This Week In Pac-10 Football

Oct. 9, 2006

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NEXT UP: A full slate of five Conference games on tap this week. Pac-10 action finds UCLA at OREGON, ARIZONA at STANFORD, CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON and ARIZONA STATE at USC. Here's a look at the Pac-10 schedule for Sat., Oct. 14 (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
t28/34/31 UCLA (4-1) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT UCLA leads 38-21
18/18/20 Oregon (4-1) Eugene, OR ABC UCLA 34-26 (2004)
--/--/-- Arizona (2-4) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 2:00 PDT Arizona leads 12-9
--/--/-- Stanford (0-6) Stanford, CA Stanford 20-16
10/11/11 California (5-1) Martin Stadium (35,117) 2:00 PDT California leads 37-25-5
--/--/-- Washington State (4-2) Pullman, WA California 42-38
--/--/-- Oregon State (2-3) Husky Stadium (72,500) 3:30 PDT Washington leads 57-29-4
31/30/30 Washington (4-2) Seattle, WA FSNNW Oregon State 18-10
--/--/-- Arizona State (3-2) Memorial Coliseum (92,000) 5:00 PDT USC leads 13-9
3/2/2 USC (5-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 38-28

Last Week: USC 26, Washington 20
UCLA 27, Arizona 7
Washington State 13, Oregon State 6
California 45, Oregon 24
Notre Dame 31, Stanford 10


Date/Time Game TV
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)

Sat., Oct. 21
11:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Notre Dame NBC (national)
12:30 PDT/MST Washington at California FSN (national)


UCLA (4-1) at OREGON (4-1) - 12:30 PDT- ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon have met 59 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 38-21. UCLA won the last meeting, which snapped a four-game Oregon winning streak in the series. In 26 games at Eugene, UCLA leads 17-9 and has won four of the last five. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Oregon did not play last year with the most recent meeting coming late in the 2004 season at Eugene. UCLA rushed for 280 yards on the way to a 34-26 victory. True freshman Chris Markey led the way for the Bruins in rushing for 131 yards on 23 attempts (5.7), plus he added five receptions for 84 yards and accounted for 238 all-purpose yards. WR Junior Taylor turned a slant pass into an 83-yard TD reception and PK Justin Medlock connected on field goals from 52 and 50 yards for the Bruins.

CALIFORNIA (5-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-2) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: California and Washington State have met 67 times dating to 1919 with the Golden Bears leading the series 37-25-5. Cal won last year to snap a four-game WSU winning streak in the series. The Palouse has not been kind to the Bears as Cal has lost its last nine games at Pullman. California has not won at Martin Stadium in 1979 (45-13). . . . Last Year: California and Washington State met at Berkeley with the Golden Bears scoring two late touchdowns to pull out a 42-28 comeback victory in a wild offensive shootout. Cal had moved out to a 28-10 halftime lead, but WSU stormed back with three TD passes from QB Alex Brink to WR Jason Hill in a nine-minute span in the third quarter and the Cougars led 38-28 in the fourth quarter. Bear QB Joe Ayoob led two late TD drives and gave Cal the win with a TD pass with 1:50 to go in the game that provided the final margin. It was a night for offense and the stars were many. California had 548 yards total offense evenly split into 274 yards rushing and 274 yards passing. Ayoob passed for the 274 yards and four TDs and Golden Bear TBs Marshawn Lynch (260) and Justin Forsett (111) each topped the century mark rushing. Washington State had an even 600 yards total offense with QB Alex Brink passing for 422 yards and five TDs. Hill had six receptions for 240 yards, including three TD receptions covering 38, 62 and 38 yards for the Cougs.

ARIZONA (2-4) at STANFORD (0-6) - 2:00 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona and Stanford have met 21 times with the Wildcats holding a 12-9 series advantage. However, Stanford has won the last three games. In games at Palo Alto, Arizona leads 6-4 and had won five straight until the Cardinal snapped the streak by winning the most recent game at Stanford in 2002 (16-6). . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona met at Tucson with the Cardinal taking a hard-fought defensive struggle 20-16. Cardinal QB Trent Edwards had two TD passes and the Stanford defense forced five turnovers to key the victory. Arizona actually won the stat and time of possession battles, limiting Stanford to 11 first downs and 195 yards total offense, but the five turnovers set up 13 Stanford points to undermine the Wildcats. Stanford, meanwhile, did not commit any turnovers and played good defense themselves in holding Arizona to 271 yards total offense and posting five quarterback sacks.

OREGON STATE (2-3) at WASHINGTON (4-2) - 3:30 PDT - FSN Northwest local cablecast - The Series: Washington and Oregon State are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 90 times dating to 1897 with the Huskies leading by a count of 57-29-4. The teams have split the last six games with the Beavers winning the last two. Those two wins both came at Seattle snapping a seven-game home win streak by UW against OSU. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Washington met at Seattle and Beaver PK Alexis Serna set a school record and tied the Pac-10 single-game record in booting six field goals in wet and windy conditions to lead OSU to a 18-10 victory. It was a defensive struggle in bad conditions with neither team reaching 270 yards total offense. Serna was good on all six of his field goal attempts, stretching his string to 15 consecutive made and earning him Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors and cementing his credentials as the eventual Lou Groza Award winner.

ARIZONA STATE (3-2) at USC (5-0) - 5:00 PDT/MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona State have met 22 times with the Trojans holding a 13-9 series advantage by virtue of winning the last six games. ASU's last win in the series came at Los Angeles in 1999 (26-16). Since then, USC has won six in a row overall and three in a row at the L.A. Coliseum. . . . Last Year: Top-ranked USC and No. 14 Arizona State met on a hot day at Tempe. The Sun Devils went out to a 21-3 halftime lead only to see the Trojans roar back with 35 second-half points to record a 38-28 comeback win. USC piled up 631 yards total offense, including 373 yards rushing, as LenDale White and Reggie Bush both topped the 100-yard mark. On the other side of the ball, the opportunistic USC defense picked off five ASU passes, including four in the decisive second half. The win was a Pac-10 record 26th consecutive victory for the Trojans. ASU's Terry Richardson had an 84-yard punt return for a TD for the Devils.


Week Offense Defense Special Teams
Sep. 2 Ben Olson, QB, UCLA Keith Rivers, OLB, USC Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZ
Sep. 9 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL J.D. Nelson, FS, ORE Paul Martinez, PK, ORE
Sep. 16 Dwayne Jarrett, SE, USC C.J. Wallace, SS, WASH Loren Langley, PK, WSU
Sep. 23 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Mkristo Bruce, DE, WSU Sean Douglas, P, WASH
Sep. 30 Steve Smith, WR, USC Scott White, OLB, WASH Tom Schneider, PK, CAL
Oct. 7 Justin Forsett, RB, CAL Scott Davis, OLB, WSU Mario Danelo, PK, USC


OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 19-8 (.704) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just four regular-season non-conference games remaining, including two more against Notre Dame. The Pac-10 holds a 6-5 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 7-7 in the early going of Conference play.

Longest overall winning streak - 5 games - California and USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 26 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest home winning streak - 29 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 18 games - USC

ARIZONA: WR Syndric Steptoe had eight receptions at UCLA to move over the century mark with 106 career catches. . . . OLB Spencer Larsen tops the Wildcats and ranks third in Pac-10 in tackles with 8.0 stops per game. . . . PK/P Nick Folk ranks second in the Pac-10 in punting at 45.4 yards and has had 15 of his 19 kickoffs go for touchbacks. . . . Wildcats have allowed just six rushing TDs in six games. . . . Cats have lost just three fumbles in six games.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils take on their third consecutive ranked team this 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 40 or more points in five straight games for the first time in school history. As a result, Cal leads the Pac-10 and is fifth in the nation in scoring offense at 39.5 points per game. . . . QB Nate Longshore has thrown 17 touchdown passes during Golden Bears' current five-game winning streak. That leads the Pac-10, as does his pass efficiency rating of 169.8. . . . WR DeSean Jackson has caught at least one TD reception in eight straight games, which ties for the longest current such streak in the nation. His eight TD receptions this season leads the Pac-10. Plus Jackson has two additional TDs on punt returns. . . . Bears lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +6. Key to that stat is the league-leading 11 interceptions Cal has recorded. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch is only Pac-10 back over the 100-yards per game mark (100.8), and tops rushing leaders with a 7.0 yards per carry average.

OREGON: Ducks have three of the next four at home starting this week with UCLA. . . . TB Jonathan Stewart has at least one TD in four of five games this year and 14 of his 15 career starts. . . . UO leads the league in both total offense (470.2) and rushing offense (197.0). The rushing figure is almost 25 yards per game more than runnerup ASU (172.8). The Ducks have not finished a season leading the league in rushing since 1955. . . . Oregon (51.6%) and USC (55.8%) are only teams in the league converting better than 50% on third-down attempts. . . . WR Jaison Williams is the only Pac-10 receiver averaging better than 100 yards per game. He leads the league at 105.6. . . . Oregon offensive line has allowed just three QB sacks in five games, fewest in the Pac-10.

OREGON STATE: Sammie Stroughter leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in punt returns with a 23.6-yard average. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard ranks second in the league in rushing at 99.0 yards per game and has topped the 100-yard mark in eight of his last 13 games. He also is Pac-10 co-leader in rushing TDs with five. . . . Lou Groza Award winner PK Alexis Serna has converted 77 consecutive PATs and connected on 45-of-54 career field goal attempts. He has 212 career points, good for fourth on OSU's career list, and is just seven points shy of the OSU career scoring record by a kicker (219, Ryan Cesca, 1999-2002).

STANFORD: LB Michael Okwo has played in four of six games so he is not yet eligible to be ranked in the stats, but his average of 12.0 tackles per game would easily lead the Pac-10. He has recorded double digits in tackles in all four games. . . . Starting RB Anthony Kimble returned to the lineup vs. Notre Dame after missing time with a concussion. He went for 63 yards on 15 carries against the Irish and had a 19-yard pass reception. . . . Stanford has three of the top nine tacklers in the Pac-10. . . . Cardinal continues to be the least penalized team in the Pac-10. In six games, Stanford has drawn only 23 flags for an average of 27.0 yards per game.

UCLA: After playing four of first five games at home, Bruins head out for two straight road games against ranked opponents in Oregon and Notre Dame. . . . Defense continues to be the story for UCLA as the Bruins lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (12.4), total defense (221.6), rushing defense (50.0) and pass defense efficiency (103.2). The total and rushing defense figures rank second in the nation. . . . Bruin defense has scored a TD in each of last two games, the most recent an 89-yard interception return by frosh CB Alterraun Verner in win against Arizona. It was Verner's second pick returned for a TD this year. . . . PK Justin Medlock missed his first field goal attempt of the season, but since has connected on 12 in a row. . . . Soph QB Patrick Cowan took over for injured starter Ben Olson (sprained knee) during Arizona game and completed eight of his first nine passes and finished 20-of-29 with two TDs.

USC: PK Mario Danelo played a pivotal role in 26-20 win against Washington connecting on four-of-four field goal attempts. He has been good on 9-of-10 attempts this year and 20-of-22 in his career. . . . Trojans have lost just five turnovers (two fumbles, three INTs) in five games. . . . Trojans have won 50 of last 52 games, including 29 straight home games and 26 straight Pac-10 games. . . . With All-America WR Dwayne Jarrett seeing limited duty with a shoulder injury, WR Steve Smith has stepped up with 16 receptions for 282 yards (17.6) and three TDs the last two games. . . . QB John David Booty ranks second in the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (137.8), passing yardage (241.8 per game) and TD passes (11).

WASHINGTON: At 4-2, the Huskies already have more victories than in the past two seasons combined (3). . . . WR Sonny Shackelford has posted three consecutive 100-yard receiving games and is tied for second in the Conference with five TD receptions. . . . Husky defense has allowed just four TDs over last three games. . . . Husky offensive line has given up just five QB sacks in six games. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback ranks second in the Pac-10 in total offense at 250.3 yards per game. . . . P Sean Douglas leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the nation in punting with an average of 46.6 yards per boot.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have three of the next four at home starting this week with California. . . . WR Jason Hill pulled in a touchdown reception in 13-6 win at OSU last week to move into a tie for fourth on the Pac-10 career TD reception list with 30 (see list below). However, it is fellow WR Michael Bumpus who is currently leading the Pac-10 in receiving with 6.7 catches per game. . . . WSU leads the Pac-10 and the nation in QB sacks with 27 or 4.5 per game. 22 of those sacks have come in the last four games. The Cougs led the Pac-10 in QB sacks last year with 34. . . . DE Mkristo Bruce is the Pac-10 and national individual leader with 10 sacks.

IN QUOTES: USC coach Pete Carroll, who escaped with a narrow 26-20 win against Washington: 'It's an incredible turnaround for Washington. Tyrone (Willingham) has done a tremendous job.'

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 21:

UCLA at Notre Dame, 2:30 EDT/11:30 PDT (NBC)
Washington at California, 12:30 PDT (FSN)
Oregon at Washington State, 2:00 PDT
Stanford at Arizona State, 3:30 MST
Oregon State at Arizona, 4:00 MST
USC - open date

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 Oct. 7:

Games utilizing instant replay: 31
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 45
Number of reversals: 18
Number of coaches challenges: 4
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:08
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 126

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