Did you know? Pac-12 Week 2
September, 7, 2012
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
- The Pac-12 plays seven games against foes from other AQ conferences on Saturday.
- Arizona has lost 6 consecutive games against top-20 teams. Its last victory against a top-20 opponent came Sept. 18, 2010, against ninth-ranked Iowa.
- Oklahoma State defeated Arizona each of the past two seasons -- in the 2010 Alamo Bowl and last year in Stillwater. The ‘Pokes outscored Arizona 73-24 in the two games, and gained 594 yards in the win last season. That was the most yards allowed by Arizona in a single game since 2005.
- In his brief debut last week in an 84-0 win over Savannah State, Oklahoma State freshman quarterback Wes Lunt was 11-for-11 passing for 129 yards. Arizona ranked last in the Pac-12 last year in pass defense.
- The Illinois defense recorded six sacks, two interceptions and recovered a fumble in its 17-14 win against Arizona State last year.
- Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase’s injury status will be a key thing to keep an eye on for this game. Scheelhaase left the Illini's victory over Western Michigan last week with an ankle injury. After he left, the offense managed no points and just 15 yards on the five drives with Reilly O’Toole at the helm. The defense scored Illinois’ only points after Scheelhaase left.
- California has never played Southern Utah before.
- Utah State last week held Southern Utah to three points and 209 yards.
- Colorado is playing Sacramento State for the first time. It's the Buffs third game against an FCS foe.
- Sacramento State lost its opener at New Mexico State, 49-19.
- Oregon has dominated the series with Fresno State of late, winning six in a row against the Bulldogs. Fresno State’s last win in the series came in 1982.
- Oregon leads FBS in touchdowns drive of two minutes or fewer (95) one minute or fewer (44) and three plays or fewer (41) since the start of 2010. Last week against Arkansas State, Oregon scored eight touchdowns that averaged 2:00 and five of the Ducks' eight touchdowns were scored in under 1:45.
- Since coach Chip Kelly took over in 2009, Oregon has had 60 rushing plays of at least 30 yards, the most in FBS. That’s bad news for the Bulldogs. Over that same span, Fresno State’s defense has allowed 45 such plays (worst in FBS).
- Wisconsin has won 33 consecutive regular-season non-conference games, the second-longest active streak among FBS teams. Its last loss regular-season non-conference loss came in 2003 against UNLV.
- Oregon State has lost two straight and three of its last four season openers.
- Duke visits Stanford looking to do something it hasn’t done in more than 40 years -- the Blue Devils haven’t beaten a ranked team away from Durham since Oct. 2, 1971. The opponent and location of that game? Stanford, in Palo Alto, Calif. Since then, Duke has dropped 57 straight games against ranked opponents away from Durham. In fact, Duke’s overall record against ranked opponents since that game is a dismal 3-93, with all three wins coming at home.
- Stanford has won 10 straight August/September games and nine straight regular season games vs non-conference opponents.
- Running back Rex Burkhead’s injury status (knee) will be a big topic, but Nebraska feels comfortable with its depth behind Burkhead. When Burkhead left the game in the first quarter last week, his backups -- Ameer Abdullah, Braylon Heard, Imani Cross -- rushed for 177 yards and combined for two scores (one rush, one pass).
- Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez saw instant returns on his work this summer at the Manning Camp and with QB guru Steve Calhoun. Martinez had a career-high 354 passing yards and five touchdowns in the Cornhuskers' 49-20 victory over Southern Miss. Martinez had the majority of his success downfield, completing 10 of 15 throws that traveled 10 yards or more downfield for 225 yards and four touchdowns. His four touchdowns on these throws doubled his previous career high. He had two each against Northwestern in 2011 and Oklahoma State in 2010.
- Keep an eye on UCLA’s special teams, specifically their extra-point attempts. Last week against Rice, they allowed Cameron Nwosu to set an NCAA record by blocking three of them.
- USC dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in the AP poll this week becoming the first team to win a game by more than 35 points and fall from No. 1 since Penn State in 1997. The only No. 1 team to win its opener by more than 35 points and fall from No. 1 was Florida in 1994. The Gators beat New Mexico State 70-21 and fell to No. 2 behind Nebraska. Nebraska had shut out No. 24 West Virginia 31-0 the previous week in the Kickoff Classic.
- Matt Barkley has thrown 35 touchdowns since the start of 2010 season when opponents send five or more pass-rushers. Against a blitz, he's completing 61 percent of his passes with 35 TDs and just three interceptions.
- USC gained 224 of its 394 receiving yards after the catch against Hawaii, the most yards after the catch for any AP top-25 team in Week 1. Marqise Lee had 138 yards after the catch, including 69 on his 75-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the game. The 224 yards after the catch was the Trojans’ second-most since the start of the 2009 season. They had 234 YAC against UCLA in their final game of last season.
- This is the 110th meeting between Utah and Utah State, the 12th-most-played rivalry in FBS history. Utah has won the past 12 meetings and leads the all-time series 77-28-4. The last seven meetings have all been decided by more than 15 points.
- Utah State is 0-3 against BCS-AQ schools since Gary Andersen took over as coach in 2009, but all three games have been within eight points. Utah State has not hosted a BCS-AQ team since 2001.
- LSU hosts Washington on Saturday night and the Tigers have been anything but kind to Pac-12 opponents over the years. LSU hasn’t lost to a Pac-12 team since dropping a 17-12 decision to USC in 1979. Since then, LSU is 11-0 and averaging 35.8 points per game in those contests. To make things worse for Washington, LSU has won 38 straight non-conference regular season games.
- LSU lost three of its four starters in the secondary. Last week, North Texas threw for two touchdown; last year, the Tigers allowed multiple TD passes only once (two against West Virginia) and allowed only seven on the season.
- Washington hasn’t fared well in non-conference road games of late. The Huskies have lost four consecutive non-conference games away from home, with their last such win coming in the 2007 season opener at Syracuse.
- Since the SEC was formed in 1933, Washington is only 1-6 against SEC teams, with its lone victory coming in the 1989 Freedom Bowl over Florida. This is Washington’s first road game at an SEC school since 1983 (also at LSU).
- Washington State is playing Eastern Washington for the first time since 1908.
- The new kickoff rules seem to be having an impact already. In the first week last season, the touchback percentage was 19.4 (138 total). Last week, the touchback percentage ballooned to 40.8 (269 total).