Pac-12 football stat pack: Week 14
Congrats to Stanford and Arizona State for clinching the Pac-12 North and South, respectively. It’s going to be a legendary Pac-12 title game. We’ll break down the rematch between the Sun Devils and the Cardinal in great detail next week. But for now it’s Rivalry Week and Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for ball, for stats, for Super Editor/Producer Sarah Kezele, for YouTube, and for everyone who takes time out of their busy day to read this blog every week. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! [Editor’s note: Pac-12.com is thankful for your YouTube obsession paired with your statistical wizardry. It's the stuff of genius.]
- The Bear Downs hadn’t won a Pac-12 Conference game against a team over .500 all season heading into last week. All they did was dominate the No. 5 team in the nation in their 42-16 win over Oregon on Saturday. The Wildcats defeated a team ranked in the Associated Press top five for the first time since Nov. 15, 2007 (No. 2 Oregon, 34-24, at Arizona Stadium). Junior running back Ka’Deem Carey became the school’s all-time rushing leader (3,913 yards), surpassing Trung Canidate’s 3,824 yards set from 1996-1999.
- Carey will look to add to his school record 49 career TDs this week in Tempe when the Territorial Cup is on the line. His four touchdowns last week enabled Carey to break Art Luppino’s school record (48) previously set from 1953-56. The Wildcats hope that recent history continues in the matchup with ASU: In the last four years, the road team as well as the team with the worse record has walked away with the Territorial Cup all four times.
- Last week the #ForkDaddies won in Pasadena for the first time since 2007 and claimed the school’s first Pac-12 South title. One of the main factors in the win at UCLA was ASU’s dominance in the red zone. The Sun Devils were a perfect 5-for-5 in the red zone while their defense turned away without allowing UCLA to score twice inside the 20-yard line (4-for-6).
- Expect another close game when the Fork’ems and Bear Downs meet up on the Pac-12 Networks on Saturday night. Each of the last four meetings have been decided by seven points or less. Whoever wins the rushing battle will have a huge advantage in this game. In the last four games, ASU is averaging 233.3 yards per game on the ground compared to just 73.8 yards per game that opponents have posted. Something’s gotta give with the nation’s second leading rusher (156 yards per game) Ka’Deem Carey coming to town.
- Let’s go glass half full when looking at the Bears, even though they finished up the season 1-11 as well as going 0-11 vs. FBS teams this season. Cal set the school record for passing yards in a season with 3,977, surpassing the former record of 3,705 in 2003. The Bears also set the school record for most plays of total offense in a season with 1,046. The former record was 994 in 2003.
- Jared Goff ended his day at Stanford 10-for-19 for 194 yards and a touchdown before exiting at the end of the first half with a shoulder injury. Finishing the season with 3,508 yards through the air this year, Goff set the school single-season record for passing yards, surpassing Pat Barnes’ 3,499 yards in 1996. He also set the school single-season record for total offense with 3,446 yards.
- The Buff Daddies lost to USC on senior night last week in Boulder. With his eight receptions for 88 yards and a TD, wide receiver Paul Richardson AKA “P-Rich” now has 79 catches for 1,289 yards, 16.3 per, with 10 touchdowns. He now holds CU’s mark for single-season receptions with 79, breaking the old mark of 78 by D.J. Hackett set back in 2003. He set the yards mark last week and added to it; he is within one of the TD mark (11 by Derek McCoy, 2003).
- The Buffs head to Salt Lake City to face their Pac-12 South rivals in Utah on the Pac-12 Networks. This is the first time since 1995 that the Buffs will not close the regular season on a Friday. CU is 0-4 on the road this year. Colorado and Utah have split their first two meetings with the road team winning each game since they joined the Pac-12.
- No. 13 Oregon returns home for the 117th edition of the Civil War after a rough 42-16 loss in Tucson last week. QB Marcus Mariota's streak of pass attempts without an interception ended at 353 as he was picked off on his first throw of the game. The string was a Pac-12 record. His last pass attempt of the game was also an interception. The Ducks lost consecutive road games for the first time since losing at Arizona (Nov. 15) and UCLA (Nov. 24) in 2007. The 26-point loss was the Ducks' worst since a 34-point defeat at USC (44-10) on Oct. 4, 2008. The Ducks have now lost two Pac-12 Conference games in the same season for the first time since 2008.
- Friday’s game marks the 117th meeting of the Ducks and Beavers in the Civil War, the longest-running college football rivalry west of the Rocky Mountains. The Ducks hold a 60-46-10 advantage in the all-time series and have a 28-9-1 (.750) mark vs. the Beavers since 1975, including wins in five straight. UO is 15-7-1 against OSU at Autzen Stadium and has won the last two meetings in Eugene.
- The Beavs are coming off a forgettable 69-27 senior night loss against Washington last week, where Brandin Cooks’ 117 receiving yards made him the Oregon State all-time leader for single-season receiving yards with 1,560, moving him into first place over Mike Hass. Cooks also moves past Markus Wheaton on OSU’s career receiving yards list into third with 3,102. His 10 receptions also move him to third place on the Pac-12 single-season receptions list with 110. He sits behind USC’s Lee with 118 (2012) and Robert Woods with 111 (2011). Sean Mannion is looking to make some history of his own as he is 369 yards shy of the single-season Pac-12 passing yardage record held by Cody Pickett, who had 4,458 at Washington in 2002.
- A Civil War win would clinch a winning record for Oregon State for the season, marking the program’s second consecutive winning mark and the eighth under head coach Mike Riley. OSU is looking to avoid a five-game losing streak, which would be the program’s first since losing six straight to end the 1997 season.
- The Trees won for the fourth consecutive year and broke nearly every Big Game record ever in their 63-13 win in the 116th Big Game. The 63 points scored were a Big Game record, 42 first-half points were a school record, and Stanford’s 50-point scoring margin was the highest in Big Game history in addition to the most in the series since the 1930 Big Game. Ty Montgomery had an all-time day as he tied a school record with 5 TDs (all in the first half). Montgomery scored a touchdown each of the first four times that he touched the ball. His first four touches resulted in 31-yard touchdown rush, 50-yard touchdown reception, 12-yard touchdown reception and 72-yard touchdown reception. #RIDICULOUS [Editor’s note: Lots of strong opinions about Black Friday and Justin Timberlake in that search result.]
- Stanford clinched the Pac-12 North title for the second consecutive season last week. This week Stanford returns to The Farm for its regular-season finale as the Cardinal plays host to Notre Dame. Eleven contests in the 27-game series between Stanford and Notre Dame have been decided by 10 points or less, including Notre Dame’s 20-13 overtime win last season at Notre Dame Stadium. Stanford’s active 15-game home winning streak is the second-longest in the nation behind South Carolina (16). The Cardinal is 36-3 (.923) at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007.
- UCLA lost out on the Pac-12 South title after dropping a 38-33 heartbreaker to ASU last week. In the game, redshirt sophomore quarterback Brett Hundley moved into third place on UCLA’s all-time touchdown passes list with 51, passing Tom Ramsey (50). He also moved into fourth place on UCLA’s all-time passing yards list (6,277), again passing Ramsey (6,168). Hundley also moved into fourth place on the Bruin single-season total offense list and now has 3,144 yards.
- The Bruins look to regroup as they head to the Coliseum this weekend in the 83rd Crosstown Rivalry. A win would mark the second straight season with at least nine wins for the first time since 1997 and ‘98. That’s also the last time UCLA was able to defeat USC in back-to-back seasons. The Bruins haven’t won in the Coliseum since 1997. Should be a great one.
- Last week the Trojans won in the cold at Colorado and improved to 6-1 under interim head coach Ed Orgeron (6-0 in Pac-12 games). The 29-degree temperature at kickoff ties the second coldest for a USC game. The only time the Trojans have played in colder weather was when it was 20 degrees at Notre Dame on Nov. 30, 1957.
- A Trojan victory in the Crosstown Rivalry would give USC its second 10-win season in the past three years (and its 25th overall). It would also avenge last year’s 38-28 loss in Pasadena. The Trojans have won 12 of the last 14 matchups between the LA schools. Although it is the 22nd time that UCLA enters the game ranked higher than USC, the series outcome is even when both teams come in ranked. Who wants the Victory Bell and bragging rights in the battle of LA this year?
- Last week at WSU the Utes dropped their fifth consecutive game, the first time in Kyle Whittingham's career the Utes have dropped five straight. It is Utah's longest losing streak since dropping six straight in 2002. Utah had two 50-plus pass plays in the game, a 57-yard reception by Dres Anderson and a 64-yard reception by Jake Murphy. Utah now has 13 plays of 50-plus yards this season, while Anderson has seven receptions of 50-plus yards. The Utes entered the game tied for eighth in the country in 50-plus scrimmage plays. Anderson entered the game second in the nation in receptions of 50-plus yards.
- Saturday will be senior day for 19 Utes. It’ll be a big day for a junior as well as receiver Dres Anderson needs 92 yards against Colorado to become the seventh Ute to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a season. His 908 receiving yards currently stand ninth in school history. Anderson has tied the school record for most 100-yard receiving games in a season with six. He shares the mark with Dennis Smith (1989) and Louis Thomas (1968). Utah and Colorado are meeting for the 60th time (Utah's longest series against a Pac-12 opponent), but just the third time since 1962. The series is tied 14-14-2 in Salt Lake City and Colorado leads the overall series 31-25-3.
- No Keith Price? No problem for the Huskies as they went to Corvallis last week and had a record-setting performance in a 69-27 victory. UW rushed for 530 yards as a team (second most ever in UW history). Bishop Sankey (179 yards), Deontae Cooper (166 yards), and Dwayne Washington (141 yards) became the first three backs to rush for over 100 yards in the same game for just the second time in school history. The other time was 1996 against San Jose State, the day Dillon ran for an NCAA-record 222 yards in the first quarter.
- The Dawgs return home for the 106th Apple Cup looking for revenge after dropping a 31-28 overtime thriller in Pullman last year. The Huskies lead the series 67-32-6. Bishop Sankey is the nation’s fourth-leading rusher at 143 yards per game. If he gets his average, Sankey will become the all-time single-season rushing yardage record holder at Washington. Sankey has 1,575 yards, which trails Corey Dillon’s record of 1,695 in 1996.
- The Cougs have their bowling shoes on as WSU defeated Utah 49-37 to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2006. WSU recorded four conference wins for the first time since 2006. WSU posted consecutive conference wins for the first time since 2006. Damante Horton and Casey Locker returned interceptions for touchdowns in the first half. It was the first time WSU had two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game since 2009 – Alex Hoffman Ellis (52) and Myron Beck (67) against SMU (Sept. 29, 2009). WSU’s 49 points are the most points scored in a conference game since scoring 55 at Oregon in 2003.
- WSU trails the all-time series with Washington 67-32-6 but rallied from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to take last season’s meeting, 31-28 in overtime in Pullman. The Cougars have dropped the last two meetings in Seattle and will be making their first appearance in Husky Stadium since 2009. This one is for all the Apples!
(Credit: Stats Inc., the sports information departments of the Pac-12)