This Week in Pac-10 Football (11/6/00)

Nov. 6, 2000

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Only Oregon, undefeated in Conference play, control their own destiny as two more wins lands them in Pasadena. In the event of a two- or three-team tie, here is a short version of who has the tie-breaker advantage (full Rose Bowl selection procedures can be found on page 170 of the Pac-10 football media guide or in the football section on the Pac-10 website -- www.pac-10.org).

Two-team ties: Oregon-Oregon State - winner of Civil War game Nov. 18 Oregon-Washington - Oregon (defeated Washington 23-16) Oregon State-Washington - Washington (defeated Oregon State 33-30)

Three-team tie: Washington. No clear-cut head-to-head winner, go to the Pac-10 point system and take top two teams. Washington and Oregon State would be top two teams on the point system by virtue of undefeated non-conference seasons. Washington defeated Oregon State head-to-head.

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Five Pac-10 teams are among those receiving mention in the polls this week, including three--OREGON, WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE--in the Top 10, making the Pac-10 the only Conference to have three teams ranked in the Top 10. Oregon's No. 6 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:

					USA/	Team			AP	ESPN	BCS	Oregon (8-1)		6	7	7	Washington (8-1)	7	6	6	Oregon State (8-1)	10	10	9	UCLA (6-3)			30	33	Arizona (5-4)	--	36

EIGHT WINS: The Pac-10 (Oregon, Washington, Oregon State) and the Big 12 (Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas State) are the only two conferences that currently have three eight-win teams.

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF NOV. 11:

CALIFORNIA (3-6) at OREGON (8-1) - 12:30 PST - The Series: California and Oregon have met 63 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 35-26-2. The Ducks hold a narrow 13-12 edge in games played in Oregon. The Ducks have had the best of it of late in winning the last four and five of the last six games. Oregon has won the last four played at Autzen Stadium with the most recent Cal win at Eugene coming in 1987 (20-6). . . . Last Year: Oregon and California met late in the year at Berkeley with the Ducks prevailing 24-19 with the help of six interceptions. Oregon used three early interceptions to jump out to a 24-0 lead and used a late one in the end zone by CB Brian Johnson with 33 seconds left in the game to preserve the win after Cal had advanced to the Duck 4-yard line. The Golden Bears got into the interception trend as well as Deltha O'Neal got Cal back into the game with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown. In addition to the six picks, the Oregon defense limited Cal to just 47 yards rushing.

ARIZONA STATE (5-4) at STANFORD (3-6) - 2:00 PST/3:00 MST - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 16 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 11-5 overall and 5-2 in games at Palo Alto. ASU has won six of the last eight overall, including three in a row at Stanford Stadium. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona State met late in the year at Tempe and the Cardinal offense, ranked second in the nation coming in, was flying high in a 50-30 win, the third time in the season Stanford put 50 points on the board. The victory put the Cardinal one win away from the Rose Bowl berth. QB Todd Husak passed for 311 yards and four TDs to lead the Stanford offense and the Card defense recorded five QB sacks and forced five turnovers, scoring on one of them when DT Willie Howard rumbled 22-yards for a TD on a fumble return. ASU passed for 340 yards and Davaren Hightower was a bright spot with a 78-yard punt return for a score plus a TD reception, but Stanford's 5-0 turnover advantage and big-play offense proved decisive.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-6) at USC (4-5) - 3:30 PST - FOX Syndication - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 60 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans holding a commanding 50-6-4 series lead. SC has won the last two, 11 of the last 12 and 27 of the last 29. However, WSU's most recent win in the series came in the Cougars' last visit to the L.A. Coliseum, 28-21 in 1997. . . . Last Year: USC and Washington State met on a balmy day late in the season at Pullman. The Trojans scored on their first three possessions, but ended up hanging on for a 31-28 win. WSU actually outgained SC 420-318, but the Trojan defense contributed a big goal line stand and CB Kris Richard converted on the day's only turnover by running in an interception for what proved to be the winning score. WR Marcus Williams had a big day for the Cougars with seven receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown.

UCLA (6-3) at WASHINGTON (8-1) - 4:00 PST - ABC - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 59 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins leading a close series 30-27-2 by virtue of winning the last three games. Washington leads 17-11-1 in the 29 games played at Seattle. . . . Washington coach Rick Neuheisel looks for his first win against his alma mater. Neuheisel was UCLA's starting quarterback in 1983 and earned Player of the Game honors for leading a rout of favored Illinois in the Rose Bowl following that season. He served as an assistant for the Bruins from 1988-93. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington met late in the season at Pasadena and the Bruins dealt the Huskies' Rose Bowl hopes what proved to be a telling blow with a 23-20 overtime victory. UCLA did a good job of corralling Husky QB Marques Tuiasosopo and limited UW to just 236 yards total offense. The Bruins lost starting QB Cory Paul to a broken collarbone, but TB DeShaun Foster rushed for two TDs and PK Chris Griffith hit three field goals, including the game-winner from 22 yards in OT. Washington PK John Anderson hit on field goals of 50 yards and a school-record 56 yards that sent the game into overtime.

OREGON STATE (8-1) at ARIZONA (5-4) - 8:15 MST/7:15 PST - FOX Sports Net - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 23 times with the Wildcats holding a substantial 19-3-1 series advantage. OSU has never won in Tucson where Arizona holds a 10-0 spell over the Beavs. Oregon State won at Corvallis last year to snap an eight-game UA winning streak. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met late in the season at Corvallis and the Beavers clinched a bowl invitation with an entertaining 28-20 win. OSU QB Jonathan Smith passed for three TDs and ran for another and TB Ken Simonton rushed for 149 yards on 21 carries (7.1). Arizona put up an even 500 yards total offense, including 257 yards rushing, but the Wildcats were done in by turnovers and penalties. UA lost the turnover battle 4-0 and suffered 16 penalties.

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, UW, Andre Carter, DE, CAL, David Newbury, PK, USCSep. 16 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU, Larry Tripplett, NT, UW, Nick Harris, P, CALSep. 23 Maurice Morris, TB, ORE, DeLawrence Grant, DE, OSU, Keith Lewis, ST, ORESep. 30 Ken Simonton, TB, OSU, Idris Haroon, DE, ARIZ, Kurtis Doerr, P, OREOct. 7 Paul Arnold, TB, UW, Michael Jolivette, CB, ARIZ, Anousith Wilaikul, PK, WSUOct. 14 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE, Nnamdi Asomugha, FS, CAL, Gary Love, RS/ST, ARIZOct. 21 Jonathan Smith, QB, OSU, Saul Patu, DE, ORE, Ryan Cesca, PK, OSUOct. 28 Joey Harrington, QB, ORE, Andre Carter, DE, CAL, Jemeel Powell, PR, CALNov. 4 Willie Hurst, TB, UW, Darrell Daniels, ILB, UW, Josh Frankel, PK, ORE

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:	Longest winning streak - 7 games - Oregon	Longest Conference-game winning streak - 11 games - Oregon	Longest home winning streak - 19 games - Oregon	Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 30 Conference games to date, home teams have gone just 15-15.

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT:			34	Florida State			19	Oregon

HOME WINNING STREAKS--ALL-TIME PAC-10:			26	California, 1919-23			20	USC, 1927-29			19	Oregon, 1997-2000

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CONFERENCE GAMES:		  	12	Oregon, 1997-2000			12	USC, 1986-89

CLOSE FINISHES/OVERTIME GAMES: Last week was what has become typical in the Pac-10 with the widest margin of victory in the five games played being six points and two contests going into overtime. Every Pac-10 team except Oregon State, Stanford and Washington have been involved in an overtime game this year, with Arizona State and Washington State playing in three such contests each. The Sun Devils established a NCAA record last week by playing in their third consecutive overtime contest. There have been six Conference games to go into overtime this season, matching the all-time high of 1996, the first year the overtime procedures were adopted (the Pac-10 had a total of eight overtime games in 1996--six Conference games and two non-conference). Other than 1996, the most overtime games in any given year has been three.

BOWL ELIGIBLE: Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and UCLA have the requisite six wins necessary to be bowl eligible. Arizona and Arizona State are one win away and USC could reach bowl eligibility by winning its final three games.

PAC-10 BOWL PARTNERS:	Sun., Dec. 24	Jeep O'ahu Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Dec. 25	Jeep Aloha Bowl, 12:30 PST (ABC)	Fri., Dec. 29	Wells Fargo Sun Bowl, 11:00 PST (CBS)	Fri., Dec. 29	Culligan Holiday Bowl, 5:30 PST (ESPN)	Mon., Jan. 1	Rose Bowl presented by AT&T, 2:00 PST (ABC)

ARIZONA finishes off the regular season with two home games (Oregon State, Arizona State). . . . Wildcats have lost three in a row by a total of 10 points. . . . UA ranks 10th in the nation in rushing defense at 91.7 yards per game and leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 19.3. Cats also top the Pac-10 and rank fifth in the nation in turnover margin. . . . ILB Lance Briggs has posted double-digit tackle totals in four straight games. . . . RB Leo Mills rushed for a career-high 185 yards at Washington last week.

ARIZONA STATE ends up the regular season with two road games (at Stanford, at Arizona). . . . The Sun Devils established a NCAA record by playing in their third consecutive overtime game last week. . . . ASU had its streak of scoring first in every game this year snapped by USC last week. Devils still outscoring opponents 67-30 in the opening quarter. . . . Arizona State has suffered back-to-back losses in overtime, only the second time in the last four years the Sun Devils have lost consecutive Conference games.

CALIFORNIA DE Andre Carter became Cal's all-time QB sack leader last week against OSU. Carter had one sack to give him 28.5 for his career. Regan Upshaw (1993-95) had the old record of 28. . . . Also against OSU, P Nick Harris became the NCAA career punting leader with 13,161 yards (old record 12,947, Cameron Young, TCU, 1976-79). . . . California offense averaged 13.8 points over first five games of season, 32.5 over the last four games. . . . RB Joseph Echema leads the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (25.5).

OREGON, which has won 19 straight games overall at Autzen Stadium, the nation's second-longest current home winning streak (Florida State - 34), has won 12 straight Conference games at home. That ties the Pac-10 record with USC (1986-89) and the Ducks look to take it over solely with a win vs. California this week. . . . It hasn't been easy for the Ducks as they have been extended to overtime before winning the last two weeks. . . . UO has a 14-2 November record since Mike Bellotti became head coach. . . . QB Joey Harrington leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 245.1 yards per game. . . . Ducks' No. 6 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll.

OREGON STATE is 8-1 for the first time ever. . . . TB Ken Simonton, with 125 yards and three TDs at Cal last week, moved up into fifth place on the Pac-10 career rushing list with 3,802 yards. Simonton is just a junior. . . . Beavers had two 100-yard rushers and two 100-yard receivers at Cal. Simonton had his 125 yards and TB Patrick McCall added 116. WRs T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Robert Prescott each had 109 receiving yards. . . . Simonton leads the Pac-10 in rushing and is sixth nationally at 143.1 yards per game. He also leads Pac-10 and is sixth nationally in scoring at 10.9 points per game. . . . Beavers lead the Pac-10 in both total offense (424.8) and total defense (314.3).

STANFORD OLB Riall Johnson recorded three QB sacks vs. UCLA last week to give him 13 on the season. The Cardinal season record is 17 (Duncan McColl). . . . WR DeRonnie Pitts needs just five catches to move into second place on the Pac-10 career receiving list behind former teammate Troy Walters. Pitts leads the Pac-10 in receptions and is tied for third in the nation with 68 catches.

UCLA FL Freddie Mitchell leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in receiving yards at 123.2 yards per game. . . . P Nate Fikse leads the Pac-10 with a 43.7-yard average. . . . Despite a hand injury, TB DeShaun Foster appeared in fine form against Stanford last week with 33 rushes for 159 yards plus two touchdowns, one rushing and one receiving.

USC TB Sultan McCullough rushed for 176 yards at ASU last week, his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing day and sixth of the season. It put the sophomore over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. . . . 44 points scored at ASU last week was season-high for the Trojans. The 35 points in regulation was as well. . . . QB Carson Palmer tops the Pac-10 with 19.2 pass completions per game.

WASHINGTON lives on the edge. Six of the Huskies' eight win have come by six points or less with four of the wins being by three points. . . . UW scored 22 points in final 11 minutes to overtake Arizona last week. Included were two TD runs by TB Willie Hurst, one of 65 yards and the other a highlight reel 23-yarder. . . . Washington rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns against an Arizona defense that entered the game atop the Pac-10 and six in the nation in rushing defense. The Wildcats had allowed only four rushing TDs all season prior to UW.

WASHINGTON STATE lost starting QB Jason Gesser for the season with a broken leg in OT loss to Oregon last week. Redshirt freshman Matt Kegel takes over. . . . Six of Cougars' last seven games have been decided by seven points or fewer. Included are three gut-wrenching overtime losses in last four weeks.

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