This Week in Pac-10 Football (9/23/01)
Sept. 23, 2001
Conference play gets into full swing this week with four Pac-10 contests along with a pair of non-conference scuffles. In Conference play WASHINGTON STATE is at ARIZONA, WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA, UCLA at OREGON STATE (ABC) and STANFORD at USC. Out of Conference it's San Jose State at ARIZONA STATE and OREGON at Utah State.
Stanford 51, Arizona State 28 Arizona 38, UNLV 21 Washington State 51, California 20 UCLA 13, Ohio State 6 Oregon 24, USC 22 Washington 53, Idaho 3
SEPT. 15 GAMES POSTPONED: Game Rescheduled
California at Rutgers Fri., Nov. 23, 1:00 EST/10:00 PST Washington at Miami Sat., Nov. 24, Time TBA Stanford at San Jose St.Sat., Dec. 1, 2:00 PST Arizona State at UCLA Sat., Dec. 1, Time TBA
Colorado at Washington State canceled - Replaced by Montana St. at WSU, Thur., Oct. 18, 7:00 PDTMontana State at Oregon State canceled - Replaced by No. Arizona at Oregon State, Nov. 17, 1:00 PST
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 20 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 (3-0) 6 6 UCLA (3-0) 12 10 Washington (2-0) 13 12 Oregon State (1-1) 19 19 Stanford (2-0) 27 30 Washington State (3-0) 36 t48 Arizona (3-0) 39 t40 USC (1-2) t45 t48
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 29:
UCLA (3-0) at OREGON STATE (1-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon State have met 51 times dating to 1930 with the Bruins leading the series 34-13-4. The Beavers, however, have won the last two and put up 99 points in the process. The Bruins lead 13-7-1 in games played at Corvallis or Portland. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and UCLA met at the Rose Bowl and the Beavers completed their first-ever sweep of the Los Angeles schools by rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter with 23 consecutive points for a 44-38 win. Coming out of a modest 10-7 score at halftime, the teams combined for 65 points in the second half. OSU piled up 604 yards total offense (253 rushing and 351 passing), 31 first downs, converted 12-of-18 3rd-down attempts and had a 10-minute time of possession advantage. The offensive stars were plentiful for the Beavs. QB Jonathan Smith completed 23 of 37 (.622) for 351 yards and four TDs to four different receivers. TB Patrick McCall rushed 23 times for 146 yards (6.3) and a 66-yard TD that proved to be the game-winner. TB Ken Simonton added an even 100 yards rushing and PK Ryan Cesca was perfect on three field goal attempts. Oregon State limited UCLA to 72 yards rushing, but Bruin QB Cory Paus completed 19 of 33 passes (.575) for a career-high 363 yards and two TDs.
WASHINGTON (2-0) at CALIFORNIA (0-3)- 2:00 PDT - The Series: Washington and California have met 80 times dating to 1904 with the Huskies leading the series by a 44-32-4 count. UW has had Cal's number with a current 18-game winning streak going. Included are nine straight wins at Berkeley. California's last win in the series came in 1976 at Seattle (7-0) and the Golden Bears' last home win was in 1975 (27-24). . . . Last Year: Washington and California met at Seattle and the Golden Bears seemed in control with a 24-13 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the game. However, the Huskies exploded for 23 points in the span of 6:01 to post a 36-24 come-from-behind victory. Cal's fourth-quarter lead vanished as UW forced two fumbles, an interception and blocked a punt on four straight Bear possessions. For the Huskies, TB Rich Alexis rushed for two TDs, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter. Bright spots for California were TB Joe Igber, who rushed 17 times for 116 yards (6.8) and ILB John Klotsche, who led all tacklers with 12, had one of the Golden Bears' five QB sacks and returned a fumble recovery 34 yards for a TD.
STANFORD (2-0) at USC (1-2) - 3:30 PDT - The Series: 80th meeting between USC and Stanford. The series dates to 1905 with the Trojans leading 53-23-3. The Cardinal has won the last two, but the teams have split the last 10 games. Five of the last seven games have been decided by seven points or fewer. . . . Last Year: Stanford and USC each toted three-game losing streaks into the game at Palo Alto. Backup QB Chris Lewis threw a fourth-down 20-yard TD pass to FL Jamien McCullum as time expired to give the Cardinal a stunning 32-30 come-from-behind victory. Lewis had entered the game just six plays earlier for injured starter Randy Fasani. Even though Stanford held the ball nearly twice as much as SC, the total offense figures were nearly identical with the Cardinal outgaining the Trojans just 421-420. Both teams ran the ball effectively (USC 230 yards, Stanford 198). Stanford RB Kerry Carter rushed for a career-high 123 yards and four TDs, while USC TB Sultan McCullough went for 130 yards and a score on just 11 carries, averaging 11.8 yards per rush.
OREGON (3-0) at UTAH STATE (0-3) - 7:00 MDT/6:00 PDT - The Series: Oregon and Utah have met just twice with the Ducks taking both contests, 27-9 in 1976 and 52-7 in 1990. Both previous games were at Eugene. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Utah State met at Eugene in 1990 with the Ducks routing the overmatched Aggies 52-7. The numbers told the story: first downs 33-11, rushing 301-21, total offense 508-243, all in favor of the Ducks. Oregon QB Bill Musgrave fired three TD passes in a little more than a half of action.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-0) at ARIZONA (3-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met 29 times with the Wildcats holding a 20-9 series advantage. In games at Tucson, UA leads 11-4. The Cats have had the best of it of late, winning seven of eight overall, including four in a row at Tucson. Two of the last four games have been overtime affairs. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Washington State met at Tucson with the Wildcats persevering to win 53-47 in three overtimes. It ran Arizona's record to 5-1, but would prove to be the last win of the year for the Cats. It foreshadowed heartbreak for WSU as the first of three overtime losses in four weeks. Entering the fourth quarter with a perfectly normal 20-19 game, the teams combined for 61 points in the fourth quarter and overtime. Each team gained exactly 490 yards, with Arizona rushing for 254 yards and WSU passing for 378. Cougar QB Jason Gesser passed for 348 yards and a school-record six TDs, two of them in overtime. WE Nakoa McElrath was his primary target with five receptions for 106 yards and three scores. Arizona QB Ortege Jenkins responded by throwing for three TDs and rushing for another. His primary target was WR Bobby Wade with six catches for 112 yards and one TD. Arizona aided its cause by forcing five WSU turnovers, including a goal line interception to end the game.
SAN JOSE STATE (0-2) at ARIZONA STATE (1-1) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State and San Jose State have met 28 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 17-11. The last six games have been played at Tempe. ASU leads 12-5 in games played at home. The Devils have won 11 straight overall and 11 straight at Tempe. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona State and San Jose State last met in 1989 at Tempe with the Sun Devils using a late defensive stand to hang on for a 28-21 victory.
ARIZONA: Wildcats are halfway through a four-game homestand. . . . UA off to a 3-0 start under new head coach John Mackovic. . . . Cats lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 13 (-56) in three games. DE Alex Luna is the Conference individual leader with four. . . . ILB Lance Briggs leads the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 20. . . . QB Jason Johnson has completed 64.1% of his passes with six TDs and just one interception in first three games. . . . Frosh RB Tremaine Cox averaged 13.9 yards per rush vs. UNLV last week. An 80-yard TD run aided greatly as he rushed for 111 yards on just eight carries.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils play four of the next five at home. . . . Senior All-Pac-10 C Scott Peters has started 35 consecutive games dating back to 1998. . . . PK Mike Barth has booted seven straight field goals dating back to last year. . . . All seven of ASU's TDs this year have come through the air. . . . In first two games, QB Jeff Krohn has seven TD passes with just one interception. He leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game and total offense. . . . Devils lead the league in 3rd-down conversion defense, allowing opponents just 6-of-29 (.207). . . . In last 36 games, ASU is 20-1 when it wins or breaks even on turnovers and 1-14 when it loses the turnover battle. . . . Three redshirt freshman start in ASU's five-man defensive backfield.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears are averaging 386.3 yards per game, much improved over 317.5 of a year ago. . . . QB Kyle Boller completing 54.2% of his passes, up from 46.7% last season. . . . Bears put up 49 passes at WSU last week. . . . Cal has been victimized by turnovers in first three games, losing 12 while gaining just one. . . . Cal special teams lead the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage. . . . P Tyler Fredrickson is second in the league with a 42.0-yard average. . . . Cal defense posted three QB sacks (-40) at WSU after being blanked in first two games.
OREGON: After opening with three straight at home, Ducks have next three on the road. . . . Last-second 24-22 win against USC last week ran Oregon's home winning streak to 23 games, just three shy of the Conference record of 26 held by California (1919-23). Only Florida State has a longer current home winning streak going with 36 straight. . . . CB Rashad Bauman, a fifth-year senior, is the only current Oregon player who has played in a loss at home. . . . Win against USC marked first time ever that Ducks have won four straight games against the Trojans. . . . This week's game at Utah State is Mike Bellotti's 75th game as UO head coach. In his seventh year at the helm, Bellotti has compiled a 52-22 (.703) mark, including 33-6 (.846) at Autzen Stadium. He was the Ducks' offensive coordinator for six years prior to taking over as head man. . . . QB Joey Harrington is 17-2 as a starter. Harrington has thrown for at least one TD in 17 of his last 21 contests. . . . WR Keenan Howry has caught at least one pass in 26 consecutive games.
OREGON STATE: Open date last week gives OSU three weeks between games. . . . 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. . . . Beavers have a nine-game home winning streak going at Reser Stadium. . . . OSU has not lost a fumble this season.
OREGON STATE TB KEN SIMONTON ON THE PAC-10 CAREER CHARTS
Career Rushing1. 6,245 Charles White, USC, 1976-792. 4,810 Marcus Allen, USC, 1978-813. 4,284 Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-
Career Scoring1. 390 John Lee, UCLA, 1982-852. 380 Jeff Jaeger, Washington, 1983-86 380 Luis Zendejas, Arizona State, 1981-844. 360 Max Zendejas, Arizona, 1982-855. 330 Skip Hicks, UCLA, 1993-97 330 Ken Simonton, Oregon State, 1998-
STANFORD: Cardinal is off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 1995. Card has not started 3-0 since 1986. . . . Stanford leading the Pac-10 in scoring offense at 44.5 points per game (6th in nation). . . . Cardinal returned all but 37 yards from last year's rushing attack and RBs Kerry Carter and Brian Allen both likely will crack the Stanford top 10 in career rushing this season. . . . ILB Coy Wire has a rare double. He led the team in tackles last year and led the team in rushing in 1998 before moving to the defensive side of the ball.
UCLA: Bruin win against No. 21-ranked Ohio State means UCLA has won 12 of its last 16 games against ranked opponents. . . . Bruins allowed Ohio State just 166 yards total offense, fewest yards allowed in a game since 1996 (153 vs. Northeast Louisiana). Buckeyes 45 yards passing was fewest allowed by UCLA since allowing 0 yards to Oregon State in 1994. . . . In 3-0 start, Bruins have knocked off teams from the Big Ten, Big 12 and SEC, including two ranked teams. . . . Bruins and QB Cory Paus have yet to throw an interception this year.
USC: QB Carson Palmer passed for 411 yards at Oregon last week, just four yards short of the Trojans' school record of 415 (Mike Van Raaphorst vs. Stanford, 1999). He ranks 10th in the nation in total offense at 295.0 yards per game. . . . WR Kareem Kelly has caught at least one pass in 26 straight games. . . . Opponents are 0-for-5 on 4th-down conversion attempts against the Trojans. . . . SC is a perfect 6-for-6 in the red zone with four TDs and two field goals. . . . TB Sultan McCullough leads league with four rushing TDs.
WASHINGTON: If Cody Pickett from Caldwell, Idaho, sounds like he should be a rodeo cowboy, well, he is. The Huskies' starting QB was a rodeo team-roper in high school, qualifying for the national finals in 1997 and 1998. He comes by it honestly as his father, Dee, was a championship roper on the professional rodeo circuit. . . . In 53-3 rout of Idaho last week, UW scored three touchdowns on special teams in the space of less than seven minutes. Roc Alexander returned a kickoff 95 yards for a TD, Chris Massey went 69 yards with a blocked field goal attempt and Charles Frederick scored on an 87-yard punt return. . . . Huskies have a 10-game winning streak going. Only Oklahoma (14) and Miami (11) have longer ones. The 10 straight wins is longest streak for UW since 1990-91-92 Huskies won 22 straight. Dawgs also have won seven straight Conference games.
WASHINGTON STATE: FS Lamont Thompson established a Cougar career record for interceptions with his 15th pick vs. California last week. . . . WSU passed for a school record 513 yards vs. Cal, with starting QB Jason Gesser throwing for 432 yards and four TDs. In another first for the team, Cougs produced three receivers with more than 100 yards in receptions--WRs Nakoa McElrath with 163, Mike Bush 144 and Jerome Riley 124. . . . Cougs have put up some fancy number in 3-0 start. They lead the Pac-10 in total offense at 546.3 yards per game (5th in nation) and passing offense at 398.7 yards per contest. WSU trails only national leader Florida (419.7) in passing offense. . . . On the other side of the ball, Cougs lead Pac-10 in rushing defense at 66.3 yards per game. WSU defense also has posted 12 QB sacks in three games.