By the Pac-12 Conference
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THIS WEEK: Seven BCS opponents are on the docket this week, with six of those opponents opening the 2012 season victorious last week, and four enter this week’s contests ranked among the AP Top 25 (Oregon State hosts No. 13 Wisconsin, UCLA hosts No. 16 Nebraska, Arizona host No. 18 Oklahoma State, Washington travels to No. 3 LSU).
CHECK YOUR LOCAL LISTINGS: Each Pac-12 game will be televised this weekend, including six games appearing on the Pac-12 Networks. Check the Pac-12 website (www.pac-12.com) and click on the “Channel Finder” link to find the tv provider in your area.
BIG PLAY SCORES: The following players posted touchdowns covering 40 yards or more during the first weekend of the season - Arizona sophomore running back Ka’Deem Carey (73-yard run), Arizona State senior linebacker Brandon Magee (45-yard interception return), UCLA freshman quarterback Brett Hundley (72-yard run), UCLA senior running back Johnathan Franklin (74-yard run, 78-yard run), UCLA sophomore linebacker Damien Holmes (44-yard fumble return), USC sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee (75-yard reception, 100-yard kickoff return), Washington junior safety Will Shamburger (44-yard fumble return).
• With head coaching stints at Salem College, Glenville State, West Virginia and Michigan, UA head coach Rich Rodriguez won his debut for the first time with the 24-17 win over Toledo.
• Senior quarterback Matt Scott connected on 30-of-46 passes for a career-high 387 yards and two TDs. Only six quarterbacks in UA history have thrown for more yards in a game.
• The Wildcats racked up 624 total yards (387 pass/237 rush) on Toledo, the second most in school history and the most since posting 691 yards against New Mexico in 1969.
• ASU rolled up 63 points in its 63-6 season-opening victory over Northern Arizona. It was the most points scored by the Sun Devils since their 63-16 win over Temple in the 2005 season-opener.
• The Sun Devils will look to continue a pretty good streak versus Big Ten teams at Sun Devil Stadium this weekend. ASU is 7-0 versus Big Ten teams in Tempe, including big wins in its past two games against Northwestern (52-21 on Sept. 17, 2005) and then-No. 16 Iowa (44-7 on Sept. 18, 2004). In the seven games, ASU has outscored its Big Ten opponents 275-97 (39.3 to 13.8 per game).
ASU 52, Northwestern 21 (Sept. 17, 2005)
ASU 44, No. 16 Iowa 7 (Sept. 18, 2004)
ASU 21, Illinois 16 (Sept. 10, 1988)
ASU 20, Michigan State 17 (Sept. 13, 1988)
ASU 35, Northwestern 3 (Sept. 17, 1977)
ASU 48, Minnesota 26 (Sept. 20, 1969)
ASU 55, Wisconsin 7 (Sept. 21, 1968)
• Junior wide receiver Keenan Allen extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 25, every game he’s played at Cal. Allen scored his first touchdown of 2012 on a reverse that went for 39 yards. It was his second rushing TD of his career. On the receiving end, he paced the Bears with five catches for 69 yards.
• The Golden Bears will look for their first win in Memorial Stadium since Oct. 23, 2010, a 50-17 win over Arizona State.
• In the loss to Colorado State, junior linebacker Derrick Webb had a career-high 12 tackles (nine solo), with five at or behind the line of scrimmage (three tackles for zero, two tackles for loss, including a quarterback sack) and two third-down stops in 53 plays.
• The Buffs played nine true freshmen (13, including redshirt freshmen) in their opener versus Colorado State. Last season, Colorado played 15 true freshmen, the most at Colorado since the NCAA allowed freshmen to play back in 1972.
• Freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 18-of-22 passes for 200 yards and 3 TDs and ran for another 33 yards on four carries in his collegiate debut. He guided Oregon to TD drives on its first seven drives of the game to bring the Ducks to a 50-3 lead with 7:06 remaining in the second quarter. Mariota did not play the remainder of the game.
• The Ducks scored touchdowns on their first seven possessions in building a 50-10 halftime lead in its win over Arkansas State. In typical Oregon fashion, each of the scoring drives averaged 1:32. Five of those touchdown drives were under 2:00, giving the Ducks 94 such touchdown drives over the last two-plus seasons.
• Due to Hurricane Isaac, Nicholls State encountered travel problems that forced the postponement of its game with Oregon State. The Beavers are attempting to reschedule the game with Nicholls State
• The Beavers open the season with No. 13 Wisconsin. It’s the third time a Mike Riley-coached Beaver squad has opened the season against a ranked foe (2004 at No. 3 LSU, 2010 vs. No. 7 TCU).
• Stanford has now prevailed in 24 of its last 27 home games. It has won eight straight non-conference games at home.
• Senior nickelback Usua Amanam had six total tackles, recording a game-high four tackles for loss in his first collegiate start, a 20-17 win over San Jose State. His two solo sacks knocked back the Spartans 17 yards. In the fourth quarter, he recovered a fumble that set up Stanford’s game-winning score. He leads the Pac-12 in tackles for loss and is one of just six FBS players in week one to record four TFL.
• Junior placekicker Jordan Williamson was perfect on two field goal attempts in Friday’s 20-17 win over San Jose State. His first field goal came on the final play of the first half from a new career-high of 46 yards.
• UCLA put 49 points on the scoreboard in its win over Rice. It was the most points scored by UCLA since a 50-38 Sun Bowl victory over Northwestern in 2005.
• Senior punter Jeff Locke had six punts for 43.7 yards average and placed three inside the 20-yard line in the 49-24 win at Rice. Entering the season, Locke was the Pac-12’s career leader with an average of 44.57 yards per punt.
• Senior quarterback Matt Barkley completed 23-of-38 passes for 372 yards and four TDs (including a 75-yarder) against Hawaii, with 304 of those yards and three of the scores coming in the first half as USC built up a 35-0 lead. It was his third consecutive game with at least four TD passes, and 11th time he’s passed for more than 300 yards. Barkley, who had 39 TD passes last year, has now thrown at least one TD in 33 of 37 games, at least two TDs in 22 games, at least three in 14 games and four or more in eight games.
• Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee finished with 10 receptions for 197 yards. It’s his third straight game with 100 or more receiving yards (eight catches, 187 yards vs. UCLA; 13 catches, 224 yards vs. UCLA). That stretch of 608 receiving yards in three games is the most prolific in school history
• With the 41-0 win over Northern Colorado, Utah posted its first shutout since blanking Wyoming, 50-0 in 2007. The last time the Utes posted back-to-back shutouts was during the 1981 season when they blanked Portland State (46-0) and Northwestern (42-0).
• Senior running back John White rushed 24 times for 119 yards (5.0 ypc) and a TD in the win over Northern Colorado. In the start of his second season at Utah, he now has nine 100-yard games. Utah improved to 9-0 in games when White rushes for 100 yards.
• Utah State is Utah’s oldest rival and the series, in its 110th game, is the 12th-longest in NCAA FBS history. Utah’s first football game ever was against USU in 1892. The two teams did not play in 2010 and 2011. Utah has won the last 12 games against Utah State (and 20 of 22), including the last six games in Logan.
• In the 21-12 victory over San Diego State, the Husky defense allowed the fewest points since the 2010 Holiday Bowl, when Washington held Nebraska in check with a 19-7 win.
• Junior quarterback Keith Price connected on 25 of his 35 passes for 222 yards and one TD against San Diego State. His primary targets were a pair of sophomores - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (nine catches, 82 yards) and WR Kasen Williams (six catches for 75 yards and one TD)
• This will be the first meeting between Washington State and Eastern Washington in over 100 years. The Cougars won the only two previous matchups - 46-0 in 1907 and 73-0 in 1908 - with both games played in Pullman. Dating back to a 34-0 victory over Montana in 1903, the Cougars have played 45 games against teams currently in the Big Sky Conference. WSU is 43-2 in those games - including 19 shutouts - and has not lost to a team currently in the Big Sky in more than 60 years.
• Junior placekicker Andrew Furney hit a pair of 40+ yard field goals (47, 41) in the loss at BYU. Furney has now connected on his last eight attempts from 40+ yards. He finished 5-for-5 from 40+ yards in 2011.