This Week in Pac-10 Football

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Sept. 19, 2005

THE SCHEDULE: It's a light schedule in the Pac-10 this week in terms of total games, but there are two key Conference games in the state of Oregon, plus a pair of non-league games. Four teams are taking a breather before full-blown Conference play begins in two weeks. Here is a look at this week's schedule: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Fri.., Sep. 23 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
13/14 California (3-0) Aggie Stadium (30,343) 8:00 MDT California leads 2-0
--/-- New Mexico State (0-3) Las Cruces, NM ESPN California 41-14 (2004)
Ranking Game - Sat., Sep. 24 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
16/18 Notre Dame (2-1) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT ABC Notre Dame leads 5-0
--/-- Washington (1-2) Seattle, WA ABC Notre Dame 38-3 (2004)
1/1 USC (2-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 4:00 PDT USC leads 34-15-2
24/26 Oregon (3-0) Eugene, OR ABC USC 44-33 (2002)
18/17 Arizona State (2-1) Reser Stadium (43,300) 7:00 PDT ASU leads 22-8-1
--/-- Oregon State (2-1) Corvallis, OR TBS ASU 27-14 (2004)
Ranking Open Dates Next Game
--/-- Arizona (1-2) Sat., Oct. 1 at California
--/-- Stanford (1-1) Sat., Oct. 1 vs. Oregon
25/23 UCLA (3-0) Sat., Oct. 1 vs. Washington
--/-- Washington State (3-0) Sat., Oct. 1 at Oregon State

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LAST WEEK:
UCLA 41, Oklahoma 24
Washington 34, Idaho 6
California 35, Illinois 20
Oregon 37, Fresno State 34
USC 70, Arkansas 17
Washington State 48, Grambling State 7
Arizona State 52, Northwestern 21
Louisville 63, Oregon State 27
Purdue 31, Arizona 24
UC Davis 20, Stanford 17

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:

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
Sat., Oct. 1 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC USC at Arizona State
4:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) TBS Arizona at California

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.

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: 18
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 16
Number of reversals: 4
Average number of stoppages per game: 0.9
Average length of review: 1:24

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Five Pac-10 teams in the Top 25 in the polls this week. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in both polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for a record 22 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP preseason (media) and USA Today Week 2 (coaches) polls:

Team AP USA
USC (2-0) 1 1
California (3-0) 13 14
Arizona State (2-1) 18 17
Oregon (3-0) 24 26
UCLA (3-0) 25 23

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 24 games - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 15 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 22 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 10 games - USC

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just five regular-season non-conference games remaining, the Pac-10 has posted a stellar mark of 20-6 (.769) against non-conference foes.

SERIES NOTES:

CALIFORNIA (3-0) at NEW MEXICO STATE (0-3) - Fri., Sep. 23 - 8:00 MDT/7:00 PDT - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: California and New Mexico State have met just twice with the Golden Bears winning both games. First trip to Las Cruces for Cal as the two previous games were played at Berkeley in 2002 and 2004. . . . Last Year: California and New Mexico State met early in the season at Berkeley and the No. 12-ranked Golden Bears ran away with a 41-14 win. The numbers told the story. Cal had 29 first downs and 611 yards total offense (336 rushing, 275 passing) and converted 8-of-11 third-down attempts. The Bear defense limited the Aggies to 14 first downs, 37 yards rushing and 212 yards total offense and posted four QB sacks.

NOTRE DAME (2-1) at WASHINGTON (1-2) - Sat., Sep. 24 - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Washington and Notre Dame have met five times with the Irish taking all five to lead the series 5-0. That includes the two previous games played at Seattle, the most recent being in 1996. First-year UW coach Tyrone Willingham spent the last three seasons as head coach at Notre Dame. . . . Last Year: Washington and Notre Dame met at South Bend with the Tyrone Willingham-led Irish rolling to a 38-3 victory. Notre Dame QB Brady Quinn passed for 266 yards and four TDs, two each to TE Anthony Fasano and WR matt Shelton. The Huskies were victimized by five turnovers, including four fumbles.

USC (2-0) at OREGON (3-0) - Sat., Sep. 24 - 4:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon have met 51 times dating to 1915 with the Trojans holding a 34-15-2 series advantage. USC leads 12-9-1 in games played in Oregon, including 10-5-1 at Eugene. The Trojans won the last meeting, 44-33 at Eugene in 2002, which snapped a four-game Duck winning streak in the series. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon has not played USC in the Trojans' last two national championship-winning seasons. The last meeting between USC and Oregon came at noisy, sold-out Autzen Stadium (in front of the largest crowd to see a football game in the state of Oregon at the time) in 2002. Oregon scored on its first five possessions of the game and led 19-14 at halftime, but after intermission SC scored 30 unanswered points to pull away to a 44-33 win. Trojan QB Carson Palmer displayed his Heisman Trophy credentials by passing for a school-record 448 yards and five touchdown passes. With Palmer at the controls, the USC offense piled up 31 first downs and 608 yards total offense. Oregon got in its licks as QB Jason Fife passed for 336 yards and two scores. Since Oregon last saw USC in 2002, the Trojans have lost just one game.

ARIZONA STATE (2-1) at OREGON STATE (2-1) - Sat., Sep. 24 - 7:00 PDT/MST - TBS national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon State have met 31 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 22-8-1. The teams have split 11 games in the state of Oregon 5-5-1 and Arizona State has a slim 4-3-1 edge in games at Corvallis. It has been all Sun Devils of late as ASU has won eight of the last nine overall, although the teams have split the last four games at Corvallis, with the Beavers winning the most recent home game (45-17 in 2003). . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon State opened the Conference season at hot Tempe with the No. 22-ranked Sun Devils scoring a 27-14 victory. A 5-0 advantage in turnovers had much to do with ASU's victory as OLB Jamar Williams intercepted two passes and the Devils recovered three fumbles, two of the recoveries made by DT Jordan Hill. Oregon State outgained ASU 365-249, but the turnovers and penalties undermined the Beavers' effort. OSU QB Derek Anderson put the ball in the air 53 times for 384 yards and Beaver WR Mike Hass caught a school-record 14 passes for 172 yards. The Sun Devils limited the Beavers to minus-10 yards rushing.

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE GAMES OF OCT. 1:

Arizona at California
USC at Arizona State
Oregon at Stanford
Washington State at Oregon State
Washington at UCLA

PAC-10 NOTES: In the early going, six Pac-10 teams are averaging better than 40 points per game, led by USC's other-worldly 66.5. Other league teams topping the 40-point per game mark are UCLA (49.3), Arizona State (48.7), Washington State (47.0), California (44.0) and Oregon (40.7). . . . Arizona State (630.7) and USC (627.0) are averaging better than 600 yards per game total offense.

ARIZONA: Wildcats have an open date to prepare for rugged two-game road trip to California and USC to open Conference play. . . . TE Brad Wood has caught at least one TD pass in each game this year. . . . Soph QB Richard Kovalcheck passed for a career-high 287 yards against Purdue in last outing. Included were three TD passes. . . . TB Mike Bell has accounted for 85% of Arizona's rushing yards this season (256 of 300). . . . Cats lead the Pac-10 in pass defense allowing just 164.3 yards per game. . . . P Danny Baugher leads the league in punting with a 51.8-yard average. Against Purdue he unleashed a career-long 76-yard kick and also had punts travel 68, 63 and 61 yards while averaging 57.6 yards on seven punts. . . . Opponents are converting only 26.2% of third-down attempts against the Cats. . . . Arizona has allowed no fourth-quarter points this year.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils open Conference play on the road at Oregon State, then return home for dates with USC and Oregon. . . . In 52-21 win against Northwestern, ASU recorded a school-record 773 yards total offense. Devils ran it for 290 yards and passed for 483, while averaging 9.2 yards per play. . . . ASU's six rushing TDs this season matches last year's 12-game total. . . . In four career starts dating back to last year's Vitalis Sun Bowl, QB Sam Keller is 3-1 and has tossed at least three TDs in each game. In his four starts he has completed 60.2% of his passes for an average of 362.0 yards per game with 15 TDs and just two INTs. . . . WR Derek Hagan, already ASU's career reception leader, needs just 27 yards to surpass Hall of Famer John Jefferson (1974-77) as the Sun Devils' career receiving yardage leader. . . . Hagan has a reception in 32 straight games. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has recorded touchbacks on 20 of his 25 kickoffs this season. . . . ASU has scored in 11 of 12 quarters. . . . O-line has allowed just one QB sack in three games.

CALIFORNIA: A win this week would give the Golden Bears their first 4-0 start since Steve Mariucci's lone year of coaching Cal in 1996. . . . QB Joe Ayoob began the season 0-for-13 passing with an interception. Since then, he's 25-for 41 (.610) with five TDs and no interceptions. . . . MLB Desmond Bishop has led the Bears in tackles in all three games and is averaging 8.3 stops per game. . . . The offensive line must be doing something right as Cal has had three different tailbacks rush for 100 yards in first three games--Marshawn Lynch, followed by Marcus O'Keith, and last week Justin Forsett with 187 at Washington. Cal has a streak of 15 consecutive game with a 100-yard rusher. . . . Cal is the only team in the Pac-10 averaging more per game rushing (264.0) than passing (191.7). . . . Bears lead the league in scoring defense (13.3) and pass efficiency defense.

OREGON: Ducks open Conference play at home against two-time defending national champion USC Trojans. Oregon and SC have not played since 2002. . . . With 332 yards passing in win against Fresno State, QB Kellen Clemens passed Dan Fouts (1970-72) for fifth on the Oregon career passing list. Clemens now sits at 6,054 yards. . . . CB Aaron Gipson has an interception in all three of Oregon's game this season. . . . As a team, Oregon leads the Pac-10 with five picks. . . . Ducks' new spread-option offense is averaging 490.7 yards and 40.7 points per game. Kellen Clemens leads the Pac-10 in total offense (364.0 yards per game) running it. Clemens has yet to throw an interceptions so far this season. . . . Coach Mike Bellotti is looking to become just the 13th coach in league history to win 50 Conference games. He currently sits at 49-31.

OREGON STATE: OSU has two home games to open league play as the Beavers host Arizona State and Washington State. . . . Loss at Louisville snapped a five-game winning streak for OSU. . . . New starting QB Matt Moore has fit right in, averaging 321.0 yards per game passing, third-best in the Pac-10, while completing 62.9% of his passes. . . . It doesn't hurt Moore that he has WR Mike Hass as a target. Hass leads the Pac-10 in receptions (9.7 per game) and receiving yardage (165.3 yards per game). . . . OLB Keith Ellison (10.0) and MLB Trent Bray (9.7) rank 2-3, respectively, in the Pac-10 in tackles. OLB Derrick Doggett averages 6.3, giving the OSU linebacking trio an average of 26 stops per game. . . . OSU is outscoring opponents 31-7 in the fourth quarter. . . . Beavers are the only Pac-10 team without a senior starting on the offensive line.

STANFORD: Cardinal was not penalized in loss to UC Davis. Stanford has been flagged just three times (-35) in two games. . . . ILB Kevin Schimmelmann tops the Pac-10 in tackles with an average of 11.0 stops per game. He also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown in last game, one of two fumble recoveries the Cardinal scored on. . . . Stanford quarterbacks have been picked off just once in first two games.

UCLA: Bruins have an open date this week before wrapping up a four-game homestand with Conference games against Washington and California. . . . UCLA is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001. . . . QB Drew Olson has no interceptions through first three games and trails only SC's Matt Leinart in Pac-10 pass efficiency. . . . Bruins leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+7) in no small part due to the fact that they have not suffered a turnover in first three games. . . . TB Maurice Drew has six TDs thus far in 2005, four rushing and two on punt returns. The average length of his scoring plays has been 36.0 yards as he is going for 154.0 all-purpose yards per game. . . . Bruins are averaging 49.3 points per game and outscoring opponents by 27.3 points per game. . . . UCLA's nine rushing TDs leads the Pac-10.

USC: Trojans play four of next five on the road beginning with Conference road trips to Oregon and Arizona State. . . . SC has stretched its nation's-best win streak to 24 games. That's one short of the Pac-10 record of 25 consecutive set by the Trojans in 1931-33. . . . 70 points in win against Arkansas was the most in a game for USC since 1970 (at Washington State) and the most for the Trojans in the L.A. Coliseum since hanging 74 on California in 1930. . . . 133 points in the last two games is the most in back-to-back games since 1905 and the most ever in the first two games of a season. . . . USC's first four scoring drives against Arkansas lasted 38, 13, 26 and 15 seconds, a total of 1:32 in possession time during which Troy ran eight plays and scored 28 points. . . . WR Steve Smith has three games in a row topping the 100-yard receiving mark. . . . Fellow WR Dwayne Jarrett now has 18 TD receptions in 15 career games. . . . USC had a home-opener record crowd of 90,411 for Arkansas. . . . Heisman QB Matt Leinart is now 27-1 as a starter. He is completing 75% of his passes this season (36 of 48).

WASHINGTON: UW wraps up a three-game homestand and forth straight game in Seattle against Notre Dame this week. . . . Huskies snapped an eight-game losing streak with 34-6 win against Idaho and gave coach Tyrone Willingham his first UW win. . . . UW defense limited Vandals to no touchdowns, 12 first downs, minus-4 yards rushing, 186 yards total offense and posted seven QB sacks (-52). . . . DT Manase Hopoi got 3.5 and is Pac-10 co-leader in QB sacks. Hopoi also ranks ranks second in league in tackles for loss (5). . . . P Sean Douglas ranks second in Pac-10 in punting at 44.5 yards per boot. . . . Soph TB Louis Rankin has two 100-yard rushing days so far this year.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars last started the season 3-0 in 2001. . . . WSU's modest four-game winning streak is the second-longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams after USC's nation-leading 24. . . . WR Jason Hill has two TD receptions in each of the Cougs' first three games. He now has 18 career receptions and is chasing the WSU record of 22 held by Hugh Campbell (1960-62). . . . WSU's 141 points through three games are the most to start a season since 1908. . . . Cougars are outscoring opponents 68-12 in the first half. . . . RB Jerome Harrison has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of his last six games dating back to last year. He is averaging 152.2 yards per game during that span. . . . Harrison's backup, true freshman DeMaundray Woolridge, has topped the 100-yard rushing mark the last two games along with Harrison. . . . QB Alex Brink has tossed six touchdown passes with no interceptions the last two games. . . . WSU defense leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 16, including 13 the last two games.

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