Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 2
How great is ball? Week 1 is in the books and the Pac-12 went 7-3. There were a lot of impressive performances, records broken and numbers to crunch. Oh, and our brilliant analyst, the Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott (ever heard of him?) fell out of his chair on Saturday’s postgame show.
- Daniel Jenkins’ 91-yard rushing touchdown was the third-longest run in school history. Trung Canidate holds the record for the longest run in school history with a 96-yarder against San Diego State in 1997.
- Quarterback B.J. Denker looked solid in the opener as he threw for 87 yards and a TD to go along with 71 yards on the ground and another score in the Wildcats’ 35-0 win over Northern Arizona. However, the last time Arizona threw for less than 100 yards in a game was back on Dec. 30, 2009, when Nick Foles and Matt Scott combined to throw for 46 yards in a loss to Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl.
- ASU had a bye in week 1, but it gets a Thursday night home game on the Pac-12 Networks to kick things off in week 2. Arizona State is 71-27-2 (.717) all-time in season openers, including victories in the last 10 straight, all coming at home.
- Consensus All-American defensive tackle Will Sutton returns after posting 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012 (led team and fourth-most in ASU history), 13.0 sacks (led team and fourth-most in ASU history) and 63 total tackles (seventh on team). Sutton finished the season ranked second in the nation at 1.92 tackles for loss per game and third in the nation with 1.08 sacks per game, leading the Pac-12 in both categories.
- Jared Goff, the first true freshman to ever start a season opener at Cal, broke the school record for pass attempts in a game with 63.
- The Cal offense ran 99 plays in its loss to Northwestern, which ranks third all-time in school history. The 2012 season high was 79 plays at Ohio State last year. The school record for most offensive plays in a game is 102, which was set in 1968 against San Jose State.
- Mike MacIntyre joined my guy and Pac-12 Networks analyst Rick Neuheisel as the only two of CU’s 15 head coaches since 1932 to win their debut games at Colorado: Neuheisel’s ’95 Buffs plastered Wisconsin in Madison, 43-7; he placed a congratulatory call to MacIntyre after the game.
- Paul Richardson returned to action and put on a show with 10 receptions for 208 yards. P. Rich’s 208 yards were seven more than the entire Colorado State Rams team as they combined for 201 yards receiving.
- The Ducks had 772 yards of total offense, eclipsing the previous school record of 730 set at USC in 2012.
- Oregon had three players rush for 100 or more yards for the first time in school history: junior running back De'Anthony Thomas (18-128), sophomore running back Byron Marshall (8-124) and sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota (5-113).
- With the 49-46 final score, Saturday marked the first time since 1999 that both the Beavers and their opponent scored more than 40 points. Oregon State beat Georgia Southern, 48-41, on Sept. 18, 1999.
- Wide receiver Brandin Cooks had 13 receptions, totaling 196 yards and two touchdowns, all career highs. It’s the sixth 100-yard receiving game of his career, tied for eighth all-time at Oregon State with Robert Prescott (1997-2000). He also eclipsed 100 career receptions and now has 111 in 26 games. The 13 receptions total ties for second all-time in single-game history at OSU.
- The Cardinal had a bye in week 1, so it’ll get its season under way Saturday night as Stanford hosts San Jose State in the annual Bill Walsh Legacy Game on the Pac-12 Networks. David Shaw looks to become the first Stanford head coach to win a season-opening game in each of his first three years since Claude “Tiny” Thornhill did so from 1933-35.
- Stanford and the Spartans each enter the game with eight-game winning streaks. Stanford’s active nine-game home winning streak heading into 2013 is the fifth-longest in the nation behind Northern Illinois, Michigan, Georgia and South Carolina.
- The Bruins put up an impressive 58-20 win versus Nevada in week 1 with a lot of new faces making an impact. UCLA had 14 true freshmen play in Saturday’s game, 13 of which played in the first quarter.
- The Bruins’ 58 points marked the most scored by UCLA in its home opener since Sept. 3, 1988, when the Bruins downed San Diego State, 59-6. UCLA finished with 647 total yards, the ninth-highest single-game total in school history.
- The Trojans defense dominated in week 1 at Hawai’i. Employing the 5-2 scheme of new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast, USC notched four interceptions and seven sacks, and limited the Rainbow Warriors to 231 total yards – just 23 on the ground.
- USC returns to the Coliseum Saturday to open up Pac-12 play against Washington State in week 2. The Trojans are 93-18-7 (.818 winning percentage) in home openers. In conference openers at home, the Trojans are 38-7-3 (.827).
- Kicker Andy Phillips, playing in his first-ever football game (he did not play high school or youth football, used to play soccer and is a former member of the U.S. ski team), made a 45-yard field goal in his first attempt. On the subsequent kickoff, he completed a successful onside kick that would lead to a touchdown. Phillips was 3-of-3 in field goals for the night – he also made field goals of 19 and 38 yards in the fourth quarter.
- Quarterback Travis Wilson had his second career 300-yard passing game and his third career 200-yard passing game, going 17-for-28 for 302 yards passing. He threw for two touchdowns.
- Bishop Sankey passed the 100-yard plateau for the eighth time in his career and has over 100 yards in five of the last six games. He gained 368 in the last two games against Boise State.
- The Huskies and Steve Sarkisian handed Boise State coach Chris Petersen his largest margin of defeat ever when they posted a 38-6 win over the Broncos in renovated Husky Stadium. In seven previous seasons at Boise State, Petersen had lost just eight games by a combined 40 points. Bark for Sark?
- WSU rushed for 120 yards in its narrow 31-24 defeat at Auburn. That’s the most rushing yards for the Cougars under Mike Leach. It’s also the program’s best total since going for 125 at Oregon in 2011.
- QB Connor Halliday threw for over 300 yards for the sixth time in his career. His performance ties him for third all-time in Cougar history with Jason Gesser and Timm Rosenbach.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)