This Week In Pac-10 Football

Oct. 2, 2006

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NEXT UP: The calendar turns to October and the Pac-10 slate shows four Conference games and the first of three encounters with Notre Dame. Pac-10 play finds WASHINGTON at USC, WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE, ARIZONA at UCLA and OREGON at CALIFORNIA. STANFORD heads out to play at Notre Dame and ARIZONA STATE has an open date. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 7 (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):









Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/--/-- Stanford (0-5) Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) 2:30 EDT Notre Dame leads 14-6
12/12/12 Notre Dame (4-1) Notre Dame, IN NBC Notre Dame 38-31
 
28/31/31 Washington (4-1) Memorial Coliseum (92,000) 12:30 PDT USC leads 42-26-4
3/2/2 USC (4-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN USC 51-24
 
--/--/-- Arizona (2-3) Rose Bowl (91,500) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 18-10-2
33/39/34 UCLA (3-1) Pasadena, CA FSNPT/AZ Arizona 52-14
 
--/--/-- Washington St. (3-2) Reser Stadium (43,300) 4:00 PDT WSU leads 46-41-3
--/--/-- Oregon State (2-2) Corvallis, OR FSNNW Oregon State 44-33
 
11/11/11 Oregon (4-0) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 5:00 PDT Cal leads 36-30-2
16/17/16 California (4-1) Berkeley, CA ABC Oregon 27-20 (OT)
 
--/--/40 Arizona State (3-2) - open date
 


Last Week: Oregon 48, Arizona State 13
Calfiornia 41, Oregon State 13
USC 28, Washington State 22
Washington 21, Arizona 10
UCLA 31, Stanford 0

UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:

Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Oct. 7
11:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame NBC (national)
12:30 PDT/MST Washington at USC FSN (national)
4:00 PDT/MST Arizona at UCLA FSNPT & FSNAZ (local)
4:00 PDT/MST Washington State at Oregon State FSNNW (local)
5:00 PDT/MST Oregon at California ABC (regional)

Sat., Oct. 14
12:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Oregon ABC (regional)
3:30 PDT/MST Oregon State at Washington FSNNW (local)
5:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at USC ABC (regional)

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 7:

WASHINGTON (4-1) at USC (4-0) - 12:30 PDT- FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Washington have met 76 times dating to 1923 with the Trojans holding a 46-26-4 series advantage. SC has won four in a row and five of the last six with the most recent UW win coming at Seattle in 2001 (27-24). The Trojans have won the last three played in L.A. with the last Husky win at the Coliseum coming in 1996 (21-10). . . . Last Year: USC and Washington met at Seattle and the top-ranked Trojans scored 37 first-half points and cruised to a 51-24 victory. SC QB Matt Leinart, playing the first three quarters, completed 20-of-26 passes for 201 yards and four TDs. All-America SE Dwayne Jarrett had seven receptions, including three TD catches. For the Huskies, QB Isaiah Stanback passed for one TD and rushed for another, and DB Dashon Goldson returned an interception 76 yards for a TD.

WASHINGTON STATE (3-2) at OREGON STATE (2-2) - 4:00 PDT - FSN Northwest local cablecast - The Series: Washington State and Oregon State are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 90 times dating to 1903. WSU holds a 46-41-3 series edge. Wins have come in pairs in the last eight years with OSU winning the last two, WSU the two before that, etc. The home team has won the last five games. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Washington State met at Corvallis early in the season with the Beavers rallying from a 30-13 deficit with 21 fourth-quarter points to take a 44-33 win The defeat started the Cougars on a seven-game losing streak. For the Beavers, QB Matt Moore passed for 296 yards and one TD and rushed for another score, TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for two TDs and SS Sabby Piscitelli returned an interception 23 yards for a score. It was all needed as WSU put up some pretty fancy numbers in amassing 638 yards total offense. Cougar QB Alex Brink set a WSU single-game passing record by throwing 59 times for 531 yards, the fourth-highest total in Pac-10 history. On the receiving end of many of those passes were WSU WRs Jason Hill (eight receptions, 190 yards, one TD) and Michael Bumpus (nine catches, 132 yards). Brink's performance was marred by four interceptions.

ARIZONA (2-3) at UCLA (3-1) - 4:00 PDT/MST - FSN Prime Ticket and FSN Arizona local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona have met an even 30 times with the Bruins holding a series advantage of 18-10-2. Arizona won last year which snapped a four-game Bruin winning streak in the series. UCLA holds a 10-2-2 series advantage at home, including 7-2-1 at the Rose Bowl. The road team has won five of the last seven games. . . . Last Year: UCLA was 8-0 and ranked No. 7 in the country when it rolled into Tucson to meet 2-6 Arizona only to be shocked by the Wildcats 52-14. Arizona scored on its first four possessions to jump out to a 28-0 lead and never looked back. The Wildcats posted a season-high 519 yards total offense, including 315 yards rushing. UA QB Willie Tuitama passed for a pair of TDs and freshman WR Mike Thomas had five catches for 104 yards and a TD reception and scored again on an end-around. PR Syndric Steptoe aided the Cat cause with a 63-yard punt return for a score.

OREGON (4-0) at CALIFORNIA (4-1) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California and Oregon have met 68 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears holding the series edge at 36-30-2. However, it has been all Ducks of late as Oregon has taken eight of the last nine games. The lone Cal victory in that stretch was the most recent game at Berkeley, a 28-27 Bear win in 2004. In 40 games overall at Berkeley, Cal leads 24-14-2, but Oregon had won three straight at Strawberry Canyon before that '04 defeat. The two most recent games have been close with an overtime win (27-20) by Oregon last year and a one-point Cal victory (28-27) the year before. . . . Cal head coach Jeff Tedford served as offensive coordinator on Mike Bellotti's Oregon staff for four years (1998-2001) before taking over the Golden Bears. . . . Last Year: Oregon and California, both ranked in the Top 25, met on a cold and rainy day at Eugene. Backup QB Brady Leaf hit WR James Finley with a four-yard touchdown pass to give the Ducks an overtime victory. Cal TB Marshawn Lynch ran for a career-high 189 yards and two TDs as the Bears piled up 213 yards on the ground. But the Cal passing game could muster just 88 yards and the Ducks picked off three passes to stifle the Cal offense.

STANFORD (0-5) at NOTRE DAME (4-1) - 2:30 EDT/11:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: Stanford and Notre Dame have met 20 times with the Fighting Irish leading the series 14-6. ND has won the last four. In 10 games played at South Bend, the Irish lead 8-2 and have won the last five. The Cardinal last won at Notre Dame Stadium in 1992. Four of the last six games have been decided by eight points or less. . . . Last Year: In the final game at the 'old' Stanford Stadium, a game that was 20-14 entering the fourth quarter got wild at the end before No. 6-ranked Notre Dame pulled out a 38-31 win that propelled the Irish into a BCS bowl berth. Stanford had taken its first lead of the game at 31-30 with 1:46 remaining in the contest on a 4-yard TD pass from QB T.C. Ostrander to TE Matt Traverso. But Notre Dame responded with an 80-yard drive in 51 seconds capped by a six yard scoring run by RB Darius Walker to pull out the victory and deny Stanford a bowl berth. Notre Dame held a lopsided edge in the stats--first downs 30-14, rushing 231-minus-11, total offense 663-336--but Stanford hung in to almost pull off the upset. There were plenty of offensive stars on both sides. For Notre Dame, QB Brady Quinn passed for 432 yards and three TDs, WR Jeff Samardzija had eight catches for 191 yards and two scores, and Walker rushed for 186 yards and the winning TD. For Stanford, Ostrander and QB Trent Edwards combined to throw for 347 yards and three scores, WR Mark Bradford had five catches for 124 yards and one TD, with Traverso getting seven receptions for 85 yards and the TD.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

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, WASHSep. 30 Steve Smith, WR, USC Scott White, OLB, WASH Tom Schneider, PK, CAL

PAC-10 NOTES:

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 starting this week. 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 ADVANTAGE: Home teams are just 4-6 in the early going of Conference play.

ARIZONA: After playing four of first five at home, Wildcats have next two on the road starting this week with UCLA at the Rose Bowl. . . . UA rush defense much improved in allowing 139.4 yards per game as opposed to 183.7 last year. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe has extended his streak to 22 straight games with a least one catch. . . . PK/P Nick Folk has a touchback on 15 of his 17 kickoffs. Plus he ranks second in the Pac-10 in punting with a 45.6-yard average. Folk also has connected on 6-of-10 field goal attempts, including a successful 52-yard effort vs. UW last week.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils get a week off before taking on their third consecutive ranked team next week at USC. . . . ASU defense has piled up 19 QB sacks, just three fewer than all last season. Devil defense also has allowed just two rushing TDs in five games. . . . With 111 career receptions, TE Zach Miller needs just five more to pass Todd Heap (115) for most career receptions by a Sun Devil tight end. . . . TB Ryan Torain has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in each of the last two games. He is averaging 93.4 yards per game and 6.3 yards per rush. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has an ongoing Pac-10 record of 116 consecutive PATs kicked. . . . Eight of P Jonathan Johnson's 19 punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have scored more than 40 points in each game of current four-game winning streak and rank second in Pac-10 scoring offense at 38.4 points per game. They trail only this week's opponent Oregon (40.2) in that category. . . . Cal leads the league in passes intercepted with eight. All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes is the individual leader with five of those picks, two of them returned for TDs. . . . QB Nate Longshore leads the league in pass efficiency (174.6) and TD passes (14) and has three four-touchdown games this year. Not coincidentally, WR DeSean Jackson leads league in TD receptions with seven. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch has four straight 100-yard rushing games and is averaging 111.0 per contest and 7.0 yards per rush.

OREGON: Duck defense did not allow a TD in 48-13 win at ASU. . . . Oregon rushed for 315 yards at ASU with primary TBs Jonathan Stewart and Jeremiah Johnson both averaging better than 10 yards per carry as they combined for 18 rushes for 231 yards, an average of 12.8 yards a pop. . . . Stewart leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 114.2 yards per game and an average of 7.9 yards per carry. . . . Ducks are the only team in the league rushing for more than 200 yards per game (227.5) and have 12 rushing TDs. . . . Oregon has yielded only one sack in four games this season. . . . Ducks have scored more than 30 points in every game this season and lead the Pac-10 at 40.2 points per contest. . . . MLB Blair Phillips is the only Pac-10 defender averaging double-digits in tackles with an even 10.0 stops per game.

OREGON STATE: Beavers conclude a three-game homestand with WSU this week before heading out for two on the road. . . . Lou Groza Award winning PK Alexis Serna booted a 58-yard field goal vs. Cal last week that tied the OSU record for longest field goal and tied for the sixth longest in Pac-10 history. Serna is 43-of-53 on career field goal attempts and has connected on 77 straight PATs. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard averages 101.0 yards per game and leads the Pac-10 with five rushing TDs. He has topped 100 yards rushing in eight of his last 12 games and rushed for 15 TDs over that span. . . . OSU is tied for second in Pac-10 in turnover margin (+4, 1.0 per game) after being dead last (-14) in the Conference in that category last year. . . . Sammie Stroughter continues to lead the nation in punt returns with a 22.9-yard average.

STANFORD: Cardinal is the least penalized team in the Conference with just 16 flags for an average of 23.0 yards per game in five contests. . . . A bright spot for Stanford has been LB Michael Okwo, who has registered double-figures in tackles with a total of 36 in three games since returning from a hand injury. . . . Card defense has allowed just four TD passes in five games. . . . NCAA rankings this week rank Stanford's schedule as the fourth toughest in the nation. Stanford's remaining opponents have a combined record of 23-10 (.696) and include Top 20 teams USC, Notre Dame and California.

UCLA: Bruin defense has forced 13 turnovers in four games (7 fumbles, 6 interceptions), most in the Pac-10. . . . UCLA defense also has allowed just one rushing TD in four games and leads the Pac-10 in both rushing defense (65.8) and total defense (221.5, third in the nation). Opponents are averaging just 2.3 yards per rush. . . . More defense--Bruins lead the Pac-10 and the nation in third-down conversion defense allowing opponents just 19.1% of the time (9-of-47). . . . PK Justin Medlock has connected on 10-of-11 field goal attempts and leads the nation in field goals with 2.5 per game. . . . TB Chris Markey is second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 113.0 yards per game. . . . DE Justin Hickman ranks second in the Pac-10 in both QB sacks (5.5) and tackles for loss (7).

USC: Trojans host Washington in just second home game of the year as three of first four were on the road. . . . USC has won 49 of its last 51 games, including a Pac-10 record 25 consecutive Conference games. Trojans also have won 28 straight at home. . . . WR Dwayne Jarrett missed WSU game last week with a shoulder injury, but fellow WR Steve Smith stepped up with a career-high 11 receptions for 186 yards and two TDs. . . . USC has turned the ball over just four times in four games and leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+5, 1.25 per game). . . . Trojans have allowed only five TDs in four games and lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 12.2 points per game. . . . QB John David Booty ranks second in Pac-10 in pass efficiency (145.2) and has 10 TD passes against just two interceptions.

WASHINGTON: Huskies have won three in a row for first time since 2003. That was also the last time UW had won back-to-back Conference games. . . . 4-1 start is the best for Dawgs since 2001. . . . UW is 5-2 over its last seven games. . . . Husky defense has allowed just 16 points over the last seven quarters. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback is only QB in the top 10 in Pac-10 rushing stats. Stanback is averaging 61.2 yards rushing per game and has two rushing TDs. . . . Stanback also has five TD passes in his last two games. . . . WR Sonny Shackelford has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games the last two contests with at two-game total of 14 catches for 225 yards and three TDs. . . . P Sean Douglas continues to lead the Pac-10 (fourth in the nation) in punting with a 46.9-yard average.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars are 3-2 with the losses coming to the No. 2- and 3-ranked teams in the land in USC and Auburn. . . . 22 points scored against USC last week is most Trojans, who lead Pac-10 in scoring defense (12.2), have allowed this season. . . . WR Jason Hill had a TD reception vs. USC to extend his WSU career record to 29. That leaves him in sixth place on the Pac-10 career chart (see below), three off the Conference record. . . . Hill also extend hs consecutive game streak with at least one catch to 26. . . . DE Mkristo Bruce continues to lead Pac-10 in QB sacks (8) and tackles for loss (9). Bruce is a big reason WSU leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in sacks with 21. Bruce has 26.5 sacks in his career.

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - California, Oregon, USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 25 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest home winning streak - 28 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 18 games - USC

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. 30:

Games utilizing instant replay: 27
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 40
Number of reversals: 16
Number of coaches challenges: 3
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 1
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:09
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 108

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 14:

UCLA at Oregon, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
Arizona at Stanford, 2:00 PDT/MST
California at Washington State, 2:00 PDT
Oregon State at Washington, 3:30 PDT (FSNNW)
Arizona State at USC, 5:00 PDT/MST (ABC)

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