This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 6, 2005

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ASU-LSU GAME MOVED TO TEMPE/CONFERENCE PLAY OPENS: The first Conference game of the year highlights the schedule and seven non-league tilts round it out. In addition, the Arizona State-LSU game scheduled for Baton Rouge this week has been moved to Tempe due to the circumstances in Louisiana resulting from Hurricane Katrina. WASHINGTON STATE gets an early start with a Friday night ESPN game at Nevada on Sep. 9. On Sat., Sep. 10, CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON kick off Pac-10 play at Seattle. In non-conference action Northern Arizona is at ARIZONA, Montana at OREGON, Boise State at OREGON STATE, Rice at UCLA, LSU at ARIZONA STATE and STANFORD opens its season at Navy. Here is a look at this week's schedule (note: ranking is the AP pre-season media poll followed by the USA Today Week Two coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Fri., Sep. 9 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/-- Washington State (1-0) Mackay Stadium (31,900) 7:00 PDT WSU leads 1-0
--/-- Nevada (0-0) Reno, NV ESPN WSU 31-7 (2002)
Ranking Game - Sat., Sep. 10 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
20/17 California (1-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT ABC UW leads 45-35-4
--/-- Washington (0-1) Seattle, WA ABC Cal 42-12 (2004)
--/-- Montana (1-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT Oregon leads 6-0-1
--/-- Oregon (1-0) Eugene, OR Oregon 35-30 (1993)
--/-- Stanford (0-0) Navy-Marine Corps (34,000) 6:00 EDT Navy leads 1-0-1
--/-- Navy (0-1) Annapolis, MD Tied 7-7 (1965)
18/39 Boise State (0-1) Reser Stadium (43,000) 3:30 PDT Oregon St. leads 3-1
39/-- Oregon State (1-0) Corvallis, OR FSN Boise State 53-34 (2004)
5/5 LSU (0-0) Sun Devil Stadium (56,002) 6:15 MST First meeting
19/15 Arizona State (1-0) Tempe, AZ ESPN
--/-- Rice (0-0) Rose Bowl (91,500) 7:00 PDT UCLA leads 2-0
33/36 UCLA (1-0) Pasadena, CA FSNW2 UCLA 27-24 (1966)
1/1 USC - open date- next game Sat, Sep. 17 vs. Arkansas


LAST WEEK:
Oregon 38, Houston 24
USC 63, Hawai'i 17
Arizona State 63, Temple 16
UCLA 44, San Diego State 21
Washington State 38, Idaho 26
Utah 27, Arizona 24
California 41, Sacramento State 3
Air Force 20, Washington 17
Oregon State 41, Portland State 14

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2005 PAC-10 FOOTBALL TELEVISION SCHEDULE:


Fri., Sep. 9 7:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) ESPN Washington State at Nevada
Sat., Sep. 10 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC California at Washington
3:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) CSTV Stanford at Navy
3:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN Boise State at Oregon State
6:15 p.m. PDT/MST (national) ESPN LSU at Arizona State
7:00 p.m. PDT/MST (local) FSNA Northern Arizona at Arizona
7:00 p.m. PDT/MST (local) FSNW2 Rice at UCLA

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams in the Top 20 in the polls, with another lurking just outside the first 25. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1, and six of the league's 10 teams receive votes. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP pre-season (media) and USA Today Week 2 (coaches) polls:


Team AP USA
USC (1-0) 1 1
Arizona State (1-0) 19 15
California (1-0) 20 17
Oregon (1-0) 27 26
UCLA (1-0) 33 36
Oregon State (1-0) 39 --

INSTANT REPLAY: Like most of the other Division IA conferences, the Pac-10 will utilize instant replay this season. Replay will be in use for all Conference games and most non-conference games played at Pac-10 sites. The replay teams consist of three persons--the replay official, a replay assistant or communicator, and a replay technician. The replay officials and replay assistants are all former Pac-10 football officials. The instant replay team will review video from the television production of the game (or video board production in the event a game is not televised), and the standard to change an on-field officiating decision will be indisputable video evidence. The Pac-10 system will vary from that used in the NFL in a couple of significant ways. Only the replay official in the press box may stop play for a review (no coach's challenge), and the replay official, as opposed to the referee, will make the final decision to change or not change an on-field decision.

SERIES NOTES FOR THIS WEEK'S GAMES:

WASHINGTON STATE (1-0) at NEVADA (0-0) - Fri., Sep. 2 - 7:00 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: First trip to Reno for the Cougars. Washington State and Nevada have met just once. WSU opened its 2002 Rose Bowl season with a 31-7 victory over Nevada in a game played at Seattle. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Nevada met in the first official game played at Seattle's newly constructed Seahawk Stadium in the Cougar's season-opener in 2002. WSU spotted the visitors a 7-0 lead before running away with a 31-7 victory. Star of the show for the Cougars was freshman LB Will Derting, who picked off three passes, including one which he returned a school-record 98 yards for a TD.

CALIFORNIA (1-0) at WASHINGTON (0-1) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Washington and California have met 84 times dating to 1904 with the Huskies leading the series 45-35-4. California has won the last three games, snapping a 19-game Husky winning streak against the Bears. Cal has won the last two played at Seattle. . .

  • Last Year: California and Washington met late in the season at Seattle and the No. 5-ranked Golden Bears broke open a close game with 35 second-half points to cruise to a 42-12 victory. The second-half outburst started with a blocked punt in Washington's end zone by Greg Van Hoesen, which was recovered for a touchdown by Justin Forsett. Golden Bear freshman TB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 121 yards with TD runs of 32 and 70 yards, and added a 29-yard TD reception. Cal totaled 304 yards rushing as both Lynch and TB J.J. Arrington topped the 100-yard mark. Husky QB Casey Paus countered by passing for 328 yards, but was picked off three times.

    MONTANA (1-0) at OREGON (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Oregon and Montana have met just seven times with the Ducks undefeated at 6-0-1. All seven of the games have been played at Eugene and six of the seven were played prior to 1953. The first four meetings were conference games as Oregon and Montana were fellow members of the Pacific Coast Conference, forerunner of the Pac-10. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Montana last met in 1993 at Eugene with the Ducks jumping out to a 28-3 lead and then holding off a furious Montana comeback attempt to hold on for a 35-30 win. The teams combined for more than 700 aerial yards with Duck QB Danny O'Neil passing for 316 yards and three TDs.

    STANFORD (0-0) at NAVY (0-1) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 6:00 EDT/3:00 PDT - CSTV cablecast - The Series: First trip to Annapolis for Stanford as the Cardinal and Midshipmen have met only twice with both games at Palo Alto. Navy leads the series 1-0-1, defeating Stanford 25-0 in 1954 and forging a 7-7 tie in 1965. . . . Last Meeting: Stanford and Navy met at Palo Alto early in the 1965 season and settled for a 7-7 tie.

    BOISE STATE (0-1) at OREGON STATE (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 3:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Boise State have met just four times with the Beavers leading the series 3-1. OSU won the first three games in the series, BSU the most recent last year. The Beavers have won the previous two games played at Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Boise State met early in the season at Boise and the high-powered Broncos posted a 53-34 victory. It was the first victory ever against a Pac-10 team for Boise State. Oregon State got out to an early 14-0 lead, but Boise scored the next 34 points and rolled to the win. The Broncos were led by QB Jared Zabransky, who passed for three TDs and ran for another, and LB Korey Hall, who picked off three interceptions, returning one of them for a score. For OSU, QB Derek Anderson became the Beavers' career leader in touchdown passes as he threw for 411 yards and four TDs, but he also had four interceptions. Beaver WR Mike Hass had 12 receptions for a Pac-10-record 293 yards and three TDs. OSU LB Trent Bray was credited with 19 tackles.

    LSU (0-0) at ARIZONA STATE (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 6:15 MST/PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: Game moved from Baton Rouge to Tempe due to aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. First meeting between Arizona State and LSU. In fact, it is the first-ever game against a member of the SEC for the Sun Devils. ASU has played Arkansas twice, but it was prior to Arkansas becoming a member of the SEC.

    NORTHERN ARIZONA (1-0) at ARIZONA (0-1) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 7:00 MST - FSN Arizona local cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Northern Arizona have met eight times with the Wildcats leading the series 7-1. Arizona has won the last six meetings, all at Tucson. NAU's lone victory in the series came in 1932 in a game played at Phoenix (7-6). . . . Last Year: The Mike Stoops era got off to a good start as Arizona defeated Northern Arizona 21-3 at Tucson. The Lumberjacks hung tough and trailed only 7-3 in the fourth quarter before the Wildcats pulled away for the win. RB Mike Bell led the UA offense in rushing for 124 yards and two scores and the Wildcat defense picked off three NAU passes, including two in the final quarter. Arizona freshman CB Antoine Cason made an auspicious debut with a team-high 13 tackles, including 12 solo stops, two forced fumbles and an interception. He earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors for his performance.

    RICE (0-0) at UCLA (1-0) - Sat., Sep. 3 - 7:00 PDT - FSNW2 local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Rice have met just twice with the Bruins taking both contests, 20-0 at Los Angeles in 1952 and 27-24 at Houston in 1966. This will mark Rice's first visit to the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Rice met at Houston in 1966 with the Bruins winning 27-24. UCLA QB Gary Beban rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another to lead the Bruins. The following year Beban would win the Heisman Trophy.

    CURRENT STREAKS:
    Longest overall winning streak - 23 games - USC (longest in nation)
    Longest Conference-game winning streak - 15 games - USC
    Longest home winning streak - 21 games - USC
    Longest road winning streak - 10 games - USC

    OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 started the season with a mark of 7-2 (.778) against non-conference foes.

    ARIZONA: Loss in season-opener at Utah snapped a five-year string of winning the first game of the season for the Cats. . . . Arizona plays rest of the month in Tucson with home games against Northern Arizona and Purdue. . . . Coach Mike Stoops was named the Pac-10's 'Rising Star' among the conference coaches in the pre-season edition of The Sporting News. Although only 43 years old, Stoops has participated in 19 bowl games, 15 as an assistant coach and four as a player. . . . Second-team All-Pac-10 FS Darrell Brooks has 31 starts on his resume. SS Lamon Means is close behind with 26.

    ARIZONA STATE: True freshman TB Keegan Herring rushed for 134 yards on just 12 carries (11.2) in his collegiate debut as ASU defeated Temple. Herring broke a 35-year record for most yards by a freshman in his first game. The old mark was set by Woody Green (117) in 1971 in pre-Pac-10 days for the Devils. . . . Against Temple in opener, PK Jesse Ainsworth planted nine of 11 kickoffs for touchbacks. . . . WR Derek Hagan is on the verge establishing some significant receiving records for ASU. He has 184 career receptions, just four shy of John Jefferson's (1974-77) ASU record. And his 21 TD receptions are just four short of Keith Poole's (1993-96) career mark. Hagan has a string of 30 consecutive games with at least one reception, longest such streak in the Pac-10.

    CALIFORNIA: Starting QB Nate Longshore suffered a broken fibula in the Golden Bears' opening day win against Sacramento State. He is expected to be out two-to-three months. JC transfer Joseph Ayoob will take over as the starter. . . . Cal had a crowd of 65,983 for Sacramento State, a new opening-day record for the Bears. . . . True freshman WR DeSean Jackson took the first punt return of his career 49 yards for a TD in the opener. Jackson also had a 31-yard TD reception. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch rushed for a career-high 147 yards in his first career start in Cal's opener. It was the 13th straight game Cal has had a 100-yard rusher.

    OREGON: After the first week of the season, QB Kellen Clemens ranks second in the country in total offense after piling up 420 yards in the Ducks' opening win at Houston. Clemens passed for 348 yards and had a team-high 72 yards rushing. The 420 yards total offense is the 10th-best single-game performance in UO history. . . . Making his debut as Oregon's fulltime kicker, Paul Martinez connected on five-of-six field goal attempts at Houston. Included was a 51-yarder. . . . WR Jordan Kent is attempting to become Oregon's first three-sport letterman since World War II. Kent averaged 4.8 points and 4.4 rebounds on the Ducks' basketball team last winter and runs a 10.4 100 meters and long jumps nearly 25 feet for the track team. He is the son of UO men's basketball head coach Ernie Kent.

    OREGON STATE: QB Matt Moore passed for 367 yards and four TDs in the Beavers' 41-14 opening win against Portland State. It was the most passing yards ever for an OSU quarterback making his first start. . . . The game drew 42,263 to newly expanded Reser Stadium setting a new attendance record for the venue. The old mark was 41,600 against Oregon in 1980. . . . Oregon State is the only team in the nation to play three teams in the AP pre-season top 25 in the month of September (Boise State, Louisville, Arizona State).

    STANFORD: New head coach Walt Harris has installed a short-passing, ball control offensive scheme, the West Coast offense, that will give the Cardinal offense a different look this season. Junior QB Trent Edwards is slated to be at the controls and is one of 10 returning starters on offense. Seven of those 10 were sophomores last season. . . . Harris led Pitt to a bowl game in each of the last five seasons, culminating in a BCS berth in the Fiesta Bowl last year. . . . Major chore for Stanford will be replacing three starters in the secondary that was the strength of the Cardinal defense last season. . . . Stanford is the last Pac-10 school to see action, opening this week at Navy.

    UCLA: In the Bruins' 44-21 season-opening win at San Diego State, TE Marcedes Lewis had seven of UCLA's total of 12 receptions. Lewis posted career highs with the seven catches for 131 yards. . . . ILB Spencer Havner picked up where he left off last season when he led the Pac-10 in tackles. Havner was credited with 13 stops at San Diego State, including three for losses, plus he intercepted a pass to snare Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors. . . . TB Maurice Drew also picked right up from a year ago by rushing 11 times for 114 yards (10.4) and two TDs, plus taking a punt back 72 yards for a score. He raced 64 yards for a TD on UCLA's first play from scrimmage.

    USC: WR Dwayne Jarrett pulled in three TD receptions in the Trojans' season-opening 63-17 win at Hawai'i. That gives Jarrett 16 touchdown catches in just 14 career games. . . . With three TD passes at Hawai'i, QB Matt Leinart became USC's career leader in TD passes with 74. The old mark was 72 by fellow Heisman winner Carson Palmer. Leinart now stands at 26-1 as a starting QB at Troy. . . . USC's 23-game winning streak is the longest in the nation and just two short of the Pac-10 record, which is 25 by USC from 1931-33. Trojans also have a 21-game home winning streak going.

    WASHINGTON: Coach Tyrone Willingham was 10-0 against the week's opponent, California, when he coached at Cal's archrival Stanford. Willingham was 3-0 as an assistant coach and 7-0 as the Cardinal head man against the Golden Bears. . . . Huskies dropped season-opener to Air Force, but one are of marked improvement was turnovers. UW did not have a turnover in the game after coughing up 42 last season, by far the most in the Pac-10. . . . UW does not leave Seattle for the month of September as the next three games--California, Idaho, Notre Dame--are at Husky Stadium.

    WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars opened the season with a bang as RB Jerome Harrison went 80 yards for a TD on WSU's first play from scrimmage in the opening win against Idaho. Harrison then scored on a four-yard run on his second carry of the game. . . . True freshman SS Courtney Williams was credited with five tackles on special teams in his first game as a Cougar. . . . Washington State has scored in 239 consecutive games dating back to 1984. Only Michigan (251) has a longer current streak of consecutive games without being shutout. The Pac-10 record is 265 games by Washington (1981-2004).

    IN QUOTES: USC OT Winston Justice, who took up boxing with a trainer who once worked with Mike Tyson: 'In football I've been hurt worse, but in boxing you actually bleed.'

    A LOOK AHEAD--The schedule for Sat., Sep. 17:
    Oregon State at Louisville, 12:00 EDT/9:00 PDT (ESPN)
    Oklahoma at UCLA, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
    Idaho at Washington, 12:30 PDT
    Illinois at California, 2:00 PDT
    Fresno State at Oregon, 4:00 PDT (TBS)
    Grambling State at Washington State @Qwest Field, Seattle
    Purdue at Arizona, 7:00 MST
    Northwestern at Arizona State, 7:00 MST
    UC Davis at Stanford, 7:00 PDT
    Arkansas at USC, 7:15 PDT (FSN)
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