This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: The first week of primarily Conference action has arrived with four league games on the schedule. Early key matchups find WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON (ABC), ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE (FSN), USC at CALIFORNIA (FSN) and STANFORD at WASHINGTON. Out of league action finds TCU at ARIZONA and San Diego State at UCLA. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Sep. 27 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
21/21 WASHINGTON ST. (3-1) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT Oregon leads 37-36-7
10/15 OREGON (4-0) Eugene, OR ABC WSU 32-21 (2002)
--/t47 STANFORD (2-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT UW leads 38-32-4
18/18 WASHINGTON (2-1) Seattle, WA UW 42-28 (2001)
3/3 USC (3-0) Memorial Stadium (73,347) 3:30 PDT USC leads 56-29-5
--/-- CALIFORNIA (2-3) Berkeley, CA FSN USC 30-28 (2002)
t27/24 ARIZONA STATE (2-1) Reser Stadium (35,362) 7:00 PDT ASU leads 21-7-1
--/t50 OREGON STATE (3-1) Corvallis, OR FSN ASU 13-9 (2002)
19/17 TCU (3-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Arizona leads 1-0
--/-- ARIZONA (1-3) Tucson, AZ Arizona 35-31 (1999)
--/-- San Diego State (3-1) Rose Bowl (91,136) 7:00 PDT UCLA leads 17-0-1
--/39 UCLA (1-2) Pasadena, CA FSW2 UCLA 43-7 (2002)
California 31, Illinois 24
Oregon State 26, Boise State 24
Oregon 31, Michigan 27
Purdue 59, Arizona 7
Washington 45, Idaho 14
Oklahoma 59, UCLA 24
Washington State 23, New Mexico 13
Iowa 21, Arizona State 2
Stanford 18, BYU 14
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Sep. 2712:30 PDT/MST Washington State at Oregon ABC (regional - 17% of nation)3:30 PDT/MST USC at California Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at Oregon State Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST San Diego State at UCLA Fox Sports West2 (local)
Fri., Oct. 37:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Utah ESPN2 (national)
Sat., Oct. 412:30 PDT/MST USC at Arizona State ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST Washington at UCLA Fox Sports Net (national)
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls and a total of eight Conference teams receive votes. The Pac-10 and Big 12 lead all leagues with eight teams receiving votes. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (3-0) 3 3 Oregon (4-0) 10 15 Washington (2-1) 18 18 Washington State (3-1) 21 21 Arizona State (2-1) t27 24 UCLA (1-2) -- 39 Stanford (2-0) -- t47 Oregon State (3-1) -- t50
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 27:
WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) at OREGON (4-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Oregon and Washington State have met 80 times dating to 1901 and to say the series is close is an understatement as the Ducks lead the series by a slim 37-36-7 margin. The Cougars won last year to snap a four-game Duck winning streak in the series. The teams have split the last two meetings at Eugene. . . . Last Year: No. 5 Washington State and No. 15 Oregon met at Pullman with the hot Cougars winning their seventh straight game by downing the Ducks 32-21. WSU QB Jason Gesser threw four touchdown passes, RB Jermaine Green rushed for 180 yards and FL Devard Darling had seven receptions for 133 yards (19.0) and two TDs. On the defensive side of the ball, the Cougars limited the Ducks to 60 yards rushing and 252 yards total offense and recorded four sacks with OLB Will Derting leading the defensive charge with 13 tackles. The Oregon defense had its moments, as well, scoring two touchdowns on a fumble recovery returned for a score by CB Steven Moore and an interception return for a TD by ILB Kevin Mitchell.
STANFORD (2-0) at WASHINGTON (2-1) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Stanford have met 74 times dating to 1893 with the Huskies leading the series 38-32-4. In 38 games at Seattle, UW leads 19-16-3. It has been all Huskies in recent years. Washington has won five straight and 15 of the last 16. In games at Seattle, UW has won 11 straight with the last Cardinal win at Husky Stadium coming in 1975. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and Stanford were both ranked and headed toward bowl berths when they met at Seattle in 2001. Washington scored a pair of late touchdowns to break open a close game and prevail 42-28. The stats were pretty even with the Huskies holding a slim 421-411 edge in total offense. Both teams ran the ball effectively with Willie Hurst leading the Huskies with 108 yards and three TDs, and Brian Allen pacing the Cardinal with 138 yards and two scores. Soph QB Cody Pickett passed for 291 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score for the Huskies.
USC (3-0) at CALIFORNIA (2-3) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: USC and California have met 90 times dating to 1915 and uninterrupted since 1926. The Trojans lead the series 56-29-5. The teams have split the last eight meetings overall, but SC has won four of the last five played at Berkeley. . . . Last Year: USC and California met at the L.A. Coliseum with the Golden Bears bolting out to a 21-3 lead. However, the Trojans would respond with 27 unanswered points then hang on for a 30-28 victory. TB Sultan McCullough carried the load for SC in rushing for 176 yards and Carson Palmer passed for 289 yards and two TDs. Trojan SE Mike Williams had six receptions for 103 yards (17.2) and a TD and OLB Matt Grootegoed led the SC defensive effort with 11 tackles, two QB sacks and a forced and recovered fumble.
ARIZONA STATE (2-1) at OREGON STATE (3-1) - 7:00 PDT/MST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon State have met 29 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 21-7-1. ASU leads 5-4-1 in games played in Oregon. The Sun Devils have won seven straight overall and the last two played at Corvallis. The last Beaver win in the series came at Corvallis in 1993 (30-14). . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon State met at Tempe with the Sun Devils taking a defensive struggle 13-9. Oregon State got down to the ASU 9-yard line in the final minute, but the Sun Devils recorded back-to-back sacks to snuff out the threat and preserve the win. The Sun Devils posted seven QB sacks for minus-75 yards for the game. The defenses dominated as the teams combined for just 29 first downs (OSU 15, ASU 14) and 474 yards total offense (OSU 233, ASU 241). All of OSU's points came on Kirk Yliniemi field goals and the game's only touchdown came on a 46-yard ASU touchdown pass from QB Andrew Walter to TB Hakim Hill, which would prove to be the game-winner. 'I didn't know that I would ever live to see the day when there was one touchdown scored in a Pac-10 game,' said Sun Devil coach Dirk Koetter.
TCU (3-0) at ARIZONA (1-3) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and TCU have met just once with the Wildcats winning 35-31 in 1999 at Fort Worth. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and TCU met in 1999 at rain-drenched Fort Worth (the kickoff was delayed 29 minutes by lightning and rain) with the Wildcats storming back from a 23-7 halftime deficit to take a 35-31 win. Arizona WR Dennis Northcutt keyed the Cat victory with 10 receptions for 257 yards (25.7) and three TDs of 38, 59 and 30 yards, the latter being the game-winner. RB LaDainian Tomlinson racked up 170 yards rushing for the Horned Frogs.
SAN DIEGO STATE (3-1) at UCLA (1-2) - 7:00 PDT - Fox Sports West2 local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and San Diego State have met 18 times and the Bruins have never tasted defeat in compiling a 17-0-1 series advantage. UCLA has won 15 in a row since a 13-13 tie in San Diego in 1924. . . . Last Year: UCLA and San Diego State met at San Diego and the Bruins took control early and kept it with sturdy defensive play in rolling to a 43-7 win. UCLA forced five Aztec turnovers and limited SDSU to 268 yards total offense, including just 208 yards through the air against an Aztec team that entered the game averaging more that 400 yards per game passing.
2003 BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS 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, USCSep. 13 Matt Kegel, QB, WSU Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLASep. 20 Adam Snyder, OT, ORE Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Drew Dunning, PK, WSU
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 22-11 (.667) against non-conference foes. Eight of the 11 losses came to Top 25 teams, with seven of those contests on the road. The Pac-10 has a winning record against every other conference it has faced with the exception of the Big 12 (1-3).
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 11 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 11 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
ARIZONA: Wildcats play final non-conference game of season with TCU at Tucson this week. It's the third game against a ranked opponent for the Cats. . . . Arizona has scored a touchdown every time it has gotten to the 'red zone,' but problem has been getting there (5-for-5). . . . Bright spot for the Wildcats has been sophomore WR Biren Ealy, who paces the team with 19 receptions for 228 yards and two TDs. Ealy got UA's only TD last week at Purdue on a 36-yard reception from frosh QB Kris Heavner.
ARIZONA STATE: FS Jason Shivers tied a career-high with 17 tackles at Iowa. Included were 13 solo stops, plus he picked off a pass. . . . Sun Devils have allowed just three QB sacks in three games and have 'outsacked' opponents 14-3. . . . Josh Golden leads the Pac-10 in punt returns with a 14.9-yard average. . . . ASU ranks second in the Pac-10 in both punt and kickoff returns, plus the Devils rank third in punting. . . . P Tim Parker has punted for an even 1,000 yards this season, ranking second in the Pac-10 (12th nationally) with a 45.5-yard average.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears start Pac-10 play with consecutive home games against USC and Oregon State. . . . Soph Aaron Rodgers got his first start at quarterback last week at Illinois after junior Reggie Robertson had started Cal's first four games. . . . Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 in passing efficiency thanks largely to a 12-3 TD-to-interception ratio. . . . OLB Wendell Hunter had three of Cal's five quarterback sacks at Illinois last week, including one on the last play of the game with the Illini threatening from the 8-yard line that sealed the win for Cal. Hunter had a team-leading 15 tackles in the game. . . . Bears are easily the least penalized team in the Pac-10 having been flagged only 24 times in five games for an average of 35.4 yards per game.
OREGON: Duck rushing defense has held last two opponents--Arizona and Michigan--to 31 yards on 44 carries (0.7 per carry). Oregon limited Michigan's Chris Perry, the nation's leading rusher going into the game, to just 26 yards on 11 carries. As a team, Michigan, averaging 307 yards rushing per game, lost three yards on 19 carries. . . . Hard to argue with the success of Oregon's two-headed quarterback as Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife have the Ducks leading the Pac-10 in passing efficiency. Oregon has completed 64.2% of its passes for 276.2 yards per game with 11 TDs and no interceptions. 'So far, they've made it easy for me to justify getting them both in a game,' says UO coach Mike Bellotti.
OREGON STATE: Several Beavers hit milestones in OSU's win against Boise State last week. SE James Newson became OSU's career receiving leader with 156 receptions. He already was the Beavs' career receiving yardage leader. TB Steven Jackson has moved into second place on OSU's career rushing and rushing TDs list. And QB Derek Anderson passed for a career-high 408 yards vs. the Broncos, the third-best single-game performance in OSU history. . . . Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing and his 136.2 yards per game is 50 yards better than the runnerup (Stanford's Kenneth Tolon). Jackson has topped the 100-yard mark in nine of his last 10 games. . . . Newson has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games. He ranks second in the nation in receiving yards with 142.0 yards per game. . . . PK Kirk Ylinemi had his string of consecutive field goals made snapped at 20 straight, but still was good on four-of-five attempts vs. Boise, including a career-long 51-yarder. . . . OSU has a six-game winning streak going at Reser Stadium. The Beavs have won 25 of their last 28 home games.
STANFORD: Cardinal in the middle of a three-game road swing with trip to Washington this week. . . . Stanford's next four opponents--Washington, USC, Washington State, Oregon--are all ranked in the Top 25 this week. . . . Stanford leads the nation in rushing defense, having yielded just four yards in two games. . . . Cardinal defense has posted 18 tackles for losses in first two games. . . . Stanford's 2-0 start matches the Cardinal win total for all of last season. . . . FL Luke Powell is all the way back to his big-play form of 2001. He had 12 catches for 172 yards and two TDs in Stanford's opener, and followed up with a 68-yard punt return at BYU. . . . CB T.J. Rushing and WRs Gerren Crochet and Nick Sebes made up three-fourths of the Stanford 4x100 relay team that won the prestigious Texas Relays in a speedy 40.25 last spring.
UCLA: Bruins close out the non-conference schedule with a home game against San Diego State this week. Then its eight league games in eight weeks as UCLA is the only Pac-10 team without an open date anywhere in its schedule. . . . Bruins have won 11 of last 14 non-conference regular season games. . . . Maurice Drew's 91-yard kickoff return for a TD at Oklahoma last week was the Bruins' first kickoff return for a TD since 1999. . . . Bruin defense has picked off five passes the last two games. . . . ILB Brandon Chillar leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 13.3 stops per game.
USC: Trojans start league play with consecutive road games at California and Arizona State. . . . USC has won 11 straight dating back to last year. That's the Trojans' longest win streak since 1979-80. It's also the second-longest current win streak in the nation behind Ohio State (18). . . . SC offense has been fierce against the rush. Through three games, opponents are averaging just 50.7 yards per game and 1.9 yards per rush. Trojans have yet to allow a rushing TD. In fact, SC has not allowed a rushing TD in past 22 quarters. Plus no opposing runner has rushed for 100 yards against USC for the past 16 games. . . . USC has intercepted a pass in the last 13 games. . . . FL Keary Colbert has caught a pass in 26 consecutive games. . . . Trojans have scored at least 30 points in 10 of last 11 games, and have won each of last eight games by at least 17 points. . . . Trojans have outscored opponents 62-11 in the first half this year and have not allowed a TD in the opening half.
WASHINGTON: Huskies finish up a three-game homestand with Conference-opener vs. Stanford this week. . . . DT Terry Johnson has five QB sacks in three games. . . . WR Reggie Williams has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games. . . . Win against Idaho was first victory for Keith Gilbertson as UW head coach, but his 50th victory overall as a head coach. . . . Huskies were concerned about running game coming into the season, but have rushed for 426 yards over the last two games and are averaging 144.3 yards per game on the ground. . . . UW is outscoring opponents 65-17 in the second half, including 20-0 in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON STATE: With trip to Oregon this week, WSU has played just one of first five games at Martin Stadium. . . . Cougars have won 23 of last 29 games dating to the start of the 2001 season. . . . QB Matt Kegel completed his first 11 passes in win vs. New Mexico last week. He ended up hitting on 29 of 42 (.690) for a career-high 346 yards. He has passed for 656 yards in the last two games. Kegel's passing yardage has improved every game this season--108, 274, 310, 346. . . . PK Drew Dunning set a WSU record and was just one short of the Pac-10 record in hitting five field goals vs. New Mexico. He was a perfect five-for-five. . . . WSU has at least one QB sack in 21 straight games dating back to 2001. . . . Cody Boyd has blocked three kicks this year--two field goal attempts and one PAT. WSU has blocked a kick in three of four games this year. . . . Cougars have held three of four opponents under 100 yards rushing. . . . WSU is +7 in turnover margin and the Cougs lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks (16). . . . WSU has outscored opponents 38-6 in the first quarter.