This Week in Pac-10 Football

Oct. 3, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: Four Conference games on the docket this week. ARIZONA is at USC, STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA at UCLA and OREGON at ARIZONA STATE. OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON have open dates. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 8: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Sat., Oct. 1 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
1/1 Arizona (1-3) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 12:30 PDT USC leads 22-6
--/-- USC (4-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN USC 49-9
--/-- Stanford (1-2) Martin Stadium (35,117) 2:00 PDT Stanford leads 31-23-1
--/-- Washington State (3-1) Pullman, WA Stanford 23-17
10/9 California (5-0) Rose Bowl (91,500) 4:30 PDT UCLA leads 47-27-1
20/16 UCLA (4-0) Pasadena, CA California 45-28
25/27 Oregon (4-1) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 7:15 PDT Arizona St. leads 16-9
17/20 Arizona State (3-2) Tempe, AZ FSN Arizona State 28-13
--/-- Oregon State (3-2) open date next game: Oct. 15 at California
--/-- Washington (1-4) open date next game: Oct. 15 at Oregon

LAST WEEK:
USC 38, Arizona State 28
Oregon State 44, Washington State 33 24
Oregon 44, Stanford 20
California 28, Arizona 0
UCLA 21, Washington 17

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

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:

Sat., Oct. 8 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN Arizona at USC
4:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) TBS California at UCLA
7:15 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN Oregon at Arizona State
Sat., Oct. 15 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) NBC USC at Notre Dame
12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Oregon State at California
3:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN UCLA at Washington State

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.

SERIES NOTES:

ARIZONA (1-3) at USC (4-0) - 12:30 PDT/MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona have met 28 times with the Trojans leading the series by a 22-6 count. USC has won the last three and six of the last eight. SC leads 14-3 in games played at Los Angeles. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona met late in the season in L.A. and the top-ranked Trojans exploded for 35 second-half points to roll to a 49-9 win. The win gave Troy its third straight Pac-10 title and tied the school record for consecutive home wins at 20. USC TB LenDale White rushed for 118 yards and three TDs, QB Matt Leinart completed 27 of 35 (.771) for 280 yards and three scores, and WR Dwayne Jarrett had six catches for 144 yards (24.0) and two TDs. The Trojans piled up a season-high 585 yards total offense (216 rushing, 369 passing), while limiting the Wildcats to 255 yards.

STANFORD (1-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-1)- 2:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Washington State have met 55 times dating to 1936 with the Cardinal leading the series 31-23-1. A Stanford win last year snapped a three-game WSU winning streak in the series. Stanford has won nine of the last 13 games, although the teams have split the last eight. Stanford does not mind the trip to Pullman as the Cardinal have won four of the last five played at WSU. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Washington State met at Pullman with the Cardinal holding on for a 23-17 win, Stanford's first Conference road win since 2001. It also marks Stanford's last Pac-10 win as the Cardinal have dropped six straight league games since the win at WSU. For WSU, it was the first time the Cougs lost back-to-back games since 2000. The Cardinal defense was instrumental by forcing four WSU turnovers, including three interceptions. WR Jason Hill was a bright spot for WSU with five receptions for 115 yards (23.0), including a fourth-quarter TD catch that brought the Cougs within three points of the lead.

CALIFORNIA (5-0) at UCLA (4-0) - 4:30 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: UC-system rivals UCLA and California have played 75 times meeting at least once every year since 1933. The Bruins lead the series 47-27-1. UCLA leads 25-11-1 in home games, including 8-3 at the Rose Bowl. The home team has won the last five meetings and two of those five games have gone overtime. . . . Last Year: California and UCLA met at Berkeley with the No. 9-ranked Golden Bears outscoring the Bruins 45-28. Cal QB Aaron Rodgers and UCLA counterpart Drew Olson each had four touchdown passes as the teams combined for 559 yards passing. Cal also mustered a serious running game as the Bears rushed for 290 yards and had 550 yards total offense. Olson ended up passing for 299 yards and the four TDs with no interceptions. TB Maurice Drew had two TD catches for the Bruins.

OREGON (4-1) at ARIZONA STATE (3-2) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 25 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 16-9 overall and 8-3 in games played at Tempe. It has been a streaky series as ASU has won the last three, preceded by UO winning four straight, after ASU won three straight and UO won three straight before that, and you get the idea. ASU has won three of the last four at Tempe, with the Devils' only home loss in that span coming in double-overtime. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon met at Eugene and the Sun Devils extended their record to 5-0 with a 28-13 victory. The offensive totals were modest as Oregon actually outgained ASU 311-283. . . . Coaching Ties: Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter served as offensive coordinator on Mike Bellotti's Oregon staff in 1996-97.

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: 26
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 34
Number of reversals: 13
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.3
Average length of review: 1:54

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 24 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. Making its debut last 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 (4-0) 1 1 1
California (5-0) 10 9 10
Arizona State (3-2) 17 20 20
UCLA (4-0) 20 16 16
Oregon (4-1) 25 28 28
Washington State (3-1) -- -- 36

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 26 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 17 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 22 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 12 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: The Pac-10 still has five teams averaging better than 40 points per game, led by USC and its eye-popping 54.0 per contest (second in the nation behind Texas Tech's 57.3). Also in the 40-point club are Washington State (43.5), Arizona State (43.2), UCLA (42.2) and California (40.2).

ARIZONA: With USC up next, UA faces a team ranked in the top 12 for the third straight week (Purdue, California USC). . . . Wildcats are averaging 248.5 yards per game passing, up 78 yards per game from last year. . . . P Danny Baugher continues to lead the nation in punting with a 49.1-yard average. The Pac-10 season record for highest average per punt is 49.3 yards (Kirk Wilson, UCLA, 1956). As a byproduct, UA leads Pac-10 in net punting (39.4) . . . PK Nick Folk has 13 touchbacks on 18 kickoffs. . . . Arizona defense almost doubled its QB sack total for the season with five at Cal last week. . . . Wildcats lead Pac-10 in pass defense, allowing just 157.7 yards per game. . . . Cats have allowed just one fourth-quarter score all year.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils make it five of first six games at Sun Devil Stadium when Oregon comes to town this week. . . . WR Derek Hagan is only the 10th player in Conference history with 200 catches and 3,000 yards. He has moved into fifth place on the Pac-10 career receiving list with 3,322 yards (see below). Hagan has extended his consecutive games streak with at least one catch to 34. . . . Sun Devil defense has recorded 10 QB sacks the last two games. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 35-7 in the first quarter. . . . TE Jamaal Lewis has five TDs on his 14 receptions this season. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has recorded a touchback on 28 of his 37 kickoffs. . . . QB Sam Keller leads the Pac-10 in passing at 358.0 yards per game and in TD passes by a wide margin with 18 (runnerup Kellen Clemens of Oregon is next with 12 and those two hook up this week at Tempe). . . . MLB Dale Robinson leads Pac-10 with eight tackles for loss. . . . ASU forced USC to punt seven times. Trojans had only punted four times total in first three games.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears' modest five-game winning streak is the second-longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams, trailing only USC's Pac-10-record 26 straight. . . . Cal has won 12 straight regular-season games, trailing only USC (24) and Virginia Tech (13) nationally. . . . Cal is off it its first 5-0 start since 1996. . . . Cal has gone last 10 quarters without allowing an offensive touchdown. Bears lead the Pac-10 and are fifth nationally in scoring defense at 10.6 points per game. Not many people expected that from a defensive unit that returned only three starters. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch returned to the lineup in win vs. Arizona after missing two games with a broken finger. He rushed for 107 yards and a TD, marking the 17th consecutive game the Bears have had a 100-yard rusher. Cal is averaging 259.4 yards per game on the ground and has gained more yards on the ground than in the air in all five of its wins.

OREGON: UO alternates road and home games the rest of the year. . . . Win at Stanford marked the first game all year CB Aaron Gipson did not have an interception, but he is still Pac-10 co-leader with four picks. Gipson has half of the Ducks' eight INTs. . . . PK Paul Martinez leads the Pac-10 in kick scoring and the nation in field goals, having converted 15-19 three-pointers. In an oddity, Martinez has missed as many PAT attempts (11-15) as field goal attempts (15-19). . . . It took five games, but QB Kellen Clemens finally threw an interception when Stanford picked him off. His one interception is still the lowest figure among Pac-10 starting QBs. . . . Win at Stanford was Conference victory No. 50 for coach Mike Bellotti. He becomes just the 13th coach to reach that milestone.

OREGON STATE: Beavers have an open date before playing three of next four on the road starting with visits to Cal and UCLA. . . . WR Mike Hass, the Pac-10 leader in both receptions per game (9.4) and receiving yards per game (166.2), has a string of nine straight 100-yard receiving games. He ranks second in the nation in receptions and first in receiving yards. Hass is up to eighth place on the Pac-10 career receiving yards chart (see below). . . . TB Yvenson Bernard has rushed the ball 101 times, most carries by any back in the Pac-10 this season. He is averaging 87.4 yards per game and has rushed for six TDs. . . . Beavers picked off four WSU passes last week after having only three interceptions in first four games.

STANFORD: Cardinal defense and special teams have scored three TDs in last two games. . . . ILB Kevin Schimmelmann averages 10.0 tackles per game, one of just four Pac-10 defenders averaging double figures in stops. . . . With some injuries at wide receiver, Stanford was glad to see WR Mark Bradford step up for a career-best seven receptions for 110 yards and a TD vs. Oregon. . . . Stanford's remaining opponents currently have a combined mark of 27-9. . . . Cardinal continue to be the least penalized team in the league, averaging just 3.7 flags for 33.0 yards per game. . . . Stanford is outscoring opponents 34-14 in first quarter. . . . All-Pac-10 kick returner T.J. Rushing is fifth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 33.6-yard average.

UCLA: Bruins wrap up a four-game homestand with California this week. UCLA then plays four of last six on the road. . . . The last time UCLA opened the season with four straight wins was in 2001, when it started the season 6-0. . . . TE Marcedes Lewis had a career-high eight receptions in win against Washington to raise his career total to 90, a record for UCLA tight ends. . . . QB Drew Olson has moved into third place on UCLA's career passing list, trailing only Cade McNown (1995-98) and Cory Paus (1999-2001). . . . Bruins had first turnovers of the season in game four as Olson threw a couple of picks against Washington. UCLA still has not lost a fumble all season and stands at +7 in turnovers. . . . Bruins averaging 42.2 points per game, up 12 points per game from 2004. While that figure puts them in the top 10 in scoring nationally, it only stands fourth in the Pac-10.

USC: USC has extended its winning streak to a nation's best 26 straight, which establishes a new Pac-10 record. . . . Trojans rallied from an being down by 18 points to win at Arizona State, SC's biggest deficit since 2002 vs. Kansas State (21 points in a loss). . . . Since the streak started, USC had never previously been down by more than 13. . . . Last two weeks, USC has trailed ranked opponents Oregon (13-10) and Arizona State (21-3) on the road, only to come back and outscore that pair 70-7 in the second half. . . . 38 points in win at ASU is the Trojans' lowest total of the year. . . . USC still leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense by a wide margin at 54.0 points per game. . . . TB LenDale White has scored 37 TDs in 30 career games, 34 of them rushing. . . . TB Reggie Bush leads the Pac-10 and is second nationally in all-purpose yards at 207.2 yards per game. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing (122.8 yards per game) and his 8.6 yards per carry is tops among the Conference's leading rushers. He is averaging two TDs scored per game. . . . Trojans lead the nation in total offense at 619.5 yards per game. . . . Heisman winner QB Matt Leinart leads Pac-10 (fifth nationally) in pass efficiency (173.8).

WASHINGTON: Huskies have an open date then alternate road and home games the rest of the year. . . . SS C.J. Wallace has posted 25 tackles the last two weeks and his average of 8.4 stops per game is second on the team to ILB Joe Lobendahn (8.6). That pair, along with OLB Evan Benjamin, make UW the only team to have three players among top 12 in tackles in the Pac-10. . . . Washington rushed for a season-high 213 yards in last outing vs. UCLA. TB Louis Rankin led the way with 109 yards and a 6.1-yard average. On the flip side, the UW defense limited UCLA to just 65 yards rushing, more than 100 yards less that its average, and 2.6 yards per carry. Significant considering Bruin TB Maurice Drew ran for 322 yards last year at Washington.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have not played at Pullman since Sept. 1 (Idaho), but get four of the next six at home. . . . WSU has won 12 of its last 15 games against California schools. . . . In a losing cause at Oregon State, QB Alex Brink threw for a school-record 531 yards, surpassing the old WSU mark of 476 yards by Drew Bledsoe in the 1992 Copper Bowl. It is the fourth-highest passing game in Pac-10 history and fell just five yards shy of the Conference record of 536 yards (Andrew Walter, Arizona State vs. Oregon State, 2002). Brink's 515 yards total offense is a Pac-10 record for most yards gained in a Conference Game (old record 512, Paul Justin, Arizona State vs. Washington State, 1989). . . . RB Jerome Harrison leads the league in rushing (130.8 yards per game) and rushing TDs (8). . . . WR Jason Hill has at least one TD reception in seven straight games and with a career total of 19 is just three shy of the WSU career record of 22 (Hugh Campbell, 1960-62). . . . P Kyle Basler last week became WSU's all-time punting leader with 221 career boots. . . . In four games (240 minutes), WSU has trailed in games for just 10:21.

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 15: Stanford at Arizona
Oregon State at California
Washington at Oregon
UCLA at Washington State
USC at Notre Dame
Arizona State - open date

MAKING A LIST: Pac-10 Career Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Yards
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 4,047
2 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 3,598
3 James Newson, OSU (2000-03) 3,572
4 Bobby Wade, ARIZ (1999-02) 3,351
5 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,322
6 Dennis Northcutt, ARIZ (1996-99) 3,252
7 Geoff McArthur, CAL (2000-04) 3,224
8 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,223

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