This Week In Pac-10 Football
Nov. 3, 2002
THIS WEEK: A full slate of five Pac-10 games with post-season positioning influenced by the outcomes. League action finds OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE (ABC), OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, USC at STANFORD (ABC), CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE (FSN) and UCLA at ARIZONA.
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 9:
OREGON STATE (6-3) at WASHINGTON (4-5) - 12:30 PST - The Series: Washington-Oregon State is an old Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates to 1897. The teams have met 86 times with the Huskies leading the series 55-27-4 overall and 31-15-2 in 48 games played at Seattle. In recent years it has been almost all UW as the Dawgs have won 23 of the last 25 matchups. The Beavers won last season to snap a 13-game Husky winning streak. Washington has won six in a row at home with the last OSU victory at Husky Stadium coming in 1985. However, the last two games at Husky Stadium have been decided by three or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Washington met late in the season at Corvallis and the Beavers played their best game of the year in powering past the No. 8-ranked Huskies 49-24. It snapped a 13-game UW win streak against OSU. The Beavs won the stat battle as well, outgaining the Huskies 497-281. The OSU offense rolled up 30 first downs, 180 yards rushing, 317 yards passing and converted 10-of-15 third-down conversions. Beaver QB Jonathan Smith passed for 317 yards and two scores and TB Ken Simonton and Steven Jackson each scored three TDs.
OREGON (7-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (8-1) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast- The Series: Pacific Northwest rivals Oregon and Washington State have met 79 times dating to 1901 with the Ducks holding a razor thin series advantage of 37-35-7 That comes by virtue of winning the last four games. Oregon also has a three-game winning streak going at Pullman, with the last two by a TD or less. . . . Last Year: Washington State was 7-0 and ranked No. 14 and Oregon was 6-1 and ranked No. 11 when the teams met on a rainy evening at Pullman. The Ducks rushed for a school-record 446 yards and held on at the end to preserve a 24-17 win. TB Onterrio Smith rushed for a UO-record 285 yards and three TDs, the final one a 73-yard dash in the fourth quarter that proved to be the winning score. In all, Oregon had 565 yards total offense. WSU drove down to the Duck eight late in the game, but could not get in the endzone in three cracks as time expired.
USC (6-2) at STANFORD (2-6) - 4:00 PST - ABC West Coast telecast - The Series: USC and Stanford have met 80 times dating to 1905 with the Trojans holding a commanding 53-24-3 series lead. The Cardinal, however, has won the last three games by a combined total of 11 points. The teams have split the last eight meetings at Palo Alto. . . . Last Year: Stanford and USC met early in the season at Los Angeles with the Cardinal racing out to a 21-0 halftime lead and holding off the Trojans at the end for a 21-16 win. It gave Stanford three straight wins over SC for the first time since the 1950s. Stanford won the game with a ball-control running game and defense. The Card rushed for 203 yards and held the ball for 13:53 of the fourth quarter to stave off the Trojans' comeback attempt. Stanford's defense limited USC to 13 first downs, 28 yards rushing and 268 yards total offense.
CALIFORNIA (5-4) at ARIZONA STATE (7-3) - 4:30 MST/3:30 PST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and California have met 22 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 13-9 overall and 9-4 in games played at Tempe. ASU has won five of the last six overall and the Devils have won the last five played at Tempe. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona State and California last met in 2000 at Tempe with the Sun Devils winning 30-10. ASU put up 420 yards passing, with QB Griffin Goodman passing for 394 yards and three TDs. Devil WR Shaun McDonald caught just two passes, but they went for 122 yards and a TD. A bright spot for the Golden Bears was TB Joe Iger, who rushed for 181 yards on just 15 carries (12.1). . . . Coaching Note: The game matches two former Oregon offensive coordinators as ASU's Dirk Koetter held that post in 1996-97 and was replaced by Cal's Jeff Tedford from 1998-2001 after Koetter took over the head coaching job at Boise State, prior to joining the Sun Devils.
UCLA (6-3) at ARIZONA (3-6) - 7:00 MST/6:00 PST - The Series: UCLA and Arizona have met 26 times with the Bruins leading the series 15-9-2. The teams have split the last 12 meetings. In 13 games at Tucson, Arizona holds a slim 7-6 lead, but UCLA has won the last two. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Arizona met at Tucson in 2000 with the Bruins scoring a come-from-behind 27-24 win. UCLA QB Cory Paus led the game-winning drive late in the game, scoring himself on a 13-yard run with 0:48 seconds left to take the victory. Arizona rushed for 211 yards, with RB Clarence Farmer accounting for 107 yards and two TDs, but the UCLA defense shut down the Wildcat passing attack and picked off four passes, two by CB Ricky Manning.
PAC-10 BOWL ARRANGEMENTS: The Pac-10 has contractual agreements with six post-season bowl games. Following are the Pac-10 bowl partners:
Rose Champion Big 10 Champion Wed., Jan. 1 Pasadena ABCPacific Life Holiday Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Fri., Dec. 27 San Diego ESPNWells Fargo Sun Pac-10 #3 Big Ten Tue., Dec. 31 El Paso CBSInsight Pac-10 #4 Big East Thu., Dec. 26 Phoenix ESPNSega Las Vegas Pac-10 #5 Mountain West Wed., Dec. 25 Las Vegas ESPNSilicon Valley Pac-10 #6 WAC Tue., Dec. 31 San Jose ESPN
ROSE BOWL SELECTION PROCEDURES: Rose Bowl selection procedures and tie-breakers can be found in the football section of the Pac-10 website (www.pac-10.org) or on page 171 of the Pac-10 football guide.
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, DE, CAL Mike Barth, PK, ASUOct. 26 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Terrell Suggs, DE, ASU Nate Fikse, PK/P, UCLANov. 2 Jerome Riley, WR, WSU Dave Ball, DE, UCLA Jared Siegel, PK, ORE
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 6 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - Washington State 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.
THE WINNERS: Teams with the best records over the last two seasons (2001-02):
20-0 Miami 19-2 Oklahoma 19-3 Texas 18-3 Oregon 18-3 Washington State
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: In 25 Conference games to date, the home team holds a 15-10 advantage.
ARIZONA: Through nine games last year, Wildcats' opponents were averaging 33.9 points per game, compared to 22.0 this season. . . . WR Bobby Wade has eight 100-yard receiving days in his last 12 games. Wade has moved into fifth place on the Pac-10 career receiving chart with 208 catches. He currently leads the league in receptions (71/7.9 per game) and receiving yardage (108.2). . . . Wade also is Pac-10 co-leader in punt returns (13.6) and Arizona leads Pac-10 in that category (15.2 yards per return). . . . QB Jason Johnson has 2,433 yards passing and needs just 88 more to surpass Tom Tunnicliffe (2,520 in 1982) for the UA single-season record.
ARIZONA STATE: All-Pac-10 DE Terrell Suggs has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award. Suggs leads the nation with 18.5 quarterback sacks and needs just one more to surpass the Pac-10 season record of 19 (Teddy Bruschi, Arizona; Al Harris, ASU; Tim Ryan, USC). . . . With 25 tackles for loss, Suggs also is chasing the Pac-10 season record of 28 (Ron George, Stanford). . . . Led by Suggs, the Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 42. . . . With 2,515 yards, QB Andrew Walter is just 363 yards away from ASU's single-season passing record of 2,878 yards (Danny White, 1973). . . . With a league-leading 1,069 receiving yards, WR Shaun McDonald needs just 75 more to tie ASU's single-season receiving yards mark (1,144 by Morris Owens in 1973). . . . ASU leads the league in interceptions with 18 picks. 12 different Sun Devils have at least one interception. . . . ASU is the only team to have three defenders in the top 10 in tackles--S Riccardo Stewart, FS Jason Shivers, LB Mason Unck. . . . PK Mike Barth has nailed seven consecutive field goal attempts.
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. . . . With a Cal-record 55 career touchdown passes, QB Kyle 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 in last outing marked the first time all year Cal trailed at halftime. . . . CBs Jemeel Powell (5) and James Bethea (4) have accounted for nine of Cal's 11 interceptions this year. . . . Cal leads the league in kickoff returns (25.0) and ranks second in kickoff coverage (17.8).
OREGON: Ducks take seven-game road winning streak to Pullman this week to face Washington State. . . . 15 more TD passes than interceptions (20 to 5) gives QB Jason Fife the best differential in the league. Fife is a whisker behind WSU's Jason Gesser for the Pac-10 lead in passing efficiency (150.8 to 150.1). . . . PK Jared Siegel continues his amazing run. He has connected on a school-record 15 consecutive field goal attempts. Siegel has made 18 of 19 attempts this year, including three from beyond 50 yards. Counting PATs, Siegel has successfully converted his last 51 kicks (15 FGs, 36 PATs) . . . Ducks scored on six of their first seven possessions in win vs. Stanford last week, and UO defense limited Cardinal to 173 yards total offense (81 rushing, 92 passing). . . . 1,000-yard TB Onterrio Smith sat out last week to rest an injured knee, but backup Terrence Whithead stepped right in an rushed for 132 yards. Despite missing last week's game, Smith still leads the Pac-10 with 12 rushing TDs. . . . As a team, the Ducks lead the Pac-10 in rushing at 159.8 yards per game. Oregon has not lead the league in rushing since 1955. . . . Oregon's defense has intercepted at least one pass in its last 13 games.
OREGON STATE: Beavers have not allowed a touchdown in the first quarter this season. . . . OSU limited Arizona to minus-23 yards rushing last week, just one yard shy of the Beaver school record for fewest rushing yards allowed in a game. Beavers had allowed Cal just 16 yards rushing the week before. . . . OSU defense also has put up 10 QB sacks over the last two games. DE Bill Swancutt had three vs. Arizona last week. . . . Beavers are the only team in the Pac-10 to allow less than 200 yards per game passing (198.6). . . . Workhorse TB Steven Jackson has rushed 62 times for 373 yards (6.0) and five TDs the last two weeks. Jackson has five 100-yard and two 200-yard rushing days this season. . . . Beavers will look to snap a six-game Pac-10 road losing streak at Washington this week. . . . With 18 TD passes, QB Derek Anderson is just two away from the OSU single-season record of 20 (Jonathan Smith, 2000). . . . FL James Newson has caught at least one pass in 20 straight games. . . . OLB Nick Barnett leads the Pac-10 in tackles (9.2 per game).
STANFORD: Stanford finishes the season in the Bay Area with the next two at home and the finale at Cal. . . . Cardinal has lost just two turnovers over the last three games. . . . QB Chris Lewis has missed the last two games due to a bruised shoulder. Redshirt frosh Kyle Matter has gotten the starts. . . . TE Alex Smith has 23 receptions this season, most for a Cardinal tight end since Brett Pierce had 23 in 1995. . . . FB Casey Moore has started 41 straight games for the Card. . . . Stanford made three-of-four fourth-down conversions last week at Oregon. . . . Soph SS Oshiomogho Atogwe was credited with 13 tackles and picked off a pass at Eugene.
UCLA: Trip to Arizona is the final road game of the season for the Bruins, who finish with two at the Rose Bowl (USC, Washington State). . . . Freshman TB Tyler Ebell has ripped off five straight 100-yard rushing days since being installed as the starter. Ebell is third in the Pac-10 in rushing with 734 yards and needs to average 88.7 yards in Bruins' final three games to become just the third freshman in Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards (Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1069 in 1977, and Ken Simonton, OSU, 1028 in 1998). . . . Nate Fikse is 7-for-7 on field goal attempts since taking over that job in addition to punting chores. . . . DE Dave Ball had three QB sacks in win at Washington last week and has at least one QB sack in seven straight games. Bruins as a team have recorded 10 QB sacks over the last two games. . . . UCLA is 4-1 this year in games where its opponent scores first. . . . Freshman QBs Matt Moore (Stanford) and Drew Olson (Washington) have led UCLA to two wins since starter Cory Paus went down with an injury.
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 in last game 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 performance earned Palmer Pac-10 and several national offensive player of the week accolades. . . . 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 (6.25 per game). The past two games he has pulled in 22 receptions for 385 yards (17.5) and five TDs. . . . USC defense allowing opponents to complete just 49.6% of their passes, best figure in the Conference.
WASHINGTON: Final home game of the season for the Huskies this week, who finish with two on the road (Oregon, WSU). . . . Despite home loss to UCLA last week, UW has nonetheless won 18 of their last 20 in Husky Stadium. . . . UW leads the Pac-10 in rush defense, allowing just 84.6 yards per game. . . . Although just a junior, QB Cody Pickett, with 5,655 career passing yards, is just 87 yards shy of the UW career record (5,743 by Brock Huard). . . . Pickett has 3,240 yards passing this season, already good for the No. 7 spot on the Pac-10 single-season list. He needs just 398 yards to surpass Washington State's Ryan Leaf for the Pac-10 single-season record (3,637 yards in 1997). . . . Behind the arm of Pickett, Huskies lead the Pac-10 and are fourth in the nation in pass offense at 364.8 yards per game.
WASHINGTON STATE: No. 5 ranking in the polls this week is the highest ever for the Cougars. . . . WSU has won six straight overall and five straight Conference games, both longest current streaks among Pac-10 teams. . . . In win against Arizona State last week, QB Jason Gesser became the Cougar career leader in both passing and TD passes. Gesser's 62 touchdown passes ties him for sixth on the Pac-10 career chart. Gesser has thrown those 62 TD passes in 36 career games, including at least one in his last 21 games. . . . Gesser has a mark of 22-9 at WSU's starting QB. . . . WSU defense has piled up 15 quarterback sacks over the last two games. Cougs are averaging 4.4 sacks per game and have 'outsacked' opponents 40-15. The 15 QB sacks allowed is the lowest figure in the league.
THE PASSERS: There have been a total of 29 300-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season, including 10 400-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 different Pac-10 QB to have a 400-yard passing day this season. There have been a record 10 400-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season--three by Cody Pickett of Washington and Andrew Walter of Arizona State, two by Jason Johnson of Arizona, and one by Jason Gesser of Washington State and Palmer.
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 is the current national leader with a Pac-10 record 44 straight games and Kareem Kelly of USC is right behind with 43. Here is the updated list: 44 Keenan Howry, Oregon - Pac-10 record 43 Kareem Kelly, USC 40 Bobby Wade, Arizona
PAC-10 SINGLE-SEASON PASSING:
1. 3637 Ryan Leaf, WSU 1997 2. 3627 Steve Stenstrom, STAN, 1993 3. 3499 Pat Barnes, CAL, 1996 4. 3307 Akili Smith, ORE, 1998 5. 3285 Rob Johnson, USC, 1993 6. 3242 John Elway, STAN, 1982 7. 3240 Cody Pickett, WASH, 2002