This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 11, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: It's the last big weekend of non-conference play as all 10 Pac-10 teams square off against non-league opponents. Included are four games against teams currently ranked in the Top 25--Louisville (12), Purdue (13), Oklahoma (18) and Fresno State (24). Following this weekend, only five regular-season non-conference games remain on the schedule, with three of those vs. Notre Dame. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Sep. 17 (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


43/t44 Oregon State (2-0) Papa John's Stadium (42,000) 12:00 EDT First meeting
12/10 Louisville (1-0) Louisville, KY ESPN
18/17 Oklahoma (1-1) Rose Bowl (91,500) 12:30 PDT ABC Oklahoma leads 3-0
34/t30 UCLA (2-0) Pasadena, CA ABC Oklahoma 59-24 (2003)
--/-- Idaho (0-2) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT UW leads 33-2-2
--/-- Washington (0-2) Seattle, WA UW 45-14 (2003)
--/-- Illinois (2-0) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 2:00 PDT Illinois leads 7-2
16/15 California (2-0) Berkeley, CA California 31-24 (2003)
24/25 Fresno State (1-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 4:00 PDT Oregon leads 3-2
27/28 Oregon (2-0) Eugene, OR TBS Oregon 28-24 (2002)
--/-- Grambling State (1-0) Qwest Field (67,000) 4:00 PDT First meeting
--/-- Washington State (2-0) Seattle, WA
13/11 Purdue (1-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Purdue leads 1-0
40/-- Arizona (1-1) Tucson, AZ Purdue 59-7 (2003)
--/t46 Northwestern (2-0) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 7:00 MST ASU leads 3-0
15/22 Arizona State (1-1) Tempe, AZ ASU 30-21 (2004)
--/-- UC Davis (0-2) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 7:00 PDT Stanford leads 1-0
--/-- Stanford (1-0) Stanford, CA Stanford 59-0 (1932)
--/-- Arkansas (1-1) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 7:15 PDT USC leads 2-1
1/1 USC (1-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN Arkansas 22-7 (1974)

PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information can be found online by pointing your browser to www.pac-10.org.

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. Check your XM listings for the schedule on channels 194, 195 and 196.

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:

Sat., Sep. 17 9:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) ESPN Oregon State at Lousiville
12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Oklahoma at UCLA
4:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) TBS Fresno State at Oregon
7:15 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN Arkansas at USC
Fri., Sep. 23 7:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) ESPN California at New Mexico State
Sat., Sep. 24 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Notre Dame at Washington
4:00 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC USC at Oregon
7:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) TBS Arizona State at Oregon State

INSTANT REPLAY: Like most of the other Division IA conferences, the Pac-10 is utilizing 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. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 through the games of Sep. 10:

Games utilizing instant replay: 11
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 11
Number of reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1
Average length of review: 1:19

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams in the Top 25 in the polls, with a couple others lurking just outside the first 25 and a total of seven Conference teams receiving votes. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in both polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for 21 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. That ties the record for consecutive weeks being voted No. 1 set by Miami in 2001-02. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP preseason (media) and USA Today Week 2 (coaches) polls:

Team AP USA
USC (1-0) 1 1
Arizona State (1-1) 15 22
California (2-0) 16 16
Oregon (2-0) 27 28
UCLA (2-0) 34 t30
Arizona (1-1) 40 --
Oregon State (2-0) 43 t44

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 17:

OREGON STATE (2-0) at LOUISVILLE (1-0) - 12:00 EDT/9:00 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: First meeting.

OKLAHOMA (1-1) at UCLA (2-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Oklahoma have met just three times with the Sooners taking all three contests by a margin of at least 20 points. In two of the three games, Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 at the time of the game. Oklahoma has met UCLA just once before at the Rose Bowl, winning 34-14 in 1990. The Sooners have made one other appearance in Pasadena, defeating Washington State 34-14 in the 2003 Rose Bowl game (2002 season). . . . Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops is the brother of second-year Arizona head coach Mike Stoops. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and top-ranked Oklahoma met at Norman in 2003 with the Sooners rolling to a 59-24 victory. Oklahoma victimized the UCLA special teams with and NCAA-record three punt returns for touchdowns. The Sooners also returned an interception for a score. Freshman TB Maurice Drew was a bright spot for the Bruins in scoring two touchdowns, including one on a 91-yard kickoff return.

IDAHO (0-2) at WASHINGTON (0-2) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Idaho have met 37 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies holding a commanding 33-2-2 series advantage. Idaho's only wins in the series came in 1900 and 1905, with the two ties coming in 1907 and 1938. The Huskies have won the last 16 meetings and are unbeaten in the last 32. All but four of the games have been played at Seattle. Washington has held Idaho under 10 points in 27 of the 37 games, including 16 shutouts. . . . Second-year Idaho head coach Nick Holt was Pete Carroll's linebackers coach at USC (2001-03) before taking the Vandal job. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and Idaho met at Seattle in 2003 with the Huskies rolling to a 45-14 victory. The numbers told the story as Washington rushed for 231 yards and piled up 502 yards total offense, while the Husky defense limited Idaho to 10 first downs, 86 yards passing and 206 yards total offense.

ILLINOIS (2-0) at CALIFORNIA (2-0) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Illinois have met nine times with the Illini leading the series 7-2. Illinois won the first five meetings, the teams have split the last four games. Illinois has won all four of the games played at Berkeley. . . . Last Meeting: California and Illinois met at Champaign in 2003 with the Golden Bears holding off a late Illini comeback attempt to take a 31-24 decision. Cal led 31-14 with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game, but Illinois came back and had moved to the Bear 8-yard line with four seconds left before a QB sack on the final play of the game preserved the win. The numbers belonged to Illinois, which outgained the Bears 496-368, due primarily to 430 aerial yards. Cal's cause was aided by five QB sacks (-40), including one on the game's final play.

FRESNO STATE (1-0) at OREGON (2-0) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Fresno State have met five times with the Ducks holding a slim 3-2 series edge. Fresno State won the first two matchups, Oregon the most recent three. Oregon has a 2-1 edge in games played at Eugene and has won the last two. Two of the last three games have been overtime affairs. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Fresno State met at Eugene early in the season in 2002 with the No. 13-ranked Ducks needing to rally for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to pull out a 28-24 win. QB Jason Fife led the Ducks by passing for 303 yards.

GRAMBLING STATE (1-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) at Qwest Field, Seattle - 4:00 PDT - The Series: First meeting.

PURDUE (1-0) at ARIZONA (1-1) - 7:00 MST - The Series: First trip to Tucson for Purdue as Arizona and Purdue have met just once with the Boilermakers winning 59-7 at West Lafayette in 2003. . . . Purdue head coach Joe Tiller did two stints as an assistant coach at Washington State (1971-73, 1989-90). . . . Last Meeting: Arizona and Purdue met at West Lafayette in 2003 and the No. 25-ranked Boilermakers romped to a 59-7 win. Purdue dominated on both sides of the ball. The Boilermakers rushed for 292 yards and passed for 288 on the way to 580 yards total offense. The Purdue defense limited UA to 10 first downs and 174 yards total offense (66 rushing, 108 passing), had four turnovers and forced the Wildcats to punt 11 times.

NORTHWESTERN (2-0) at ARIZONA STATE (1-1) - 7:00 MST - The Series: Arizona State and Northwestern have met just three times with the Sun Devils winning all three contests, including the only previous meeting at Tempe in 1977 (35-3). . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Northwestern met early in the season with the Sun Devils taking a 30-21 decision. QB Andrew Walter passed for 293 yards and three scores with his favorite target, WR Derek Hagan, pulling in eight receptions for 154 yards and two TDs. The Northwestern offense showed some pop as well with 463 yards total offense, including 235 yards on the ground.

UC DAVIS (0-2) at STANFORD (1-0) - 7:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and UC Davis have met just once before with the Cardinal rolling to a 59-0 win at Palo Alto in 1932. . . . Last Meeting: The then-California Aggies came to Palo Alto in 1932 and were trounced 59-0 by coach Pop Warner's final Stanford squad.

ARKANSAS (1-1) at USC (1-0) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Arkansas have met three times with the Trojans leading 2-1. USC won the first two meetings in 1972 and 1973, with Arkansas winning the most recent in 1974. USC was ranked in the Top 10 entering all three contests. In the only game of the brief series played in Los Angeles, the top-ranked Trojans blanked Arkansas 17-0 in 1973. This 1972-74 period was the height of the John McKay glory years at USC, as the Trojans went 31-3-2 over that three-year span and won the National Championship in 1972 and 1974. . . . Last Meeting: USC and Arkansas, with legendary coaches John McKay and Frank Broyles, opened the 1974 season in front of a record home crowd at Little Rock and the Razorbacks upset the No. 5-ranked Trojans 22-7. It would be the last game USC would lose that season as the Pat Haden-led Trojans went on to capture the 1974 national title, defeating Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Arkansas attempted just two passes all game, completing one, but the Hogs rushed for 262 yards. The Arkansas defense limited USC to 213 yards and forced four turnovers and kept the Trojans out of the end zone, as SC's lone score came on a 106-yard kickoff return by Anthony Davis.

PAC-10 NOTES:

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 is off to a hot start with a mark of 13-3 (.813) against non-conference foes.

ARIZONA: Soph MLB Dane Krogstad has led the Cats in tackling in each of the first two games and is averaging 11.5 stops per game, tied for third in the Pac-10. . . . Wildcats put up the best offensive half of second-year coach Mike Stoops' tenure with 298 yards and 24 points in first half vs. Northern Arizona last week. Arizona only had to punt two times in the game (with P Danny Baugher knocking them 64 and 55 yards). . . . Soph QB Richard Kovalcheck has recorded career highs in passing yards the last two weeks in throwing for 255 yards in each game. . . . Arizona has tallied more first downs than its opponents in both games this year after accomplishing that only once in 2004. . . . Consistent RB Mike Bell is second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 110.5 yards per game.

ARIZONA STATE: With the LSU game having moved to Tempe under tragic circumstances, ASU plays five of its first six games at Sun Devil Stadium. . . . With seven catches for 95 yards vs. LSU, WR Derek Hagan became ASU's career receiving leader with 191 catches, surpassing legendary John Jefferson (188, 1974-77). With 2,877 career receiving yards, Hagan is just 116 yards behind Jefferson (2,993) in that category. Hagan has at least one reception in 31 straight games. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has planted 13 of 16 kickoffs for touchbacks this year. . . . QB Sam Keller passed for a career-high 461 yards and four TDs vs. LSU last week. He spread it around to nine different receivers with five of them having 50 yards or more receiving. . . . Sun Devils are leading the Pac-10 in total offense by a wide margin in averaging 559.5 yards per game. ASU also leads league in pass offense at 360.0 yards per. Devils rank fourth in the nation in both categories.

CALIFORNIA: TB Marshawn Lynch suffered a broken finger at Washington, but backups Marcus O'Keith (103) and Justin Forsett (77) combined for 180 yards and three TDs on just 17 carries as Cal had a 100-yard rusher for the 14th consecutive game. . . . QB Joe Ayoob, who was 0-for-10 in his debut in Cal's opener vs. Sacramento State in relief of injured starter Nate Longshore, started at Washington and had his first pass intercepted and the next two go incomplete to extend his drought to 13 attempts. He overcame that shaky start to throw four first-half touchdown passes and ended the day completing 17 of 27 for 271 yards. . . . Bears lead the league in scoring defense (10.0) and have not allowed a rushing touchdown in first two games.

OREGON: Oregon is in the middle of a three-game homestand. . . . For the eighth year in a row, UO has set a record for season tickets sold (40,973 and counting). . . . After tying the school record for field goals in a game with five in the season opener at Houston, PK Paul Martinez went one better and established a new record with six against Montana. That also ties the Pac-10 single-game mark he now shares with UCLA's John Lee, who booted six field goals against San Diego State in 1984. Thus, Martinez is 11-of-12 on field goal attempts and leads the nation averaging 5.5 field goals per game. . . . The Ducks new spread/option offense finds QB Kellen Clemens leading the Pac-10 in total offense at 351.0 yards per game. That's good for fourth in the nation. . . . The win against Montana tied coach Mike Bellotti with legendary Len Casanova (1951-66) for second on the Ducks' all-time win list with 82 victories. Rich Brooks (1977-94) is the UO leader with 91 wins.

OREGON STATE: Beavers venture away from Reser Stadium for the first time this year with a game at No. 12-ranked Louisville. The game at Louisville kicks off at 12:00 noon ET, so coach Mike Riley is practicing his squad at 9:00 a.m. PT all this week. . . . WR Mike Hass had 11 catches for 178 yards and a TD against Boise and leads the Pac-10 in receptions, averaging 10.0 per game. He has at least 100 yards receiving in his last six games and is averaging 166.5 yards per game in the early going this year. Hass has moved into third place on OSU's career receiving list with 150 catches. . . . MLB Trent Bray has been in double figures in tackles in both games this year and leads the Pac-10 in stops at 12.5 per game. . . . Matt Moore has settled right in as the Beavs' starting QB, averaging 323.0 yards passing in OSU's first two games with five TDs and just one pick. . . . Beavers' current five-game win streak is longest among Pac-10 teams after USC's national-best 23 in a row.

STANFORD: The Walt Harris era got off to a good start as the Cardinal won its opener in a 41-38 shootout at Navy. That was a welcome outcome for a squad that lost its last five games of 2004. . . . T.J. Rushing, who league coaches voted the All-Pac-10 kick returner last year, showed why, as he brought a Navy kickoff back 93 yards for a TD in the opener. . . . Stanford rushing attack was 114th in the country last year at 81.2 yards per game. Cardinal topped that by 100 as it went for 181 yards at Navy. Last year's rushing average of 2.5 per play was doubled up as Stanford averaged 5.2 yards per carry at Annapolis. . . . The 41 points was most for Stanford since scoring 43 in its opener against San Jose State last year.

UCLA: Oklahoma this week is game two of a four-game homestand for the Bruins. . . . UCLA offense exploded in 63-21 win against Rice last week. The Bruins scored the first seven times they had the ball, had 299 yards in the first quarter and 408 yards by halftime. . . . QB Drew Olson has yet to throw an interception in Bruins' first two games. . . . TB Maurice Drew has a punt return for a TD in each of the Bruins' first two games, covering 72 and 66 yards. The Pac-10 season record is three by six different players, most recently Stanford's Glyn Milburn (1992). Drew has three career punt returns, also one shy of the Pac-10 record of four (Milburn, 1990-92; Beno Bryant, Washington, 1989-91; Sam Brown, UCLA, 1953-55).

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 (1998-2002). 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. . . . The Trojans are ranked No. 1 in the AP poll for the 21st consecutive week, tying the record set by Miami (2001-02).

WASHINGTON: Huskies are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak, UW's longest since a 10-gamer in 1968-69, and give coach Tyrone Willingham his first UW victory. . . . Huskies play all four September games in Seattle. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback has been solid, completing 62.1% of his passes for 271.5 yards per game with three TDs and just one pick. . . . P Sean Douglas ranks sixth in the nation in punting with a 45.6-yard average. . . . Huskies have turned the ball over just one time in first two games. . . . PK Evan Knudson is perfect on two field goal attempts, hitting from 40 and 46 yards. . . . OLB Evan Benjamin is in double figures in tackles and leads the team with 10.5 stops per game. FS Dashon Goldson is right behind at 9.5.

WASHINGTON STATE: RB Jerome Harrison is off to a nice start with back-to-back 100-yard efforts in the Cougars' first two games. He is leading the Pac-10 and is seventh nationally in rushing at 143.0 yards per game, while averaging 6.8 yards per rush. Harrison has now rushed for more than 100 yards in WSU's last five games and in those contests is averaging 160 yards. The Cougars as a team are second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 226.5 yards per game. . . . WR Jason Hill is leading the league in touchdown receptions with four, two in each of WSU's first two games. . . . QB Alex Brink has six TD passes in first two games, trailing only ASU's Sam Keller (8) among Pac-10 QBs. . . . WSU opened the season in Pullman on Sep. 1 and does not return to Martin Stadium until Oct. 8 for Stanford.

A LOOK AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK:

Fri., Sep. 23:
California at New Mexico State, 8:00 MDT (ESPN)

Sat., Sep. 24
Notre Dame at Washington, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
USC at Oregon, 4:00 PDT (ABC)
Arizona State at Oregon State, 7:00 PDT (TBS)
Open dates - Arizona, Stanford, UCLA, Washington State

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