This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 22, 2002

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THIS WEEK: Conference play opens up this week with three Pac-10 contests on the schedule plus anothers three non-conference games on the slate. League action finds OREGON STATE at USC (FSN), WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA and STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE (ABC).

LAST WEEK:

Oregon 41, Portland State 0

Wisconsin 31, Arizona 10

Oregon State 59, Fresno State 19

Air Force 23, California 21

Washington 38, Wyoming 7

Colorado 31, UCLA 17

Washington State 45, Montana State 28

Kansas State 27, USC 20

COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season 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. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette, CB, ARIZ

Sep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASU

Sep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CAL

Sep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CAL

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SEP. 28:

UCLA (2-1) at SAN DIEGO STATE (0-4) - 11:00 a.m. PDT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and San Diego State have met 17 times and the Bruins have yet to taste defeat at the hands of the Aztecs in leading the series 16-0-1. UCLA leads 6-0-1 in games played at San Diego. The tie in the series came at San Diego in 1924 (13-13) and the Bruins have won 14 straight since then. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and San Diego State last met in 1993 at San Diego with the Bruins rolling to a 52-13 win with what would be coach Terry Donahue's last Rose Bowl team. UCLA piled up 521 yards of very balanced total offense (269 rushing, 252 passing). Bruins WR J.J. Stokes returned home to San Diego and had a big game with five receptions for 164 yards (32.8), including three TD receptions from QB Wayne Cook. San Diego State responded with 350 yards passing, with WR Darnay Scott getting eight catches for 148 yards and one TD. However, UCLA limited Aztec TB Marshall Faulk to 53 yards on 19 rushes and held San Diego to just 30 net yards rushing.

STANFORD (1-1) at ARIZONA STATE (3-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 18 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 11-7. The Cardinal, however, has won the last three games by an average margin of 22 points. In nine games at Tempe, ASU leads 6-3, although Stanford has won two of the last three at Sun Devil Stadium, including the most recent in 1999 (50-30). . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona State opened Conference play at Palo Alto with the Cardinal prevailing 51-28 in an offensive shootout. The teams combined for 79 points and 1,052 yards total offense, but it was Stanford that made the most of its opportunities. The Card combined 223 yards rushing with 325 yards passing for 548 yards total offense with no turnovers. QB Randy Fasani was the ringleader with four TD passes and FL Luke Powell had six catches for 143 yards and one TD for Stanford. ASU was not shabby on the offensive side of the ball either with 504 yards total offense, including 418 through the air.

NORTH TEXAS (1-3) at ARIZONA (2-1) - 6:00 MST - The Series: First meeting between Arizona and North Texas.

IDAHO (1-3) at WASHINGTON (2-1) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Idaho have met 35 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies holding a commanding 31-2-2 series advantage. The Idaho wins came in 1900 and 1905, so it's been awhile for the Vandals. All but four of the games have been played at Seattle, including the last 25 straight. UW has a 14-game winning streak and 30-game unbeaten streak in the series and the Vandals have never won at Seattle. This marks the end of Idaho's travels in the Pac-10 this year as the Vandals have already dropped games at Washington State and Oregon. . . . Last Year: Washington and Idaho met early in the season at Husky Stadium and the UW special teams were, indeed, special in highlighting a 53-3 win. With the score tied 3-3 in the first quarter, Washington scored three straight TDs on special teams to put the game away. First Roc Alexander returned a kickoff 95 yards for a score, then CB Chris Massey returned a blocked field goal attempt 69 yards for at TD, and quickly thereafter Charles Frederick brought a punt return back 87 yards for a score. UW amassed 212 yards on the ground with nine different players getting carries. Idaho TB Blair Lewis rushed for 104 yards for the Vandals.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) at CALIFORNIA (3-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Washington State have met 65 times dating to 1919 with the Golden Bears leading the series 36-24-5. However, WSU has won the last three and five of the last six, including the most recent game at Berkeley in 2000 (21-17) . . . Last Year: Washington State and California opened the Pac-10 season at Pullman and Cougar QB Jason Gesser threw four TD passes in a 51-20 WSU victory. Gesser passed for 432 yards and Washington State had a total of 513 aerial yards which was a double school record--most yards passed for in a game by WSU and most passing yards by an opponent for Cal. In all, the Cougar offense piled up 30 first downs and 605 yards total offense.

OREGON STATE (4-0) at USC (2-1) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 66 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 54-8-4 count. SC has won 27 of the last 28 with the OSU victory in that stretch coming two years ago at Corvallis to snap the Trojans' Conference-record 26-game winning streak against the Beavers. Even more frustrating for the Beavers has been their fate in L.A. USC owns a 37-3-3 advantage in home games and has won the last 18 in a row at Los Angeles. OSU last managed a win vs. USC in Los Angeles in 1960 (14-0). . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon State met late in the year in Los Angeles and the Beavers appeared poised to snap their 17-game L.A. losing streak to SC only to see the Trojans snatch a 16-13 victory in overtime. OSU 'outstated' USC holding a 384-204 advantage in total offense, and limiting the Trojans to 11 first downs, 33 yards rushing and no offensive TDs in regulation. However, the kicking game did the Beavers in. SS Troy Polamalu blocked an OSU punt that was recovered by a teammate in the end zone for SC's only regulation TD and the Beavers missed two fourth-quarter field goals which would have won the game in regulation. OSU scored first on a field goal in overtime, but SC QB Carson Palmer followed with a four-yard run on a naked bootleg to give the Trojans the win.

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:

Longest overall winning streak - 9 games - Oregon

Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - USC

Longest home winning streak - 16 games - Washington

Longest road winning streak - 5 games - Oregon

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 currently stands at 26-8 (.765) against non-conference foes, including a 21-8 (.724) against Division I-A opponents. Of the eight losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, five were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. As a result of the good non-conference showing, no Pac-10 teams has a losing record as we begin Conference play this week.

'I've said all along that this is the best conference, top-to-bottom, in the country, and I think we are proving that this year,' said Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. 'It's so tough, it's scary.'

ARIZONA: WR Bobby Wade paces the Pac-10 with 24 receptions for 393 yards, both figures among the top 10 nationally. He has a streak of 34 consecutive games with a reception. . . . Wildcats have yet to allow a point in the first quarter this year. . . . Arizona, which has never averaged more than 255 yards passing per game in a season, is currently cranking out 320.3 yards through the air. And this with a respectable total of just three interceptions in three games. . . . RB Clarence Farmer broke out last week at Wisconsin with 131 yards on 20 carries (6.6-yard average). Included was a 70-yard scoring jaunt for UA's only TD. Farmer's previous long run this season had been 11 yards.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils begin a three-game homestand starting with Stanford this week. . . . It marks the opening of the 25th year of Pac-10 play for ASU. . . . 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 in Devils' last outing. He has seven TD receptions in the last two games. . . . QB Andrew Walter has thrown 24 passes in the last two games, six of them for scores, all to McDonald. . . . Devil QBs have 10 TD passes with just one interception. . . . Redshirt freshman Cornell Canidate has come off the bench to lead the team in rushing the last three games.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have outscored its first four opponents 100-13 in the first half and have not allowed a second-quarter score all year. Bears are second in the nation (behind Kansas State) in scoring offense at 47.5 points per game. . . . Cal PK Mark Jensen booted a school-record five field goals vs. Air Force last week. That's just one shy of the Pac-10 record of six. . . . QB Kyle Boller has eight TD passes with just two picks. Boller has accounted for 12 of Cal's 20 TDs this year with eight passes, three runs and one reception for a score. . . . Also, the 20 TD figure is noteworthy as Cal scored just 24 TDs all last season. . . . Bears are tied for second in the nation in turnover margin at +11, or +2.75 per game. Figures are 14 takeaways vs. 3 turnovers lost. Part of the deal is that Bears have lost just one fumble in four games. . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in both kickoff (26.9) and punt returns (16.0, co-leader with WSU).

OREGON: Ducks have this week off before hitting the road for the first time this season with away games at Arizona and UCLA. . . . Game vs. Portland State last week was Ducks' 200th at Autzen Stadium. . . . UO has a nine-game winning streak going, best among Pac-10 teams. Oregon's longest ever winning streak is 10 (1963-64). . . . 41-0 win against Portland State was Ducks' first shutout since 1992. . . . Duck defense has posted 22 tackles for loss, including nine QB sacks, in last two games. . . . UO has scored on its opening drive in every game this season. Ducks are outscoring opponents 41-7 in the first quarter. . . . TB Onterrio Smith has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four games this year. In UO history, only Bobby Moore has posted five consecutive 100-yard rushing games (1971). . . . WR Samie Parker has eight career TD receptions with an average distance of 50.9 yards. . . . WR Keenan Howry has now caught a pass in 39 straight games. The Pac-10 record is 42 (Dennis Northcutt, Arizona, 1996-99). . . . Oregon defense has intercepted at least one pass in its last eight games. . . . PK Jared Siegel has been deadly this year in connecting on 10-of-11 field goal attempts. . . . Opponents are 0-for-8 in fourth-down conversion attempts vs. the Ducks.

OREGON STATE: Soph QB Derek Anderson has been sensational in his first four starts for the Beavers. He is completing 62.6% of his passes for an average of 300.2 yards per game with, get this, 15 TDs and just one interception. He currently ranks second in the country in passing efficiency. Anderson's 15 TD passes have gone to eight different receivers. . . . OSU is off to a hot start at 4-0. The Beavers have opened a season 5-0 only four times in history, with the most recent being the 1939 season. . . . OSU is second in the country (behind Marshall) in total offense. Beavs are averaging 499.8 yards per game. OSU is allowing just 257.8 yards per game, thus have a 242 yards per game advantage over opponents. . . . In a similar look at numbers, OSU is third in the country in passing efficiency (178.8) and second in pass efficiency defense (69.3). . . . Beavs are outscoring opponents 117-29 in the first half. . . . TB Steven Jackson is leading the Conference in rushing at 134.0 yards per game. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry vs. Fresno State last week in rushing for 227 yards and two TDs, one from 75 yards out. . . . OSU's 11 interceptions tops the season total of nine picks a year ago. . . . OSU was guilty of four turnovers vs. Fresno after having only three turnovers total in first three games.

STANFORD: Cardinal opens league play at Arizona State this week. Stanford has won its past three Pac-10 Conference openers. . . . Stanford also has won four of its past five Conference road games. Plus Card has won its last five games that were televised by ABC, as this week's contest at Tempe will be. . . . 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. . . . The Stanford defense, with nine new starters, limited San Jose to 23 yards on the ground on 34 carries, about two feet per rush. . . . 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 against San Jose? Leonard returned them for 18 yards to boot.

UCLA: Loss to Colorado snapped a nine-game regular season winning streak against non-conference opponents. Bruins had not lost to a non-conference opponent in the regular season since 1999. . . . Loss also cost Bruins their spot in the Top 25 in the polls. . . . UCLA has yet to lose a fumble in three games this season. Bruins have only lost three turnovers, all interceptions, in those three contests. . . . All-Pac-10 P Nate Fikse leads Conference and is sixth in the nation with a 46.0-yard average. He boomed a season-long 63-yarder last week. . . . SE Craig Bragg had both of UCLA's TDs on receptions last week. One came on a trick play that had FL Jon Dubravac on the throwing end.

USC: QB Carson Palmer last week passed Rob Johnson to become USC's career leader in completions (681) and passing yards (8,608). . . . WR Kareem Kelly has moved past Keyshawn Johnson into second place on SC's career receiving list with 171 catches. He trails only Johnny Morton's 201 (1990-93). He has receptions in 38 straight games to set the USC record and is chasing the Pac-10 mark of 42 straight (Dennis Northcutt, Arizona, 1996-99). . . . Trojans lead the nation in pass defense, allowing just 108 yards per game, and rank third nationally in total defense at 229.7 yards per game. . . . SC defense has allowed just one fourth-quarter TD in first three games. . . . Opponents have converted just 6-of-37 third-down attempts, a miserly 16.2%. . . . SC is outscoring opponents 41-11 in the fourth quarter. . . . O-line has allowed only three QB sacks in three games.

WASHINGTON: Huskies are in the middle of a five-game homestand. . . . UW home winning streak now stands at 16. . . . In 38-7 win against Wyoming last week, Washington tied a Pac-10 single-game record with 26 first downs by passing. 36 total first downs made is a school record. . . . Huskies never punted against Wyoming. . . . QB Cody Pickett passed for 404 yards vs. Wyoming last week and became the first Husky QB to ever pass for more than 300 yards in three consecutive games. In just three games, Pickett has passed for 1,069 yards and seven TDs with just two INTs. Pickett leads the Pac-10 and ranks third in the nation in total offense at 347.3 yards per game. . . . On the receiving end, WR Reggie Williams has put up 100-yard receiving games the last two outings.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have rung up 15 QB sacks in four games, while allowing just seven. . . . WSU has scored in 205 consecutive Pac-10 games, the longest active streak for any league team. The last time the Cougs were shut out in Pac-10 play was in 1975 (at Oregon State). . . . Cougars this year have doubled up their opponents on touchdowns, scoring 18, allowing nine. . . . WSU is Pac-10 co-leader (with Cal) in punt returns averaging 16.0 yards per return. Marcus Trufant has done most of the work with a 17.8-yard average. . . . WSU coach Mike Price on California, the Cougars' next opponent: 'Everyone is checking their erasers about their preseason pick on Cal.'

SENIOR TROJANS PALMER, KELLY MOVING UP PAC-10 CAREER LISTS:

Total Offense
5. 9062 Erik Wilhelm, OSU
6. 8711 Jake Plummer, ASU
7. 8640 Rodney Peete, USC
8. 8516 Carson Palmer, USC

Passing
5. 9349 John Elway, STAN
6. 8664 Jake Plummer, ASU
7. 8608 Carson Palmer, USC

Receptions
7. 194 Brad Muster, STAN
8. 180 Bobby Shaw, CAL
9. 176 Hugh Campbell, WSU
10. 171 Kareem Kelly, USC

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:

39 Keenan Howry, Oregon

38 Kareem Kelly, USC

34 Bobby Wade, Arizona

42 Pac-10 record - Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99)

QUOTABLE: Gene Wojciechowski of ESPN The Magazine on Cal coach Jeff Tedford: 'This year's Ralph Friedgen, but about 100 pounds lighter.'

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 28:

Stanford at Arizona State, 12:30 MST/PDT (ABC)

Washington State at California, 2:00 PDT

Oregon State at USC, 3:30 PDT (FSN)

Idaho at Washington, 12:30 PDT

North Texas at Arizona, 7:00 MST/PDT

UCLA at San Diego State, 11:00 PDT (ESPN2)

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