This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 19, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: The first week of serious Conference action with three Pac-10 games on tap along with a pair of non-conference tilts. In Pac-10 play, WASHINGTON STATE is at ARIZONA (ABC), OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE and USC at STANFORD (TBS). Non-league action finds Idaho at OREGON and WASHINGTON at Notre Dame (NBC). CALIFORNIA and UCLA have open dates. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Sep. 25 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting--/-- Washington State (2-1) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 12:30 MST Arizona leads 20-12--/-- Arizona (1-2) Tucson, AZ ABC WSU 30-7 (2003)
--/-- Idaho (0-3) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT Oregon leads 51-3-4--/t45 Oregon (0-2) Eugene, OR Oregon 58-21 (2002)
--/-- Washington (0-2 Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) 12:30 PDT Notre Dame leads 4-026/29 Notre Dame (2-1) Notre Dame, IN NBC ND 54-20 (1996)
1/1 USC (3-0) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 4:00 PDT USC leads 55-24-3--/44 Stanford (2-0) Stanford, CA TBS USC 44-21 (2003)--/-- Oregon State (1-2) Sun Devil Stadium (71,700) 7:00 MST ASU leads 21-8-122/26 Arizona State (3-0) Tempe, AZ FSN AZ/ Oregon St. 45-17 (2003) FSN NW
10/9 California (2-0) - open date - next game Oct. 2 at Oregon State39/t45 UCLA (2-1) - open date - next game Oct. 2 vs. San Diego State
LAST WEEK:UCLA 37, Washington 31Washington State 49, Idaho 8Oregon State 17, New Mexico 7Oklahoma 31, Oregon 7Arizona State 44, Iowa 7Wisconsin 9, Arizona 7USC 42, BYU 10 California at So. Mississippi - postponed by Ivan
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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 11:00 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:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Sep. 2512:30 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
Sat., Oct. 21:00 PDT/MST TBA Fox Sports Net (national)7:15 PDT/MST TBA TBS Superstation (national)
XM SATELLITE RADIO COVERAGE: XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio partner of the Pac-10 Conference. XM Satellite Radio will carry numerous Pac-10 football games to listeners across the country as part of its basic channel lineup. Following is the schedule for the next two weeks.
Date/Time Game ChannelSat., Sep. 2512:30 PDT/MST Washington State at Arizona Pac-10 Channel 18412:30 PDT/MST Idaho at Oregon Pac-10 Channel 18512:30 PDT/MST Washington at Notre Dame Pac-10 Channel 1834:00 PDT/MST USC at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 1847:00 PDT/MST Oregon State at Arizona State Pac-10 Channel 185
Sat., Oct. 2 (Times subject to change)12:30 PDT/MST Arizona State at Oregon Pac-10 Channel 1831:00 PDT/MST California at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 1842:00 PDT/MST Washington at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 185
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. California was last ranked in the Top 10 in 1991. Arizona State has cracked the Top 25 and a total of six Conference teams receive poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (3-0) 1 1 California (2-0) 10 9 Arizona State (3-0) 22 26 UCLA (2-1) 39 t45 Stanford (2-0) -- 44 Oregon (0-2) -- t45
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, STANSep. 18 Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASU
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 25:
WASHINGTON (0-2) at NOTRE DAME (2-1) - 12:30 PDT/2:30 EST - NBC national telecast - The Series: Washington and Notre Dame have met four times with the Fighting Irish winning all four. Two of the games have been at South Bend--1948 and 1996--with the latter the most recent game in the series. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and Notre Dame met at South Bend in 1996 with the Irish prevailing 54-20. The Notre Dame offense piled up 31 first downs and 650 yards total offense, the most yards allowed by a UW team in almost 20 years. Included in the totals were 397 yards rushing for the Irish. . . . Coaching Connection: Notre Dame is coached by former Stanford head coach Tyrone Willingham. Willingham directed the Cardinal from 1995-2001 and was winless in five games against Washington during his tenure on The Farm.
WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) at ARIZONA (1-2) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met 32 times dating to 1963 with the Wildcats holding a 20-12 series advantage. However, the Cougars have won the last three games, which snapped an Arizona three-game winning streak. The three-game winning streak is WSU's longest in the series. In 17 games played at Tucson, the Wildcats leads 11-6, but WSU has won the last two at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Arizona were headed in opposite directions when they met at Pullman. The No. 14-ranked Cougars broke open a close game in the fourth quarter and defeated the Wildcats 30-7, giving WSU four straight wins and UA five straight losses. The Cougars defense was dominant as a look at the numbers attests. WSU's defense limited Arizona to nine first downs, 198 yards total offense (65 rushing, 133 passing), no third-down conversions on 13 attempts and allowed the Wildcats to cross the 50 just once. Meanwhile, the WSU offense cranked out 513 yards total offense, 352 through the air.
IDAHO (0-3) at OREGON (0-2) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Oregon and Idaho have met 58 times dating to 1901 with the Ducks dominating the series 51-3-4. Only three of the 58 games have been played since 1970. Oregon has won the last 22 straight and 38 of the last 39, with the only Idaho victory in that stretch coming in 1950 at Moscow. Idaho has won just once (with two ties) in 33 trips to Eugene, that occuring in 1925 when the Vandals prevailed 6-0. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Idaho met at Eugene in 2002 with the Ducks cruising to a 58-21 victory. The final score was lopsided, but Idaho actually outgained Oregon 404-403. . . . QB Connection: Idaho starting quarterback Michael Harrington is the younger brother of former Oregon All-Pac-10 QB Joey Harrington.
USC (3-0) at STANFORD (2-0) - 4:00 PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: USC and Stanford have met 82 times dating to 1905 with the Trojans leading the series 55-24-3. USC has won the last two games, snapping a three-game Stanford winning streak in the series. The teams have split the last six games at Stanford Stadium, alternating wins every other game, with the Trojans taking the most recent Palo Alto game, 49-17, in 2002. . . . Last Year: USC and Stanford met at the L.A. Coliseum and the No. 9-ranked Trojans scored the game's first 27 points and bolted out to a 41-14 halftime lead on the way to a 44-21 win. It was the 700th victory in USC history. The Trojans had 493 yards total offense, including a season-high 220 yards rushing against a Stanford defense ranked third nationally in rushing defense entering the game. USC freshman TB LenDale White rushed for 108 yards and two TDs and QB Matt Leinart had three TD passes to key the Trojan attack. The Trojan defense limited Stanford to 86 yards rushing and 242 yards total offense and forced four turnovers. One bright spot for Stanford was a 22-yard fumble recovery and return for a TD by FS Oshiomogho Atogwe.
OREGON STATE (1-2) at ARIZONA STATE (3-0) - 7:00 MST/PDT - Fox Sports Net Arizona and Northwest regional cablecasts - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon State have met 30 times with the Sun Devils holding a 21-8-1 series advantage. OSU won last year to snap a seven-game Arizona State win streak in the series. The Sun Devils have won 10 of the last 12. ASU has defended its home turf well with a 16-3 mark in 19 games played at Sun Devil Stadium, including the last 16 in a row. The last time Oregon State won at Tempe was in 1969 (30-7), before ASU was a member of the Pac-10. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona State opened Pac-10 play against one another at Corvallis with the Beavers taking a 45-17 victory and snapping a seven-game Sun Devil winning streak in the series. OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for two TDs and the Beaver defense forced six ASU turnovers. OSU freshman CB Brandon Browner picked off three passes to earn Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors. The quarterback numbers were almost identical as Anderson passed for 246 yards with two TDs and three interceptions, and his ASU counterpart Andrew Walter passed for 231 yards with two TDs and three picks. TB Hakim Hill had a big day for ASU with 115 yards rushing and 92 yards on pass receptions.
Longest overall winning streak - 12 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 16 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 5 games - USC
PAC-10 VS. BIG TEN: The two Rose Bowl leagues played five games against one another during the last two weeks. The Pac-10 held a 3-2 edge as the visiting teams won four of the five games (Arizona State over Iowa the only home winner).
ARIZONA: Wildcats conclude a four-game homestand to open the season this week vs. WSU. . . . Defense rules. Average score of a UA game so far this year is 12-11. Turnaround in the Cat defense is remarkable. Arizona is allowing only 11.0 points per game thus far in 2004 after ranking last in the Pac-10 in 2003 at 35.8. In yardage terms, Cats 170 yards better than last year, allowing 289.3 yards per game (460.0 in 2003). . . . QB Kris Heavner is completing 73% of his passes (46-of-63) and has been intercepted just once in three games.
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter tossed five TD passes in ASU's 44-7 win against Iowa, upping his career touchdown passes to an ASU record 66, surpassing the old mark of 65 by Jake Plummer (1993-96). He needs 32 completions and 400 yards to surpass Plummer's career marks in those categories. The 66 TD passes also places him sixth on the Pac-10 career chart and well within the Pac-10 career record of 77 by Stanford's John Elway (1979-82). In three games this season, Walter has 11 TD passes and just one interception. . . . ASU defense pitched a shutout at Iowa (Hawkeyes' TD came on a punt return). LB Dale Robinson led the Sun Devils in tackles (9) for the third straight game. . . . ASU defense has yet to allow a TD pass this season. . . . Sun Devils are off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2000. ASU last started a season 4-0 in its last Rose Bowl season of 1996. . . . WR Derek Hagan has six straight 100-yard receiving games. He also has at least one TD reception in those six games. . . . Freshman H-Back Zach Miller showed why he is drawing raves from the coaching staff with a 10-reception night against Iowa. Included were two TD receptions. . . . ASU has scored first in every game this season.
CALIFORNIA: Game at Southern Miss last week postponed due to Hurricane Ivan. It has been rescheduled for Dec. 4. . . . 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. . . . 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 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. . . . Backup TB Marshawn Lynch, a freshman, also averaging better than 11 yards a carry (11.3). . . . All-America WR Geoff McArthur has moved into second place on Cal's 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.
OREGON: Despite 0-2 ledger, Ducks outgaining opponents 408.0-312.5. . . . Not the norm, but fullback Dante Rosario is leading UO in receiving with 12 catches. Included are three TD receptions. . . . PK Jared Siegel has moved into a tie with former TB Derek Loville (1986-89) as the Oregon career scoring leader with 272 points. Included is a current string of 95 consecutive PATs made. He is closing in on the Pac-10 record of 108 consecutive PATs by UCLA's John Lee (1983-85). . . . Oregon defense posted 11 tackles for loss at Oklahoma last week. Trio of DE Devan Long (3), MLB Jerry Matson (3) and FS J.D. Nelson (2) accounted for nine of them.
OREGON STATE: QB Derek Anderson now stands tied for 11th on the Pac-10 career touchdown passes chart with 59. He has tossed at least one TD pass in 21 consecutive games. Anderson's 8,550 career passing yards have moved him into the 10th spot on the Pac-10 career list. He is averaging 305.3 yards passing per game so far this year. . . . Nine of OSU's 10 TDs this year have come via the pass. . . . TB Dwight Wright posted his first 100-yard rushing game with 108 in win vs. New Mexico last week. . . . OSU defense limited New Mexico to a mere 114 yards total offense (75 rushing, 39 passing). . . . Win against New Mexico was OSU's 18th consecutive non-conference home victory. . . . Beavers have not allowed any first-quarter points this year. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen has 14 career interceptions, one shy of the OSU school record (Dan Espalin).
STANFORD: Game vs. USC this week is game three of a four-game homestand to open the season. . . . T.J. Rushing's 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown vs. BYU in last game was the third-longest kickoff return in Stanford history. Rushing was named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of Week. . . . In an odd double, Rushing, a cornerback, leads the Cardinal in kickoff returns and tackles for loss (3). . . . Cardinal passing game seems to be clicking behind soph starter QB Trent Edwards. Cardinal has averaged 315 aerial yards over first two games and Edwards has five TD passes with no interceptions. . . . Through first two games, Stanford is outscoring opponents 80-13, and Cardinal has not allowed any second- or third-quarter points. . . . 40.0 points scored per game in stark contrast to 16.9 points per game Card averaged in '03. . . . Stanford defense forced seven turnovers against BYU in last outing. . . . Three of FL Evan Moore's eight receptions have gone for touchdowns. . . . Stanford's young starting offensive unit includes seven sophomores and a redshirt freshman with just one senior lining up. By way of contrast, the experienced Cardinal starting defensive unit includes six fifth-year seniors.
UCLA: TB Maurice Drew rushed for a UCLA-record 322 yards and five TDs in the Bruins' win at Washington. The 322 yards rushing is the third-best performance in Pac-10 history behind 357 by Rueben Mayes of Washington State (vs. Oregon in 1984) and 347 by Ricky Bell of USC (vs. Washington State in 1976). The five touchdowns scored rushing ties the Conference record shared by five other players. It was most recently accomplished by Saladin McCullough of Oregon (vs. Arizona in 1996). A lot of Drew's TDs were long distance, as he scored on runs of 62, 58, 47, 37 and 15 yards. Much of the damage came in the first quarter when Drew bolted for 169 yards and three TDs on just four carries. . . . UCLA's team total of 424 yards rushing was the most since 1979 (446 at Oregon). . . . UCLA went first nine quarters of the season before finally giving up first QB sack in second quarter at Washington. . . . WR Craig Bragg has moved into the number-two spot on the Bruins' career receiving list with 2,579 yards. He trails only Danny Farmer's 3,020. . . . UCLA's 546 yards in total offense at Washington is most since Karl Dorrell took over as coach.
USC: Trojans have the longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 12 straight victories. That's the second-longest current active winning streak in the nation (Boise State 14). SC has won 23 of its last 24 games. . . . A win at Stanford would give USC a 4-0 start for the first time since 1995, which was John Robinson's last Rose Bowl team. . . . Soph DT Manuel Wright has won a starting spot allowing USC to move All-America Shaun Cody from tackle to defensive end. . . . USC has rushed for 613 yards and piled up 1,080 yards total offense the last two games. . . . Meanwhile, Trojan defense has allowed only one TD, 75 yards rushing and has picked off seven passes the last two games. . . . OLB Matt Grootegoed has three of those picks. . . . QB Matt Leinart was picked off for the first time this season last week at BYU. The Trojan QB still is completing 64.2% of his passes (61-95) with seven TDs to balance out that one pick. Leinart has tossed at least two TD passes in his last 15 games and has a total of 45 in just 16 career starts. During USC's current 12-game winning streak, his numbers are 37 TDs and just four interceptions. . . . Trojans outscoring opponents 38.3-7.7.
WASHINGTON: Huskies hit the road for the first time this season with game at Notre Dame. Huskies play four of next six on road after opening with two home dates. . . . Senior OT Khalif Barnes has started every game for the Huskies since 2001, a total of 38 in all. If he starts every game this season, he will become the first lineman in UW history to start every game for four straight seasons. . . . Evan Benjamin, moved from safety to outside linebacker this season, has picked off a pass in each of UW's first two games from his new position. . . . Soph TB Kenny James rushed for a career-high 133 yards on 27 carries vs. UCLA last week. . . . WR Charles Frederick has been over the 100-yard receiving mark in each of first two games. He has at least one reception in 27 straight games. . . . Frederick also established a UW record for career kickoff returns last week. He now has a total of 67, which he has brought back for 1,245 yards. . . . ILB Joe Lobendahn has led UW in tackles the first two games with a total of 31 stops.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars open Conference play on the road at Arizona this week. WSU has won six of its last eight and 10 of its last 13 Pac-10 road games, but has lost the last two. . . . Soph SE Jason Hill is establishing himself as WSU deep threat. In last two weeks, Hill has nine receptions for 311 yards (34.6 yards per catch) and four TDs. . . . Cougars are allowing just 15.0 points per game and Coug defense has not given up a first-half TD this year. . . . WSU defense has allowed just one TD pass in three games. . . . Penalties are way down for WSU. Last year, Cougars averaged 11.5 penalties good for 94.6 yards per game. Through three games in '04, it's 5.3 penalties for 45.7 yards per game. . . . WSU finally got running game going last week vs. Idaho, rushing for 286 yards. . . . Cougar offense was six-for-six on red zone scoring opportunities vs. the Vandals.
QUOTABLE: Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter on hard-hitting All-Pac-10 safety Riccardo Stewart: 'Riccardo is a linebacker trapped in a 5-10, 210 body. He shows up and hits people.'
7 Pacific-10 4 Atlantic Coast 3 Big 10 3 Big East 3 Mid-American 3 Western Athletic 2 Southeastern 1 Conference USA 1 Sun Belt 0 Big 12 0 Mountain West 5 Non-Division IA
TD PASSES: QBs Andrew Walter of Arizona State and Derek Anderson of Oregon State, each the school record-holder for career touchdown passes, are marching up the Pac-10 career TD pass chart as well. Walter stands at number six after his five-touchdown performance in ASU's win against Iowa last week, Anderson is tied for 11th. The two face off at Tempe this week.
PAC-10 CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES:
1. 77 John Elway, Stanford, 1979-82 2. 75 Steve Stenstrom, Stanford, 1991-94 3. 72 Carson Palmer, USC, 1998-2002 4. 70 Jason Gesser, Washington State, 1999-2002 5. 68 Cade McNown, UCLA, 1995-99 6. 66 Andrew Walter, Arizona State, 2001-04 7. 65 Jake Plummer, Arizona State, 1993-96 8. 64 Kyle Boller, California, 1999-2002 9. 62 Danny O'Neil, Oregon, 1991-94 10. 60 Bill Musgrave, Oregon, 1987-90 11. 59 Derek Anderson, Oregon State, 2001-04 59 Joey Harrington, Oregon, 1998-2001 59 Ryan Leaf, Washington State, 1995-97
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 2:
Arizona State at Oregon
California at Oregon State
Washington at Stanford
San Diego State at UCLA
Arizona, USC and Washington State - open dates