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Pac-12 starting quarterbacks were slinging the ball again last weekend, piling up 3,330 yards through the air (277.5 yards per starter) for 29 touchdowns and just three interceptions. . . 10 different receivers were the benefactors of the air attack as each accumulated 100 or more receiving yards in games last weekend. ARIZONA receivers Dan Buckner (10-142, 1 TD) and Austin Hill (8-128), ARIZONA STATE's Aaron Pflugrad (8-180, 2 TDs), CALIFORNIA's Keenan Allen (6-104 1 TD), COLORADO's Paul Richardson (11-284, 2 TDs), STANFORD's Chris Owusu (7-106, 1 TD), USC's Robert Woods (8-102), UTAH's DeVonte Christopher (11-136, 1 TD), WASHINGTON's Devin Aguilar (5-131, 1 TD), and WASHINGTON STATE's Marquess Wilson (5-102, 1 TD).

Great crowds around the Pac-12 last week... In seven games hosted by Pac-12 teams, average attendance was 55,052 fans. Six of the seven sites experienced crowds better than 75 percent of capacity, with three sites were better than 90 percent of capacity - ASU 70,236 (98.0%), Colorado 49,532 (92.4%) and Oregon 58,818 (109.0%).

As the NFL opened play, 228 former Pac-12 players were listed on the Week 1 53-man rosters.

This Week's Matchups

Saturday, Sept. 17

COLORADO (0-2) vs. Colorado State (2-0)
Denver, Colo. • Sports Authority Field at Mile High (76,125)
11:30 am MT • FSN/ROOT
Series: Colorado leads, 60-20-2. Last: Colorado, 24-3 (2010)

Buffalo Notes: Colorado had 474 yards passing vs. Cal, tying for the second most passing yards in CU history (also vs. San Jose State, 1999), and behind only 533 against NE Louisiana in 1995. . . Senior QB Tyler Hansen set a record for the most passing yards in a single game with 474, the 10th 400-yard game in school history, and tied the mark for the most total offense with 500 yards. Hansen's 49 attempts is also a record for the most in a single game without throwing an interception; the old mark was 44, set by Cody Hawkins at Oklahoma last year. . . Went from allowing seven sacks at Hawai'i to zero vs. California; the downside of that is it marked the first time the Buffs have ever lost a game when not committing a turnover or allowing a sack; CU is 14-1 since 1972 in such situations. . . PK Will Oliver became just the second freshman to kick a 50-yard or longer field goal in school history, with his 52-yard boot in the second quarter vs. California the longest ever by a frosh.

Missouri Sate (0-2) at 12/14 OREGON (1-1)
Eugene, Ore. • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
12:30 pm PT •
Series: First Meeting

Duck Notes: In the 69-20 win over Nevada, junior QB Darron Thomas connected on 13-of-19 passes for 295 yards, tying a school record with 6 TDs (also held by Joey Harrington {2} and Danny O'Neil). He set an Oregon record for most TD passes in one half (5 in the first half). His pass efficiency rating of 303.05 vs. Nevada was the highest in the Pac-12 and fourth-highest in college football since 2005 (Minimum 15 attempts vs. FBS opponents). The last QB with a higher mark was Notre Dame's Jimmy Clauson (303.66) - also against Nevada - Sept. 9, 2009. . . Junior RB LaMichael James returned a punt for a 58-yard TD - his first special teams TD of his career.

24/21 Texas (2-0) at UCLA (1-1)
Pasadena, Calif. • Rose Bowl (91,500)
12:30 pm PT • ABC
Series: UCLA leads, 3-2. Last: UCLA, 34-12 (2010)

Bruin Notes: After having 0 carries in the first half, senior TB Derrick Coleman tallied 135 total rushing yards on 14 carries, averaging 9.6 yards per run in the final two quarters of the Bruins' victory over San Jose State. In the fourth quarter, he rushed for 77 yards on 11 carries, capped off by a 24-yard touchdown run to push UCLA's lead to 27-17. Coleman also had the longest rush of the day for the Bruins (42 yards). He also had two tackles on special teams. . . Junior TB Johnathan Franklin added 81 yards on 16 carries to bolster the Bruin rushing attack. As a team, UCLA rushed for 272 yards on 42 carries (6.5 yards per carry)

36/37 WASHINGTON (2-0) at 10/10 Nebraska (2-0)
Lincoln, Neb. • Memorial Stadium (81,091)
2:30 pm CT • ABC
Series: Series tied, 4-4-1. Last: Washington, 19-7 (2010)

Husky Notes: This is the third game in a year between the Huskies and Cornhuskers. Nebraska defeated the Huskies in Seattle on Sept. 18, but Washington turned the tables in the Holiday Bowl with a 19-7 victory on Dec. 30. . . Senior WR Jermaine Kearse caught a pair of TD passes in the win over Hawai'i, bringing his career total to 24 TD receptions. That ranks second all-time in the Husky record book, trailing Mario Bailey who posted 30 TD catches from 1988-91. . . The Huskies rank seventh nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 43.0 yards per game. They'll be challenged this week at Nebraska as the Cornhuskers average 224 yards on the ground (24th nationally).

Presbyterian (1-1) at -/38 CALIFORNIA (2-0)
San Francisco, Calif. • AT&T Park (45,000)
2:30 pm PT
Series: First Meeting

Golden Bear Notes: Junior QB Zach Maynard completed 18-of-35 pass attempts for 243 yards, with four TDs in the 36-33 overtime win at Colorado. . . Sophomore WR Keenan Allen has posted back-to-back games with 100 receiving yards. His 216 receiving yards on 14 catches is nearly half of his freshman total of 490 receiving yards on 46 catches. . . After averaging 35.5 on six punts in the season-opener, senior P Bryan Anger responded with an average of 51.0 yards on four boots at Colorado. . . After posting a game-high tying nine tackles, senior LB D.J. Holt, co-leads Cal with 17 tackles on the season. . . California will play the first of five games this season at AT&T Park when it takes on Presbyterian Saturday.

WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) at -/39 San Diego State (2-0)
San Diego, Calif. • Qualcomm Stadium (54,000)
3:30 pm PT • The Mtn
Series: Washington State leads, 1-0-0. Last: WSU, 45-17 (2007)

Cougar Notes: Senior QB Marshall Lobbestael had a career day Saturday against UNLV as he was 24-of-32 for 361 yards and 5 TDs, playing a little more than a half. Four of those touchdowns came in the first half, tying a WSU record for TD passes in a half and his 5 TDs tied for second-most in school history. Lobbestael played just two series after halftime as the Cougars started the season at 2-0 for the first time since the 2005 campaign. In the first half alone, Lobbestael completed 18 of 21 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns. For the year, he has completed 38 of 51 passes with no interceptions, a passing efficiency rating of 217.15, which is third nationally. The Cougar offense averages 61.5 points per game this season, tops in the nation.

22/18 ARIZONA STATE (2-0) at Illinois (2-0)
Champaign, Ill. • Memorial Stadium (60,670)
6 pm CT • BTN
Series: Arizona State leads, 2-0-0. Last: ASU, 21-16 (1988)

Sun Devil Notes: Senior WR Aaron Pflugrad registered a career night in ASU's 37-30 overtime victory over 19th-ranked Missouri. Pflugrad collected a career-high 180 receiving yards and two TDs on eight catches. Put into perspective, Pflugrad had a combined 606 total yards of receiving and five touchdowns in his career entering the game. Pflugrad's 60-yard TD reception was the longest play for the Sun Devils since 2007 (Dimitri Nance 57-yard rushing touchdown vs. Washington on Oct. 13). . . With the 37-30 overtime win over then #19/21 Missouri, Arizona State earned their first victory over a ranked opponent since a 31-20 win over #18 California on October 27, 2007 . . . In the win over Missouri, junior WR Jamal Miles caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in overtime, and threw a touchdown pass.

Syracuse (2-0) at 27/nr USC (2-0)
Los Angeles, Callif. • L.A. Coliseum (93,607)
5 pm PT • FX
Series: USC leads, 2-0-0. Last: USC, 34-16 (1990)

Trojan Notes: Senior TB Marc Tyler, the team's 2010 rushing leader, returned from team suspension and led the Trojans with 113 yards rushing in the win over Utah. It was his fourth career 100-yard outing. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods posted his second consecutive 100-yard receiving game with 102 yards on eight catches. His 25 receptions (12.5 per game) are tied for second nationally. . . Junior QB Matt Barkley threw for 264 yards vs. Utah. He's thrown for at least 200 yards in 16 career games. . . For the second straight game, junior OT Matt Kalil blocked a field goal attempt. His swat of Utah's potential game tying field goal as time was expiring preserved USC's win.

UTAH (1-1) at 34/39 BYU (1-1)
Provo, Utah • LaVell Edwards Stadium (64,045)
7:15 pm MT • ESPN2
Series: Utah leads, 54-34-4. Last: Utah, 17-16 (2010)

Ute Notes: Junior WR DeVonte Christopher caught 11 passes for 136 yards at USC. It was his fourth career 100-yard receiving game. . . Senior LB Chaz Walker posted a team-high 11 tackles at USC. Dating back to last season, he's posted double digit tackles in four straight games, collecting 45 tackles in that span. . . Two rivalry trophies are at stake in Saturday's game: the Deseret Duel and the Beehive Boot. Both teams have won the Deseret Duel trophy twice in its four-year history, while Utah has taken possession of the Beehive Boot 11 times and BYU 22 times in the boot's 40-year history. Utah State, which won the Beehive Boot by a media vote over Utah last year (both teams beat BYU but did not play each other), has claimed the boot seven times.

6/6 STANFORD (2-0) at ARIZONA (1-1)
Tucson, Ariz. • Arizona Stadium (57,400)
7:45 pm PT • ESPN
Series: Arizona leads, 14-12. Last: Stanford, 42-17 (2010)

Cardinal Notes: Junior QB Andrew Luck was 20-of-28 for 290 yards and matched a career-high with four touchdown passes - a mark he's now hit five times - in the 44-14 win at Duke. . . The Cardinal scored 40 or more points in six of 13 games last season. They've tallied at least 40 points in each of their two games played this year. . . Has won 10 straight games dating back to last season, marking the program's longest winning streak since 1939-41, when Stanford won 13 straight games over the course of three seasons. The current streak is the fourth longest in school history. . . Last Stanford first year head coach to start his career 2-0 was Tyrone Willingham in 1995. Last to start 3-0 was Jack Christiansen in 1972. . . Rank second nationally in rushing defense, allowing just 28.50 yards per game.

Wildcat Notes: Senior QB Nick Foles completed 37-of-51 for 398 yards and 1 TD in the loss at Oklahoma State. For the season, he's connected on 71-of-93 for 810 yards. . . Senior WR Juron Criner missed the game at Oklahoma State after having an appendectomy last Monday. . . The last time Foles and Luck hooked up in Tucson, the two combined for 838 yards through the air in a 43-38 UA win - Foles was 40-of-51 for 415 yards, while Luck completed 21-of-35 for 423 yards. . . Coach Mike Stoops' Arizona clubs have beaten a ranked team each of his seven seasons in Tucson, with the highest ranked foe to go down the No. 2 Oregon Ducks, 34-24, in Tucson Nov. 15, 2007.

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