Pac-12 Examiner: Dialing up the Pressure

Coach Kiffin

Josh White

Week 2 in college football came to a close with the Pac-12 conference taking care of business, winning all eight of it’s non-conference games. On the season overall in OOC games, Pac-12 teams have gone a combined 15-3.

But perhaps the real news on Saturday came during the lone in conference match up, a 10-7 win for Washington State at USC. It was the Cougs first win in the Coliseum in 13 seasons, and even more remarkable considering they won despite not scoring an offensive touchdown and averaging just 0.5 yards per rushing attempt.  Credit WSU for the big win (and sole possession of 1st place in the Pac-12 North – its been a while since the Cougs could make that claim), but USC has been unexplainably bad on offense.  Despite the greatness of Marquis Lee and a host of other blue-chippers at the skill positions, the Trojans rank 112th nationally in passing offense.  Over the last three games, the Trojan two-headed monster at QB has combined to complete only 46% of their passing attempts for 333 yards (111 YPG), 2 TDs and 6 INTs.

These recent results would seem in sharp contrast to Lane Kiffin‘s bio in the USC media guide, stating that he is “known for his high football I.Q., as well as for being a master playcaller.”

However, it seems that late yesterday, Kiffin has finally settled on Cody Kessler at QB.  He also understood the boos from fans, and apparently saw lots of good things in the loss, which he explains in this YouTube video (below) USC released yesterday, in lieu of his usual media availability.

To the Stats!

Net Total Yards LEADERS

RK TEAM YDS YDS/G PASS P YDS/G RUSH R YDS/G PTS PTS/G
1 Oregon 1329 664.5 479 239.5 850 425.0 125 62.5
2 California 1164 582.0 940 470.0 224 112.0 67 33.5
3 Utah 1078 539.0 592 296.0 486 243.0 100 50.0
4 Oregon State 1035 517.5 873 436.5 162 81.0 79 39.5
5 Colorado 934 467.0 741 370.5 193 96.5 79 39.5
6 Arizona 871 435.5 168 84.0 703 351.5 93 46.5

Passing Yards LEADERS – All Players

RK PLAYER TEAM COMP ATT PCT YDS YDS/A LONG TD INT SACK RAT
1 Jared Goff, QB CAL 71 114 62.3 930 8.2 75 4 3 9 137.1
2 Sean Mannion, QB ORST 68 86 79.1 794 9.2 48 7 1 2 181.2
3 Connor Wood, QB COLO 56 82 68.3 741 9.0 82 6 2 5 163.5
4 Travis Wilson, QB UTAH 31 47 66.0 566 12.0 80 5 0 3 202.2
5 Connor Halliday, QB WSU 61 103 59.2 559 5.4 53 1 5 6 98.3
6 Marcus Mariota, QB ORE 26 49 53.1 433 8.8 46 3 0 0 147.5

Rushing Yards LEADERS – All Players

Marcus Mariota still ranks 6th in passing despite rushing for over 100 yards in both games.

Copyright-Andrew Shurtleff

Marcus Mariota still ranks 6th in passing despite rushing for over 100 yards in both games.

RK PLAYER TEAM ATT YDS YDS/A LONG TD
1 Tre Madden, RB USC 50 260 5.2 34 0
2 De’Anthony Thomas, RB ORE 29 252 8.7 40 5
3 Marcus Mariota, QB ORE 9 235 26.1 71 3
4 Daniel Jenkins, RB ARIZ 29 221 7.6 91 1
5 Ka’Deem Carey, RB ARIZ 16 171 10.7 58 2
6 Bishop Sankey, RB WASH 25 161 6.4 23 2

 

Receiving Yards LEADERS – All Players

De'Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are ranked #2 & #3 in Pac-12 rushing yards despite far fewer carries.

Andrew Shurtleff

De’Anthony Thomas and Marcus Mariota are ranked Nos. 2 and 3 in Pac-12 rushing, respectively, despite far fewer carries.

RK PLAYER TEAM REC YDS AVG LONG TD
1 Paul Richardson, WR COLO 21 417 19.9 82 4
2 Brandin Cooks, WR ORST 20 288 14.4 48 4
3 Bryce Treggs, WR CAL 21 266 12.7 50 0
4 Chris Harper, WR CAL 15 212 14.1 52 2
5 Josh Huff, WR ORE 8 173 21.6 46 0
6 Sean Fitzgerald, WR UTAH 8 166 20.8 80 2

 

Total Defense

RK Team YDS YDS/G PASS PASS/G RUSH RUSH/G PTS PTS/G
1 ASU  154 154.00 103 103.00 51 51.00 0 0.00
2 USC 387 193.50 357 178.50 30 15.00 23 11.50
3 Stanford 210 210.00 176 176.00 34 34.00 13 13.00
4 Arizona 527 263.50 276 138.00 251 125.50 13 6.50
5 Wash St. 574 287.00 139 69.50 435 217.50 38 19.00
6 Oregon 602 301.00 386 193.00 216 108.00 13 6.50

 

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Josh White

Josh White

Josh White has been a dedicated Duck fan since the Bill Musgrave days. He has attended (and lost his voice at) virtually every home game and many away games since the late 1980's, including 96 of the current 97 game sellout streak at Autzen Stadium. A Eugene native, Josh works full time in Eugene area real estate, helping people buy and sell residential and commercial properties, and also volunteers with Habitat For Humanity, Kidsports and Food For Lane County. He welcomes your feedback. Twitter: @WhiteHouseJosh Facebook: EugenesBestRealtor