Pac-12: Did you know?
November, 11, 2011
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Many thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
- Four Pac-12 teams are already bowl-eligible: Stanford, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington (USC doesn't count due to NCAA sanctions). Three more can become bowl-eligible with a victory Saturday: California, UCLA and Utah. UCLA and Utah are playing each other, so at least one more team will become bowl-eligible.
- Stanford can clinch the Pac-12 North with a victory over Oregon. The Cardinal haven't won a conference championship since 1999. With a win, Oregon puts itself in the driver’s seat in the Pac-12 North and a third consecutive outright Pac-12 title is well within reach. How impressive would that be? USC (three times) is the only other school since the conference formed in 1959 to win three outright conference titles in a row.
- The Ducks gave the Cardinal their only loss last season, a 52-31 walloping in Eugene. But Stanford hasn't lost since, winning 17 straight — the longest active streak in FBS.
- Oregon has won eight of nine against Stanford. It also has won 18 consecutive conference games, last losing at Stanford in 2009.
- Stanford’s remaining three regular season games are at home, a place where they’ve won 11 straight times.
- No team has been better than Stanford in the red zone this season. The Cardinal are a perfect 52-for-52 in the red zone, and 41 of those scores have been touchdowns.
- Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 21 consecutive games.
- With a win, Stanford will have the first back-to-back 10-win seasons in school history. In fact, entering last season, Stanford had only three 10-win seasons ever.
- Stanford targets its tight ends on 35.6 percent of its pass attempts this season. The Cardinal tight ends have caught a touchdown in every game this season and in 19 of 22 games since the start of 2010. No other BCS top-10 team utilizes its tight ends in the passing game as often as Stanford. The Cardinal go to the tight ends at an even greater rate inside of the red zone. Overall, the tight ends are targeted on 48.5 percent of Stanford’s red zone passes and have caught 13 of Stanford’s 19 red zone touchdowns.
- Colorado leads its series with Arizona 12-1, but the Wildcats won the most recent game 24-21 in 1986.
- Arizona quarterback Nick Foles needs 84 yards of total offense to break Willie Tuitama's school record of 8,727, set from 2005-08.
- Last week against USC, Buffs running back Rodney Stewart set a new school record for all-purpose yards (4,466), passing his offensive coordinator, Eric Bieniemy.
- USC leads the series with Washington 49-28-4 but the Huskies won the last two, including a 32-31 victory last season.
- Huskies quarterback Keith Price needs four touchdown passes to eclipse the school record of 28 thrown by Cody Pickett in 2002.
- USC has blocked six kicks this year.
- Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley threw a school-record six touchdown passes in the win over Colorado, and he leads the conference with 28 touchdown passes.
- California leads its series with Oregon State 33-30-0, but the Beavers have won four in a row, including a 35-7 victory last year.
- Oregon State's redshirt freshman quarterback Sean Mannion has thrown for 200 or more yards in eight consecutive games, most for the program since Derek Anderson went 13 in a row in 2003.
- Cal receiver Keenan Allen took nine games to reach 1,000 yards receiving, the fastest of any receiver in school history.
- Cal is ranked 19th in the nation in total defense.
- UCLA leads the series 8-1 against Utah, but the Utes won the last meeting, 44-6 in 2007.
- The Utes have been to a bowl game the past eight seasons, and they are 7-1 in those games.
- Utes running back John White is the 11th player in school history to eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. He had his fifth 100-yard rushing game against Arizona. The Utes are 5-0 when he rushes for 100 yards.
- The Bruins are ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in rushing defense (186.4 yards per game).
- Arizona State leads the series with Washington State 23-12-2, and the Sun Devils won 42-0 last year.
- After a 3-1 start, the Cougars have lost five in a row.
- Sun Devils running back Cameron Marshall leads the Pac-12 with 13 touchdowns.
- Sun Devils defensive tackle Bo Moos is the son of Washington State athletic director Bill Moos.
- Cougars receiver Marquess Wilson needs 26 yards to eclipse 1,000 yards receiving this year, which will make him just the second wideout in school history to post consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (Jason Hill, 2004-05).
- Cougs kicker Andrew Furney is one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award.