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Amazing Pac-12 College Football Stats from Week 4

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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 in week 4.

1942: Saturday was the first time since 1942 Washington, Washington State posted a shutout on the same day

With its 42-0 victory over Idaho, Washington State posted its first shutout since 2003, and its first home shutout since 1999. Meanwhile, in Seattle, Washington blanked Idaho State 56-0 for its first shutout since 2009. 

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The Cougars and the Huskies registering a shutout in the same season is rare, much less the same day. Saturday was the first time since 1942 the two programs accomplished the feat — something they did in back-to-back weeks 71 years ago. 

On Sept. 26, 1942, Washington State was a 6-0 winner over Stanford, and followed with a 7-0 win against Oregon on Oct. 3. Washington was a 27-0 winner against Pacific on Sept. 26, and followed with a scoreless tie against USC on Oct. 3.

It was one of four shutouts for the Cougars that year, and six for the Huskies, including a scoreless tie when the teams met on Nov. 28.

While it was the first same-day shutouts for UW and WSU since 1942, it was also the first time since 1997 they even had a shutout in the same season. They have each had a shutout in the same season nine times, dating back to 1942 (1942, ’45, ’46, ’47, ’53, ’58, ’61, ’68, ’81 and ’97).

39: UCLA’s school-record 39 first downs lead to rout of New Mexico State 

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UCLA racked up school records for yards (692) yards and first downs (39) on the way to a 59-13 victory against New Mexico State. The Bruins racked up 362 yards and three scores on first-down plays alone, and amassed 419 yards — not including penalties — to attain each first down. This is the first season since 2005 that the Bruins have opened with three straight 40-plus-point games, and the most points (158) they have scored in a three-game stretch since 1997 (172).

49: USC defense limits Utah State to 49 yards in final five drives to stay in contention for the win

After surrendering a game-tying, nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive midway through the third quarter, the USC defense clamped down over the final 21:51 to hold on for the 17-14 win over Utah State.

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The Trojans surrendered just 49 yards over the next 26 plays and five drives. They forced three punts, two turnovers on downs and never let the Aggies cross their own 47 after the score.

USC outside linebacker Morgan Breslin recorded three of his four tackles after the second touchdown, including a pair of 3-yard sacks of Chuckie Keeton on back-to-back possessions. Lamar Dawson, Leonard Williams and Kevon Seymour all posted tackles for loss after the last Aggie TD.

And the USC offense certainly needed this defense, as 17 points is an all-time low in the series with Utah State. The Trojans hold a 5-0 advantage in the series, but 40 was previously the low point total for USC.

28:  Utah among big-play leaders in the nation

Utah has 28 plays of 20 yards or more in four games after having just 15 in 2012. The Utes added five such plays in their 20-13 win over BYU. James Poole had rushes of 65 (career high) and 22 yards, while quarterback Travis Wilson connected on passes of 24, 26 and 74. Dres Anderson caught the 26- and 74-yarder — a career-long reception — on the way to his third straight 100-yard receiving game, and a career-high 141 yards on the day.

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Utah had 25 plays of 20-plus yards in 2011 and 32 in 2010. Maryland leads the nation this season with 35 plays of 20-plus yards; Oregon is the top team in the Pac-12 with 34.

1-of-14: Utah downs rival BYU, despite just one third-down conversion

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It was a good thing the Utes had those big plays to move down field, as the first three — Poole’s 65-yard run and Wilson-to-Anderson for 26 and 74 yards — led to two field goals and a touchdown in their 20-13 victory. Otherwise, Utah had trouble keeping drives alive. It converted just 1-of-14 third downs — the only conversion was on its eighth offensive play of the game. 

The only conversion was a Wilson-to-Anderson 9-yard pass on third-and-6, which ended with a punt three plays and nine yards later.

The Utes averaged third-and-6.8 on Saturday, including 12 yards to go on their first third-down attempt, and had third-and-12, 16 and 13 on their final three possessions. 

8: Eight different Huskies scored in blowout win over Idaho State

A lot of Huskies got a taste of the end zone in the 56-0 win over visiting Idaho State, and only one of the eight touchdowns scored came outside the 10-yard line. 

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Bishop Sankey (3-yard run), Jesse Callier (8-yard run), Keith Price (1-yard run), Joshua Perkins (1-yard pass from Price), Austin Seferian Jenkins (6-yard pass from Price), John Ross (57-yard pass from Cyler Miles), and Deontae Cooper (4-yard run) all scored for UW. Travis Coons banged through all eight PATs to move to 17-of-17 on the year. 

The Huskies were 7-of-9 in the red zone in the win.

350: Mannion eclipses 350 yards passing for a fourth straight game

Sean Mannion, moved to the top of the nation in passing yards after he threw for 367 yards in Oregon State’s 34-30 win over San Diego State. He became the first player in the program’s history to throw for 350-plus yards in four consecutive games, extending his own school record. 

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His three-touchdown effort against the Aztecs also gave him sole possession atop the nation in TD passes thrown this season (15).

43: Cooks’ torrid receptions pace continues for Beavers

Brandin Cooks has been on the end of many of those Mannion passes. The Oregon State receiver tied a school-record with 14 catches (for 141 yards) in the win against San Diego State. The junior leads the nation in catches, yards and touchdown receptions (43-639-7).  

The 14 catches tied Mike Hass’ school record, and made Cooks just the second player, along with Hass, with at least two 12-plus reception games. Cooks is on pace for 129 catches, for 1,917 yards and 21 TDs. All three would be school records (91-1,532-12).

23: Cardinal fend off Sun Devils’ rally to give Shaw 23rd win when leading at the half

Stanford moved to 23-2 under coach David Shaw when holding a halftime lead, and the Cardinal’s 29 first-half points in a 42-28 win over visiting Arizona State proved to be just enough. It was the first first-half shutout for Stanford since holding a 35-0 edge in last season’s 48-0 win at Colorado. 

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The Cardinal, under Shaw, also moved to 11-0 when scoring 40-plus points, and 6-1 when allowing 20-29 points.

2: Arizona State’s second-half performance comes too late at Stanford

A second-half comeback in the 42-28 loss at Stanford only left Arizona State fans wondering, “what if?” What if the Sun Devils had put together just one solid drive in the first half? Well, they did not. 

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Of the seven drives in the first half, just one crossed midfield, and it ended with a missed 45-yard field goal. The other six totaled 40 yards, and led to a 29-0 halftime deficit. 

The second half was a different story, as ASU outscored Stanford 28-13, including touchdown drives of 75, 75, 57 and 67 yards. The Sun Devils scored from the Stanford 2, 45, 27 and 6, and their seven second-half drives totaled 340 yards.