Pac-12 Week 3: Did you know?

September, 13, 2013
9/13/13
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Some notes to get you through the hours until Saturday. Thanks to ESPN Stats & Information for many of these numbers.
  • This is the first meeting between Arizona and UTSA.
  • After serving a one-game suspension and missing the first quarter, junior RB Ka'Deem Carey gained 171 rushing yards on 16 carries (10.7 ypc) and 2 TDs, including a 56-yard TD run on his first carry of the season. Carey has 31 rushing TDs, second on the school’s career list. (UA record is 44 by Art Lupino, 1953-56).
  • Junior S Tra'Mayne Bondurant added his FBS-leading third interception of the season with a pick he returned 52 yards for a TD, his second return this season for a score.
  • Arizona State has never lost to a Big Ten opponent at Sun Devil Stadium, posting a perfect 8-0 record while outscoring opponents 320-111. Last time these teams played (in Madison in 2010), Wisconsin’s Jay Valai blocked what would have been the game-tying extra point to preserve a 20-19 win for the Badgers.
  • Wisconsin is 5-13-1 all-time in road games against current Pac-12 schools. The Badgers are 1-2-1 in those games since 1995, with each of those games decided by 3 points or fewer.
  • Arizona State QB Taylor Kelly has gone 102 pass attempts without an interception. Over his last four games, he has averaged 251 Pass yards per game, throwing 13 touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • Wisconsin QB Joel Stave could be in trouble when he drops back to pass. Since the start of last season, Wisconsin has been sacked on 7.9 percent of its passing plays (100th in FBS), while Arizona State has sacked opponent QBs on 11.5 percent of passing plays (highest in FBS).
  • Neither Arizona State nor Wisconsin has allowed a point this season, though the competition has hardly been challenging: Wisconsin played UMass (1st season as true FBS team) and Tennessee Tech (FCS), while Arizona State played Sacramento State (FCS).
  • There are four Pac-12-Big Ten matchups this weekend, and the Big Ten is already 1-0 vs. the Pac-12 after Northwestern won at California in week one. Last season, the Big Ten combined to go 1-4 against Pac-12 schools with the lone win being Ohio State’s victory over Cal in Week 3.
  • California has four touchdown drives in 1 minute or less this season after having five such touchdown drives all of last season. With Sonny Dykes as head coach, the pace has picked up. California is averaging 19 seconds per play (5th in the FBS) after averaging 24 seconds per play in 2012 (44th in the FBS).
  • Dating to last season, Cal has lost four straight vs AP-ranked opponents since knocking off No. 25 UCLA in October 2012 and is seeking its first win over a ranked Big Ten opponent since 2002 at No. 15 Michigan State.
  • Cal is 1-6 all-time against Ohio State including last season’s 35-28 nail-biter in Columbus. The Golden Bears have lost six straight in the series overall with their lone win coming in the 1921 Rose Bowl. The two schools haven’t met in Berkeley since 1972.
  • Braxton Miller left last week’s game against San Diego State with a knee injury and is said to be day-to-day. Since becoming Ohio State’s starter in 2011, he’s missed time in six games with various health issues (including both games in 2013) but has yet to miss a start.
  • Colorado leads the series with Fresno State 4-2, but Fresno State dominated the Buffaloes, 69-14, last year.
  • In that game, Colorado was outgained 665 yards to 278. The Bulldogs rolled up 288 yards rushing. It was 35-0 after the first quarter, and it was 55-7 at the half.
  • Colorado's junior WR Paul Richardson grabbed 10 receptions for 208 yards in the season opener, then tallied 11 receptions for 209 yards in the win over Central Arkansas. It’s the first time in Pac-12 history that a receiver has posted back-to-back games of 200 or more yards receiving.
  • The Buffs are looking to start the season 3-0 for the first time since 2008.
  • Oregon State leads the series with Utah 9-6-1, including a 21-7 win in Corvallis last year.
  • Oregon State's junior QB Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four TDs in the win over Hawaii. It was fifth time he’s thrown for 350 or more yards in a game, while it was the sixth time he’s tossed three or more TD passes in a game.
  • The Utes set a school mark for points in a quarter with 35 in the second of the 70-7 win over Weber State. This is the second time in school history Utah has amassed 100 points in the first two games (1973; 29-22 loss at Texas Tech, 82-6 win vs. UTEP).
  • Sophomore QB Travis Wilson has connected on 31-of-47 for 566 yards and 5 TDs this season. His 202.2 passing efficiency rating ranks eighth in the FBS and second in the Pac-12.
  • Oregon is 4-7 all-time against current members of the SEC, but the Ducks won their only meeting with Tennessee back in 2010. Oregon started that season 12-0 before falling to Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game.
  • Like it did under Chip Kelly, Oregon continues to score and score quickly under new head coach Mark Helfrich. Entering this week, 15 of the Ducks’ 17 touchdown drives have lasted two minutes or less (second-most in FBS) including four of one minute or less (T-fourth in FBS).
  • De’Anthony Thomas has scored five offensive touchdowns this season on just 31 combined rushes and receptions (6.2 Rush & Rec per TD). That’s even better than the FBS-leading pace at which he’s scored during his Oregon career (7.3 Rush & Rec per TD).
  • Marcus Mariota has thrown a TD pass in each of his 15 career games at Oregon. Among players to debut since 2004, Mariota and Michigan’s Chad Henne are the only players from BCS-AQ schools to accomplish the feat. Henne’s streak would ultimately reach 17 games before ending in 2005.
  • Stanford and Army are meeting for the first time since 1979 when Army stunned Stanford in Palo Alto, 17-13. Army has actually won the last two meetings, also winning in 1976 at West Point. Stanford’s last win at West Point came in 1971.
  • Army hasn’t beaten a ranked opponent since a 1972 win over No. 19 Air Force. That’s 41 straight losses against AP ranked opponents. The last time the Cadets beat a top-five team? 1962 (9-6 win over No. 3 Penn State).
  • Since the start of last season, Stanford has held its opponents to zero or negative yards on 35% of their rushes, the highest percentage in FBS.
  • This is Stanford’s first trip to the northeast since visiting Boston College in 2002 (34-27 loss).
  • Expect big things from Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan this week. Hogan ranks 14th in QBR this season and Army allowed 325 passing yards to Ball State last week and ranks 95th in opponent QBR this season.
  • Stanford has won nine straight games, the second-longest active streak in FBS behind Ohio State (14).
  • UCLA has a strong track record recently against Big Ten teams: 5-0 in its last five regular season meetings and 6-2 overall since the start of the 2000 season.
  • Nebraska is 17-1 in non-conference home games under Bo Pelini. The only loss came in 2008 (Pelini’s first year) to Virginia Tech. But how many of those non-conference home games came against ranked (AP poll) teams? None.
  • UCLA QB Brett Hundley has been sacked 52 times since the start of last season, 13 times more than any other FBS quarterback. Half of those sacks have come when opponents sent five or more pass rushers, despite only 31% of his dropbacks coming against the blitz.
  • Hundley threw for 305 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions against the Cornhuskers last year. It was the most passing yards and TD Nebraska allowed to any QB in last year’s regular season. No other QB had more than 240 passing yards or two touchdowns against the Cornhuskers until they met Aaron Murray and Georgia in the Capital One Bowl.
  • Do college football coaches have more respect for Nebraska so far than the media does? The Cornhuskers are No. 23 in the AP poll but No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. That’s by far the biggest gap of any ranked team this week.
  • UCLA racked up 653 yards of offense overall in last year’s meeting, the second-most a Nebraska defense has ever allowed. The only time Nebraska allowed more was Oklahoma in 1956, with 656 yards of offense.
  • USC leads the series with Boston College 3-0. The Trojans last beat BC 24-13 in the 2009 Emerald Bowl.
  • The Washington State pass defense held USC to 54 yards on 11 completions (4.9 ypc), while limiting All-American Marqise Lee to 27 yards on seven catches. Trojans coach Lane Kiffin named Cody Kessler the starting QB on Monday.
  • The Trojan defense Washington State to 7 yards rushing and now leads the nation in rushing defense (allowing 15.0 ypg) as well as sacks with 11 (5.5 per game)
  • Washington and Illinois are meeting for the first time since 1972, when Washington beat Illinois 31-11 in Seattle. They do have a slice of Rose Bowl history, meeting each other in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 1964. Illinois, behind Dick Butkus playing both offense and defense, won 17-7. Since this year features the 100th Rose Bowl, it’s worth mentioning that was the 50th Rose Bowl.
  • The Illini have already matched their win total from all of last season with two wins. They are one of five FBS teams to do so through Week 2 along with Boston College, Kansas, Akron and Colorado (NOTE: Southern Miss went winless in 2012 so it has technically matched its win total as well).
  • Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase has posted huge numbers in his team’s first two games this season but figures to face a much stiffer test this week. Scheelhaase leads FBS so far with 13 completions of at least 20 yards. That’s half as many as Illinois had all of last season (26). Washington has only played once since it was idle last week after a season-opening win against Boise State, but it didn’t allow a single 20-yard completion to the Broncos.
  • This is Washington State's meeting with Southern Utah.
  • With its 10-7 win over Southern Cal, Washington State snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Trojans. It was the Cougars' first win in The Coliseum since 2000.
  • WSU leads the Pac-12, and is sixth in the FBS, allowing just 72.8 passing yards per game

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