This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: Conference action heats up with four league games, plus one non-conference tilt. In Pac-10 play, USC is at ARIZONA STATE (ABC), WASHINGTON at UCLA (FSN), ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA. The non-league game finds OREGON heading to Utah for a Friday night game. Here is a look at this week's games (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
19/22 Oregon(4-1) vs. --/t41 Utah (3-1)
Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017), Salt Lake City, UT
8:00 MDT ESPN 2
Oregon leads series 17-7
Last meeting: Oregon 24-10 (2001))
10/10 USC (3-1) vs. --/35 Arizona State (2-2)
Sun Devil Stadium (73. 379), Tempe, AZ
12:30 MST ABC
USC leads series 10-9
Last meeting: USC 34-13
--/-- Arizona (1-4) vs. 14/15 Washington State (4-1)
Martin Stadium (37,600), Pullman, WA
Arizona leads series 20-11
Last meeting: WSU 21-13
t38/31 Oregon State (4-1) vs. t40/t43 California (3-3)
Memorial Stadium (73,347), Berkeley, CA
Cal leads series 31-24
Last meeting: Oregon State 24-13
18/17 Washington (3-1) vs. --/t49 UCLA (2-2)
Rose Bowl (91,136), Pasadena, CA
3:30 PST FSN
UCLA leads series 32-28-2
Last meeting: UCLA 34-24
--/-- Stanford (2-1) open date
nest game Oct. 11 at USC
Washington State 55, Oregon 16
Oregon State 45, Arizona State 17
Washington 28, Stanford 17
UCLA 20, San Diego State 10
California 34, USC 31 (3OT)
TCU 13, Arizona 10 (OT)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Fri., Oct. 37:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Utah ESPN2 (national)
Sat., Oct. 412:30 PDT/MST USC at Arizona State ABC (regional - 18% of nation)3:30 PDT/MST Washington at UCLA Fox Sports Net (national)
Sat., Oct. 1112:30 PDT/MST TBA ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST TBA Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST Stanford at USC Fox Sports Net (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAME OF FRI., OCT. 3:
OREGON (4-1) at UTAH (3-1) - 8:00 MDT/7:00 PDT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Utah have met 24 times with the Ducks leading the series 17-7. In 11 games at Salt Lake City, Oregon leads 8-3. The Ducks have won the last three overall and four of the last five in Salt Lake. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Utah met at Eugene early in the 2001 season with the Ducks winning a hard-fought battle 24-10. QB Joey Harrington connected with WR Keenan Howry for two TDs for Oregon. The stats indicated how close the game really was as Oregon had a 377-373 edge in total offense and the teams had just one turnover combined.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 4:
USC (3-1) at ARIZONA STATE (2-2) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona State have met 19 times with the Trojans holding a slim 10-9 series edge by virtue of winning the last three games. The teams have split 10 previous games at Tempe. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona State met late in the season at the L.A. Coliseum and the No. 8-ranked Trojans reeled off their fifth consecutive win with a 34-13 victory. QB Carson Palmer passed for two TDs and ran for another and TB Justin Fargas rushed for 125 yards and a score to pace the Trojan offense. SC rushed for a season-high 201 yards and did not commit a turnover. Sun Devil QB Andrew Walter passed for 297 yards and two TDs, but the USC defense limited ASU to 27 yards rushing, picked off two passes and posted four quarterback sacks.
ARIZONA (1-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-1) - 2:00 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met 31 times with the Wildcats leading the series 20-11. In games at WSU, Arizona leads 9-5 (7-3 at Pullman, 2-2 at Spokane). WSU has won the last two games overall, but Arizona has won three of the last four played at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Arizona met at Tucson and the No. 9-ranked Cougars won their fifth straight game with a 21-13 victory in a defensive struggle. WSU turned in its best defensive performance of the year in limiting Arizona to minus-17 yards rushing and 207 yards total offense and posting seven QB sacks (-56). Coug QB Jason Gesser passed for 275 yards and one TD, and RB Jermaine Green rushed for 119 yards and a score.
OREGON STATE (4-1) at CALIFORNIA (3-3) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 55 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 31-24. It is an understatement to say it has been a series of streaks in recent years. OSU has won the last four games, Cal the six before that, OSU the five before that and Cal the six before that. In 31 previous games at Berkeley, the Bears lead 19-12. Cal has won three of the last four at Berkeley, but Oregon State took the most recent Memorial Stadium game (38-32 in 2000). . . . Last Year: Oregon State and California met at Corvallis with the Beavers prevailing behind a big day by TB Steven Jackson. Jackson set a Reser Stadium rushing record in carrying the ball 35 times for 239 yards (6.8) and three TDs. Cal QB Kyle Boller put the ball up 51 times for 284 yards, but OSU allowed the Bears just 16 yards rushing.
WASHINGTON (3-1) at UCLA (2-2) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 62 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins holding a slim 32-28-2 series advantage. UCLA leads 20-10-1 in home games, including 6-2 in the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have won five of the last six overall, including the last three games at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington met at Seattle with the Bruins taking a 34-24 decision. The Huskies outgained the Bruins 498-316 and had more first downs (31-13), but UCLA intercepted four UW passes, which the Bruins converted into 17 points. UCLA led a close game most of the way, but Washington pulled within three points at 27-24 midway through the fourth quarter. However, Bruin OLB Spencer Havner picked off a pass late in the game and returned it 42 yards for a score to salt away the win for UCLA. Bruin freshman TB Tyler Ebell recorded his fifth straight 100-yard rushing game with 102 yards and three short TDs. Freshman QB Drew Olson made his first career start and threw for 189 yards and kept the Bruins turnover-free. Husky QB Cody Pickett put the ball up 60 times for 429 yards and three touchdowns, but was done in by the four interceptions.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls and a total of eight Conference teams receive votes. Only the Big 12 (nine) has more teams receiving mention in the polls. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (3-1) 10 10 Washington State (4-1) 14 15 Washington (3-1) 18 17 Oregon (4-1) 19 22 Oregon State (4-1) t38 31 California (3-3) t40 t43 Arizona State (2-2) -- t35 UCLA (2-2) -- t49
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, WSUSep. 27 Adimchinobe Echemandu, TB, CAL Brandon Browner, CB, OSU Jeremy Bohannon, FS, WSU
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just five regular-season non-conference games remaining, Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 23-12 (.657) against outside foes. Eight of the 11 losses came to Top 25 teams, with seven of those contests on the road. The Big 12 (3-1) is the only conference to have a winning record against the Pac-10.
CURRENT STREAKS:Longest overall winning streak - 3 games - Oregon, Washington, Washington St. Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - Washington Longest home winning streak - 11 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 2 games - Oregon and Washington State
ARIZONA: Defensive coordinator Mike Hankwitz takes over as interim head coach in the wake of John Mackovic's dismissal...Wildcats play three of next four on road, beginning this week at Washington State. . . . Arizona gave starting quarterback nod to true freshman Kris Heavner vs. TCU last week. Heavner completed 14-of-29 for 276 yards and one TD. The 29 completions and 276 passing yards are season highs for the Cats this year. . . . Arizona's last four opponents are all currently ranked in the top 25 (AP poll)--LSU (6), Oregon (19), Purdue (22) and TCU (20). So is the next one, as the Wildcats head to Pullman to meet No. 14 Washington State.
ARIZONA STATE: USC and Oregon roll into Sun Devil Stadium the next two weeks. . . . FS Jason Shivers has recorded 30 tackles and intercepted three passes in the last two games. He ranks second in the Pac-10 with 11.3 stops per game and leads the league in interceptions with three. . . . ASU secondary has picked off eight passes in four games. . . . ASU ranks second in Pac-10 in QB sacks (18) and first in fewest sacks allowed (5). . . . TB Hakim Hill accounted for 207 all-purpose yards at OSU last week (a career-high 115 yards rushing and 92 yards on six receptions).
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears in game two of a stretch that sees them play three of first four league games at home. . . . Cal's upset win against No. 3-ranked USC was first win over a top five team since Bears beat No. 4 USC in 1975. Also first win over a team ranked as high as No. 3 since knocking off No. 3 Stanford in 1951. . . . California QB duo of Reggie Robertson (62.9%) and Aaron Rodgers (61.5%) rank 1-2 in Pac-10 in completion percentage. . . . With 147 yards rushing vs. USC, TB Adimchinobe Echemandu became the first 100-yard rusher against the Trojans in 16 games. . . . ROV Donnie McCleskey leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks (5.5). . . . Cal's last four games have been decided in the final two minutes.
OREGON: With two road games and an open date, Ducks don't play again at Autzen Stadium until Oct. 25 (Stanford). . . . After going first four games without having a pass intercepted, Oregon was victimized for seven picks by Washington State. Ducks had nine total turnovers vs. WSU after losing just five in first four games. . . . Ducks lead the league in time of possession (33:13). . . . WR Demetrius Williams is Pac-10 co-leader in TD receptions with six (tied with Cal's Geoff McArthur). . . . Steven Moore leads the league in punt returns (12.1-yard average).
OREGON STATE: SE James Newson is Pac-10 leader in both receptions (7.5 per game) and receiving yards (137.5), and has caught a pass in 29 straight games, longest current streak (with UW's Reggie Williams) in the Pac-10. Newson has 18 career TD receptions, just one shy of the OSU record (Vern Burke, 1962-63). . . . TB Steven Jackson leads the Pac-10 in rushing (130.0 yards per game) by a wide margin. Jackson has rushed for 650 yards, which is more than six Pac-10 team totals. . . . While the workhorse Jackson averages 130.0 yards per game, his longest run this season is 23 yards. 'He's (Jackson) a great mixture of size, speed and power,' said ASU coach Dirk Koetter. . . . Jackson has been over 100 yards rushing in every game this year and in nine of his last 10 dating to last season. . . . Win against Arizona State last week snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Sun Devils. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has produced at least one tackle for loss in 16 of his last 18 games. . . . Not only did freshman CB Brandon Browner pick off three passes against ASU last week, he also produced a tackle for loss with the Sun Devils going for it on fourth-and-goal from the OSU one-yard line.
STANFORD: After an open date this week, Cardinal end up a three-game road trip with game at USC on Oct. 11. . . . Stanford continues to lead Pac-10 in rush defense at 56.3 yards per game. Also leads in fewest yards per rush as opponents get just 2.1 yards per carry. . . . RB Kenneth Tolon becoming the Cardinal workhorse with 61 carries the last two games (good for 228 yards). . . . Stanford leads the Conference in kickoff coverage, giving up just 12.1 yards per return. . . . Card also leads the league in red zone defense (2-5).
UCLA: Bruins become the last Pac-10 team to get into league play with Conference opener vs. Washington this week. UCLA has won its last two Pac-10 openers. Three of UCLA's first four Conference games will be at the Rose Bowl. . . . ILB Brandon Chillar has been in double figures in tackles in every game this year. He leads the Pac-10 in stops with 12.5 per game. . . . Two more receptions for SE Craig Bragg will move him ahead of coach Karl Dorrell and into eighth place on the Bruin career receiving list. Bragg currently has 107 career catches and has caught a pass in 27 straight games. . . . Bruins have intercepted seven passes in last three games.
USC: Trojans in game two of a stretch that sees them play four of five games on road. . . . P Tom Malone is leading the Pac-10 in punting (49.5) by nearly five yards a kick more than the runnerup (WSU's Kyle Basler at 44.6). He has downed 14 of his 20 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line. . . . USC has intercepted a pass in 14 straight games. . . . Three-yard TD run by Cal QB Aaron Rodgers last week is the only rushing TD the Trojans have allowed all season. It's also the only first-quarter touchdown allowed by the Trojans this year. . . . USC's defense has scored four TDs this year. . . . Trojans have scored at least 30 points in 11 of last 12 games. SC is outscoring its opponents by an average of 16.5 points this year. Troy has a 41-10 first-quarter scoring advantage. . . . USC has a QB sack advantage of 16-6 through four games.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams and OSU's James Newson have longest current reception streaks in the Pac-10 at 29 games and counting. . . . Huskies have rushed for 396 yards over the last two weeks and are averaging 149.5 yards on ground for the season. UW got 165 yards last week vs. Stanford team that entered the game leading the nation in rushing defense. . . . DT Terry Johnson ranks second in league in both QB sacks (5) and tackles for loss (10). . . . Washington has allowed only 99 total yards and no points in the fourth quarter in four games this year. Huskies are outscoring opponents 79-20 in the second half, including 27-0 in the fourth quarter.
WASHINGTON STATE: Hot-starting Cougars are outscoring opponents 55-8 in the first quarter. . . . WSU leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +14 (runnerup USC is +6). Cougs have intercepted 13 passes, including seven at Oregon last week, and have been picked off just three times in five games. . . . PK Drew Dunning leads the league in scoring (12.0), kick-scoring and field goals. He is good on 15-of-17 field goals on the season. . . . WSU has blocked six kicks in five games this year--two field goals, two PATs and two punts. . . . Cougar defense has allowed just 76 yards rushing the last two games. WSU has allowed just two rushing TDs all year. . . . WSU record is 24-6 in the last three seasons (since the start of 2001 season). . . . WSU has won nine of its last 10 Pac-10 road games with upset win at Oregon last week. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 20 (-112). WSU has at least one sack in 22 straight games.
CHECKING OUT WIDE RECEIVERS NAMED WILLIAMS:
No. Yds. Avg. TD
Reggie Williams, WASH 28 415 14.8 4 Demetrius Williams, ORE 27 508 18.8 6 Mike Williams, USC 27 394 14.6 4