Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 11
It’s Christmas come early as we enter week 11. Arguably the biggest game in the history of the Pac-12 Conference is about to go down in Palo Alto. When No. 3 Oregon visits No. 5 Stanford Thursday, it will be the second-ever matchup between two Pac-12 teams ranked among the BCS top five. The only other time that occurred was Nov. 3, 2007 in Eugene, Ore., when No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 4 Arizona State, 35-23. This guy will actually be lucky enough to be able to attend this epic matchup of Pac-12 North rivals. If you see someone about 20 rows up around the 40-yard line having the time of his life watching ball, then there’s a good chance this is the guy. Oregon! Stanford! WHO WANTS IT MORE?
- Last week at Cal, the Wildcats notched a win in the Bay Area for the first time since 2006. After an 0-2 start, the Wildcats have rebounded with three straight wins to post a 3-2 mark in Pac-12 play to date. The last time the UA posted a 3-2 record after an 0-2 start in league action was under Larry Smith in 1981.
- Ka’Deem Carey has been Bearing Down so much this season that I have to hit you with all of his money stats. Ready, set, go! #TeamKaDeem leads all FBS players in rushing (153.1 ypg). Carey has 100-plus yards rushing in 11 straight games – a school record and the longest streak among active FBS players. Carey has 3,426 career rushing yards and is one of only three players in UA history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons.
- The 55 points ASU put up on Halloween night at Washington State last week is the most in a Pac-12 road game since the Sun Devils scored 56 against Arizona in 1996. It was the third-highest total in a Pac-12 road game in school history. With the Oct. 31 victory, ASU became bowl-eligible before November for just the fourth time since 1996.
- Reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton and the ASU defense has forced opponents to 55 three-and-outs on 117 drives (47.0 percent). ASU now ranks second in the nation this season in forcing defensive three-and-outs at 6.88 per game, and its 55 three-and-outs forced this season are the most among all FBS programs. The Fork Daddies will look to continue their defensive domination this week at Utah on the Pac-12 Networks.
- The Bears dropped a close one 33-28 versus Arizona last week, but made some history in the process. Cal set the school record for most pass completions and attempts in a season last Saturday, now with 286 completions and 482 attempts. The Bears topped the previous records of 278 completions and 452 attempts set in 2003.
- Jared Goff is the QB that’s completed most of those 482 attempts. With 2,881 passing yards this season, Goff ranks fifth on Cal’s single-season top-10 list for passing yards. Aaron Rodgers is fourth (2,903 in 2003). Goff also ranks sixth on Cal's single-season list for total offense (2,811). Kevin Riley is fifth on that list with 2,901 in 2009. Hey, Rodgers, you’re gonna need a discount double check after Goff passes you up this week when he faces the USC Trojans in Berkeley.
- The Buffs went to Pasadena and dropped their 13th consecutive Pac-12 conference game last week, 45-23. Linebacker Addison Gillam recorded seven tackles against the Bruins, giving him 81 on the season. That leaves him just five tackles shy of the all-time Colorado freshman record of 85 tackles by Matt Russell in 1993.
- We have breaking news: Colorado finally has won a coin toss! I repeat: Colorado finally has won a coin toss! I can’t confirm whether the captains called heads or tails, but the Buff Daddies are now 1-7 on the coin toss this season. It just goes to show that anything can be achieved if you don’t give up. NEVER GIVE UP! NEVER GIVE UUUUUUP!
- The Pac-12 game of the year is upon us when No. 3 Oregon visits No. 5 Stanford on Thursday night. Stanford leads the all-time series, 45-30-1, including a 28-14-1 mark at home, but the Ducks have won nine of the last 11 overall meetings and four of the last five on The Farm. The game should be explosive one way or another. No team in college football has more plays of 20-plus yards than Oregon (71). Stanford, however, has allowed just 26 explosive plays this season.
- Oregon has won 18 straight road games, which leads the country. The Ducks’ last road loss occurred on Nov. 7, 2009, at Stanford (51-42) – their only conference road setback in the past four seasons. Revenge will be on Oregon’s mind as the Cardinal dealt the #ScoDucks their only loss a season ago, 17-14 in overtime at Autzen on Nov. 17, 2012.
- The Beavs lost last Friday when USC came to Corvallis. Sean Mannion’s second-quarter interception snapped a streak of 140 consecutive pass attempts without a pick. Matt Moore holds the school record in that department, attempting 182 passes without an interception in 2006. On the bright side, Mannion finished with 277 yards passing and now has 3,605 in 2013, moving into third place on Oregon State’s single-season list. He now sits just 10 shy of tying Derek Anderson’s single-season record of 3,615 yards in 2004.
- Brandin Cooks caught six passes for 88 yards and one touchdown. He moved past James Newson and Sammie Stroughter into third place on OSU’s single-season receiving yards list, tied James Rodgers for single-season receptions (91) and extended his own school record for receiving touchdowns in a season (14) and career (22).
- Much has been made of the fact that Stanford’s lack of production from the tight end position in the passing game has made Stanford easier to defend. When looking at the numbers, one can make an argument that this year’s Card squad is even better than last year. Through eight games in 2012, Stanford tight ends had 49 catches for 817 yards and six TDs. Their wide receivers had 46 catches for 517 yards and four TDs. Through eight games in 2013, Stanford tight ends have just six catches for 30 yards and no TDs. Their improved receiving corps has combined for 83 catches, 1,370 yards and 12 TDs. So they’ve completed just six fewer passes for 12 more yards and four more TDs between those two position groups in 2013. Bonus note to strengthen the argument: Through eight games Stanford is averaging 0.7 more yards per carry, has five more rushing TDs, nearly 300 more total yards, and is converting 49 percent of its third downs as opposed to 34.5 percent at this time last season.
- When the Ducks face the Trees on The Farm Thursday night, someone’s streak will have to come to an end. We mentioned earlier that Oregon has the nation’s longest road winning streak at 18. Well, Stanford has been dominant at home this season and sports the nation’s third longest home winning streak at 13 games. Stanford is 11-1 (.917) at home against opponents ranked in either the AP or USA Today Coaches’ polls since 2009 (3-1 vs. top 10). We mentioned last week that Stanford has won 30 of its last 31 games played in the state of California. The last home loss for the Cardinal – the only loss that kept those last two fun stats from being perfect – was Oregon’s last visit to Palo Alto in 2011. I absolutely cannot wait for this game. I’m so excited. I’m so excited. I’m sooo…
- The Bruins’ victory over Colorado at home last week gave UCLA its first 4-0 home start since 2006. The UCLA offense put up 45 points behind both the arm and legs of quarterback Brett Hundley. Hundley led the Bruins in rushing yards with 72 – the first UCLA quarterback to lead a game in rushing since Kevin Prince had 163 yards against California in 2011.The dual-threat QB has moved into third in UCLA history in total offense (6,524). Hundley has been UCLA’s leading rusher over the last four games with 46 carries for 189 yards.
- UCLA hits the road for Tucson for a huge Pac-12 South tilt against Arizona this Saturday. The Bruins have fared well against the Pac-12 South as they’ve started out 2-0 this season after going a perfect 5-0 against teams from the South division last year. They are now 9-3 against the Pac-12 South since the division started in 2011.
- The Trojans went to Corvallis and left with a win for the first time since 2004 last Friday night. Sophomore running back Javorius Allen had a career night as he ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns. Allen entered the game with just 137 yards on the season, 169 yards in his career, and just two career TDs. Have a night, brother!
- USC travels to the Bay Area to face Cal this weekend. The Trojans have not lost to the Bears since 2003 (nine straight) and Cal has averaged just 10 points in those games. A win in Berkeley would make the Trojans bowl-eligible and give them four wins in their last five games. #FightOn
- The Utes are coming off of a bye and will be refreshed as they welcome ASU to Salt Lake City at 1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT on the Pac-12 family of Networks. Kyle Whittingham is 6-3 after regular-season byes and 0-1 this year with a loss to UCLA on Oct. 3. The bye came at a good time as Utah has dropped two consecutive games since its last home game, when the Utes defeated No. 5 Stanford. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, Utah is 8-15 overall in conference play, including a 5-7 home record.
- This game will be a special one for current Utah co-offensive coordinator and former Arizona State head coach Dennis Erickson. Coach E was the head coach at ASU from 2007-11 – his team beat the Utes the last time the Sun Devils visited Salt Lake City in 2011. A little background: Erickson was the 2007 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He went 31-31 at ASU from 2007-2011 and has compiled a 179-96-1 record in 23 seasons as a head college coach, including two national championships.
- The Dawgs are coming off of a bye and host Colorado in Seattle Saturday at 5 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks. Bishop Sankey leads the Huskies’ offensive attack and enters the week as the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 145.3 yards per game. His last time out, he rushed for a career-best 241 yards against California. Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing touchdowns with 12. His 29 career rushing TDs are tied for third in UW history. Sankey’s 2,788 career rush yards are good for sixth in UW history.
- The first quarter will be key in the matchup with the Buffs. Washington is now outscoring opponents 67-17 in the first quarter. They are 5-0 in games in which opponents don’t score in the first quarter and 0-3 in the other three games. Colorado has been outscored in the first quarter 81-48 this season. Sark Daddy and Coach Mac may want to give the Huskies and the Buffs a solid pre-game pep talk with the theme being “Strike first, strike hard, no mercy.”
- The Cougs are on a bye as they get some R & R and prepare to play at Arizona next week. WSU dropped its Halloween Thursday-nighter against ASU last week. In the game Connor Halliday threw two touchdown passes, bringing him to 44 in his career, the sixth most in WSU history. Halliday passed for 300 yards, giving him 3,098 for the season, the first 3,000-yard season since Alex Brink in 2007. He tallied his 11th-career 300-yard game and sixth this season.
- WSU cornerback Deone Bucannon had a big night, making 12 tackles to up his career total to 355, fourth-most in WSU history. Bucannon also picked off his fifth pass of the season, the most in a season since Eric Frampton recorded five interceptions in 2006.
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)