Stephen Vilardo’s Week 11 Matchups by the Numbers

Posted on November 12, 2021


  By Stephen Vilardo, SportsPac12

You may be surprised to learn which Pac-12 team has forced the most punts per game nationally over their last three games. Hint: It is a team looking for a win streak after breaking the nation’s longest losing streak.

Arizona’s opponent this week, Utah, has averaged the second-most first-half points per game in the country over the last three games.

Pac-12Oregon State’s run game has excelled in wins and, well, not so much in losses.

Stanford enters its matchup in Corvallis allowing 227 on the ground over their last three games.

Arizona State has a unique streak going against head coaches who are not there; the Sun Devils have also won 11 of 13 over Washington, but those two of 13 are the last two trips to Seattle.

Home field has held serve of late in the Colorado and UCLA series and you can still count on one hand the number of wins the Buffs have earned in the Golden State.

The North Division could be decided in Eugene where the Ducks have won 20 of their last 21 games, but the Cougars have won two of their last three in Autzen.

Get set for this week in the Pac-12 with our matchup notes.

Arizona football Pac-12Utah Utes at Arizona Wildcats

P12N | Roxy Bernstein and Lincoln Kennedy | 11:00 pm PT

Series: Utah leads 24-19-2 and 11-10-2 in games in Tucson

• Utah has won four in a row in the series.

• The Utes have scored at least 30 points in each of the last five meetings with Arizona.

• Utah has returned at least one interception for a TD in 18 consecutive seasons.

• Utah averages 7.89 TFL per game this season, the fifth-most in the nation.

• Devin Lloyd is second in the nation with 2.0 TFL per game.

• Tavion Thomas is tied for sixth in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns this season.

• Thomas has scored 12 of his 14 rushing TDs during Pac-12 games. He is also averaging 101.5 rushing yards per game in conference play.

• In Pac-12 games this season, the Utes are averaging 253.33 rushing yards per game and have scored 21 rushing touchdowns.

• Britain Covey has caught at least one pass in 39 of his 42 career games, including in 12 straight.

• Arizona allowed just one third-down conversion vs. Cal, the fewest since allowing one against Washington State in 2009.

• Cal scored just three points last week, the fewest Arizona has allowed since 2013. It is also the fewest Arizona has allowed to a conference opponent since Stanford in 2000.

• For the first time since 1996, Arizona has held their opponent to under 100 passing yards three times in one season.

• 321 of Stanley Berryhill’s 543 yards have been after the catch.

• Kyle Ostendorp has a Pac-12-leading 24 punts of at least 50-yards this season.

• Utah is committing just 4.22 penalties per game, the sixth-fewest in America.

• Utah has averaged 30.0 points per first half in their last three games, second only to Virginia’s 33.3 over that same period.

• In the last three games, Arizona has forced an average of 7.0 punts per game, the most in the nation over that period.

• Devin Lloyd has 39.0 TFL since 2019, the most of any Power 5 player in the nation.

Stanford Cardinal at Oregon State Beavers

P12N | JB Long and Max Browne | 2:30 pm PT

Series: Stanford leads 59-25-3 with a 28-14-1 mark in Corvallis

• Four of the last five games in Corvallis between the Beavers and Cardinal have been decided by 10 points or less.

• Stanford’s current four-game losing streak is the 10th-longest in the nation, and the longest of any Pac-12 team.

• The Beavers are 4-0 at home this season and are aiming to go 5-0 for the first time since 2012.

• Over the last four games, Benjamin Yurosek has 21 receptions for 352 yards.

• 22 of Benjamin Yurosek’s 30 catches this season have gone for first downs or touchdowns.

• Kyu Blu Kelly leads the Pac-12 and is 15th in the nation with 1.2 passes defended per game.

• Under David Shaw, Stanford is 80-7 when leading at the half, 9-31 when behind at the break.

• B.J. Baylor is third in the Pac-12 and is tied for 18th nationally with 11 rushing touchdowns.

• Baylor is averaging 132.2 rushing yards per game in OSU wins this season and just 77.0 in their losses.

• Baylor is averaging 125.8 yards per game at home this season compared to 93.2 on the road.

• Avery Roberts has posted double-digit tackle totals in 15 of his 26 career games at Oregon State.

• Roberts is third in the nation with 10.9 total tackles per game.

• Oregon State has converted on 58-of-111 third-down attempts this season, posting a percentage of 52.3, good for first in the Pac 12 and fourth in the nation.

• Stanford has allowed 257 yards on the ground in the last three games.

• Stanford has scored just 19 first half points in their last three games.

• Oregon State has not created a takeaway in any of the last three games they have played.

• The Cardinal has allowed 7.0 yards per play in their last three games; Oregon State has gained 6.7 per play in their last three.

Washington football pac-12Arizona State Sun Devils at Washington Huskies

FS1 | Dan Hellie and Petros Papadakis | 4:00 pm PT

Series: Arizona State leads the all-time series 20-17, with the Huskies holding a 10-6 edge at home

• Arizona State has won 11 of the last 13 meetings between the teams.

• Washington has won the last two meetings in Seattle.

• This will be the third-straight game that Arizona State will face a team missing the Head Coach that started the season. As they had WSU minus Nick Rolovich, USC minus Clay Helton and now Washington with Jimmy Lake serving a suspension.

• Washington has not allowed an opponent to score more than 35 points in any of the last 84 games.

• Washington leads the nation in pass defense at 141.4 allowed per game.

• Curtis Hodges is 10th in the nation and second among TEs nationally with an average of 20.24 yards per reception.

• Washington has allowed just eight plays this season of 30+ yards, the fourth-fewest in the nation.

• ASU has allowed just seven plays over 50 yards to opponents since the 2018 season over 39 games.

• Rachaad White is 12th nationally with 12 rushing TDs this season.

• Chase Lucas is one of just seven Pac-12 corners with 150+ coverage snaps to not allow a TD this year, despite being targeted the most of any corner in the Pac-12 (20.8%).

• ASU has held opponents to less than 30 points in 27 of 39 games under Herm Edwards.

• Arizona State has converted 90.0% of its opportunities (18-of-20) with one or two yards to go on third down—best in the FBS.

• Jayden Daniels has picked up a first down or touchdown 55.9% of his third down carries in his career.

• Washington is the only team in the nation that is still perfect in the Red Zone this season.

• Arizona State has allowed an NCAA-low one play from scrimmage of 40+ yards, Washington has only allowed three such plays, the fourth-fewest in the nation.

• Race Porter has punted for a 47.2 yards average this season, third-best in the nation.

Colorado Buffaloes at UCLA Bruins

P12N | Ted Robinson and Yogi Roth | 6:00 pm PT

Series: UCLA leads the all-time series by an 11-5 margin and are 7-1 as the home team

• The home team is unbeaten in the series in the last 6 meetings.

• Colorado is 4-26-1 all-time in the state of California.

• Colorado has had a single-season program record five games without a turnover.

• The Buffs have not turned the ball over in their last eight quarters of play.

• Dorian Thompson-Robinson is responsible for a Pac-12 best 15.0 points per game this season.

• UCLA has run for at least 200 yards in all five wins this season; the Bruins have been below 200 yards rushing in all their losses.

• In wins this season, UCLA is averaging 244.8 yards rushing per game; in losses, 142.8.

• This season, UCLA has allowed just two TDs in the first quarter while outscoring opponents 76-18 in the first stanza.

• UCLA has had an individual run for at least 100 yards in each win this season.

• Colorado has allowed just two plays from scrimmage of 40+ yards this season, the second-fewest in the country.

• In their last three games, Colorado has allowed 229.7 yards on the ground per game.

Oregon Ducks Logo Pac-12Washington State Cougars at Oregon Ducks

ESPN | Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore & Stormy Buonantony | 7:30 pm PT

Series: Oregon leads 49-42-7. UO is 21-18-4 vs WSU in Eugene

• Washington State has won four of the last six meetings and two of the last three trips to Autzen Stadium.

• A Cougars win would put Washington State in the driver’s seat for the North title.

• Oregon has won 17 consecutive games at Autzen Stadium, the third-longest active home winning streak in the nation.

• Washington State has averaged 38.5 points per game in their last six against Oregon.

• Mario Cristobal is 20-1 at Autzen Stadium as head coach of the Ducks.

• Oregon is 15-1 when Travis Dye scores a TD.

• Travis Dye is one of only four FBS players to lead their team in both rushing yards (820) and receptions (26).

• Washington State has recorded its first four-game conference winning streak since winning seven straight in 2018.

• Oregon has allowed just 94.0 yards rushing per game in their last three games.

• Verone McKinley is tied for third in the nation with four interceptions this season.

• Oregon has a third-down conversion rate of 50.0, sixth in the country.

• Last week the Ducks’ defense allowed just 166 total yards vs. Washington, holding a Pac-12 opponent under 200 for the first time since 2010.

• Travis Dye is the only Power 5 player and one of just three players nationally with at least 2,500 rushing yards and 700 receiving yards in his career.

• Noah Sewell has averaged 9.7 tackles in the last seven games.

• Washington State has forced 20 turnovers this season, the fifth-most in the nation.

• Ron Stone ranks second in the Pac-12 with 10.5 TFL this season.

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