Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 7
Welcome to week 7, friends. I’m still recovering from that outstanding 31-28 Stanford-Washington game. That was some really high-level stuff. I’m excited for another great matchup this week with No. 2 Oregon heading to shiny new Husky Stadium to face Sark and the No. 16 Dawgs. Like the wordsmith and former New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott once brilliantly said, “CAN’T WAIT!”
- Turnovers will be a key factor for the Bear Downs when they travel to the Coliseum to face USC Thursday night. Arizona has won 16 straight games when it wins the turnover battle and is 19-2 since 2008 when committing less turnovers than the opponent.
- Ka’Deem Carey has rushed for 100 yards in seven straight games. Carey is 62 all-purpose yards away from 4,000 and 215 rushing yards away from 3,000 in his career. Not too shabby.
- Taylor Kelly is one of just three FBS quarterbacks to throw for over 300 yards in each of their games this season. He has eight career 300-yard passing games, which ranks third all-time at ASU. He also completed a career-high 33 passes against Notre Dame last week.
- The Buffs and the Fork’ems face off on the Pac-12 Networks Saturday night at 7 PST. ASU is 4-0 all-time against Colorado with all four contests taking place this decade. ASU overcame a sluggish first half last season to knock off CU 51-17 in Boulder. The Sun Devils scored more points in last year’s contest than Colorado has in the entire series against ASU.
- Last week vs. Washington State, Jared Goff set a new school record with 504 passing yards, breaking Pat Barnes’ record of 503 yards set back in a four-overtime game against Arizona in 1996. Goff also became the first QB in Cal history to surpass the 400-yard passing mark three times in his career. In addition, Goff became the second quarterback in Pac-12 history to have three 450-yard passing performances. Arizona State’s Andrew Walter accomplished the feat in 2002.
- Chris Harper was on the receiving end for much of Goff’s yards last Saturday. Harper set numerous personal bests on the day with 14 catches for 231 yards and a touchdown. The receiving yards and receptions both rank third in Cal single-game history. Harper became the fifth Cal receiver to record 200 receiving yards in a game.
- The Buffs came out fired up against No. 2 Oregon last week. They went for an onside kick to start the game and then used a reverse pass from wide receiver Paul Richardson to D.D. Goodson for a touchdown. Colorado had 318 yards in the first half – just 2.5 yards shy of what Oregon came in allowing per game (320.5) – but the Buffs managed just 56 after halftime.
- What the Buff Daddies do in the red zone will be a key factor when they travel to Tempe to face ASU. Touchdowns have been scarce in the red zone in Colorado games this season, particularly for the Buffs. CU has just one touchdown in nine trips when penetrating the opponent 20-yard line, but is 7-of-7 on field goals. The lone miss came on downs against Oregon. The opponent has crashed the CU red zone 23 times with 17 scores, 14 of those being touchdowns. CU has forced three opponent turnovers in the red zone, and the enemy is just 4-of-10 on third downs.
- Ready for some Super Mariota stats? Marcus Mariota is now 17-1 as a starting QB at Oregon and is 8-0 on the road. He has at least one TD pass in all 18 games in his career and has a streak of seven consecutive games with both a rushing and a passing touchdown. Last week he set a new Oregon record as he’s attempted 202 consecutive passes without throwing an interception.
- Oregon has scored 55 or more points in five straight games. Only the 2008 Oklahoma Sooners have a longer such streak at six. The Ducks rank second nationally in scoring offense (59.2) and defense (11.8).
- When the Beavers go to Pullman this Saturday, it ﬁgures to be a long night with two of the most proliﬁc passing teams in the nation battling it out. OSU ranks second in the nation for passing yards per game at 420.7 while WSU is eighth at 359.7. If the Beavers maintain that average at season’s end, it will erase the current Pac-12 record of 373.4 yards per game by Arizona State in 2005 and will be the 11th-highest season average in NCAA history.
- The two most opportunistic secondaries in the league will be on the same ﬁeld Saturday as Washington State leads the Pac-12 in interceptions with nine, and Oregon State is second with eight. Both teams should have plenty of opportunities to bolster those statistics this week: if the averages hold up, there will be 104 pass attempts.
- No. 5 Stanford heads to Salt Lake City for the first time since 1995 this Saturday at 3 p.m. PST on the Pac-12 Networks. The Cardinal is 2-0 on Utah’s home turf, with the first victory coming in the series’ inaugural game in 1902.This will be the first time Stanford and Utah will meet as members of the Pac-12 Conference. Stanford has the second-longest winning streak in conference play (11) of any FBS school. Northern Illinois is first with 18 consecutive conference wins.
- Last week’s dramatic victory over Washington helped Stanford improve its overall winning streak to 13 games, the second-longest in the nation. That’s not Stanford’s only streak, as the Cardinal extended its streak of consecutive games with a takeaway to 29 on senior inside linebacker A.J. Tarpley’s fourth-quarter interception. The Cardinal also continued its streak on the season of not allowing a first-quarter touchdown.
- QB Brett Hundley did a little bit of everything last Thursday in Salt Lake City in the Bruins’ 34-27 victory at Utah. In records dating back to 1960, no UCLA player had ever previously run for a score, thrown for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass in a single game as Brett Hundley did at Utah.
- The UCLA defense will face one of the best passing attacks in the nation when the Cal Bears come to the Rose Bowl on Saturday. The Bruins defense comes in after recording six interceptions at Utah. The six picks were the most since it recorded the same total in a 1987 win over Stanford. The school mark is 10, set in a 1978 win at California.
- USC’s first-ever non-Thanksgiving /non-bowl Thursday game in the Coliseum should be a good one. The last six USC-Arizona games have been decided by a touchdown or less.
- Ed Orgeron will be making his Trojan head coaching debut in that game. USC is 14-8-1 when playing its first game under a new head coach.
- Utah will look to use its strong kicking game when the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal comes to Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday. Utah has the best kicking duo in the conference. First-year placekicker Andy Phillips is perfect through ﬁve games, making 9-of-9 ﬁeld goals (including 3-of-3 from 40 yards or longer) 24-of-24 PATs, and is two for two in converting onside kicks. Sophomore punter Tom Hackett is tied for the Pac-12 lead in punt return average (44.0), punts inside the 20 (11) and punts of 50+ yards (7).
- The Utes will rely heavily on wide receiver Dres Anderson in their attempt to upset the Cardinal. Anderson has four straight 100-yard games (103 yards vs. Weber State, 101 vs. Oregon State, 141 vs. BYU and 106 vs. UCLA) and he is tied for the national lead in receptions of 50 yards or longer (4).
- No. 16 Washington welcomes No. 2 Oregon to Husky Stadium for a showdown having lost nine straight against the Ducks. The Huskies' last win over Oregon was in 2003, but the Huskies are 31-20-4 against their cross-border rivals in games played in Seattle.
- Bishop Sankey will be a major factor in this huge Pac-12 North battle in Seattle. Last week at Stanford, Sankey rushed for over 100 yards for the eighth time in his last 10 games. Over his last 10 games, dating back to last season, of course, he’s rushed for 1,501 yards, an average of more than 150 per game over that stretch.
- Last week the Cougs defeated Cal for the first time since 2002 due in large part to Connor Halliday attempting a school-record 67 passes, completing a career-high 41 passes for a career-high 521 yards passing. He finished 10 yards short of Alex Brink’s school record of 531 yards in 2005. He was just 15 yards shy of the all-time Pac-12 single-game passing record of 536 yards set by ASU’s Andrew Walter back in 2002. The 521 yards in the fifth-highest total in Pac-12 history.
- If you like the number six, then this stat is a fun one for you. WSU has rushed for six touchdowns through six games after having six rushing scores all of last season.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)