This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 13, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: The first Conference game of the year highlights this week's schedule as UCLA travels to WASHINGTON (ABC) to kick off Pac-10 festivities. CALIFORNIA gets a jump on the non-league action with a Thursday night game at Southern Mississippi (ESPN). In non-Pac-10 games on Saturday, it's Wisconsin at ARIZONA (FSN), Iowa at ARIZONA STATE, New Mexico at OREGON STATE, Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON at No. 2-ranked Oklahoma (ABC) and top-ranked USC at BYU (ESPN). STANFORD 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 - Thu., Sep. 16 Site Time/TV Series/Last Year10/10 California (2-0) M.S. Roberts Stadium (33,000) 6:45 CDT California leads 1-032/35 Southern Miss (1-0) Hattiesburg, MS ESPN California 34-2
Ranking Games - Sat., Sep. 18 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting--/-- Oregon (0-1) Memorial Stadium (81,207) 2:30 CDT Oklahoma leads 4-02/2 Oklahoma (2-0) Norman, OK ABC Oklahoma 62-7 (1975)
20/21 Wisconsin (2-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 1:00 MST Wisconsin leads 1-0--/-- Arizona (1-1) Tucson, AZ FSN Wisconsin 31-10 (2002)
--/-- New Mexico (1-1) Reser Stadium (35,362) 1:00 PDT Oregon St. leads 2-1--/-- Oregon State (0-2) Corvallis, OR Oregon St. 55-14 (2003)
--/-- Idaho (0-2) Martin Stadium (37,600) 2:00 PDT WSU leads 66-17-3--/-- Washington State (1-1) Pullman, WA WSU 25-0 (2003)
--/-- UCLA (1-1) Husky Stadium (72,500) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 33-28-2--/-- Washington (0-1) Seattle, WA ABC UCLA 46-16 (2003)
16/12 Iowa (2-0) Sun Devil Stadium (73,379) 7:00 MST Series tied 1-1--/t42 Arizona State (2-0) Tempe, AZ FSN AZ Iowa 21-2 (2003)
1/1 USC (2-0) L. Edwards Stadium (64,045) 8:00 MDT USC leads 1-0--/-- BYU (1-1) Provo, UT ESPN USC 35-18 (2003)
41/t45 Stanford (2-0) - open date - next game Sep. 15 vs. USC
Boise State 55, Oregon State 34
Stanford 37, BYU 10
Arizona State 30, Northwestern 21
Colorado 20, Washington State 12
UCLA 35, Illinois 17
Indiana 30, Oregon 24
California 41, New Mexico State 14
Utah 23, Arizona 6
USC 49, Colorado State 0
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information, as well as links to all the league's schools, can be found online by pointing your browser to www.pac-10.org
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 11:00 a.m. PDT/MST (2:00 EDT) 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: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PT/MT (2:00 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Thu., Sep. 16
4:45 PDT/MST California at Southern Mississippi ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 18
12:30 PDT/MST 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 Iowa at Arizona State Fox Sports Net Arizona
7:00 PDT/MST USC at BYU ESPN (national)
Sat., Sep. 25
12:30 PDT/MST Washington State at Arizona ABC (regional)
12:30 PDT/MST Washington at Notre Dame NBC (national)
4:00 PDT/MST USC at Stanford TBS Superstation (national)
7:00 PDT/MST Oregon State at Arizona State Fox Sports Net Arizona and NW
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the Top 10 in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (2-0) 1 1 California (2-0) 10 10 Stanford (2-0) 41 t45 Arizona State (2-0) -- t42
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has recorded a 11-7 mark (.611) in the early going of the season.
Longest overall winning streak - 11 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 16 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, WSUSep. 11 Mike Hass, SE, OSU Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU T.J. Rushing, KR, STAN
PAC-10 RECORD: It was in a losing cause at Boise State, but Oregon State SE Mike Hass surpassed a Pac-10 record that had stood for 28 years. Hass pulled in 12 receptions for a Pac-10-record 297 yards. The old mark for single-game receiving yards was 289 yards by California's Wesley Walker against San Jose State in 1976.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAME OF THU., SEP. 16:
CALIFORNIA (2-0) at SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (1-0) - 6:45 CDT/4:45 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: California and Southern Mississippi have met just once with the Golden Bears winning 34-2 at Berkeley last year. This will be Cal's first game ever played in the state of Mississippi. . . . Last Year: California and Southern Mississippi met early in the season at Berkeley with the Golden Bears winning 34-2. The Cal defense did not allow a score, limited Southern Miss to 65 yards rushing and posted seven QB sacks, led by DE Ryan Riddle with three. Bear ROV Donnie McCleskey had a game-high 14 tackles, including two QB sacks. On the offensive side, California rushed for 260 yards with TBs Adimchinobe Echemandu (127) and J.J. Arrington (114) both topping the 100-yard mark. Golden Bear QB Reggie Robertson added two touchdown passes.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 18:
OREGON (0-1) at OKLAHOMA (2-0) - 2:30 CDT/12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Oregon and Oklahoma have met four times with the Sooners taking all four. All of the games have been played at Norman. The previous four games were played between 1958 and 1975 and Oklahoma outscored Oregon 153-10 with two shutouts and only one touchdown allowed by the Sooners in the four games. . . . Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is the brother of new Arizona head coach Mike Stoops. Mike Stoops served as Oklahoma's defensive coordinator the last five years. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and defending national champion Oklahoma met early in the season on a rainy day at Norman in 1975 and the Sooners blew away the Ducks 62-7 and were off and running to a second straight national title.
WISCONSIN (2-0) at ARIZONA (1-1) - 1:00 MST/PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Wisconsin have met just once with the Badgers taking a 31-10 win at Madison in 2002. . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and Wisconsin met at Madison in 2002 and the Badgers piled up 260 yards rushing in rolling to a 31-10 victory. Wisconsin TB Anthony Davis did much of the damage with16 carries for 110 yards (6.9) and two TDs.
NEW MEXICO (1-1) at OREGON STATE (0-2) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: This game is a rematch of the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl won by Oregon State 55-14. Oregon State and New Mexico have met three times overall with the Beavers leading 2-1 having won the last two. The first two games in the series were played at Albuquerque and last year's matchup was in the Las Vegas Bowl, so this marks the Lobos' first trip to Corvallis. . . . And while it may be New Mexico's first venture to Corvallis, it marks a return for Lobos' head coach Rocky Long, who served OSU's defensive coordinator from 1991-95. Long also was defensive coordinator at UCLA (1996-67) before taking over as head coach at New Mexico. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and New Mexico met in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Beavers dominated in a 55-14 win in Mike Riley's bowl game debut as a head coach. The OSU defense allowed New Mexico only seven first downs, six yards rushing and 127 yards total offense. On the offensive side of the ball, Beaver TB Steven Jackson, a Las Vegas native, rushed for 149 yards and scored five touchdowns, four rushing one on a reception. OSU QB Derek Anderson completed 21-of-32 passes (.656) for 322 yards and two TDs.
IDAHO (0-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Washington State and Idaho is an ancient local rivalry (the campuses are eight miles apart) that has seen 86 games dating to 1894. The Cougars hold a commanding 66-17-3 series lead and have won 17 of the last 19, including the last three in a row. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Idaho opened the season at Seahawk Stadium in Seattle and the Cougars blanked the Vandals 25-0 to make Bill Doba's head coaching debut a successful one. The WSU defense pitched a shutout and the Cougars rushed for 339 yards, with RBs Jonathan Smith (160) and Chris Bruhn (118) each topping the 100-yard mark. On special teams, WSU's Cody Boyd blocked two Vandal field goal attempts.
UCLA (1-1) at WASHINGTON (0-1) - 4:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington have met 63 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins holding a slim 33-28-2 series edge. UCLA has had the best of it of late, winning the last three and six of the last seven. In 31 previous games in Seattle, the Huskies lead 18-12-1. UCLA won the most recent Husky Stadium meeting, snapping a three-game UW home winning streak in the series. . . . UCLA coach Karl Dorrell served as an assistant coach at Washington in 1999. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington met at the Rose Bowl and the Huskies scored on their first three possessions and led 16-6 at halftime. In the second half, it was all UCLA as the Bruins outscored UW 39-0 and roared to a 46-16 win. Once it settled in, the UCLA defense was dominant as it limited the Huskies to 77 yards rushing, recorded four sacks and forced four turnovers, including three interceptions. Bruin FL Craig Bragg had a big day with eight receptions for a season-high 142 yards.
IOWA (2-0) at ARIZONA STATE (2-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: First trip to Tempe for the Hawkeyes as Arizona State and Iowa have met just twice previously and have split those meetings. ASU defeated Iowa 17-7 in the 1997 Sun Bowl, and the Hawkeyes downed the Sun Devils 21-2 at Iowa City last year. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Iowa were both ranked in the Top 20 when they met at Iowa City last year. The Iowa defense had a dominant performance as the Hawkeyes downed the Sun Devils 21-2. Iowa allowed ASU just 12 first downs, 24 yards rushing and 184 yards total offense
USC (2-0) at BYU (1-1) - 8:00 MDT/7:00 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: USC and BYU have met just once before with the Trojans taking a 35-18 decision at Los Angeles last year. . . . Last Year: USC and BYU met early in the season at the L.A. Coliseum and it looked as if the No. 4-ranked Trojans would cruise as they jumped out to a 21-0 first quarter lead behind two Matt Leinart TD passes and an interception return for a score. However, the Cougars closed to within 21-18 in the fourth quarter before SC pulled away with a third Leinart TD pass and another score to win 35-18. BYU had 313 aerial yards, but the Trojan defense limited the Cougars to 46 yards rushing, posted six sacks and forced five turnovers, including three interceptions. MLB Lofa Tatupu had a game-high 11 tackles for the Trojans. The BYU defense hung in as well, limiting USC to 71 yards rushing and picking off three Leinart passes. BYU TE Daniel Coats had a big day with eight receptions for 114 yards and the Cougars only TD. There was some top-flight kicking on display. BYU PK Matt Payne connected on three field goals, including efforts of 53 and 52 yards. USC P Tom Malone earned Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors by averaging 52.0 yards per punt with five of his six punts traveling at least 50 yards.
ARIZONA: Wildcats play game three in a four-game homestand to open the season. . . . Arizona has not allowed any fourth-quarter scores and no touchdowns in the second or fourth quarters. . . . Coach Mike Stoops came to Arizona with a reputation built on the defensive side of the ball and through first two games Cats are allowing just 13 points and 303 yards per game. . . . QB Kris Heavner has completed 77.1% (37 of 48) of his passes through first two games. Heavner has spread it around to nine different receivers.
ARIZONA STATE: WR Derek Hagan has a string of five straight 100-yard receiving games dating back to last year. He has caught at least one touchdown pass in all five games. In first two outings this year, he has 16 catches for 273 yards (17.1) and three TDs. . . . Five of 12 of P Chris McDonald's punts have been downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. . . . ASU is 17-1 when leading after the third quarter under coach Dirk Koetter. . . . QB Andrew Walter has three straight games with three TD passes. His career total is now 61 TD passes, good for ninth place on the Pac-10 career list, and just four shy of the ASU career record of 65 by Jake Plummer (1993-96). . . . Sun Devils looking for first 3-0 start since 2000. . . . . Win at Northwestern last week snapped a three-game road losing streak. . . . ASU has won six of its last eight games against Big Ten teams.pac-10 football - 9/12/04
CALIFORNIA: Game at Southern Miss this week is first of three in a row on the road for the Golden Bears. Next up, trips to Oregon State and USC. . . . Cal has won five straight and seven of last eight. . . . During that stretch, Bears have averaged 42.7 points and 531.6 yards per game. . . . High-octane Cal offense has cranked out 1,184 yards total offense in first two games this season (573 and 611). . . . Much of that comes from consecutive 300-yard-plus rushing days as Bears have had 85 rush attempts for 678 yards, for an astounding 8.0 yards per carry, and 11 TDs. Note that Cal led the Pac-10 in rushing TDs last year with 28. . . . TB J.J. Arrington has carried the ball 16 times in each of Cal's first two games and in those 32 carries has gained 358 yards (11.2 yards per carry) and scored six touchdowns. . . . WR Geoff McArthur has moved into second place on Cal's career receiving yards chart with 2,364 yards, just 377 yards shy of Bobby Shaw's (1994-97) Cal record. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers owns a 9-3 record as the Bears' starting QB. In his last seven games, he has averaged 295.7 yards passing with 15 TDs and only two interceptions. . . . With all the offense, it's no surprise Cal is averaging 48.5 points per game.
OREGON: A winning record in 2004 would give the Ducks a school-record 11 straight winning seasons. . . . PK Jared Siegel needs just two more points to become Oregon's all-time scoring leader. He currently sits at 271 points, just one tick behind the UO career record of 272, set by RB Derek Loville (1986-89). Siegel also has connected on 94 straight PAT attempts. The Pac-10 record is 108 by UCLA's John Lee (1983-85). With three PATs last week, Siegel upped his career total to 148 career PATs made, eclipsing the previous Conference record of 146 by USC's Quin Rodriquez (1987-90). . . . DT Haloti Ngata is back after redshirting last season after a knee injury in the 2003 season opener. He had six solo tackles, including a tackle for loss, in Ducks', opening game vs. Indiana. . . . QB Kellen Clemens has passed for 680 yards in his last two games. . . . DE Devan Long is the leading returning QB sacker in the Pac-10 (11.5 last year). He got one for -14 yards in Ducks' opener.
OREGON STATE: Home opener for the Beavers vs. New Mexico this week after playing first two games on the road. OSU has a current string of 17 consecutive non-conference home victories. . . . As noted above, SE Mike Hass established a Pac-10 single-game receiving yards record with 297 yards on 12 receptions at Boise State last week. The 12 receptions tied the OSU single-game mark. . . . QB Derek Anderson tossed four TD passes at Boise to become the Beavers' career record-holder for touchdown passes with 57. That puts him 14th on the Pac-10 career list. Anderson has at least one TD pass in 20 consecutive games. . . . Anderson passed for 819 yards in the two games against Boise State over the last two seasons. . . . MLB Trent Bray has led the Beavers in tackles the first two games with 12 at LSU and 19 at Boise State for a two-game total of 31. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen has 14 career interceptions, just one shy of the OSU record.
STANFORD: Cardinal is in middle of a four-game homestand to open the season. . . . T.J. Rushing's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. BYU last week was the third-longest kickoff return in Stanford history. . . . Cardinal passing game seems to be clicking behind soph starter QB Trent Edwards. Cardinal has averaged 315 aerial yards over first two games and has not been intercepted so far. . . . New punter Jay Ottovegio, a redshirt freshman, has had four of his nine punts downed inside the 20-yard line. . . . Through first two games, Stanford is outscoring opponents by an average of 40-6.5, and Cardinal has not allowed any second- or third-quarter points.
UCLA: UCLA has won its last three Pac-10 openers. . . . ILB Spencer Havner has posted career highs of 16 and 17 tackles in Bruins' first two games. . . . Fellow ILB Justin London saw some action in Bruins' win at Illinois after missing the opener with an ankle injury. . . . TB Manuel White rushed for 145 yards in Bruins' opener, fellow TB Maurice Drew topped the century mark with 142 yards in UCLA's second game (White went for 97 yards). . . . UCLA had 273 yards rushing in win at Illinois, its highest total since 2001. Bruins' 481 yards total offense is top mark under coach Karl Dorrell. . . . Bruins are averaging 5.8 yards per rush. . . . FL Craig Bragg has moved into third-place on UCLA's career receiving yards list with 2,522. Kevin Jordan (1992-95) is next with 2,548. Bragg already stands second on the Bruins' career reception list with 164, needing just 16 more to move to the top of the list ahead of Jordan. . . . Big-play man Bragg has seen 11 of his 20 career TD receptions cover 40 or more yards. He has at least one reception in 38 consecutive games and at least two in 33 straight. . . . Bruins have yet to allow a fourth-quarter touchdown this year.
USC: Trojans have the longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 11 straight victories. That's the second-longest current active winning streak in the nation (Boise State 13). SC has won 22 of its last 23 games. . . . During 11-game winning streak, QB Matt Leinart has thrown 35 TD passes with just three interceptions. He has 43 TDs in just 15 career games. In first two games this season, he is completing 65.0% of his passes with five TDs and no picks. . . . In week one it was TB Reggie Bush scoring three TDs on pass receptions, in week two it was fellow TB LenDale White rushing for three scores. Bush is averaging an even 200.0 all-purpose yards through first two games. . . . USC defense has posted nine QB sacks in two games with DT Mike Patterson leading the way with 3.5. . . . Trojans intercepted four Colorado State passes last week and have at least one pick in 24 of last 25 games. . . . Only one opposing rusher (Cal's Adimchinobe Echemandu in 2003) has rushed for 100 yards against USC in the past 27 games.
WASHINGTON: Husky defense showed promise in season opener vs. a veteran Fresno State offensive unit. UW allowed Bulldogs just 11 first downs and 262 yards total offense, racked up a pair of QB sacks and allowed just two drives of longer than 29 yards. . . . Leading the way on defense was MLB Joe Lobendahn, who missed most of last season with a knee injury. Lobendahn looked all the way back with 16 tackles, including five for a loss, and a forced fumble. . . . Washington has scored in 266 straight games, second-longest such streak in the nation (Texas 280).
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars play first game at Pullman this week facing neighboring Idaho. . . . P Kyle Basler has had to punt 15 times in WSU's first two games, and he continues to be a force with a 44.7-yard average. . . . New starting CB Alex Teems has forced a fumble in each of the first two games. . . . Another newcomer to the WSU defense, DT Ropati Pitoitua has 2.5 QB sacks in his first two games. . . . Cougars led the nation in forcing 48 turnovers last year and have forced seven in first two games. . . . Cougar defense did not allow a TD in loss to Colorado last week.
QUOTABLE: UCLA's Eyoseph Efseaff, a three-year starter on the offensive line and honorable mention All-Pac-10 at offensive guard last season, on moving over to the defensive line this year and learning to play defensive tackle: 'It's not that complicated. Get off the ball and go tackle the guy with it.'
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 25:
Washington State at Arizona, 12:30 MST/PDT (ABC)
Idaho at Oregon, 12:30 PDT
Washington at Notre Dame, 12:30 PDT/2:30 EST (NBC)
USC at Stanford, 4:00 PDT (TBS)
Oregon State at Arizona State, 7:00 MST/PDT (FSN Arizona/FSN Northwest)
California & UCLA - open dates