This Week In Pac-10 Football
Oct. 27, 2002
THIS WEEK: All the action is in the Pacific Northwest this week with four games being played in the Conference's northern outposts. Headlining the action in a game with Rose Bowl implications is ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (ABC) in a battle of the lone unbeaten teams in Conference play. Other Pac-10 action finds UCLA at WASHINGTON (TBS), STANFORD at OREGON and ARIZONA at OREGON STATE.
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. PST/11:00 a.m. 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 (PST) 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. PST/12:30 p.m. MST (2:30 p.m. EST) 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 NOV 2:
ARIZONA STATE (7-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (7-1) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona State and Washington State have met 28 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 16-10-2. The Cougars won last year to snap a four-game Sun Devil winning streak. In 11 games played in the State of Washington, ASU leads 6-5 and the Sun Devils have won the last two matchups at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Arizona State met late in the season at Tempe with the Cougars taking home a 28-16 victory. WSU QB Jason Gesser connected with WR Jerome Riley for two TD passes to key the Coug offense. Riley had a big game with 6 receptions for 158 yards (26.3) and the two TDs. For ASU, All-Pac-10 WR Shaun McDonald pulled in five catches for 169 yards (33.8) and one score.
STANFORD (2-5) at OREGON (6-2) - 12:30 PST - The Series: Stanford and Oregon have met 65 times dating to 1900 with the Cardinal leading the series 43-21-1. Stanford has won four of the last five and seven of the last nine. Stanford also has won four of the last five played at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Oregon met at Eugene and the Cardinal pulled off a comeback victory to knock off the No. 5-ranked Ducks 49-42 in an offensive shootout that featured 13 touchdowns. Stanford scored 21 unanswered points in the final nine minutes to erase a 42-28 deficit in what would prove to be Oregon's only loss in an 11-1 season. It also ended Oregon's longest-in-the-nation home winning streak at 23. Stanford's comeback was fueled by a blocked punt, an onside kick and an interception which kept getting the ball back for the Card offense. RB Kerry Carter tied a Stanford record by rushing for four TDs with the game-winner coming with 1:10 remaining in the game. For the Ducks, WR Keenan Howry had a monster game with nine receptions for 152 yards and two TDs, plus five punt returns for 186 yards, including a 69-yard return for a TD. Onterrio Smith scored on a 96-yard kickoff return for the Ducks in a big day for special teams.
ARIZONA (3-5) at OREGON STATE (5-3) - 1:00 PST/2:00 MST - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 25 times with the Wildcats holding a 19-5-1 series advantage. Most of OSU's wins have come recently as the Beavers have won the last three games. Arizona leads 8-4-1 in games played in Oregon, including 7-3-1 in games at Corvallis. The Beavs have won the last two at Reser Stadium. Recently the games have been blowouts with just one of the last six contests being decided by less than 20 points. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met at Corvallis and the Beavers roared out to a 28-0 halftime lead and never looked back in posting a 38-3 victory. The OSU defensive unit was particularly impressive in not allowing an Arizona touchdown and limiting the Wildcats to 11 first downs, 46 yards rushing, 113 yards passing, 159 yards total offense, while amassing 12 tackles for losses.
UCLA (5-3) at WASHINGTON (4-4) - 4:00 PST - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 61 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins holding a narrow 31-28-2 series edge. UCLA has won four of the last five. In 30 games at Seattle, the Huskies lead 18-11-1. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington were each 4-0 and ranked in the Top 10 when they met at the Rose Bowl in a nationally televised contest. It turned into the DeShaun Foster show as the UCLA tailback had a highlight-reel day in leading the Bruins to a 35-13 win. Foster rushed for a UCLA-record 301 yards and four TDs, with the final one a 92-yard jaunt. It was the third-highest rushing total in Pac-10 history. The Bruin victory snapped a 12-game Husky winning streak. The UCLA defense limited Washington to minus-8 yards rushing, although Husky QB Taylor Barton, making his first career start in the place of injured Cody Pickett, did pass for 316 yards. . . . Neuheisel Note: Washington coach Rick Neuheisel is a UCLA alum who quarterbacked the Bruins to an upset win against Illinois in the 1984 Rose Bowl Game. He later served as an assistant coach with the Bruins.
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, ASUOct. 26 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Terrell Suggs, DE, ASU Nate Fikse, PK/P UCLA
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 5 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 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.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 21 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 12-9 advantage.
ARIZONA: WR Bobby Wade pulled in nine receptions vs. WSU last week to up his career total to 204 catches. That moves him into fifth place on the Pac-10 career receiving list and he is just the sixth player in Conference history with 200 receptions. Wade should continue to move up as he leads the Pac-10 in receptions (8.38 per game) and receiving yards (117.5 per game). Those figures rank him third in the nation in receiving and fourth in receiving yards. The dangerous Wade also leads the Pac-10 in punt returns and all-purpose yards (165.1 per game). . . . Wade has 39 receptions in the last four games and has eight 100-yard receiving games in his last 11 outings. Plus he has at least one reception in 39 consecutive games. . . . Arizona is 12th in the nation in passing offense at 295.4 yards per game, which is well ahead of the school record of 255 yards per game. . . . Arizona defense coming around as Cats have allowed just three TDs in last two games.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils play three of last four on road beginning this week at Washington State. Winner of that game is in driver's seat for the Rose Bowl. . . . ASU is off to a 4-0 start in Conference play for the first time since 1996 Rose Bowl season. . . . All-Pac-10 DE Terrell Suggs has been named one of 10 semi-finalists for the inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Suggs had 4.5 QB sacks in win against Washington last week and leads the nation with 17.5 sacks. That also ties the NCAA single-season record for sacks (Dwight Freeney, Syracuse). However, the Pac-10 has been keeping sack records longer than the NCAA and thus Suggs is still short of the Pac-10 mark of 19 set by Arizona's Tedy Bruschi (1993), ASU's Al Harris (1978) and USC's Tim Ryan (1989). . . . With 24 tackles for loss, Suggs is four shy of the Pac-10 season mark of 28 by Stanford's Ron George (1990). . . . Led by Suggs, ASU had a total of eight QB sacks vs. Washington and lead the Pac-10 by a wide margin with 40 on the year. . . . Sun Devils lead the league in interceptions with 16 by 11 different players.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears need one more win for first six-win and non-losing season since 1996. Two more wins gives Bears first winning season since 1993. . . . Opportunistic Bears still lead the Pac-10 by a wide margin and are fourth in the country in turnover margin at +15. . . . 13 more TD passes than interceptions (19 to 6) gives QB Kyle Boller best differential in the league. . . . With a Cal-record 55 career touchdown passes, Boller needs only three more to crack the Pac-10 career top 10. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 183-79 in the first half, including 96-36 in the first quarter. Loss at Oregon State last week marked the first time all year Cal trailed at halftime.
OREGON: Ducks finish up a three-week homestand with Stanford this week. . . . Ducks have suffered consecutive losses for the first time since 1999 and consecutive home losses for the first time since 1997. However, UO has still won 29 of its last 32 at Autzen Stadium. . . . Oregon has picked off at least one interception in 12 straight games. . . . TB Onterrio Smith now has 1,015 yards rushing on the season and is only the second Duck ever to record two 1,000-yard seasons (former teammate Maurice Morris is the other). . . . PK Jared Siegel continued his phenomenal season with four field goals in four attempts vs. USC last week (with three of them longer than 40 yards). Siegel is 16-of-17 on field goal attempts this season and has extended his streak of consecutive field goals made to 13. . . . QB Jason Fife passed for a career-high 336 yards vs. USC last week. . . . With a TD reception vs. USC last week, WR Keenan Howry has now scored on every Pac-10 team.
OREGON STATE: Beaver defense limited Cal to 16 yards rusing last week, a figure helped by four QB sacks for minus-49 yards. . . . On the other side of the ball, OSU rushed for 301 yards, led by TB Steven Jackson's 239-yard effort. Those figures are top team and individual rushing marks in the Pac-10 this year and Jackson's rushing yardage is the second-best performance in OSU history. . . . Beavers have won 20 of last 23 at Reser Stadium. . . . OLB Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.8 per game and Beavs as a team lead the league in scoring defense in allowing just 17.5 points per game. OSU also leads league and is ninth in the country in pass efficiency defense and has allowed just five TD passes all year. . . . OSU is outscoring opponents 75-19 in the first quarter.
STANFORD: Cardinal has scored first in four of its last five games. . . . Game at Oregon this week is Stanford's final trip outside the Bay Area this season. . . . Stanford leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 159.1 yards per game. Stanford led the league last year, as well. Opponent this week--Oregon--ranks second at 158.5 yards per game. RBs Kerry Carter and Kenneth Tolon II rank just 8-9, respectively, in the Pac-10 in rushing, but make the Cardinal the only league team with two rushers in the top 10. . . . Loss at UCLA last week was the first game all season Stanford defense did not get an interception (the Bruins threw only 19 passes). Eight different players have had a pick, but none has more than two. . . . Stanford run defense has allowed just 220 yards and two TDs over the last three games.
UCLA: Matt Moore got the start at QB vs. Stanford last week as injuries forced the true freshman into action. He got the win. . . . Senior All-Pac-10 P Nate Fikse, who had attempted only one field goal in his career, was utilized in that role in win vs. Stanford last week and responded with a perfect five-for-five on the three-pointers. The five field goals ties the Pac-10 record for most three-pointers made in a Conference game. . . . DE Dave Ball has recorded a QB sack in six straight games. . . . Bruin defense recorded 11 tackles for loss vs. Stanford last week. . . . Over the last two games, Bruin defense has allowed just 414 yards, including just 208 yards passing. . . . Freshman TB Tyler Ebell has had four straight 100-yard rushing games. . . . Bruins are 3-1 on the road this year. . . . Frosh OLB Spencer Havner has posted 11 tackles in each of last two games.
USC: QB Carson Palmer has been named as one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, presented to the nation's top senior college quarterback. . . . Palmer put up a school-record 448 yards passing in win at Oregon last week and in the process became just the third player in Pac-10 history to surpass 10,000 yards in both passing and total offense. He stands third on the Pac-10 career charts in each category behind UCLA's Cade McNown (1995-98) and Stanford's Steve Stenstrom (1991-94). . . . The 448 yards passing is the third-best performance in the Pac-10 this year. . . . In his last two games, Palmer has passed for 796 yards and nine TDs. . . . Freshman WR Mike Williams continues to impress. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in receptions with 50. The past two games he has pulled in 22 receptions for 385 yards (17.5) and five TDs.
WASHINGTON: QB Cody Pickett's string of 300-yard passing games ended at seven at Arizona State last week (he passed for 210 yards). However, he had 18 completions to up his season total to a UW record 228. Pickett still ranks second in the nation in completions at 28.5 per game (Kliff Kingsbury of Texas Tech is national leader) and is fourth nationally in total offense at 338.6 yards per game. . . . Pickett is on pace to become the first QB in Pac-10 history to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. With 2,811 yards through eight games, Pickett needs to average just 206.5 yards per game to pass the Pac-10 single-season record of 3,637 yards passing by WSU's Ryan Leaf (1997). . . . Washington leads Pac-10 in third-down conversions at an even 50% (68-of-136).
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have three straight at home, starting this week with Arizona State, with only one more road game, the season-ender at UCLA. . . . Winner of matchup with ASU this week will be only team unbeaten in Conference play and in control of its own Rose Bowl fate. . . . Cougars have trailed at some point in five of their seven wins. . . . With 275 yards passing and 279 yards total offense in win at Arizona last week, QB Jason Gesser became WSU's career total offense leader (7,838 yards) and moved past Drew Bledsoe and Ryan Leaf into second place on the Coug career passing list. With 7,591 career passing yards, Gesser needs just 228 to overtake Jack Thompson's (1975-78) career mark. . . . Gesser is tied for seventh on the Pac-10 career TD pass list with 59 and has tossed at least one TD pass in 20 straight games.
CLOSE GAMES: In 21 Conference games to date, 16 have been decided by 11 or fewer points, including 10 by eight or fewer.
YOU GOTTA HAVE HART: Three quarterbacks from Hart High School in Newhall, Calif., started for Pac-10 teams last week. California's Kyle Boller, Stanford's Kyle Matter and UCLA's Matt Moore all prepped at Hart, which also produced Cal All-America QB Joe Kapp. Boller led Hart to a 13-1 record in 1998, Matter went 26-2 in 1999-2000, and Moore was 13-0 in 2001.
THE PASSERS: There have been a total of 27 300-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season, including nine 400-yard days and one 500-yard performance. . . . USC QB Carson Palmer passed for 448 yards in the Trojans' win at Oregon last week. Palmer became the fifth Pac-10 QB to have a 400-yard passing day this season. There have been a record nine 400-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season--three by Andrew Walter of Arizona State, two each by Jason Johnson of Arizona and Cody Pickett of Washington, and one by Jason Gesser of Washington State and Palmer.
THE RUNNERS: Oregon TB Onterrio Smith and Oregon State TB Steven Jackson are in a neck-and-neck race for the Pac-10 rushing title. Through eight games, Smith has 1,015 yards, Jackson 1,004. No other backs in the Conference are within 300 yards of Smith and Jackson.
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