This Week In Pac-10 Football

Oct. 23, 2006

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NEXT UP: A light week with three Conference games, one non-league affair and three Pac-10 teams enjoying an open date. In Conference play, USC is at OREGON STATE, ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON and WASHINGTON STATE at UCLA. OREGON steps out of Conference to host neighboring Portland State. ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA and STANFORD have open dates. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 28 (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):









Ranking Game Site Time/TV Reser Stadium (43,300) 12:30 PDT USC leads 57-8-4
--/--/-- Oregon State (4-3) Corvallis, OR FSN USC 28-20 (2004)
 
--/--/-- Arizona State (4-3) Husky Stadium (72,500) 4:00 PDT Washington leads 15-10
--/--/-- Washington (4-4) Seattle, WA FSNNW Arizona St. 44-20 (2005)
 
33/37/31 Washington State (5-3) Rose Bowl (91,500) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 35-16-1
--/--/t37 UCLA (4-3) Pasadena, CA ABC UCLA 44-41 [OT] (2005)
 
--/--/-- Portland State (5-3) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 4:00 PDT Oregon leads 2-0
25/24/24 Oregon (5-2) Eugene, OR OSN Oregon 41-0 (2002)
--/--/-- Arizona (3-5) Open Date - next game Nov. 4 at WSU
12/12/11 California (7-1) Open Date - next game Nov. 4 vs. UCLA
--/--/-- Stanford (0-8) Open Date - next game Nov. 4 vs. USC
 
 


Last Week: California 31, Washington 24 (OT)
Washington State 34, Oregon 23
Arizona State 38, Stanford 3
Oregon State 17, Arizona 10
Notre Dame 20, UCLA 17

SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 28:

USC (6-0) at OREGON STATE (4-3) - 12:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast- The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 69 times dating to 1914 and it has been all Trojans as SC leads the series 57-8-4. USC has won the last four with OSU's most recent victory coming in an upset at Corvallis in 2000 (31-21). Prior to that OSU victory, USC had won 26 in a row in the series with the last loss being the Beavers' famous 3-0 win over No. 1-ranked USC at Corvallis in 1967. USC leads 18-4-1 in games played in Oregon, including 14-2 in games at Corvallis. . . . Coaching Note: Oregon State coach Mike Riley served as offensive coordinator under John Robinson at USC for four years from 1993-96. . . . Last Meeting: USC and Oregon State did not meet last year with the last contest coming late in the 2004 season on a cold and very, very foggy night at Corvallis. Oregon State jumped out to an early 13-0 lead, but the No. 1-ranked Trojans rallied for 28 consecutive points and won by a 28-20 final. USC rushed for 210 yards. Oregon State gained 330 yards through the air, but could muster only 34 yards rushing and was 0-for-13 on third-down conversion tries.

ARIZONA STATE (4-3) at WASHINGTON (4-4) - 4:00 PDT/MST - FSN Northwest local cablecast - The Series: Washington and Arizona State have met 25 times with the Huskies leading the series 15-10. The teams have split the last eight games with the Sun Devils winning the last two. In 10 games at Seattle, UW leads 7-3, although the teams have not met there since 1999 and ASU won that one, 28-7, to snap a four-game losing streak at Husky Stadium. . . . Last Year: Arizona State (3 games) and Washington (4 games) were both riding losing streaks when they met at Tempe last year. It would be the Sun Devils that got well as ASU broke open a close game with 20 fourth-quarter points to post a 44-20 victory. Sun Devil QB Rudy Carpenter earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors for completing 27 of 34 passes (.794) for 401 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions, plus running for another TD. This despite being sacked seven times by the Huskies. Washington did rush for 213 yards, but was hurt by four turnovers to none for ASU.

WASHINGTON STATE (5-3) at UCLA (4-3) - 4:00 PDT- ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Washington State have met 52 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 35-16-1 overall and 20-8 in home games, including 6-4 at the Rose Bowl. UCLA won last year to snap a four-game WSU win streak in the series and the Cougars have won the last two games at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Washington State met in a wild one at Pullman with the No. 12-ranked Bruins engineering a fourth-quarter comeback for the third straight week to down the Cougars 44-41 in overtime. It ran UCLA's record to 6-0 and marked the Bruins' first win at Pullman since 1993. WSU opened the game with three TDs in its first four possessions to jump out to a 21-0 lead and looked to be in control with a 38-21 lead entering the fourth quarter. But UCLA scored 17 unanswered points and tied the game with 44 seconds to go. In OT, WSU had the ball first and kicked a field goal, but UCLA responded with a touchdown to take the comeback victory. The teams combined for 1,015 yards total offense--UCLA 516, WSU 499. The Cougars rushed for 330 yards, with RB Jerome Harrison getting 260 yards on the ground. WSU QB Alex Brink passed for two TDs and ran for a third. UCLA did much of its damage through the air as QB Drew Olson passed for 338 yards and a school record-tying five TDs.

PORTLAND STATE (5-3) at OREGON (5-2) - 4:00/PDT - Oregon Sports Network local telecast - The Series: Oregon and Portland State have met twice with both games played at Eugene. The Ducks won both contests--58-16 in 1994 and 41-0 in 2002. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Portland State last met in 2002 in Eugene with the No. 9-ranked Ducks posting their first shutout in 10 years in blanking the Vikings 41-0.

2006 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:

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
Oct. 14 Sammie Stroughter, WR, OSU Derrick Doggett, OLB, OSU Alexis Serna, PK, OSU
Oct. 21 Marshawn Lynch, RB, CAL Eric Frampton, SS, WSU Darryl Blunt, P, WSU

PAC-10 NOTES:

CURRENT STREAKS:
Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - California
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 27 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest home winning streak - 30 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 18 games - USC

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 19-9 (.679) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just three regular-season non-conference games remaining. The Pac-10 is even at 6-6 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.

ARIZONA: Injuries saw Kris Heavner become Arizona's third starter at QB this year when he opened against Oregon State last week. . . . Wildcat defense has allowed only two TDs in the last 10 quarters. . . . UA rush defense allowing 113.4 yards per game, a full 70 yards per game improvement over last year's 183.7. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe extended his streak to 25 straight games with at least one pass reception vs. OSU last week. That streak is second only to WR Dwayne Jarrett of USC (30) among active Pac-10 players. However, the Beavers will remember Steptoe more for his 67-yard punt return for the Wildcats' only TD in the contest. Steptoe ranks third in the Pac-10 in punt returns with a 13.1-yard average and is sixth in the league in receptions with 4.6 catches per game.

ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devil defense registered three QB sacks in win against Stanford raising its total to 23 on the year, one more than all of last season. . . . With four receptions against Stanford, TE Zach Miller became the career reception leader among ASU tight ends with a total of 119. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter completed his first 12 passes against Stanford, one short of the ASU record for consecutive completions in a game. Carpenter finished the game completing 14-of-15 (.933). . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth keeps adding to his Pac-10 record for consecutive PATs made, which he now has up to 124. . . . ASU defense has limited last two opponents--USC and Stanford--to a combined 214 yards passing and 452 yards total offense.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears now have longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams at seven games. . . . Cal's 31-24 overtime win against Washington was the first game Golden Bears had been involved with this year which was decided by fewer than 17 points. . . . CB Daymeion Hughes had another interception in Cal win vs. Washington to raise his season total to seven in eight games and 14 for his career. Hughes has a Pac-10-leading seven interceptions (tied for second in the nation), no other DB in the league has more than three. . . . Despite a sore ankle, TB Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 303 yards and four TDs the last two games, including a game-winning 22-yard run in overtime against UW. Against Washington, he tied the Cal record with his 15th 100-yard rushing performance. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 113.4 yards per game and in touchdowns scored with 11 (8 rushing, 3 receiving).

OREGON: Ducks have posted six straight games with a 100-yard receiver. WR Jaison Williams has four of the 100-yard days, including nine receptions for 163 yards at WSU last week. Williams is the only receiver in the Pac-10 averaging more than 100 yards receiver per game (101.3, good for fifth in the nation). . . . Ducks rank first in the Pac-10 in rushing offense (192.1), pass offense (268.7) and, of course, total offense (460.9), and second in scoring offense (34.0). The rushing numbers are particularly noteworthy considering Oregon last led the league in rushing in 1955. . . . MLB Blair Phillips ranks second in the Conference and is one of only two league players in double digits in tackles with 10.1 stops per game. . . . Oregon's experienced offensive line leads the Pac-10 in fewest QB sacks allowed giving up just five in seven games.

OREGON STATE: WR Sammie Stroughter has 12 catches for 314 yards (26.2-yard average) and two TDs of 80 and 34 yards the last two games. . . . Beaver defense did not allow a TD in 17-10 win at Arizona. The Wildcats' only TD came on a punt return. . . . PK Alexis Serna kicked his 82nd consecutive career extra point at Arizona, longest such streak in OSU history. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 107 yards before being sidelined with an ankle injury late in the win at Arizona, his second 100-yard rushing game in a row and fourth this season. Bernard is second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 106.6 yards per game and joins Cal's Marshawn Lynch as the only backs in the Conference averaging 100 yards per game rushing.

STANFORD: LB Michael Okwo leads the Pac-10 in tackles with 11.0 stops per game. . . . Although ranking last in the league in total defense, Cardinal stop troops have been sturdier of late in giving up 337.5 yards per game over last two contests. . . . Stanford offense has been decimated by injuries all season. Of the 10 returning offensive starters, eight have missed time to injury. . . . T.C. Ostrander made his third career start at QB at Arizona State in taking over for injured vet Trent Edwards. . . . Stanford continues to be the least penalized team in the league, averaging just five flags for 36 yards per game. . . . With 290 and 280 yards rushing, respectively, RBs Anthony Kimble and Toby Gerhart each have more than any Cardinal running back last year.

UCLA: Bruins glad to be coming home as they are 4-0 this year have a 10-game home winning streak going at the Rose Bowl. . . . DE Justin Hickman has posted four QB sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss the last two games. Included are three of the Bruins' five sacks at Notre Dame. He now has taken over the Pac-10 lead in both sacks (10.5) and tackles for loss (14.5). The sack total is second in the nation. . . . 54-yard TD pass from Patrick Cowan to Marcus Everett at Notre Dame last week was Bruins' longest pass play of the season. Everett ended up with six receptions for 102 yards and the TD. . . . TE William Snead, switched from defensive end to tight end less than a month ago, caught his first pass and it went for a 36-yard TD at Notre Dame. . . . PK Justin Medlock continues to lead the Pac-10 in both scoring (9.0 points per game) and field goals (15-of-17). He is the national leader in field goals. . . . Bruins lead the nation in third-down conversion defense as opponents have made good on just 22.8% of attempts.

USC: Game at Oregon State this week is the last time the Trojans will play outside of California during the regular season. After OSU, USC has three home games and road games at UCLA and Stanford. . . . Making his first career start against Arizona State, TB Chauncey Washington rushed for 108 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown. . . . Junior WR Dwayne Jarrett took over sole possession of the Pac-10 career touchdown reception record with his 33rd in win against Arizona State (see chart below). . . . Trojans have extended their Pac-10 winning streak to 27 games, a Conference record. Included are 13 consecutive Pac-10 road wins. . . . Overall, Troy has won 51 of last 53 games. . . . USC tops the league in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game despite starting just one senior on defense. . . . PK Mario Danelo has connected on 9-of-10 field goal attempts this year and ranks second in the Pac-10 in field goals.

WASHINGTON: Huskies have not lost a fumble in their last four games. . . . With four interceptions and a fumble recovery, OLB Scott White has five of UW's 10 takeaways this season. White's four interceptions ranks him second in the Pac-10 in that category. . . . P Sean Douglas leads the league in punting with an average of 45.2 yards per boot. He has downed 15-of-43 punts inside the 20-yard line. . . . QB Carl Bonnell, starting in place of injured Isaiah Stanback, nearly pulled off a miracle finish in tying the game at Cal with a desperation pass as time ran out in regulation, but the Bears prevailed in overtime. In the game, Bonnell passed for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 64 yards and another score.

WASHINGTON STATE: WSU checks in at No. 25 in this week's BCS standings, first time for the Cougs in the standings since final standings in 2003. . . . Cougars 34-23 win over No. 14-ranked Oregon was WSU's first win at Pullman while unranked over a ranked team since 1996 (21-18 over No. 19 California). . . . WR Jason Hill had a TD reception against the Ducks to give him 31 for his career, tied for third on the Pac-10 career chart and just two behind Pac-10 record-holder Dwayne Jarrett of USC. . . . QB Alex Brink completed 20-of-23 passes vs. Oregon for a WSU single-game record for completion percentage (.870). . . . RB Dwight Tardy posted the first 100-yard rushing game for Cougars this season as he went for 145 yards and a TD on 20 carries vs. the Ducks. . . . Facing the two highest scoring teams in the Conference the last two weeks--Cal and Oregon, both averaging more than 35 points a game--the WSU defense held them to a combined 44 points and did not allow any points in four of eight quarters.

PAC-10 RECORD FOR JARRETT: With a 14-yard touchdown reception in USC's 28-21 win against Arizona State, WR Dwayne Jarrett took over sole possession of the Pac-10 career touchdown reception record. Jarrett now has 33 career TD catches. Washington State WR Jason Hill is close behind as a scoring reception in WSU's win over Oregon gives him 31 career TD receptions.

PAC-10 CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LIST:

1. 33 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004-06
2. 32 Ken Margerum, Stanford, 1977-1980
3. 31 Jason Hill, Washington State, 2003-06
31 Sean Dawkins, California, 1990-92

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: Home teams are just 12-11 in Conference play thus far.

FOUR PAC-10 PLAYERS AMONG SEMIFINALISTS FOR DRADDY TROPHY: Four Pac-10 football players are among the 64 semifinalists for the 2006 Draddy Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. Draddy Trophy nominees must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, be a first team player and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship. The semifinalists also become candidates for the NFF 2006 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. The Pac-10 Draddy Trophy semifinalists are OT Andrew Carnahan of Arizona State, WR Jordan Kent of Oregon, OT Adam Koets of Oregon State and OT Scott Smith of California.

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. 21:

Games utilizing instant replay: 40
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 59
Number of reversals: 21
Number of coaches challenges: 4
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:03
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 169

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 4:

Washington at Oregon, 12:30 PST (TBS)
Arizona State at Oregon State, 1:00 PST/2:00 MST
Arizona at Washington State, 2:00 PST/3:00 MST
USC at Stanford, 4:00 PST (FSN)
UCLA at California, 5:00 PST (ABC)

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