This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 15, 2002
THIS WEEK: Eight Pac-10 teams are in action in the final weekend of exclusively non-conference play. Included are a couple of road testers as USC is at Kansas State (TBS) and ARIZONA travels to Wisconsin (ESPN2). Among the games at Pac-10 sites are Colorado at UCLA (ABC), Air Force at CALIFORNIA and Fresno State making its second trip to the Willamette Valley in three weeks, this time to take on OREGON STATE (FSN).
LAST WEEK: Arizona 23, Utah 17 Stanford 63, San Jose State 26Arizona State 39, San Diego State 28 UCLA 38, Oklahoma State 24California 46, Michigan State 22 USC 40, Colorado 3Oregon 58, Idaho 21 Ohio State 25, Washington State 7Oregon State 47, UNLV 17
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. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m. Mike Price - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 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:
Aug. 31Carson Palmer, QB, USCWill Derting, OLB, WSUMichael Jollivette, CB, ARIZSep. 7Reggie Williams, WR, WASHBrandon Chillar, OLB, UCLAHakim Hill, RS, ASUSep. 14Kyle Boller, QB, CALTroy Polamalu, SS, USCJemeel Powell, PR, CAL
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 21:
ARIZONA (2-0) at WISCONSIN (4-0) - 11:00 CDT/9:00 MST/PDT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: First meeting between Arizona and Wisconsin. Wildcat coach John Mackovic was 4-0 against Wisconsin as Illinois head coach from 1988-91, with the last two wins coming against current Badgers' coach Barry Alvarez.
COLORADO (1-2) at UCLA (2-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Colorado have met four times with the Bruins taking them all for a 4-0 series lead. This marks the first trip to the Rose Bowl for Colorado, as two previous road losses to UCLA came at the L.A. Coliseum. Buff coach Gary Barnett, however, led Northwestern to the 1996 Rose Bowl Game, where the Wildcats were defeated by USC 41-32. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Colorado met at Boulder in 1984 with the Bruins prevailing 33-16. UCLA rushed for 202 yards with TB Gaston Green scoring two TDs and PK John Lee added four field goals to become UCLA's career scoring leader.pac-10 football - 9/15/02
PORTLAND STATE (2-0) at OREGON (3-0) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Oregon and Portland State have met just once with the Ducks defeating the Vikings 58-16 at Eugene in 1994. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon opened what would become the Rose Bowl season of 1994 with a 58-16 thumping of Portland State at Eugene. Duck QB Danny O'Neil tossed four TD passes and the UO defense was dominant in limiting PSU to 12 first downs, 144 yards total offense (minus-11 rushing, 155 passing) and forcing five turnovers.
AIR FORCE (2-0) at CALIFORNIA (3-0) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Air Force have met five times with the Golden Bears leading the series 4-1. Air Force won the first meeting, California the next four. Cal leads 2-1 in three previous games played at Berkeley. . . . Last Meeting: California and Air Force met at Berkeley early in the 1977 season with the Golden Bears withstanding a late Air Force rally to win 24-14.
MONTANA STATE (2-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Washington State and Montana State have met six times with the Cougars winning all six. All six have been WSU home games with two Cougar wins at Spokane and four at Pullman. Washington State has put up 53, 54 and 64 points on the Bobcats in the last three meetings. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Montana State met at Pullman on a Thursday night in a game that replaced WSU's scheduled game with Colorado that was cancelled following the Sept. 11 attacks. The Cougars put up some big offensive numbers in dispatching the Bobcats 53-28. WSU had 653 yards total offense--217 rushing and 436 passing. QB Jason Gesser passed for 374 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score and RB John Tippins rushed for 100 yards and scored four touchdowns, two rushing and two on passes from Gesser. Montana State put up some pretty fair offensive numbers as well as QB Tyler Thomas passed for 252 yards and two scores, WR Scott Turnquist had nine receptions for 148 yards and a TD and RB Ryan Johnson rushed for 116 yards.
FRESNO STATE (1-2) at OREGON STATE (3-0) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Fresno State have met 11 times with the Bulldogs leading the series 7-4. All of OSU's wins have come at Corvallis where the Beavers hold a 4-2 edge, most recently winning 46-23 in 1999 in coach Dennis Erickson's home debut at OSU. This marks the second straight game in the Willamette Valley for Fresno State as the Bulldogs dropped a hard-fought 28-24 game at Oregon in their last outing. . . . Last Year: No. 10-ranked Oregon State opened the season at Fresno State and the Bulldogs shocked the Beavers with a 44-24 upset victory. Fresno QB David Carr passed for 340 yards and four TDs to lead the Bulldogs. OSU QB Jonathan Smith responded by passing for 284 yards and two scores, but the Fresno State defense limited the Beavs to 27 yards rushing and piled up five QB sacks.
USC (2-0) at KANSAS STATE (3-0) - 6:00 CDT/4:00 PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: USC and Kansas State have met just once with the Wildcats taking a 10-6 win at the L.A. Coliseum last year. . . . Last Year: USC and Kansas State met early in the season at Los Angeles with the No. 12-ranked Wildcats winning a hard-fought 10-6 game. KSU won it on the ground as the Cats amassed 340 yards rushing with TB Josh Scobey (165) and QB Ell Roberson (119) each going over the century mark. USC limited KSU and Roberson to just 26 yards passing.
WYOMING (0-3) at WASHINGTON (1-1) - 7:00 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Wyoming have met just once with the Huskies taking a 38-2 win at Seattle in 1979. . . . Last Meeting: No. 16-ranked Washington opened the 1979 season against Wyoming at Husky Stadium and dispatched the Cowboys 38-2. Washington overpowered Wyoming on the ground in rushing for 322 yards. TB Joe Steele rushed for 106 yards and three TDs and surpassed the legendary Hugh McElhenny's Husky career rushing record.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 8 games - OregonLongest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - USCLongest home winning streak - 15 games - WashingtonLongest road winning streak - 5 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: Coming off a week that saw the Conference go 8-1 vs. non-conference opponents, including two road upsets against ranked teams, the Pac-10 continues to put up a remarkable record against outside foes. The Pac-10 currently stands at 22-4 (.846) against non-conference foes, including a 19-4 (.826) against Division I-A opponents. The Pac-10 stands at 3-3 against teams ranked in the Top 25, actually top 20, with five of those six contests on the road. Of the four losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, all have been on the road and three of the four are to teams that were ranked in the top 12 in the nation at the time. As a result of all this, we sit with no Pac-10 teams having a losing record at the moment.
THE RECEIVERS: Three impressive streaks are in progress as a trio of Pac-10 receivers have long runs of consecutive games catching a pass going. They are as follows:
38 Keenan Howry, Oregon 37 Kareem Kelly, USC 33 Bobby Wade, Arizona 42 Pac-10 record - Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99)
ARIZONA: Wildcats make first road trip of season this week with game at Wisconsin, but then return home for two as four of first five contests are at Tucson. . . . QB Jason Johnson passed for a career-high 416 yards in win vs. Utah last week and leads Pac-10 with 398.5 aerial yards per game. Also tops the Pac-10 and is second nationally in total offense at 378.5 yards per game. Johnson's passing efficiency number ranks fourth in the nation. . . . Johnson has passed for 797 yards in two games. . . . Main target has been WR Bobby Wade with 17 receptions for 308 yards and three scores. 154 receiving yards per game ranks third in nation. Wade has a string of five consecutive 100-yard receiving games going. . . . Arizona defense limited Utah to just 32 yards rushing. Wildcats lead the Pac-10 in rush defense (73.5 yards per game) and have yet to allow a rushing touchdown. . . . Win against Utah snapped a four-game home losing streak.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils take a week off before opening a three-game homestand against Stanford next week. . . . All-Pac-10 DE Terrell Suggs leads the Pac-10 in sacks with 7.5. He also leads Conference in tackles for loss with 10 so far. ASU leads the Pac-10 with 18 total sacks. . . . All-Pac-10 WR Shaun McDonald tied the ASU record for touchdown receptions in a game when he pulled in four at San Diego State last week. He leads the Pac-10 in scoring with seven TDs, all scored on pass receptions the last two weeks. . . . Devil QBs have 10 TD passes with just one interception.
CALIFORNIA: At 3-0, Cal if off to its best start since the Steve Marriucci-led 1996 team started 5-0. . . . One reason for the Golden Bear turnaround is turnovers. Cal has turned the ball over just two times in three games while forcing 12 for a +10 advantage in turnover margin. . . . Bears have allowed just three QB sacks. . . . Cal is outscoring opponents 59-10 in the first quarter, 91-10 in the first half. . . . Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring at an even 50 points per game and have scored 19 TDs compared to opponents' seven. 50 points per game is second in nation to Kansas State (59.7). . . . QB Kyle Boller has seven TD passes with just one pick. . . . This week's opponent, Air Force, leads the nation in rushing at 368.5 yards per game. . . . LaShaun Ward leads the Pac-10 and is sixth nationally in kickoff returns at 36.8 yards per return. Teammate Jemeel Powell leads the league in punt returns at 18.1 yards and jump-started Cal with a 90-yard return for a TD at Michigan State last week.
OREGON: Oregon completes a four-game homestand to open the season this week. Ducks take next week off then open Conference play with two road games at Arizona and UCLA. . . . Ducks have longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with eight straight wins. . . . Oregon has won 28 of its last 29 games at Autzen Stadum. Ducks have never lost a non-conference game at home under coach Mike Bellotti (17-0). . . . Idaho offense went for it on fourth down five times last week. Made none. . . . Ducks have intercepted at least on pass in seven straight games. . . . TB Onterrio Smith has been over the 100-yard rushing mark in all three games this year. It's the first time a Duck rusher has ever gone over 100 yards in the first three games of a season. He tops Pac-10 at 117.3 yards per game. . . . PK Jared Siegel is good on 8-of-9 field goal attempts this season and leads the nation in field goals. . . . WR Samie Parker is averaging 114.5 receiving yards per game over last four contests. . . . Ducks are outscoring opponents 31-7 in first quarter.
OREGON STATE: Game against Fresno State this year features two of the biggest offensive lines in the country. Bulldogs starting offensive line averages 320 pounds per man, reputed to be the largest in the nation. OSU's O-line averages 310 pounds per man, narrowly edging Arizona (309) and Washington State (309) for Pac-10 honors. . . . In win against UNLV last week, QB Derek Anderson had school record-tying five TD passes to five different receivers. Anderson completed 20 of 26 (.769) for 356 yards, 5 TDs and 0 INTs. In three games this year to date, he has 12 TD passes with no interceptions while completing 66.0% of his passes for an average of 329 yards per game. That's 103 pass attempts without a pick. . . . And while Anderson and the Beavs have not had a pass picked off this year, the OSU defense leads the Pac-10 in interceptions with eight (compared to nine all of last season). . . . Beavers have won 18 of last 20 home games at Reser Stadium, including last six. . . . OSU defense has allowed just two TDs in three games this year, none through the air. . . . OLB Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles at 10.7 per game.
STANFORD: Cardinal was 3-for-3 on 4th-down conversion attempts vs. San Jose State in last game. . . . Stanford rushed for 258 yards and six TDs vs. San Jose with 13 different players getting at least one carry. . . . 63 points the Cardinal put on the Spartans was the most points in a game since 1981. . . . Big outburst put Stanford into tied for eighth in the nation in scoring at 45.0 points per game. . . . Cardinal has picked off seven passes in first two games. And how often do you see a defensive tackle get two picks in one game like Matt Leonard did last week? Leonard returned them for 18 yards to boot. . . . Speaking of boot, Stanford is leading the Pac-10 in net punting at 39.6 yards per punt. . . . WR Teyo Johnson averaging 20.4 yards per catch, top mark among Conference receiving leaders with more than 10 receptions.
UCLA: Bruins have fallen behind 10-0 early in both their games this year before coming back for wins. . . . UCLA has won nine straight non-conference regular-season games dating back to 1999. . . . Bruins average of 5.0 yards per rush and 202.0 yards rushing per game easily lead the Pac-10. Plus Bruins have yet to lose a fumble through two games. . . . TB Akil Harris has been individual rushing leader for Bruins in each of first two games. . . . UCLA averaged 21.3 yards per pass completions at Oklahoma State last week. QB Cory Paus passed for three TDs and ran for another vs. the Cowboys.
USC: After opening wins against Auburn and Colorado, USC defense is allowing just 88.5 yards rushing, 82.5 yards passing for 171.0 yards per game. Trojan defense has allowed just two TDs in two games, none through the air and none in the second half. . . . Interesting matchup this week as Trojans lead the nation in total defense at 171.0 yards per game and are allowing just 10.0 points per game. Meanwhile, foe Kansas State leads the nation in scoring at 59.7 points per game. . . . SC offensive line has allowed just one QB sack in two games, one reason QB Carson Palmer is completing 72.6% of his passes. . . . Trojans have a six-game regular season game winning streak going. . . . SE Kareem Kelly has moved into a tie for 10th-place on the Pac-10 career receiving chart with 168 catches. Kelly also tied USC's record with a reception in his 37th consecutive game last week. . . . SC has scored in seven of eight quarters this year.
WASHINGTON: Wyoming this week is game two of a five-game homestand for the Huskies. It's the first time since 1931 that Washington has played five straight games at Husky Stadium in a single season. . . . UW has longest active home game winning streak in the Pac-10 at 15 and counting. The modern Husky record for consecutive home wins is 17, set between 1991 and 1993. The overall record is 44 straight home wins from 1908 to 1917. . . . With 347 yards passing vs. San Jose State in last outing, junior QB Cody Pickett tied the Husky record for most career 300-yard passing games. He now has four, which ties Brock Huard (1996-98) for the UW record. . . . Pickett's 89-yard TD pass to WR Reggie Williams in that game was the longest pass play in Washington history. Pickett is a long-range bomber. He is the only UW QB ever to throw four 70-plus-yard passes in his career. He has had back-to-back 300-yard passing games to open this season. His two-game average of 332.5 yards per game would shatter last year's school-record average of 279.5. . . . Huskies trailed San Jose State at halftime (10-0) before coming back to win. It marked the first time UW trailed at home at halftime since 1995.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars are 'outsacking' opponents 13-4. . . . WSU outscoring oppents 49-20 in the first half and 31-7 in the fourth quarter. . . . RB Jonathan Smith is averaging 6.8 yards per rush, top figure among Pac-10 leaders. His five rushing TDs ties Oregon's Onterrio Smith for league lead. . . . Loss at Ohio State last week was only second in last six games vs. Big Ten opponents for the Cougars. . . . DT Rien Long has been a disruptive force as he leads Cougs and is among Pac-10 leaders in tackles for loss (5.5) and QB sacks (3.5). . . . WSU QB Jason Gesser is from Hawaii. His biggest adjustment going from Honolulu to Pullman? 'Wearing shoes and pants. In Hawaii, you just wear surf shorts and flip-flops all day.'
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 28:
Stanford at Arizona State, 12:30 MST/PDT (ABC) Oregon State at USC, 12:30 PDT Washington State at California, 2:00 PDT Idaho at Washington, 12:30 PDT UCLA at San Diego State, 6:00 PDT North Texas at Arizona, 7:00 MST/PDT