This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 7, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Nine Pac-10 teams tee it up in non-conference action this week. OREGON STATE gets an early start with a Friday (9/10) night game at Boise State (ESPN). On Sat., Sep. 11, the Pac-10 plays host to Utah at ARIZONA, New Mexico State at CALIFORNIA, Indiana at OREGON, BYU at STANFORD, Colorado State at USC (ABC) and Colorado at WASHINGTON STATE played at Seattle (ABC). Hitting the road for Big Ten territory are ARIZONA STATE at Northwestern (ESPN2) and UCLA at Illinois (ABC). Washington has an open date. Here is a look at this week's schedule (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game - Fri., Sep. 10 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting31/29 Oregon State (0-1) Bronco Stadium (30,000) 8:00 MDT Oregon St. leads 3-029/26 Boise State (1-0) Boise, ID ESPN Oregon St. 26-24 (2003)
Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 11 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting--/t45 Arizona State (1-0) Ryan Field (47,130) 11:00 CDT ASU leads 2-0--/-- Northwestern (0-1) Evanston, IL ESPN2 ASU 56-14 (1978)--/-- UCLA (0-1) Memorial Stadium (69,249) 11:00 CDT Series tied 5-5--/-- Illinois (1-0) Champaign, IL ABC UCLA 6-3 (2003)
--/-- Colorado (1-0) Qwest Field (67,000) 12:30 PDT Colorado leads 3-234/32 Washington State (1-0) Seattle, WA ABC WSU 47-26 (2003)
--/-- New Mexico State (0-1) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 3:30 PDT California leads 1-012/13 California (1-0) Berkeley, CA KRON California 34-13 (2002)
--/-- Indiana (1-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 3:30 PDT Oregon leads 2-024/25 Oregon (0-0) Eugene, OR OSN Oregon 29-21 (1964)
Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 11 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting--/-- Colorado State (0-1) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 5:00 PDT First meeting1/1 USC (1-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC
17/16 Utah (1-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Utah leads 17-15-2--/t45 Arizona (1-0) Tucson, AZ Arizona 23-17 (2002)
--/35 BYU (1-0) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 7:00 PDT Stanford leads 1-0t42/-- Stanford (1-0) Stanford, CA KRON/ Stanford 18-14 (2003) CSTV
--/-- Washington (0-1) - open date - next game Sep. 18 vs. UCLA
LAST WEEK: Arizona State 41, UTEP 9 Stanford 43, San Jose State 3 Washington State 21, New Mexico 17 Oklahoma State 31, UCLA 20 California 56, Air Force 14 LSU 22, Oregon State 21 (OT) Arizona 21, Northern Arizona 3 Fresno State 35, Washington 16
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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. 16. 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 (PDT/MST) Call Schedule 10:00 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 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 Stoops - Arizona 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 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 EDT) beginning Sep. 8 and running through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 8 through Dec. 1 Time: 11:30 a.m.-12:00 noon PT/MT (2:30 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Fri., Sep. 107:00 PDT/MST Oregon State at Boise State ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 119:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at Northwestern ESPN2 (national)9:00 PDT/MST UCLA at Illinois ABC (split national - 64% of nation)12:30 PDT/MST Colorado at Washington State ABC (regional - 35% of nation)3:30 PDT/MST New Mexico State at California KRON (local)3:30 PDT/MST Indiana at Oregon Oregon Sports Network (local)5:00 PDT/MST Colorado State at USC ABC (regional - 34% of nation)7:00 PDT/MST BYU at Stanford KRON (local) & CSTV
Thu., Sep. 164:45 PDT/MST California at Southern Mississippi ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 1812:30 PST/MDT Oregon at Oklahoma ABC (regional)1:00 PDT/MST Wisconsin at Arizona FSN (national)4:00 PDT/MST UCLA at Washington ABC (regional)7:00 PDT/MST USC at BYU ESPN (national)
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls, with a total of eight Conference teams receiving votes. Only the Pac-10, ACC and SEC have that many 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 (1-0) 1 1 California (1-0) 12 13 Oregon (0-0) 24 25 Oregon State (0-1) 31 29 Washington State (1-0) 34 32 Stanford (1-0) t42 -- Arizona (1-0) -- t45 Arizona State (1-0) -- t45
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has recorded a 6-3 mark (.667) in the early going of the season.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 10 games - USC Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 15 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
2004 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 4 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ Kyle Basler, P, WSU
SERIES NOTES FOR THIS WEEK'S GAMES:
OREGON STATE (0-1) at BOISE STATE (1-0) - Thu., Sep. 10 - 8:00 MDT/7:00 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Boise State have met three times with the Beavers winning all three. One of those wins came in OSU's only previous visit to Boise in 1989. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Boise State met early in the year at Corvallis with the Beavers holding on to take a 26-24 decision. It snapped Boise State's 13-game winning streak and would prove to be the only loss the Broncos would suffer on the way to a 12-1 season. The Beavers put up 562 yards total offense with QB Derek Anderson passing for 408 yards. Ryan Dinwiddie passed for 334 yards for Boise State.
ARIZONA STATE (1-0) at NORTHWESTERN (0-1) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 11:00 CDT/9:00 MST/PDT - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Northwestern have met just twice with the Sun Devils winning both games by a combined score of 91-17. ASU won 35-3 at Tempe in 1977, and 56-14 at Evanston in 1978, the last game in the short series. . . . Last Meeting: In Arizona State's only previous visit to Northwestern in 1978, the Sun Devils jumped out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back in rolling to a 56-14 victory. The numbers told the story as ASU dominated the Wildcats in first downs (32-10), rushing yards (350-41) and total offense (566-233). Sun Devil QB Mark Malone accounted for four touchdowns, two rushing and two passing.
UCLA (0-1) at ILLINOIS (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 11:00 CDT/9:00 PDT - ABC split-national telecast - The Series: UCLA and Illinois have met 10 times and are even at 5-5. The Bruins have won the last three meetings with the most recent Illini victory coming in 1964 at Champaign (26-7). Illinois has won three of four played at Champaign with the only Bruin road victory coming in 1958 (18-14). UCLA has won the last two meetings by the same unlikely score of 6-3. The very first game in the series was in the Rose Bowl in the first game of the Pac-10-Big Ten agreement to meet in the game every year (1946 season/1947 Rose Bowl). Illinois prevailed 45-14. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Illinois met early in the season at the Rose Bowl and the Bruins out-field goaled the Illini 6-3. It was the 500th win in UCLA history and the first for new head coach Karl Dorrell. Needless to say, the defenses dominated. UCLA's defense allowed just 16 first downs, 67 yards rushing, 283 yards total offense and picked off three passes. The Illini defense was just as sturdy, allowing the Bruins just 12 first downs, 94 yards passing and 204 yards total offense. UCLA RB Manuel White had the only offensive stats worth noting with 102 yards rushing. . . . Coaching Note: Illinois coach Ron Turner, a California native, knows the Pac-10 well as a former offensive coordinator at both USC and Stanford, plus a stint as an assistant at Arizona.
COLORADO(1-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-0) at Qwest Field, Seattle - Sat., Sep. 11 - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Washington State and Colorado have met five times with the Buffs leading the series 3-2. WSU won 47-26 at Colorado last year to snap a three-game CU win streak in the series. Four of the previous games have been at Boulder with the only game in the state of Washington coming at Spokane in 1982, with Colorado winning 12-0. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Colorado met at Boulder and the Cougars used big plays and a 24-point third quarter explosion to roll to a 47-26 win. WSU scored on pass plays covering 74 and 77 yards, a 97-yard kickoff return and a 41-yard interception return to put the 'big' in big play. The teams combined for 658 yards passing (CU 348, WSU 310). The Cougars forced five Buff turnovers, including three interceptions.
NEW MEXICO STATE (0-1) at CALIFORNIA (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 3:30 PDT - KRON local telecast - The Series: California and New Mexico State have met just once with the Golden Bears prevailing 34-13 at Berkeley in 2002. . . . Last Meeting: California and New Mexico State met at Berkeley early in the 2002 season with the Golden Bears winning 34-13. New Mexico State actually outgained Cal 330-300, but the Bears took advantage of a couple of fumble recoveries, a blocked punt and five QB sacks to keep the Aggies at bay. . . . Return to Memorial Stadium: New Mexico State defensive backs coach Richard Rodgers played at California from 1980-83 and was a key participant in 'The Play,' the five-lateral kickoff return for a touchdown to beat Stanford that ranks as one of the most famous plays in football history.
INDIANA (1-0) at OREGON (0-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 3:30 PDT - Oregon Sports Network - The Series: Oregon and Indiana have met just twice with the Ducks taking both contests. It's been awhile as Oregon won 28-22 at Portland in 1963, and 29-21 at Eugene in 1964. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Indiana met late in the season at Eugene in 1964 with Ducks of coach Len Casanova and quarterback Bob Berry taking a 29-21 win.
COLORADO STATE (0-1) at USC (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: First meeting.
UTAH (1-0) at ARIZONA (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Utah have met 34 times dating to 1924 with the Utes holding a slim 17-15-2 series edge. Arizona has won the last two and eight of the last nine. In 17 games at Tucson, the Wildcats lead 8-7-2 and have won seven in a row. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and Utah met early in the 2002 season at Tucson with the Wildcats taking a hard-fought 23-17 win. UA QB Jason Johnson passed for 416 yards, but it was the Wildcat defense that made the difference. Utah was ranked second in the nation in rushing at 334 yards per game entering the contest, but Arizona's defense limited the Utes to 32 yards rushing, 204 yards total offense and just 11 first downs. Still, it took a fourth-down stand at the Cats' three-yard line with time running out to preserve the Arizona victory.
BYU (1-0) at STANFORD (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 11 - 7:00 PDT - KRON local telecast and CSTV - The Series: BYU and Stanford have met just once with the Cardinal winning 18-14 at Provo last year. . . . Last Year: Stanford and BYU met early in the season at Provo with the Cardinal leaving town with a tight 18-14 victory. Freshman Trent Edwards made his first start at QB for Stanford and could muster just 56 yards passing, fewest passing yards in a game ever for the Card. However, he turned a bootleg play late in the game into a 14-yard touchdown run to give Stanford the victory. RB Kenneth Tolon was the workhorse for Stanford with 32 carries for a career-high 141 yards and a touchdown. The Stanford defense allowed BYU 310 yards through the air, but limited the Cougars to minus-five yards rushing and forced five turnovers.
ARIZONA: CB Antoine Cason is a true freshman who made his first start in the Wildcats' 21-3 season-opening win against Northern Arizona. Cason registered a game-high 13 tackles, 12 unassisted, including a tackle for loss, forced two fumbles and intercepted a pass in his debut and was rewarded by being named Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week. . . . In game against NAU, TB Mike Bell, the leading returning rusher in the Pac-10, played the role of workhorse with a career-high 31 carries, good for 118 yards and two TDs. . . . Arizona's first eight opponents participated in postseason play last year.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils, with three of first four at home, make their only September road trip this week to Northwestern. . . . Game at Northwestern this week is Dirk Koetter's 75th as a college head coach. Koetter has posted a mark of 44-30 (.595) in seven seasons at ASU and Boise State. . . . WR Derek Hagen pulled in 8 receptions for 118 yards (14.9) and one TD in Sun Devil's season-opening win against UTEP. It was Hagen's fourth straight 100-yard receiving game dating back to last year. . . . ASU intercepted three UTEP passes in the second quarter to take control of the game. Two of the picks were by S Emmanuel Franklin, with one returned 48 yards for a TD.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have four of first five on the road with the only exception this week's home game against New Mexico State. Cal won't play again at Berkeley until Oct. 16 (UCLA). . . . California's season tickets have doubled to a record 32,000 since coach Jeff Tedford's first season in 2002. . . . The Bears debuted all-white road uniforms at Air Force last week. They dub themselves the 'Polar Bears' in the all-whites. . . . In 56-14 win at Air Force, Tedford was particularly pleased that the offensive unit had no turnovers or penalties in the season-opening game. . . . Bears return 13 of top 14 tacklers from last season. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers has nine TD passes and just one interception in his last four games.
OREGON: Ducks become last Pac-10 to see action with opener this week against Indiana. . . . PK Jared Siegel enters the season with a string of 91 consecutive PATs made. The Pac-10 career record is 108 by UCLA's John Lee (1983-85). Siegel also is just eight points away from becoming Oregon's all-time leading scorer. . . . Coach Mike Bellotti is just four wins shy of 100 career victories. . . Oregon has set a record for football season ticket sales for the seventh year in a row. The Ducks averaged 57,701 last year and are riding a string of 30 consecutive home sellouts. . . . QB Kellen Clemens threw 18 TD passes last year to break the UO record for a sophomore, which had been held by Dan Fouts. Clemens shared the QB job (with departed Jason Fife) for much of last season before finally taking over sole possession of the job late in the year. He capped the season by passing for 363 yards against Minnesota in the Sun Bowl. 'I thought the last third of the seasons he (Clemens) was as good as any quarterback in our Conference,' said Bellotti. . . . DE Devan Long is the leading returning quarterback sack artist in the Pac-10. He posted 11.5 last season.
OREGON STATE: Mike Riley has been named head coach of the West squad for the 80th annual East-West Shrine Game to be played Jan. 15, 2005, at SBC Park in San Francisco. . . . This week's opponent, Boise State, boasts the longest current winning streak in the nation with 12 straight victories. The Broncos' last defeat was to Oregon State last season, a narrow 26-24 Beaver win at Corvallis, which snapped a 13-game win streak by Boise. Boise State also has the longest current home winning streak in the nation at 19 straight games. . . . DE Bill Swancutt posted 17.5 tackles for loss last season, most among returning players in the Pac-10. He picked up two tackles for loss in OSU opener at LSU.
STANFORD: Cardinal is in second game of a four-game homestand to open the season. . . . Although Stanford has an extremely young offensive line with four sophomores and one junior starting, unit allowed just one QB sack in opener vs. San Jose State. . . . In opener vs. San Jose State, Stanford offense had no turnovers and scored on every red-zone opportunity (4-4). . . . FL Evan Moore, who puts his 6-foot-7 frame to good use for the Stanford basketball team, also impressed on the football field with two TD receptions in the Cardinal opener.
UCLA: WR Tab Perry has regained academic eligibility and should team with 1,000-yard WR Craig Bragg to form a dynamic one-two combination at wideout for the Bruins. Bragg has longest current consecutive game receiving string in the Pac-10 with 37 games and counting. . . . A bright spot in Oklahoma State opener was the fact the offensive line allowed no QB sacks. The Bruins allowed a league-high 51 sacks a year ago. . . . Also against Oklahoma State, RB Manuel White averaged 7.2 yards per carry while going for a career-high 145 yards rushing.
USC: Trojans have the longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 10 straight victories. That's the second-longest current active winning streak in the nation (Boise State 12). Troy has won 21 of its last 22 games. . . . SC also has won 15 consecutive home games. That's longest Coliseum win streak since getting 19 in a row from 1931-33. . . . TB Reggie Bush, nicknamed 'The President' by his teammates, tied a USC single-game record with three touchdown receptions in the Trojans' 24-13 win against Virginia Tech in the BCA Football Classic. He is the first SC running back to have three TD receptions in a game. Bush accounted for 258 all-purpose yards vs. the Hokies (127 receiving, 27 rushing, 60 punt returns, 44 kickoff returns) and earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors. . . . MLB Lofa Tatupu had an interception against Virginia Tech, meaning USC has intercepted at least one pass in 23 of its last 24 games. . . . Only one opposing rusher (Cal's Adimchinobe Echemandu in 2003) has rushed for 100 yards against USC in the past 26 games).
WASHINGTON: Husky defense showed promise in season opener vs. Fresno State. UW allowed Bulldogs just 11 first downs and 262 yards total offense and racked up a pair of QB sacks. . . . Huskies have the week off to prepare for the first Pac-10 Conference game of 2004 when UCLA comes calling at Husky Stadium on Sep. 18. . . . Washington has gone 27 seasons without a losing season. Only Nebraska and Michigan have longer such streaks going. . . . Huskies also have a string of 15 straight seasons of going .500 or better in the Pac-10, far and away the longest such streak in the league.
WASHINGTON STATE: P Kyle Basler earned Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors for keeping New Mexico at bay with a 47.0 yard punting average in Cougars' opening win. Basler's net was an outstanding 44.0 yards per boot. . . . CB Alex Teems, making his first start, made a big impression in opening win at New Mexico as he picked off two passes and forced a key fourth-quarter fumble that WSU recovered. . . . The 30 wins the Cougars have amassed over three straight 10-win seasons are the most of any Pac-10 team over that span.
IN QUOTES: Washington played a rare Sunday game when it met Fresno State last week. Husky coach Keith Gilbertson, a former NFL assistant, when asked about preparing for a Sunday game: 'It's a little like playing in the NFL, except the players don't have a union.'
GO FOR THE GOLD: Nothing to do with football, but current and former Pac-10 athletes accounted for 16 gold and 45 overall medals in the recently concluded Olympic Games at Athens. Only four nations had more gold medals than the Pac-10 total (USA, Russia, China and Australia).
PAC-10 BOWL GAME ARRANGEMENTS: The Pac-10 has contractual arrangements to send seven teams to post-season bowl games. The Rose Bowl will feature its traditional Pac-10 vs. Big Ten matchup, unless the Pac-10 or Big Ten champ is rated No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS rankings, in which case it would play in the BCS National Championship Game at the FedEx Orange Bowl. The seven bowl tie-ins are the most the Conference has ever had in place at one time.
*Note: If ranked No. 1 or 2 in the final BCS rankings, Pac-10 Champion to the BCS National Championship Game at the FedEx Orange Bowl on Tue., Jan. 4, 2005.