This Week In Pac-10 Football
Oct. 20, 2002
THIS WEEK: A full slate of five Pac-10 games on the schedule this week. Conference action finds USC at OREGON (ABC), WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA (FSN) and STANFORD at UCLA (FSN).
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.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 26:
USC (5-2) at OREGON (6-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon have met an even 50 times dating to 1915 with the Trojans holding a 33-15-2 series lead. In games at Eugene, SC holds a slim 11-9-1 advantage. The Ducks have had the best of it of late, winning the last four and five of the last six. Oregon also has won the last three played at Eugene. And while the Ducks have been winning recently, it has not been easy as four of the last five games have been decided by four or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Oregon and USC opened Conference play at Eugene and the No. 7-ranked Ducks extended their home winning streak to 23 with a dramatic 24-22 victory. Freshman PK Jared Siegel kicked the game-winning field goal with 12 seconds left to thwart a Trojan comeback effort. Oregon led 21-6 in the third quarter before SC QB Carson Palmer connected on a 75-yard scoring pass to TB Sultan McCullough, followed by a 93-yard scoring toss to WR Kareem Kelly to get the Trojans back and eventually into a 22-21 lead, before Siegel's winning kick gave the Ducks the win. Palmer passed for a career-high 411 yards and Kelly ended up with 165 receiving yards. However, the Duck defense sacked Palmer five times, three by ILB Kevin Mitchell, and CB Steve Smith intercepted three passes, returning one for a TD.
CALIFORNIA (5-3) at OREGON STATE (4-3) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 44 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 31-23. In games played in Oregon, Cal leads 12-11, and the teams are 9-9 in games played at Corvallis. The Beavers have won the last three games, snapping a Bear six-game winning streak. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and California met at a very wet and soggy Corvallis with the Beavers prevailing with a 19-10 win. FL James Newson was the offensive standout for the Beavers with eight receptions for 166 yards (20.8) and a TD. OLB Nick Barnett led the OSU defensive troops with 18 tackles. The Golden Bears piled up 225 yards rushing with TB Terrell Williams leading the way with a 104-yard day. But with starting QB Kyle Boller out with a back injury, Cal could muster just 120 yards through the air.
STANFORD (2-4) at UCLA (4-3) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Stanford have met 72 times dating to 1925 and uninterrupted since 1946. The Bruins lead the series 39-30-3. UCLA leads 22-13-1 in home games, including 6-4 in 10 games at the Rose Bowl. The teams have split the last four games with the home team winning each time. . . . Last Year: Stanford and UCLA met at Palo Alto and the Cardinal knocked off the 6-0 and No. 4-ranked UCLA 38-28. It marked the second week in a row Stanford had knocked off a Top 5 team, having dispatched No. 5 Oregon the previous week, and it vaulted the Card into the Top 10 in the rankings. QB Chris Lewis threw three first-half TD passes to give Stanford a 28-7 halftime lead and the Cardinal held off a second-half charge by the Bruins to hang on for the victory. The Stanford ground game churned out 213 yards, with RB Kerry Carter going for 102 yards and a touchdown, and Lewis completed 20 of 29 (.690) passes for 250 yards and the three scores. UCLA had 326 yards through the air and forced six Stanford turnovers to stay in contention.
WASHINGTON (4-3) at ARIZONA STATE (6-2) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Washington and Arizona State have met 23 times with the Huskies leading the series 15-8. UW has won the last two and four of the last five. Washington leads 8-5 in 13 games played at Tempe and has a three-game winning streak going at Sun Devil Stadium. . . It's a homecoming for Washington coach Rick Neuheisel, who graduated from McClintock High School in Tempe. . . . Last Year: Washington and Arizona State met at Tempe and PK John Anderson booted a 30-yard field goal as time expired to give the No. 13 Huskies another fourth-quarter victory. Washington, trailing by a point, got the ball on its own 10-yard line with 7:12 remaining and used all 7:12 over an 18-play game-winning drive. The yardage was as close as the score as ASU outgained UW 441-440. Early on it looked like an easy one for the Huskies as they jumped out to a 24-7 lead behind QB Cody Pickett's two TD passes and one run for a score. But Sun Devil QB Jeff Krohn led a comeback in passing for 320 yards and two TDs. Krohn's main target was WR Shaun McDonald, who had nine receptions for a career-high 194 yards (21.6) and one TD. In addition to Pickett's work, the Huskies had the ground game going as TB Willie Hurst rushed for 185 yards and one score. Sun Devil FS Jason Shivers had a big night with a game-high 17 tackles.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-1) at ARIZONA (3-4) - 7:15 MST/PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met an even 30 times with the Wildcats leading the series 20-10. WSU won last year to snap a three game UA winning streak. The Cats have won seven of the last nine. In 16 matchups at Tucson, Arizona leads 11-5. WSU won at Tucson last year to snap a four-game home winning streak for the Wildcats. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Arizona opened the Conference season at Tucson with the Cougars taking a 48-21 decision. WSU jumped out to a 28-0 lead eight minutes into the game on just 13 total plays. But Arizona battled back with 21 straight of its own to close within a touchdown, only to be blanked in the second half. WSU RB Dave Minnich rushed for three TDs and got a fourth on a pass reception. Coug QB Jason Gesser passed for 283 yards and two scores, with WR Mike Bush pulling in seven receptions for 110 yards and one TD. The WSU defense limited UA to 76 yards rushing, 266 yards total offense and picked off four passes. Aizona LB Lance Briggs had a big night with 13 tackles and a QB sack.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Aug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette, CB, ARIZSep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASUSep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CALSep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CALSep. 28 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Omar Nazel, DE, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 5 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Marcus Reese, MLB, UCLA Drew Dunning, PK, WSUOct. 12 Sultan McCullough, TB, USC Josh Amobi, LB, ASU Keenan Howry, RS, OREOct. 19 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Tom Canada, OLB, CAL Mike Barth, PK, ASU
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 3 games - ASU and WSU Longest home winning streak - 7 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 7 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 stands at 29-10 (.744) against non-conference foes, including a 24-10 (.706) against Division I-A opponents. Of the 10 losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, six were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. The 29 non-conference wins is the most since the league went 29-7 in 1988. Only one regular-season non-conference game remains--the Notre Dame at USC traditional at Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
CLOSE GAMES: In 16 Conference games to date, 11 have been decided by 10 or fewer points, including nine by eight or fewer.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 16 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 9-7 advantage.
RECORD-SETTING SATURDAY: A number of Pac-10 records were set or tied last week. The most noteworthy is Arizona State QB Andrew Walter estaablishing a new Conference record for most yards gained passing in a game. Walter passed for 536 yards in the Sun Devil's 45-42 upset win at Oregon. He completed 31 of 53 passes, including four TD passes. The old Pac-10 mark was 534 yards by ASU's Paul Justin against Stanford in 1989. . . . WRs Keenan Howry of Oregon and Kareem Kelly of USC extended their strings of most consecutive games catching a pass to 42 each. That ties the Pac-10 mark held by Arizona's Dennis Northcutt (1996-99). Next up is the NCAA mark of 46 (Carl Winston, New Mexico, 1990-96). . . . California tied a dubious team record with 195 yards in penalties against UCLA. That ties the league record for most yards penalized in a Conference game (Washington State vs. Arizona State, 1993). . . . Washington TB Braxton Cleman had 15 receptions in the Huskies loss at USC. That ties for second on the Pac-10 single-game receiving chart and is the most receptions ever in a game by a running back.
ARIZONA: WR Bobby Wade has 30 catches for 427 yards and three TDs the last three games. Wade leads the Pac-10 in receptions (58), receiving yards (122.4 per game), all-purpose yards (168.0) and punt returns (15.0). . . . Wade has moved into a tie for sixth on the Pac-10 career reception list with 195 catches. . . . Arizona has scored on seven of its last eight trips into the red zone. . . . Cats have averaged 329.7 yards passing the last three games. . . . UA has lost only four fumbles all season. . . . Wildcats have allowed only 19 fourth-quarter points in seven games this year.
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter set a Pac-10 single-game record with his 536 yards passing in ASU's upset win at Oregon. It marked Walter's third game over 400 yards passing this season. It is the sixth 500-yard passing day in Conference history and four of them have come from ASU quarterbacks. Previous Sun Devils to throw for 500 yards in a game were Paul Justin (534 in 1989), Jeff Van Raaphorst (532 in 1984) and Ryan Kealy (511 in 1998). . . . As a team, ASU had a school-record 559 yards passing. . . . Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 32 for minus-227 yards. All-Pac-10 DE Terrell Suggs is the Conference individual leader by a wide margin with 13 sacks for minus-78 yards (Cal DE Tully Banta-Cain is next with eight). Suggs also leads league in tackles for loss with 17.5. . . . LB Mason Unck leads the league in fumbles forced (4), fellow LB Josh Amobi leads in fumbles recovered (4). . . . ASU came back from 21-0 to earn win at Oregon last week, its biggest comeback in a Conference game since 1996. Devils came back from 22 points down to win against San Diego State earlier this year. . . . ASU opponents have scored first in six of eight games this year.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have won five games for the first time since 1998. The five victories surpasses Cal's win total of the last two years combined. . . . Cal's three losses have come by a combined 14 points to teams all currently ranked in the Top 25. . . . Bears average 36.0 points per game after finishing last in the league in scoring the last three years. . . . Cal allowed 32 QB sacks last year, but has given up just 13 in eight games this season. . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in red zone production, socring on 30-of-31 trips inside opponents' 20-yard line. . . . QB Kyle Boller leads the Pac-10 with 19 TD passes. Plus he has just five interceptions. Boller got his school-record 55th career TD pass vs. UCLA last week and is getting close to cracking the Pac-10 career list for career TD passes. . . . Cal has led at halftime in every game this year. . . . Cal also has scored on its first possession is six of eight games. . . Bears are national co-leaders (with Virginia Tech) in turnover margin at 2.0 per game (+16). . . . CBs Jemeel Powell (5) and James Bethea (4) have combined for nine interceptions, compared to Cal's team
OREGON: Ducks suffered a rare home loss last week, but still have won 29 of their last 31 at Autzen Stadium. . . . With balanced UO attack, QB Jason Fife has not put up the 400-yard games some Pac-10 QBs have this season. Fife ranks eighth among Pac-10 starters in passing yards per game at 230.6 yards per game. However, he leads the league in passing efficiency by completing 60.9% of his passes with 15 TDs and just two interceptions, fewest among Pac-10 starters. He has thrown at least one TD pass in every game this season. . . . PK Jared Siegel has made nine consecutive field goal attempts, including three from longer than 50 yards. . . . TB Onterrio Smith rushed for 172 yards and three TDs vs. ASU last week, his seventh consecutive game in triple digits. With 10 career 100-yard days, Smith is one shy of the UO career record. . . . Smith and Fife combine to give the Ducks the Pac-10 leaders in rushing and pass efficiency. . . . Ducks have intercepted at least one pass in 11 consecutive games.
OREGON STATE: Despite dropping last home contest, Beavers have won 19 of their last 22 at Reser Stadium. . . . In last game, OSU defense limited an Arizona State team that had amassed 1,009 yards and 100 points in its previous two games to 241 yards and 13 points. . . . OLB Nick Barnett leads the league in tackles at 9.7 per game and has posted 22 tackles over the last two games. . . . TB Steven Jackson has four 100-yard rushing games this season and ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 109.3 yards per game. . . . In seven games, OSU has allowed just 16 points in the first quarter. Beavs have outscored opponents 68-16 in the opening stanza. Plus OSU outscores opponents 52-24 in the fourth quarter.
STANFORD: Cardinal got the ground game going in win vs. Arizona last week. Stanford rushed a season-high 49 times for 199 yards. Stanford ranks second in the league (behind Oregon) in rushing at 158.0 yards per game. . . . Stanford defense also came up big in win vs. Arizona, collecting a season-high six QB sacks and forcing four turnovers, including three interceptions. Stanford has at least one interception in every game this year. . . . TE Alex Smith had seven receptions for 106 yards and the only TD of the game in win vs. Arizona. It was the most productive day for a Cardinal TE since 1993 (Tony Cline 11 catches vs. Colorado). . . . QB Chris Lewis on snapping a three-game losing streak last week: 'When you lose three in a row, your food tastes terrible, you can't get any sleep' (San Francisco Chronicle).
UCLA: Bruins lost more than a game at Cal last week as starting QB Cory Paus suffered a broken ankle. . . . All-Pac-10 P Nate Fikse is averaging 42.3 yards and only nine of his last 28 punts have been returned. . . . Redshirt freshman TB Tyler Ebell has rushed for 119 and 102 yards in his first two starts, and has three straight 100-yard games overall. . . . WR Craig Bragg has 16 catches for 343 yards the last two weeks. . . . Bruins' special teams blocked two punts at Cal last week. . . . DE Dave Ball has a QB sack in five straight games. . . . Bruins lost two fumbles at Cal last week, matching their total for the entire season up to then.
USC: This week's opponent--Oregon--is the sixth ranked team SC has faced this year. . . . WR Kareem Kelly tied the Pac-10 record by catching at least one pass in his 42nd consecutive games last week. . . . In pass-happy Pac-10, USC leads league in pass defense at 185.9 yards per game. . . . USC is allowing opponents just 25.3% of third downs, best mark in the Pac-10. . . . Trojans have won the time of possession battle in six of seven games this year. . . . No opposing runner has cracked 100 yards against SC this season. . . . True freshman WR Mike Williams is emerging as one of the top threats in the Pac-10. Williams has pulled in 15 receptions for 262 yards and four TDs the last two weeks.
WASHINGTON: TB Braxton Clemen had 15 receptions in Huskies' loss at USC last week. It is the most receptions in a game by a running back in league history and ties for second overall on the Pac-10 single-game list. . . . QB Cody Pickett put up 61 passes at USC, one shy of the Pac-10 record for pass attempts in a Conference game (62 by Erik Wilhelm of Oregon State vs. USC in 1988 and Brock Huard of Washington vs. USC in 1998). Pickett passed for 350 yards at SC, his seventh straight 300-yard passing day. That gives him a Pac-10-leading 2,601 yards passing and makes him Washington's all-time single-season passing leader. He is on pace to become the first Pac-10 QB to pass for 4,000 yards in a season.
WASHINGTON STATE: With three TD passes in win at Stanford in last game, QB Jason Gesser upped his career total to 58, good for a tie for ninth place on the Pac-10 career chart. Gesser now has 7,559 yards career total offense and is about to overtake WSU career leader Jack Thompson (7,698). He needs 503 yards to move past Thompson to become the WSU all-time passing leader. . . . Gesser has already won more games as a starter--20--than any other Cougar QB. . . . Despite a dislocated rib, Gesser has completed 61% of his passes for 1,043 yards and nine TDs in wins over Cal, USC and Stanford the last three games. . . . Since start of last season, WSU has won 16 of 19 games. . . . Cougars are 3-0 so far this year against the California schools with UCLA still to go in the season's last regular-season game. . . . WSU's modest four-game winning streak is longest among Pac-10 teams.
THE PASSERS: Pac-10 quarterbacks have put up a total of eight 400-yard passing games this season. That surpasses the previous season-high of seven 400-yard performances accomplished in 1998. In fact, the eight 400-yard passing days surpasses the total of the last three seasons. ASU QB Andrew Walter has led the way with three 400-yard days, including one 500-yard day. Jason Johnson of Arizona and Cody Pickett have done it twice, and WSU's Jason Gesser once. . . . And for those who say passing for 400 yards in a game is usually a bad thing, note that the 400-yard passers went 6-2 in those eight games.
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. Keenan Howry of Oregon and Kareem Kelly of USC are the current national co-leaders and last week tied the Pac-10 record for consecutive games with a reception. They are only four shy of the NCAA record. Here is the updated list:
46 NCAA record - Carl Winston, New Mexico (1990-93) 42 Pac-10 record - Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99) 42 Keenan Howry, Oregon 42 Kareem Kelly, USC 38 Bobby Wade, Arizona
BASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS:
Women: Wed., Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., HP Pavilion at San JoseMen: Wed., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport