This Week In Pac-10 Football

Nov. 17, 2002

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THIS WEEK: It's the most colorful weekend of the Pac-10 season as traditional rivalries take center stage in the form of Civil Wars, Big Games, Apple Cups and the like. Four of the Pac-10 traditional rivalries take place this week, with Arizona-Arizona State holding off until Friday following Thanksgiving.

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.

TRADITIONAL RIVALRIES: Traditional rivalry week in the Pac-10 includes the oldest and longest football series on the West Coast. The California-Stanford Big Game is the oldest series having started in 1892. The Oregon-Oregon State Civil War started two years later in 1894, but it is the longest West Coast series at 105 games, compared to 104 for Cal-Stanford.

USC (8-2) at UCLA (7-3) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast- The Series: USC and UCLA have met in the battle for the Victory Bell and Los Angeles 71 times dating to 1929 and uninterrupted since 1936. The Trojans lead the series 37-27-7 after winning the last three years, which snapped an eight-game Bruin winning streak in the series. UCLA leads 7-3 in games at the Rose Bowl since making it home in 1981. USC won the most recent matchup at the Rose Bowl (2000), but lost the four previous to that. Expect a tight game as 15 of the last 22 have been decided by seven or fewer points. . . . UCLA coach Bob Toledo was secondary coach at USC from 1976-78, during which time the Trojans won two Rose Bowls. . . . Last Year: USC and UCLA met in front of 88,000+ at the Coliseum and the Trojan defense dominated from start to finish as SC blanked the No. 20 Bruins 27-0. It was USC's first shutout of UCLA since 1947 and the win earned the Trojans bowl eligibility. The numbers told the story. SC limited UCLA to 10 first downs, 28 yards rushing on 27 carries, 86 yards passing and 114 yards total offense. The Trojans also picked off three passes, returning one for a TD. The UCLA defense was sturdy itself, limiting USC to 276 yards, but that was enough for Troy to walk away with the win.

STANFORD (2-8) at CALIFORNIA (6-5) - The Big Game - 12:30 PST - The Series: California and Stanford meet in the 105th Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast, dating back 110 years to 1892. Stanford leads the series 54-39-11 and has won the last seven, including the last three at Berkeley. Cal's last win in the series was at home in 1994 (24-23). Another series in which you can expect a close game. Of the 104 previous Big Games, 50 have been decided by a touchdown or less, including six of the last eight games. Five games have been decided on the last play. . . . This year's Big Game marks the 20th anniversary of 'The Play,' California's game-winning kickoff return through the Stanford band that is, perhaps, the most famous play in football history. . . . Last Year: Stanford and California met at Palo Alto and the Cardinal claimed its seventh straight Big Game victory in a hard-fought 35-28 win. Stanford set a Big Game record with 568 yards total offense behind the arm of QB Chris Lewis. Lewis passed for a career-high 390 yards and four touchdowns. Two of those touchdown passes went to WR Luke Powell, who had five catches for 152 yards (30.4) and the two TDs of 29 and 79 yards.

OREGON (7-4) at OREGON STATE (7-4) - The Civil War - 1:00 PST - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up in the 106th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and Oregon leads the series 53-42-10 by virtue of going 21-5-1 since 1975. However, the teams have split the last four meetings. The home team has won the last five games. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State met at rainy Eugene with the Ducks prevailing 17-14 in a defensive struggle. The win clinched the Pac-10 title for the Ducks and dashed the bowl hopes of the Beavers. OSU led 6-3 entering the fourth quarter, but a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown by Keenan Howry ignited the Ducks who hung on at the end for the win. OSU outgained Oregon 359-209, but the Ducks had just enough to eke out the victory.

WASHINGTON (6-5) at WASHINGTON STATE (9-1) - The Apple Cup - 3:30 PST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Washington State have met 94 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 61-27-6. The Huskies lead 26-14-1 in road games (Pullman/Spokane), including a slim 13-11-1 edge at Pullman. Washington has won four straight overall and won three in a row at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met at Seattle and the Huskies handed the No. 9-ranked Cougars a 26-14 defeat, marking Washington's fourth straight win in the series. Husky QB Cody Pickett completed 25 of 38 (.658) for an Apple Cup-record 371 yards and one TD. UW WR Reggie Williams was on the receiving end for 11 catches for 203 yards (18.5). WSU QB Jason Gesser responded by completing 22 of 34 (.647) for 227 yards and two TDs, but the Cougars were done in by four turnovers, including two on goal-to-go situations.

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.

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	ESPN2

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.

CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - Washington State Longest home winning streak - 8 games - USC 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.

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, WSUNov. 17 Jason Johnson, QB, ARIZ Derrick Johnson, CB, WASH Kirk Yliniemi, PK, OSU

AWARD TIME:

WALTER CAMP FINALISTS: QB Jason Gesser of Washington State, QB Carson Palmer of USC and TB Onterrio Smith of Oregon are among the 10 finalists for the Walter Camp Foundation 2002 Player of the Year Award. The Pac-10 is the only conference to have three players among the 10 finalists.

DAVEY O'BRIEN SEMIFINALISTS: Kyle Boller of California, Jason Gesser of Washington State and Carson Palmer of USC are among the 14 semifinalists for the 2002 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback. The Pac-10 and Big 12 lead all conferences with QBs among the 14 semifinalists.

LOMBARDI FINALISTS: DE Terrell Suggs of Arizona State is one of four finalists for the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award. The other finalists are LB E.J. Henderson of Maryland, DT Tomm Harris of Oklahoma and DE Cory Redding of Texas.

The 2002 All-Pac-10 Football Team, as selected by the Conference head coaches, will be announced Mon., Dec. 2.

PAC-10 NOTES:

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: In 34 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 18-16 advantage.

ARIZONA: With 11 receptions for 222 yards at Cal last week, WR Bobby Wade jumped all the way up to third place on the Pac-10 career receiving chart. Wade has 227 career catches, just one behind the 228 of second place receiver DeRonnie Pitts of Stanford (1997-2000). The Pac-10 career record is 248 by Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99). . . . Performance at Cal was Wade's ninth 100-yard receiving day in last 14 games. . . . Wade also moved into fourth place on the single-season receiving list with 87 this year. . . . Wade and fellow WR Andrae Thurman each had 100 yards receiving before halftime last week at Cal. . . . In win at Cal, QB Jason Johnson set school records with 31 completions and 492 yards passing. He became the first UA QB to ever pass for 3,000 yards in a season as he upped his total to 3,058 for the year.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils lead the league in QB sacks with 46 and are tied for lead in takeaways with 33. . . . QB Andrew Walter has four 400-yard passing days this season and is Pac-10 co-leader in TD passes with 26. He has passed for 774 yards the last two games and has become the first ASU QB to pass for 3,000 yards in a season (3,289). . . . All Pac-10 WR Shaun McDonald continues to make inroads on Pac-10 receiving lists. He is eighth on the Pac-10 career receiving yards list (2,742) and tied for ninth on the career TD reception list (24). Both McDonald and Arizona's Bobby Wade have 1,280 yards receiving this year, which ties them for fifth on the Pac-10 single-season receiving yards list. . . . With a league-leading 26.5 tackles for loss, DE Terrell Suggs needs two more to surpass the Pac-10 season record of 28 (Ron George, Stanford, 1990).

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears look to stop a seven-game losing streak to Stanford in the Big Game. . . . A win in the Big Game would give Cal first winning season since 1993. . . . 62 TD passes place QB Kyle Boller tied for seventh on the Pac-10 career list. He has 26 this year, second-best mark in Cal history (31, Pat Barnes, 1996). He has seven TD strikes the last two weeks. . . . Boller ranks second on Cal career passing chart with 7,792 yards. He trails Troy Taylor (1986-89) by 334 yards. . . . Bears continue to lead the Pac-10 (tied for fifth nationally) in turnover margin at +16. Part of that is due to recovering 20 fumbles, a figure that leads the nation. . . . Bears have outscored opponents 103-39 in the first quarter this year.

OREGON: PK Jared Siegel has connected on 18-of-21 field goal attempts and is Pac-10 co-leader and tied for fourth in the nation (with Cal PK Mark Jensen) in field goals. . . . TB Onterrio Smith, averaging 119.9 yards rushing per game, is scheduled to undergo knee surgery and will miss the Civil War game, although he could be back in time for a bowl game. . . . QB Jason Fife has thrown at least one TD pass in each of his 11 starts, and at least two in nine of the 11. . . . Duck defense has intercepted at least one pass in its last 15 games. . . . Oregon leads league in fourth-down conversions, having made good on seven-of-10 tries. . . . Ducks also lead Pac-10 in red-zone offense, converting 38-of-41 opportunities (92.7%).

OREGON STATE: OLB Nick Barnett leads the league in tackles with 9.5 per game. . . . Win at Stanford last week snapped a seven-game Pac-10 road losing streak for the Beavers. . . . TB Steven Jackson racked up his third 200-yard rushing day of the season with a 230-yard effort at Stanford. He is the only OSU running back to hit 200 yards three times in a single season. He also has a streak of four straight 100-yard days going. He is just 57 yards from the Beavs single-season rushing record. . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi has connected on a school-record 12 consecutive field goal attempts. He is 12-13 for the season. . . . Heading into Civil War this week, OSU has won 21 of its last 24 at Reser Stadium. . . . Beavers lead the league in rush defense at 88.0 yards per game. Opponents have averaged just 38.6 yards per game on the ground over the last five games.

STANFORD: Stanford has a four-game losing streak going, but heads into Big Game with a seven-game winning streak against Cal. . . . In game last week against Oregon State, soph Will Svitek became the first Stanford player to play offense and defense in the same game since Scott Frost in 1994. Svitek saw action at both tight end and defensive end against the Beavers. . . . Cardinal had a 91-yard TD drive vs. OSU last week, its longest of the season. . . . Ryan Wells has set Stanford records in kickoff return yards in a season (635), plus most kickoff returns in a season (32) and a career (77). . . . RB Kerry Carter last week became the seventh back in Stanford history to rush for 2,000 career yards. . . . Stanford committed 20 turnovers in its first five games, but has just seven turnovers in its last five.

UCLA: Bruins final two regular season games are home dates against USC and Washington State. . . . 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 in last game. . . . 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. Ebell has averaged 135.0 yards per game over those six contests. He needs 142 yards in the Bruins' final two regular season games to become just the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards (Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977 and Ken Simonton, OSU, 1998). . . . 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. . . . UCLA has lost just seven fumbles this year, and just five by the offense in 10 games. . . . WR Tab Perry's 20.4-yards per reception is top mark among Pac-10 receiving leaders.

USC: After a 3-2 start, Trojans have won five straight. SC has defeated its last four opponents by an average of 21 points. . . . Trojans are 12-3 over their last 15 games. . . . QB Carson Palmer needs just 76 yards to become the Pac-10 career leader in passing yards. Palmer currently sits at 10,836 yards, trailing only Stanford's Steve Stenstrom's 10,911 (1991-94). . . . Palmer has 15 touchdown passes in last four games and has at least two TD passes in seven straight games. He has a string of 93 straight passes without an interception going. . . . USC has held five consecutive opponents under 100 yards rushing. No player has rushed for 100 yards against the Trojans this year. . . . No. 7 ranking in both polls is USC's highest since 1988. . . . Win against Arizona State last week gives USC a winning series record against every team in the Pac-10 (ASU series had been tied 9-9). . . . Trojans rushed for a season-high 201 yards vs. the Devils. . . . Frosh WR Mike Williams has caught a touchdown pass in seven straight games. . . . Frosh P Tom Malone had a 72-yard punt against ASU, longest punt for USC since 1994.

WASHINGTON: Win at Oregon snapped a six-game losing streak away from Seattle (five road games and one bowl game). . . . Win also assured Huskies of a .500 or better regular season record for the 26th consecutive season. . . . In win against Ducks, QB Cody Pickett established new Pac-10 record for single season completions (305) and passing yardage (3,818). He now looks to become the first Pac-10 QB to surpass 4,000 yards in a season. . . . Husky defense has picked off seven passes the last two games, leading to an 8-2 turnover advantage in wins vs. the Oregon schools.. . . . WR Reggie Williams pulled in 14 receptions at Oregon. That ties for fifth place on the Pac-10 single-game receiving list. His 14 receptions went for 198 yards and three TDs.

WASHINGTON STATE: 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. . . . WSU has won seven straight overall and six straight league games, longest such current streaks in the Pac-10. . . . Resilient Cougs have trailed in six of their nine victories this year. . . . QB Jason Gesser tossed four touchdown passes in win against Oregon in last game to move into a tie for third on the Pac-10 career TD pass list with 66. . . . Gesser also has cracked Pac-10 career total offense list at No. 9 with 8,352 yards. . . . RB Jermaine Green rushed for a career-high 180 yards vs. the Ducks, averaging 7.2 yards on 25 carries. . . . WSU defense has allowed just 80 yards rushing in the last three games. . . . Cougars have 19 sacks in the last three games and are second in the league with 44. . . . DT Rien Long has 4.5 over the last two games and ranks tied for second in the league with 12 overall.

THE WINNERS: Teams with the best records over the last two seasons (2001-02):

	21-0	Miami	20-3	Oklahoma	20-4	Texas	19-3	Washington State

THE PASSERS: Every week Pac-10 quarterbacks put up some numbers that make you shake your head. This past week it was Jason Johnson of Arizona and Cody Pickett of Washington taking center stage. Johnson passed for 492 yards in Arizona's upset win at Cal. It was the second-biggest passing day in the Pac-10 this year and seventh-best all time. As for Pickett, he threw for 316 yards in Washington's upset win at Oregon and, in the process, established new Pac-10 single-season passing yardage and completion records. Pickett increased his passing yards to 3,818 yards (old record 3,637, Ryan Leaf, WSU, 1997) and his season completions to 305 (old record 300, Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993). . . . There have been a total of 33 300-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season, including 12 400-yard days and one 500-yard performance.

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 46 straight games and Kareem Kelly of USC is right behind with 45. Here is the updated list:

46	Keenan Howry, Oregon - Pac-10 record45	Kareem Kelly, USC42	Bobby Wade, Arizona

A LOOK AHEAD: The remaining Pac-10 regular season schedule:

Fri., Nov. 29 ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA, 1:00 MST (FSN)

Sat., Nov. 30 Notre Dame at USC, 5:00 PST (ABC)

Sat., Dec. 7 WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA, 1:30 PST (ABC)

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