Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 10
We’ve reached week 10 of this outstanding Pac-12 football season. There are just four games this week, so we took it easy on the statistical brilliance and the hilarity. Psyche! So many great stats and movie references sit below the sentence you are reading right now. Keep reading and enjoy another great week. Have a fun and safe Halloween. Make sure Mom and Dad sort through your candy to make sure it’s AG (All Good). Trick or treat or football? Yes, please, to all of the above.
- B.J. Denker set a school record for rushing by a QB with 192 yards last week in the Wildcats’ victory over Colorado. His 457 yards of total offense are the sixth most in school single-game history. Arizona’s 670 total offense yards were a season high and rank as the third most in school single-game history. It’s the second highest total under head coach Rich Rodriguez (689 vs. South Carolina State in 2012). The school record is 691 vs. New Mexico State set in 1969.
- Ka’Deem Carey enters this week’s game at Cal on the Pac-12 Networks as the nation’s leading rusher averaging 153 yards per game. Carey has topped 100 yards rushing in 10 straight games, which is the longest streak for active FBS players. He’s also scored a rushing touchdown in 14 of his last 15 games. If that’s not Bearing Down, then I don’t know what is.
- ASU has the nation's No. 1 and No. 2 scorers entering the week in running back Marion Grice at No. 1 and placekicker Zane Gonzalez at No. 2. Grice is averaging 15.4 points per game (sounds like a Jahii Carson stat) and Gonzalez’s right leg is averaging 11.4 points per game.
- Weird Stat of the Week alert! Since 1999, ASU is 9-2 in games played on Thursday nights. This stat is super topical because the Fork’ems head to Pullman for a Halloween night matchup with the Cougs on Thursday. Todd Graham is 3-1 on Thursday-nighters at ASU.
- The Bears dropped one last week at UW, but with six catches for 98 yards, Chris Harper raised his totals through 20 career games to 99 receptions and 1,340 yards. He also has 58 catches this year and needs one more to tie DeSean Jackson’s 2006 total of 59 for 10th in a season in school history.
- Cal hosts Arizona on the Pac-12 Networks this week, so you may want to mark down cornerback Cameron Walker down for 11 tackles. Why, you ask? I’ll tell you in this next sentence: Walker set a personal best in tackles in three straight games. Last week, he led all Cal defenders with 10 takedowns. He had nine two weeks ago against Oregon State and eight the week before at UCLA. Mark it 11. (Big Lebowski, anyone?)
- The Buff Daddies dropped their homecoming game vs. Arizona last week, but got another big game from Paul Richardson. P-Rich now has 50 catches for 914 yards, 18.3 per game, with seven touchdowns. He’s inching closer to all the CU season marks: 78 receptions (D.J. Hackett, 2003), 1,149 yards (Charles E. Johnson, 1992) and 11 TDs (Derek McCoy, 2003). His 75-yard TD reception was the sixth play of 50 yards or longer this season, tying the modern day record for most plays 50 yards or longer in a year (and it was the 12th of his career). His seven TD catches this year have covered 405 yards (57.9 per), and his 18 career have spanned 776 yards (43.1).
- Colorado heads to Pasadena this week to face the Bruins and is looking to get off to a good start. By getting off to a good start I mean winning the coin toss. The Buffs’ year-long struggle vs. quarters and half dollars continues as they are now 0-7 in the pre-game coin toss in 2013. So much pressure on the captains this week to get the team off to a good start with a correct heads or tails call. Best of luck, brothers.
- Oregon picked up a huge win over then-No.12 UCLA last week. With the game tied 14-14 at the half, the Ducks had failed to lead at intermission for the first time in 2013. The defense told defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti at halftime that they’d shut out the Bruins in the second half, and that’s exactly what they did as Oregon improved to 2-0 against top-25 opponents this season. The 283 yards of total offense by the Bruins were the fewest allowed this season by the Oregon defense.
- With the win, Mark Helfrich became the first coach in school history to win his first eight games as head coach. He did so in front of a season-high crowd of 59,206. Autzen Stadium’s sellout streak was extended to 94 games. #ScoDucks
- The Beavs dropped a 20-12 heartbreaker to now-No. 5 Stanford last week. Saturday’s game was the first time this season that Oregon State was held under 30 points. It was also the first time this season the Beavers have finished with fewer than 300 passing yards. The OSU defense turned in an outstanding performance, though, as Stanford’s 88 passing yards were the fewest allowed by Oregon State since the Beavers held Utah to 62 passing yards on Oct. 29, 2011.
- This week the Beavers welcome USC to Corvallis on Friday night with Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks looking to continue their assault on the record books (“That’s assault, brotha.” – Billy Madison). Mannion now has the single-season TD pass record at OSU with 30 and is on pace to have the highest completion percentage in school history for both a season and a career. He’s completed 69.1 percent of his passes in 2013 and 66.1 percent of his passes in his career. Cooks co-leads the nation (Davante Adams, Fresno State) for touchdown receptions this season with 13 and leads the nation for receiving yards per game at 157.0, receptions per game at 10.6 and total receiving yards with 1,256.
- The Trees went up to Corvallis and gutted out a big win against Oregon State last week behind 145 yards rushing and three TDs by Tyler Gaffney paired with an outstanding defensive performance against the nation’s top passing offense. The Beavs had allowed just nine sacks all year coming into the showdown with Stanford, but the Card defense sacked Sean Mannion eight times. OSU came into the game with the most 20-plus-yard passing plays in the nation – Stanford allowed just one en route to holding an opponent to 20 or fewer points for the 15th time in its last 20 games.
- Looking ahead to arguably the game of the year in the Pac-12 when No. 5 Stanford hosts No.2 Oregon on Thursday, Nov. 7, the Cardinal will enter with a 13-game home winning streak, the nation’s third longest. The last time Stanford lost at home was when the Ducks made their last visit to The Farm back in 2011. In its last 31 games played in the state of California, that’s the only game Stanford has lost. The road team has won each of the last two years in this rivalry. Can’t Wait!!!
- The No. 20 Bruins return home to face Colorado after their loss at Oregon last week. Brett Hundley will be looking to rebound after a career-low 64 passing yards. The Bruins, who had averaged 46 points per game and 547 yards per game – seventh and fifth in the nation at the time – respectively) prior to their Stanford and Oregon road trip, have combined for just 24 points and 549 yards of offense the past two weeks.
- Since moving over to the defensive side of the ball linebacker, Anthony Barr has at least 0.5 tackles for loss in each of his 21 games played. Barr had two last week at Oregon and has a two-year total of 34.5 tackles for loss. Do you think NFL scouts would be interested in a stat like that? Anthony Barr is money.
- The Trojans, playing shorthanded with just three substitutes on defense for third straight game, held Utah to just three points Saturday at the Coliseum. It was the first time since 2010 that the Utes were held without a touchdown. USC kept Utah to a season-low 201 total yards. Utah has had five games with over 400 total yards this season. Impressive stuff.
- Instead of getting to take a rest, the Trojan defense gets a short week to prepare for the nation’s best passing team when they head up to Corvallis to face Oregon State on Friday night. USC will play just its third Friday game since 1999 and play at Reser Stadium, where Troy has lost three games in a row. With rain always a possibility when playing in the Pacific Northwest, USC has a 21-23-2 record in games in which it rained during a major portion of the contest. USC’s last rain game was at UCLA in 2012, which USC lost, 38-28.
- Utah’s defense came to play last week in LA in the Utes’ 19-3 loss. Utah held USC to a season-low 30 rushing yards, the third time this season Utah has held an opponent under 100 yards rushing (69 yards vs. Weber State, 48 yards vs. Oregon State). USC had just 260 total yards, the Utes recorded 10 tackles for loss, and Trevor Reilly led Utah in tackles for the third time this season with 11. He also had two sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to extend his team-leading numbers in all three categories.
- The Utes have a bye this week as they prepare for a big game in Salt Lake City against Arizona State next week. Utah’s all-time record coming off regular-season byes is 94-39-6. Kyle Whittingham is 6-3 after regular-season byes and 0-1 this year with a loss to UCLA on Oct. 3.
- The Huskies got back in the winners’ circle against Cal behind a huge performance by running back Bishop Sankey. Sankey’s 241 yards were a new career high and the eighth most in UW single-game history. He passed 200 yards rushing for the third time in his career. It is the 21st time in Husky history a rusher has surpassed 200 yards, and Sankey is just the second player in UW history (Napoleon Kaufman is the other) to reach the milestone three times. Sankey surpassed 1,000 yards for the season in the second quarter. It is the fifth straight season a Husky has passed 1,000 yards on the ground. He is the fourth Husky to rush for 1,000 yards multiple times in their career.
- The Huskies surpassed 500 total yards on Saturday for the fourth time this season. It is the third time in 67 years that Washington has done it that many times in one season (2005 and 2007 being the other two seasons). It was also the third time UW has exceeded 600 total yards this year, a first in team history. The Huskies came into the season with only six games all-time of going over 600 yards.
- The Coug Daddies are fired up for a Halloween night game with ASU in Pullman. Classes are optional on Thursday, but sweet passing stats for Connor Halliday are a must. The last time ASU came to Pullman, a freshman Connor Halliday came off the bench and torched the Devils for 494 passing yards in the Cougs’ 37-27 win.
- The last time the Cougars hosted a game on Halloween was in 2008 when the Sun Devils came into Pullman and posted a 38-28 victory. WSU is 25-15-2 record when playing on Thursdays and has wins in three of the last four.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)