Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Pac-12 by the numbers: Week 2
By Kyle Bonagura
Our weekly look at random stats pertaining the the Pac-12 resumes.
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Arizona at UT-San Antonio
- Arizona's 787 yards of offense against UNLV was the most in the country in Week 1 and would have been a school record at every Pac-12 school except USC. The Trojans had 978 yards of offense against Pomona in 1925. Only three other schools eclipsed the 700-yard mark last week: Nebraska (784), Western Kentucky (708) and USC (701).
- How's this for balance? The Wildcats currently rank No. 9 in the country in rushing (353 yards) and No. 7 in passing (434).
- Anu Solomon was one of 12 quarterbacks that started in Week 1 having never appeared in a game before. Among those players, he was the only one that threw a touchdown (four, actually) without throwing an interception.
Washington State at Nevada
- QB Connor Halliday's 532 passing yards against Rutgers was the second-most in the country in Week 1. He's behind Western Kentucky's Brandon Doughty (569 yards), but ahead of Texas A&M's Kenny Hill, who threw for 511.
- Washington State's 38 points against Rutgers was the most a team scored last week in a losing effort.
- The Cougars' six rushing yards against Rutgers was the fourth-fewest in the county. Houston, SMU and Wake Forest all had negative rushing totals in Week 1.
Fresno State at Utah
Colorado at Massachusetts
- DE Nate Orchard's 2.5 sacks ranks No. 1 in the conference -- they all came in the first quarter.
- WR Kaelin Clay had four return opportunities against Idaho State -- two went for touchdowns (1 punt, 1 kickoff). Ten other players in the country had one return for a score, but no one matched Clay with two.
- QB Travis Wilson's QBR (92.8) ranks No. 5 among players from Power-Five schools.
Sacramento State at California
- Colorado was one of just four Power-Five schools to lose to a school not from a Power-Five conference. The others were Vanderbilt, Iowa State and Wake Forest.
- Colorado had just 11 drives against Colorado State, the lowest number among Pac-12 teams in Week 1.
- Only two players in the country had more pass attempts without being sacked than Colorado QB Sefo Liufau (39 attempts).
Eastern Washington at Washington
- LB Jalen Jefferson tied for the most tackles in the Pac-12 in Week 1 with 16 -- 11 of those were solo stops.
- With its win against Northwestern, Cal was one just three Power-Five schools to win a true away game against another Power-Five school in Week 1. The others were UCLA and Texas A&M.
- Cal's win snapped a losing streak of 11 games against FBS teams -- one more and the streak would have equaled the longest such streak in college football over the past 10 years, shared by six schools.
No. 14 USC at No. 13 Stanford
- Washington's 17 points were the fewest among Power-Five teams that won in Week 1. Three others in FBS also scored 17 and won: Wyoming, UL Monroe and Ohio.
- The Huskies rank No. 11 in the conference in total defense, but are tied for No. 4 in defensive yards per play (4.37).
- Despite being from the same state, the schools have played just once before -- a 30-27 UW win in 2011.
No. 7 Michigan State at No. 3 Oregon
- Series dates back to 1905. USC owns 58-29-3 lead.
- USC's 105 plays in Week 1 ranked No. 2 in college football behind Northern Illinois (109).
- USC played more true freshmen (11) than anyone else in the conference in Week 1. Stanford played four.
- The 115 yards Stanford allowed against UC Davis was the fifth-fewest in the country.
- Stanford's home winning streak (17) is the longest in the country.
No. 17 Arizona State at New Mexico
- QB Marcus Mariota's Raw QBR (97.1) ranks No. 3 in college football.
- The Ducks were the only team in the conference to have multiple true freshmen combine to score three touchdowns: RB Royce Freeman (2) and WR Charles Nelson.
- Michigan State has not allowed more than 28 points in its last 28 games. Oregon has scored at least 35 in its last eight games at Autzen Stadium.
Memphis at No. 11 UCLA
- Arizona State was the least penalized team in the Pac-12 in terms of yards in Week 1 (30).
- The Sun Devils were the only Pac-12 team to start two true freshmen on defense.
- New Mexico passed for just 67 yards in Week 1 -- the fifth-fewest in the country.
Oregon State at Hawaii
- Twelve teams scored defense touchdowns in Week 1, but UCLA, with three, was the only team with more than one.
- LB Eric Kendricks moved into sixth all-time on the UCLA tackles list with his 16-tackle performance against Virginia.
- UCLA has not lost a regular-season nonconference game under Jim Mora (7-0).
Statistics via ESPN TruMedia
- Oregon State committed 13 penalties against Portland State, the fifth-most in the country in Week 1.
- The Beavers were the only school in the country not to allow a third-down conversion. Portland State finished 0 for 9.
- QB Sean Mannion has thrown a touchdown pass in 17 straight games -- the fifth-longest streak in the country.