Stats & Info: Washington

Pac-10 holds its own

September, 19, 2010
After a slow start to the weekend for Pac-10 teams losing four of their first five games including two to ranked teams, the conference finished Week 3 on a high note. Oregon, Oregon State, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford all won their games after California, Washington, Arizona State and Washington State lost earlier. USC also won at Minnesota meaning the conference finished 6-4 vs non-conference opponents that included 8th-ranked Nebraska, 9th-ranked Iowa, 11th-ranked Wisconsin and 23rd-ranked Houston.

• Oregon's 69-0 win over Portland State means the Ducks have scored 189 points in three games this season. That's an average of 1.05 points per minute. They've outscored their opponents 141-0 at home in two games this season.

• Stanford racked up 68 points against Wake Forest and improves to 3-0 for the first time since 2001. It's the most points scored by the Cardinal in a game since 1968.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers stock is rising while Jake Locker's NFL stock may be falling.

The Cornhuskers rushed for 383 yards and netted 533 total yards as eighth-ranked Nebraska won 56-21 over the Washington Huskies. Taylor Martinez had 150 yards passing, 137 yards rushing and four total TD. The 56 points were the most by the Cornhuskers away from the friendly confines of Memorial Stadium since the 2000 Alamo Bowl.

One of the staples of past Nebraska teams was its ability to rush the football. From 1994 to 2001 Nebraska won the nation's rushing title five times, leading to three National Championships. However, the past five seasons Nebraska has finished no better than 23rd in the nation in rushing.

This year it appears the Cornhuskers are getting back to their roots. Entering Saturday, Nebraska was third in the nation in rushing at 324 rush yards per game. In their win over the Huskies, three Cornhuskers had over 100 yards rushing -- Taylor Martinez (137), Roy Helu Jr. (110) and Rex Burkhead (104). It's fourth time in school history Nebraska has had at least three players rush for more than 100 yards in the same game. The last time prior to Saturday's game was in 2001 against the Baylor Bears when they had four players accomplish the feat. The total damage inflicted by the Cornhuskers on the ground: 383 rushing yards.

Meanwhile, it was a game to forget for Heisman candidate Jake Locker, who many experts say could be the top pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and who might have been the number-one pick last year had he not stayed in school. Locker completed just four of 20 passes for 71 yards with 2 interceptions. His 20.0 completion percentage is tied for the third worst by a QB with a minimum of 20 attempts over the last six seasons.

In his college career, Locker has won just three times against ranked opponents (USC and California last year and Boise State in 2007). But he's also lost 12 times against ranked opponents as well. Saturday was also the eighth time in Locker's career at Washington in which he's thrown multiple interceptions in a game. The Huskies have never won any of those eight games.