This Week In Pac-10 Football

Sept. 25, 2006

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NEXT UP: Nothing but Conference action with a full slate of five Pac-10 games. As we hit the final weekend of September, league play finds WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, OREGON at ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE, STANFORD at UCLA and USC at WASHINGTON STATE. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Sep. 30. (Note: Ranking is the Harris Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the AP Media Poll):

Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
13/12/14 Oregon (3-0) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 12:30 MST Arizona St. leads 16-10
28/t27/t28 Arizona State (3-1) Tempe, AZ ABC Oregon 31-17
18/20/20 California (3-1) Reser Stadium (43,300) 1:00 PDT California leads 32-26
t44/--/-- Oregon State (2-1) Corvallis, OR Oregon State 23-20
2/2/3 USC (3-0) Martin Stadium (35,117) 4:00 PDT USC leads 53-8-4
43/--/-- Washington State (3-1) Pullman, WA TBS USC 55-13
36/37/t34 Washington (3-1) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 7:00 MST Washington leads 15-6-1
--/-- Arizona (2-2) Tucson, AZ Washington 38-14
--/-- Stanford (0-4) Rose Bowl (91,500) 7:15 PDT UCLA leads 42-31-3
t41/t41/t38 UCLA (2-1) Pasadena, CA FSN UCLA 30-27 (OT)

Last Week: California 49, Arizona State 21
Washington State 36, Stanford 10
Washington 29, UCLA 19
USC 20, Arizona 3
Oregon State 38, Idaho 0


Date/Time Game TVSat., Sep. 3012:30 PDT/MST Oregon at Arizona State ABC (regional)4:00 PDT/MST USC at Washington State TBS (national)7:15 PDT/MST Stanford at UCLA FSN (national)

Sat., Oct. 711:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame NBC (national)12:30 PDT/MST Washington at USCoo FSN (national - 12-day selection)5:00 PDT/MST Oregon at California ABC (regional)


OREGON (3-0) at ARIZONA STATE (3-1) - 12:30 PDT/MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 26 times with the Sun Devils holding a 16-10 series lead largely due to winning the first nine games in the series. In 12 games played at Sun Devil Stadium, ASU leads 8-4. It has been a streaky series. Oregon won last year, ASU won three straight before that, Oregon four straight before that, preceded by three straight by ASU, preceded by three straight by Oregon and you get the idea. Sun Devil coach Dirk Koetter spent two years as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Mike Bellotti's Oregon staff in 1996-97 . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona State were both ranked when they met at Tempe last season. The Ducks spotted the Sun Devils a 10-0 lead before reeling off 24 straight points and rallying to a 31-17 victory, snapping a three-game losing streak to ASU. Oregon rushed for 234 yards and rolled for 512 yards total offense, and the Duck defense limited ASU to 53 yards on the ground, posted four QB sacks, picked off two passes and blocked a punt.

CALIFORNIA (3-1) at OREGON STATE (2-1) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 58 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 32-26. OSU has had the best of it recently in winning six of the last seven, although Cal won the last game at Corvallis, 49-7, in 2004. The teams are tied 13-13 in games played in the State of Oregon, with the Beavers holding a narrow 11-10 edge in Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and California met at Berkeley and Beaver TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for a career-high 194 yards and two TDs and PK Alexis Serna booted three short field goals as the Beavers held off the No. 18-ranked Golden Bears 23-20. It snapped a 10-game home winning streak for the Bears. The OSU defense limited Cal to 75 yards rushing and forced five Bear turnovers. The California defense forced four turnovers of its own with LB Mickey Pimentel getting two of the three Golden Bear interceptions. Cal QB Joe Ayoob had a hand in all three Bear TDs with a TD run, a TD pass and a TD reception.

USC (3-0) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 65 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans holding a commanding 53-8-4 series advantage, including a current three-game winning streak. However, three of those eight Cougar wins have come in the last eight games. SC does not seem to mind the trip to Pullman having won seven of the last eight games played at Martin Stadium. . . . Last Year: USC and Washington State met at Los Angeles and the top-ranked Trojans' offense was at full throttle in jumping out to 28 first-quarter points and cruising to a 55-13 victory. It ran USC's winning streak to 30 games. USC's offensive numbers were staggering as the Trojans piled up 40 first downs and a season-high 745 yards total offense--312 rushing and 433 passing. Meanwhile, the SC defense limited WSU to a season-low 284 yards total offense and just 93 yards through the air. Trojan WR Dwayne Jarrett posted career highs with 11 receptions for an even 200 yards and a TD, and fellow WR Steve Smith had a pair of TD receptions.

WASHINGTON (3-1) at ARIZONA (2-2) - 7:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Washington and Arizona have met 22 times with the Huskies leading the series by a 15-6-1 count. Washington leads 6-4-1 in games played at Tucson and has won four of the last five played at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: Washington and Arizona met late in the season at Tucson and the Huskies snapped a six-game overall losing streak and a 14-game Conference losing skein by moving out from a 14-14 halftime tie to a 38-14 win. Washington posted 490 yards total offense, including 333 yards rushing, and QB Isaiah Stanback rushed for two TDs and passed for another to lead the Huskies. The UW defense did its part in limiting Arizona to 87 yards rushing and forcing five turnovers, including an interception returned 42 yards for a TD by CB Roy Lewis. Wildcat QB Willie Tuitama passed for UA's two TDs, but was victimized by three second-half interceptions.

STANFORD (0-4) at UCLA (2-1) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Stanford have met 76 times dating to 1925 with the Bruins leading the series 42-31-3. UCLA has won the last two overall and leads 24-13-1 in home games, including 8-4 at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have won the last four at the Rose Bowl, with the last Cardinal victory at the famed Pasadena stadium coming in 1996. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Stanford met at Palo Alto and the No. 8-ranked Bruins ran their record to 8-0 by rallying from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit to post a 30-27 win in overtime. It was the second OT win in three weeks for UCLA and the fourth time in five weeks the Bruins had rallied from double digits down in the fourth quarter. Down 24-3 with just 8:26 remaining in the game, UCLA put up three TDs, the last tying the game with 46 ticks left on the clock. Stanford booted a 42-yard field goal to start overtime, but UCLA came back with a TD pass from Drew Olson to FL Brandon Breazell to pull out the win. Olson finished the day passing for 293 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. Stanford QB Trent Edwards had two TD passes, but the Cardinal ended up with just 309 yards total offense.


Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 2 Ben Olson, QB, UCLA Keith Rivers, OLB, USC Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZSep. 9 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL J.D. Nelson, FS, ORE Paul Martinez, PK, ORESep. 16 Dwayne Jarrett, SE, USC C.J. Wallace, SS, WASH Loren Langley, PK, WSUSep. 23 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Mkristo Bruce, DE, WSU Sean Douglas, P, WASH


OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 19-7 (.731) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just five regular-season non-conference games remaining, three of those against Notre Dame. The Pac-10 holds a 6-4 edge in games against BCS teams from automatic qualifying conferences. In non-conference matchups where both teams were ranked, the Pac-10 holds a 2-1 advantage.

HOME FIELD: Home teams are 3-2 in the early going of Conference play.

Longest overall winning streak - 3 games - California, Oregon, USC, WSU
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 24 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest home winning streak - 28 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 17 games - USC

ARIZONA: Wildcats conclude a three-game homestand with Washington this week, then hit the road for three of the next four. . . . Arizona is the only team in the league to be perfect on fourth-down conversion attempts (3-3). . . . WR Syndric Steptoe has extended his streak to 21 games with at least one catch. He ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in receptions and tops the league in kickoff returns with a 25.9-yard average. . . . Top tackler OLB Spencer Larsen has registered 32 stops, an average of 8.0 per game. . . . PK Nick Folk's kickoffs have been returned only twice this season as 12-of-14 have gone for touchbacks.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils face second of three ranked opponents in a row with Oregon this week. . . . ASU has not allowed a rushing touchdown this season and has given up only 14 points in the second half in outscoring opponents 56-14 in the second half. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter is 7-2 as a starter. he tops the Pac-10 in TD passes with 11. . . . A bright spot in loss at Cal, TB Ryan Torain rushed for 191 yards and a TD. It was the most yards gained by a Sun Devil tailback since 2001. . . . With 19 QB sacks in four games, ASU is just three short of the 22 it had all last season. Sun Devils and Syracuse are co-national leaders in sacks. A total of twelve different defenders have at least one sack with OLB Derron Ware the team leader with four. . . . TE Zach Miller is leading receiver among Pac-10 tight ends with 16 receptions for 164 yards and two TDs.

CALIFORNIA: After wrapping up a three-game homestand, Golden Bears have two of next three on road starting this week at Oregon State. . . . Cal's 42 first-half points in win against Arizona State was a school record for points in a half in a Conference game. . . . All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes has five interceptions in his last three games and has returned a pick for a TD in each of the last two games. . . . Arizona State entered last week's game leading the nation in QB sacks with 18 in three games, but the Cal O-line allowed just one. . . . QB Nate Longshore has 10 touchdown passes with just two interceptions the past three games. He leads the league in pass efficiency (166.9). . . . WR DeSean Jackson leads the league in TD receptions with 10 and his 18.5 yards per reception is tops among the Pac-10's leading receivers. He also has a punt return for a TD. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch's average of 7.2 yards per carry is tops among Pac-10 leading rushers.

OREGON: Win at ASU would give Oregon its first 4-0 start since 2003. . . . Oregon-Oklahoma game attracted 59,269 fans, an Autzen Stadium record and the largest crowd ever to witness a football game in the state of Oregon. . . . With 375 yards total offense vs. Oklahoma, QB Dennis Dixon took over the Pac-10 lead at an even 300.0 yards per game (fifth in nation). . . . Ducks allowed only 20 QB sacks last year in 12 games. This year it is even better as UO has given up only one sack in first three games. . . . MLB Blair Phillips leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 10.3 stops per game. . . . Soph WR Jaison Williams is the only Pac-10 receiver averaging better than 100 yards per game receiving (108.3). That's good for third in the nation. . . . Ducks lead the Pac-10 in total offense at 471.3 yards per game and show enviable balance with 198.3 rushing (1st in Pac-10) and 273.0 passing (2nd in Pac-10).

OREGON STATE: Beavers host California in middle game of a three-game homestand. . . . 38-0 win against Idaho was OSU's first shutout since the 0-0 Civil War game against Oregon in 1983. It was the first home shutout for the Beavs since a 7-0 win against Washington State in 1975. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 117 yards and two TDs vs. Idaho, the eighth time in his last 11 games he has topped the 100-yard rushing mark. He is averaging 110.0 yards per game this year. . . . Beavers are jumping on opponents early outscoring foes 49-7 in the first quarter. . . . With 199 points, PK Alexis Serna, last year's Lou Groza Award winner, is about to become just the fifth Beaver and third OSU place kicker to top 200 career points scored.

STANFORD: Cardinal has three of the next four on the road starting this week with UCLA at the Rose Bowl. . . . With standout WRs Mark Bradford and Evan Moore both out with injuries, walk-on WR Kelton Lynn stepped up with five catches for 65 yards and a TD vs. WSU last week. . . . LB Michael Okwo missed the first two games with a broken thumb, but has made his presence felt since his return with 25 tackles in two games, including a game- and career-high 15 stops and a forced fumble vs. WSU. . . . Three Stanford defenders rank in the top six in the Pac-10 in tackles--S Trevor Hooper (9.2), LB Clinton Snyder (8.8) and CB Brandon Harrison (8.0). . . . Stanford is least penalized team in the league with just 13 flags in four games for an average of 22.2 yards per game.

UCLA: Bruin defense is allowing just 71.3 rushing yards per game. Quite an improvement from the average of 232.8 allowed last year. That with a defensive unit that starts just one senior--DE Justin Hickman, who ranks second in the Pac-10 with four QB sacks this year. . . . TB Chris Markey has rushed for 332 yards the last two games. He currently leads the Pac-10 (eighth in the nation) in rushing at 121.3 yards per game. . . . PK Justin Medlock leads the Pac-10 in field goals and kick scoring at 11.3 points per game. He has connected on 9-10 field goal attempts this season and is perfect on seven PATs. . . . OG Shannon Tevaga has started 21 straight games, longest current streak among the Bruins. . . . Bruin defense leads the Pac-10 in opponents third-down conversions allowed. Foes have converted just 5-of-34 attempts (14.7%).

USC: All-America SE Dwayne Jarrett pulled in a TD reception at Arizona to give him 32 for his career and a share of the Pac-10 career record for most touchdown receptions. He is tied for the mark with former Stanford WR Ken Margerum (1977-1980). . . . True freshman TB Emmanuel Moody has led the Trojans in rushing all three games. He topped the 100-yard mark for the first time in win at Arizona with 130 yards and a touchdown in 21 carries (6.2-yard average). . . . USC defense has held last two opponents under 100 yards rushing (Nebraska 68, Arizona minus-16) and leads the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 60.7 yards per game. . . . Win at Arizona extended USC's Pac-10 winning streak to 24 straight Conference wins. Included are 12 straight Conference victories on the road. . . . Trojans have lost just two turnovers in three games (one fumble, one interception) and lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+6, 2.0 per game).

WASHINGTON: After playing three of first four at home, Huskies hit the road the next two weeks with games at Arizona and USC. . . . 3-1 start is UW's best since 2003. . . . Huskies are 4-2 over their last six games. . . . Five of QB Isaiah Stanback's six TD passes have come in the last two games, including three scoring tosses in win vs. UCLA last week. He has been picked off only twice in four games this season. . . . SS C.J. Wallace (10.0) and Oregon MLB Blair Phillips (10.3) are the only Pac-10 players averaging double figures in tackles. . . . P Sean Douglas leads the nation in punting at 48.8 yards per boot.

WASHINGTON STATE: With a TD catch in win at Stanford, SE Jason Hill upped his career total to 28 TD receptions, tied for sixth on the Pac-10 career chart (see below). . . . Cougar defense has been stout the last two weeks allowing only two touchdowns, 441 yards total offense and just 18 yards rushing. . . . DE Mkristo Bruce had a monster game in win at Stanford recording five QB sacks for minus-33 yards. He easily leads the league with seven QB sacks on the season and WSU is second in the Pac-10 as a team with 18, trailing only national co-leader Arizona State (19). 13 of those sacks have come in the last two games. . . . Cougars gave up 27 touchdown passes last year but have allowed just three in four games this season.

PAC-10 RECORD FOR JARRETT: USC SE Dwayne Jarrett tied the Pac-10 record for career touchdown receptions with a scoring grab at Arizona. Jarrett now has 32 career TD receptions, which ties him with former Stanford receiver Ken Margerum (1977-1980). . . . Also moving up the Pac-10 ladder is Washington State SE Jason Hill, who had one TD catch at Stanford to up his career total to 28, tied for sixth on the Pac-10 list.

IN QUOTES: Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter on California TB Marshawn Lynch, who averaged 7.3 yards per carry in rushing for 124 yards against the Sun Devils: 'Marshawn Lynch is scary. He has that rare combination of speed and power. He's fast enough to run 80 yards for a touchdown and powerful enough to break 10 tackles along the way.'

INSTANT REPLAY: The Pac-10 is in year two of instant replay and this season all Division I-A conferences have agreed to utilize a uniform system of replay. Therefore, all games involving Pac-10 teams this season will have instant replay in place. One significant change from a year ago is a coaches challenge element. Each coach will be allowed to challenge the on-field ruling one time per game. The coach must have a team time out available to challenge a ruling. After review, if the call on the field is reversed, the team time out shall be restored. If the on-field ruling is not reversed, the time out counts as one of the three permitted the team that half. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 through the games of Sep. 23:

Games utilizing instant replay: 22
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 34
Number of reversals: 14
Number of coaches challenges: 3
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 1
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:13
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 90

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 7:

Stanford at Notre Dame, 2:30 EDT/11:30 PDT (NBC)
Arizona at UCLA, 12:30 PDT/MST
Washington at USC, 12:30 PDT (FSN)
Washington State at Oregon State, 1:00 PDT
Oregon at California, 5:00 PDT (ABC)
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