This Week in Pac-10 Football

Nov. 14, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: The regular season winds down with Pac-10 teams having just one or two games remaining. But much is still to be decided regarding post-season bowl destinations and the Pac-10 traditional rivalries take center stage. Three of those are on the docket this week as CALIFORNIA is at STANFORD in the Big Game, OREGON STATE is at OREGON for the Civil War and WASHINGTON STATE travels to WASHINGTON for the Apple Cup. USC is out of league playing host to Fresno State. ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE and UCLA have an open weekend. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 19: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll): 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. 19 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/--/-- Washington State (3-7) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:15 PST UW leads 63-28-6
--/--/-- Washington (2-8) Seattle, WA FSN WSU 28-25 (2004)
--/--/-- Oregon State (5-5) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 3:45 PST Oregon leads 54-44-10-
10/10/10 Oregon (9-1) Eugene, OR FSN OSU 50-21 (2004)
t34/t31/32 California (6-4) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 4:00 PST Stanford leads 54-42-11
--/--/-- Stanford (5-4) Stanford, CA ABC California 41-6 (2004)
16/16/16 Fresno State (8-1) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 7:15 PST Fresno State leads 1-0
1/1/1 USC (10-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN Fresno State 24-7 (1992 Freedom Bowl)
--/--/-- Arizona (3-7) open date next game- Fri., Nov. 25 at Arizona State
--/--/-- Arizona State (5-5) open date next game- Fri., Nov. 25 vs. Arizona
12/11/12 UCLA (9-1) open date next game- Sat., Dec. 3 at USC

USC 35, California 10
Stanford 20, Oregon State 17
Washington 38, Arizona 14
UCLA 45, Arizona State 35
Oregon 34, Washington State 31

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Sat., Nov. 19 12:15 p.m. PST/1:15 MST (national) FSN Washington State at Washington
3:45 p.m. PST/4:45 p.m. MST (national) FSN Oregon State at Oregon
4:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. MST (regional) ABC California at Stanford
7:15 p.m. PST/8:15 MST (national) FSN Fresno State at USC
Fri., Nov. 25 12:00 p.m. PST/1:00 MST (national) FSN Arizona at Arizona State
Sat., Nov. 26 5:00 p.m. PST/6:00 MST (split national) ABC Notre Dame at Stanford
Sat., Dec. 3 1:30 p.m. PST/2:30 MST (national) ABC UCLA 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.

TRADITIONAL RIVALRIES:This week features traditional rivalries in the Pac-10, including the oldest and longest football series on the West Coast. The California-Stanford Big Game is the oldest series, having started in 1892. The Oregon-Oregon State Civil War started two years later in 1894, but it is the longest West Coast series with 108 games, compared to 107 for Cal-Stanford. The Washington-Washington State Apple Cup started in 1900 and covers 97 games.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-7) at WASHINGTON (2-8) - The Apple Cup - 12:15 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Washington State have met 97 times with the Huskies leading the series 63-28-6. Washington State won at Pullman last year to snap a six-game Washington winning streak in the series. UW has won the last three at home with the last WSU victory at Husky Stadium coming in 1997 (41-35). . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State wrapped up the season at Pullman with the Cougars hanging on for a 28-25 win, snapping a six-game Husky win streak in the Apple Cup. WSU QB Alex Brink passed for two scores and ran for another and RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 150 yards. QB Isaiah Stanback came off the bench to rally UW with a TD rushing and passing, plus a two-point conversion pass, with WR Craig Chambers on the receiving end of both, but the comeback fell just short. The Cougar defense limited the Dawgs to 15 first downs and 248 yards total offense.

OREGON STATE (5-5) at OREGON (9-1) - The Civil War - 3:45 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up for the 109th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and the Ducks lead the series 54-44-10. The teams have alternated victories the last eight years with each holding serve on its home turf. Oregon has won five straight at home with OSU's last victory at Eugene coming in 1993 (15-12). . . . Last Year: Both teams had 5-5 records so a bowl berth was on the line when Oregon and Oregon State hooked up at Corvallis. It was OSU that would make it to postseason play with a 50-21 win against the Oregon, saddling the Ducks with their first losing season since 1993. It was the first time in the long history of the series that either team reached the 50-point mark. OSU scored on 10 of its 13 possessions as QB Derek Anderson passed for 351 yards and four TDs and ran for another score. WR Mike Hass had nine receptions for 154 yards and two TDs and Beaver PK Alexis Serna was a perfect five-for-five on field goal attempts. OSU piled up 30 first downs, 368 yards passing and 455 yards total offense, while the Beaver defense limited the Ducks to 235 yards total offense, picked off three passes and posted seven quarterback sacks (-44). A bright spot for UO was TB Terrence Whitehead, who posted his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season with 110 yards on the ground.

CALIFORNIA (6-4) at STANFORD (5-4) - The Big Game - 4:00 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California and Stanford meet in the 108th Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast, dating back 113 years to 1892. Stanford leads the series 54-42-11 and the total points in the previous 107 games is 1,725 for Stanford, 1,714 for Cal. Cal has won the last three Big Games, snapping a seven-game Stanford winning streak in the series. Cal has not defeated Stanford four years in a row since 1936-39, although the Bears did go 6-0-2 over an eight-year stretch from 1947-1954. Cal won the last game at Palo Alto in 2003 (28-16), snapping a four-game Stanford winning streak at home. . . . Last Year: California and Stanford met at Berkeley and the Golden Bears matched their largest winning margin ever in the series by blowing open what was a close game at halftime with 31 second-half points and a 41-6 victory. Cal rolled on the ground with 307 yards of its 474 yards total offense coming via the rush. TB J.J. Arrington ran for 169 yards and backup Marshawn Lynch added 122 on just nine carries, including a spectacular 55-yard TD run, and also threw a TD pass. The Cal defense limited Stanford to 10 first downs, 24 yards rushing, 180 yards total offense and posted six QB sacks (-57).

FRESNO STATE (8-1) at USC (10-0) - 7:15 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Fresno State have met just once with the Bulldogs posting one of their biggest victories ever with a 24-7 win against USC in the 1992 Freedom Bowl. . . . Last Meeting: USC and Fresno State met for the first and only time in the 1992 Freedom Bowl at rainy Anaheim Stadium with the Bulldogs scoring two late touchdowns to upset the Trojans 24-7. Fresno State, which entered the game leading the nation in scoring offense behind QB Trent Dilfer, dominated the statistics, outgaining SC 405-183 and holding a 15-minute time of possession advantage. The Trojans managed just 183 yards total offense (88 rushing, 93 passing), lost four turnovers and converted just one-of-nine third-down opportunities.

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. 12:

Games utilizing instant replay: 53
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 64
Number of reversals: 24
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 2:06
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 300

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 (10-0) 1 1 1 1
Oregon (9-1) 10 10 10 10
UCLA (9-1) 12 11 12 11
California (6-4) t34 t31 32 --


GOING BOWLING: California, Oregon, UCLA and USC already have the requisite number of wins to qualify for post-season play. Arizona State, Oregon State and Stanford need one more win to make post-season plans.

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar 22-7 (.759) mark against outside foes with just two regular-season non-league games left--Fresno State at USC and Notre Dame at Stanford.

Longest overall winning streak - 32 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 22 games** - USC
Longest home winning streak - 25 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 15 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 35 Conference game to date, home teams have 16 wins, visitors 19.

YEAR OF THE OFFENSE: In 35 league games to date, the winning team has scored more than 40 points 18 times.

PAC-10 LEADS THE WAY WITH WALTER CAMP AWARD: The Walter Camp Football Foundation announced 10 'Player to Watch' for its 2005 Player of the Year award and five of the 10 players are from the Pac-10. The Pac-10ers are TB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart of USC, TB Maurice Drew and QB Drew Olson of UCLA and RB Jerome Harrison of Washington State. Leinart won the award last year.

O'BRIEN AWARD SEMIFINALISTS NAMED: QBs Matt Leinart of USC and Drew Olson of UCLA are among the 15 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award presented to the nation's best college quarterback.

ARIZONA: Freshman QB Willie Tuitama has nine TD passes in his brief four-game career. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe has caught a pass in 16 straight games and ranks in the top five in the Pac-10 in both kickoff and punt returns. He averages 116.7 all-purpose yards per contest. . . . Arizona offense is averaging better than a touchdown per game more than last season with scoring up 8.5 points per game. . . . Senior RB Mike Bell has 3,046 career rushing yards, but needs 165 at ASU to reach 1,000 yards in a season for the first time in his career. . . . WR Mike Thomas has 52 receptions, most ever for a Wildcat freshman.

ARIZONA STATE: WR Derek Hagan is now the Pac-10 career reception leader with 249. With seven receptions at UCLA, Hagan moved ahead of previous record-holder Troy Walters of Stanford (1996-99), who had 248. Hagan also stands third on the career receiving yards list with 3,795 and tied for sixth on the career TD receptions chart with 27. . . . Hagan, WR Terry Richardson and TB Rudy Burgess all have more than 1,000 all-purpose yards this season. Throw in QBs Sam Keller and Rudy Carpenter, both of whom have passed for more than 1,000 yards and you have five Sun Devils who have accounted for more than 1,000 yards in some form or fashion this year. . . . Carpenter has averaged 372 yards passing in his three starts for the Devils.

CALIFORNIA: Cal ranks ninth in the country in rushing offense and Bears' totals of 235.6 yards per game, 5.9 yards per rush and 22 rushing TDs trail only USC in the Pac-10. . . . Cal continues to lead the league in pass efficiency defense and has allowed just 11 TD passes, lowest figure in the league. . . . TBs Marshawn Lynch (929) and Justin Forsett (912) could both crack the 1,000-yard rushing barrier. If it happens, it would be just the third time in Conference history a team had a pair of 1,000-yard rushers. Cal did it once before in 1990 with Anthony Wallace and Russell White, and the USC duo of Reggie Bush and LenDale White has done it this year.

OREGON: QB Dennis Dixon's 68-yard TD pass to WR Jordan Kent at WSU was the Ducks' longest offensive scoring play of the season. . . . Oregon has used both Dixon and Brady Leaf at QB in place of injured Kellen Clemens. . . . Ducks have won six straight for the first time since 2002. . . . Nine wins for Oregon is most since the Fiesta Bowl season of 2001 when the Ducks finished 11-1. . . . Ducks have picked off five passes the last two games and are Pac-10 co-leaders with 18 interceptions. . . . SS Anthony Trucks has forced a league-high four fumbles this season. . . . A win in the Civil War would be coach Mike Bellotti's 90th victory at Oregon.

OREGON STATE: PK Alexis Serna is the only Pac-10 kicker among the 20 semifinalists named for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award. Among the semifinalists, Serna had kicked the most field goals, scored the most points and had the best field goal percentage among kickers with at least 20 attempts. He leads the nation in field goals at 2.3 per game. . . . WR Mike Hass leads the nation in receiving yards per game at 142.5 yards per contest. He has moved into second place on the Pac-10 career receiving yards chart with 3,817, just 230 yards behind record-holder Troy Walters of Stanford (4,047). With 1,425 receiving yards this season, Hass is just 95 yards short of the Pac-10 single-season record of 1,520 by Johnnie Morton of USC (1993). . . . Beaver defense has allowed just 87 yards rushing the last two games.

STANFORD: WR Justin McCullum has given a lift to Stanford's injured receiving corps with 16 catches for 257 yards and three TDs the last two games. . . . Stanford is least penalized team in the league averaging just 5.8 flags for 45 yards a game. . . . Stanford defense rose up in 20-17 win at Oregon State. Card defenders allowed just 62 yards rushing and posted six QB sacks (-38). Win snapped a four-game losing streak to the Beavers for Stanford. . . . Stanford has hung up five wins in a season for the first time since 2001. That's the last season the Cardinal had a winning record. One more and Stanford qualifies for post-season play.

UCLA: After stellar outing in win against Arizona State (22 of 27 for 510 yards, 5 TDs and no interceptions), QB Drew Olson leads the nation in passing efficiency with a ranking of 172.5. That's a product of completing 67.7% of his passes with a stunning TD-Interception ratio of 30-3. In his last six games he has 22 TD passes and just one interception. His 510 yards passing against ASU is the seventh-best single-game mark in Pac-10 history. It marked the third game this season Olson has thrown five or more TD passes. . . . Bruins have lost just nine turnovers in 10 games this year. . . . Stellar TE Marcedes Lewis has four TD receptions the last two games. He has pulled in 18 receptions for 239 yards over that span.

USC: Trojans continue to lead the nation in total offense at 577.6 yards per game and are second in scoring offense at 48.4 points per game (Texas is first at 50.1). Trojans have scored 50 or more points in five of 10 games this year. The 577.6 yards per game is 128.5 yards more than Trojans averaged last year on the way to the national championship. . . . Win at Cal extended USC's winning streak to 32, longest in the nation. It also was the Trojans' 22nd straight Conference win, tying the record of California (1947-50). . . . A win this week would be USC's 26th straight at home, tying another Pac-10 record held by Cal (26 straight home wins, 1919-23). . . . Trojans picked off four passes at Cal and are Pac-10 co-leaders with 18 picks. That's one big reason Troy leads the Pac-10 and is third in the nation in turnover margin (+17). . . . USC is 15-0 in November under coach Pete Carroll.

WASHINGTON: Huskies broke through with a 38-14 win at Arizona, snapping a six-game overall and 14-game Pac-10 losing streak. . . . RB James Sims was a workhorse in win at Arizona, rushing for a career-high 200 yards on 30 carries. The Huskies piled up a total of 333 yards rushing, a team total topped only by USC this year in the Pac-10. . . . OLB Evan Benjamin has led the Huskies in tackles the last two weeks and has moved up to third place in the Pac-10 stats with 9.5 stops per game. He had 10 at Arizona, including 2.5 for a loss, plus he had an interception and forced a fumble. . . . Washington has scored first in seven of 10 games this season.

WASHINGTON STATE: Hard-luck Cougars have lost four Conference games by three points and another by four points. . . . RB Jerome Harrison leads the nation in rushing at 169.3 yards per game. With 143 yards against Oregon, Harrison upped his season total to a WSU-record 1,693 yards. He also has rushed for 100 yards or more in 13 straight games, a Pac-10 record. . . . MLB Greg Trent posted a career-high 13 tackles vs. Oregon, including two tackles for loss, plus he recovered a fumble. . . . Cougar offense is averaging 487.4 yards per game, almost 119 yards per game more than last year. . . . WSU leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 32. On the other side of the ball, Cougars have allowed just 14 sacks.

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) 9,823

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 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,895

Pac-10 Season Touchdown Passes:

Rank Player Passes
1 Matt Leinart, USC (2003) 38
2 Ryan Leaf, WSU (1997) 34
3 Matt Leinart, USC (2004) 33
-- Carson Palmer, USC (2002) 33
5 Akili Smith, ORE (1998) 32
6 Pat Barnes, CAL (1996) 31
7 Drew Olson, UCLA (2005) 30
-- Andrew Walter, ASU (2004) 30

Pac-10 Career Touchdown Passes:

Rank Player Passes
1 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 94
2 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 85
3 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 79
4 John Elway, STAN (1979-1982) 77
5 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 75
6 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-2002) 72
7 Jason Gesser, WSU (1999-2002) 70
8 Cade McNown, UCLA (1995-99) 68
9 Jake Plummer, ASU (1993-96) 65
10 Kyle Boller, CAL (1999-2002 64
11 Drew Olson, UCLA (2002-05) 63

Pac-10 Career Receptions:

Rank Player Receptions
1 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 249
2 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 248
3 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 243
4 Bobby Wade, ARIZ (1999-2002) 230
5 DeRonnie Pitts, STAN (1997-2001) 228
6 Dennis Northcutt, ARIZ (1996-99) 223
-- Darrin Nelson, STAN (1977-1981) 223
8 James Newsom, OSU (2000-03) 213
9 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 210

Pac-10 Career Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Yards
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 4,047
2 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,817
3 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,795

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 Career Touchdown Receptions:

Rank Player Touchdown Receptions
1 Ken Margerum, STAN (1997-1980) 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 Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2004-05) 27
-- Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 27
-- Bobby Shaw, CAL (1994-97) 27
9 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 26
10 Jason Hill, WSU (2003-05) 25
-- Keith Poole, ASU (1993-96) 25
-- Doug Allen, ASU (1981-84) 25

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
9 Jason Hill, WSU, 2005 13
-- Dwayne Jarret, USC, 2004 13
-- Shaun McDonald, ASU, 2002 13

Pac-10 Season Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Receiving Yards
1 Johnnie Morton, USC, 1993 1,520
2 Troy Walters, STAN, 1999 1,508
3 Geoff McArthur, CAL, 2003 1,504
4 Freddie Mitchell, UCLA, 2000 1,494
5 Reggie Williams, WASH, 2002 1,454
6 Keyshawn Johnson, USC, 1995 1,434
7 Mike Hass, OSU, 2005 1,425

1,000-YARD RUSHERS: Led by national leader Jerome Harrison of Washington State, four Pac-10 rushers have already surpassed 1,000 yards this season. Harrison (1,693) is joined by Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State (1,193) and USC's Reggie Bush (1,104) and LenDale White (1,003). The Cal duo of Marshawn Lynch (929) and Justin Forsett (912) are both above 900 yards. The most 1,000-yard rushers the Pac-10 has ever had in a single season is five in 1999.

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