Athlon Sports brings the most intriguing, important, historic and bizarre stats from around the weekend of Pac-12 football action:
Nov. 30, 1985: Last time Notre Dame allowed 55 points
Arizona State blitzed and rattled Everett Golson en route to five turnovers, seven sacks and a critical top-10 win over Notre Dame. The Sun Devils scored 55 points — 34 unanswered — against the Irish. It marked the first time that Notre Dame allowed that many points since Miami hung 58 points on the Irish on Nov. 30, 1985.
5: Head coaches to beat Notre Dame at two schools
Todd Graham is the 34th head coach in college football history to oppose Notre Dame at two different schools. Only five of them have beaten the Irish with two different programs. Graham now has wins over Notre Dame with Arizona State and Tulsa (2010) along with a loss while at Pitt (2011). The other four — Nick Saban, Dennis Erickson, Johnny Majors, Howard Jones — all have national championships.
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100: Joe Walker’s fumble return touchdown
Kaelin Clay was already celebrating a would-be 14-0 Utah lead early in the second quarter. After catching what would have been an 80-yard touchdown, Clay dropped the ball before crossing the goal line. Oregon’s Joe Walker scooped up the ball (after his own team had fumbled it again) and rumbled easily 100 yards for a touchdown. Instead of a 14-point lead, it turned out to be a 14-point swing.
7: Games in which Marcus Mariota has accounted for at least four TDs
Mariota was brilliant once again in leading another 51-point effort. He threw for 239 yards, ran for 114 and accounted for four total touchdowns while leading a 24-point fourth-quarter scoring spree. Mariota now leads the nation with seven games with at least four total touchdowns. The Ducks have scored at least 42 points in five straight games and in all but two contests (WSU, Arizona) this year.
6-0: UCLA’s record away from the Rose Bowl
Brett Hundley is rounding into form as the leader of the UCLA offense and he is playing extremely well on the road. He threw for 302 yards and accounted for four touchdowns in the win over Washington in Seattle. It was his third straight game without a turnover and his sixth win away from Pasadena, including victories over Arizona State, Texas, Virginia, Cal and Colorado. Hundley also became UCLA's all-time leader with 70 career touchdown passes.
138: Yards rushing by linebackers in Seattle
Washington and UCLA have two-way stars with Shaq Thompson and Myles Jack respectively. Thompson posted his second straight 100-yard rushing game and made four tackles in the loss. Jack carried four times for 38 yards and scored his third rushing touchdown while registering six tackles on defense for the victorious Bruins.
6.5: Anu Solomon's yards per touch
After losing in ugly fashion to UCLA in Week 10, Arizona and Solomon got back on track with an easy home win over Colorado. Solomon was unstoppable. He posted a career-high 115 yards rushing on just 12 carries, added 211 yards passing on 38 attempts and threw four touchdowns. He averaged 6.5 yards per offensive play on 50 plays (326 total yards) in the 38-20 win.
1-0: Luke Falk’s career starting record
Most of college football was saddened when Connor Halliday was lost for the season with an injury. But redshirt freshman Luke Falk took advantage of his opportunity by winning his first career start against Oregon State, on the road no less. He threw 61 passes for 471 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in the 39-32 victory.
2: Washington St games without a turnover under Mike Leach
Falk not only won the game with efficient passing but he also protected the ball. It was just the second time in 35 games as the head coach at Washington State that Mike Leach’s Cougars didn’t turn the ball over. In fact, Leach went 30 games into his career in Pullman before playing a turnover-free game. Wazzu didn’t turn the ball over against Cal last month.
6: Oregon State consecutive Pac-12 losses at home
After losing to Washington State at home, Oregon State has now lost four straight games, five out of six and has posted six consecutive home losses against Pac-12 opponents. A win over Colorado on Sept. 28, 2013 was the last time the Beavers won a conference home game.