Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 9
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- Ka’Deem Carey carried (pun) the load for the Wildcats as they picked up a big 35-24 win over Utah last week. Carey rushed for 236 yards (second-most in career) on a school-record 39 carries (previous school record: 36 by Ontiwaun Carter and Chris Henry). Carey’s 236 rushing yards rank No. 3 in single-game school history. Carey improved his career rushing total to 3,159 yards, which ranks fifth-most in program history. He is four yards behind Mike Bell (3,163 from 2002-05) for No. 4 at Arizona.
- Carey and the Bear Downs head to Boulder to face Colorado on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday. When Carey last saw the Buffs, he ran for a Pac-12 Conference-record 366 yards against them. He enters this year’s match up as the nation’s leading rusher at 161 yards per game. Carey has topped 100 yards rushing in nine straight games (also 150-plus all-purpose yards in nine straight). Ka’Deem stats 4 Days!
- The Fork’ems put on a show against Washington last week in their 53-24 victory over Washington. Good luck to anyone trying to walk out of Sun Devil Stadium with a win. ASU is 5-0 at home this season and are 9-2 at home under Todd Graham (Not to be confused with #ToddYam, AKA TV’s Mike Yam). ASU has gone undefeated at home just once in the past 16 seasons (1997-2012), when it was 6-0 in 2004.
- Through only seven games this season, Grice has 18 touchdowns (12 rushing, six receiving). In his last 10 games dating back to last season, Grice has scored 24 touchdowns (16 rushing, seven receiving), and has scored at least one touchdown in each of those contests. Grice has scored more points (108) than eight FBS teams.
- We gave Cal punter Cole Leininger love in the week 8 stat pack. This week it’s place kicker Vincenzo D’Amato, who was good on a 22-yard field goal in the first quarter, ending the night going 1-for-2. He is now 13-for-15 on the season. The Bears have every angle covered as far as kicking goes.
- Wide receiver Chris Harper enters this week’s game at Washington seven receptions away from his 100th career catch at Cal. Harper is Cal’s leading receiver in 2013 with 52 receptions for 698 yards and four touchdowns. He is also seven catches shy of cracking Cal’s top-10 list for single-season receptions. Harper is tied for second in the Pac-12 and 12th in the nation in receptions (7.4 rpg), and third in the Pac-12 and 21st in the nation in receiving yards (99.7 ypg).
- The Buff Daddies took care of business against Charleston Southern with a solid 43-10 win last Saturday. A couple of freshmen making their first career starts led the way: Quarterback Sefo Liufau’s 198 yards passing were for the fourth most yards by a freshman in a first career start (third most by true frosh) and running back Michael Adkins II rushed for 137 yards, which is the fifth most yards by a freshman (fourth most by a true frosh) in his a first career start. Adkins II also set a CU freshman record with four rushing touchdowns, snapping the old mark of three held by Herchell Troutman at Texas in 1994 and Christian Powell versus Sacramento State in Boulder last year. This was the first time a freshman quarterback and running back made their starting debuts in the same game for Colorado.
- Time for a couple of fun/weird stats. The two-point conversion was added to college football in 1958. Last week marked the first time a CU punter played a role in converting one when Darragh O’Neill ran one in. Also thought we’d update our weirdest stat from last week: the Buffs continue to struggle before the game starts. Colorado is now 0-6 on the coin toss in 2013.
- Running back Byron Marshall has stepped up his game with De’Anthony Thomas still on the mend. Marshall recorded his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season (sixth career) Saturday against Washington State with a career-high 192 yards on a team-high 21 carries. Marshall also set career bests with three touchdowns and 246 all-purpose yards.
- It wouldn’t be a complete Pac-12 football stat pack without some awesome Marcus Mariota stats, so here ya go: Mariota has attempted a Pac-12-record 265 passes without an interception, including all 197 attempts this season. Mariota has passed for at least one touchdown in all 20 games of his career. He has scores both passing and rushing in nine straight games, trailing only Tim Tebow (14) for the longest such streak since 1998. Even crazier is the fact that Mariota needs 142 more yards to pass former QB Jeremiah Masoli’s 1,386 rushing yards to become the all-time leading rusher amongst QBs in Oregon history. I’ll remind you that Mariota has only played four full games in his 20-game career, and he’s played in the fourth quarter once this season. What would Flavor Flav say about all of that?
- Sean Mannion passed for 481 yards on Saturday and now has 8,766 in his career, which ranks 19th all-time in the Pac-12. Mannion ranks first nationally in total offense, accounting for 414 yards per game. That total is more than 58 FBS teams are averaging per game, including the likes of Florida, Kentucky Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, West Virginia, Stanford and North Carolina.
- The Beavs host a showdown with No. 6 Stanford this week, and they’ll need Brandin Cooks to keep his ridiculous statistical season going. He’s already fourth on OSU’s record charts for career receiving yards with 2,718, and needs 276 yards to catch third-place holder and former teammate Markus Wheaton at 2,994 yards. Cooks has 20 career touchdowns receiving, tied for the most in school history with James Newson (2000-03) and Mike Hass (2002-05). Cooks leads the nation for touchdown receptions this season with 12. Reser should be rocking on Saturday night.
- The now-No. 6 Cardinal improved the nation’s third longest home winning streak of 13 with a huge 24-10 win over previously undefeated UCLA last week. Stanford’s defense shut out UCLA’s offense in the first half, something that hadn’t been accomplished since November of 2011. Stanford has won 30 of its last 31 games played in California.
- The Trees travel up to Corvallis to face Oregon State, against whom they have a three-game winning streak, but the Cardinal better beware. Each of Stanford’s last two Pac-12 losses has come on the road to an unranked opponent. In the last three matchups, Stanford has outscored Oregon State, 103-36. In their last meeting, quarterback Kevin Hogan made his first career start. He’s now 11-1 as a starter.
- No.12 UCLA looks to rebound this week as it heads up to Eugene to face the No. 3 Oregon Ducks. The Ducks have won four straight in the series. UCLA last defeated the Ducks in 2007 and haven’t won in Eugene since 2004. Getting off to a great start would be a big boost for the Bruins. UCLA is 12-2 under Coach Mora when scoring first and is 12-0 under him when ahead at the half.
- The Bruins will need their defense to continue some trends if they want to beat the No. 3 team in the nation at Autzen. UCLA’s defense has held all six of their opponents this season under 30 points. The last time UCLA opened a season by holding its first six opponents all under 30 points was in 2001. Also, linebacker Anthony Barr will have to have a huge game and continue to disrupt opposing offenses in their backfield. Barr has at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each of his games played on defense (20) at UCLA.
- The Trojans look to rebound from a tough 14-10 loss at Notre Dame when they host Utah on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday. The 10 points at Notre Dame were the fewest the Trojans have scored against the Golden Domers since a 10-0 victory in 1998.
- USC holds an 8-3 record over Utah, including 5-1 in Los Angeles. In fact, USC hasn’t lost to the Utes at the Coliseum since 1916.
- The Utes and their brilliant co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson (insert awesome Statisfaction episode here) head to LA to face the Trojans this week after dropping a tough one at Arizona last week. They’ll do so with QB Travis Wilson, who is one of just eight FBS quarterbacks to throw for 14 touchdowns and rush for five touchdowns this season.
- Utah’s offense has 37 explosive plays of 20 yards or more this season. That matches their total of 37 for the entire 2012 season. BOOM! That was me typing out an explosion.
- UW looks to bounce back from a disappointing loss at ASU when the Huskies host Cal this week. Keith Price moved into the No. 2 spot in UW career passing yards during that ASU game. He now has 7,746 career yards, moving past Jake Locker (7,639) on the career chart.
- When you’re playing against Washington and you’re coming out of the locker room after halftime, you may just want to not waste your time, chalk up seven points for the Huskies and skip the first drive, because UW has scored on its opening drive of the third quarter in six of seven games this season.
- RIP to the “Dawgfather” Don James. James won a school-record 153 games, and led Washington to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. At the time of his retirement in 1993, his 10 bowl-game victories were fourth most in college history, behind only Paul "Bear" Bryant, Joe Paterno and Bobby Bowden.
- Washington State quarterback Connor Holliday finished last week’s loss at Oregon with a Division I record, tying 58 completions (and an FBS record 89 attempts). That's more completions than New Mexico, Georgia Tech, Air Force, Army and Navy have this season.
- Halliday passed for a Pac-12 and WSU school record 557 yards, his 10th career 300-yard game and the fifth this season, fourth career 400-yard game and second career 500-yard game. Halliday passed for 319 yards in the first half, the seventh time a WSU quarterback has passed for 300 yards in a half.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)