This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 24, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Another full slate of Pac-10 play as the Conference season has reached the halfway point. League action finds OREGON STATE at ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE at CALIFORNIA (TBS), WASHINGTON at OREGON, STANFORD at UCLA (FSN) and USC at WASHINGTON STATE (ABC). Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 30 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year--/-- Stanford (4-3) Rose Bowl (91,136) 12:30 PDT UCLA leads 40-31-3--/t42 UCLA (4-3) Pasadena, CA FSN Stanford 21-14
--/-- Oregon State (3-4) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST Arizona leads 19-7-1--/-- Arizona (1-6) Tucson, AZ Oregon State 52-23
--/-- Washington (1-6) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 4:00 PDT UW leads 58-33-5t41/-- Oregon (4-3) Eugene, OR FSNNW/OSN Washington 42-10
1/1 USC (7-0) Martin Stadium (37,600) 4:00 PDT USC leads 51-8-4--/-- Washington State (3-4) Pullman, WA ABC USC 43-16
20/21 Arizona State (6-1) Memorial Stadium (73,000) 7:00 PDT Arizona St. leads 13-117/8 California (5-1) Berkeley, CA TBS California 51-23
Arizona State 48, UCLA 42
Oregon State 38, Washington State 19
Oregon 16, Stanford 13
USC 38, Washington 0
California 38, Arizona 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)
PAC-10 HOOP MEDIA DAYS: Contact the Pac-10 PR staff for further information (925-932-4411).Women's Basketball Media Day - Tue., Oct. 26, 2004, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion, San Jose, CAMen's Basketball Media Day - Thu., Nov. 4, 2004, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Hilton Los Angeles Airport
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Oct. 3012:30 PDT/MST Stanford at UCLA FSN (national)4:00 PDT/MST USC at Washington State ABC (regional)4:00 PDT/MST Washington at Oregon FSN NW and Oregon Sports Network (local)7:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at California TBS (national)
Sat., Nov. 612:30 PST/1:30 MST TBA ABC (regional)3:30 PST/4:30 MST TBA FSN (national)7:00 PST/8:00 MST TBA FSN (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., Oct. 30 (channel subject to change)12:30 PDT/MST Stanford at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 1844:00 PDT/MST USC at Washington State Pac-10 Channel 1834:00 PDT/MST Oregon State at Arizona Pac-10 Channel 1857:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at California Pac-10 Channel 183
Sat., Nov. 6 (time and channel subject to change)12:30 PST/1:30 MST Arizona at Washington Pac-10 Channel 18312:30 PST/1:30 MST Oregon at California Pac-10 Channel 1841:00 PST/2:00 MST USC at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 1853:30 PST/4:30 MST Stanford at Arizona State Pac-10 Channel 184TBA Washington State at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 183
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 remains ranked in both polls and Oregon and UCLA receive votes for a total of five Conference teams getting poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:
USA/ Team AP ESPN BCS USC (7-0) 1 1 California (5-1) 7 8 Arizona State (6-1) 20 21 Oregon (4-3) t41 -- UCLA (4-3) -- t42
2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek 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, ASUSep. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU Kyle Basler, P, WSUOct. 2 Chase Lyman, WR, CAL Spencer Havner, LB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLAOct. 9 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Mike Patterson, DT, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USCOct. 16 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN Alexis Serna, PK, OSUOct. 23 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Jared Siegel, PK, ORE
Longest overall winning streak - 16 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 11 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 19 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 6 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just two regular-season non-conference games remeaining (Cal at Southern Miss and Notre Dame at USC), the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 18-11 (.621) against non-conference foes.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT 30:
STANFORD (4-3) at UCLA (4-3) - 12:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: 75th meeting between UCLA and Stanford. The Bruins lead the series that dates to 1925 and is uninterrupted since 1946 by a 40-31-3 count. UCLA leads 23-13-1 at home, including 7-4 at the Rose Bowl. The teams have alternated home victories the last six years, with the Bruins winning the last three at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: Stanford and UCLA met at Palo Alto with the Bruins unbeaten in Conference play and riding a five-game winning streak, while the Cardinal was coming in the loser of four in a row. However, it was Stanford, with the help of some big plays on special teams, coming out on top 21-14 in a defensive struggle. Stanford was sparked by a 90-yard punt return for a TD by Luke Powell and had another touchdown set up by recovering a fumbled punt on the UCLA eight-yard line. The Stanford defense posted eight quarterback sacks for minus-55 yards and limited UCLA to 48 yards rushing and 287 yards total offense. Cardinal LB Michael Craven was named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for this seven-tackle, two sack performance. The UCLA defense was just as sturdy in allowing Stanford just 10 first downs and 206 yards total offense (115 rushing, 91 passing). TB Maurice Drew ran for both of the UCLA TDs.
OREGON STATE (3-4) at ARIZONA (1-6) - 4:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 27 times with the Wildcats holding a 19-7-1 series lead. However, OSU has won the last five meetings, which snapped an eight-game UA unbeaten streak in the series. And the recent games have not been close with the Beavers winning those five straight by an average score of 38-12. Arizona has dominated at home holding an 11-1 advantage. The Wildcats won the first 11 meetings between the teams at Tucson before the Beavers broke through with a desert win in their last visit in 2000 (33-9). . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met late in the season at Corvallis with the Beavers going out 45-0 on the way to a 52-23 win. It marked a school-record eighth straight loss for the Wildcats and was OSU's fifth straight win against Arizona. Beaver QB Derek Anderson completed 21 of 32 passes (.656) for 308 yards and four TDs with no interceptions, and TB Steven Jackson scored four TDs, three rushing and one receiving. For the Cats, RB Mike Bell rushed for 106 yards and one TD and frosh QB Kris Heavner had two TD passes.
WASHINGTON (1-6) at OREGON(4-3) - 3:30 PDT - FSN NW and Oregon Sports Network - The Series: 97th edition of this ancient Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates to 1900 and finds Washington leading the series 58-33-5. The teams have split the last 10 meetings with the Huskies winning the last two. The teams also have split the last six games played at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon met at soggy Seattle and the Ducks jumped out to a 10-0 first-quarter lead on an 85-yard TD pass from QB Kellen Clemens to WR Demetrius Williams. But that would prove to be it for the Ducks as the Huskies responded with 42 unanswered points in rolling to a 42-10 win. Reserve QB Casey Paus, coming off the bench to replace injured Cody Pickett, threw two second-half touchdown passes and freshman TBs Shelton Sampson and Kenny James combined for 235 of UW's 261 yards rushing. Sampson rushed for 134 yards and three TDs, one a 77-yarder, on just six carries. The Washington offense put up 475 yards total offense with no turnovers, and the Husky defense limited Oregon to 73 yards rushing and posted seven QB sacks (-51).
USC (7-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-4) - 4:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 63 times with the Trojans dominating the series 51-8-4. In 22 WSU home games, the Trojans lead 16-4-2, including 9-4-2 at Pullman. Recent times have been kinder to WSU as the Cougars have taken two of the last three and have split the last six. Washington State won the last meeting at Martin Stadium, 30-27 in overtime in 2002, which snapped a six-game USC win streak in Pullman. The Trojans have lost just one game since then (at Cal last year). . . . Last Year: No. 3-ranked USC and No. 6 Washington State were each 7-1 when they hooked up in front of 82,000+ at the L.A. Coliseum. The game was close for a half, with USC nursing a 15-10 lead at the break, but Trojan QB Matt Leinart threw a pair of third-quarter touchdowns passes and SC rolled on to a 43-16 win. In addition to Leinart, the Trojans rushed for 222 yards, with freshman TB LenDale White going for 149 yards on just 12 carries (12.4-yard average), the SC played turnover-free ball. On the other side of the ball, the Trojan defense forced four turnovers, posted five sacks and limited WSU to minus-25 yards rushing. The Cougars did get 345 yards through the air with QB Matt Kegel passing for 291 of them.
ARIZONA STATE (6-1) at CALIFORNIA (5-1) - 7:00 PDT/MST - TBS national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and California have met 24 times with the Sun Devils holding a narrow 13-11 series edge. It's just as close in games played at Berkeley, where the Golden Bears hold a slim 5-4 advantage. It is the first trip to Berkeley since 1999 for ASU as the last three games in the series have been played at Tempe. Cal has won the last two games and the Bears have put up more than 50 points in each of those games. . . . Last Year: California and Arizona State met at Tempe and QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 307 yards and three touchdowns without an interception to lead the Golden Bears to a 51-23 victory. Rodgers' favorite target was wide receiver Geoff McArthur, who had just four receptions, but they went for 160 yards and one TD. Cal put up 539 yards in total offense (232 rushing, 307 passing) and the Bear defense limited ASU to 98 yards rushing, forced four turnovers and posted five QB sacks. . . . Coaching Note: Arizona State's Dirk Koetter and California's Jeff Tedford are both former offensive coordinators on Mike Bellotti's staff at Oregon. Koetter held the job in 1996-97 and was succeeded by Tedford from 1998-2001. Both left Oregon to become head coaches, Koetter at Boise State and Tedford at Cal.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 20 Conference games to date, the home team has won 10 times and the visiting team has won 10 times.
ARIZONA: Wildcats gave the starting nod at quarterback to redshirt freshman Richard Kovalcheck last week. . . . WR Ricky Williams has a streak of 15 consecutive games with at least one reception. . . . Cats played the top three rushing teams in the league the last three games (Cal, Oregon, UCLA), but have held their own and rank in the middle of the pack in rushing defense at 128.0 yards per game. . . . UA on the positive side of the turnover scale at +1. . . . Cats one of the least penalized teams in the league with an average of just five flags for 43.7 yards per game.
ARIZONA STATE: 6-1 Sun Devils have already surpassed their win total from last season (5-7). . . . QB Andrew Walter tossed six TD passes in win vs. UCLA last week. That's just one shy of the ASU and Pac-10 record for TD passes in a regulation game (7, Mike Pagel, ASU vs. Stanford, 1981). It upped Andrew's career touchdown passes to 76, just one short of the Pac-10 career record of 77 by Stanford's John Elway (1979-82). Walter also became just the ninth player in Conference history to top 9,000 yards in career passing. He currently sits at 9,312 yards. . . . Walter leads the nation in TD passes with 21. In 31 career starts, he has 76 touchdown passes. Only one other active player has more career TD passes (92 by Timmy Chang of Hawai'i). . . . ASU leads Pac-10 in red zone scoring with 25 scores on 27 trips inside opponents' 20-yard line. . . . ASU is the only Pac-10 team not to lose a fumble all season. Devils have lost only seven turnovers, all interceptions, in seven games and rank behind only USC in turnover margin at +10. That's good for seventh-best in the nation. ASU has gone without a turnover in three of seven games.
CALIFORNIA: Cal, which has played just two home games, gets three of the next four at Berkeley, starting this week with Arizona State. . . . Bears have scored at least 38 points in five of six games this year and nine of last 12 dating to last season. . . . Cal leads the nation in total offense at 508.3 yards per game. And look at the balance. Bears average 245.5 yards rushing, 262.8 yards passing. . . . TB J.J. Arrington continues to tear it up. He has topped 100 yards rushing in all six games this year and leads the Pac-10 in rushing by a large margin at 153.0 yards per game (UCLA TB Maurice Drew is runnerup at 112.4 yards per game). Arrington's 10 TDs rushing also makes him the Pac-10 scoring leader. . . . All-America WR Geoff McArthur is back to full strength and in form with 15 catches for 257 yards (16.9) and three TDs the last two games. Last week he took over the top spot on Cal's career receiving yardage chart with 2,768 yards (old mark--2,731, Bobby Shaw, 1994-97). McArthur's total is good for 13th on the Pac-10 career list. . . . 38-0 win at Arizona is the first shutout of the Jeff Tedford era at Cal and first shutout for the Bears since 17-0 win over UCLA in 1999.
OREGON: Ducks boast the second-longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams with a modest three straight. . . . Unsung hero for Oregon is TB Terrence Whitehead, who ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing at 99.6 yards per game, and fourth in all-purpose yards at 148.4 yards per game. Whitehead had a typical performance in win at Stanford last week. He pounded the ball 28 times for 131 yards and the Ducks' only TD of the game, plus led the team in receiving with eight catches for 92 yards, giving him 223 all-purpose yards. . . . WR Demetrious Williams has 27 receptions for 320 yards over the last three games. . . . Duck defense has posted 20 tackles for loss the last two games. DT Haloti Ngata has led the way with five. . . . Last week at Stanford, Duck defense limited the Cardinal to minus-8 yards rushing, thanks in large part to 10 QB sacks for 69 yards in losses. . . . QB Kellen Clemens leads the Pac-10 and is eighth in the country in total offense at 288.1 yards per game. . . . PK Jared Siegel booted three field goals at Stanford last week and established an Oregon career record with 46 field goals made.
OREGON STATE: QB Derek Anderson has moved up another notch on the Pac-10 career passing chart. With 9,627 yards, Anderson sits in sixth place on the all-time list. Just ahead of him in fifth place is OSU record-holder Jonathan Smith at 9,680 yards, just 53 yards ahead of Anderson. . . . In Beaver wins over the Washington schools the last two weeks, Anderson has passed for 556 yards and four TDs with just one interception. He leads the Pac-10 in passing at 284.7 yards per game. . . . Also in those two wins, OSU has forced 10 turnovers (five interceptions, five fumbles) and DE Bill Swancutt has registered four QB sacks. Swancutt keeps adding to his OSU career record for sacks. He is up to 29.5. . . . WR Mike Hass leads the Pac-10 and is in the top 10 nationally in both receptions per game (7.29) and receiving yards per game (114.0). He is the only receiver in the Pac-10 averaging better than 100 yards per game. . . . Freshman PK Alexis Serna is 8-for-8 on field goals. . . . MLB Trent Bray ranks second in the Pac-10 in tackles with 11.1 stops per game. . . . OSU has scored 14 of its 20 touchdowns through the air. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen had another interception last week to up his OSU career record to 17.
STANFORD: Cardinal finishes regular season with three of four on the road, starting this week at UCLA. . . . Stanford's four wins matches its total from last season. Two Conference wins also matches last year's total. . . . CB Leigh Torrence has three interceptions in the last two games. . . . Cardinal offense much improved over 2003. Stanford averages 26.6 points and 370.7 yards per game, compared to '03 figures of 16.9 and 283.0. . . . T.J. Rushing leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 30.4-yard average. . . . Cardinal is outscoring opponents 96-46 in the first half. . . . Stanford has lost just eight turnovers (three fumbles, five interceptions) in seven games and is a healthy +8 in turnover margin.
UCLA: Bruins finish regular season with three of four at home beginning with Stanford this week at the Rose Bowl. . . . In last two games, QB Drew Olson has completed 50 of 80 passes (.625) for 624 yards and six TDs. He has 10 TD passes over the last three games after having just four in UCLA's first four games. . . . TB Maurice Drew ranks fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards at 173.9 yards per game and is one of just two Pac-10 rushers (along with Cal's J.J. Arrington) averaging better than 100 yards per game (112.4). . . . In last three games, five of TE Marcedes Lewis' 14 receptions have gone for TDs. . . . With 170 career receptions, WR Craig Bragg needs just 10 more to claim UCLA's career receptions record (179, Kevin Jordan, 1992-95). . . . In 2003, UCLA averaged 91.9 yards per game rushing and had 11 rushing TDs in 13 games. In seven games so far this year, the Bruins are averaging 213.7 yards rushing and have 14 rushing TDs. . . . ILB Spencer Havner leads the league in tackles with 11.7 stops per game. . . . In last four games, P Chris Kluwe has had just eight of his 23 punts returned, and those for a total of only 34 yards.
USC: After three straight games at home, Trojans head out for consecutive Pacific Northwest road games at Washington State and Oregon State. . . . Trojans keep adding to impressive streaks. SC has won 16 straight games overall, 11 straight Conference games and 19 straight home games. The 16 games overall is second-longest current winning streak in the nation behind Boise State (18). . . . Trojans have won 27 of last 28 games. . . . At 7-0, Trojans are off to best start since winning their first 10 in 1988. . . . In blanking Washington 38-0, Trojans handed Huskies their first shutout since 1981. SC defense limited UW to just six first downs and 113 yards. . . . Trojans are averaging 84,649 fans per home game. That's well ahead of the Pac-10 home attendance record SC set last year at 77,804. . . . QB Matt Leinart ranks second in the league in TD passes with 16, including six the last two games. . . . SC defense was dominant in win against Washington. Trojans allowed just six first downs and 113 yards total offense (50 rushing, 63 passing) and did not allow a third-down conversion (0-for-14). . . . Looking at last two games (Washington and Arizona State), defense has allowed just 74 yards rushing and 356 yards total offense.
WASHINGTON: 38-0 loss at No. 1-ranked USC ended Huskies streak of scoring in a game at 271 games, which had been the longest active streak in Division I-A. . . . All three Husky starting linebackers rank among the top six in the Pac-10 in tackles--No. 3 Joe Lobendahn (11.0 per game), No. 4 Evan Benjamin (9.6) and No. 6 Scott White (8.6). . . . Plus DE Manase Hopoi leads the Pac-10 in both tackles for loss (19) and QB sacks (8). Hopoi had six tackles for loss (-19) at USC last week, including all three Husky QB sacks (-12). . . . UW ranks second in the Pac-10 in fewest sacks allowed as the Husky O-line has surrendered only 10 in seven games.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have won 11 of their last 13 games against California schools. . . . WSU had a pair of first-time starters in the backfield vs. OSU last week--redshirt freshman QB Alex Brink and RB Jerome Harrison. . . . WR Jason Hill leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with nine. The WSU season record for TD receptions is 11 by several players (Pac-10 record is 17). Hill's average of 27.7 yards per reception leads the Pac-10. . . . Last time WSU lost three games in a row was during the 2000 season. The Cougs ended that losing streak with a win against USC. . . . WSU has scored first in five of seven games this year and is outscoring opponents 38-20 in the first quarter. . . . CB Alex Teems and OLB Scott Davis are Pac-10 co-leaders in fumbles forced, each with three. The Cougars lead the Pac-10 in fumbles recovered with 11.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the fourth straight week, the Pac-10 is rated No. 1 among all conferences in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The Pac-10 is followed by the ACC, Big 12, SEC and Big Ten in that order.
LOMBARDI AWARD SEMIFINALISTS: DL Shaun Cody of USC and LB Spencer Havner of UCLA are among the 12 semifinalists announced for the Rotary Lombardi Award, which honors the top college lineman, including linebackers. Havner also has been named as a semifinalist for the Butkus Award.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 6:
Arizona at Washington
Stanford at Arizona State
Oregon at California
USC at Oregon State
Washington State at UCLA