2002 Pac-10 Football Concludes With Eight Teams Posting Winning Records

Jan. 8, 2003

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WSU & USC SHARE PAC-10 CROWN: Washington State and USC shared the Pac-10 title with the Cougars earning the Conference Rose Bowl berth by virtue of a 30-27 overtime win against the Trojans. USC joined Washington State in the Bowl Championship Series by earning an automatic BCS berth and with it a trip to the FedEx Orange Bowl. The final post-bowl game polls found USC ranked fourth and Washington State ranked 10th.

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 concluded the 2002 season at 32-15 (.681) against non-conference foes, including a 27-15 (.643) against Division I-A opponents. Of the 15 losses Pac-10 teams suffered, nine were to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. The 32 non-conference wins are the most since the league went 38-4-2 in 1933.

EIGHT TEAMS POST WINNING RECORDS/SEVEN TEAMS TO BOWLS: Eight Pac-10 teams posted winning records, a feat that the Conference had accomplished only once before in its history (again, that 1933 season). That depth earned the league a record seven post-season bowl berths.

HEISMAN TROPHY TO PALMER: Record-setting USC QB Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy as the nation's top collegiate player. Palmer became the fifth Trojan to win the coveted trophy and the eighth Conference recipient of the award. Palmer concluded his career as the Pac-10 career leader in total offense, passing and completions.

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

2002 PAC-10 FOOTBALL AWARD WINNERS

Heisman Memorial Trophy (outstanding college player)	Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC

Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (top senior quarterback) Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC

Pop Warner Trophy (top senior player on West Coast) Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC

Outland Trophy (outstanding interior lineman) Rien Long, DT, Jr., Washington State

Rotary Lombardi Award (outstanding lineman) Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Bronko Nagurski Trophy (best defensive player) Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Ted Hendricks Award (best defensive end) Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Unanimous First-Team All-America Selection Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Consensus First-Team All-America Selections Rien Long, DT, Jr., Washington State Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC Troy Polamalu, SS, Sr., USC

Other First-Team All-America Selections Derrick Roche, OG, Sr., Washington State Reggie Williams, WR, So., Washington

Second-Team All-America Selections Tully Banta-Cain, DE, Sr., California Mike Saffer, OT, Sr., UCLA Jared Siegel, PK, So., Oregon Marcus Trufant, CB, Sr., Washington State Bobby Wade, WR, Sr., Arizona Dennis Weathersby, CB, Sr., Oregon State

Third-Team All-America Selections Steven Jackson, TB, So., Oregon State Shaun McDonald, WR, Jr., Arizona State

Fourth-Team All-America Selection Jason Gesser, QB, Sr., Washington State

Honorable Mention All-America Selections Kwame Harris, OT, Jr., Stanford Ricky Manning, CB, Sr., UCLA Cody Pickett, QB, Jr., Washington Mike Seidman, TE,, Sr., UCLA Mike Williams, SE, Fr., USC

Freshman All-America Selections Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLA (first team) Winston Justice, OT, USC (first team) Haloti Ngata, DT, Oregon (first team) Jarrad Page, SS, UCLA (first team) Mike Williams, SE, USC (first team) Tyler Ebell, TB, UCLA (second team) Tom Malone, P, USC (second team) Mike McCloskey, C, UCLA (second team) Chaz White, OT, Arizona State (second team) Dan Haines, TE, Oregon State (third team)

CNNSI.com Player of the Year Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC

Pac-10 Players of the Year Offense - Jason Gesser, QB, Sr., Washington State and Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC Defense - Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

The Sporting News Pac-10 Players of the Year Offense - Carson Palmer, QB, Sr., USC Defense - Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Morris Trophy Winners (outstanding offensive and defensive linemen in the Pac-10) Offense - Kwame Harris, OT, Jr., Stanford Defense - Terrell Suggs, DE, Jr., Arizona State

Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Mike Williams, SE, USC

The Sporting News Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year Offense - Mike Williams, SE, USC Defense - Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLA

Pac-10 Coach of the Year Jeff Tedford, California

The Sporting News Pac-10 Coach of the Year Jeff Tedford, California

American Football Coaches Association Region 5 Coach of the Year Mike Price, Washington State

First-Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII Selections Bryce Bohlander, OT, Sr., UCLA Phil Howard, DT, Sr., Arizona State Jason Johnson, QB, Jr., Arizona Ryan Jones, C, Sr., California Jared Siegel, PK, So., Oregon Bill Swancutt, DE, So., Oregon State Dennis Weathersby, CB, Sr., Oregon State Dan Weaver, C, Jr., Oregon

Second-Team Verizon Academic All-District VIII Selections Mike Barth, PK, Sr., Arizona State Kirk Chambers, OT, Jr., Stanford Chris Murphy, OT, Jr., California Leigh Torrance, CB, So., Stanford Seth Trimmer, FL, Sr., Oregon State Kirk Yliniemi, PK, Jr., Oregon State

2002 RECORD SCAN--Following are new marks in the Pac-10 Record Book:

Individual Records Established

Total Offense--Most Yards Gained, Season4,273, Cody Pickett, Washington (4,458 passing, minus-185 rushing)	(Old Record - 3,583, Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997)

Total Offense--Most Yards Gained, Career11,621, Carson Palmer, USC (11,818 passing, -197 rushing) (Old Record - 11,285, Cade McNown, UCLA, 1995-98)

Total Offense--Most Plays, Season698, Cody Pickett, Washington (612 passing, 86 rushing) (Old Record - 512, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1988, and Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1993)

Total Offense--Most Plays, Career1,824, Carson Palmer, USC (1569 passing, 255 rushing) (Old Record - 1,689, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1985-88)

Passing--Most Yards Gained, Game536, Andrew Walter, Arizona State vs. Oregon (completed 31-of-53) (Old Record - 534, Paul Justin, Arizona State vs. Washington State, 1989)

Passing--Most Yards Gained, Season4,458, Cody Pickett, Washington (completed 365-of-612) (Old Record - 3,637, Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997)

Passing--Most Yards Gained, Career11,818, Carson Palmer, USC (completed 927-of-1,579) (Old Record - 10,911, Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1991-94)

Passing--Most Completions, Career927, Carson Palmer, USC (attempted 1,579) (Old Record - 870, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1985-88)

Passing--Most Attempts, Career1,569, Carson Palmer, USC (completed 927) (Old Record - 1,480, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1985-88)

Passing--Most 200-Yard Passing Games, Career31, Carson Palmer, USC (53 games) (Old Record - 30, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1985-88)

Receiving--Most Passes Caught By a Running Back, Game15, Braxton Cleman, Washington vs. USC (69 yards) (Old Record - 14, Brad Muster, Stanford vs. Oregon, 1985, and Vincent White, Stanford vs. UCLA, 1982)

Receiving--Most Touchdown Passes Caught by a Freshman, Season14, Mike Williams, USC (81 receptions) (Ties NCAA record)

Defense--Most Quarterback Sacks, Season24, Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (NCAA Record) (Old Record - 19,Tedy Bruschi, Arizona, 1993, and Tim Ryan, USC, 1989)

Defense--Most Tackles For Loss, Season31.5, Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (Old Record - 28, Ron George, Stanford, 1990)

Individual Records Tied

Passing--Most Touchdown Passes, Season33, Carson Palmer (Ties - Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1997)

Passing--Most Seasons with 2,500 Yards of Total Offense3, Carson Palmer (2000-01-02) (Ties - Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State, 1986-87-88, and John Elway, Stanford, 1980-81-82) (Ties NCAA Record)

Receiving--Most Touchdown Passes Caught, Game4, Shaun McDonald, Arizona State vs. San Diego State (8 receptions) (Ties - seven players, most recently Keenan Howry, Oregon vs. Arizona State, 2001)

Field Goals--Most Field Goals Made, Conference Game5, Nate Fikse, UCLA vs. Stanford (attempted 5)5, John Anderson, Washington vs. Washington State (attempted 8) (Ties - five players, most recently Chris Sailer, UCLA vs. Washington, 1998)

Field Goals--Most Field Goal Attempts, Game8, John Anderson, Washington vs. Washington State (made 5) (Ties - Luis Zendejas, Arizona State vs. Stanford, 1983, made 5)

Interceptions--Longest Interception return, Game100, Matt Nixon, California vs. Baylor (Ties - eight players, most recently Emmanuel Franklin, Arizona State vs. San Diego State, 2001)

Team Records Established

Passing--Most Passes Completed, Conference Game38, Washington vs. USC (attempted 65) (Old Record - 37, Oregon State vs. USC, 1998)

Passing--Most Passes Attempted, Season621, Washington (completed 372) (Old Record - 513, Stanford, 1998)

Passing--Most Passes Completed, Season372, Washington (attempted 621) (Old Record - 308, Stanford, 1993)

Total Offense--Most Yards Gained, Season5,840, USC (1,852 rushing, 3,988 passing) (Old Record - 5,663, Arizona State, 1999)

First Downs--Most First Downs, Season324, Washington (78 rush, 207 pass, 39 penalty) (Old Record - 293, Washington State, 1988)

First Downs--Most First Downs by Passing, Season207, Washington (Old Record - 170, USC, 1993)

Team Records Tied

First Downs--Most First Downs by Passing, Game26, Washington vs. Wyoming (Ties - Arizona State vs. Florida State, 1984)

Penalties--Most Yards Penalized, Conference Game195, California vs. UCLA (10 penalties) (Ties - Washington State vs. Arizona State, 1993)

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