This Week in Pac-10 Football

Nov. 21, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: The regular season winds down with just three games remaining. ARIZONA is at ARIZONA STATE on Fri., Nov. 25, with Notre Dame at STANFORD the following day. UCLA is at USC the following week on Sat., Dec. 3 to wrap up the regular season for 2005. Here is a look at the remaining games on the Pac-10 schedule: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll and Harris poll):


Ranking Game - Fri., Nov. 25 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/--/-- Arizona (3-7) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 1:00 MST Arizona leads 44-33-1
--/--/-- Arizona State (5-5) Tempe, AZ FSN Arizona 34-27
Sat., Nov. 26
6/6/5 Notre Dame (8-2) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 5:00 PST Notre Dame leads 13-6
--/--/-- Stanford (5-5) Stanford, CA ABC Notre Dame 23-15
Sat., Dec. 3
11/11/11 UCLA (9-1) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 1:30 PST USC leads 40-27-7
1/1/1 USC (11-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 29-24

LAST WEEK:
Washington State 26, Washington 22
Oregon 56, Oregon State 14
California 27, Stanford 3
USC 50, Fresno State 42

USC CLINCHES BCS BERTH: USC has earned the Pac-10's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series. A UCLA victory over the Trojans in the regular season's final game on Dec. 3 would create a three-way tie for the Pac-10 championship at 7-1 among USC, UCLA and Oregon. Because the three did not all play one another (Oregon and UCLA did not meet), results against common opponents are compared moving down the Pac-10 standings. UCLA would be eliminated due to its loss to Arizona, and then USC would get the nod for its head-to-head win against Oregon.

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:

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.

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. 19:

Games utilizing instant replay: 57
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 71
Number of reversals: 27
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 2:06
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 316

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 33 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 22 games** - USC
Longest home winning streak - 26 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 15 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

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 (11-0) 1 1 1 1
Oregon (10-1) 8 8 8 7
UCLA (9-1) 11 11 11 12
California (7-4) 35 36 29 --

SERIES NOTES:

ARIZONA (3-7) at ARIZONA STATE (5-5) - Fri., Nov. 25 - 1:00 MST/12:00 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Arizona State have met 78 times dating to 1899 and uninterrupted since 1946. The teams play for the Territorial Cup and the Wildcats lead the series 44-33-1. In 34 games played at Tempe, Arizona State holds a slim 17-16-1 lead. The teams have split the last four games overall and the last four played at Sun Devil Stadium. A bowl berth is on the line for the Sun Devils. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Arizona State closed out the regular season at Tucson and the 2-8 Wildcats upset the No. 18-ranked 8-2 Sun Devils 34-27. UA freshman QB Richard Kovalcheck passed for three TDs and the Wildcat defense forced five turnovers, including four fumbles, that set up 24 points. Other contributors for the Cats were RB Mike Bell with 23 carries for 139 yards (6.0) and WR Michael Jefferson, who had just two receptions, but both went for TDs. ASU actually outgained UA 504-398, but were done in by the turnovers. Sun Devil WR Derek Hagan had seven receptions for 110 yards (15.7).

NOTRE DAME (8-2) at STANFORD (5-5) - Sat., Nov. 26 - 5:00 PST - ABC split-national telecast - The Series: Stanford and Notre Dame have met 19 times with the Irish leading the series 13-6. Notre Dame has won three years in a row with the last Cardinal victory coming in 2001 (17-13) at home. The teams have split eight previous games played at Palo Alto. The first meeting between the teams was historic as Knute Rockne and Notre Dame's Four Horsemen prevailed over the Stanford squad led by Ernie Nevers and coached by Pop Warner in the 1925 Rose Bowl Game (27-10). This game marks the final game in the original Stanford Stadium, built in 1921 and home of the Cardinal for 83 years. The stadium will undergo a major renovation following the Notre Dame game with the goal of being ready to go for the 2006 season with a capacity in the 50,000 range. . . . Last Year: Stanford met Notre Dame led by former Cardinal coach Tyrone Willingham at South Bend with Notre Dame claiming the 800th victory in its history with a 23-15 win. In a defensive battle that saw Stanford outgain Notre Dame 334-322, the Cardinal held a 15-10 lead entering the final period, but the Irish punched in two fourth-quarter scores to take the win.

UCLA (9-1) at USC (11-0) - Sat., Dec. 3 - 1:30 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: 75th meeting between USC and UCLA in the battle for the Victory Bell and Los Angeles supremacy. The teams have met 74 times dating to 1929 and uninterrupted since 1936. The Trojans lead the series 40-27-7 after winning the last six years, which snapped an eight-game Bruin winning streak in the series. USC's current six-game winning streak is its longest ever against UCLA. SC has won the last four at the L.A. Coliseum with the Bruins last Coliseum victory coming in 1997 (31-24). . . . Last Year: USC and UCLA ended the regular season in the Rose Bowl with the Trojans taking a hard-fought 29-24 win. USC TB Reggie Bush had a pair of electrifying touchdown runs of 65 and 81 yards among his 335 all-purpose yards and PK Ryan Killeen booted a school-record five field goals for the Trojans. Bush rushed for 204 yards on 15 carries (13.6-yard average) and added six receptions for 73 yards. USC outgained UCLA 477-295 and had nice balance with 235 yards rushing and 242 passing, but could manage to convert just 1-of-13 third downs. QB Drew Olson passed for 278 yards for the Bruins, but UCLA could muster just 17 yards rushing and only 12 first downs.

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 Stanford need one more win to make post-season plans. Following is the Pac-10 bowl lineup:

BCS - Rose Bowl or Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
Pacific Life Holiday Bowl (vs. Big 12)
Vitalis Sun Bowl (vs. Big 10)
Insight Bowl (vs. Big East)
Las Vegas Bowl (vs. Mountain West)
Emerald Bowl (vs. Mountain West)

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar 23-7 (.767) mark against outside foes with just one regular-season non-league games left, this week's contest with Notre Dame at Stanford.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 38 Conference game to date, home teams have 17 wins, visitors 21.

YEAR OF THE OFFENSE: In 38 league games to date, the winning team has scored more than 40 points 19 times.

1,000-YARD RUSHERS: Led by Jerome Harrison of Washington State, five Pac-10 rushers have already surpassed 1,000 yards this season. Harrison (1,900) is joined by USC's Reggie Bush (1,398) and LenDale White (1,024), Oregon State Yvenson Bernard (1,321) and California's Marshawn Lynch (1,052). Justin Forsett of Cal is sitting at 962 and could reach the 1,000-yard mark in a bowl game. The most 1,000-yard rushers the Pac-10 has ever had in a single season is five in 1999.

DOAK WALKER AWARD: Speaking of running backs, four of the 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top running back, are from the Pac-10: Making the list are Reggie Bush and LenDale White of USC, Maurice Drew of UCLA and Jerome Harrison of Washington State.

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: Sun Devils need a win vs. Arizona to gain bowl eligible status. . . . 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. . . . Frosh TB Keegan Herring got his third 100-yard rushing game of the season with 129 vs. UCLA.

STANFORD: Notre Dame game marks the final game in the original Stanford Stadium, built in 1921 and home of the Cardinal for 83 years. The stadium will undergo a major renovation following the Notre Dame game with the goal of being ready to go for the 2006 season with a capacity in the 50,000 range. . . . Stanford has reached the five-victory mark for the first time since 2001. . . . Cardinal needs a win against Notre Dame for first bowl berth since 2001. . . . The NCAA ranks Stanford's schedule as second-toughest in the nation (behind Oklahoma). . . . Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10. The Cardinal averages just 5.4 flags for 43.5 yards per game.

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. 'My best game of the year,' said Olson. It marked the third game this season Olson has thrown five or more TD passes. His 30 TD passes this year is a UCLA single-season record. Most impressively, he has led four fourth-quarter comebacks this season. . . . 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. His 10 TD receptions this year is a Bruin record for a tight end.

USC: Win against UCLA would give Trojans 23 straight Pac-10 wins, which would establish a new record for consecutive conference wins (currently tied with Cal, 1947-1950, at 22). . . . Game vs. UCLA is USC's fifth against a team ranked in the top 25 at the time of the game. Trojans have won last 15 games against AP top 25 teams. . . . Trojans have a heritage of great running backs, but for the first time have a pair of 1,000-rushers in the same season in TBs Reggie Bush and LenDale White. . . . Trojans have intercepted eight passes the last two games and have 22 picks for the year. Amazing stat is that 18 different players have interceptions for SC. USC has turned the ball over only 13 times in 11 games and leads the nation in turnover margin (+21). . . . USC also leads nation in total offense at 571.3 yards per game and season total of 6,284 yards is a Pac-10 record. Trojans are second in the nation in scoring offense at 48.5 points per game and have scored 50 points in six games this year. SC has scored in 40 of 44 quarters this year.

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) 10,020


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) 10,095


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) 95
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 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 220

Pac-10 Career Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Yards
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 4,047
2 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,924
3 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,795


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 Mike Hass, OSU, 2005 1,532

Pac-10 Season Rushing:

Rank Player Yards
1 Marcus Allen, USC, 1981 2,427
2 Charles White, USC, 1979 2,050
3 J.J. Arrington, CAL, 2004 2,018
4 Ricky Bell, USC, 1975 1,975
5 Jerome Harrison, WSU, 2005 1,900

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