This Week in Pac-10 Football (9/16/01)
Sept. 16, 2001
COMING UP THIS WEEK: After postponement of last week's games due to tragic national events, college football returns this week. The Pac-10 has a mixed schedule of three Conference games and three non-league contests. In Pac-10 play, ARIZONA STATE is at STANFORD, CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE and USC at OREGON (FOX SN). Out of league it's UNLV at ARIZONA, Ohio State at UCLA (ABC) and Idaho at WASHINGTON. OREGON STATE has the week off.
SEPT. 15 GAMES POSTPONED: Game Rescheduled California at Rutgers Fri., Nov. 23, 1:00 EST/10:00 PST Stanford at San Jose State Sat., Dec. 1, 2:00 PST Arizona State at UCLA Sat., Dec. 1, Time TBA Washington at Miami TBA Colorado at Washington State TBA
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 22:
OHIO STATE (1-0) at UCLA (2-0)- 12:30 PDT - ABC national telecast - The Series: Ohio State and UCLA have met eight times with the Buckeyes leading the series 4-3-1. And while Ohio State-UCLA at the Rose Bowl sounds like it should be played on New Year's Day, the fact is these two frequent visitors to the Rose Bowl Game have met only once in that post-season classic with the other seven games coming in the regular season. In that one post-season Rose Bowl game in 1976 (following the 1975 season), UCLA avenged a regular-season loss to Ohio State with a 23-10 upset of the top-ranked Buckeyes in Dick Vermeil's final game as the Bruin's coach. That is the only previous meeting of the teams in the Rose Bowl Stadium. The last six times UCLA and Ohio State have met, both teams have been ranked in the Top 25. In the brief series, neither team has ever won two consecutive games . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Ohio State met at Columbus early in the 1999 season with the Buckeyes overcoming an early 10-0 deficit to overwhelm a decimated Bruin squad 42-20. OSU rolled up 241 yards rushing and 507 yards total offense.
IDAHO (0-2) at WASHINGTON (1-0) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Idaho have met 34 times dating back to 1900 with the Huskies holding a commanding series margin of 30-2-2. Many of the games came when UW and Idaho were fellow members of the Pacific Coast Conference. UW has won 13 straight and is unbeaten in 29 straight with the only two Idaho win in the series coming in 1900 and 1905. Most of the games have been played at Seattle with Idaho never winning there. UW leads 28-0-1 overall at Seattle, including 22-0-1 at Husky Stadium. . . . Last Year: Washington and Idaho opened the season at Husky Stadium after a 27-year void in the series. Idaho stunned UW with an 82-yard TD run on the opening play of the game, but the Huskies capitalized on five turnovers and used a balanced offensive attack to down the Vandals 44-20. Washington had 239 yards rushing, 235 yards passing.
CALIFORNIA (0-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Washington State have met 64 times dating to 1919 with the Golden Bears leading the series 36-24-5. However, it has been mostly Cougars of late as WSU has won the last two and eight of the last 11. The Cougs have been particularly hard on the Bears at home in winning nine straight, with the last Cal victory at Pullman coming in 1979 (45-13). . . . Last Year: Washington State and California met at Berkeley and the Cougars claimed their first Pac-10 road win in three years with a 21-17 victory. WSU QB Jason Gesser passed for two TDs in what proved to be primarily a defensive struggle. Each team was held under 280 yards total offense, with WSU getting only 41 yards rushing and Cal able to get just 89 yards through the air. California had a first-and-goal from WSU 11-yard line late in the game, but the Coug defense held and forced the Bears to turn the ball over on downs.
ARIZONA STATE (1-0) at STANFORD (1-0) - 7:00 PDT - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 17 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 11-6. Stanford has narrowed the gap by winning the last two. ASU has had road success with a 5-3 mark at Stanford Stadium . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona State, which was coming off an NCAA-record three consecutive overtime games, met late in the year at Palo Alto and the Cardinal used defense and special teams to shut down the Sun Devils 29-7. The Stanford defense held ASU to 23 yards rushing and 174 yards total offense and recorded six quarterback sacks and two interceptions. RB Kerry Carter carried the load on offense in rushing for 103 yards and a score for Stanford and Luke Powell returned a punt 51 yards for a TD for the Cardinal.
UNLV (0-2) at ARIZONA (2-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: First meeting between Arizona and UNLV. The Rebels are coached by two-time former USC coach John Robinson (1976-82, 1993-97), who led the Trojans to four Rose Bowl wins.
USC (1-1) at OREGON (2-0) - 7:15 PDT - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: 50th meeting between USC and Oregon in a series that dates to 1915 and finds the Trojans leading 33-14-2. The Ducks, however, have won the last three. . . . Last Year: Oregon and USC met at Los Angeles and the No. 9-ranked Ducks rode the arm of QB Joey Harrington in running their league record to 4-0 with a 28-17 win. Harrington earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors in completing 28 of 42 passes (.667) for 382 yards and four TDs. USC did rush for 229 yards keyed by TB Sultan McCullough, who carried 23 times for 152 yards (6.6), including a 59-yard scoring jaunt.
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:
USA/ Team AP ESPN
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 --
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 in last game. 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. . . . UA playing game two of four straight home games.
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: Cal offense has converted 53.3% of third-down attempts (16 of 30). . . . Cal passed for 291 yards against BYU in last game. 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 at home decided by a touchdown or less. Ducks also 14-0 under Bellotti in non-conference home games. . . . Oregon finishes three-game homestand to open season this week. Next three for the Ducks are on the road.
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 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 Ohio 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 in last outing.
WASHINGTON: Huskies have a nine-game winning streak going. . . . 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 has gone 24 consecutive years without a losing season, longest such streak among Pac-10 teams.
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.