This Week in Pac-10 Football (10/8/01)

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Oct. 8, 2001

LAST WEEK:
Oregon 63, Arizona 28
Washington State 34, Oregon State 27
Washington 27, USC 24
Arizona State 63, Louisiana-Lafayette 27

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: The Pac-10 is the only conference with three teams ranked in the Top 10 in the polls and a total of seven Conference teams receive mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:


Team AP USA/ESPN
Oregon (5-0) 5 6
UCLA (4-0) 7 7
Washington (4-0) 10 8
Stanford (3-0) 23 22
Washington St. (5-0) 27 28
Arizona State (3-1) t35 --
Oregon State (1-3) -- 34

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 13:

OREGON (5-0) at CALIFORNIA (0-4) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: California and Oregon have met 64 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 35-27-2 overall, including 23-13-2 in 38 games played at Berkeley. However, it's been all Ducks of late as UO has won five in a row, including the last two at Berkeley. Cal's last win in the series came in 1993 at Berkeley (42-41). . . . Last Year: Oregon and California met late in the season at Eugene with the No. 6-ranked Ducks prevailing late in a game that had developed into a defensive struggle. After Cal went ahead, 17-12, late in the third period on a 63-yard TD strike from QB Kyle Boller to WR Geoff McArthur, UO QB Joey Harrington rallied the Ducks, as he did so often in the fourth quarter, by passing for one TD and running for another to give Oregon a 25-17 win. The win allowed Oregon to remain undefeated in Conference play at 7-0 and marked the 20th straight home win for the Ducks. Harrington finished the day completing 20-35 for 252 yards and two TD and adding a TD rushing.

WASHINGTON (4-0) at UCLA (4-0)- 12:30 PDT - ABC split-national telecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 60 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins leading the series by a slim 30-28-2 margin. In home games, UCLA is 19-10-1, including 5-2 in games played at the Rose Bowl. UCLA has won three of the last four, but the teams have split the last 10. The Bruins have won the last two played at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: Washington and UCLA met late in the year at Seattle and the No. 7-ranked Huskies controlled the clock with their rushing game to take a 35-28 victory. The UW time of possession advantage was 38:39-21:21 as the Dawgs got 349 of their 460 yards on the ground. Husky TB Rich Alexis led the way with 127 yards on 21 carries (6.0) and TB Willie Hurst added 99 yards and a TD on just 11 carries (9.0). UCLA hung in as TB DeShaun Foster rushed for 93 yards and two scores, QB Cory Paus passed for 298 yards and two TDs and WR Brian Poli-Dixon had eight receptions for 165 yards and one score. . . . Former Bruin: Washington coach Rick Neuheisel is 1-1 against his alma mater. Neuheisel was UCLA's starting quarterback in 1983 and earned MVP honors for leading the Bruins to a rout over heavily-favored Illinois in the Rose Bowl Game following that season. He served as an assistant at UCLA from 1988-93.

WASHINGTON STATE (5-0) at STANFORD (3-0) - 2:00 PDT - Series Standing: Stanford and Washington State have met 51 times with the Cardinal leading the series 30-20-1. It has been all Cardinal of late, as Stanford has won the last three and eight of the last nine. Stanford also has won five in a row at Palo Alto with the last WSU road win in the series coming in 1988 (24-21). The recent games have not been particularly close either, as each of the last 10 games has been decided by at least 10 points. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Washington State opened the season at Pullman and the Cardinal claimed a 24-10 victory. Stanford exploded for all 24 of their points in the second quarter, fueled by QB Randy Fasani's two TD passes, and the Cardinal defense made it stand up. Fasani, making his first start at quarterback for Stanford, was an efficient 16-of-25 (.640) for 250 yards, the two TDs and no interceptions. The Card defense limited the Cougs to no touchdowns (WSU's lone TD came on a blocked punt) and 252 yards total offense--91 rushing, 161 passing.

ARIZONA STATE (3-1) at USC (1-4) - 3:30 PDT/MST - FOX Sports Net syndication (17 stations in California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii, check local listings) - Series Standing: Arizona State and USC have met just 17 times, all since the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10 in 1978. ASU is the only school in the Conference that can boast a winning record against SC and that by a slim 9-8 margin, including 4-3 in games played at Los Angeles. And the series has been close recently, as well, with the teams splitting the last eight games overall and the last four games at L.A. The teams also have had two double-overtime games in the last five years, with each winning one. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona State met late in the year at Tempe with the Trojans prevailing 44-38 in double overtime. For the Sun Devils, it was an NCAA-record third consecutive overtime game and the second straight double overtime loss. The win snapped a five-game losing streak for SC. It did not look like it was going to have to be so dramatic for the Trojans, who enjoyed a 35-6 lead late in the third quarter. From that point, ASU scored 29 straight points to tie it up as USC turned the ball over on five of its next seven possessions. The teams traded field goals in the first overtime and Trojan FB Chad Pierson scored on a short plunge in the second to give SC the win. USC had the best of the statistical battle, but saw that nullified by six turnovers. The Trojans rushed for a season-high 261 yards, led by TB Sultan McCullough's 176, and QB Carson Palmer passed for 279 yards and two TDs as SC piled up 540 yards total offense. Arizona State put up 314 aerial yards, TB Tom Pace rushed for a pair of scores and Shaun McDonald returned a punt 81 yards for a TD to key the Sun Devils.

ARIZONA (3-2) at OREGON STATE (1-3) - 7:15 PDT/MST - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 24 times with the Wildcats leading the series by a lopsided 19-4-1 count overall and 8-3-1 in games played in Oregon. However, the Beavers have dented that score with wins the last two years. Not a lot of cliff-hangers lately as just one of the last five games has been decided by fewer than 20 points. . . . Last Year: The Beavers were hot and the Wildcats were not when Oregon State and Arizona met late in the year at Tucson. No. 10-ranked Oregon State scored on its first five possessions and the Beaver defense was nearly impregnable as OSU cruised to a 33-9 victory. The Beav defenders did not allow a touchdown and limited the Cats to 69 yards rushing, 89 yards passing, 158 yards total offense, while posting six QB sacks. The Arizona defense was not bad itself in limiting OSU to 73 yards rushing, 304 yards total offense and recording five sacks. It was a banner day for field goal kickers. OSU's Ryan Cesca was a perfect 4-for-4, while UA counterpart Sean Keel was perfect on three attempts.

PAC-10 NOTES:

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has posted a stellar 19-4 (.826) mark vs. non-conference foes. Included is an excellent 4-1 mark against teams rated in the Top 25.

HOME/ROAD RECORDS: In 10 Conference games to date this year, the home team is just breaking even with a 5-5 mark.

CURRENT STREAKS:

  • Longest overall winning streak - 12 games - Washington
  • Longest Conference-game winning streak - 9 games - Washington
  • Longest home winning streak - 23 games - Oregon
  • Longest road winning streak - 4 games - Washington

    OVERALL WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT:

  • 18 Oklahoma
  • 13 Miami
  • 12 Washington
  • 12 Toledo

    HOME WINNING STREAKS--CURRENT:

  • 37 Florida State
  • 23 Oregon

    HOME WINNING STREAKS--ALL-TIME PAC-10:

  • 26 California, 1919-23
  • 23 Oregon, 1997-2001

    CURRENT CONSECUTIVE WINS--DIV. I-A HEAD COACH:

  • 18 Bob Stoops, Oklahoma
  • 12 Rick Neuheisel, Washington

    CONFERENCE: It is possible to have two Conference losses and still win the league title. It's been done six times and as recently as 1993. However, it also is a fact that no team has ever won the Conference championship after starting out 0-2 in Conference play. . . . The Pac-10 had six players included among the 39 on the 'watch list' for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the best defensive back in college football. The Pac-10ers on the list: Marques Anderson and Ricky Manning of UCLA, Rashad Bauman of Oregon, Lamont Thompson of Washington State, Dennis Weathersby of Oregon State and Tank Williams of Stanford. . . . Check out the punting when Washington visits UCLA this week. The Bruins' Nate Fikse leads the Pac-10 with a 43.55-yard average, but a whisker behind is UW freshman booter Derek McLaughlin at 43.53.

    ARIZONA: After four straight home games, Wildcats venture out on the road for next two. . . . Opponents have just six QB sacks in five games. UA is 'outsacking' the opposition 17-6. The 17 sacks ranks second in the Conference (WSU 19). . . . Cats have recovered seven of opponents' eight fumbles, returning three for scores. . . . HB Clarence Farmer is third in Pac-10 rushing at 97.0 yards per game and is averaging 6.0 yards per rush.

    ARIZONA STATE: WR Shaun McDonald tied the Pac-10 single-game record for touchdown receptions in a game with four vs. Louisiana-Lafayette last week. He shares the record with five other players. Most recent to do it was J.J. Stokes of UCLA vs. Washington in 1993. . . . QB Jeff Krohn leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (180.9 rating) and is second nationally, trailing only Rex Grossman of Florida. He also leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 294.0 yard per game. . . . Sun Devils rank third in the nation in scoring offense at 45.5 points per game. . . . PK Mike Barth has connected on nine consecutive field goal attempts dating back to last year. . . . ASU has allowed just three QB sacks this year. . . . Sun Devils are outscoring opponents 101-44 in second half.

    CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears' next two opponents--Oregon and UCLA--are ranked in the Top 10 in this week's polls. . . . Cal offense is improved. Golden Bears are averaging 383.0 yards per game after managing just 317.5 yards per contest last year. . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in 3rd-down conversion success at 45.2% (28-62). . . . Bears also lead league in kickoff coverage (16.2). . . . WR Charon Arnold is second in Pac-10 in receiving at 5.3 catches per game.

    OREGON: Ducks finish up a three-week road swing this week. . . . 5-0 start is best since 1998. The Ducks have not started a season 6-0 since 1964. . . . QB Joey Harrington has run his record to 19-2 as a starter. In win at Arizona last week, Harrington passed for three touchdowns and ran for three scores. The six touchdowns responsible for is just one shy of the Pac-10 record for a regulation game (7 by Mike Pagel of ASU vs. Stanford in 1981). . . . Ducks are leading the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+11). They have coughed by just four turnovers in five games. Remarkably, Ducks have just two fumbles, losing one, in those five games. . . . Win at Arizona last week was Mike Bellotti's 50th Pac-10 game as head coach. His record in league games stands at 32-18 (.640). . . . UO outscoring opponents 38-13 in first quarter.

    OREGON STATE: Beavers have lost two in a row for first time since 1999. . . . TB Ken Simonton needs just one more point to become the leading non-kicker on the Pac-10 career scoring ladder. . . . CB Terrell Roberts got OSU's first interceptions of the year with two picks at WSU last week. Beavers forced four turnovers in that game after getting just one in first three contests. . . . MLB Richard Siegler was in on 18 tackles at WSU last week.

    STANFORD: 3-0 start is best since 1986 when the Cardinal began the season 4-0. . . . Stanford has a five-game winning streak going overall and a four-game Conference win streak. Stanford's last five-game winning streak occurred in 1996. . . . QB Randy Fasani has 10 TD passes and just one interception this year. His 10 TD passes have gone to eight different receivers. Fasani is 8-3 as a starter and Stanford has averaged 31.6 points per game with him at the controls. . . . Luke Powell is leading the nation in punt returns with a 25.5-yard average. . . . Stanford is outscoring opponents 72-20 in the first half, including 38-6 in the second quarter.

    UCLA: Bruins have not allowed any opponent more than 17 points this season. Opponents are averaging just 11.8 points per game. The 47 points allowed is fewest in first four games since 1980. . . . UCLA leads the Pac-10 and ranks in the top 12 nationally in pass defense (151.5), total defense (271.5) and scoring defense (11.8). . . . UCLA has allowed just 151 yards passing the last two games. . . . Defensive heroics and new defensive coordinator Phil Snow led L.A. Times columnist Bill Plaschke to dub the Bruin defense 'The Blizzard of Westwood.' . . . Win against the No. 19-ranked Oregon State in last outing lifted UCLA to 13 wins in its last 17 games against ranked opponents. That includes knocking off three ranked opponents this year, with another one coming in this week in Washington. . . . TB DeShaun Foster leads Pac-10 in rushing at 128.0 yards per game. Bruins as a team lead the league in rushing at 197.3 yards per game.

    USC: Trojans have had a tough go in losing four straight games by a total of 14 points to four teams all currently ranked in the Top 25. . . . USC defense has 11 takeaways this season after getting only 17 all last year. Included are five interceptions after getting just seven picks last season. On the other side of the coin, Trojans have turned the ball over just nine times after giving up 36 turnovers in 2000. . . . Trojan defense has allowed just three rushing TDs in five games. . . . TB Sultan McCullough has scored six of USC's nine offensive touchdowns.

    WASHINGTON: Huskies have stretched their winning streak to 12 straight, third-longest current winning streak in the country behind Oklahoma (18) and Miami (13). Included are nine straight Conference-game wins. UW also has won four straight on the road. . . . 4-0 start is Huskies' best since 1992 Rose Bowl team started 8-0. . . . Huskies have yet to allow a rushing touchdown in 2001. . . . Huskies coughed up two turnovers to USC last week, but still have lost just four in four games. . . . Win against USC last week was coach Rick Neuheisel's 75th game as a head coach. He has a stellar 55-20 (.733) record. . . . Washington is 4-for-4 on 4th-down conversion attempts. . . . Huskies are the only team in the Pac-10 to have both a kickoff return and a punt return for a touchdown this year. . . . Three different Huskies--KR Roc Alexander, P Derek McLaughlin, and PK John Anderson--have been named Pac-10 special teams player of the week the last three weeks.

    WASHINGTON STATE: 5-0 start is best since 1997 Rose Bowl team started 7-0. . . . Cougars have won more games than they did all last year. . . . Fast starts are becoming a WSU trademark. Cougs jumped on Arizona 28-0 in first quarter two weeks ago and were up 31-0 over Oregon State after 20 minutes last week. . . . WSU average margin of victory in five games has been 23 points (42.0-19.0). . . . WSU defense limited Oregon State to 24 yards rushing, lowest rushing total allowed in a game by the Cougars since 1995. Cougs rank first in Pac-10 and seventh in country in rush defense (59.8 yards per game) with no team yet cracking 100 yards rushing against them. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 and are in the top five nationally in total offense (488.0) and passing offense (323.2). WSU has 16 TD passes in five games. . . . WR Nakoa McElrath leads the Pac-10 in receiving (6.8 per game) and receiving yardage (119.6 yards per game). . . . Starting safties Billy Newman and Lamont Thompson have 55 starts between them.

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