This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 3, 2002
THIS WEEK: Eight non-conference games are on the schedule this week, with six of them at Pac-10 sites. The action starts with a Thursday night game finding OREGON STATE at Temple. Nationally televised contests find Colorado State at UCLA (FSN), Fresno State at OREGON (FSN) and STANFORD at Boston College (ESPN2). It marks the season openers for Stanford and UCLA.
LAST WEEK: Oregon State 49, Eastern Kentucky 10Oregon 36, Mississippi State 13Arizona 37, Northern Arizona 3Washington State 31, Nevada 7Arizona State 38, Eastern Washington 2Michigan 31, Washington 29California 70, Baylor 22 USC 24, Auburn 17
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information can be found online by accessing www.pac-10.org.
COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season. The first call will be conducted Tue., Sep. 17 and the calls will continue each Tuesday through Nov. 19. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/MT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconferences:
Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST) 10:00 a.m. John Mackovic - Arizona 10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 10:20 a.m. Dennis Erickson - Oregon State 10:30 a.m. Bob Toledo - UCLA 10:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC 10:50 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m. Mike Price - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 11:30 a.m. Rick Neuheisel - Washington
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sep. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. Check local listings for the station in your area.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Date Offense Defense Special TeamsAug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette, CB, ARIZ
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 is off to a good start with a 7-2 (.778) early mark against non-conference opponents. The Pac-10 was 26-9 (.743) against outsiders last year and is a stellar 49-17 (.742) over the last two seasons.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 6 games - Oregon Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 14 games - Washington Longest road winning streak - 5 games - Oregon and Washington State
SERIES NOTES FOR THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
OREGON STATE (1-0) at TEMPLE (1-0) - Thu., Sep. 5 -7:00 EDT/4:00 PDT - Fox Sports Net Northwest - The Series: First meeting.
FRESNO STATE (1-1) at OREGON (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 - 12:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Fresno State have split four previous meetings overall, with the Bulldogs taking the first two games in 1981 and 1982, and the Ducks the two most recent in 1996 and 1997. The two Oregon wins both came in overtime. The teams also have split the two games played at Eugene. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Fresno State met at Eugene early in the 1997 season and for the second consecutive year the teams went to overtime before the Ducks prevailed 43-40. Oregon appeared to have a safe 37-20 lead early in the fourth quarter, but Fresno State scored on three consecutive drives and tied the game up with a field goal with 46 seconds remaining. The Bulldogs got the ball first in overtime and kicked a field goal, but the Ducks answered with a touchdown to take the contest.
SAN JOSE STATE (1-0) at WASHINGTON (0-1) -Sat., Sep. 7 - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and San Jose State have met seven times with the Huskies taking all seven. All of the games have been played at Seattle. UW has outscored San Jose State 139-47 in the last three games. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and San Jose State met at Husky Stadium late in the 1997 season and UW had a record-breaking day in rolling over the Spartans 53-10. Washington set school records for total offense (734 yards) and rushing yards (559 yards). Husky TB Corey Dillon broke the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a quarter by piling up 222 yards on 16 carries (13.9-yard average) in the first quarter. Dillon also had scoring runs of 4, 48 and 78 yards, plus an 83-yard touchdown reception, all in the first quarter, which was the only one he played as coach Jim Lambright pulled him once the Huskies built up a big lead. Washington ended up with team rushing totals of 559 yards as three backs went over the 100-yard mark and the Husky defense limited San Jose State to 46 yards rushing and posted seven quarterback sacks.
STANFORD (0-0) at BOSTON COLLEGE (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 -3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: Stanford and Boston College have met just three times with the Cardinal holding a 2-1 series edge. The home team has won all three games with BC taking the only previous East Coast meeting 30-13 in 1980. . . . Last Year: Stanford opened its season at home against Boston College and rolled to a 38-22 victory over the Eagles. Cardinal QB Randy Fasani passed for four TDs with WR Ryan Wells pulling in six receptions for 138 yards, including scoring receptions of 46 and 69 yards. BC QB Brian St. Pierre tossed three TD passes for the Eagles.
IDAHO (0-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Old neighorhood rivals Washington State and Idaho have met in the battle of the Palouse 84 times dating back to 1894 with the Cougars holding a 64-17-3 series advantage. WSU has won 15 of the last 17, but it took a win last year to snap a two-game Idaho win streak. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Idaho opened the season on a Thursday night at Martin Stadium and the Cougars avenged two consecutive losses to the Vandals by rolling to a 36-7 win. The numbers told the story as WSU had 544 yards total offense (241 rushing, 303 passing), while limiting Idaho to 146 yards (74 rushing, 72 passing). Cougar QB Jason Gesser got the season off to a good start in passing for 246 yards and three TDs.
NEW MEXICO STATE (0-1) at CALIFORNIA (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 - 3:30 PDT - KRON-TV, San Francisco, local telecast- The Series: First meeting.
CENTRAL FLORIDA (0-1) at ARIZONA STATE (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: First meeting.
COLORADO STATE (2-0) at UCLA (0-0) - Sat., Sep. 7 - 7:15 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series/Last Meeting: UCLA and Colorado State have met just once previously with the Bruins downing the Rams 35-7 in 1962 at the L.A. Coliseum.
ARIZONA: CB Michael Jolivette blocked two punts against Northern Arizona last week, setting up 10 Wildcat points. He was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of Week for his efforts. . . . QB Jason Johnson passed for a career-high 381 yards and three TDs vs. NAU. . . . UA defense limited NAU to 202 yards total offense and just nine first downs.
ARIZONA STATE: Sports Illustrated named ASU's new 16,000-square foot Lawrence Strength Center as the best weight room in the country. . . . All-Pac-10 DE Terrell Suggs got off to a fast start with three quarterback sacks for minus-20 yards in Sun Devils' opener. . . . Eastern Washington was no match for ASU defense which allowed just eight first downs and limited EWU to minus-13 yards rushing.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears scored 35 points in the first quarter in their 70-22 rout of Baylor. The most points Cal scored in a game last season was 28. The 49 points Cal scored in the first half was its second-highest point total in a half ever. . . . The Jeff Tedford regime got off to a flying start as Cal scored on the first play of the game against Baylor on a 71-yard halfback pass. . . . The Bears had three interceptions against Baylor, as compared to only eight picks all last season. . . . Cal had no turnovers against Baylor which is something they never accomplished in the last three seasons.
OREGON: Four current Pac-10 head coaches have served as offensive coordinator at Oregon--the Ducks' Mike Bellotti, Bob Toledo of UCLA, Dirk Koetter of Arizona State and Jeff Tedford of California. . . . With an expanded Autzen Stadium, Oregon set a new Autzen attendance record with 56,386 on hand for Mississippi State last week. . . . Ducks' first four games are at home. . . . QB Jason Fife was successful in his starting debut passing for three TDs and running for a fourth.
OREGON STATE: QB Derek Anderson made his starting debut in 49-10 win against Eastern Kentucky and passed for 345 yards and three TDs of 80, 41 and 43 yards. The Beavers put up an even 600 yards total offense--241 rushing and 359 passing. . . . Oregon State plays second consecutive Thursday night game this week at Temple.
STANFORD: The Cardinal returns 168 of the team's 176 receptions from last year with WRs Luke Powell (40), Teyo Johnson (38) and Ryan Wells (31) accounting for 109 of them. . . . Stanford opted not to add an allowable 12th game this year and will play the standard 11 regular season contests. . . . New coach Buddy Teevens comes from Florida's 'Fun and Gun' offense and figures to have the Cardinal throwing the football a lot. . . . Teevens has an experienced cast of characters to operate the offense and one of the biggest and best offensive lines in the land. . . . The same can't be said on defense, where the Card returns just three starters and has some major work to do.
UCLA: Bruins open the season this week against an opponent--Colorado State--that has already played two games. The Rams have faced Virginia and rival Colorado to date. . . . Starting OTs Mike Saffer (30) and Bryce Bohlander (25) have a combined 55 starts under their belts on the offensive line. They bookend an offensive line with four returning starters. . . . Matt Ware became the first true freshman to start every game for the Bruins when he lined up a cornerback last Fall. The versatile and athletic Ware led the team with five interceptions, took a few snaps as an option quarterback and even had one reception for 49 yards as a wideout. He likely will end up at free safety. . . . Bruins led the league in total defense last year (320.6) were second in Pac-10 in scoring defense.
USC: QB Carson Palmer was named Pac-10 Offensive Player of Week for leading Trojans to win against Auburn. Carson passed for 302 yards and scored the winning touchdown on a QB sneak with 1:26 to play in game. . . . Trojans have this week off, but then hit the road for three of their next four games. . . . New punter Tom Malone averaged 42.0 yards on three punts vs. Auburn.
WASHINGTON: After tough loss on road at Michigan, UW returns home for five straight home games at Husky Stadium. . . . QB Cody Pickett looks back at full strength as he passed for 318 yards at Michigan. . . . Pickett completed passes to nine different receivers in the game. . . . ILB Marquis Cooper was credited with 11 solo tackles at Michigan.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars' crowd of 63,588 at Seahawks Stadium last week is the biggest ever to watch a WSU 'home' game. . . . LB Will Derting earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of Week honors for picking off three Nevada passes last week. He returned one a school-record 98 yards for a TD. . . . QB Jason Gesser's most productive wide receiver vs. Nevada was Jerome Riley with five catches for 117 yards, a 23.4-yard average. Included wia a 44-yard TD reception.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 14:
California at Michigan State, 12:00 EDT/9:00 PDT (ESPN2) USC at Colorado, 1:30 MDT/12:30 PDT (ABC) Washington State at Ohio State, 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT (ABC) Idaho at Oregon, 12:30 PDT UNLV at Oregon State, 4:00 PDT (TBS) UCLA at Oklahoma State, 6:00 CDT/4:00 PDT (FSN) San Jose State at Stanford, 7:00 PDT Arizona State at San Diego State, 7:00 PDT/MST Utah at Arizona, 7:15 MST/PDT