This Week in Pac-10 Football (9/10/01)

Sept. 9, 2001

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LAST WEEK:

Arizona 36, Idaho 29
UCLA 41, Kansas 17
Arizona State 38, San Diego State 7
Washington 23, Michigan 18
Oregon 24, Utah 10
Washington State 41, Boise State 20
Oregon State 27, New Mexico State 22
BYU 44, California 16
Stanford 38, Boston College 22
Kansas State 10, USC 6

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls and a total of eight Conference teams receive mention. Following are the preseason rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:

	Oregon (2-0)		7	7	Washington (1-0)	13	13	UCLA (2-0)		14	12	Oregon State (1-1)	22	22	Stanford (1-0)		34	t31	USC (1-1)		39	t39	Washington State (2-0)	43	--	Arizona State (1-0)	44	--


SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 15:

WASHINGTON (1-0) at MIAMI (2-0) - 12:30 EDT/9:30 a.m. PDT - ABC split-national telecast - The Series: Washington and Miami have met just twice with the Huskies winning both games. UW won 38-20 at Miami in 1994 and knocked off the Canes 34-29 at Seattle last year. Miami was ranked in the Top 5 in the polls in both previous meetings. . . . Last Year: Fourth-ranked Miami made its first visit to Husky Stadium and fell to the home-standing Huskies 34-29. Washington went out to a 21-3 lead at halftime, watched Miami close the gap to 27-22 at the end of three quarters, but hung in to register the win. A highlight for the Huskies was freshman TB and Florida native Rich Alexis taking a pitch down the sideline for a 50-yard TD run. UW had a huge time of possession advantage--37:28-23:32--due in part to piling up 205 yards rushing. The Huskies also forced three Hurricane fumbles.

COLORADO (2-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) - 12:30 PDT - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: First trip to Pullman for Colorado, although the Buffs and Cougs did meet once at Spokane. WSU and Colorado have met four times with the Buffaloes leading the series 3-1. WSU won the first game of the series, 14-10 at Boulder in 1981, Colorado has won the last three. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Colorado opened the 1996 season at Boulder with the Buffaloes living up to their No. 5 ranking with a 37-19 win. Colorado limited WSU to just five yards rushing and 168 yards total offense. One bright spot for the Cougs was DL Dorian Boose returning a fumble recovery for a school-record 94 yards and a TD.

MONTANA STATE (1-1) at OREGON STATE (1-1)- 3:30 PDT - The Series: First meeting between Oregon State and Montana State. . . . Coaching Note: Oregon State coach Dennis Erickson is a Montana State graduate. He was an All-Big Sky quarterback for the Bobcats in 1967 and 1968 and set school records for career total offense and passing. Erickson got his coaching start at Montana State as a graduate assistant in 1969 and served as offensive backfield coach from 1971-73.

CALIFORNIA (0-2) at RUTGERS (1-1) -7:00 EDT/4:00 PDT - The Series: California and Rutgers have met just once with the Golden Bears defeating the Scarlet Knights 21-7 at Berkeley to open the 1999 season. . . . Last Meeting: California and Rutgers opened the 1999 season at Berkeley with the Golden Bears taking a 21-7 decision. Cal RB Marcus Fields ran 42 yards for a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage and ended the day with 123 yards on just 11 carries (11.2-yard average).

STANFORD (1-0) at SAN JOSE STATE (0-2) - 6:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford-San Jose State is an old neighborhood rivalry that dates back to 1900. The teams have met 56 times with the Cardinal holding a commanding 42-13-1 series advantage. However, the Spartans have won the last three years. San Jose has never defeated Stanford four consecutive times. All but two of the previous games have been played at Stanford. The Cardinal won the only two played at San Jose in 1900 and 1995. . . . Last Year: Stanford and San Jose State met early in the season at Palo Alto and the Spartans stunned the Cardinal for the third consecutive year with a 40-27 win. San Jose State RB Deonce Whitaker rushed for a career-high 254 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 12.1 yards per carry in the process. In all, the Spartans amassed 304 yards rushing and 483 yards total offense. The Stanford offense was hardly somnolent itself in piling up a season-high 614 yards total offense (259 rushing, 373 passing). Card QB Randy Fasani passed for a career-high 373 yards and four TDs, but suffered four sacks. FL Jamien McCullum had the first two TD receptions of his career for Stanford.

ARIZONA STATE (1-0) at UCLA (2-0) - 7:15 PDT/MST - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 18 times with the Bruins leading the series 11-6-1. The Sun Devils, however, have won five of the last seven overall and three of the last four at the Rose Bowl. Three of the last four games have been decided by eight or fewer points. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona State met at the Rose Bowl and the Sun Devils burst out to an early 21-0 lead. But UCLA matched its largest ever comeback by overcoming that deficit with a 28-point third quarter explosion that led to a 38-31 win. Bruin QB Cory Paus, playing in his first full game of the year after an injury early in UCLA's opener, tossed two TD passes and directed the Bruins to 500 yards total offense. UCLA TB DeShaun Foster went out early with a broken hand, but TB Akil Harris took advantage of the first extensive action of his career to rush for 100 yards and two TDs and the Bruins piled up 233 yards on the ground. For ASU, TB Mike Williams rushed for 97 yards and two scores on just 10 carries and the Devils passed for 365 yards against the Bruin defense.

PAC-10 NOTES:

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 is off to a fast start going 13-4 (.765) vs. non-conference foes in the first two weeks of play. Included is a stellar 3-1 mark against teams rated in the Top 25.

CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 9 games - Washington

Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - Washington

Longest home winning streak - 22 games - Oregon

Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington

OVERALL WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 14 Oklahoma

11 Miami

9 Washington

9 Toledo

HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT: 36 Florida State 22 Oregon

HOME WINNING STREAKS--ALL-TIME PAC-10: 26 California, 1919-23

22 Oregon, 1997-2001

CONFERENCE: Arizona State's 38-7 win against San Diego State gave all three new head coaches in Pac-10--ASU's Dirk Koetter, Arizona's John Mackovic and USC's Pete Carroll--wins in their debuts.

ARIZONA: QB Jason Johnson and WR Brandon Marshall set a Pac-10 record by hooking up for the longest pass play in league history in win against Idaho last week. Johnson to Marshall went for 99 yards and a TD bettering the previous Pac-10 mark of 98 yards (Joe Borchard to Troy Walters, Stanford vs. UCLA, 1999). . . . Wildcats have had 21 completions in each of first two games, more than they had in any game last season. . . . Cats have piled up 10 QB sacks already and have allowed just two.

ARIZONA STATE: CB Emmanuel Franklin tied the Pac-10 record for longest interception return by taking one back 100 yards against San Diego State. Franklin became the eighth in league history to post a 100-yard interception return. Most recent prior to Franklin was Cal's Deltha O'Neal vs. Oregon in 1999. . . . QB Jeff Krohn completed 27 of 35 (.771) for 271 yards and four TDs in opener vs. San Diego. Included were strings of 11 consecutive completions and 10 consecutive completions. . . . Sun Devils are the only Pac-10 team to play seven home games this season.

CALIFORNIA: Game at Rutgers this week is Cal's first trip to the Eastern Time Zone since 1993 when the Golden Bears knocked off Temple, 55-0, at Philadelphia. . . . Cal offense has converted 53.3% of third-down attempts (16 of 30). . . . Cal passed for 291 yards against BYU last week. Starter Kyle Boller completed 19 of 33 for 242 and a TD despite heavy pressure. . . . The fullback position, now manned by veteran Marcus Fields, plays a role as a pass-catcher in the Bears' new offense. Fields leads Cal in receiving through two games with nine catches for 133 yards and one TD.

OREGON: Oregon extended its home winning streak to 22 games with win against Utah. Utah now bookends the streak as it began with a win against the Utes in 1997. The 22 straight is the second-longest home winning streak in Conference history, trailing only California's 26 straight from 1919-23. It also is the second-longest current home winning streak in the nation behind 36 by Florida State. Included in the Ducks' streak are 13 straight Conference game home wins, a Pac-10 record. . . . QB Joey Harrington is 16-2 as a starter. . . . UO is 13-1 under coach Mike Bellotti in games decided by a touchdown or less. Ducks also 14-0 under Bellotti in non-conference home games.

OREGON STATE: All-America TB Ken Simonton has moved into third place on the Pac-10 career rushing chart (see below). Only former USC Heisman Trophy winners Charles White and Marcus Allen are ahead of Simonton. He also is just one point away from becoming the leading non-kicker on the Pac-10 career scoring chart. . . . QB Jonathan Smith is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback. . . . Beavers have a nine-game home winning streak going at Reser Stadium.

STANFORD: Stanford has lost three straight to San Jose State. The Cardinal has never lost four in a row to the Spartans in their 56-game series that dates to 1900. . . . Stanford is an experienced group. Every defensive starter is a fourth- or fifth-year senior. On offense, the Card returns its entire starting offensive line, senior QB Randy Fasani and their three top running backs. . . . Fasani is one of 20 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award presented to the nation's top senior quarterback. . . . Tyrone Willingham is now in his seventh season as head coach at Stanford. Only Pop Warner (1924-32) and John Ralston (1963-71) have enjoyed a longer tenure with the Cardinal. . . . Teyo Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 250-pounder, who also plays basketball for Stanford, has made the move from quarterback to wide receiver (he had four receptions for 51 yards and a TD vs. Boston College). Stanford backup QB Chris Lewis noted: 'It's about time we had a receiver taller than coach Willingham.'

UCLA: Bruins begin 20th season of playing home games in the Rose Bowl with Arizona State game this week. . . . FL Tab Perry has touchdown receptions of 53 and 49 yards in the first two games. . . . SE Brian Poli-Dixon needs just 21 receiving yards to crack the Bruins' top 10 list. . . . Bruins leading the league in rushing in averaging 230 yards per game. As usual, All-Pac-10 TB DeShaun Foster is the workhorse. He leads Pac-10 and is fourth in nation at 149.5 yards per game. . . . P Nate Fikse, who led the Pac-10 with a 43.2-yard average last year, is booming right along at 43.6 this year.

USC: After a nation-high 36 turnovers last year, SC has lost just two in first two games. Trojans have forced five turnovers after getting just 17 all last year. . . . Trojans are starting four sophomores on the offensive line. . . . Opponents are 0-for-4 in fourth-down conversion attempts vs. the Trojans this year. . . . TB Sultan McCullough leads league with four rushing touchdowns. . . . Trojan defense did not allow a pass play longer than 12 yards vs. Kansas State last week.

WASHINGTON: Huskies have a nine-game winning streak going. . . . Game at Miami this week features teams with the second- and third-longest current winning streaks in the country. Miami is second with 11 straight wins, UW is third with nine in a row. Nine straight for the Huskies is their longest win streak since 1990-91-92 squads won 22 straight. . . . Win against No. 11-ranked Michigan is the 13th straight year the Huskies have defeated a ranked team. . . . UW put up 17 fourth-quarter points to come from behind in win against Michigan. It has become the usual Husky method. Dawgs trailed in nine of 12 games in last year's 11-1 season and outscored nine of 12 opponents in fourth quarter. . . . Offensive line with four new starters in the lineup allowed just one QB sack to Michigan. . . . True freshman SE Reggie Williams looked like the real deal in his debut against the Wolverines. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Williams pulled in four receptions for 134 with a long of 74.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars 2-0 start is backing up coach Mike Price's saying he has his best team since the 1997 Rose Bowl squad. . . . Cougar win at Boise State snapped Broncos' 14-game home winning streak. . . . WSU allowing just 68 yards per game rushing, while Coug offense is leading the Pac-10 in passing offense (341.5), total offense (517.0) and scoring offense (38.5). . . . Defense has been sturdy as well. Opponents have averaged just 2.3 yards per rush and 64.0 yards rushing per game. WSU has allowed opponents just 15% on third-down conversion attempts (4 of 26). . . . SB Nakoa McElrath leads the Pac-10 with 9.0 receptions per game. He also has a league-high five TD receptions in first two games.

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