Final 2000 Pac-10 Football Release (1/5/01)

Jan. 5, 2001

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The Pac-10 concluded a successful 2000 season with resounding New Year's Day bowl wins as WASHINGTON topped Purdue, 34-24, in the Rose Bowl presented by AT&T and OREGON STATE pounded Notre Dame, 41-9, in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. OREGON joined the party by besting Texas, 35-30, in the Culligan Holiday Bowl to give the Pac-10 three bowl wins against teams ranked in the top 15. Washington, Oregon State and Oregon all finished in the Top 10 in the final polls, the first time the Conference pulled off that feat since 1984. Oregon and Oregon State each finished the season with double-figure wins for the first time ever and the league had three 10-win teams for the first time since 1982. The Pac-10 upped its all-time bowl record to 92-83-6 for a bowl winning percentage of .525, best of any major conference.

2000-2001 PAC-10 BOWL RESULTS:

Rose Bowl presented by AT&T - Washington 34, Purdue 24
Tostitos Fiesta Bowl - Oregon State 41, Notre Dame 9
Culligan Holiday Bowl - Oregon 35, Texas 30
Wells Fargo Sun Bowl - Wisconsin 21, UCLA 20
Jeep Aloha Bowl - Boston College 31, Arizona State 17

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams--WASHINGTON, OREGON STATE and OREGON--finished ranked in the Top 10 in the final polls. It's the first time since 1984 the Pac-10 has had three teams ranked in the final Top 10 and the first time ever to have two ranked in the final top five. Oregon State's No. 4 ranking is its highest ever in the AP poll. Following are the final rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:

					USA/	Team			AP	ESPN	Washington (11-1)	3	3	Oregon State (11-1)	4	5	Oregon (10-2)		7	9

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 had an outstanding season against outside competition in 2000. The Pac-10's non-conference record ended up at 26-10 (.722) overall and 25-10 (.714) vs. Division IA opponents, second-best, by one-half game, among the BCS conferences. Of the Pac-10's 10 losses, five came to teams ranked in the Top 25. The Pac-10 had a remarkable 8-5 record against Top 25 teams and posted four wins against teams ranked in the Top 5. Following are the non-conference records of the BCS conferences vs. Division IA opponents:

		Conference	W	L	Pct.	1.	Big East	25	9	.735	2.	Pac-10		25	10	.714	3.	Big 12		27	12	.692	4.	Southeastern	26	15	.634	5.	Atlantic Coast	18	12	.600		Big Ten		24	16	.600


CURRENT STREAKS: Longest winning streak -8 games - Washington Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - Washington Longest home winning streak - 20 games - Oregon Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon State and Washington

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 35 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 40 Conference games, home teams had a losing record at 19-21.

CLOSE FINISHES/OVERTIME GAMES: To say close games were the rule in the Pac-10 this year is an understatement. In 40 Conference games , 22 were decided by seven or fewer points, 24 by eight or fewer. Every Pac-10 team except Oregon State and Washington was 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 were a record seven Conference games to go into overtime this season, including two double overtime and two triple overtime games.

GEOGRAPHY: Three Pacific Northwest teams finished 1-2-3 in the Conference standings for the first time since 1941.


Unanimous First-Team All-America Selection Andre Carter, DE, Sr., California

Consensus First-Team All-America Selections Nick Harris, P, Sr., California Freddie Mitchell, FL, Jr., UCLA

Other First-Team All-America Selections Ken Simonton, TB, Jr., Oregon State Chad Ward, OG, Sr., Washington

Second-Team All-America Selections Adam Archuleta, OLB, Sr., Arizona State DeLawrence Grant, DE, Sr., Oregon State Todd Heap, TE, Jr., Arizona State Riall Johnson, OLB, Sr., Stanford Brian Polak, OG, Sr., UCLA Jerramy Stevens, TE, So., Washington Larry Tripplett, DT, Jr., Washington

Third-Team All-America Selections Rashad Bauman, CB, Jr., Oregon Ennis Davis, DT, Sr., USC Chris Gibson, C, Jr., Oregon State Willie Howard, DT, Sr., Stanford

Freshman All-America Selections Rich Alexis, TB, Washington (first team) Clarence Farmer, RB, Arizona (first team) Joey Forster, OG, Oregon (first team) Michael Jolivette, CB, Arizona (first team) Richard Seigler, MLB, Oregon State (first team) Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State (first team) Lenny Vandermade, OG, USC (first team) Mark Wilson, OT, California (first team) Alex Holmes, TE, USC (second team) Derrick Johnson, KR, Washington (second team) Rodney Leisle, DT, UCLA (third team) Reggie Sampay, C, Arizona (third team)

The Sporting News Coach of the Year Dennis Erickson, Oregon State

American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year Dennis Erickson, Oregon State

Pac-10 Coach of the Year Dennis Erickson, Oregon State

Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year Marques Tuiasosopo, QB, Sr., Washington

Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year Adam Archuleta, OLB, Sr., Arizona State

Football News Pac-10 Player of the Year Ken Simonton, TB, Jr., Oregon State

The Sporting News Pac-10 Player of the Year Ken Simonton, TB, Jr., Oregon State

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State

Morris Trophy Winners (Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Linemen in the Pac-10) Andre Carter, DE, Sr., California Chad Ward, OG, Sr., Washington

First-Team Verizon Academic All-America Selection Ryan Schmid, OG, Jr., Oregon

First-Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII Selections Mike Aguirre, WR, Sr., Arizona State Ryan Fleming, P, Sr., Washington Ryan Schmid, OG, Jr., Oregon Seth Trimmer, FL, So., Oregon State

Second-Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII Selections Cy Aleman, WR, So., Oregon Mike Belisle, OT, So., Oregon Brian Forth, WR, Sr., Arizona State Joey Harrington, QB, Jr., Oregon Dan Katz, PK, Sr., Oregon Kyle Rosselle, DE, Jr., Oregon State Dennis Weathersby, CB, So., Oregon State Eli Wnek, TE, Jr., Arizona


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, OSUNov. 18 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Jake Cookus, SS, OSU David Bell, PK USC

RECORD SCAN: Following are changes in the Pac-10 record book following the 2000 season.

Individual Records Established

Punting--Most Punts, Career322, Nick Harris, California, 1997-2000 (13,981 yards) -- Note: New NCAA Record (Old record - 280, Tim Kollas, Oregon State, 1990-93

Punting--Most Yards on Punts, Career13,981, Nick Harris, California, 1997-2000 (322 punts) -- Note: New NCAA Record (Old record - 11,018, Tim Kollas, Oregon State, 1990-93

Individual Record Tied

Rushing--Most Seasons Gaining 1000 Yards or More3, Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-99-2000 (Ties - Several players, most recently Napoleon Kaufman, Washington, 1992-93-94)

Team Record Established

Most Consecutive Home Victories, Conference Games13, Oregon, 1997-2000 (Old record - 12, USC, 1986-89

Team Record Tied

Scoring, Single Game--Most Points Scored by a Losing Team55, Arizona State vs. Oregon (56) (1 OT) (Ties - Arizona vs. California (56), 1996 (4 OT)

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