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BETWEEN THE LINES

A Season by the Numbers

November 20, 1996|JEFF FLETCHER

A 7-4 record and a third-place finish in the Big Sky Conference are the most telling numbers from Cal State Northridge's remarkable football season, but there are a few more of note:

0--Times Northridge was behind by 20 points or more at halftime, down from six a year ago.

1--Northridge's longest losing streak of the season.

2.01--The passing mileage for quarterback Aaron Flowers.

4--Northridge seniors who have a shot at some level of professional football: safety Steve Standifer, defensive lineman Hernan Santiago, receiver David Romines and punter Joe LaFirenza.

8.7--Catches per game for Romines, tops in Division I-AA.

9.5--Sacks by Santiago, the second-best total in school history.

10--Points Northridge led Montana State by in the first quarter of a 24-17 loss that is the main reason the Matadors aren't planning for the Division I-AA playoffs today.

21--Weber State's ranking when Northridge rallied from a 21-7 halftime deficit to upset the Wildcats in October.

28--Northridge's ranking in the most recent Division I-AA poll, equaling its highest rating of the season.

38--First downs Northridge opponents got because of penalties--20 more than Northridge received.

116--Sports information directors who are going to receive a fax in the next few days from Northridge's sports information office explaining why they should vote the Matadors into the top 25 next week in the final Division I-AA poll.

150--Tackles for linebacker Marc Goodson, who spent last season installing sinks.

206--Points Northridge scored in the first half this season, up from 67 last year.

460.2--Average yardage for Northridge's offense, fourth in the nation.

500--Passing yards for Flowers in the season finale against Eastern Washington, earning him honors as Big Sky offensive player of the week for the second consecutive week.

4,261--Average attendance at North Campus Stadium for the Matadors' five home games, nearly double that of last year but still only about two-thirds of capacity.

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