Pac-12 Examiner: Dialing up the Pressure

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

4Oregon State1035517.5873436.516281.07939.5

Passing Yards LEADERS – All Players

1Jared Goff, QBCAL7111462.39308.275439137.1
2Sean Mannion, QBORST688679.17949.248712181.2
3Connor Wood, QBCOLO568268.37419.082625163.5
4Travis Wilson, QBUTAH314766.056612.080503202.2
5Connor Halliday, QBWSU6110359.25595.45315698.3
6Marcus Mariota, QBORE264953.14338.846300147.5

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.

1Tre Madden, RBUSC502605.2340
2De’Anthony Thomas, RBORE292528.7405
3Marcus Mariota, QBORE923526.1713
4Daniel Jenkins, RBARIZ292217.6911
5Ka’Deem Carey, RBARIZ1617110.7582
6Bishop Sankey, RBWASH251616.4232


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.

1Paul Richardson, WRCOLO2141719.9824
2Brandin Cooks, WRORST2028814.4484
3Bryce Treggs, WRCAL2126612.7500
4Chris Harper, WRCAL1521214.1522
5Josh Huff, WRORE817321.6460
6Sean Fitzgerald, WRUTAH816620.8802


Total Defense

1ASU 154154.00103103.005151.0000.00
5Wash St.574287.0013969.50435217.503819.00


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