This Week in Pac-10 Football (10/21/01)
Oct. 21, 2001
Washington State 53, Montana State 28
Washington 31, Arizona 28
Arizona State 41, Oregon State 24
UCLA 56, California 17
Stanford 49, Oregon 42
Notre Dame 27, USC 16
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 27:
UCLA (6-0) at STANFORD (4-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Stanford have met 71 times dating to 1925, and uninterrupted since 1946, with the Bruins leading the series 39-29-3. In 35 games at Stanford, UCLA holds a slim 17-16-2 edge. The Bruins have won six of the last eight overall and three of the last four at Palo Alto, although Stanford won the most recent meeting on The Farm in 1999 (42-32). . . . Last Year: UCLA and Stanford met late in the season at the Rose Bowl and put on a good offensive show with the Bruins hanging on for a 37-35 win. UCLA QB Cory Paus passed for 328 yards and three scores and TB DeShaun Foster rushed for 159 yards and scored two TDs, one rushing and one receiving, to spark the Bruin offense. Stanford QB Randy Fasani was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter, but backup Chris Lewis acquitted himself well by tossing two TD passes. Cardinal freshman WR Luke Powell had a big day with four catches for 149 yards (37.3-yard average), including 76-yard TD reception.
CALIFORNIA (0-6) at OREGON STATE (2-4) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 53 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 31-22. OSU has won the last two games, snapping a six-game Cal winning streak. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and California met late in the season at Berkeley with the No. 14 Beavers holding on for a 38-32 victory to run their record to 8-1. It started the Golden Bears on their current nine-game losing streak. The OSU offense clicked for 524 yards total offense with QB Jonathan Smith passing for 317 yards, TB Ken Simonton rushing for 125 yards and three TDs and running mate TB Patrick McCall going for 116 yards and two scores. Cal could muster just 27 yards on the ground, but QB Kyle Boller kept the Bears in the game until the end by passing for a career-best 349 yards and three TDs.
USC (2-5) at ARIZONA (3-4) - 3:30 MST/PDT - FOX Sports Net syndication (18 stations in California, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Hawaii, check local listings) - Series Standing: USC and Arizona have met 25 times with the Trojans holding a commanding 19-6 series lead, although the Wildcats have cut into the margin by winning the last two. The Cats also have won three of the last four played at Arizona Stadium, but SC still leads 6-3 in games played at Tucson. . . . Last Year: Arizona and USC met at Los Angeles and the Wildcats jumped out early with some big plays and then let the defense take over to knock off the No. 18-ranked Trojans 31-15. UA jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead as QB Ortege Jenkins connected with WR Bobby Wade on a 75-yard scoring pass and freshman RB Clarence Farmer bolted 80 yards for a TD. From there, the Cat defense took over in limiting the Trojans to 10 yards net rushing and forcing five turnovers. SC QB Carson Palmer put the ball up 50 times, completing 26 for 321 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off three times, twice by CB Michael Jolivette, who earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors. Farmer ended up with a career-high 134 yards rushing and Wade tallied 102 yards on four receptions.
OREGON (6-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (7-0) - 4:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - Series Standing: Oregon and Washington State are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 78 times dating to 1901. To say the series is close is an understatement as the Ducks hold a 36-35-7 series edge by virtue of winning the last three games. . . . Last Year: Oregon and WSU met late in the year at Pullman with the Ducks pulling out a 27-24 overtime win. For Oregon, it was the second week in a row for an overtime win, while WSU suffered a third overtime loss in four weeks. The No. 7-ranked Ducks kicked a field goal to go ahead in overtime and preserved the win by blocking a Cougar field goal attempt. WSU was dealt a double blow as starting QB Jason Gesser suffered a season-ending injury on a QB sack.
WASHINGTON (5-1) at ARIZONA STATE (4-2) - 7:15 MST/PDT - FOX SN national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Arizona State have met 22 times with the Huskies leading the series 14-8. UW holds a 7-5 advantage in a dozen games played at Sun Devil Stadium. The Huskies have won five of the last seven overall, including the last two played at Tempe. . . . Last Year: Washington and Arizona State squared off at Tempe with the No. 10-ranked Huskies hanging on for a 21-15 decision in a game that featured tough defense and a multitude of turnovers. Specifically, neither team could crack the 300 yard mark in total offense and they combined for an even dozen turnovers, six apiece. Amidst all that, UW freshman TB Rich Alexis rushed for 127 yards and two scores, with an 86-yard TD jaunt in the fourth quarter proving to be the game-winner.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls and a total of six Conference teams receive mention. The Pac-10 and SEC each have five teams ranked in the Top 25 to lead all conferences. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
Team AP ESPNUCLA (6-0) 4 5Oregon (6-1) 11 13Washington (5-1) 13 11Washington State (7-0) 14 15Stanford (4-1) 20 22Oregon State (2-4) -- t36
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has posted a stellar 20-5 (.800) mark vs. non-conference foes, 19-5 (.792) vs. Division I-A opponents. Included is an excellent 4-1 mark against teams rated in the Top 25.
HOME/ROAD RECORDS: In 19 Conference games to date this year, the home team holds a slim 11-8 advantage.
Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - Washington State
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - Washington State
Longest home winning streak - 12 games - Washington
Longest road winning streak - 4 games - Washington State
CONFERENCE: Washington QB Cody Pickett passed for a school-record 455 yards in win vs. Arizona last week. That's the top passing performance in the Pac-10 this year and is the third 400-yard passing game in the Conference this season. Jason Gesser of Washington State went for 432 vs. California, and Carson Palmer of USC hit for 411 against Oregon. . . . Five Pac-10 QBs rank in the top 25 nationally in passing efficiency. A big reason is their TDs to interception ratio. Check out these numbers: Jason Gesser, WSU (19-6), Jeff Krohn, ASU (16-4), Joey Harrington, Oregon (16-5), Randy Fasani, Stanford (12-2), Cory Paus, UCLA (8-0). . . . The Pac-10 (UCLA, Washington State), Big 12 (Nebraska, Oklahoma) and Big East (Miami, Virginia Tech) are the only conferences with two teams still unbeaten.
ARIZONA: P Ramey Peru had a career-long 62-yard punt at Washington last week. . . . Wildcats forced a season-high five turnovers at Washington, including four interceptions. CB Jermaine Chatman had two of the picks. . . . Cats rushed for 199 yards at Washington with HB Clarence Farmer leading the way with 147 yards. Farmer trails only UCLA's DeShaun Foster in the Conference in rushing with 98.1 yards per game. . . . With six receptions last week, WR Bobby Wade cracked the century mark with 105 career catches. . . . ILB Lance Briggs is Pac-10 co-leader (with USC SS Troy Polamalu) in tackles at 9.9 per game.
ARIZONA STATE: TB Delvon Flowers rushed for 226 yards and two TDs in win vs. Oregon State. That's the best rushing performance ever in a Pac-10 game for the Devils. It's the best rushing performance for a Sun Devil since Ben Malone went for 250 yards against Oregon State in 1973 (pre-Pac-10 days for ASU). Flowers averaged 9.8 yards per carry. Flowers is averaging 6.6 yards per rush, best average among the league's rushing leaders. . . . Win marked ASU's 14th straight against Oregon State at Tempe. . . . ASU is 4-0 at home this season. . . . WR Shaun McDonald has eight TD receptions this year with five of them going for more than 45 yards. McDonald averages 22.8 yards per reception, best average among Conference receiving leaders. . . . PK Mike Barth had his consecutive field goal attempts made streak stopped at 12 when Oregon State blocked one last week. . . . QB Jeff Krohn leads the Pac-10 and is sixth nationally in passing efficiency (164.9).
CALIFORNIA: It doesn't ease a winless record, but it is a fact that California's six opponents to date have a combined 37-3 record and are all ranked in the Top 25. Remaining five foes are 13-19 with just one team (Stanford) ranked. . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage allowing just 17.9 yards per return. . . . Golden Bear NT Daniel Nwangwu was a bright spot in recording three of Cal's four quarterback sacks at UCLA last week.
OREGON: Keenan Howry returned five punts for 186 yards vs Stanford last week. That set a Pac-10 record for most yards on punt returns in a game (old record 166 by Joe Jarzynka of Washington vs. California in 1998). . . . Oregon's next three opponents--Washington State, Arizona State and UCLA--are a combined 17-2. . . . Despite loss last week, QB Joey Harrington still has a stellar 20-3 record as a starter. . . . Home loss to Stanford halted UO's 23-game home winning streak. Also ended Conference-game home win streak at a Pac-10-record 14. . . . Oregon has scored 153 points in last three games. . . . Ducks have allowed just six QB sacks in seven games. . . . Ducks comfortably lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +13. That number is greatly aided by the fact UO has lost just three fumbles in seven games and have a 14-5 interception advantage. . . . Oregon's 17 rushing TDs and 4.9 yards per rush both lead the Pac-10. . . . Ducks are outscoring opponents 80-27 in the first quarter.
OREGON STATE: QB Jonathan Smith has jumped all the way to seventh place on the Pac-10 career passing chart with 8,393 yards. . . . Freshman SS Mitch Meeuwsen leads Pac-10 with three fumbles recovered. . . . MLB Richard Seigler posted 15 tackles last week, including a remarkable seven tackles for loss (-19), plus recovered a fumble.
STANFORD: Cardinal snapped Oregon's best-in-the-nation 23-game home winning streak with victory at Eugene last week (49-42). . . . Stanford faces an undefeated team for the third week in a row when UCLA comes calling this week. It's also the second week in a row the Cardinal opponent is ranked in the nation's top five. . . . Stanford defense has allowed just three rushing TDs in five games. . . . As always seems to be the case, Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 averaging just 5.6 penalties for 45.2 yards per game. Stanford has led the Pac-10 in fewest penalties and fewest penalty yards for the past five seasons. . . . Luke Powell continues to lead the nation in punt returns with a 22.0-yard average. . . . Stanford leads Pac-10 in time of possession (33:43). . . . RB Kerry Carter rushed for four touchdowns at Oregon last week.
UCLA: Undefeated Bruins play three of next four on the road. . . . QB Cory Paus has not thrown an interception in 189 straight passes dating back to last year. The Pac-10 record is 216 straight by USC's Brad Otten (1994-95). . . . Bruins have not allowed a point in the third quarter this year, outscoring opponents 72-0. . . . TB DeShaun Foster has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in five of six games this year and continues to lead the nation in rushing at 155.0 yards per game. . . . Bruins have scored a TD on a blocked punt in each of the last two games. . . . 56 points put up against Cal last week is the most for the Bruins in a game since 1997. . . . UCLA defense has held first six opponents to 20 or fewer points. Bruins lead the Pac-10 and are fifth nationally in scoring defense at 12.8 points per game. . . . LBs Ryan Nece and Robert Thomas are among the 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, which is given to the best linebacker in college football.
USC: QB Carson Palmer has completed 64% of his passes the last three games (45-70) with seven TDs and just two interceptions. . . . USC has picked off eight passes this year after getting only seven INTs all last year. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in pass defense (173.7 yards per game). . . . The opponents have scored first in each of SC's last six games. . . . Opponents have gone for it on fourth down eight times this year and have yet to make one. . . . SS Troy Polamalu is Pac-10 co-leader (with Arizona ILB Lance Briggs) in tackles at 9.9 stops per game. His 44 solo tackles tops the Pac-10. . . . Trojan defense forced four fumbles, recovering three, at Notre Dame last week.
WASHINGTON: With Oregon falling at Autzen Stadium, Washington now sports the longest current home winning streak among Pac-10 teams with 12 straight victories at Husky Stadium. . . . QB Cody Pickett passed for a school-record 455 yards in win vs. Arizona last week. That puts him at No. 13 on the Pac-10 single-game passing list. His 473 yards total offense ranks No. 10 on the Pac-10 single-game chart and both figures are the best output by a Pac-10 QB this year. . . . Pickett also became the first Husky to complete two passes of 75 yards or more in one game. He connected on scoring strikes of 78 yards to FL Paul Arnold and 75 yards to FL Patrick Reddick. Three of Arnold's four touchdown receptions this year have been longer than 40 yards. Arnold (138) and Reddick (102) gave UW two 100-yard receivers in a game for the first time since 1998. . . . Pickett passed for 19 first downs. . . . Huskies are 8-of-9 on 4th-down conversion attempts this year.
WASHINGTON STATE: WSU has the league's longest current Conference-game winning streak at four straight and longest overall winning streak at seven straight. . . . 7-0 start is best since 1997 Rose Bowl team started 7-0. . . . Cougs have scored at least 34 points in every game this year. It's the first time in school history WSU posted seven straight 30+ point games. Also the first time the Cougars have had five 40+ point games games in a season. WSU is outscoring opponents by 20.9 points per game (44.0-23.1). And Cougs tend to get off to a fast start as WSU is averaging 31 points in the first half this year. . . . WSU leads the Pac-10 and is in the top six nationally in scoring offense (44.0), total offense (492.4) and passing offense (327.4). . . . On other side of the ball, Cougs lead Pac-10 in rushing defense (93.1). . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 with 26 QB sacks, three more than they had all last year. . . . QB Jason Gesser leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 272.6 yards per game.