This week in Pac-12 football
By the Pac-12 Conference
Record-setting performance: Arizona senior QB Matt Scott set Pac-12 records for completions and attempts when he connected on 45 of 69 passes in the 54-48 OT loss at Stanford. The previous records were 43 completions (California's Rich Campbell vs. Florida, 1980) and 68 attempts (Steve Smith, Stanford vs. Notre Dame, 1989). Scott threw for 491 yards, the third best single-game total in Arizona history and 12th all-time in the Pac-12. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez's postgame comment on Scott's record attempts, "He'll be all right, they got ice for his arm."
Hunt for October: As major league baseball heads into the postseason, there are several Pac-12 players with ties to professional baseball:
Arizona - Trey Griffey, Fr., WR (son of Ken Griffey Jr., 13 time all-star and 1997 AL MVP)
Arizona State - Brandon Magee, Sr., LB (has signed a contract to play with the Boston Red Sox)
California - Joey Mahalic, Fr., QB (Five seasons in the minors, compiling a 15-21 record)
Oregon - Kyle Long, Sr., OL (23rd round pick by the Chicago White Sox)
Stanford - Jordan Pratt, Fr., WR (Eight seasons in the minor leagues from 2003-10, compiling 21 wins as a reliever)
Utah - Jake Murphy, So., TE (son of Dale Murphy, 7 time all-star and two-time NL MVP)
USC--T.J. McDonald, Sr., S (27th round draft pick by the Toronto Blue Jays)
Washington - Shaq Thompson, Fr., S (18th round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox)
ARIZONA STATE (4-1) at COLORADO (1-4)
Thurs., Oct. 11, 7 p.m. MT - ESPN
ASU leads, 3-0-0. Last game: ASU, 48-14 (2011)
Colorado is 2-0 in Thursday night games at Folsom Field, having notched wins over Stanford on September 6, 1990 and No. 21 West Virginia on September 18, 2008. Colorado offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy played a significant role in the outcome of the former, scoring on fourth-and-goal from the one with 12 seconds remaining to give the Buffs a 21-17 win in their first-ever home Thursday night tilt.
Arizona State's defense has been tough inside its own 20-yard line this season, holding opponents to a 69.2 red zone scoring percentage to rank second in the Pac-12 and 22nd nationally. On the other side of the ball, Colorado has been very efficient in the red area this season, having converted on 12 of 14 trips. With 11 of those scores being touchdowns, the Buffs own a 78.57 touchdown percentage in the red zone, a figure that ranks first in the Pac-12 and second in the FBS.
ASU has three players ranked in the top 40 in the country sacks per game— junior DT Will Sutton (1.10), sophomore LB Carl Bradford (0.90) and junior DE Junior Onyeali (0.80). The trio combined for six sacks in their last outing, a 27-17 win over California.
UTAH (2-3) at UCLA (4-2)
Sat., Oct. 13, 12 noon PT - FOX
UCLA leads, 8-2-0. Last game: UTAH, 31-6 (2011)
UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin added another 100-yard game to his resume, his fifth in six games this year, with a 102-yard effort at California. He's now tied for third on UCLA's career 100-yard rushing list with 15 such games, trailing Bruin Freeman McNeil (17, 1977-80) and Gaston Green (20, 1984-87).
Utah starting sophomore WR Dres Anderson's father Flipper played wide receiver for UCLA from 1984-87. He led the Bruins in receiving yards in 1986 and 1987 and ranks 10th in school history with 2,023 yards. A second-round draft pick, he played in the NFL for 10 years.
Utah is third in the conference and 35th in the nation in total defense (350.0), and fourth and 26th, respectively, in rushing defense (114.8). The Utes also have forced an FBS-leading 13 fumbles . Meanwhile, UCLA is third in the Pac-12 and 8th in the nation in total offense (529.0 ypg) and ranks second in the Conference and 21st in the nation in rushing offense (224.3 ypg).
OREGON STATE (4-0) at BYU (4-2)
Sat., Oct. 13, 1:30 p.m. MT - ABC
Series tied, 5-5-0. Last game: BYU, 38-28 (2011)
OSU sits at No. 10 in this week's AP poll, it's highest ranking in more than a decade. The Beavers last cracked the top ten in the media poll on August 26, 2001 when they also checked in at No. 10.
Oregon State's vaunted passing attack will test BYU's secondary (12th-ranked pass defense in FBS), but it will be junior QB Cody Vaz leading the attack in place of injured Sean Mannion. The Beavers have managed 339.5 yards per game through the air this season (2nd in Pac-12/8th in the FBS). OSU has registered more than 40 pass attempts in three of its four games this season. BYU, which has only surrendered two passing touchdowns this season, has faced 30 pass attempts or more in just two games.
Oregon State senior WR Markus Wheaton had 9 receptions for 95 yards and 1 TD in the win over Washington State.
BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall is an alumnus of Oregon Sate, where he played safety and linebacker from 1986-87. He began his coaching career in Corvallis as a graduate assistant in 1989-90.
STANFORD (4-1) at Notre Dame (5-0)
Sat., Oct. 13, 3:30 p.m. ET - NBC
Notre Dame leads, 17-9-0. Last game: STAN, 28-14 (2011)
In No. 7 Notre Dame, the Cardinal faces its fourth straight opponent that is ranked, or has been ranked, in the Top 25 this season. Stanford has won three straight over Notre Dame, the longest string of victories for the Cardinal in the series.
Senior TE Levine Toilolo hauled in five receptions for 141 yards in the 54-48 OT win over Arizona. This season, he has 13 receptions for 278 yards for an impressive 21.4 yards per catch. . . Senior RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 142 yards and 2 TDs against the Wildcats. It was his 16th 100-yard game, second all-time at Stanford behind only Toby Gerhart (20). . . Senior QB Josh Nunes competed 21-of-34 passes for a career-high 360 yards and 2 TDs in the victory over Arizona. He also rushed for 33 yards and added 3 TDs on the ground.
USC (4-1) at WASHINGTON (3-2)
Sat., Oct. 13, 4 p.m. PT - FOX
USC leads, 50-28-4. Last game: USC, 40-17 (2011)
For the fourth time this season, Washington will play an opponent ranked in the AP Top 15 when it meets No. 11 USC. The last time these two teams met in Seattle, the Huskies pulled off a 16-13 upset of No. 3 USC during the 2009 season.
Husky sophomore RB Bishop Sankey posted his third consecutive 100-yard rushing day with 104 yards against Oregon. . . Sophomore WR Kasen Williams has collected 16 receptions for 177 yards over the last two games.
USC could set the school record for consecutive games without being shut out; the last time the Trojans were blanked was, ironically, at Washington in 1997 (the Huskies also snapped USC's original record in 1983 in Seattle). The Trojans have not been shut out in 186 games, tying the school record for most consecutive games without being shut out first set from 1967 to 1983.
Senior QB Matt Barkley is 4 TDs shy of the Pac-12 career touchdown record (99, Matt Leinart, USC 2003-05). . . Junior WR Robert Woods is 9 catches away from the USC career receptions mark (216, Dwayne Jarrett, 2004-06), while sophomore WR Marqise Lee has caught at least 8 passes in each of the past 9 games.
CALIFORNIA (2-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-4)
Sat., Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. PT - P12N
CAL leads, 43-25-5. Last game: CAL, 30-7 (2011)
California has won seven straight over Washington State. Junior WR Keenan Allen continues to work his way up Cal's receiving charts. He now has 185 career receptions. That total ranks third all-time at Cal. Up next is Dameane Douglas (195 rec., 1995-98). He also has 2,300 career receiving yards, which ranks sixth all-time at Cal (Brian Treggs and Douglas are tied for fifth with 2,335 career receiving yards). . . Senior QB Zach Maynard had his most productive outing of the season, as he was responsible for a career-high five touchdowns in Cal's 43-17 win over No. 25 UCLA. He tossed a career-high-tying four TD passes and ran for another score. He finished 25-of-30 overall for a season-high 295 yards with an 83.3 completion percentage and 203.27 efficiency rating, both also career highs.
WSU senior DE Travis Long added another sack last weekend to his league-leading 7.5 sacks. He had four all of last season and his career total now stands at 18.5 sacks. . . WSU junior WR Marquess Wilson needs 53 yards to hit 3,000 career receiving yards, joining 15 others in Pac-12 history who have eclipsed 3,000 receiving yards. . . Junior PK Andrew Furney is 9-of-11 on FGs this season, and 26-of-32 (.813) for his career. His career percentage is currently tops in school history.