This Week in Pac-10 Football (9/25/00)
Sept. 25, 2000
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just three more regular season non-conference games remaining, the Pac-10 is having an outstanding season against outside competition. The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at 22-6 (.786) overall and 21-6 (.78) vs. Division IA opponents. Of the Pac-10's sixs losses, three have come to teams ranked in the Top 20. The Pac-10 has a remarkable 5-3 record against Top 25 teams and has posted four wins against teams ranked in the Top 5 with UCLA knocking off No. 3 Alabama and No. 3 Michigan, Washington defeating No. 4 Miami and Stanford handling No. 5 Texas. Following are the non-conference records of the BCS automatic qualifying conferences vs. Division IA opponents:
Conference Record Pct. 1. Pacific-10 21-6 .778 2. Big East 13-4 .765 3. Big 12 23-9 .719 4. Southeastern 15-6 .714 5. Atlantic Coast 12-5 .706 6. Big Ten 21-12 .636
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - Oregon Longest home winning streak - 17 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 2 games - ASU, Stanford and WSU
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 30:
WASHINGTON (3-0) at OREGON (3-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC - The Series: Washington-Oregon is an old Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates back to 1900 and is uninterrupted since 1945. The teams have met 93 times with the Huskies leading the series by a 56-32-5 count. The teams have split the last four games overall and the last four games played at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon met in a night game at Husky Stadium with UW using a relentless ball-control running game and the timely passing of QB Marques Tuiasosopo to grind out a 34-20 win over the 25th-ranked Ducks. Washington's five touchdown drives all covered more than 70 yards and the Huskies maintained possession of the football for more than 38 minutes. UW piled up 30 first downs and rushed for 256 yards with the leader being TB Willie Hurst, who rushed 30 times for a career-high 161 yards (5.4) and one TD. Tuiasosopo filled in the blanks by completing 17 of 21 (.810) for 211 yards, 0 INTs and three TDs. Plus the Huskies played turnover-free ball. Oregon QB A.J. Feeley had a big day completing 24 of 32 (.750) for a career-high 371 yards and one TD with no picks, but the Ducks, who were missing their top two running backs due to injury, could muster up just 62 yards on the ground.
ARIZONA (2-1) at STANFORD (2-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Arizona and Stanford have met 17 times with the Wildcats leading the series 11-6. Arizona had won six in a row in the series before being knocked off by the Cardinal at Tucson last year. The Wildcats have had great success at Palo Alto, winning five of the seven games played at Stanford Stadium, including the last four. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona met early in the season at Tucson and the Cardinal posted their most lopsided win ever against the Wildcats in a 50-22 victory. The win snapped a six-game Arizona winning streak against Stanford. The Cardinal offense was hitting on all cylinders in piling up 214 yards rushing, 364 passing for 578 yards total offense with no turnovers. Stanford had six rushing touchdowns, with three of them coming from freshman RB Kerry Carter making his first collegiate start. Arizona QB Ortege Jenkins had a good news-bad news day, getting picked off three times in the first half, but rallying to end up with three TD passes.
WASHINGTON STATE (1-2) at CALIFORNIA (1-2)- 2:30 PDT - The Series: California and Washington State have met 63 times dating back to 1919 with the Bears leading the series 36-22-5. In 37 games played at Berkeley, Cal leads 25-9-3, including the two most recent meetings. While the Bears lead the overall series, the Cougars have had the best of it in recent years, winning six of the last eight games. . . . Last Year: Washington State and California met at Pullman and the Cougars snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 31-7 win over the Golden Bears. The WSU defense put in a splendid performance forcing three first half turnovers and limiting the Cal offense to 174 yards total offense (58 rushing, 116 passing) and no points. WSU RB Deon Burnett rushed for 104 yards and a 24-yard TD. The Cal defense also performed well, compiling 13 tackles for loss, including five QB sacks, and scoring the only Bear touchdown when DT Jacob Waasdorp forced a fumble and ran it in 25 yards for a score.
USC (3-0) at OREGON STATE (3-0) - 3:30 PDT - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 64 times dating back to 1914 and it has been nothing but frustration for the Beavers as the Trojans hold a commanding 53-7-4 series advantage. USC has won the last 26 games against OSU, which is a Pac-10 record for consecutive wins over one opponent. The Beavers' last victory against the Trojans was OSU's fabled 3-0 win at Corvallis in 1967. . . . Last Year: USC and undefeated (3-0) Oregon State met at Los Angeles last year and the Trojans, playing in their 1,000th football game, defeated the Beavers, 37-29, to extend SC's winning streak against OSU to 26 games. The Trojans had cruised out to a 37-7 lead after three quarters, but had to withstand a furious Beaver rally in the final 12 minutes to hang on for the win. Oregon State passed for 340 yards and had a total offense advantage of 469-367, but four turnovers and big plays by the USC defense and special teams did in the Beavs. Trojan LB Zeke Moreno earned Pac-10 and national Defensive Player of the Week honors for scoring two TDs, one on a 17-yard return of a recovered fumble and the other on a 71-yard interception return, in addition to racking up 13 tackles. OSU TB Ken Simonton, who entered the game as the nation's leading rusher, had his fourth consecutive 100-yard game to start the season as he went for 127 yards and one TD.pac-10 football - 9/24/00
ARIZONA STATE (3-0) at UCLA (3-1) - 7:15 PDT - FOX Sports Net -The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 17 times with the Bruins leading the series 10-6-1. While UCLA holds the series lead it has been all ASU in recent years as the Sun Devils have won the last three and five of the last six. Arizona State has had great road success in the series, going 4-4-1 overall and 4-2-1 against UCLA in games at the Rose Bowl. The Devils have won three straight at the Rose Bowl against the Bruins with the last UCLA home victory coming in 1989 (33-13). . . . Last Year: Arizona State and UCLA met at Tempe and the Sun Devils, who had trailed the entire game, pulled out a wild one scoring with 23 seconds to go to take a 28-27 victory. Backup QB Griffin Goodman threw two fourth-quarter TD passes to spark the comeback, including the game-winner on a screen pass to TB Delvon Flowers that went 49 yards. The offensive figures were as even as the final score as UCLA had a slight 426-412 total offense advantage, but the Bruins were hurt by three fumbles lost and five turnovers overall.
2000 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 DeShaun Foster, TB, UCLA Joe Tafoya, DE, ARIZ Nick Murphy, P, ASUSep. 9 Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, WASH Andre Carter, DE, CAL David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Larry Tripplett, NT, WASH Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU Keith Lewis, S, ORE