This Week in Pac-10 Football (11/13/00)

Nov. 13, 2000

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The annual conflict of Pac-10 traditional rivals finds OREGON at OREGON STATE in the Civil War and WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE in the Apple Cup in the two games that will decide the Rose Bowl berth. Plus STANFORD at CALIFORNIA in the Big Game and USC at UCLA in the annual battle for supremacy in Los Angeles. ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE hold off on their annual desert grudge match until next week with a game at Tucson on Fri., Nov. 24 that will send one team to Hawaii for the holidays.

RACE FOR THE ROSES: It all comes down to the Civil War and the Apple Cup as OREGON, OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON all remain alive in the chase for the Rose Bowl berth. Only the Ducks, undefeated in Conference play, control their own destiny as a win over Oregon State 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 guide or in the football section on the Pac-10 website--www.pac-10.org). Also remember that in addition to the Rose Bowl berth, a second Pac-10 team would be eligible for consideration for an at-large Bowl Championship Series berth.

Two-team ties: Oregon-Oregon State - winner of Civil War game on 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 the top two teams on the point system by virtue of undefeated non-conference seasons. Washington defeated Oregon State head-to-head.

Stated another way, here is what each of the three remaining contenders needs to have happen to earn the Rose Bowl berth:

Oregon: Defeat Oregon State and the Ducks go to the Rose Bowl. A loss to the Beavers knocks Oregon out of the hunt. Oregon State: Oregon State must defeat Oregon and have Washington State defeat Washington. Washington: Washington must defeat Washington State and have Oregon State defeat Oregon.

BOWL ELIGIBLE: Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and UCLA have the requisite six wins necessary to be bowl eligible. The winner of the Arizon-Arizona State game will get its sixth win and earn a spot in one of the Pac-10 bowl berths in Hawaii. And as noted above, in addition to the Rose Bowl berth, a second Pac-10 team is eligible for consideration for an at-large Bowl Championship Series berth.

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)

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams--OREGON, WASHINGTON and OREGON STATE--remain ranked in the Top 10 in the polls. Oregon's No. 5 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll.

SERIES NOTES FOR THE TRADITIONAL RIVALRY GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 18: Traditional rivalry week in the Pac-10 features both the oldest and longest college football rivalries on the West Coast. Cal-Stanford is the oldest West Coast rivalry dating back to 1892. However, Oregon-Oregon State qualifies as the longest with 103 games, starting in 1894, one more than the 102 Cal-Stanford contests.

STANFORD (4-6) at CALIFORNIA (3-7) - The Big Game - 12:30 PST - The Series: California and Stanford meet in the 103rd edition of the Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast dating back 108 years to 1892. Stanford leads the series 52-39-11 and has won the last five and nine of the last 11 overall. The Cardinal has had equal recent success at Berkeley winning the last two and four of the last five at Strawberry Canyon. Of the previous 102 Big Games, 48 have been decided by a touchdown or less. . . . Cal coach Tom Holmoe served as the secondary coach at Stanford in 1992-93. . . . Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham boasts a Big Game record of 8-0 overall and 5-0 as head coach. . . . Last Year: Stanford and California met at Palo Alto and the Cardinal knocked off the Golden Bears for the fifth straight year with a 31-13 win. The victory gave Stanford its first outright Pac-10 title and trip to the Rose Bowl in 28 years. Cal had lost starting QB Kyle Boller to an injury the previous week and started walk-on Wes Dalton to replace him. There was to be no Big Game legend-making, however, as the Stanford defense shut down the Cal attack, limiting the Bears to just eight first downs, 11 yards rushing and 130 yards total offense. Cal's two scores came on an electrifying 100-yard kickoff return by All-America Deltha O'Neal, followed by a 58-yard punt return for a score by O'Neal. Stanford methodically built a lead against the top-ranked Cal defense and put the game away when FB Casey Moore set sail on a 94-yard fourth-quarter touchdown run, the longest run in Big Game history.

OREGON (9-1) at OREGON STATE (9-1) - The Civil War - 12:30 PST - ABC - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up in the 104th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and Oregon leads the series 52-41-10 by virtue of going 20-4-1 over the last 25 seasons. The Ducks have won four of the last five overall and four of the last five at Corvallis. However, the most recent game in Corvallis in 1998 resulted in a 44-41 double overtime victory for the Beavers. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State closed out the regular season at Eugene with both teams riding four-game winning streaks. The Ducks made it five, racing out to a 22-0 lead and making it stand up in a 25-14 victory. UO TB Reuben Droughns set a Civil War record with 197 yards rushing and the Duck defense put in a sturdy performance in limiting OSU to 27 yards rushing and posting six QB sacks. For OSU, QB Jonathan Smith passed for 248 yards and TB Ken Simonton scored on two short touchdown bursts, but it was not enough to overtake the Ducks.

USC (4-6) at UCLA (6-4) - The Series: USC and UCLA have met in the battle for the Victory Bell and Los Angeles 69 times dating back to 1929 and uninterrupted since 1936. The Trojans hold a 35-27-7 series lead, but an SC victory last year snapped an eight-game UCLA win streak, which is the longest win streak by either team in the history of the series. The Bruins have won the last four games played at the Rose Bowl. Expect a tight game as 14 of the last 20 have been decided by seven or fewer points. . . . Coaches Paul Hackett and Bob Toledo were fellow assistants on the USC coaching staff from 1976-78. . . . Last Year: USC and UCLA met in front of a sellout crowd at the L.A. Coliseum and the Trojans snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Bruins with a 17-7 win. Freshman WR Kareem Kelly had a pair of touchdown receptions and the SC defense kept UCLA at bay all afternoon. The USC defense limited UCLA to 13 first downs, 45 yards rushing, 249 yards total offense, registered six QB sacks and forced five turnovers. Three of the turnovers snuffed out UCLA scoring threats deep in USC territory.

WASHINGTON (9-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-6) - The Apple Cup - 3:30 PST - FOX Sports Net - The Series: Washington and Washington State have met 92 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 59-27-6. UW has won four of the last five overall and two in a row at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met at Seattle and the Huskies used a strong running game and solid defense to post a 24-14 victory. UW controlled the clock with 250 yards rushing. Freshman RB Paul Arnold led the way for the Huskies rushing 14 times for 126 yards (9.0), including an 80-yard fourth-quarter touchdown dash that put the game on ice.

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just one regular season non-conference game remaining (Notre Dame at USC, Nov. 25), the Pac-10 has had an outstanding season against outside competition. The Pac-10's non-conference record stands at 23-7 (.767) overall and 22-7 (.759) vs. Division IA opponents. Of the Pac-10's seven losses, four have come to teams ranked in the Top 25. The Pac-10 has a remarkable 5-4 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.

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, ORENov. 11 Rich Alexis, TB, UW Coy Wire, ILB, STAN Ryan Cesca, PK, OSU

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS: Longest winning streak - 8 games - Oregon Longest Conference-game winning streak - 12 games - Oregon Longest home winning streak - 20 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon and Oregon State

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 34 Florida State 20 Oregon

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

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 35 Conference games to date, home teams have gone just 18-17.

AWARD TIME: OREGON STATE TB Ken Simonton has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award recognizing the top running back in college football. And TEs Todd Heap of ARIZONA STATE and Jerramy Stevens of WASHINGTON are among the eight semifinalists for the inaugural John Mackey award which will go to the best tight end in college ball.

CLOSE FINISHES/OVERTIME GAMES: To say close game have been the rule in the Pac-10 this year is an understatement. In 35 Conference games played to date, 20 have been decided by seven or fewer points, 22 by eight or fewer. 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 by playing in three consecutive overtime contests. 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.

ARIZONA leads the Pac-10 and ranks fourth in the nation in turnover margin at +13. . . . DT Keoni Fraser has recovered a Pac-10-leading five fumbles. . . . Wildcats lead the league in punt returns (12.1). . . . Frosh CB Michael Jolivette paces the Pac-10 in interceptions with five. . . . RB Clarence Farmer leads freshmen rushers in the Pac-10 with 64.9 yards per game.

ARIZONA STATE, despite being forced into using multiple quarterbacks this year, leads the Pac-10 in passing offense at 274.6 yards per game. . . . TE Todd Heap has at least one reception in 25 straight games. . . . OLB Adam Archuleta leads the Pac-10 in tackles averaging 11.3 stops per game. . . . Eight QB sacks by DE Terrell Suggs is most by any freshman in the Pac-10 this year.

CALIFORNIA averaged just 13.8 points per game over its first five games, but has upped that to 29.4 over its last five games, four of which have come against ranked teams. . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 40 in 10 games. Individual leader for Cal is DE Andre Carter with 13, which ranks second in the Pac-10. . . . CB Jemeel Powell averages 20.6 yards on eight punt returns.

OREGON established a new Pac-10 record by winning its 13th consecutive home Conference game last week. The Ducks shared the previous mark of 12 with USC (1986-89). . . . Oregon has lost just six fumbles in 10 games. . . . Ducks have won 17 of their last 19 games played in November. . . . Special teams prowess--Oregon leads the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (23.5), kickoff coverage (16.1) and net punting (37.8). . . . Ducks have allowed a league-low 13 sacks in 10 games. . . . QB Joey Harrington leads the Pac-10 in passing yards (236.1 per game) and TD passes (20) as well as total offense (248.0 yards per game).

OREGON STATE TB Ken Simonton, just a junior, has moved into fifth place on the Pac-10 career rushing list with 3,875 yards. He currently leads the Pac-10 and is eighth in the nation in rushing at 136.1 yards per game. . . . Beavers lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (33.6) and scoring defense (19.0) and total offense (412.7) and total defense (298.7). . . . OSU has scored 30 or more points in eight consecutive games. . . . OSU is 9-1 for the first time in history. It's the first nine-win season for the Beavs since 1939 and the first time for six Conference victories since 1957. OSU also has won five straight games for the first time since 1966. . . . OSU has locked up a second straight bowl bid for the first time in school history.

STANFORD WR DeRonnie Pitts moved into second place on the Pac-10 career receiving chart with 224 receptions. He trails only former teammate Troy Walters (1996-99), who ended up with 248 catches. Pitts stands fifth on the Pac-10 career receiving yardage chart with 2,925. Pitts leads the Pac-10 and is tied for fourth nationally in receiving at 7.3 catches per game. . . . Stanford has scored first in its last five games. . . . OLB Riall Johnson leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 14. That's just three shy of the Cardinal single season record of 17 by Duncan McColl. . . . Stanford is least penalized team in the Pac-10 by far with just 58 flags for 416 yards in 10 games.

UCLA FL Freddie Mitchell leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in receiving yards at 117.4 yards per game. . . . P Nate Fikse is the Pac-10 punting leader with a 43.5-yard average. . . . MLB Robert Thomas has forced a Pac-10-leading six fumbles. . . . TB DeShaun Foster needs 113 yards to top the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

USC put the ball in the air 54 times vs. WSU last week completing 29 with 19 first downs by passing. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversions at 41.8%. . . . TB Sultan McCullough trails only OSU's Ken Simonton in rushing at 104.4 yards per game. McCullough is averaging 5.5 yards per rush. . . . QB Mike Van Raaphorst came off the bench to throw three touchdown passes against Washington State last week.

WASHINGTON leads the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 199.3 yards per game. Huskies 349 yards rushing vs. UCLA last week is the top rushing performance in the Pac-10 this year. UW rushed the ball 64 times and threw just 19 passes. Meanwhile, Husky defense limited UCLA to 71 yards rushing. . . . UW has come from behind in the fourth quarter in five of nine wins this year. Dawgs outscore opponents 108-61 in the fourth period.

WASHINGTON STATE QB Matt Kegel, making his first start in place of injured Jason Gesser, passed for 242 yards at USC, including an 88-yard TD connection with SE Marcus Williams, the second-longest pass play in WSU history. . . . WSU scored TDs on offense, defense and special teams last week at SC. Cougs scored on a blocked punt and a fumble recovery. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (132.8 rating). . . . WSU has been successful on a remarkable 12 of 15 fourth-down conversion attempts this season.

QUOTABLE: Arizona coach Dick Tomey following the Wildcats' 33-9 home loss to Oregon State last week: 'They (OSU) are a terrific team, the best team we have played all year.'

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