This Week in Pac-10 Football

Oct. 10, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: Four Conference games and a traditional intersectional that has national implications make up this week's schedule. In Pac-10 play it's OREGON STATE at CALIFORNIA, WASHINGTON at OREGON, UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE and STANFORD at ARIZONA. No. 1-ranked USC travels to South Bend for its annual get-together with Notre Dame. ARIZONA STATE has an open date. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 15: (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
--/-- Oregon State (3-2) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 12:30 PDT Cal leads 32-25
18/16/16 Cal (5-1) Berkeley, CA ABC Cal 49-7 (2004)
--/-- Washington (1-4) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT UW leads 58-34-5-
20/21/20 Oregon (5-1) Eugene, OR Oregon 31-6 (2004)
1/1/1 USC (5-0) Notre Dame Stadium (80,000) 2:30 EST ND Leads 42-29-5
9/9/8 Notre Dame (4-1) Notre Dame, IN NBC USC 41-10 (2004)
12/12/11 UCLA (5-0) Martin Stadium (35,117) 3:30 PDT UCLA leads 34-16-1
--/-- Washington State (3-2) Pullman, WA FSN WSU 31-29 (2004)
--/-- Stanford (2-2) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST Arizona leads 12-8
--/-- Arizona (1-4) Tucson, AZ Stanford 16-6 (2002)
27/27/26 Arizona State (3-3) open date next game Oct. 22 at Stanford

LAST WEEK:
USC 42, Arizona 21
Stanford 24, Washington State 21
UCLA 47, California 40
Oregon 31, Arizona State 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. 15 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Oregon State at California
12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) NBC USC at Notre Dame
3:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN UCLA at Washington State
Sat., Oct. 22 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC USC at Washington
4:00 p.m. PDT/MST (national) TBS Oregon State at UCLA
7:15 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN Washington State 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.

HOOPS COMING: Pac-10 Media Days for both men's and women's basketball are just a dribble away. Following is the schedule:
WOMEN --Wed., Nov. 2, 12:00 noon-2:45 p.m. at HP Pavilion, San Jose
MEN --Thu., Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Contacts: Women--Bri Niemi, Alisa Brandle, Wendy Heredia. Men--Dave Hirsch, Katie Cavender, Wendy Heredia. Phone for all: 925-932-4411.

SERIES NOTES:

OREGON STATE (3-2) at CALIFORNIA (5-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 57 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 32-25. In 31 games played at Berkeley, Cal leads 19-12. It has been a series of streaks. Cal won last year snapping a five-game OSU win streak. Prior to that, Cal won six in a row, preceded by OSU winning five straight, preceded by Cal winning six in a row. The Beavers have won the last two played at Berkeley with the last Cal win at home coming in 1997 (33-14). . . . Last Year: California and Oregon State met at Corvallis with the No. 10-ranked Golden Bears scoring 21 first-quarter points and cruising to a 49-7 win. It snapped a five-game OSU win streak against Cal.

WASHINGTON (1-4) at OREGON (5-1) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Oregon are ancient Pacific Northwest rivals who have met 97 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 58-34-5. Washington leads 25-13-1 in games played in the state of Oregon, including a slim 10-9 edge in games played at Autzen Stadium. The teams have split the last 12 meetings overall. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Washington met at Eugene with the Ducks taking a 31-6 decision. The UO defense did the heavy lifting, keeping the Huskies out of the end zone and forcing seven turnovers (four interceptions and three fumble recoveries). The Ducks limited the Husky offense to 14 first downs, 45 yards rushing and 256 yards total offense. On the offensive side of the ball, Oregon QB Kellen Clemens connected with WR Cameron Colvin for two TDs and TB Terrence Whitehead rushed for 122 yards and a score. For the Huskies, WR Craig Chambers had four receptions for 106 yards and ILB Joe Lobendahn posted a game-high 12 tackles.

USC (5-0) at NOTRE DAME (4-1) - 2:30 EST/12:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: USC-Notre Dame is the most storied of all intersectionals, dating back to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones. The teams have met 76 times, dating to 1926 and every year since 1946, with the Fighting Irish leading the series 42-29-5. The last few years, however, have been all Trojans as SC has won the last three games by 31 points each. The teams have split the last four games played at Notre Dame Stadium. . . . Last Year: USC and Notre Dame met in front of 92,000+ and a national TV audience on a wet, chilly evening in Los Angeles and the Trojans defeated the Irish by 31 points for the third straight year with a 41-10 victory. The evening proved to be quite a Heisman stage for SC QB Matt Leinart, who completed 24 of 34 passes (.706) for a career-high 400 yards and five touchdowns. Trojan WR Dwayne Jarrett was the main target with six receptions for 102 yards and two TDs. Notre Dame rushed for 195 yards, the most allowed by USC all year, but could muster only 105 yards through the air.

UCLA (5-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-2) - 3:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington State have met 51 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 34-16-1. However, it has tilted toward the WSU side of late, as the Cougars have won the last four and seven of the last nine matchups. UCLA holds a 14-8-1 in games played at Pullman and Spokane, but not lately, as WSU has won the last four at Martin Stadium. . . . Last Year: Washington State and UCLA met at the Rose Bowl with the Cougars hanging on for a 31-29 victory. WSU RB Jerome Harrison rushed 42 times for 247 yards, the third-highest single-game total in Coug history, including three TD runs of 25, 45 and 10 yards. WSU put up 506 yards total offense, including 321 on the ground, and built a 31-16 fourth-quarter lead. But the Bruins rallied behind two TD passes by QB Drew Olson to pull within 31-29 with 42 seconds left to play, but the Cougars stopped a two-point conversion attempt to preserve the victory.

STANFORD (2-2) at ARIZONA (1-4) - 4:00 MST - The Series: Arizona and Stanford have met 20 times with the Wildcats holding a 12-8 series lead. Stanford has won the last two and three of the last four, which snapped a six-game Arizona winning streak in the series. Arizona leads 6-3 in games played at Tucson, but Stanford has won the last two at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: Stanford and Arizona last met in 2002 at Palo Alto and the Cardinal recorded its only Pac-10 win that season with a 16-6 victory. The Stanford defense received most of the credit, as the Cardinal kept Arizona out of the end zone and limited the Wildcats to 22 yards rushing and 266 yards total offense, intercepted three passes and posted a season-high six QB sacks.

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: 30
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 38
Number of reversals: 14
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.3
Average length of review: 1:58

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 (5-0) 1 1 1
UCLA (5-0) 12 12 11
California (5-1) 18 16 16
Oregon (5-1) 20 21 20
Arizona State (3-3) 27 27 26

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 27 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 18 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 23 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.

ARIZONA: FS Darrell Brooks has 24 tackles the last two game and leads the team with 9.6 stops per game, tied for fourth in the Pac-10. Of those 24 tackles, 18 were solo. . . . P Danny Baugher continues to lead the nation in punting with an average of 48.4 yards per boot. That's less than a yard behind the Pac-10 season mark for highest average (49.3, Kirk Wilson, UCLA 1956). . . . Arizona's passing offense of 235.0 yards per game is a modest figure by Pac-10 standards, but much improved from the 170.5 yards per game in 2004. And UA is outpassing its opponents as on the other side of the ball the Cats have allowed just 203.4 yards passing per game. . . . Of PK Nick Folk's 22 kickoffs, 16 have been touchbacks.

ARIZONA STATE: WR Derek Hagan has caught a pass in 35 straight games and has moved into fourth place on the Pac-10 career receiving chart (see below). . . . S Zach Catanese has posted 26 tackles over the last two games and ranks third in the Pac-10 with 9.7 stops per game. . . . MLB Dale Robinson ranks second in Pac-10 in tackles (10.2) and leads the league in tackles for loss (9) and fumbles forced (3). . . . ASU has been on the road just once this season, but three of last five games are away from Sun Devil Stadium. . . . ASU has allowed only seven first-quarter points in six games, outscoring opponents 45-7 in the opening stanza. . . . QB Sam Keller leads the Pac-10 with 20 TD passes. He has thrown at least two TD passes in every game this year.

CALIFORNIA: MLB Desmond Bishop has led the Bears in tackles in four of six games this year. . . . Cal's streak of at least one back rushing for 100 yards has reached 18 games. TBs Justin Forsett (153) and Marshawn Lynch (135) both topped the century mark at UCLA last week. . . . Golden Bears lead the league in scoring defense (16.7), total defense (306.3) and pass efficiency defense (97.6), and rank second in rush defense (105.0). . . . Bears defense has surrendered just four TD passes in six games. . . . Cal outscores opponents 128-39 in the second half. . . . Bears have scored in 22 of 24 quarters this season. . . . California's six interceptions this year have come from starting CBs Daymeion Hughes (4) and Tim Mixon (2). The four picks by Hughes ties him for the Pac-10 lead.

OREGON: QB Kellen Clemens has moved into third place on UO's career passing (6,943) and total offense (7,439) lists. Bill Musgrave (1987-1990) and Danny O'Neil (1991-94) are ahead of him on both charts. . . . TB Terrence Whitehead had 122 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in win at ASU. That makes him just the second player in Duck history to accumulate 100 yards in both categories in a game. Bobby Moore was the other vs. UCLA in 1970. . . . PK Paul Martinez, the national leader in field goals, missed the ASU game with a thigh injury. Walk-on PK Matt Evenson, a true freshman, filled in and connected on 3-of-5 field goal attempts, making good from 42, 51 and 42 yards. . . . WR Demetrius Williams has at least one TD reception in five of six games this year.

OREGON STATE: Beavers play 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, second-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 in last game after having only three interceptions in first four games. OSU forced four fourth-quarter turnovers against the Cougars to key comeback win. . . . MLB Trent Bray leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 11.2 per game. Not far behind is fellow LB Keith Ellison, tied for fourth in the Pac-10 at 9.6 stops per contest.

STANFORD: In leading upset win at Washington State, QB Trent Edwards threw for a season-high 257 yards, plus led the Cardinal in rushing with 92 yards on 12 carries (7.7). . . . Stanford defense limited WSU attack that entered game averaging 43.5 points per game, with a low game of 33, to just 21 points. . . . WR Mark Bradford has stepped up with three TD receptions in last two games. . . . In the win at Pullman, Stanford recorded season highs in total yards (475), passing yards (257) and rushing yards (218). . . . Stanford is 2-0 on the road this year, 0-2 at home. . . . Cardinal remains the league's least penalized team, averaging just 4.8 flags for 42.2 yards per game. . . . Stanford has thrown just four interceptions in four games this year.

UCLA: Maurice Drew returned a punt 81 yards for a TD in win vs. Cal. It was Drew's third punt return for a touchdown this season and the fourth of his career, tying the Pac-10 record in both categories. He leads the nation in punt returns with an outrageous 33.8-yard average per return. . . . In addition to his punt returns, Drew had 299 all-purpose yards vs. Cal and scored five TDs--the punt return, three rushing and one on a reception that provided the Bruins with the decisive score. The five TDs ties Drew's own UCLA single-game record. . . . Win against 10th-ranked Bears was UCLA's first against a top-10 opponent since beating No. 10 Washington in 2001. . . . Bruins have lost only three turnovers (one fumble, 2 INTs) in five games and lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +7. . . . QB Drew Olson has been picked off just twice this season and those came in the same game, meaning he has been interception-free in four of five games.

USC: In 42-21 win against Arizona, USC's six TD drives all covered 80 yards or longer. . . . USC's Pac-10-record winning streak is now up to 27 in a row. . . . In the last two games, TB LenDale White has busted out for 376 yards on 43 carries (8.7-yard average) and rushed for six TDs. . . . Trojans lead the nation in total offense (640.4) and rushing offense (291.2) and are second in scoring offense (51.6, to Texas Tech's 52.6). The total offense figure of 640.4 yards per game is more than 120 yards per game more than Pac-10 runnerup Arizona State (fourth in the nation at 518.7 yards per game). The Trojans are well ahead of pace to surpass the Pac-10 record for most yards gained in a season (6,061 by California in 2003).

WASHINGTON: Huskies alternate road and home games the rest of the year. . . . SS C.J. Wallace has posted 25 tackles the last two games 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. That's the most for the Huskies in a road game since 2000. TB Louis Rankin led the way with 109 yards and a 6.1-yard average, his third 100-yard game of the season. 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. . . . Tough-luck Huskies have lost three of their last six games by four points or less.

WASHINGTON STATE: Next three opponents for the Cougars are ranked in the top 20--No. 12 UCLA, No. 18 California and No. 1 USC. . . . RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 218 yards in loss to Stanford. It was Harrison's eighth consecutive 100-yard rushing effort. He leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation in rushing at 148.2 yards per game and is the only back in the nation to top the 100-yard mark in every one of his team's games this year. . . . In Stanford game, stellar P Kyle Basler moved into first place on the WSU career list for punt yardage with 9,573. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 19 and in fewest sacks allowed, just five in five games. . . . OLB Steve Dildine has posted 24 tackles the last two games.

DRADDY TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS: Six Pac-10 performers are listed among the 63 Division I-A semifinalists for the 2005 Draddy Trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Sometimes known as the 'Academic' Heisman, the Draddy Trophy is awarded to an individual that illustrates the best combination of academic success, football performance and community leadership. Semifinalists must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0, be a first-team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The six semi-finalists from the Pac-10 are TE Troy Bienemann of Washington State, FS Darrell Brooks of Arizona, TE Tim Day of Oregon, OLB Ryan Foltz of California, C Grayling Love of Arizona State and ILB Kevin Schimmelmann of Stanford.

IN QUOTES: Arizona coach Mike Stoops on the USC offense after the Trojans amassed 724 yards total offense (337 rushing, 387 passing) against the Wildcats: 'They (USC) run and they throw. They have no weaknesses and they make you do a lot of desperate things.'

MAKING LISTS:
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 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,368
5 Bobby Wade, ARIZ (1999-02) 3,351
6 Dennis Northcutt, ARIZ (1996-99) 3,252
7 Geoff McArthur, CAL (2000-04) 3,224
8 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,223

Pac-10 Career Receptions:

Rank Player Receptions
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 248
2 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 243
3 Bobby Wade, ARIZ (1999-02) 230
4 DeRonnie Pitts, STAN (1997-00) 228
5 Dennis Northcutt, ARIZ (1996-99) 223
-- Darrin Nelson, STAN (1977-81) 223
7 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 221

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 22:
Oregon at Arizona
Arizona State at Stanford
Washington State at California
Oregon State at UCLA
USC at Washington

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