This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 26, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: The calendar turns to October and Conference play begins in earnest this week with a full slate of five Pac-10 games. It will be that way most of the rest of the way as only three non-league regular-season games remain to be played. Pac-10 action finds USC at ARIZONA STATE, WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, OREGON at STANFORD, ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON at UCLA. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 1: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll and the Harris Interactive poll):

Ranking Game - Sat., Oct. 1 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
1/1/1 USC (3-0) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 12:30 MST USC leads 12-9-0
14/15/14 Arizona State (3-1) Tempe, AZ ABC USC 45-7 (2004)
--/--/34 Washington State (3-0) Reser Stadium (43,300) 1:00 PDT WSU leads 46-40-3-
--/--/-- Oregon State (2-2) Corvallis, OR Oregon State 38-19 (2004)
26/31/31 Oregon (3-1) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 2:00 PDT Stanford leads 43-24-1
--/--/-- Stanford (1-1) Stanford, CA Oregon 16-13 (2004)
--/--/40 Arizona (1-2) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 4:00 PDT Series tied 11-11-2
12/11/-- California (4-0) Berkeley, CA TBS California 38-0 (2004)
--/--/-- Washington (1-3) Rose Bowl (91,500) 7:15 PDT UCLA leads 34-28-2
20/20/18 UCLA (3-0) Pasadena, CA UCLA 37-31 (2004)

USC 45, Oregon 13
Arizona State 42, Oregon State 24
California 41, New Mexico State 13
Notre Dame 36, Washington 17
Arizona, Stanford, UCLA and Washington State - open dates

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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
7:15 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSNW2 Washington at UCLA

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.


USC (3-0) at ARIZONA STATE (3-1) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona State have met 21 times with the Trojans holding a slim 12-9 series advantage by virtue of winning the last five games. In 11 games played at Tempe, USC leads 6-5 and has won the last two. ASU's last win in the series came at L.A. in 1999 (26-16) and the Devils' last home win came in 1997 (35-7). Two of the last four games played at Sun Devil Stadium went into overtime. . . . Last Year: Top-ranked USC and No. 15 Arizona State, both sporting 5-0 records, met in front of 90,000-plus at the L.A. Coliseum. The Trojans, behind four TD passes by QB Matt Leinart, ripped off 42 first-half points and cruised to a 45-7 win. Freshman WR Dwayne Jarrett had three TD receptions for SC and Trojan TB Reggie Bush ran for one score and passed for another. The USC defense limited ASU to 13 first downs, 24 yards rushing, 243 yards total offense, intercepted two passes and posted eight QB sacks. Freshman TE Zach Miller was a bright spot for the Devils with eight catches for 102 yards.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-0) at OREGON STATE (2-2) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: 90th meeting between Washington State and Oregon State in a hoary Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates to 1903. Washington State leads the overall series 46-40-3, but Oregon State has a 25-23-1 edge in games played in the state of Oregon, including a 20-18 advantage at Corvallis. The teams have split the last eight meetings, with OSU winning the last two games played at Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Oregon State met at Corvallis with the Beavers jumping out to a 24-3 halftime lead and coasting to a 38-19 win.

OREGON (3-1) at STANFORD (1-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Oregon have met 68 times dating to 1900 with the Cardinal leading the series 43-24-1. Stanford leads 27-11-1 in games played at Palo Alto. Oregon has a three-game winning streak going in the series, including last year's meeting at Stanford Stadium. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Stanford met at rainy Palo Alto and the Ducks took a 16-13 decision that would send Stanford into a five-game losing streak to end the season. The win was the 100th career victory for Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. TB Terrence Whitehead provided much of the offense for the Ducks, rushing for 131 yards and Oregon's only TD, and adding eight receptions for 92 yards. Duck QB Kellen Clemens completed 22 of 33 (.667) for 275 yards. The Oregon defense limited Stanford to 261 yards total offense, including minus-eight yards rushing, and racked up a school-record 10 QB sacks. The game went right down to the end with a Stanford 49-yard field goal attempt falling short as time expired.

ARIZONA (1-2) at CALIFORNIA (4-0) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: California and Arizona have met 24 times and have split it down the middle at 11-11-2, with a point differential of 599 (Cal) to 591 (UA). In 13 games at Berkeley, the visiting Wildcats have a slim 6-5-2 series lead and have won three of the last four, although not the most recent one. Cal has won the last two games, 38-0 at Tucson last year and 42-14 at Berkeley in 2003. . . . Last Year: California and Arizona met at Tucson and the No. 7-ranked Golden Bears rolled to a 38-0 win, the first shutout for Cal since 1999. The Bears dominated on both sides of the ball in rushing for 192 yards and piling up 459 yards total offense, while limiting the Arizona attack to 12 first downs and 245 yards total offense (86 rushing, 159 passing).

WASHINGTON (1-3) at UCLA (3-0) - 7:15 PDT - FSNW2 local cablecast - The series: UCLA and Washington have met 68 times dating to 1932 with the Bruins leading the series 34-28-2. The Bruins lead 21-10-1 in home games, including 7-2 at the Rose Bowl. UCLA has won the last four and seven of the last eight overall and the last four played at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington opened Conference play at Seattle and Bruin TB Maurice Drew put on a show as UCLA erased a 24-7 first-quarter deficit to post a 37-31 comeback win. Drew set school records as he rushed for 322 yards on 26 carries (12.4-yard average), including five rushing TDs on runs of 47, 62, 58, 15 and 37 yards. Behind Drew, the Bruins rushed for 424 yards while piling up 546 yards total offense. The Huskies had some pop themselves, rushing for 219 yards, led by TB Kenny James with 133, and getting two scoring passes from QB Casey Paus. A pair of standout linebackers put up big tackle numbers with ILB Joe Lobendahn getting 15 stops for UW and ILB Spencer Havner posting 13 for UCLA.

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. 24:

Games utilizing instant replay: 21
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 25
Number of reversals: 9
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 1:33

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams in the Top 20 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 23 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. Making its debut this week is the Harris Interactive Poll, which will be a component in the BCS rankings. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and USA Today (coaches) and Harris Interactive polls:

Team AP USA Harris
USC (3-0) 1 1 1
California (4-0) 12 11 11
Arizona State (3-1) 14 15 14
UCLA (3-0) 20 20 18
Oregon (3-1) 26 31 31
Washington State (3-0) -- -- 34
Arizona (1-2) -- -- 40


Longest overall winning streak - 25 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 16 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 22 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 11 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just three regular-season non-conference games remaining, the Pac-10 has posted a stellar mark of 21-7 (.750) against non-conference foes.

POINTS: Five Pac-10 teams are averaging better than 40 points per game, topped by USC at a mind-boggling 59.3. Also above the 40-point mark are UCLA (49.3), Arizona State (47.0), Washington State (47.0) and California (43.2).

85-24: Touchdown passes vs. interceptions by Pac-10 QBs so far this season.

ARIZONA: Wildcats hit the road for a 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 and the nation 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: With top-ranked USC rolling into town, Sun Devil fans are reminded of 1996 and a shocking 19-0 shutout at Tempe of a Nebraska team seeking its third consecutive national championship. ASU went on to the Rose Bowl that season. . . . ASU averages 41 passes a game, but QB Sam Keller has been picked off just twice and the offensive line has allowed just three QB sacks. Keller has 16 TD passes to offset those two picks. . . . Devils are outscoring opponents 28-7 in first quarter and 90-26 in first half. . . . Already the ASU career leader in receptions, receiving yards and 100-yard receiving games, WR Derek Hagan needs just two TD receptions to become career leader in that category as well. Hagan also has cracked the top 10 on the Pac-10 career charts in receptions, receiving yards and TD receptions. He has a streak of 33 games with at least one reception going. . . . ASU has eight rushing touchdowns, two more than all of last season. . . . Sun Devils had a 6-0 advantage in turnovers in win at Oregon State and now rank second in the Pac-10 with +7 in four games.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have Conference home-opener against Arizona this week. Cal plays three of next four at Berkeley. . . . Cal is looking for its first 5-0 start since 1996. . . . Bears have won 11 straight regular-season games. . . . Filling in for injured Marshawn Lynch, TB Justin Forsett has averaged 9.0 yards per carry while rushing for 422 yards the last two games. Cal's veteran offensive line is getting the job done. . . . With 235 yards rushing vs. New Mexico State, Forsett extended the Bears' streak with a back over 100 yards to 16 games. . . . Cal is the only team in the league averaging more yards per game rushing (275.8) than passing (214.8). . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (13.2) and defensive unit has not allowed a TD in last six quarters (New Mexico State scored a special teams TD).

OREGON: CB Aaron Gipson has picked off one pass in each of the Ducks' four games. He leads the Pac-10 with those four interceptions. He now has 10 career INTs. . . . Win at Stanford this week would give coach Mike Bellotti his 50th Pac-10 victory. Only 12 Conference coaches have reached that figure. . . . QB Kellen Clemens has yet to throw an interception in four games and 155 pass attempts this season. He has an overall streak of 159 pass attempts without an interception, threatening his own school record of 178 set last year. . . . Clemens needs 279 yards total offense to become just the fourth Duck QB to go for 7,000 yards in a career. Clemens is averaging 316.2 yards per game this season. . . . With five receptions for 83 yards and a TD vs. USC, WR Demetrius Williams upped his career receiving yardage above 2,000 (2,005). Williams has caught at least one TD pass in five straight games.

OREGON STATE: OSU's 96 offensive plays against ASU were one short of the school record (97 vs. Utah, 1968). . . . TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 134 yards vs. ASU, the highest total for a Beaver runner since Steven Jackson went for 149 in the 2003 Las Vegas Bowl. . . . With 11 receptions for 174 yards vs. ASU, WR Mike Hass upped his career total to 169. He needs 45 more to become the OSU career leader (currently James Newson, 2000-03). Hass leads the Pac-10 in receptions (10.0 per game) and receiving yardage (167.5) and has 8 straight 100-plus yards receiving games. He has caught at least one pass in 23 consecutive games. . . . OSU is outscoring opponents 45-7 in the fourth quarter. . . . LBs Trent Bray (10.2) and Keith Ellison (9.2) rank 2-3 in the Pac-10 in tackles. . . . Beavers lead league in time of possession (33:02).

STANFORD: Cardinal had a rare game with no penalties in last outing. In fact, 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 in the end zone for a touchdown in last game. In a rarity, Stanford scored two TDs on fumble recoveries as LB Michael Craven took one back 54 yards for a TD. Schimmelmann also leads Cardinal in tackles for loss (3.5) and QB sacks (2). . . . Stanford quarterbacks have been picked off just once in first two games. . . . . Starting QB Trent Edwards suffered a hand injury early in UC Davis game. . . . Five of Stanford's remaining nine opponents are ranked in the Top 20 this week. . . . NT Babatunde Oshinowo's full name is Babatunde Oluwasegun Temitope Oluwakorede Adisa Oshinowo, Jr.

UCLA: Bruins wrap up a four-game homestand with Conference games against Washington and California the next two weeks. . . . UCLA is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2001. . . . QB Drew Olson has completed 71.8% of his passes and has no interceptions through first three games. . . . 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 and he is going for 154.0 all-purpose yards per game. . . . Drew burned this week's opponent--Washington--for a school-record 322 yards and five TDs in Bruin win at Seattle last year. . . . Bruins have scored at least 40 points in each of first three games and are averaging 49.3 points per game and outscoring opponents by 27.3 points per game. . . . Bruin defense has allowed just one TD pass. . . . FS Dennis Keyes delivered two fumble-causing hits against Oklahoma.

USC: A 37-17 win against Arizona State at Tempe two years ago started the Trojans' current 25-game winning streak that leads the nation. That 25-game streak ties USC's Pac-10 record set in 1931-33. . . . Some think the Trojans have one of the top offensive units ever, and current Pac-10-leading averages of 615.7 yards and 59.3 points per game lend some credence. SC is outscoring opponents by an average of 43.6 points per game. . . . Trojans have punted only four times in first three games. . . . Heisman-winning QB Matt Leinart is completing 67.8% of his passes with 10 TDs vs. just two INTs to lead Pac-10 in pass efficiency. . . . WR Dwayne Jarrett leads the Pac-10 with seven TD receptions and fellow WR Steve Smith is averaging 23.9 yards per reception. Jarrett now has 20 TD receptions in 16 career games. . . . TB Reggie Bush is averaging 8.3 yards per rush and 17.1 yards per reception, or 10.1 yards per offensive touch if you combine them. . . . With lots of new faces on defense, veteran DE Frostee Rucker has stepped up with 6.5 tackles for loss so far, including 3.5 QB sacks, which leads the Pac-10.

WASHINGTON: Huskies leave Seattle for the first time this season with next two on the road at UCLA and Oregon. . . . After ranking eighth in QB sacks last year, Husky defense currently ranks third in Pac-10 with 11. DT Manase Hopoi is in the top three in the Pac-10 in both sacks (3.5) and tackles for loss (5.5). He led the league in tackles for loss in 2004 (22). . . . After losing just three turnovers in first three games, Huskies coughed up three in loss to Notre Dame, two of them in the red zone. . . . Soph WR Craig Chambers is averaging 25.6 yards on 10 receptions, top average in the league.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars last started the season 3-0 in 2001. . . . WR Jason Hill has two TD receptions in each of the Cougs' first three games. Those six TDs for the season is half his total of a year ago when he set a WSU single-season record with 12. 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.