Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 3
September 12, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
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The Pac-12 went 9-1 last week and 8-0 in non-conference games. Take that, every other conference. Sounds nice, make it twice? The Pac-12 looks for a repeat performance as they take on the SEC, Big Ten, Mountain West and ACC. Watch it!!!
- Arizona’s 45 first-half points at UNLV were its second most in any half of football (49 against Idaho on Aug. 31, 2008) and its most in a half on the road.
- The Wildcats welcome the University of Texas San Antonio to Tucson for a matchup on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday night. A good note for U of A fans: Rich Rodriguez is 6-0 in non-conference games at Arizona. The Wildcats have won 10 of their last 11 out of conference.
- Jared Goff has thrown for 935 yards through his first two games. Dating back to 1996, no other true freshman has thrown for that many yards in his first two starts. The closest true freshman QB is Phillips Rivers, who threw for 798 yards in his first two starts at NC State.
- The No. 4-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes travel to Strawberry Canyon for a showdown with the Bears on Saturday. The Buckeyes lead the series, 6-1, after escaping with a 35-28 victory last year in Columbus. Cal running back Brendan Bigelow had a breakout game for the Bears with four carries for 160 yards and two scores, including a play of the year candidate when he spun his way to a spectacular 81-yard touchdown run.
- Don’t call it a comeback -- Paul Richardson has been here for years. P Rich is leading the FBS in receiving yards (417), tied for most receiving touchdowns (4), and tied for second in receptions (21). He has been remarkably consistent through two weeks as he had 208 yards in week 1 and 209 yards receiving in week 2. His two 200-yard receiving games is the most a Colorado player has ever had in a single season. No other Colorado player has ever has more than one 200-yard receiving game in their career – Richardson now has three.
- The Buffaloes intercepted just three passes in all of 2012 (after just seven in 2011), and had a span of 267 passes by the opponent without picking one off until the second quarter against Central Arkansas last Saturday. The Buffs picked off three passes and returned two for touchdowns. It was the first time CU’s defense had two pick 6’s in a game since 2001
- Speed kills and the Ducks have been the quickest team in the nation thus far in 2013. Fifteen of the Ducks' 17 touchdown drives in 2013 have lasted less than two minutes.
- The Tennessee Volunteers come to Autzen Stadium as the Ducks and Vols face off for the first time since UO traveled to Knoxville and defeated Tennessee 48-13 in 2010. UO is 4-6 all-time against schools from the Southeastern Conference, but has won three of the past five meetings with the SEC.
- The Beavers bounced back from a heartbreaker in week 1 to defeat Hawai'i, 33-14, in week 2. Quarterback Sean Mannion finished with four touchdown passes. That gives him 38 for his career, tying Sean Canfield for the fourth most in an Oregon State uniform. Mannion has thrown for 794 yards and seven touchdowns, and has a completion percentage of 79 percent. Oh me oh my!
- The Beavers have averaged 436.5 yards per game in the air thus far. That ranks third in the country behind only California (472.5) and Texas Tech (453.5).
- Stanford converted 12 of 15 on third down in its 34-13 victory over San Jose State Saturday. The Cardinal won its 10th consecutive home game, which ranks as the fourth-longest active home winning streak in the nation.
- Stanford outrushed the Spartans 197-35. The Cardinal is now 23-1 under David Shaw when outrushing the opponent.
- No. 16 UCLA travels to Lincoln, Neb. for a big game against No. 23 Nebraska. The Cornhuskers lead the series, which dates back to 1946, by a 6-5 margin. UCLA captured last season’s contest played in the Rose Bowl, 36-30. Nebraska won the last meeting played in Lincoln, NE by a score of 49-21 over the Wayne Cook-quarterbacked Bruins in 1994.
- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley racked up 337 yards of total offense and accounted for four scores against Nevada (2 runs, 2 TD passes). He completed 12 of 16 passes in the second half. Last year, he had 358 total yards (305 in air) versus Nebraska.
- The Trojans lost their home and Pac-12 opener to Washington State, 10-7, Saturday. USC lost despite their defense not allowing an offensive touchdown to the Cougars. The last time a team beat USC without recording a rushing or passing touchdown was on Sept. 8, 2001. Kansas State beat USC, 10-6, with its only touchdown coming on a fumble recovery in the end zone. That’s a span of 71 home games. It was Pete Carroll’s second game as USC’s head coach.
- The Trojans, using the 5-2 scheme of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, lead the country in sacks with 11 and rushing defense allowing just 15 yards per game on the ground.
- The Utes put up 70 points in their 70-7 win over the Weber State Wildcats. The 70 points was their most since scoring 82 versus UTEP way back in 1973.
- Utah welcome Oregon State to Salt Lake City to open up Pac-12 Conference play. > Utah trails the series with OSU 6-10-1. The series is tied at four games apiece in Salt Lake City with Utah winning the last three home games (1992, 2008 and 2011). Utah is 1-1 against OSU in Pac-12 play, winning in Salt Lake City in 2011 (its ?rst victory over a Pac-12 opponent as a conference member) and falling to the Beavers in Corvallis in 2012.
- In the Huskies’ season-opening win over then No. 19 Boise State, UW held the Broncos without a touchdown for the first time since 1997
- #19 Washington travels to Illinois to face the Illini for the first time since 1971. Washington holds the edge in the all-time series, with five wins and four losses. . The Huskies’ ranking of No. 19 in the AP poll is their highest in that ranking since the UW held the No. 18 spot in October of 2003.
- WSU's victory over No. 25 USC on Saturday was its first win over a ranked opponent since defeating No. 16 Oregon, 34-23, in Pullman in 2006. It was the Cougs' first win over a ranked opponent away from Martin Stadium since 2003 when they defeated Texas in the Holiday Bowl.
- The Washington State defense stole the show in Los Angeles as Damante Horton had a pick 6 and a game-clinching interception with 2:18 left the fourth quarter. The Trojans' 193 yards were their fewest in a game since 1989, and their 54 yards passing were the fewest since 1998.