This Week in Pac-10 Football

Oct. 17, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: A full slate of five Conference games on tap this week. Pac-10 play finds USC at WASHINGTON, ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, OREGON at ARIZONA, OREGON STATE at UCLA and WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 22: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Sat., Oct. 22 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
1/1/1 USC (6-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT USC leads 45-26-4
--/--/-- Washington (1-5) Seattle, WA ABC USC 38-0 (2004)
31/t31/30 Arizona State (3-3) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 2:00 PDT Arizona State leads 13-8-
--/--/-- Stanford (3-2) Stanford, CA ASU 34-31 (2004)
15/16/16 Oregon (6-1) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST Oregon leads 18-12
--/--/-- Arizona (1-5) Tucson, AZ Oregon 28-14 (2004)
35/37/35 Oregon State (4-2) Rose Bowl (91,500) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 36-13-4
8/9/8 UCLA (6-0) Pasadena, CA TBS UCLA 43-35 (2002)
--/-- Washington State (3-3) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 7:15 PDT Cal leads 36-25-5
25/23/23 California (5-2) Berkeley, CA FSN WSU 48-38 (2002)

LAST WEEK:
Oregon State 23, California 20
Oregon 45, Washington 21
UCLA 44, Washington State 41 (OT)
Stanford 20, Arizona 16
USC 34, Notre Dame 31

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. 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
Sat., Oct. 29 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Washington State at USC
3:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN UCLA at Stanford

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:

USC (6-0) at WASHINGTON (1-5) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington have met 75 times dating to 1923 with the Trojans leading the series 45-26-4. SC has won the last three games by a margin of 20 points or more. . . . Last Year: USC and Washington met at Los Angeles and the Trojan defense dominated in blanking the Huskies 38-0, the first time UW had been shut out since 1981. The USC defense limited Washington to six first downs and 113 yards total offense (50 rushing, 63 passing), did not allow a third-down conversion (0-for-14) and saw the Huskies enter Trojan territory just twice all game. On the offensive side of the ball, QB Matt Leinart passed for two TDs and TB LenDale White rushed for two. USC ran off 90 plays for 453 yards total offense and held a time of possession advantage of 39:09-20:51, almost two-to-one. A lone bright spot for UW was DT Manase Hopoi, who piled up six tackles for loss, including three QB sacks..

ARIZONA STATE (3-3) at STANFORD (3-2) - 2:00 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 21 times with the Sun Devils holding a 13-8 series advantage. The teams have split the last four games with the home team winning each time. The teams have split 10 previous games at Stanford (5-5), although the Cardinal has won the last three at Stanford Stadium. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Stanford met at Tempe and the Sun Devils scored the winning touchdown with nine seconds left in the game to hold off Stanford in a 34-31 thriller. Stanford, trailing 26-14 entering the fourth quarter, rallied for 17 points to take a 31-26 lead with 2:02 remaining in the game. But ASU QB Walter Andrew piloted a 13-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a TD with just nine seconds left on the clock giving the Devils the win. The numbers favored Arizona State as the Sun Devils outgained the Cardinal 583-283. For ASU TB Rudy Burgess rushed for 186 yards and WRs Derek Hagan and Terry Richardson both topped the 100-yard receiving mark.

OREGON (6-1) at ARIZONA (1-5) - 4:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Oregon and Arizona have met 30 times with the Ducks leading the series 18-12. The teams have split 16 games played at Tucson (8-8). The series has been all Oregon of late, as the Ducks have won the last six and 10 of the last 11 games. The Wildcats lone win in that span was a 38-3 win at Tucson in 1998. Oregon has won four straight at Arizona Stadium since then. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona met at Eugene with the Ducks taking a 28-14 decision. UO QB Kellen Clemens opened the afternoon with eight straight completions on the way to a 21-of-30 day for 336 yards and Duck TB Terrence Whitehead had three short TD runs to fuel the Oregon win. UO WR Demetrius Williams had nine receptions for 153 yards and the Duck defense limited UA to 266 yards total offense. The Ducks led 28-0 before Arizona backup QB Richard Kovalcheck made his first career appearance in the fourth quarter and led the Wildcats to two late TDs to account for the final score.

OREGON STATE (4-2) at UCLA (6-0) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon State have met 53 times dating to 1930 with the Bruins leading the series 36-13-4. UCLA has won the last two games. In 29 home games, UCLA leads 20-6-3, including a 5-2 mark at the Rose Bowl, although OSU has won two of the last three at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Oregon State last met in 2002 at Corvallis with the Bruins outlasting the Beavers 43-35. UCLA outgained OSU 625-353, but the Beavs got TDs on a blocked field goal return and a fumble return to keep the score close.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-3) at CALIFORNIA (5-2) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: California and Washington State have met 66 times dating to 1919 with the Golden Bears leading the series 36-25-5. However, in recent years it's been all Cougars with WSU winning the last four, six of the last seven and nine of the last 11. Washington State's current four-game winning streak is its longest ever against California. Included in the WSU streak are victories in WSU's last two visits to Berkeley. Cal's last win in the series came in 1998 at Berkeley (24-14). . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and California opened Conference play against one another at Berkeley in 2002 and the Cougars spoiled Cal coach Jeff Tedford's Pac-10 debut with a 48-38 win over the Bears in an offensive shootout. It was the first step in WSU's road to the Rose Bowl that season. The teams combined for 1,050 yards total offense (578 for WSU, 472 for Cal). Cougar QB Jason Gesser passed for 431 yards and four TDs, while his Cal counterpart QB Kyle Boller passed for 371 yards and three scores.

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: 34
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 44
Number of reversals: 16
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.3
Average length of review: 1:56
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 189

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 BCS
USC (6-0) 1 1 1 1
UCLA (6-0) 8 9 8 9
Oregon (6-1) 15 16 16 13
California (5-2) 25 23 23 25
Arizona State (3-3) 31 t31 30 --
Oregon State (4-2) 35 37 35 --

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 28 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 18 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 23 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 13 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just two regular-season non-conference games remaining, the Pac-10 has posted a stellar mark of 22-7 (.759) against non-conference foes.

ARIZONA: FSP Danny Baugher continues a brilliant run. He leads the nation in punting at 48.2 yards per boot and over the last two-and-a-half games has kicked 15 straight punts that have not been returned. On the season, only six of his 33 punts have been returned. Cats lead the league in net punting by a wide margin at 42.0 yards per punt. . . . Also in the kicking department, 19 of PK Nick Folk's 25 kickoffs have gone for touchbacks. . . . After being penalized 38 times in first four games, Wildcats have drawn only eight flags in last two outings. . . . Despite 1-4 mark, fans see promise in Wildcats as Arizona is averaging 55,115 at home, 98.4% capacity at Arizona Stadium.

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). With a TD reception vs. Oregon, Hagan tied the ASU career record for career scoring receptions with 25. . . . 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 tied for second in tackles for loss (9) and tied for first in 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: In game vs. OSU last week, QB Joe Ayoob passed for a TD, ran for a score and had a reception for a TD. . . . Loss to OSU was first at home for Cal since 2003 and snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Bears. . . . Cal leads the league in both scoring defense (17.6) and total defense (316.4). . . . Freshman WR DeSean Jackson coming into his own with 15 receptions for 207 yards and two TDs over the last two games. . . . Despite consecutive setbacks, Golden Bears have still won 11 of their last 14 Pac-10 games. . . . Cal rushing attack averages 243.1 yards (No. 8 in the country) a game and 6.1 yards per rush.

OREGON: In win against Washington, QB Kellen Clemens passed for 425 yards with five different receivers each getting at least four catches for 55 yards. Clemens completed an Autzen Stadium record 36 passes in the game. . . . Duck defense has given up only 568 yards the last two games and has moved up to third in the Pac-10 in both total defense (352.4) and scoring defense (25.0). Ducks also rank second in rush defense (108.4) and have allowed last two opponents only 174 yards on 60 carries, a 2.9-yard average. . . . WR Demetrius Williams has eight TD receptions, just two shy of the Oregon single-season record of 10.

OREGON STATE: In win at Cal, P Sam Paulescu had six of his seven punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including two on the 1-yard line. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for a career-high 194 yards and scored both the Beavers' touchdowns at Cal. . . . OSU defense forced five turnovers in win at Cal and limited powerful Golden Bear running game, which entered game averaging 271.2 yards rushing per game, to 75 yards. . . . Despite quiet day at Cal, WR Mike Hass continues to lead the Pac-10 in receptions per game (8.5) and receiving yards per game (141.3). . . . OSU has outscored opponents 73-10 in the fourth quarter.

STANFORD: Cardinal is 3-0 on the road, 0-2 at home. The three road wins is one more than Stanford has had in the last three seasons combined, and the three-game road winning streak is the longest for the Cardinal since 1995. . . . In last two games, QB Trent Edwards has five TD passes and no interceptions, plus he has been Stanford's leading rusher in both games. Edwards has been intercepted just two times all season, fewest among the Pac-10 starting QBs. . . . Stanford continues to be least penalized team in the league, averaging just 5.2 flags for 41 yards per game. . . . Cardinal defense has allowed just 161 yards passing in each of the last two games.

UCLA: UCLA has pulled off three consecutive come-from-behind victories. . . . QB Drew Olson has passed for seven TDs with just one interception over the last two games. . . . 6-0 UCLA (along with USC) is one of only seven remaining undefeated Division 1-A teams. . . . 6-0 start is Bruins' best since 2001. . . . No. 8 ranking (AP) is also best since 2001. . . . TB Maurice Drew is averaging 174.8 all-purpose yards and 8.7 yards per touch, plus he has scored 14 TDs to lead the Pac-10 in that category. He has scored the Bruins' winning touchdown the last three weeks, all in the final two minutes of regulation or overtime. Drew also leads the nation in punt returns with an outrageous average of 30.7 yards a return and has four returns of more than 65 yards this year, three of them for TDs.

USC: Game at Washington this week concludes stretch that sees Trojans play five of first seven games on the road. SC finishes with four of last five at home. . . . With 160 yards rushing at Notre Dame, TB Reggie Bush has topped 100 yards rushing in four straight games. Bush leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 206.2 per game. . . . USC has outscored opponents 188-52 in the second half this season. . . . WR Dwayne Jarrett leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with nine. . . . Trojan winning streak is now 28 games, a Pac-10 record and the longest current streak in the nation. Trojans also have won a school-record 13 straight road games.

WASHINGTON: LB trio of Joe Lobendahn (9.3), Evan Benjamin (8.0) and Scott White (7.2) rank in the top 12 in tackles in the Pac-10. No other school has three players in the top 12. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback has been picked off just four times in six games. . . . Washington and Stanford the only teams in the league averaging less than 50 yards per game in penalties. . . . WR Craig Chambers is averaging 21.9 yards on his 15 receptions.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have won eight of last nine Conference games played in the state of California. . . . RB Jerome Harrison rushed for a career-high 260 yards vs. UCLA, his second-straight game over 200 yards. Rueben Mayes is the only other Cougar to post back-to-back 200-yard rushing games. Harrison has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in nine straight games. He is currently second in the nation in rushing at 166.8 yards per game. . . . Due largely to Harrison and his offensive line, Cougars have rushed for 576 yards the last two games and rank third in the Pac-10 with 223.3 rushing yards per game. . . . WR Jason Hill has caught at least one TD reception in each of his last eight games. . . . Cougars lead the league in both QB sacks (23) and fewest sacks allowed (5).

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 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,240

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

Pac-10 Career Touchdown Passes:

Rank Player Touchdown Passes
1 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 85
2 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 83
3 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 79
4 John Elway, STAN (1979-82) 77
5 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 75
6 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-02) 72
7 Jason Gesser, WSU (1999-02) 70

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 29:
Arizona at Oregon State
Washington at Arizona State
UCLA at Stanford
Washington State at USC
California and Oregon - open dates

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