This Week In Pac-10 Football
Nov. 24, 2002
THREE GAMES LEFT: Just three regular season games remain for Pac-10 teams, but it is a trio of nationally televised dandies. It starts the day after Thanksgiving with ARIZONA STATE at ARIZONA (FSN) for their annual desert skirmish. The following day, Sat., Nov. 30, USC and Notre Dame (ABC) hook up in Los Angeles for that most classic of all intersectionals. And the regular season comes to a close in dramatic fashion at the Rose Bowl on Sat., Dec. 7, as WASHINGTON STATE pays a visit to UCLA with a berth in the Rose Bowl Game Jan. 1 on the line (ABC).
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The final Pac-10 weekly satellite feed, featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage will air on Tuesday this week rather than the usual Wednesday. The half-hour feed airs Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 11:30 a.m. PST/12:30 p.m. MST (2:30 p.m. EST). 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.
THE RACE: The Pac-10 representative to the Rose Bowl will not be determined until Sat., Dec. 7, when Washington State heads to Pasadena to play UCLA in a game the Cougars hope will be a dress rehearsal for Jan. 1. A win for Washington State would give the Cougs a tie and Pac-10 co-championship with USC, with WSU getting the Rose Bowl berth by virtue of an overtime win against the Trojans earlier this year. USC will be in the unfamiliar position of rooting for UCLA, as a Washington State loss to the Bruins would give the Trojans the Pac-10 title outright and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
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
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, WSUNov. 17 Jason Johnson, QB, ARIZ Derrick Johnson, CB, WASH Kirk Yliniemi, PK, OSUNov. 23 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Kai Ellis, DE, WASH John Anderson, PK, WASH
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.
LOU GROZA FINALISTS: PK Jared Siegel of Oregon is one of three finalists for the 2002 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. Nate Kaeding of Iowa and Mike Nugent of Ohio State are the other 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 three 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 Tom Harris of Oklahoma and DE Cory Redding of Texas.
BRONKO NAGURSKI FINALISTS: DE Terrell Suggs of Arizona State also is one of five finalist for the 2002 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, presented to college football's best all-around defensive player. The other finalists are DBs Shane Walton of Notre Dame and Terrence Newman of Kansas State, LB E.J. Henderson of Maryland and DE David Pollack of Georgia.
ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: The 2002 All-Pac-10 Football Team, as selected by the Conference head coaches, will be announced Mon., Dec. 2
SERIES NOTES FOR REMAINING REGULAR-SEASON GAMES:
ARIZONA STATE (7-5) at ARIZONA (4-7) - Fri., Nov. 29, 1:00 MST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: 76th edition of the Arizona-Arizona State series that started in 1899 and is uninterrupted since 1946. The teams play for the Territorial Cup. Arizona leads the series 43-31-1 overall and 27-15 in games played at Tucson. The teams have split the last six games overall and have split the last eight games at Tucson. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Arizona State staged the Duel in the Desert at Tempe and the Wildcats jumped out to a 20-0 first-quarter lead and held off the Sun Devils 34-21. UA QB Jason Johnson passed for two TDs and ran for another and Cat WR Bobby Wade pulled in 11 receptions for 157 yards and a score. Two of the league's top running backs showed their stuff. Arizona's Clarence Farmer rushed for 158 yards and one TD, ASU's Delvon Flowers went for 138 and two scores. The Wildcat defense posted seven QB sacks, with ILB Lance Briggs leading the way with three.
NOTRE DAME (10-1) at USC (9-2) - Sat., Nov. 30, 5:00 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: The most storied intersectional rivalry of them all dates back to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones. USC and Notre Dame have met 73 times dating to 1926 and uninterrupted except for the war years of 1943-45. The Fighting Irish lead the series 42-26-5 and, in what has often been a series of streaks, have won the last three. USC has taken two of the last three at the L.A. Coliseum. . . . Last Year: Notre Dame and USC met at South Bend and the Irish, trailing at halftime, took over in the second half and posted a 27-16 win. The Notre Dame defense limited USC to just 12 first downs, 60 yards rushing and 290 yards total offense and three fourth-quarter Trojan turnovers doomed any chance of a comeback. QB Carson Palmer passed for both of USC's touchdowns, but was picked off twice in the fourth quarter. Notre Dame relied on its ground game on offense in rushing for 208 yards.
WASHINGTON STATE (9-2) at UCLA (7-4) - Sat., Dec. 7, 1:30 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington State have met 48 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 34-13-1. The series has been very close of late as the Cougars have won four of the last six and the teams have split the last 12. UCLA leads 20-6 in home games and 6-2 in games played at the Rose Bowl, including the last two. . . . Last Year: Two Top 20 teams met at Pullman as UCLA entered the game 6-1 with Washington State at 7-1. The game turned into a mighty defensive struggle with the Cougars prevailing 20-14. The two teams combined for just 25 first downs and 501 yards total offense and managed just one offensive touchdown each. WSU CB Lamont Thompson intercepted a Pac-10-record four passes, including three in the fourth quarter to shut the door on any UCLA comeback hopes. The Cougar defense contributed what proved to be the winning score when DE Fred Shavies forced a fumble that LB Al Genatone returned 73 yards for a TD. The UCLA defense had its moments, as well, intercepting three passes themselves, including one returned for a score by S Ben Emanuel.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 8 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 3 games - USC and 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.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: In 38 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 20-18 advantage.
THE WINNERS: Teams with the best records over the last two seasons (2001-02):
22-0 Miami 21-3 Oklahoma 20-4 Texas 19-4 Washington State
THE PASSERS: There have been a total of 35 300-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 47 straight games and Kareem Kelly of USC is right behind with 46. Here is the updated list:
47 Keenan Howry, Oregon - Pac-10 record46 Kareem Kelly, USC42 Bobby Wade, Arizona
ARIZONA: With 11 receptions for 222 yards at Cal in last game, 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 in game at Cal. . . . Also 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 10th 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).
UCLA: True freshmen Drew Olson and Matt Moore continue to handle the bulk of UCLA's quarterbacking chores. In the last four games, the pair has only been picked off one time in 94 pass attempts. . . . P/PK Nate Fikse has made 10 consecutive field goals while still maintaining a splendid 41.3-yard average on punts. He also handles kickoffs for the Bruins. . . . 643 yards receiving by TE Mike Seidman is a UCLA single-season record for a tight end. It also is most yards receiving by a Pac-10 tight end this year. . . . 49 receptions by WR Craig Bragg is most ever for a Bruin sophomore in a season. . . . Bruins had a league-low 14 turnovers through first 10 games, but were victimized by five, including four lost fumbles, in loss to SC. . . . TB Tyler Ebell needs 56 yards to become just the third freshman in Pac-10 history to rush for 1,000 yards (Stanford's Darrin Nelson and OSU's Ken Simonton are the others).
USC: With 254 yards through the air in win vs. UCLA, QB Carson Palmer became the Pac-10 career passing leader and the first player in league history to top the 11,000-yard mark. Palmer now sits atop the list with 11,090 passing yards and a couple of games still to play. He also has established a Pac-10 career mark for completions with 874. . . . With 10,895 yards total offense, Palmer is just 390 yards behind Pac-10 career record-holder Cade McNown of UCLA (11,285). . . . Palmer also has moved into a tied for third (with WSU's Jason Gesser) on the career touchdown pass list with 67. . . . Also moving up the Pac-10 career charts is WR Kareem Kelly. He currently stands seventh on the Pac-10 career receiving list with 198 receptions and is just three catches shy of the USC career mark of 201 by Johnnie Morton (1990-93). . . . The Trojans have scored at least 40 points in four consecutive games and have won five straight games by 11 points or more. . . . USC defense has not allowed a 100-yard rusher all season. . . . Last time USC defeated UCLA and Notre Dame to end the season was when the 1978 national championship team pulled it off. . . . Nine wins for the Trojans is most since going 9-2-1 in 1995.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars need a win at the Rose Bowl to get to the Rose Bowl. . . . WSU has 23 QB sacks in its last four games and leads the Pac-10 with 48. Cougs have more than doubled up their opponents by allowing just 23 sacks. . . . Coug defense has allowed just 99 yards rushing the last four games. . . . With 10 touchdown receptions, WR Devard Darling is just one short of the WSU single-season record. . . . With 99 points, PK Drew Dunning needs just six points to break Steve Broussard's WSU scoring record of 104 set in 1989. Dunning was 4-of-5 on field goal attempts in triple OT loss to UW last week. . . . With 20 tackles for loss, DT Rien Long is two shy of the WSU season mark of 22 by DeWayne Patterson in 1993.