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This Week in Pac-12 Football - Week Three

Nov 18, 2020
 
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TOP 25 AND MORE: OREGON remains No. 11 in the AP and now ranks No. 13 in the Coaches poll, while USC remains at No. 20 in both. UTAH, WASHINGTON and ARIZONA STATE all received votes in the AP heading into this weekend.
 
WELL, SHOUGH(S): With 312 passing and 81 rushing yards this past weekend, OREGON’s Tyler Shough’s became the first Oregon QB with 200+ pass yards & 80+ rush yards in back-to-back games since Marcus Mariota’s Heisman campaign in 2014. 
 
  • He is one of just four quarterbacks in the country this season to throw for more than 200 yards and rush for over 80 yards in at least two games (Liberty’s Malik Willis, Virginia Tech’s Hendon Hooker and Middle Tennessee State’s Asher O’Hara).
  • Shough was named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award’s Great 8 list for his performance in Week 11.
MORE ON THE DUCKS: Oregon has won 17 of 19 games dating to Nov. 2018. The Ducks’ .895 win percentage over that span is 4th best in FBS behind only Ohio State, Clemson and Appalachian State. 
 
  • Oregon has racked up 538.5 YPG this year, tops in the Pac-12 and 7th in FBS.
  • The Ducks run game, led by CJ Verdell, is racking up 269.0 YPG, tops in the Pac-12 and 5th best in FBS.
THE STAMPEDE: COLORADO’s Jarek Broussard became the first Pac-12 player since Arizona’s Nick Wilson in 2014 to have 100+ rush yards in their first two collegiate games.
 
  • Broussard is the third COLORADO player to have 100+ rush yards in his first two games and the first since 2000 (Marcus Houston).
  • The Buffs are 2-0 to start the year for the fifth-straight season, scoring 41.5 PPG to lead the Pac-12.
  • QB Sam Noyer, this past week’s Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Nextiva, has thrown for 250+ yards in both games this season. The former safety last week became the first Buffs QB since 2015 to throw two TD and run for two TD.
BETTER LATE THAN NEVER: For the first time in USC history, the Trojans have won back-to-back contests with game-winning scores in the final two minutes.
 
  • USC has won six of its last eight contests by eight points or less. 
HE’S STILL NOT KEDON AROUND: After throwing for 325 yards against Arizona last weekend, USC quarterback Kedon Slovis has now thrown for over 300 yards in seven career games and in five of the last six contests.
 
  • Has thrown for 28 touchdowns in the last ten games. 
  • In his career in the 4th quarter, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
  • His 71.4% completion percentage ranks 7th in FBS this year.
  • Over the last four Trojans games, dating back to last year, over 100 of his yards have been complete to Amon-Ra St. Brown, which ties Brown for the longest such active streak in FBS.
AIR RAID: Since 2012, WASHINGTON STATE has had 15 players with 10+ catch games, the most in the FBS. The next most in the Pac-12 is USC with eight.
 
  • In his 10 catches, Renard Bell totaled 158 yards and a touchdown, both career highs. 
RUNNING INTO BEAVER HISTORY: OREGON STATE’s Jermar Jefferson ran for 133 yards and a touchdown on 23 careers last weekend vs. WASHINGTON.
 
  • The 100-yard game was the 12th of Jefferson’s career.
  • He is now 7th on the Beavers’ all time rushing list, passing Pete Fifer. 
  • His score on Saturday ties him with Ryan Nall for 7th on the school’s all-time rushing TD list. 
WELCOME, COACH!: With WASHINGTON making its season debut on Saturday, new head coach Jimmy Lake was welcomed with a win. 
 
  • Of the 24 new head coaches in 2020, three remain undefeated, including Lake (1-0), COLORADO’s Karl Dorrell (2-0) and Old Dominion.  Just four have won their first two games.