This Week In Pac-10 Football
Nov. 10, 2002
THIS WEEK: Four Conference games on the docket this week as we enter the home stretch of the regular season. Pac-10 action finds ARIZONA STATE at USC (TBS), WASHINGTON at OREGON (ABC), OREGON STATE at STANFORD and ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA. WASHINGTON STATE and UCLA have open dates before taking on traditional rivals.
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 16:
WASHINGTON (5-5) at OREGON (7-3) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast- The Series: 95th meeting in the old series between Washington and Oregon. The teams have been playing since 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 56-33-5. The Ducks, however, have won three of the last four and five of the last seven. Oregon also has won three of the last four at Eugene. The games have been close recently with four of the last six being decided by seven or fewer points. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Washington met at noisy Autzen Stadium in 2000 in a battle of Top 20 teams. The Ducks worked their way to a 23-3 lead and held off a fourth-quarter UW rally to prevail 23-16 over the No. 6-ranked Dawgs. Oregon did most of its damage on the ground, rushing 52 times for 229 yards.
ARIZONA (3-7) at CALIFORNIA (6-4) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - The Series: Arizona and California have met 21 times with the Wildcats holding a slim 10-9-2 series edge by virtue of winning the last three games. In 11 games played at Berkeley, Arizona holds a 5-4-2 advantage and has won the last two. The games have been just as close as the series standings as 17 of the 21 games have been decided by seven or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Arizona and California met late in the season at Berkeley. The Wildcats jumped out to a 38-3 lead and cruised on to a 38-24 win that snapped a 10-game league losing streak. Arizona had plenty of heroes in the win. QB Jason Johnson threw for a career-high 315 yards and four touchdowns, including three to WR Bobby Wade. RB Clarence Farmer added 165 yards rushing, including a 65-yard TD run, and the Wildcat defense recorded eight QB sacks by seven different players. Cal made the score respectable at the end as QB Kyle Boller connected on two late TD passes to WR LaShaun Ward.
OREGON STATE (6-4) at STANFORD (2-7) - 2:00 PST - The Series: Stanford and Oregon State have met 68 times dating to 1919 with the Cardinal leading the series 46-19-3. The teams have split the last six games overall. Stanford has won five of the last six played at Palo Alto. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State and Stanford met at Corvallis in 2000 with the Beavers earning a 38-6 win. OSU QB Jonathan Smith led the way by passing for 324 yards, including touchdown pass plays covering 97 and 76 yards.
ARIZONA STATE (7-4) at USC (7-2) - 4:00 PST/5:00 MST - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and USC have met 18 times and the series is knotted at 9-9. The Sun Devils are the only Pac-10 team that is not on the losing end of the season series with the Trojans. The teams also are even in games played at Los Angeles at 4-4. USC has had a bit of an edge recently winning three of the last four games overall and three of the last four at the L.A. Coliseum. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona State met at Los Angeles and the Trojans snapped a four-game losing streak in rolling to a 48-17 victory. USC QB Carson Palmer completed 18 of 26 passes (.692) for 295 yards and three TDs, WR Kareem Kelly had five receptions for 127 yards (25.4) and TB Sunny Byrd rushed for two scores to lead the Trojans. ASU lost starting QB Jeff Krohn to a second-quarter ankle injury and the SC defense took advantage with three interceptions off his replacements.
THE RACE: Washington State finds itself one victory away from clinching at least a share of the Pac-10 title and the league's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl/BCS. The Cougars have an open date this week before hosting Washington in the Apple Cup Nov. 23.
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. Note that if a Pac-10 (or Big Ten) team finishes the season ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS rankings it will play in the National Championship Game at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In that case, the Rose Bowl will fill that slot from the eligible teams in the BCS pool. The Rose Bowl could select another Pac-10 team to replace the departed team, but is not obligated to do so.
OTHER BOWL SELECTION PROCEDURES: Contractual arrangements with the Pac-10's bowl partners after the Rose Bowl call for the bowls to receive teams in the order of their finish in the final Pac-10 Conference standings. Where there is a tie in the standings, the bowl may select from among the tied teams.
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, ORENov. 9 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Derrick Johnson, CB, WASH Kyle Basler, P, WSU
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - Washington State Longest home winning streak - 7 games - USC and Washington State Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington State
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):
21-0 Miami 20-3 Texas 19-3 Washington State 19-3 Oklahoma
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 30 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 17-13 advantage.
ARIZONA: QB Jason Johnson has surpassed Tom Tunnicliffe (1982) for the Arizona single-season passing record with his 2,556 yards this season. . . . Backup QB Nic Costa got some playing time vs. UCLA last week and connected with WR Andrae Thurman on a 92-yard TD play, the longest pass play in the Pac-10 this season. . . . Wildcats' scoring defense at 23.5 points per game, almost 11 points better than last year's figure (34.3). . . . WR Bobby Wade continues as a bright spot in leading the Pac-10 in receptions (76), all-purpose yards (150.7 per game) and punt returns (tied at 13.6). Plus he ranks second in receiving yards (105.8). With 213 career receptions, Wade is just 10 behind UA career leader Dennis Northcutt (223, 1996-99).
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils finish out the regular season with road games at USC and rival Arizona. . . . QB Andrew Walter had his fourth 400-yard passing game of the season with 477 vs. Cal last week. With the performance, Walter set a new ASU single-season passing record with 2,992 yards. . . . ASU leads the Pac-10 in takeaways with 33 (3.0 per game), including a league-leading 19 interceptions. . . . With one sack last week, DE Terrell Suggs upped his season total to 19.5, easily the top mark in the country. It also established a new Pac-10 single-season record (also NCAA record). With 26 tackles for loss, Suggs is just two shy of the Pac-10 record in that category (28, Ron George, Stanford, 1990). . . . With 1,207 receiving yards,WR Shaun McDonald has set a new ASU single-season record and stands seventh on the Pac-10 season chart.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears close the season with home games against Arizona and Stanford. . . . 55-38 win at Arizona State last week is Cal's third road win against a ranked team this year, something the Bears had never done before. Last time Cal beat three ranked teams in one year, home or away, was 1952. . . . Win also pushed Bear record to 6-4 as the team tries for its first winning record since 1993. . . . Cal scored 24 points off five turnovers at ASU last week and scored another TD on special teams. . . . QB Kyle Boller tossed five TD passes at Tempe and moved into a tie for eighth on the Pac-10 career TD list with 60. . . . TB Joe Igber had a season best 144 yards rushing at ASU. If he can muster another 186 over Cal's next two games, he will become Cal's first 1,000-yard rusher since Lindsey Chapman in 1993. . . Cal has scored on its first possession in all five of its home games this season, and has scored first in every game this year. . . . Cal continues to lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +17. . . . PK Mark Jensen has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Jensen ranks second in the Pac-10 in scoring and field goals (16-of-21).
OREGON: Final home game of the season at Autzen Stadium, where Ducks have won 30 of their last 33 games. . . . Oregon has lost just 11 turnovers in 10 games, lowest figure in the league, and stand at a +11 in turnover margin. . . . PK Jared Siegel had his school-record streak of 15 consecutive field goals made snapped with a miss at WSU last week. Nonetheless, Siegel has connected on 18-0f-20 three-point attempts on the season. He was named last week as one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. . . . TB Onterrio Smith has seven 100-yard rushing days this season and 10 for his career. One more this season ties him for UO single-season record in both categories. . . . QB Jason Fife has tossed at least one TD pass in each of his 10 starts.
OREGON STATE: CB Dennis Weathersby (along with USC SS Troy Polamalu) was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. . . . Game at Stanford this week is coach Dennis Erickson's 200th game as a college head coach. He sports a career mark of 142-56-1 (.716) and is the ninth-winningest active head coach. . . . Beavers continue to lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (18.4), total defense (291.9), rushing defense (87.0) and pass efficiency defense (95.0 rating). . . . Last week, Washington was the first team to score a first-quarter TD against the Beavers this season. Beavs still hold 99-36 first-quarter advantage against opponents. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has at least one tackle for loss in every game. He totals 17 for the season. . . . With 19 TD passes this season, QB Derek Anderson is just one shy of the OSU season record of 20 set by Jonathan Smith (2000).
STANFORD: Freshman Kyle Matter started his third consecutive game last week. He completed his first 15 passes against USC, just two shy of the Pac-10 record for consecutive passes completed in a game (17, Rick Neuheisel, UCLA vs. Washington, 1983). Including the week before against Oregon, Matter completed 21 straight passes, again just two shy of the Pac-10 season record of 23 (Rob Johnson, USC, 1994). . . . Matter has started as QB Chris Lewis has missed last three games with an injured shoulder. . . . Ryan Wells is just 95 yards short of the school record for career kick return yardage of 1,950 (Damon Dunn (1994-96). . . . SS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the team in interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (3) and ranks second in tackles (54).
UCLA: Bruins final two regular season games are home dates against USC and Washington State. . . . But UCLA has been just fine away from home with five road victories, surpassing its combined total for the previous three years. . . . All-Conference P Nate Fikse continues to shine in his new role as field-goal kicker. Since taking over the job three games ago, Fikse has made 10-of-10, including a 51-yarder at Arizona last week. . . . DE Dave Ball has a sack in eight consecutive games. . . . Frosh TB Tyler Ebell ripped off his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing game in win at Arizona. Gaston Green holds the UCLA record with seven straight in 1986. . . . UCLA has started a freshman quarterback for three straight weeks and has not thrown a single interception. In fact, Bruins have lost just one turnovers in those three games.
USC: SS Troy Polamalu (along with OSU CB Dennis Weathersby) was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. . . . QB Carson Palmer passed for 317 yards and four TDs at Stanford last week and moved into heady territory on Pac-10 career lists. He now stands second in both total offense (10,421 yards) and passing (10,622 yards), and has moved into seventh in TD passes (61, a new USC record). He needs just 290 yards to overtake Stanford's Steve Stenstrom (1991-94) to become the Pac-10 career passing leader. . . . Palmer is on a tear of late. He has passed for 765 yards and nine TDs the last two games and 1,113 yards and 13 TDs the last three. . . . WR Mike Williams has 58 receptions to establish a new Pac-10 record for most passes caught by a freshman. He eclipsed the other Williams--Washington WR Reggie Williams, who caught 55 as a frosh last season. With 913 receiving yards, Mike Williams needs just 61 more to pass Reggie Williams for the freshman yardage record (973), and, with a 101.4 yards per game average, likely is on his way to becoming the first frosh in league history to notch a 1,000-yard receiving season.
WASHINGTON: Huskies close out the season with road games at Pacific Northwest rivals Oregon and Washington State. . . . QB Cody Pickett threw for 262 yards in win vs. Oregon State last week to become UW's career passing leader with 5,917 yards. . . . Pickett also currently stands third on the Pac-10 single-season passing list with his 3,502 yards this year, and is just 135 yards behind WSU's Ryan Leaf (1997) single-season record of 3,637. . . . With 279 completions this season, Pickett is just 21 shy of the Pac-10 record of 300 (Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993). . . . A 52-yard field goal by John Anderson vs. OSU last week extended his school record to six 50-plus yard field goals in his career. . . . CB Derrick Johnson picked off two OSU passes in the first quarter last week, returning one 42 yards for a TD.
WASHINGTON STATE: After downing No. 15 Oregon 32-21 last week, Cougars are one win away from clinching at least a share of the Pac-10 title along with the league's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl/BCS. . . . 'That was a great afternoon in Cougarville,' said WSU coach Mike Price of the come-from-behind win. . . . WSU has won seven straight overall and six straight league games, longest such current streaks in the Pac-10. . . . QB Jason Gesser tossed four touchdown passes in win against Oregon last week to move into a tie for third on the Pac-10 career TD pass list with 66. . . . RB Jermaine Green rushed for a career-high 180 yards vs. the Ducks, averaging 7.2 yards on 25 carries. . . . Cougars have 19 sacks in the last three games and lead the league with 44. . . . DT Rien Long has 4.5 over the last two games and ranks second in the league with 12 overall.
LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARDS: The five winners in Pac-10 play last week put up 55, 49, 41, 37 and 32 points, an average of 42.8 points.
SACKERS: Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs led the nation in QB sacks in NCAA stats realeased last week. No surprise there, but the Pac-10 had three of the top four as Washington State DT Rien Long ranked No. 3 and UCLA DE Dave Ball was No. 4. Suggs also leads the country in tackles for loss.
THE PASSERS: Just another week for Pac-10 quarterbacks in games last last week. California QB Kyle Boller threw five TD passes to four different receivers in Cal's win at Arizona State. Not to be outgunned, ASU QB Andrew Walter threw for 477 yards and four scores. It marked Walter's fourth 400-yard passing day this season. Also around the league, Washington State QB Jason Gesser and USC QB Carson Palmer each had four touchdown passes in victories, and Stanford freshman QB Kyle Matter completed his first 15 passes in a losing cause against the Trojans. He fell just two completions short of the Pac-10 record for most consecutive passes completed in a game held by no other than Rick Neuheisel, who hit 17 straight for UCLA against Washington in 1983. . . . There have been a total of 31 300-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season, including 11 400-yard days and one 500-yard performance. . . . Walter, Washington Cody Pickett and Arizona's Jason Johnson all took over as their school's single-season passing leaders this year. . . . It's vintage stuff as three current Pac-10 QBs--Gesser, Palmer and Boller--have all moved into the top 10 on the Pac-10 career TD passes list.
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:
45 Keenan Howry, Oregon - Pac-10 record 44 Kareem Kelly, USC 41 Bobby Wade, Arizona