This Week in Pac-10 Football (10/28/01)

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Oct. 28, 2001

LAST WEEK:USC 41, Arizona 34
Washington 33, Arizona State 31
Oregon State 19, California 10
Oregon 24, Washington State 17
Stanford 38, UCLA 28

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the polls, all in the top 20 and four in the top 15. The Pac-10 is the only conference with four teams ranked in the top 15 and five teams ranked in the top 20. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:

Team AP ESPN
Oregon (7-1) 8 9
UCLA (6-1) 9 11
Stanford (5-1) 10 13
Washington (6-1) 11 10
Washington State (7-1) 16 19

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF NOV. 3:

ARIZONA (3-5) at CALIFORNIA (0-7) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - The Series: Arizona and California have met 20 times and are dead even at 9-9-2 in what has been one of the more entertaining series around. The teams also have split five games at Berkeley 4-4-2. The games have generally been as close as the series standings. Of the 20 games, 16 have been decided by seven or fewer points, with nine being decided by three or fewer. Two of the last three games have gone overtime, including a memorable four overtime game at Berkeley in 1996. Arizona has won four of the last five games. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and California met at Berkeley late in the 1998 season with the ninth-ranked Wildcats hanging on for a 27-23 victory. The win gave the Wildcats their first team ever to win 10 games in the regular season.

OREGON STATE (3-4) at USC (3-5) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 65 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans holding a commanding 53-8-4 series lead. An OSU victory last year snapped a 26-game SC victory streak against the Beavers, which is a Pac-10 record for most consecutive wins over one opponent. The Trojans still own a current 17-game home winning streak against the Beavers with the last OSU win in Los Angeles coming in 1960. That is one of only three wins ever in L.A. for OSU over USC. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and and USC opened the Conference season at Corvallis with the Beavers knocking off the No. 8-ranked Trojans to gain their first victory against SC since 1967. The win snapped USC's record 26-game winning streak against OSU and started the Trojans on a five-game losing streak. TB Ken Simonton sparked the Beavers by rushing 37 times for a career-high 234 yards (6.3) and three TDs. USC QB Carson Palmer passed for 282 yards and two scores, but was hurt by three interceptions.

ARIZONA STATE (4-3) at OREGON (7-1) - 7:15 PST/8:15 MST - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 21 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 13-8. The Devils also hold a slim 6-5 edge in games played at Eugene. It has been a series of streaks. Oregon has won the last three, ASU the three before that, and Oregon the three before that. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona State met at Tempe and the Ducks won 56-55 in double overtime in one of the more memorable games of the year. It was the second of three consecutive overtime games the Sun Devils would play. The teams combined for 866 yards passing and 1,232 yards total offense as two hot quarterbacks put on a show. ASU QB Jeff Krohn passed for 432 yards and five TDs, Oregon's Joey Harrington matched him with 434 yards and six TDs. Oregon never led in regulation and ASU looked in good shape with a 14-point lead with less than five minutes remaining in the game. However, following a Harrington scoring strike that drew the Ducks within seven, Oregon forced a fumble and Harrington hit another TD with 27 seconds left to send the game into overtime. In the second OT, Oregon scored and tacked on the extra point for a seven-point lead. ASU responded with Krohn's fifth TD pass of the day, but could not cash in on a fake that resulted in a pass for two points which fell incomplete, giving the Ducks an improbable victory.

STANFORD (5-1) at WASHINGTON (6-1) - 12:30 PST - Series Standing: Washington and Stanford have met 73 times dating to 1893 with the Huskies leading 37-32-4 by virtue of winning the last four games. In fact, UW has won 14 of the last 15 to claim the series lead. UW holds a slim 18-16-3 margin in games played at Seattle, but the Huskies have won 10 in a row at home, with the last Card win at Husky Stadium coming in 1975 (24-21). . . . Last Year: Washington and Stanford met in a downpour at Palo Alto and staged a game that featured two improbable comebacks. TB Willie Hurst ran in his second TD of the game to give the Huskies a seemingly-safe 24-6 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the game. Then the Cardinal, which had not been in the end zone all day, went to work. QB Randy Fasani passed for one TD and ran for two others, all sandwiched around two onside kick recoveries, both by Kerry Carter. The result was 22 unanswered points and a 28-24 lead for Stanford with 53 seconds left. That was enough time, however, for UW QB Marques Tuiasosopo to complete three passes for 80 yards, including the game-winning touchdown strike to SE Justin Robbins to pull out the game for the Huskies.

UCLA (6-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (7-1) - 3:30 PST - FOX Sports Net national cablecast - Series Standing: UCLA and Washington State have met 47 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 34-12-1. UCLA leads 14-6-1 in games played at Pullman or Spokane. The series has been very competitive of late with the teams splitting the last 10 games. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State opened 1998 against Michigan on January 1 in the Rose Bowl and returned to Pasadena in October to meet UCLA. It was not a good experience for the Cougars as UCLA jumped out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back in cruising to a 49-17 win in which the Bruins got contributions from offense, defense and special teams. The UCLA ground game was particularly impressive in piling up 256 yards rushing.

PAC-10 NOTES:

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 24 Conference games to date this year, the home team holds just a slim 13-11 advantage.

CURRENT STREAKS:

  • Longest overall winning streak - 2 games - Stanford and Washington
  • Longest Conference-game winning streak - 2 games - Stanford and Washington
  • Longest home winning streak - 12 games - Washington
  • Longest road winning streak - 4 games - Oregon and Washington State

    CONFERENCE:
    UCLA TB DeShaun Foster and Oregon QB Joey Harrington are among the 10 players who have been named as leading candidates for the Player of the Year award by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. . . . Something has to give at Pullman this week as Washington State leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (40.6) and total offense (480.1) and UCLA leads the league in scoring defense (16.4) and total defense (315.6). . . . Potent Pac-10 has teams ranked 4-5-6 in NCAA scoring offense--Washington State (40.6), Stanford (39.3) and Arizona State (38.7).

    ARIZONA: CB Michael Jolivette picked off two passes vs. USC, returning one 60 yards for a TD, one of three interceptions (two by SC) returned long distance for a TD in the game. With the two picks, Jolivette took over the Pac-10 lead in interceptions with five. . . . Wildcat defense limited USC to just 64 yards rushing on 30 carries, a 2.1-yard average. . . . QB Jason Johnson passed for a career-high 311 yards vs. the Trojans.

    ARIZONA STATE: Last-second loss to Washington snapped a four-game home winning streak for the Sun Devils. . . . ASU averaging 203.4 yards rushing over the last five games and has rushed for 13 TDs over that span. . . . DE Terrell Suggs leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with nine and ranks second in tackles for loss with 16 (UCLA MLB Robert Thomas leads with 18). . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 157-87 in second half and 63-30 in the fourth quarter. Sun Devils have allowed just three TDs in the fourth quarter this year, none in the last two weeks. . . . ASU is second in the Pac-10 in both sacks made (20) and sacks allowed (11). . . . Devils lead the Pac-10 (seventh nationally) in passing efficiency (153.6). QB Jeff Krohn is the Pac-10 individual leader (sixth nationally) at 165.3. . . . ASU offense averages 6.6 yards per play, best mark in the Pac-10. . . . WR Shaun McDonald has a 22.6-yard average per reception, best mark among Pac-10 receiving leaders.

    CALIFORNIA: California is top kickoff coverage team in league as opponents have brought back kicks just 16.2 yards per attempt. . . . Cal running game suffered a blow as TB Joe Igber was lost for the season after leaving the OSU game with a broken clavicle. He had rushed for 50 yards on just eight carries before being injured. However, freshman TB Terrell Williams stepped up to gain 104 yards and Cal had a total of 225 yards rushing vs. the Beavers.

    OREGON: QB Joey Harrington has run his record to a stellar 21-3 record as a starter. . . . Ducks became first team to hold Washington State under 34 points this season with 24-17 win at Pullman. . . . UO has scored 177 points in its past four games (44.3). . . . Ducks lead the Pac-10 in rushing offense (217.6), rushing TDs (20) and average per rush (5.6). . . . TB Onterrio Smith rushed for a school-record 285 yards and all three Duck TDs in Oregon's win at WSU. That's good for the eighth spot on the Pac-10's all-time single-game rushing list. It topped the UO record of 249 yards by Bobby Moore/Ahmad Rashad in 1971. . . . Ducks have coughed up just nine turnovers (four fumbles, five INTs) in eight games and lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +12. . . . Ducks also lead league in fewest sacks allowed as O-line has given up just six sacks in eight contests. . . . Justin Peelle leads Pac-10 tight ends in receptions with 22. . . . Ducks lead the Pac-10 in kickoff returns (27.0).

    OREGON STATE: QB Jonathan Smith moved up another notch on the Pac-10 career passing chart. He currently stands in sixth place, just a few yards behind former Arizona State star Jake Plummer (1993-96). . . . TB Ken Simonton is now less than 200 yards from catching former Heisman winner Marcus Allen of USC (1978-81) and taking over second place on the Pac-10 career rushing chart. . . . OLB Nick Barnett posted 18 tackles, 11 solo, in win vs. Cal last week.

    STANFORD: Stanford has knocked off two straight teams ranked in the top 5 in Oregon and UCLA. Cardinal faces another top 10 foe this week in Washington. . . . Cardinal became first team to score more than 17 points against UCLA this year with 38-28 victory. . . . Stanford averages 39.3 points per game and has been held below 38 points only once this season (21 at USC). . . . Game vs. UCLA last week was Tyrone Willingham's 75th game as Stanford head coach. . . . Five starters on Card offensive line have 105 starts among them, an average of 21 per man. . . . Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 93.3 yards per game and have allowed a league-low four rushing TDs in six games. Card has allowed only one 100-yard rusher (Boston College's William Green in the season opener). . . . QB Chris Lewis has stepped in nicely in place of injured starter Randy Fasani. In two outings, first as a sub against Oregon and last week as a starter vs. UCLA, Lewis is 32-for-45 passing (.711) for 432 yards and five TDs.

    UCLA: QB Cory Paus finally had his streak of consecutive passes without an interception snapped at 198 last week at Stanford. . . . Bruins have not allowed a touchdown in the third quarter this year, outscoring opponents 86-3. . . . TB DeShaun Foster has become the first Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards in the teams first seven games. Foster is up to 1,007 yards and leads the Pac-10 (fourth nationally) in rushing at 143.9 yards per game. Last Bruin to rush for 1,000 yards in a season was Skip Hicks in 1997. . . . Foster has scored 11 TDs in his last four games. . . . MLB Robert Thomas leads Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 18 and is co-leader in tackles at 10.1 per game. . . . Bruins face their sixth opponent ranked in the Top 25 this year with No. 16 Washington State this week. Despite loss at Stanford last week, UCLA has still won 14 of its last 19 games against ranked opponents. . . . Bruins have passed for 629 yards in last two games.

    USC: Opponents have scored first in each of SC's last seven games. . . . SS Troy Polamalu is Pac-10 co-leader in tackles at 10.1 stops per game. . . . QB Carson Palmer tops the Pac-10 in pass completions with 19.1 per game. . . . PK David Davis leads the Pac-10 in field goal percentage having connected on 10 of 12 boots. . . . Opponents still have yet to successfully convert a 4th-down attempt with the Trojan defense stopping all nine such tries.

    WASHINGTON: Huskies sport the longest current home winning streak among Pac-10 teams with 12 straight victories at Husky Stadium. . . . UW faces Stanford this week with a 10-game home winning streak against the Cardinal. Stanford has not won at Husky Stadium since 1975. . . . UW keeps pulling out late victories. This time a 30-yard field goal by John Anderson as time expired gave the Huskies a 33-31 win at Arizona State. It marked the fifth time in six wins this season that Washington has come from behind in the fourth quarter. . . . Huskies have been successful on 8-of-9 4th-down conversion attempts. . . . QB Cody Pickett's completion percentage of 58.6% tops Pac-10 regular QBs.

    WASHINGTON STATE: Final home game for WSU this week as Cougars end regular season with two on the road. . . . WSU leads Pac-10 in scoring offense (40.6), total offense (480.1) and passing offense (325.5). Those figures all rank in the top six in the nation. . . . Cougs also lead Pac-10 in first downs and 3rd-down conversions (42.2%). . . . QB Jason Gesser leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 268.3 yards per game. Gesser also leads in TD passes with 20. . . . WR Nakoa McElrath continues to pace the Pac-10 in both receptions (6.8 per game) and receiving yards (109.3). . . . WSU defense leads the Pac-10 in interceptions with 15 picks and total turnovers gained with 23. Cougars also are Pac-10 sack leaders with 26. . . . PK Drew Dunning leads Pac-10 in kick scoring with 72 points. He has connected on 12-15 field goals.

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