This Week in Pac-10 Football

Oct. 24, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: October draws to a close with four Conference games on the docket. Pac-10 play finds WASHINGTON STATE at USC, ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE and UCLA at STANFORD. CALIFORNIA and OREGON have open dates. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 29: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Sat., Oct. 29 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/--/-- WSU (3-4) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 12:30 PDT USC leads 52-8-4
1/1/1 USC (7-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 42-12 (2004)
--/--/-- Arizona (1-6) Reser Stadium (43,300) 1:00 PDT Arizona leads 19-8-1-
--/--/38 Oregon State (4-3) Corvallis, OR OSU 28-14 (2004)
--/--/-- Washington (1-6) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 3:30 MST UW leads 15-9
--/--/33 Arizona State (3-4) Tempe, AZ ASU 27-16 (2002)
8/8/7 UCLA (7-0) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 3:30 PDT UCLA leads 41-31-3
--/--/-- Stanford (4-2) Stanford, CA FSN UCLA 21-0 (2004)
24/21/21 California (6-2) open date next game- Nov. 5 at Oregon
14/14/14 Oregon (7-1) open date next game- Nov. 5 vs. California

LAST WEEK:
USC 51, Washington 24
Stanford 45, Arizona State 35
Oregon 28, Arizona 21
UCLA 51, Oregon State 28
California 42, Washington State 38

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. 29 12:30 p.m. PDT/MST (regional) ABC Washington State at USC
3:30 p.m. PDT/MST (national) FSN UCLA at Stanford
Sat., Nov. 5 12:30 p.m. PST/1:30 MST (regional) ABC California at Oregon
7:00 p.m. PST/8:00 MST (national) TBS Stanford at USC

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:

WASHINGTON STATE (3-4) at USC (7-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 64 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans dominating the series 52-8-4. However, three of those eight Cougar victories have come in the last seven meetings between the teams. The teams have split the last four games with USC winning the last two years and WSU taking the two contests before that in 2000 and 2002. The Cougars had not won at Los Angeles since 1957, a string of 15 games, before breaking through and winning two in a row at the L.A. Coliseum in 1997 and 2000. USC wrested home field advantage back from WSU win a home win in 2003. . . . Last Year: USC and Washington State met at a chilly and wet Martin Stadium and the top-ranked Trojans played at the top of their game in cruising to a 42-14 victory. On offense, it was the SC headliners in the spotlight as TBs Reggie Bush and LenDale White each scored two TDs and QB Matt Leinart completed 23 of 28 passes (.821) for 235 yards and two TDs to WR Dwayne Jarrett. The Trojan defense was dominating in limiting the Cougars to just 11 first downs, minus-9 yards rushing and 156 yards total offense and forcing four turnovers..

ARIZONA (1-6) at OREGON STATE (4-3) - 1:00 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 28 times with the Wildcats leading the series 19-8-1. However, the Beavers have cut into that lead by winning the last six in a row, with UA's last victory in the series coming at Corvallis in 1998 (28-7). Arizona leads 8-6-1 in games played in Oregon, including 7-5-1 at Corvallis, but OSU has won the last four at Reser. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met at Tucson and turnovers spelled the difference in a 28-14 Beaver win. The team stats were nearly identical, but Arizona was hurt by four turnovers, including two fumbles that set up OSU touchdowns. QB Derek Anderson became the Beavers' career leader in passing and total offense in the game.

WASHINGTON (1-6) at ARIZONA STATE (3-4) - 3:30 MST/PDT - The Series: Washington and Arizona State have met 24 times with the Huskies leading the series 15-9. The teams have split the last four games. In games at Tempe, the Huskies lead 8-6 and have won three of the last four, although ASU won the most recent meeting at Sun Devil Stadium in 2002 (27-16). . . . Last Meeting: Arizona State and Washington met at Tempe in 2002 and the Sun Devils won 27-16 in a battle of bowl-bound teams. ASU led 27-3 in the fourth quarter and fended off a Washington charge at the end to preserve the victory. The game was essentially a defensive struggle with both teams being held below 50 yards rushing and 260 yards total offense. ASU DE Terrell Suggs was the standout with 4.5 QB sacks.

UCLA (7-0) at STANFORD (4-2) - 3:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Stanford have met 75 times dating to 1925 and uninterrupted since 1946 with the Bruins leading the series 41-31-3. The teams have split the last six games, with each team claiming alternate year home victories. The last time the visiting team won in the series was a Bruin win at Palo Alto in 1997 (27-7). In 37 previous games at Stanford, the Cardinal hold a slim 18-17-2 lead and have won the last three. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Stanford met at the Rose Bowl and the Bruins pitched their first Pac-10 shutout in 17 years in blanking the cardinal 21-0. The UCLA defense limited Stanford to 87 yards rushing and 307 yards total offense and picked off three passes. All-America LB Spencer Havner led the way with 16 tackles and an interception. The Bruin offense piled up 246 yards rushing with TB Maurice Drew going for 105 yards and one TD rushing, plus adding a 68-yard punt return for a score.

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 29 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 19 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 23 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 14 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

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: 39
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 47
Number of reversals: 16
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 1:56
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 224

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams in the Top 25 and two in the Top 10 in the polls this week. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in all the polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for a record 76 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 (media), USA Today (coaches) and Harris Interactive polls, plus the BCS standings:

Team AP USA Harris BCS
USC (7-0) 1 1 1 2
UCLA (7-0) 8 8 7 6
Oregon (7-1) 14 14 14 11
California (6-2) 24 21 21 23
Arizona State (3-3) -- -- 33 --
Oregon State (4-2) -- -- 38 --

PAC-10 NOTES:

UNITAS FINALISTS: Considering the Pac-10's well-deserved reputation as a producer to topflight quarterbacks, it should come as no surprise that three of the seven finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award come from the Conference. Awarded annually to the nation's top senior collegiate quarterback, the Unitas Award finalists from the Pac-10 are Kellen Clemens of Oregon, Matt Leinart of USC and Drew Olson of UCLA.

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.

MAJOR PAC-10 RECORD FOR LEINART: Heisman QB Matt Leinart of USC became the Pac-10 career leader in touchdown passes when he tossed four in the Trojans' victory at Washington to raise his career total to 87. That surpasses the old mark of 85 by Arizona State's Andrew Walter (2001-04). Leinart also became just the 10th QB in Conference history to crack the 9,000-yard mark in career passing. He now has thrown for 9,026 yards.

THE OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION: Pac-10 teams are amassing amazing offensive numbers this season. Consider some of these figures. Five of the top 11 teams in the nation in scoring offense are from the Pac-10: 1. USC (49.0), 5. UCLA (44.4), 9. Washington State (39.1), 10. Arizona State (38.3), 11. California (37.9). In total offense, it's 1. USC (581.1), 5. Arizona State (520.0) and 6. Washington State (518.6), with Oregon (464.8) and California (462.6) in the top 20 and UCLA (440.6) and Oregon State (440.4) in the top 25. And while USC (249.9), California (247.0) and Washington State (216.9) all average better than 200 yards per game, it is the aerial game that catches the eye with four league teams ranking in the nation's top nine: 3. Arizona State (372.7), 7. USC (331.3), 8. Oregon (327.6), 9. Oregon State (323.0).

THE PASS CATCHERS: This week's national rankings for receiving yards per game show Oregon State's Make Hass leading the country with 149.6 yards per game, Washington State's Jason Hill second at 137.7 yards per game, and Oregon's Demetrius Williams fourth at 111.9 yards per game.

ARIZONA: P Danny Baugher continues to lead the nation in punting with a 47.5-yard average per boot. Game against Oregon was the first time this year Baugher did not have at least one punt over 50 yards, his longest vs. the Ducks going a mere 48 yards. . . . Wildcats took the redshirt off QB Willie Tuitama vs. Oregon and the freshman responded by completing 18-of-34 for 182 yards and two TDs. . . . Arizona defense has allowed just 502 yards the last two games and the Cats rank fourth in the Pac-10 in both total defense (379.4) and scoring defense (26.9). In those two games, opponents converted just 6-of-28 third down attempts. . . . UA leads the league in pass defense, allowing just 199.1 yards per game, the only Conference team under 200. . . . Frosh WR Mike Thomas has pulled in eight receptions in each of the last two games.

ARIZONA STATE: WR Derek Hagan continues to climb up the Pac-10 career receiving charts. He currently ranks fifth all-time in career receptions (227), fourth in career receiving yards (3,444) and tied for eighth in career TD receptions (25). Hagan has caught at least one pass in 36 straight games and 42 of 44 career games. . . . S Zach Catanese has registered 38 tackles the last three games and stands fifth in the league with 8.8 stops per game. . . . Backup QB Rudy Carpenter tried to rally ASU back from a big deficit at Stanford by hitting 19 of 25 passes (.760) for 304 yards and three TDs. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 52-21 in the first quarter. . . . Ten different Sun Devils have touchdown receptions this season. . . . ASU has lost just three fumbles in seven games this year.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears are the only team in the league with two running backs averaging better than 100 yards per game. TB Marshawn Lynch is at 108.8 yards per game, TB Justin Forsett is just a tick behind at 108.4 yards per game. Between them they average 7.0 yards per carry. . . . California has put points on the board in 27 of 32 quarters played this season. . . . Cal is the only Pac-10 team averaging more rushing (247.0) than passing (215.6). . . . It was even against WSU as the Bears rushed for 274 yards and passed for the same.

OREGON: Ducks took a hard-fought 28-21 win at Arizona, but saw their first two quarterbacks go down. Starter Kellen Clemens, in the midst of a stellar season and leading the Pac-10 in total offense, suffered a fractured ankle. Backup Dennis Dixon went out with a concussion. . . . Win at Arizona was Duck's fourth straight victory since losing to No. 1 USC. . . . Duck defense leads the league in interceptions with 13 picks. . . . TB Terrence Whitehead has become just the fourth Duck to pick up more than 2,500 career rushing yards. . . . With 42.5 career tackles for loss, DE Devan Long has moved into fourth place on the UO career list. . . . Oregon defense has posted 15 QB sacks over the last four games, moving the Ducks into a tie for second in the Pac-10 with 24 for the season.

OREGON STATE: MLB Trent Bray is the only player in the Pac-10 averaging double figures in tackles. He leads the Conference with 10.4 stops per game. . . . Beavers ground game has come to life. OSU averaged just 71 rushing yards a game last season and had upped that figure to only 92 yards per game through five games in 2005. But the last two weeks, the Beavs have rushed for 362 yards, with 181 against both Cal and UCLA. TB Yvenson Bernard has rushed for 361 of those 362 yards and has moved up to third in the league in rushing at 114.0 yards per game. . . . WR Mike Hass pulled in seven receptions for 199 yards (28.4 yard average) and two TDs at UCLA. He has moved into fifth place on the Pac -10 career receiving yards list with 3,439. Hass currently leads the nation with 149.6 receiving yards per game.

STANFORD: Red-hot Cardinal has won three Conference games in a row, the first time that has happened in the same season since 1999, Stanford's last Rose Bowl year. One of the huge reasons for the three-game win streak--no turnovers for the Card. Zero. Stanford has moved up to second in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+7) and continues to be the least penalized team in the league, averaging just five flags for 40 yards per game. . . . QB Trent Edwards has thrown just two interceptions all year, fewest among Pac-10 starting QBs. He threw for a career-high 303 yards and three TDs in 45-35 win vs. Arizona State. . . . That marked highest scoring day for the Cardinal offense in four years. . . . Stanford defense racked up seven QB sacks (-44) vs. ASU with NT Babatunde Oshinowo getting three of them.

UCLA: Bruins finish up with three of final four games on the road. . . . In 51-28 win over Oregon State, QB Drew Olson threw a UCLA-record six TD passes. He had five TD passes the week before at WSU giving him 11 scoring throws the last two games (with just one interception). Olson is completing 67.1% of his passes, best percentage among Pac-10 starters, and that combined with a 31-3 TD-interception ratio has moved him into the top spot in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (166.5). . . . All-America ILB Spencer Havner has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Rotary Lombardi Award and one of 10 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. He ranks among the Pac-10 leaders in tackles (8.3) and tackles for loss (10), plus has picked off a couple of passes. . . . Mercurial TB Maurice Drew leads the nation in punt returns with an outrageous 30.9-yard average per return and ranks second nationally in scoring with 13.7 points per game. The dangerous Drew ranks fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards with 185.6 per game.

USC: It's late October and the Trojans have played just two home games. So, after playing five of first seven on the road, SC gets four of its last five at the L.A. Coliseum. . . . As noted above, QB Matt Leinart became the Pac-10's career TD pass leader with four at Washington that give him 87 for his career. Perhaps the most impressive of Leinart's numbers is USC is 32-1 with him as its starter. . . . TB Reggie Bush leads the nation in all-purpose yards with 203.1 per game. Bush has scored at least two touchdowns in six of seven games this year. . . . USC's overall winning streak is up to a Pac-10 record 29 games and is the longest in the country. With 19 straight Pac-10 wins, the Trojans also are approaching the record for consecutive Conference victories of 22 by California (1919-1923). . . . Next victory for USC will be coach Pete Carroll's 50th Trojan win. Pretty good for a coach in just his fifth year on the job. . . . Although just a sophomore, WR Dwayne Jarrett is already tied for eighth on the Pac-10 career touchdown reception list with 25 scoring grabs.

WASHINGTON: Marlon Wood returned the opening kickoff against USC 92 yards, the longest non-scoring return in Husky history. . . . UW has scored first in six of seven games this season. . . . Soph CB Durrell Moss made his first career start against USC and posted a game-high 10 tackles, including a QB sack. . . . With 58 career tackles for loss, DT Manase Hopoi needs just four more for the UW career record (61.5, Jason Chorak, 1994-97). He also needs four QB sacks to equal the Husky career record of 28 (Ron Holmes, 1981-84). . . . QB Isaiah Stanback has been picked off just four times in seven games. . . . UW is second-least penalized team in the league after Stanford. Huskies average just six flags for 45 yards per game.

WASHINGTON STATE: In a league full of great running backs, the only one who has rushed for 1,000 yards so far this season is RB Jerome Harrison. He leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation averaging 166.1 yards per game, 50 yards per game more than his closest pursuer in the Conference. Harrison has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in every game this season and in 10 straight games overall. He is on track to break the WSU single-season rushing mark of 1,637 yards by Rueben Mayes (1984). . . . WR Jason Hill had six receptions for 240 yards (40.0-yard average) and three TDs at California. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (7.0), receiving yards (137.7) and TDs (11). . . . Soph PK Loren Langley, a bit shaky as a freshman last year (5-11 on FGs), has connected on 10-of-11 field goals this season, best percentage in the Pac-10.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 21 Conference game to date, home teams have nine wins, visitors 12.

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) 3,444
5 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,439


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 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 227


Pac-10 Career Touchdown Receptions:

Rank Player Touchdown Receptions
1 Ken Margerum, STAN (1977-1980) 32
2 Sean Dawkins, CAL (1990-92) 31
3 Mike Williams, USC (2002-03) 30
-- Mario Bailey, WASH (1988-1991) 30
5 J.J. Stokes, UCLA (1991-94) 28
6 Bobby Shaw, CAL (1994-97) 27
7 Troy Walters, STAN (1988-1991) 26
8 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 25
-- Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2004-05) 25
-- Keith Poole, ASU (1993-96) 25
-- Doug Allen, ASU (1981-84) 25


Pac-10 Career Passing:

Rank Player Passing Yards
1 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-2002) 11,818
2 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 11,249
3 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 10,991
4 Cade McNown, UCLA (1995-98) 10,708
5 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 10,492
6 Cody Pickett, WASH (1999-2003) 10,220
7 Jonathon Smith, OSU (1998-2001) 9,680
8 Erik Wilhelm, OSU (1985-88) 9,393
9 John Elway, STAN (1979-1982) 9,349
10 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,026

A LOOK AHEAD TO THE GAMES OF SAT., Nov. 5:
UCLA at Arizona
Arizona State at Washington State
California at Oregon
Oregon State at Washington
Stanford at USC

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