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Amazing Pac-12 College Football Stats from Week 3


True college football fans like to examine and dissect statistics, whether its a quarterback's completion percentage or a team's winning record on the road. We, however, love stats. With that in mind, we scoured the Pac-12 to put together some of the strangest, most amazing, and just plain cool numbers from around the conference.

18: Red zone perfection remains for Oregon State in overtime victory

Oregon State remained a perfect 18-for-18 in the red zone after its 51-48 overtime win at Utah Saturday — the first win for the Beavers in Salt Lake City since 1968.

Twenty-two FBS teams are perfect in the red zone this season, but OSU’s 18 appearances are the most. The Beavers have scored 11 passing touchdowns, three rushing and kicked four field goals inside the 20. They were 6-for-6 in the Utah win, scoring four passing touchdowns and two field goals.

8: UCLA’s Hundley outduels Nebraska’s Martinez in the second half — again

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It has been a tale of two halves in the last two meetings between UCLA and Nebraska. And just like last year, it was the second half that was the difference maker for the Bruins.

In Saturday’s 41-21 victory in Lincoln — including 38 unanswered points — Bruins’ QB Brett Hundley bounced back from a 7-of-15 first half to go 8-of-8 for 143 and three touchdown passes in the second half. Hundley also completed eight second-half passes in last year’s 36-30 win. As a freshman, he was 8-of-14 for 104 yards in the second half, and his last pass was the game-winner with 2:13 left in the fourth quarter.

Meanwhile, Cornhuskers’ QB Taylor Martinez has faltered in the second half both times. On Saturday, Martinez was 5-of-6 for 25 yards on the first drive of the second half (ending in a punt from the UCLA 41) before finishing 4-of-13 for 56 yards and three carries for one yard. In 2012, Martinez was 4-for-14 in the second half with 30 yards passing — completing no passes in the Huskers’ last six possessions — and 11 yards rushing. 

UCLA has combined to outscore Nebraska 43-6 in the second half of the last two meetings. 

22: Time of possession just a number for Oregon offense

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It does not take long for Oregon to be one of the best scoring teams in the nation. While the Ducks are second in the nation in scoring (61.3) and yards per game (672), they are last in the FBS in time of possession at just 22 minutes a game. Being third in the nation in turnover margin certainly helps as Oregon has seven turnovers gained to none lost.

The Ducks have had 43 possessions, scored on 29 of them — 26 TDs, three field goals — and no scoring drive has taken longer than 3:15. No drive has taken longer than Oregon’s last one on Saturday — a 4:25 possession that ended in a punt while already leading Tennessee 59-14 with 2:46 left in the game. The Ducks have scored at least eight touchdowns for a third straight week.

32: From Marcus to Madden as USC running back has historic day

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USC running back Tre Madden became the first Trojan to start a season with three straight 100-yard rushing games in 32 years.

The sophomore ran for 102 yards and his first-ever touchdown in USC’s 35-7 home win against Boston College, to go along with games of 151 and 109, making him the first Trojan back to open a season with three century games since Marcus Allen’s 1981 Heisman Trophy season. Allen, who wore No. 32, eclipsed 200 yards in his first five games.

200: Welcome to the Huskies’ 200-club, Sankey

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Bishop Sankey rushed for a career-high 208 yards on 35 carries in Washington’s 34-24 win over Illinois at Soldier Field, and entered an exclusive UW club.

Sankey’s second 200-yard performance in three games — he had 205 in December’s MAACO Bowl Las Vegas — and joined Napoleon Kaufman, Corey Dillon and Louis Rankin as the only Huskies to rush for 200 yards in a game more than once. Kaufman accomplished the feat three times in the 90s, Dillon twice in 1996 and Rankin twice in 2007.

The chances Sankey goes 3-for-4 and joins Kaufman this week might be tough as UW faces Idaho State and its FCS third-best rushing defense (63.5 YPG).

3: Cardinal the best-behaved team in the nation

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Stanford is the least penalized team in the nation through its first two games. The Cardinal have committed just three penalties for 40 yards. 

Stanford received a 15-yard facemask penalty on offense Saturday against Army but still scored a TD on the following play. In the opener against San Jose State, the Cardinal was hit with a 15-yard pass interference and a 10-yard holding penalty. The Spartans went on to score on both flagged drives.

Arizona State is just behind Stanford with four penalties in two games, and the Sun Devils lead the nation with just 20 penalty yards. That’s the third-best start for ASU since 2006.

438.7 and 99.7: Pac-12 teams lead nation in passing and pass defense

Oregon State and California lead the nation in passing with identical 438.7 yards per game averages over the first three games. Both teams have passed for 1,316 yards. The Beavers are 99-of-138 with an interception; the Bears are 104-of-169 with four picks. 

On the pass defense side of the ball, Washington State is the only FBS team holding opponents under 100 yards per game in the air (99.7). The Cougars have allowed the opposition 299 yards on 43-of-71 passing in the first three games.

1-2: Cal, Oregon State quarterbacks are FBS’ most productive

California quarterback Jared Goff and Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion are 1-2 in the nation in total offense per game, passing yards per game, completions.

Goff is tops in total offense (429.7), passing yards per game (435.3) and completions (103). Mannion is averaging 404 yards per game of total offense, 412.3 in passing yards per game and has 95 completions.

15: Wildcats have reached the end zone in all but one quarter

Arizona has scored a touchdown in 15 of 16 quarters in each of its three games this season, and scored in all 16 quarters.

The Wildcats have scored 17 touchdowns — five in the first quarter, six in the second, three in the third and three in the fourth. Quarterback B.J. Denker has been a part of all five first-quarter scores — two TD passes and three TD runs — as Arizona has outscored its opponents 38-3 in the first quarter.

The only non-touchdown quarter was in the third against UNLV last week with Jake Smith’s 29-yard field goal being the only points in the 15-minute span.

3: A rare postponement for Buffaloes’ program

The postponement of Saturday’s Colorado-Fresno State game due to flooding in Colorado is the third football game in CU history to be postponed. 

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A 1963 game with Air Force in Colorado Springs was delayed two weeks after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The Buffaloes were scheduled to play at Washington State in 2001, but the 9-11 terrorist attacks postponed all games. The CU-WSU game was eventually made up in 2004 in Seattle.

Colorado lost the Air Force game, 17-14, and won the Washington State game, 20-12.

21: Sun Devils enjoy having FBS’ stingiest first-down defense for now

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Arizona State has surrendered an FBS-best 21 first downs — eight on the ground, 13 through the air and none via penalty — through two games.  

Granted, 15 of them came during Saturday’s wild 32-30 win over Wisconsin, it was the 15th one that made the difference in the win. Joel Stave’s kneel down with 15 seconds left in the game on first-and-10 from the ASU 13 was the play that the clock expired on.

The Sun Devils held Sacramento State to six first downs in the season-opening, 55-0 shutout. Five of the Hornets first downs came on its opening drive.