This Week in Pac-10 Football

Nov. 7, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: A full slate of five Conference games on the schedule as the regular season is in the home stretch. Pac-10 action finds WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, USC at CALIFORNIA, OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE and STANFORD at OREGON STATE. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 12: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):


Ranking Game - Sat., Nov. 12 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
1/1/1 USC (9-0) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 12:30 PST USC leads 57-30-5
26/26/25 Cal (6-3) Berkeley, CA ABC USC 23-17
--/--/-- Stanford (4-4) Reser Stadium (43,300) 3:30 PST Stanford leads 46-22-3-
--/--/-- Oregon State (5-4) Corvallis, OR BSTN/FSNBA Oregon State 24-19
--/--/-- Washington (1-8) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST UW leads 14-6-1
--/--/t36 Arizona (3-6) Tucson, AZ Arizona 23-13
--/--/-- Arizona State (5-4) Rose Bowl (91,500) 4:00 PST UCLA leads 13-7-1
14/14/14 UCLA (8-1) Pasadena, CA ABC Arizona State 48-42
11/11/11 Oregon (8-1) Martin Stadium (35,117) 7:15 PST Oregon leads 38-37-7
--/--/-- Washington State (3-6) Pullman, WA FSN Oregon 41-38

LAST WEEK:
Oregon 27, California 20 (OT)
Arizona State 27, Washington State 24
Oregon State 18, Washington 10
Arizona 52, UCLA 14
USC 51, Stanford 21

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., Nov. 12 12:30 p.m. PST/1:30 MST (regional) ABC USC at California
3:30 p.m. PST/4:30 p.m. MST (local) BSTN and FSNBA Stanford at Oregon State
4:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. MST (regional) ABC Arizona State at UCLA
7:15 p.m. PST/8:15 MST (national) FSN Oregon 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:

WASHINGTON (1-8) at ARIZONA (3-6) - 4:00 MST/3:00 PST - The Series: Washington and Arizona have met 21 times with the Huskies leading the series 14-6-1. And while UW has won seven of the last 10, Arizona has won the last two. In 10 games at Tucson, the Huskies hold a slim 5-4-1 edge, but the Wildcats won the most recent Tucson meeting in 2003 (27-22). The games have been close. Four of the last five and five of the last seven games have been decided by five or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Washington met late in the season at Seattle and the Wildcats snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 23-13 victory. The Arizona defense had a stellar day that included scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a 33-yard fumble return by CB Wilrey Fontenot. UA RB Mike Bell rushed for 82 yards and two TDs.

USC (9-0) at CALIFORNIA (6-3) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and California have met 92 times dating to dating to 1915 and have played at least once a year since 1926. The Trojans lead the series 57-30-5. SC has won three of the last four, but Cal won the last game at Berkeley, a 34-31 triple overtime win in 2003. The Trojans haven't lost since, with their winning streak now out to 31 games. The last three games have been decided by six or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Top-ranked USC and No. 7 California met at the L.A. Coliseum with the Golden Bears dominating the stats, but the Trojans winning the game, 23-17, by virtue of a late defensive stand. Cal QB Aaron Rodgers completed his first 23 passes to tie an NCAA single-game record. Trailing 23-17, Rodgers guided Cal to a first-and-goal at USC's 9-yard line with 1:47 remaining in the game. However, the Trojan defense rose up and a QB sack and three incomplete passes ended the Bears' upset hopes. California dominated the stats more than doubling USC in first downs (28-12) and total offense (424-205), but the Trojan defense forced three costly turnovers and registered five QB sacks.

STANFORD (4-4) at OREGON STATE (5-4) - 3:30 PST - Beaver Sports Television Network and FSNBA local telecasts - The Series: Stanford and Oregon State have met 71 times dating to 1919 with the Cardinal leading the series 46-22-3. However, the Beavers have won the last four games, including the last two at Corvallis. Stanford leads 22-12-1 in games played in Oregon, including 16-10-1 in games at Corvallis, although the Beavers have won the last two at home. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Stanford were heading in the opposite direction when they met late in the season at Palo Alto with the Beavers, up 21-3 at halftime, holding on for a 24-19 win. OSU did it through the air with QB Derek Anderson passing for 334 yards and two TDs. On the receiving end were WRs Anthony Wheat-Brown (11 for 117 yards) and Mike Hass (8 for 110 and a TD). For Stanford, redshirt freshman T.C. Ostrander made his first collegiate start at quarterback in place of injured QB Trent Edwards and passed for 247 yards and two TDs. Neither team could run, combining for just 37 yards rushing (36 for OSU, 1 for Stanford), due in part to a combined nine QB sacks by the defenses.

ARIZONA STATE (5-4) at UCLA (8-1) - 4:00 PST/5:00 MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 21 times with the Bruins leading the series 13-7-1. UCLA leads 7-4-1 in home games, including 5-4-1 at the Rose Bowl, where the Bruins have won the last three. ASU's last victory at the Rose Bowl came in 1996 (42-34). . . . Last Year: Arizona State and UCLA met at Tempe and the Sun Devils came out on top in a 48-42 offensive shootout. Each team topped 500 yards total offense with ASU at 536 and UCLA at 535. The quarterbacks had their way. For the Sun Devils, QB Andrew Walter passed for 415 yards and six TDs. ASU WR Derek Hagan had five catches for 160 yards (32.0-yard average), with three TDs of 79, 12 and 46 yards. Fellow Devil wideout Terry Richardson had seven catches for 159 yards (22.7) and one TD. For the Bruins, QB Drew Olson completed 30 of 44 passes for a career-high 325 yards and two scores.

OREGON (8-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-6) - 7:10 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Washington State are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 82 times dating to 1901. To say the series is close is an understatement as the Ducks hold the slimmest of series leads at 38-37-7. The teams have split the last four games, but UO has won five of the last seven. . . . Last Year: There is an odd symmetry to last year's Oregon-Washington State game at Pullman. Entering the game, WSU was 3-1, Oregon 1-3. The Ducks won the game to begin a four-game winning streak and send the Cougars on a four-game losing streak. QB Kellen Clemens led Oregon to a come-from-behind 41-38 win in an offensive shootout. The Ducks trailed 27-14 entering the fourth quarter, but Clemens rallied them to 27 fourth-quarter points and ran the game-winner in himself, scoring on a 13-yard run with 1:21 left in the contest. It marked the first Oregon lead of the game. The offensive stars piled up some numbers. Clemens account for six touchdowns as he completed 36 of 55 passes for 437 yards and three TDs and ran for three scores. His top targets were TE Tim Day (8 for 152 yards and two TDs) and WR Demetrius Williams (12 for 126). Duck TB Terrence Whitehead added 166 yards rushing as UO amassed 646 yards total offense. WSU had its moments, as well. QB Josh Swogger passed for 231 yards and three TDs, two of them to WR Jason Hill, WR Chris Jordan had five catches for 128 yards, RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 117 yards and a TD and Michael Bumpus returned a punt 52 yards for a TD.

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 Nov. 5:

Games utilizing instant replay: 48
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 56
Number of reversals: 20
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 2:04
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 276

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams in the all the Top 25s, along with Cal at No. 25 and 26 in the polls this week. Upstart Arizona received one vote in the Harris poll. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in the polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for a record 29 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 (9-0) 1 1 1 1
Oregon (8-1) 11 11 11 10
UCLA (8-1) 14 14 14 15
California (6-3) 26 26 25 --
Arizona (3-6) -- -- t36 --

PAC-10 NOTES:

GOING BOWLING: California, Oregon, UCLA and USC already have the requisite number of wins to qualify for post-season play. Arizona State and Oregon each need one more win and Stanford needs a pair of wins to reach the needed six-victory mark.

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 31 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 21 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 25 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 14 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 30 Conference game to date, home teams have 14 wins, visitors 16.

YEAR OF THE OFFENSE: In 30 league games to date, the winning team has scored more than 40 points 17 times.

AWARD SEMIFINALISTS NAMED: TB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart of USC and TB Maurice Drew of UCLA are among the 12 semifinalists for the Maxwell Award given to the collegiate player of the Year. In addition, Pete Carroll of USC and Karl Dorrell of UCLA are among the 12 semifinalists for the George Munger Coach of the Year Award presented by the Maxwell Club.

ARIZONA: Freshman QB Willie Tuitama is 2-0 as a starter with four TD passes and no interceptions. . . . Tuitama's top target has been fellow frosh WR Mike Thomas, who in that two-game span has averaged 29.6 yards on nine catches, including TD receptions of 75 and 48 yards. . . . After giving up 17 QB sacks in the first five games, UA offensive line has allowed just two in the last four, both to Oregon, thus making it three of the last four games with no sacks allowed. . . . Entering the UCLA game as the only Pac-10 team averaging fewer than 100 yards rushing per game (97.0), the Wildcats exploded for 315 yards on the ground with RBs Mike Bell (153) and Gilbert Harris (113) both topping the 100-yard mark.

ARIZONA STATE: Redshirt freshman Rudy Carpenter has taken over as starting QB with Sam Keller on the shelf with a season-ending thumb injury. In his two starts, both Sun Devil wins, Carpenter has completed 55 of 77 (.714) for 782 yards with five TDs and just one INT. . . . WR Derek Hagan is nearing the top of the Pac-10 career receiving charts. With 242 career catches, Hagan is just six shy of the Pac-10 record of 248 by Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99). Hagan ranks second to Walters on the career receiving yardage chart with 3,698 yards. He is 349 yards behind Walters, who is the only player in Pac-10 history to top 4,000 yards receiving (4,047). . . . TE Zach Miller had a career-high 10 receptions in win at WSU.

CALIFORNIA: Cal's Memorial Stadium is the last place the top-ranked USC Trojans tasted defeat. The Golden Bears took a 34-31 triple-overtime win at Berkeley in 2003 and the Trojans haven't lost since, reeling off a Conference record 31 straight wins. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch is heating up. In the last two games he has rushed 50 times for 349 yards (7.0-yard average) and three TDs. . . . Among Pac-10 rushing leaders, Lynch's running mate TB Justin Forsett is the only back besides USC's Reggie Bush averaging 8.0 yards per carry. . . . So it's no surprise Cal ranks eighth in the country in rushing at 243.2 yards per game and averages an even 6.0 yards per rush. . . . CBs Daymeion Hughes (13) and Tim Mixon (11) rank 1-2 in the league in passes defended.

OREGON: Ducks have won five straight for the first time since 2002. . . . SS Anthony Trucks leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 10. . . . With 43.5 tackles for loss, DE Devan Long needs just one more to become the Oregon career leader in that category. . . . Ducks have allowed just nine rushing touchdowns in nine games. . . . Oregon is the only team to rank in the top-three in the league in both third-down conversions made and fewest third-down conversions allowed. Ducks make them 42.5% of the time, allow opponents just 33.6%. . . . Senior CB Aaron Gipson leads the Pac-10 in interceptions with five. He had one of the Ducks' three picks against Cal. . . . Ducks rank second in Pac-10 in both pass defense (221.7 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (113.6).

OREGON STATE: TB Yvenson Bernard has posted four straight 100-yard rushing games and ranks second in the Pac-10 and sixth in the nation in rushing at 123.6 yards per game. . . . MLB Trent Bray tops the Pac-10 in tackles at 9.9 per game; OLB Keith Ellison leads the league in tackles for loss with 14.5. . . . PK Alexis Serna accounted for all the Beaver points with six field goals in OSU's 18-10 win at Washington. Serna was a perfect 6-for-6 on his field goal attempts. It marks the first time six field goals have been kicked in a Conference game and ties the overall single-game record now shared by Serna with Paul Martinez of Oregon (six vs. Montana earlier this season) and John Lee of UCLA (six vs. San Diego State in 1984). Serna has connected on 22-of-24 field goals this season and is the national field goal leader at 2.44 per game.

STANFORD: Cardinal needs to win two of its final three games to reach bowl-eligible status. . . . Three Conference wins is more than any of the last three seasons. . . . Despite suffering three interceptions at USC, Cardinal QBs have been picked off just six times on the season. Starter Trent Edwards has had no interceptions in six of eight games this year. . . . PK Michael Sgroi is six-of-eight on field goal attempts of 40 yards or longer this season. . . . CB T.J. Rushing and Oregon's Jonathan Stewart are the only Pac-10 players with a kickoff return for a touchdown this year. . . . Stanford has been hit hard by injury at wide receiver, but keeps seeing people step up. Last week at USC it was senior WR Justin McCullum with nine catches for 138 yards and a TD.

UCLA: ILB Spencer Havner has been named one of 12 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award given to the outstanding defensive player of the year. . . . In last four games, QB Drew Olson has thrown 15 TD passes with only one interception. For the season, it's 25 TDs and three picks. . . . The 25 TD passes ties Olson with Cade McNown for first on the UCLA single-season list. . . . Bruins have outscored opponents 126-34 in the fourth quarter. . . . TB Maurice Drew continues to lead the nation in punt returns with a 29-1-yard average. Drew, UCLA's career all-purpose yardage leader, is averaging 25.4 yards on his 18 touchdowns this season. . . . In nine games, UCLA has lost only seven turnovers (four fumbles, three interceptions).

USC: A win at California this week would be USC's 22nd consecutive Pac-10 win, which would tie the record for consecutive Conference wins held by Cal (1948-1950). . . . Trojan offensive line has allowed just 10 QB sacks in nine games. . . . That O-line also helps explain why USC is the only team in the league with two backs averaging better than 100 yards per game rushing--TBs Reggie Bush (113.6) and LenDale White (101.4). . . . Stanford had not committed a turnover in four straight games, but Trojan defense forced five Cardinal turnovers. Troy leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+12). Figuring into that stat is the fact SC leads the Pac-10 with 14 interceptions made and has lost only four fumbles in nine games. . . . 51-21 win against Stanford was fifth time in nine games and third game in a row the Trojans have topped 50 points. SC leads the nation in scoring with an average of 49.9 points per game. The fewest points Troy has scored in a game this year is 34 (Notre Dame). USC also leads the nation in total offense at 593.6 yards per game. . . . There's some mojo on defense as well, as the Trojans top the Pac-10 in both scoring defense (20.6) and total defense (348.3).

WASHINGTON: Huskies are the least penalized team in the league, being flagged for an average of just 42.3 yards per game. . . . UW has scored first in seven of nine games this season. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback has been picked off just five times in nine games. . . . OLB Evan Benjamin has led the team in tackles in four games this season including a season-high 17 stops vs. Oregon State. He leads the team and is third in the Pac-10 with 9.4 tackles per game. . . . Defense held the Beavers out of the end zone last week as OSU had to settle for field goals. OSU offense managed just 12 first downs, 136 yards passing and 263 yards total offense vs. the Husky defenders.

WASHINGTON STATE: RB Jerome Harrison continues his remarkable season. He rushed for 240 yards against Arizona State, his 12th consecutive game over 100 yards. That ties the Pac-10 record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games set by J.J. Arrington of California last year. Harrison is second in the nation in rushing at 172.2 yards per game. With 1,550 yards, he needs just 88 more to top the WSU season rushing record of 1,637 by Reuben Mayes in 1984. . . . Harrison has been over 100 yards rushing by halftime in seven of his nine games this year. . . . WR Jason Hill has tied his own WSU single-season record for TD receptions with 12 this season, matching his total of last year. . . . CB Alex Teems had a career-high 11 tackles vs. Arizona State, plus he picked off a pass.

MAKING LISTS:
Pac-10 Career Total Offense:

Rank Player Total Offense
1 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-2002) 11,621
2 Cade McNown, UCLA (1995-98) 11,285
3 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 11,097
4 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 10,380
5 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 10,179
6 Cody Pickett, WASH (1999-2003) 10,042
7 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,575


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 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,649


Pac-10 Career Receptions:

Rank Player Receptions
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 248
2 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 243
3 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 242

Pac-10 Career Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Yards
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 4,047
2 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,698
3 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,677


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
-- Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2004-05) 27
8 Troy Walters, STAN (1988-1991) 26
-- Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 26


Pac-10 Season Touchdown Receptions:

Rank Player Touchdown Receptions
1 Mario Bailey, WASH, 1991 18
2 J.J. Stokes, UCLA, 1993 17
3 Mike Williams, USC, 2003 16
4 Mike Williams, USC, 2002 14
-- Johnnie Morton, USC, 1993 14
-- Sean Dawkins, CAL, 1992 14
-- Doug Allen, ASU, 1984 14
-- Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2005 14


A LOOK AHEAD: The remaining Pac-10 regular-season schedule after this week's games:

Sat., Nov. 19
Washington State at Washington, 12:15 PST (FSN)
Oregon State at Oregon, 3:45 PST (FSN)
California at Stanford, 4:00 PST (ABC)
Fresno State at USC, 7:15 PST (FSN)

Fri., Nov. 25
Arizona at Arizona State, 1:00 MST/12:00 PST (FSN)

Sat., Nov. 26
Notre Dame at Stanford, 5:00 PST (ABC)

Sat., Dec. 3
UCLA at USC, 1:30 PST (ABC)

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