Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 8
Week 7 was solid, but we’re onto the next. If you aren’t excited for week 8 then there’s something wrong with you. There, I said it. Read the notes below if you enjoy fun things.
- The Wildcats’ furious comeback came up just short in their 38-31 defeat last Thursday at USC, but their comeback made it seven consecutive games in the AZ-USC rivalry that have been decided by seven points or less.
- This week the Bear Downs host Utah at Arizona Stadium, where they are 8-2 under RichRod on the Pac-12 family of Networks. Ka’Deem Carey is one of the best backs in the country and is putting up strong numbers as usual. Carey has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in eight straight games (also 150-plus all-purpose yards in eight straight). Carey is just 77 yards shy of 3,000 rushing yards and 4,000 all-purpose yards. He is seeking to become the fourth player in Arizona history with 3,000 rushing yards and 4,000 all-purpose yards. Very cool stuff.
- ASU put on a show in the first half of its 54-13 win over Colorado last week. The Fork’ems put up 392 yards, their five touchdown drives all lasted less than two minutes, and they went six for six in the red zone. Taylor Kelly only played the first half, so he failed to throw for 300 yards for the first time this season. Coming into the game he was one of just three FBS quarterbacks to throw for 300-plus yards in every game this season.
- The Sun Devils welcome the UW Huskies to Tempe this Saturday afternoon on the Pac-12 Networks in a battle between two quality 4-2 teams. The all-time series between ASU and UW is currently dead even at 15 wins each. However, ASU has been victors of the past seven contests against the Huskies dating back to 2002. Should be a barn burner.
- I feel like punters don’t get enough love on this stats blog. [Editor’s note: Or in life in general.] Punters are people, too, and Cal has a good one in Cole Leininger. Cole had two punts of at least 50 yards to give him seven 50-yard punts this season. He had eight all of last year. There it is…punting stats.
- The record of the ﬁve teams that have defeated Cal is a combined 24-5 with Ohio State (6-0), Oregon (6-0) and UCLA (5-0) still unbeaten. So for their trouble, the Bears get to face off with the 5-1 Oregon State Beavers on Saturday.
- Sefo Liufau became the ninth true freshman to play for the Buffs this season when he appeared in the first quarter against Arizona State on Saturday. The last true freshman to appear in a game at quarterback for CU was Tyler Hansen, who made his debut in a 14-13 win against Kansas State in Boulder on Oct. 18, 2008. Sefo went 18 for 26 for 169 yards, a touchdown and two INTs in his debut.
- Sefo will make his first collegiate start this weekend versus an undefeated FCS opponent in Charleston Southern on the Pac-12 Networks. This is a makeup game for the Buff Daddies as their previously scheduled game against Fresno State was canceled due to the floods in Boulder. This is the first meeting between the schools and CU’s fifth game ever against an FCS opponent (the Buffaloes are 2-2 against FCS schools). Ready for the weird stat of the week? Colorado is 0-5 this year on the opening coin toss. Come on, Buffs, tails never fails.
- Now it’s time for the Marcus Mariota is awesome portion of the blog. The Ducks went to Seattle and defeated Washington 45-24 last Saturday behind a 366-yard passing, 88-yard rushing and four total touchdowns performance by the sophomore signal caller. Mariota played into the fourth quarter for the first time this season in this game. He is now 18-1 in his career and 9-0 on the road, and has played just four full games. He extended his school record and Pac-12 record to 233 consecutive pass attempts without throwing an interception. He’s thrown 17 touchdowns, zero INTs and has 25 total TDs with no turnovers. Marcus has thrown a TD pass in all 19 games he’s played in and has had both a rushing and passing touchdown in eight consecutive games.
- Oregon wide receiver Bralon Addison (the baller who appeared on the hit show Statisfaction) has recorded back-to-back 150-yard receiving efforts and totaled six touchdowns over the last three games (four receiving, two punt returns). The Ducks, who did not have a single player with 500 receiving yards last season, already have two through six games this year in Addison (502) and senior wide receiver Josh Huff (552).
- QB Sean Mannion is rewriting the record books at Oregon State and is on pace to do a complete overhaul of the Pac-12 Conference record book. Mannion’s 493 passing yards last week at WSU gave him five consecutive 350-yard passing games. That surpasses Derek Anderson’s four 350-yard passing games in 2004 as the previous school record for a single season. The 493 yards set the Oregon State record, and Mannion owns five of the 14 all-time 400-yard passing games. Mannion now has thrown for 25 touchdowns in 2013, tied for the third most in a single season at Oregon State. He has 56 touchdown passes for his career, moving him into second all-time at Oregon State.
- Mannion and wide receiver Brandin Cooks have become the most prolific duo in the history of Oregon State football, and Cooks wants to do some record book rewriting of his own. Mannion now has found Brandin Cooks for 17 touchdown passes in their careers, tying for the most in school history with Erik Wilhelm and Robb Thomas. Cooks’ two touchdown receptions gave him 11 on the year, which is tied for the second-most in a single season. Cooks caught 11 passes for 137 yards. He’s now sixth in school history with 161 receptions and sixth with 2,486 receiving yards.
- Last week’s heartbreaking 27-21 loss in Salt Lake City was a streak-snapper for the Cardinal. The defeat snapped Stanford’s 13-game winning streak (second-longest in school history), snapped its streak of 11 straight wins in the month of October, snapped its streak of scoring at least 31 points in five straight games, and ended Kevin Hogan’s perfect record as a starting QB (10-1). Stanford has not lost consecutive games since the middle of the 2009 season, when the Card dropped road games at Oregon State (28-38) and Arizona (38-43). Since that two-game stretch, the Cardinal is 7-0 following a loss (including the 2012 Fiesta Bowl) and 6-0 after regular-season losses.
- No. 13 Stanford returns home to The Farm to face an undefeated No. 9 UCLA squad and will attempt to keep its streak this week. Stanford’s active 12-game home winning streak is the third-longest in the nation behind Michigan (18) and South Carolina (14).
- Stanford is 10-1 (.909) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches polls since 2009 (2-1 versus top 10). Including its Rose Bowl victory against Wisconsin, Stanford has won 29 of its last 30 games played in California (only loss against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).
- The Bruins scored at least 30 points for the fifth straight game to open the season when they defeated Cal 37-10 last week. UCLA last accomplished that feat in 1998. The 5-0 start for the Bruins is the best since the 2005 campaign. The 2-0 conference start is also the best since 2005. Brett Hundley’s 410 passing yards versus Cal was the third-highest total in school history and the most since Drew Olson threw for 510 versus Arizona State in 2005.
- UCLA heads up to Palo Alto for a huge showdown this weekend. The No. 9 Bruins lead the series with No. 13 Stanford, 45-36-3. This is the highest a Bruin team has been ranked going into the annual battle with Stanford since the eighth-ranked 2005 Bruin squad trimmed the Cardinal 30-27 in overtime on The Farm. That contest marks the last UCLA win at Stanford.
- In Ed Orgeron's debut as the Trojans' interim head coach against Arizona on Saturday, USC improved to 15-8-1 when playing its game under a new head coach. Troy has won four such games (including Lane Kiffin in 2010, Pete Carroll in 2001 and Paul Hackett in 1998). USC had five players rush for 30 or more yards (Silas Redd-80, Justin Davis-38, Javorius Allen-37, Ty Isaac-36 and Cody Kessler-34). It was the first time the Trojans had five players rush for 30 or more yards since 1990 versus Arizona State.
- This week USC heads to South Bend to take on the Golden Domers of Notre Dame. Troy has not lost a non-conference road game since 2002. Orgeron should be wary: only two Trojan coaches have won their debut games against the Irish, and neither did so in South Bend. The Trojans have lost just twice in their last 11 meetings with the Irish, but both losses came in the past three seasons. Notre Dame leads the series with USC, which began in 1926, 44-35-5.
- Last week Utah upset a top-five ranked team for the second time in school history. No. 5 Stanford is the highest-ranked opponent Utah has beaten at home all-time. The Utes' only other victory over a top-10 team in Salt Lake City was over No. 8 Arizona State in 1973. The Cardinal is the highest-ranked team Utah has defeated since beating No. 4 Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl. Utah recorded its first win over a ranked conference opponent since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, improving to 1-4 against ranked squads.
- Saturday’s game at Arizona marks Utah’s ﬁrst trip out of the state this season. It is the latest out-of-state opener for the Utes since 1947 when they played Wyoming on Oct. 25 in Laramie. Utah has played just one road game this season, beating BYU in Provo on Sept. 21. The Utes will play four of their ﬁnal six games on the road.
- Huskies running back Bishop Sankey entered last Saturday’s game versus Oregon ranked 11th all-time in UW history with 2,358 rushing yards. His 167 yards in that game allowed him to leap-frog four players and move to seventh all-time with 2,525 yards. Sankey surpassed 100 yards for the 12th time in his career to move into a tie for fourth most all-time in UW history. He has rushed for over 100 yards in nine of the last 11 games dating back to last season. He also became the first opponent to surpass 100 yards rushing against Stanford two weeks ago and the first opponent to eclipse the century mark versus Oregon this season.
- QB Keith Price has 7,529 career passing yards and now trails Jake Locker (7,639) by 110 yards for second most all-time. Price will attempt to pass up Locker on Saturday afternoon in the desert against Arizona State on the Pac-12 Networks. FYI, Cody Pickett is the all-time career leader with 10,220 career yards.
- QB Connor Halliday kept on spreading the wealth in the Cougs’ 52-24 loss versus Oregon State last week. WSU had 10 receivers catch a pass, the fifth straight game that 10-plus players have caught a pass, and the sixth time this season.
- This week the Cougs head to Eugene to face the No. 2 Oregon Ducks having lost six in a row against them. The Cougars’ last win in the series came in 2006, 34-23 in Pullman over the 16th-ranked Ducks. WSU’s last win in Eugene came in 2003, 55-16 over No. 10 Oregon. The Cougars’ last win over a top-five ranked team was in the 2003 Holiday Bowl, beating No. 5 Texas 28-20.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)