This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: Four Conference games make up the Pac-10 slate this week. League action finds UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE (ABC), ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, CALIFORNIA at OREGON (TBS) and WASHINGTON at ARIZONA. USC and OREGON STATE have open dates. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 8 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
--/-- ARIZONA STATE (4-5) vs. --/-- STANFORD (3-4)
Stanford Stadium (85,500), Stanford, CA
2:00 PST/ 3:00 MST
ASU leads the series 12-7
Last meeting: ASU 65-24 (2002)
33/-- WASHINGTON (5-4) vs. --/-- ARIZONA (1-8)
Arizona Stadium (56,002), Tucson, AZ
4:00 MST/ 3:00 PST
UW leads the seriew 14-4-1
Last meeting: UW 32-28 (2002)
--/-- UCLA (6-3) vs. 12/13 WASHINGTON STATE (7-2)
Martin Stadium (37, 600), Pullman, WA
4:00 PST, ABC
UCLA leads the series 34-14-1
Last meeting: WSU 48-27 (2002)
--/-- CALIFORNIA vs. --/-- OREGON (5-4)
Autzen Stadium (54,000), Eugene, OR
7:00 PST, TBS
Cal leads the series 35-28-2
Last meeting: Oregon 48-7 (2001)
31/t37 OREGON STATE (6-3) - open date - next game Nov. 15 vs. Stanford at Corvallis
2/2 USC (8-1) - open date - next game Nov. 15 at Arizona
Stanford 21, UCLA 14
California 51, Arizona State 23
Oregon State 52, Arizona 23
USC 43, Washington State 16
Washington 42, Oregon 10
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. PST/11:00 a.m. MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/4:00 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 (PST) Call Schedule 10:00 a.m. Mike Hankwitz - 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
PAC-10 MEN'S BASKETBALL MEDIA DAY: Thur., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Contacts: Dave Hirsch or Morgan Berman - 925-932-4411
2003 BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Date Offense Defense Special TeamsAug. 30 A. 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 A. Echemandu, TB, CAL Brandon Browner, CB, OSU Jeremy Bohannon, FS, WSUOct. 4 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Dave Ball, DE, UCLA Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 11 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Kenechi Udeze, DE, USC Chris Kluwe, P, UCLAOct. 18 Charles Frederick, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLAOct. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Aaron Gipson, DB, ORENov. 1 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Michael Craven, OLB, STAN Luke Powell, PR, STAN
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 8:
ARIZONA STATE (4-5) at STANFORD (3-4) - 2:00 PST/3:00 MST - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 19 times with the Sun Devils holding a 12-7 series advantage. The Sun Devils won last year to snap a three-game Cardinal winning streak. ASU leads 5-4 in games played at Stanford Stadium, although the Cardinal has taken the last two in Palo Alto. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Stanford opened Conference play at Tempe and the Sun Devils put up 28 first quarter points on the way to a 65-24 win. The 65 points are the most ever scored by ASU in a Pac-10 game. Sun Devil QB Andrew Walter, making his first start of the season, lit it up by completing 22 of 37 passes (.595) for 414 yards and five TDs. TB Cornell Canidate scored four touchdowns, three rushing and one receiving, for ASU. The Sun Devil defense did its part by forcing seven Stanford turnovers. A bright spot for the Cardinal was a running game that produced 239 yards.
WASHINGTON (5-4) at ARIZONA (1-8) - 4:00 MST/3:00 PST - The Series: Washington and Arizona have met 19 times with the Huskies dominating the series by a 14-4-1 count. Washington has won the last four games, but three of the four have been fourth-quarter come-from-behind jobs. The last five games in the series have been decided by a combined 21 points with the largest margin of victory being eight points. Washington leads 5-2-1 in games played in Tucson and the Huskies have won the last three meetings at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: An 80-yard TD strike from QB Cody Pickett to WR Reggie Williams with 2:03 left in the game gave Washington a dramatic 32-28 win. It was the third Pickett-to-Williams touchdown connection of the game. Pickett finished the game with 25 of 35 (.714) for 345 yards, three TDs and no interceptions. Williams was on the receiving end of eight passes for 184 yards (23.0) and the three scores. Arizona actually outgained Washington 467-427 and Wildcat QB Jason Johnson threw for 443 yards and three TDs. And while the Husky defense gave up the high passing totals, it allowed only 23 yards rushing and posted five QB sacks.
UCLA (6-3) at WASHINGTON STATE (7-2) - 4:00 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: 50th meeting between UCLA and Washington State in a series that dates to 1928. The Bruins hold a 34-14-1 series lead, but the Cougars have won the last two. UCLA leads 14-7-1 on the road against WSU, but the Cougs have won the last three at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington State and UCLA ended the regular season at the Rose Bowl and Washington State, with a berth in THE Rose Bowl on the line, came away with a convincing 48-27 victory, which gave the Cougs a Pac-10 co-championship. WSU showed a balanced attack with 220 yards rushing and 321 passing for 541 yards total offense. QB Jason Gesser tossed two TD passes and RB Jermaine Green rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries, capped by an 80-yard touchdown jaunt. The opposing free safties each returned an interception for a TD--Ben Emanuel II for UCLA and Erik Coleman for WSU.
CALIFORNIA (5-5) at OREGON (5-4) - 7:00 PST - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: California and Oregon have met 65 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 35-28-2. The Ducks, however, have dominated in recent years and have won the last six meetings, with the last Cal win coming in 1993 (42-41). Oregon holds a slim 14-12 advantage at home against Cal and has won five straight against the Bears at Autzen Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and California last met in 2001 at Berkeley with the Ducks extending their record to 6-0 with a 48-7 romp against the Bears. Oregon was hitting on all cylinders. The Ducks rushed for 257 yards and QB Joey Harrington passed for two TDs and ran for another. The UO defense limited Cal to 322 yards and forced five turnovers. . . . Coaching Ties: California coach Jeff Tedford served as Mike Bellotti's offensive coordinator at Oregon from 1998-2001 before taking over the Golden Bears last season.
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Nov. 84:00 PST/5:00 MST UCLA at Washington State ABC (regional - 15% of nation)7:00 PST/8:00 MST California at Oregon TBS Superstation (national)
Sat., Nov. 1512:30 PST/1:30 MST TBA ABC (regional)4:00 PST/5:00 MST USC at Arizona TBS Superstation (national)
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just one regular-season non-conference games remaining (Notre Dame at Stanford, Nov. 29), Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 25-14 (.641) against outside foes. Eight of the 14 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, with the Conference having a winning mark against the ACC, Big Ten and SEC among BCS leagues.
Longest overall winning streak - 5 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 13 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - USC
ARIZONA: Bright spot for Arizona has been TB Michael Bell, who has back-to-back 100-yard rushing games and has averaged 126.7 yards rushing the last three games. . . . Arizona offensive line has allowed just 15 QB sacks, second-fewest in Pac-10. Cats have give up just three sacks in last four games, going clean in two of those games. . . . Schedule has not been kind to Arizona as six of eight losses have come to teams that have been ranked in top 25 at some point in the season. . . . Only USC (4.7) and Cal (4.0) have a better rushing average than Arizona's 3.8 per carry.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils need to win two of remaining three to get bowl eligible. . . Freshman TB Loren Wade has posted three straight 100-yard running games and is averaging 107 yards a game over the last four contests. Plus he has rushed for a TD in each of the last five games. . . . Sun Devils have No. 2 kickoff returner in Pac-10 in Daryl Lightfoot (25.1) and No. 2 punt returner in Josh Golden (11.9). Plus the Devils rank third in league in both net punting and kickoff coverage. . . . ASU is only team in the league with two players averaging eight tackles or more per game. FS Jason Shivers is second in Pac-10 with 10.0 stops per game; S Riccardo Stewart is fifth at 8.1.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears need to win two of final three to earn bowl game eligibility. Cal looking for its first post-season appearance since 1996. . . . With 128 yards in win against Arizona State, TB Adimchinobe Echemandu joined Oregon State TB Steven Jackson as 1,000-yard rushers in 2003. Echemandu sits at 1,009 yards with three regular-season games remaining. He has gone for 329 yards rushing the last two weeks. . . . Echemandu's backup, J.J. Arrington has averaged 8.0 yards per rush in running for 144 yards and three TDs the last two weeks. . . . As a team, Bears have rushed for 559 yards in last two games and now rank second in the league in rushing offense (behind USC) at 155.9 yards per game. . . . Also over the 1,000-yard mark is WR Geoff McArthur with 1,037 receiving yards. He is first Pac-10 receiver over 1,000 this year. . . . Cal won last two games by a combined 93-37. . . . Bears scored on eight straight possessions in win at ASU last week.
OREGON: Ducks look to finish strong with two of last three games at friendly Autzen Stadium. . . . QB duo of Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife has Ducks standing third in league in passing efficiency (132.4) and a .561 completion percentage. . . . On the receiving end, WRs Demetrius Williams (87.2) and Samie Parker (80.1) make Oregon the only team other than USC (Mike Williams and Keary Colbert) to have two receivers averaging better than 80 yards per game. . . . LB Kevin Mitchell ranks fourth in the Pac-10 in tackles and his 76 stops are 25 more than any other teammate.
OREGON STATE: DT Bill Swancutt has had 5.5 tackles for loss in last two games. He has had a tackle for loss in 19 of his last 22 games and has 13 to date this season. . . . With a career-long 54-yard field goal against Arizona last week, PK Kirk Yliniemi is now perfect on five kicks of 50 or more yards in his career. He is almost perfect from anywhere as he has made 31-of-35 career field goal attempts. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen has 14 career interceptions, one shy of the OSU career record of 15 by Dan Espalin (1962-64). Meeuwsen currently leads the Pac-10 with six picks. . . . Pac-10 rushing leader TB Steven Jackson has more rushing yards (1,118) than five Conference teams. . . . SE James Newson has moved into a tie for first on OSU's career TD receptions list. Newson has 19, which ties him with Vern Burke (1962-63).
STANFORD: With three victories in the books, Cardinal has surpassed last year's win total. . . . Stanford snapped UCLA's five-game winning streak with 21-14 home win. . . . Cardinal has four of five final games at Stanford Stadium. . . . Stanford run defense is giving up an even 100 yards per game, a substantial improvement over last year's figure of 133 yards per game. . . . FS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the league in the somewhat obscure category of fumbles recovered. Atogwe has picked up four loose balls, plus he has forced three fumbles. . . . Luke Powell's 90-yard punt return for a TD vs. UCLA last week was second-longest return in Stanford history. . . . Stanford had eight QB sacks vs. UCLA after entering the game with just 11 in previous six games.
UCLA: Loss at Stanford snapped a five-game winning streak and cost Bruins a chance to stand alone atop the Conference standings. However, UCLA still has games remaining with the two teams it is tied with--Washington State and USC--with both games on the road, starting this week in Pullman. . . . Bruins have won 16 of last 28 games versus ranked opponents. . . . True freshman TB Maurice Drew has rushed for 241 yards and three TDs over the last two games. . . . DE Dave Ball holds down his spot atop the Pac-10 stat rankings in QB sacks (12.5) and tackles for loss (16.5). Ball needs just one more sack to break the school season record of 13 by Carnell Lake (1987). He has at least one sack in 15 of his last 20 games. . . . UCLA has allowed just three second-half touchdowns in it last five games. . . . Bruin defense has limited last two opponents to 253 and 206 yards total offense and a combined 223 yards passing.
USC: 8-1 start for SC is Trojans' best since 1988. . . . Trojans have won 16 of last 17 games and are 8-0 in November games since coach Pete Carroll's arrival. . . . With win against No. 6 Washington State, USC has won its last four games against teams ranked in the top 10. . . . Trojans have scored more than 40 points in their last four games and more than 30 in their last eight. Troy has averaged better than 500 yards total offense in last four games and sits atop the Pac-10 stats in scoring offense (40.2), total offense (443.2), rushing offense (167.3) and pass efficiency (154.2). . . . In last five games--all wins--average score has been 42-18. . . . QB Matt Leinart continues his near-flawless play. In last five games he has passed for 1,442 yards and 16 TDs with just one interception. He has a string of 138 consecutive passes without and interception, just nine shy of the school record of 147 set by Carson Palmer last year. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in both QB sacks with 35 and fewest sacks allowed--just 11 in nine games. . . . TB trio of Hershel Dennis, Reggie Bush and LenDale White has combined for 1,459 yards rushing and 16 TDs, while averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
WASHINGTON: Huskies have two of last three on road starting this week at Arizona. . . . WR Reggie Williams continues to carry the longest consecutive game reception streak among Pac-10 players. He is at 34 straight games and counting. Williams has 16 receptions the last two games and leads the Pac-10 with 65 catches. He stands sixth on the Pac-10 career receiving chart with 219 catches and has a shot at the Pac-10 record of 248 (Troy Walters, Stanford, 1996-99). . . . QB Cody Pickett has climbed into fifth place on the Pac-10 career passing chart with 9,461 yards. Only three Pac-10 players have topped 10,000 career passing yards--Carson Palmer of USC, Steve Stenstrom of Stanford and Cade McNown of UCLA. . . . Huskies lead Pac-10 in third-down conversions with a stellar success rate of 44.1%.
WASHINGTON STATE: QB Matt Kegel has passed for 596 yards the last two weeks and is averaging 280.2 yards per game. . . . WR vScott Lunde is coming into his own with a career-high 10 receptions at USC last week and 18 catches over last two games. . . . WSU has allowed a league-low five rushing TDs in nine games. . . . Cougars have outscored opponents 89-18 in the first quarter and have not allowed an offensive first-quarter touchdown in the last six games. . . . WSU has held four of last six opponents under 300 yards total offense. . . . PK Drew Dunning continues to lead the Pac-10 in field goals. He has been good on 20-of-22 attempts. . . . Loss at USC last week snapped a string of 10 straight wins against California schools. . . . CB Jason David has 15 career picks, second at WSU only to Lamont Thompson's 24 (1997-2001).
HOME/ROAD: In 25 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 16-9 (.640) advantage.
Lombardi Semifinalists: DE Dave Ball of UCLA and OLB Matt Grootegoed of USC are among the 12 semifinalists named for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman.
Butkus Semifinalists: USC OLB Matt Grootegoed also is among the 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker.
Biletnikoff Semifinalists: WRs Mike Williams of USC andReggie Williams of Washington are among the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 in the polls and a total of four Conference teams receive votes. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (8-1) 2 2 Washington State (7-2) 12 13 Oregon State (6-3) 31 t37 Washington (5-4) 33 --
A LOOK AHEAD:
Sat., Nov. 15
OREGON at UCLA, 12:30 p.m.
WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA
STANFORD at OREGON STATE
ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE
USC at ARIZONA
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