This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: CALIFORNIA gets an early start on the week with a Thursday night ESPN game at Utah. And the first Conference game of the year is on tap as OREGON travels to ARIZONA (TBS). The slate is rounded out with five more non-league games. Here is a look at this week's schedule (Note: Ranking is the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game - Thu., Sep. 11 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/-- CALIFORNIA (1-2) Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017) 5:45 MDT California leads 4-1
--/-- Utah (1-1) Salt Lake City, UT ESPN Cal 24-21 (2000)
Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 13 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
41/t39 WASH. STATE (1-1) Folsom Field (53,750) 1:30 MDT Colorado leads 3-1
17/17 Colorado (2-0) Boulder, CO Colorado 37-19 (1996)
t42/37 Hawai`i (1-0) L.A. Coliseum (92,000) 1:00 PDT USC leads 4-0
4/4 USC (2-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN USC 62-7 (1999)
--/-- New Mexico State (1-1) Reser Stadium (35,362) 3:30 PDT Oregon St. leads 1-0
t42/-- OREGON STATE (1-1) Corvallis, OR OSU 27-22 (2001)
--/-- Illinois (1-1) Rose Bowl (91,136) 5:00 PDT Illinois leads 5-4
--/52 UCLA (0-1) Pasadena, CA ABC UCLA 6-3 (1991)
32/30 OREGON (2-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Oregon leads 16-12
38/-- ARIZONA (1-1) Tucson, AZ TBS Oregon 31-14 (2002)
--/-- Utah State (0-2) Sun Devil Stadium (73,379) 7:00 MST ASU leads 9-3
16/16 ARIZONA STATE (1-0) Tempe, AZ ASU 44-20 (2000)
t51/-- STANFORD (1-0) - open date - next game Sep. 20 at BYU
21/24 WASHINGTON (1-1) - open date - next game Sep. 20 vs. Idaho
Arizona State 34, Northern Arizona 14
LSU 59, Arizona 13
Oregon 31, Nevada 23
Colorado State 23, Californ1a 21
Stanford 31, San Jose State 10
Fresno State 16, Oregon State 14
USC 35, BYU 18
Colorado 16, UCLA 14
Washington 38, Indiana 13
Notre Dame 29, Washington State 26 (OT)
PAC-10 COACHES' MEDIA TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season. The calls will be conducted every Tuesday through Nov. 18. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/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 coaches' teleconferences:
Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST) 10:00 a.m. John Mackovic - Arizona 10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 10:20 a.m. Mike Riley - Oregon State 10:30 a.m. Karl Dorrell - 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. Bill Doba - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m. Keith Gilbertson - Washington
2003 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Date Offense Defense Special TeamsAug. 30 Adimchinobe Echemandu, TB, CAL Mike Patterson, NT, USC Drew Dunning, PK, WSUSep. 6 Cody Pickett, QB, WASH Will Derting, OLB, WSU Tom Malone, P, USC
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Thu., Sep. 114:30 PDT/MST California at Utah ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 131:00 PDT/MST Hawai`i at USC Fox Sports Net (national)5:00 PDT/MST Illinois at UCLA ABC (regional - 25% of nation)7:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Arizona TBS Superstation (national)
Sat., Sep. 2012:30 PDT Michigan at Oregon ABC (regional)3:00 PDT ESPN2 (national)3:30 PDT Stanford at BYU KRON (local)
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 and a total of six Conference teams receive some sort of poll support. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (2-0) 4 4 Arizona State (1-0) 16 16 Washington (1-1) 21 24 Oregon (2-0) 32 30 Arizona (1-1) 38 -- Washington State (1-1) 41 t39 Oregon State (1-1) t42 -- Stanford (1-0) t51 -- UCLA (0-1) -- 52
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAME OF THU., SEP.11:
CALIFORNIA (1-2) at UTAH (1-1) - 5:45 MDT/4:45 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: California and Utah have met five times with the Golden Bears leading the series 4-1. Only one of the previous games was played at Salt Lake City with Cal taking a 35-22 win in 1963. . . . Last Meeting: California and Utah met in 2000 at Berkeley with the Golden Bears holding off a late Ute comeback attempt for a 24-21 victory. . . . Media Note: California radio network analyst Lee Grosscup was an All-America quarterback at Utah.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 13:
WASHINGTON STATE (1-1) at COLORADO (2-0) - 1:30 MDT/12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington State and Colorado have met four times with the Buffs leading the series 3-1. WSU won the first meeting (1981), Colorado the next three. Three of the game have been played at Boulder with CU leading 2-1 after taking the last two straight. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Colorado opened the 1996 season at Boulder and Colorado lived up to its No. 5 national ranking by handling the Cougars 37-19. CU QB Koy Detmer threw for three TDs and ran for another and the Buff defense limited the Cougs to just five yards rushing and 163 yards total offense. DE Dorian Boose provided a bright spot for WSU by returning a fumble for a school record 94 yards and a TD.
HAWAI`I (1-0) at USC (2-0)- 1:00 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: USC and Hawai`i have met four times with the Trojans taking all four contests. SC has outscored the Warriors 173-18. The last three meetings have been in Hawai`i with the only Warrior visit to the L.A. Coliseum coming in 1930 (52-0). . . . Last Meeting: USC opened the 1999 season at Hawai`i and cruised to a 62-7 win in June Jones' debut as the Warrior coach. The loss extended Hawai`i's then-losing streak to 19 straight games. USC scored its most points in 10 years as the Trojans scored on their first six possessions and eight of their first nine. USC outgained Hawaii 529-221 and had a rushing edge of 279-27. The Troy defense forced seven fumbles, recovering four, and did not allow a score as the Warriors' only tally came on an interception return. . . . Coaching Note: It's a battle of former NFL head coaches as Pete Carroll (New York Jets, New England) matches wits with June Jones (Atlanta, San Diego).
NEW MEXICO STATE (1-1) at OREGON STATE (1-1)- 3:30 PDT - The Series: Oregon State and New Mexico State have met just once with the Beavers taking a 27-22 decision at Las Cruces in 2001. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State and New Mexico State met at Las Cruces early in the 2001 season with the Beavers hanging on for a 27-22 win. OSU established itself on the ground with 217 yards rushing, led by TB Ken Simonton, who rushed for 169 yards and two TDs.
ILLINOIS (1-1) at UCLA (0-1) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Illinois have met nine times with the Illini holding a 5-4 series edge. Six of the games have been regular season contests, with Illinois leading 4-2, and three have been bowl games, where UCLA leads 2-1. The teams have split two Rose Bowl Game meetings. The Bruins have won the last two meetings, the 1991 John Hancock Sun Bowl (6-3) and the 1984 (1983 season) Rose Bowl game (45-9). Illinois has never played at the Rose Bowl in the regular season, but has appeared in the Rose Bowl Game eight times and sports a 4-3-1 record in the Granddaddy. The two UCLA-Illinois Rose Bowl Game matchups came following the 1946 season, the first year of the Pac-10-Big Ten pact (Illinois won 45-14), and following the 1983 season (UCLA won 45-9). . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Illinois hooked up in the 1991 John Hancock Sun Bowl with the Bruins taking a pitchers' duel by a 6-3 score. . . . Game Note: The last time Illinois appeared in the Rose Bowl, the 1984 game following the 1983 season, current UCLA coach Karl Dorrell was a receiver for the Bruins. Dorrell caught a pair of touchdown passes in the 45-9 UCLA victory.
OREGON (2-0) at ARIZONA (1-1) - 7:00 MST/PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Arizona have met 28 times with the Ducks holding a 16-12 series advantage by virtue of winning the last four and eight of the last nine. Neither team has ever won five in a row in the series. In 15 games at Tucson, the Wildcats hold a slim 8-7 edge, but the Ducks have won the last three. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona met at Tucson in the Pac-10 opener for both teams and the No. 8-ranked Ducks extended their record to 5-0 by pulling away in the second half to record a 31-14 victory. Oregon TB Onterrio Smith rushed for 145 yards and two scores. For Arizona, QB Jason Johnson passed for 302 yards and two TDs, and WR Bobby Wade had career highs with 12 catches for 151 yards. The Duck defense allowed the Wildcats just 30 yards on 27 rushes.
UTAH STATE (0-2) at ARIZONA STATE (1-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State and Utah State have met 12 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 9-3. Most of the games (10) have been played at Tempe, where the Devils lead 8-2. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona State and Utah State met at Tempe early in the 2000 season with the Sun Devils rolling to a 44-20 win. ASU put up 505 yards total offense, including 374 yards through the air. Sun Devil QB starter Jeff Krohn completed just six of 10 passes, but they went four 248 yards and included four TD passes of 72, 70, 61 and 61 yards.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: Pac-10 teams have posted an 11-7 (.611) mark against outsiders. Five of the seven losses came to Top 25 teams, with four of those contests on the road.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 10 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 10 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
ARIZONA: Wildcats finish season-opening three-game homestand this week vs. Oregon. . . . UA offensive line has allowed just two QB sacks in two games. . . . Cat defense allowing just 2.8 yards per rush and has forced six fumbles, recovering five, in first two games. . . . Arizona has 'outsacked' opponents 7-2. . . . RB Clarence Farmer showed flashes of old form by averaging 7.6 yards on eight rushes and scoring the Wildcats' only offensive TD against LSU.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils averaged 33.0 points per game in coach Dirk Koetter's first two years at the helm and stayed true to form in scoring 34 in opener last week. . . . ASU led Pac-10 in interceptions last year with 22, but had just one in opener vs. Northern Arizona. However, it was a dandy as CB R.J. Oliver took it back 100 yards for a TD. He became just the 10th player in Pac-10 history to accomplish that feat. . . . QB Andrew Walter got the season off to a good start with four TD passes in opener. It marked the fifth time in his career he has thrown four or more TD passes in a game.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears finish out the non-conference schedule with road games at Utah and Illinois the next two weeks. Cal has a short turnaround this week with a Thursday night game at Utah. . . . ROV Donnie McCleskey has 4.5 sacks in first three games, which is a Cal season record for sacks by a defensive back. . . . QB Reggie Robertson has eight TD passes in first three games. . . . WR Geoff McArthur is averaging 113.3 receiving yards per game and an even 20.0 yards per catch. . . . Bears have outscored opponents 35-10 in fourth quarter.
OREGON: WR Samie Parker has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games in Ducks first two outings to rank fourth in the nation at 145 yards per game. He has a TD reception in three consecutive games dating to last year. . . . Game at Arizona this week is Mike Bellotti's 99th at Oregon head coach. He has posted a record of 69-29 (.704). . . . QB Kellen Clemens has thrown five TD passes in first two games while sharing time with QB Jason Fife, who has a pair himself. Clemens has seen more time, but Fife has completed 11 of his 12 passes. . . . Ducks have outscored opponents 38-0 in first quarter.
OREGON STATE: Beavers return home for three straight at Reser Stadium. OSU has won four in a row overall at home dating back to last season, and has won 16 straight non-conference games at Reser dating back to 1996. . . . TB Steven Jackson, the Pac-10's leading rusher last year, has opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard rushing days (129 and 128). He is averaging 215.0 all-purpose yards. . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi has a school-record string of 17-straight successful field goal attempts going. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has at least one tackle for loss in 14 of his last 15 games. . . . SE James Newson returned last week after missing season-opener with a hip pointer and pulled in six receptions for 83 yards.
STANFORD: Cardinal faces a tough stretch after an open date this week, with next three games on the road against BYU, Washington and USC. Stanford does not have a home game until Oct. 18 (Washington State). . . . Stanford recruits nationally, but it still seems odd that the state of Georgia has more players on the roster (11) than any other state except California. . . . Stanford's starting offensive line last week had a total of 34 starts going into the game, all by four-year starting OT Kirk Chambers. The other four O-line starters had a combined total of zero starts. . . . Stanford encouraged by defense allowing only 10 points in opener vs. San Jose State after the Card was torched for 34.3 points per game last year.
UCLA: A win in home opener vs. Illinois would be the 500th in the 84-year history of the Bruin program. UCLA has an all-time mark of 499-324-37 (.602). . . . Bruins have won 10 of their past 12 non-conference games with both losses coming to Colorado. . . . Junior CB Matt Ware has started every game of his career (25). . . . Bruin defense posted six QB sacks at Colorado last week and limited the Buffs to 88 yards rushing, 245 yards total offense.
USC: Trojans have won 10 straight games overall and 10 straight at home at the L.A. Coliseum. The 10-game winning streak is USC's longest since 1988. . . . Trojans have intercepted at least one pass in 12 straight games. SC picked three vs. BYU last week, including one returned 16 yards for a TD by DE Omar Nazel. . . . Trojan defense has forced eight turnovers and allowed only one touchdown in first two games. . . . USC has scored 31 of its 58 points in the first quarter. . . . P Tom Malone has averaged 48.3 yards per boot with five of his 13 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. . . . Trojans have scored at least 30 points in nine of last 10 games. . . . No runner has rushed for 100 yards or more against USC in last 15 games. . . . Trojan defense has not allowed a rushing TD in past 18 quarters dating back to last year. . . . Next reception for sophomore WR Mike Williams will be the 100th of his young career. Williams has opened the season with back-to-back 100-yard receiving days and has three TD receptions already.
WASHINGTON: Huskies have an open date this week then play three of next four at home. . . . WR Reggie Williams has caught a pass in 27 straight games, longest current streak in the Pac-10. He already has 14 catches for 205 yards and two TDs in first two games. . . . UW has not allowed any fourth-quarter points in first two games. . . . DT Terry Johnson has posted five tackles for loss (-24) and three QB sacks (-20) in first two contests.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougar defense has not allowed a touchdown in seven of eight quarters this season. . . . WSU has recorded nine QB sacks in first two games, including six last week at Notre Dame. Meanwhile, Cougs have been sacked only twice. . . . Opponents have converted just 7-of-29 third-down attempts against WSU (24.1%). . . . SS Virgil Williams has provided big plays. Had two QB sacks in first game and two interceptions last week.
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