Gary Doran

Pac-12 Review: Week 1

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The first week of the 2014 season is now in the books and the conference did okay, winning ten games and losing two.  Of the twelve games this week, the PAC 12 conference teams were favored in eleven of the (Cal was an 11 point underdog to Northwestern).  Five of the games had no betting line, because the talent levels of the two squads were too far apart (ASU, Oregon, Stanford, Oregon State, Utah).  Of the seven teams that had a betting line, four Pac-12 teams failed to cover the spread (Colorado, Washington State, Washington, UCLA).  The Wildcats beat the spread by 21 points, Cal by 18 points and USC by 17.5 points.  The average score was 39.8 to 17.8, with an average margin of 22.1 points.  There were a total of 55 offensive touchdowns scored, 31 through the air and 24 on the ground.  There were four touchdowns from special teams and three from the defensive side of the ball.

Here is a look at how individual players did for each team.  Below is the ranking for each team’s starting quarterback from Week 1:

QUARTERBACKS (leaders for each team)

RK Player Team Att Comp % Yards Yd/Pass TD Inter Rating
1 Mariota OR 20 14 70.0% 267 13.4 3 0 231.6
2 Hogan STAN 16 12 75.0% 204 12.8 3 1 231.5
3 Wilson UT 18 13 72.2% 265 14.7 1 0 214.2
4 Kessler USC 37 25 67.6% 394 10.6 4 0 192.7
5 Halliday WSU 56 40 71.4% 532 9.5 5 1 177.1
6 Solomon AZ 44 25 56.8% 465 10.6 4 0 175.6
7 Goff CAL 34 21 61.8% 281 8.3 3 1 154.4
8 Kelly ASU 27 18 66.7% 238 8.8 1 0 152.9
9 Liufau CO 39 24 61.5% 241 6.2 2 0 130.4
10 Mannion OSU 45 26 57.8% 328 7.3 1 0 126.3
11 Hundley UCLA 33 20 60.6% 242 7.3 0 0 122.0
12 Lindquist WA 26 10 38.5% 162 6.2 1 0 103.5
TOTAL 395 248 62.8% 3619 9.2 28 3 161.6
Avg/Game 32.9 20.7   301.6   2.3    
The players are ranked by their quarterback rating as calculated using an online QB rating tool found on Purinchu.net website. 

The quarterback group threw almost 400 passes and had only three picked off, while throwing 28 touchdowns and just under 60% completion rate.  They completed a touchdown pass once about every 14 passes. Granted, the competition in many of the games was not stellar, but those are very good numbers.  Brett Hundley was the only starting quarterback not to throw a touchdown pass in Week 1.    Although Taylor Kelly completed two thirds of his passes, he ended up being ranked eighth, mainly be threw 27 passes but only one for a touchdown.

Two different quarterbacks made their first collegiate start in Week 1.  While both won their game, the two had vastly different degrees of success.  Anu Solomon for Arizona threw for four touchdowns passes and 465 yards in a home game, while Jeff Lindquist filled in for the suspended Cyler Miles and completed only 38.5% of his passes in a game played in Hawaii.  Lindquist’s numbers included a very rough three for 15 passing in the second half.

 

RUNNING BACKS (leaders for each team)

RUSHING CAR YDS AVG TD LG
1 D.J. Foster 15 147 9.8 3 57
2 Javorius Allen 22 133 6 1 19
3 Storm Woods 16 125 7.8 0 50
4 Terris Jones-Grigsby 13 124 9.5 1 41
5 Byron Marshall 8 90 11.3 0 53
6 Paul Perkins 16 80 5.0 0 18
7 Lavon Coleman 17 78 4.6 0 13
8 Devontae Booker 10 78 7.8 2 38
9 Michael Adkins II 16 68 4.3 0 7
10 Luke Rubenzer 11 48 4.4 0 11
11 Barry Sanders 7 43 6.1 0 17
12 Jamal Morrow 6 17 2.8 0 13
TOTAL 157 1031 6.6 7 57
86.4

 

While the starting quarterbacks threw 28 touchdown passes, the leading rushers for each team only scored a combined seven touchdowns.  D.J Foster had three of those TDs on only 15 carries, and led the conference in rushing with 147 yards.  He also had the second highest per carry average at just under ten yards a pop.  There were only four 100+ yard rushers in the conference in Week One.

RECEIVERS (leaders for each team)

RECEIVING REC YDS AVG TD LG
1 Jaelen Strong 10 146 14.6 0 35
2 Byron Marshall 8 138 17.3 2 41
3 Vince Mayle 12 124 10.3 1 26
4 JuJu Smith 4 123 30.8 0 53
5 Dres Anderson 4 111 27.8 0 48
6 Austin Hill 3 110 36.7 1 92
7 Nelson Spruce 7 104 14.9 2 54
8 Jordan Payton 8 98 12.3 0 35
9 John Ross 2 96 48.0 1 91
10 Trevor Davis 3 93 31.0 1 76
11 Connor Hamlett 5 86 17.2 0 37
12 Ty Montgomery 5 77 15.4 1 44
71 1306 18.4 9 92
108.8

 

ASU’s own Jaelen Strong was the top receiver in Week One with 146 yards on ten receptions, but recorded no touchdown receptions. He also accounted for almost half of the receiving yards for the game for ASU (146 of 308). The twelve leading conference receivers hauled in nine touchdown passes out of 31 total for the week, nearly 30% of the scoring through the air. Two different touchdown passes covered more than 90 yards.

It was a good productive week to start the season.  Let’s see what week 2 has in store.

About Gary Doran

Gary Doran

Gary graduated from ASU many years ago. After careers working in banking, finance and the financial administration of academic research funding, he is now interested in utilizing his passion for numbers towards two things he thoroughly loves; Arizona State University and college football. He is looking forward to finding the “stories” buried within the numbers on a football stat sheet. He has gone to ASU football games all the way back to the days of Frank Kush and the WAC. He has been married to an amazing ASU graduate for almost forty years, and they currently live in Ventura, CA. Although this may disqualify him from talking football, he and his wife enjoy the practice of yoga and dancing the Argentine Tango. Ole!

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