This Week In Pac-10 Football
THREE GAMES LEFT: One final regular season game remains as OREGON STATE is at USC (ABC) in a nationally televised contest. Here is a look at the final game of the regular season (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
--/-- OREGON STATE (7-4) vs. 2/2 USC (10-1)
L.A. Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
1:30 PST, ABC
USC leads the series 55-8-4
Last meeting: USC 22-0
OREGON STATE (7-4) at USC (10-1) - Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 67 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 55-8-4 count. In 44 games at Los Angeles, USC leads 38-3-3. Since 1968, the Trojans lead 28-1 with the Beavers' only win coming in 2000 at Corvallis (31-21). USC has won 19 straight at home with the last OSU victory in Los Angeles coming in 1960 (14-0). . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon State, both ranked in the Top 25, opened Conference play at Los Angeles and the Trojans ran their L.A. Coliseum win streak over the Beavers to 19 straight with a 22-0 shutout. USC QB Carson Palmer hit WR Mike Williams with a pair of TD passes, but it was the Trojan defense that was the story as it pitched a shutout at a Beaver team that ranked second in the nation in both scoring and total offense entering the game. USC limited OSU to just eight first downs and 131 yards total offense (51 rushing, 80 passing). Trojan DE Omar Nazel earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors as he had four tackles for losses, including two QB sacks, and forced a fumble. Linemate DT Mike Patterson also had two QB sacks. . . . Coaching Note: Oregon State head coach Mike Riley served as offensive coordinator at USC for four years from 1993-96.
Arizona State 28, Arizona 7
Notre Dame 57, Stanford 7
TROJANS CLINCH CROWN: With just this week's Conference game against Oregon State still to play, USC has clinched at least a Pac-10 co-championship and the league's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series and resultant trip to either the Rose Bowl or Nokia Sugar Bowl.
PAC-10 BOWL GAME ARRANGEMENTS:
Bowl Pac-10 Team Opponent Date Site TVRose Champion Big 10 Champion Thu., Jan. 1 Pasadena ABCPacific LifeHoliday Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Tue., Dec. 30 San Diego ESPNWells FargoSun Pac-10 #3 Big Ten Wed., Dec. 31 El Paso CBSInsight Pac-10 #4 Big East Fri., Dec. 26 Phoenix ESPNLas Vegas Pac-10 #5 Mountain West Wed., Dec. 24 Las Vegas ESPNSilicon Valley Pac-10 #6 WAC Tue., Dec. 30 San Jose ESPN2
Note: BCS National Championship Game - Sun, Dec. 4 at the Nokia Sugar Bowl (ABC)
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information can be found online by accessing www.pac-10.org
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 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 (10-1) 2 2 Washington State (9-3) 15 14 Oregon (8-4) t32 35
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, STANNov. 8 Michael Bell, HB, ARIZ Erik Coleman, FS, WSU Erik Coleman, FS, WSUNov. 15 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Will Poole, CB, USC Kenny Washington, KR, ORENov. 22 Geoff McArthur, WR, CAL Evan Benjamin, SS, WASH Reggie Bush, KR, USC
Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With the regular season completed, Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 25-15 (.625) 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.
HOME/ROAD: In 39 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 27-12 (.692) advantage.
OREGON STATE: An upset win in season finale at No. 2-ranked USC would vault the Beavers into a third place tie in the Conference standings. Win or lose, OSU is assured of its fourth bowl trip in the last five years. . . . Former walk-on WR Mike Hass is averaging 23.9 yards on his 30 receptions this season. . . . Fellow WR James Newson currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in receiving yards at 114.5 yards per game. He has at least one reception in 35 straight contests. With 68 receptions this year, Newson is just 10 behind the OSU single-season record of 78 (Dave Montagne, 1986). . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi has made 11 straight field goals (and 35 out of 39 in his career). . . . TB Steven Jackson ranks 10th in the nation in rushing (121.3 yards per game) and leads the Pac-10 by almost 25 yards per game over runnerup Adimchinobe Echemandu of Cal (96.8). . . . With 3,251 yards passing this season, QB Derek Anderson needs just 63 more yards to eclipse his own school single-season passing record of 3,313 yards set last year. . . . Beavs lead the Pac-10 in both red zone offense and red zone defense.
USC: Win against UCLA clinched the Pac-10 berth in the Bowl Championship Series for the Trojans and at least a Pac-10 co-championship. Win in season finale against Oregon State gives SC the title outright. It's the first time since 1988-89 that the Trojans have won back-to-back Conference crowns. . . . USC has scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games and leads the Pac-10 at 41.3 points per game, almost 10 points a game more than second place Oregon State (31.8). The Trojans rank fifth in the nation in scoring. . . . WR Mike Williams is red hot with 22 receptions for 338 yards and five TDs in his last two games. That despite not playing in the second half vs. UCLA. He leads the Pac-10 with 14 TD receptions and the sophomore is already USC's career TD reception leader with 28 in 24 games. . . . Soph QB Matt Leinart leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.5. That is due mainly to a 30-to-7 TD-interception ratio. He has a streak going of 197 consecutive passes without an interception, just one shy of the Pac-10 season record of 198 (Cory Paus, UCLA, 2001) and well within range of the Pac-10 career record of 216 by USC's Brad Otton (1994-95).
FOOTBALL WRITERS NAME ALL-AMERICA SQUAD: Four Pac-10 players, three from USC, were named to the Football Writers Association of America All-America team--DE Dave Ball , UCLA; OT Jacob Rogers , USC; DE Kenechi Udeze , USC; WR Mike Williams , USC. Only Oklahoma, with a record six selections, had more players named to the team than the trio from USC.
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