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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Stat attack! Some Week 14 Pac-12 numbers

By Ted Miller

Here is a quick look at some Pac-12 numbers and how they stack up nationally.

You can see Week 12 numbers here.

Number to the left is national rank.

Total offense (yards per game)

4. Oregon, 550.08

7. Arizona, 521.83

21. UCLA, 475.67

Note: UCLA fell from No. 16 after playing Stanford? Will Brett Hundley and company have an answer on Friday?

Passing offense (yards per game)

9. Washington State, 330.42

22. Oregon State, 304.9

24. USC, 296.92

Note: Just one top-20 passing offense? What happened to the pass-happy Pac-12? The conference was more about running the ball and playing defense this year.

Rushing defense (yards per game)

1. Stanford, 71.33

24. Utah, 128.17

Note: Oregon State fell from 14th (108.7) to 31st (137.9) after playing Oregon. Stanford's run defense figures to see more of UCLA QB Brett Hundley on Friday. Hundley didn't run much last weekend and, yes, the Stanford folks took note.

Scoring defense (points per game)

11. Stanford, 16.92

24. Oregon State, 21.27

27. Oregon, 22.0

Note: The question of the week: Will UCLA score more this week against Stanford? Or less?

Third-down defense (percentage)

7. Oregon State, 29.22

8. Stanford, 29.53

15. Oregon, 30.94

16. UCLA, 31.43

Note: Here's how stats can be deceiving. Oregon State, which moved up a notch here, was great on third down against Oregon -- the Ducks were 5 of 16. But Oregon also was 5 of 6 on fourth down. This number is supposed to reveal a defense getting an offense off the field. But fourth down is much like third down for Oregon.

Sacks per game

1. Stanford, 4.42

2. Arizona State, 4.00

4. USC, 3.58

5. UCLA, 3.33

11. Washington State, 2.92

Note: Stanford's defensive recipe: Stop the run, hit your QB. Again, will be interesting to see how the Bruins adjust this week.

Sacks allowed (per game)

102. Washington, 2.83

110. Arizona State, 3.17

115. California, 3.42

118. UCLA, 3.58

119. Colorado, 4.17

120. Washington State, 4.75

Note: Maybe the reason this is why the passing numbers were unspectacular this year. It is fair to note the lack of A-list offensive tackles in the Pac-12.

Turnovers gained

1. Oregon, 38

5. Washington, 32

12. Arizona State, 29

12. USC, 29

12. UCLA, 29

20. Oregon State, 26

23. Stanford, 25

Note: Oregon takes a big jump here after forcing six Oregon State turnovers in the Civil War.

Penalty yards per game

12. Arizona State, 35.75

And then there's:

98. Washington State, 63.67

108. USC, 66.5

112. Oregon, 74.25

111. Washington, 79.92

119. California, 83.0

120 UCLA, 95.75

Note: The final conclusion here. Pac-12 officials should be taught a course this offseason on keeping the flag in their pocket.

Rushing yards per game

1. Ka'Deem Carey, Arizona, 146.42

4. Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 135.33

9. Johnathan Franklin, UCLA, 125.5

16. Stepfan Taylor, Stanford, 113.67

Note: Pac-12 coaches named Carey and Barner first-team All-Pac-12, which means the Pac-12's second-team backs were better than just about anyone else's first-team backs.

Passing efficiency

5. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

11. Matt Barkley, USC

21. Taylor Kelly, Arizona State

24. Brett Hundley, UCLA

Note: Two redshirt freshmen and a sophomore in the top 25. Bodes well for the future.

Receiving yards per game

2. Marqise Lee, USC, 140.0

9. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State, 101.18

12. Austin Hill, Arizona, 99.08

13. Markus Wheaton, Oregon State, 98.55

Note: The worst omission on the coach's All-Pac-12 second team was Cooks, who had a better year than USC's Robert Woods.

Sacks (per game)

8. Anthony Barr, UCLA, 1.00

8. Morgan Breslin, USC, 1.00

12. Will Sutton, Arizona State, 0.95

17. Carl Bradford, Arizona State, 0.88

18. Travis Long, Washington State, 0.86

21. Scott Crichton, Oregon State, 0.82

24. Trent Murphy, Stanford, 0.79


Interceptions (per game)

2. Jordan Poyer, Oregon State, 0.60

11. Ed Reynolds, Stanford, 0.42

11. Keelan Johnson, Arizona State, 0.42

20. Sheldon Price, UCLA, 0.36

20. Kiko Alonso, Oregon, 0.36

Note: Only two Pac-12 teams, Oregon and Utah with nine, didn't throw double-digit interceptions this year. Tough year for QBs.