ohio) redshirt senior punted nine times in the RedHawks' opener against Marshall and 11 more times Saturday against Kentucky. The RedHawks lost those games by a combined 93-21.
Murphy's 20 punts are most in the nation. What's impressive, though, is that the redshirt senior is averaging 48.8 yards to rank fifth nationally. None of the four punters ahead of him has kicked half as many times.
AROUND THE COUNTRY: New Mexico's Carrier is the nation's leading rusher at 172.5 yards a game. BYU's Jamaal Williams, who had 182 of his team's 550 rushing yards against Texas, is second at 163 ... Toledo running back David Fluellen did a bit of everything in a loss to Missouri. He ran 14 times for 111 yards and caught 10 passes for another 100 ... California freshman Jared Goff goes into this week's showdown with Ohio State as the leading in passing yards. Goff is throwing for 465 yards a game after completing 33 of 51 for 485 yards and two TDs against Portland State ... The Big 12 has 33 scoring drives of 50-plus yards in less than 2 minutes and 14 scoring plays of at least 50 yards.