This Week In Pac-10 Football

Oct. 30, 2006

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NEXT UP: The calendar turns to November with the next three Saturdays featuring full slates of five Conference games as teams battle for position down the stretch. This week's Pac-10 action finds WASHINGTON at OREGON, ARIZONA STATE at OREGON STATE, ARIZONA at WASHINGTON STATE, USC at STANFORD and UCLA at CALIFORNIA. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Nov. 4 (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 Year
--/--/-- Washington (4-5) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PST Washington leads 58-35-5
24/22/22 Oregon (6-2) Eugene, OR TBS Oregon 45-21
--/--/-- Arizona State (5-3) Reser Stadium (43,300) 1:00 PST Arizona St. leads 23-8-1
31/36/33 Oregon State (5-3) Corvallis, OR Arizona St. 42-24
--/--/-- Arizona (3-5) Martin Stadium (35,117) 2:00 PST Arizona leads 20-13
25/30/29 Washington State (6-3) Pullman, WA Washington St. 20-19 (2004)
9/9/9 USC (6-1) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 4:00 PST USC leads 57-24-3
--/--/-- Stanford (0-8) Stanford, CA FSN USC 51-21
--/--/-- UCLA (4-4) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 5:00 PST UCLA leads 48-27-1
10/11/11 California (7-1) Berkeley, CA ABC UCLA 47-40

Last Week: Washington State 37, UCLA 15
Oregon State 33, USC 31
Arizona State 26, Washington 23 (OT)
Oregon 55, Portland State 12


Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Nov. 4
12:30 PT/1:30 MT Washington at Oregon TBS (national)
4:00 PT/5:00 MT USC at Stanford FSN (national)
5:00 PT/6:00 MT UCLA at California ABC (regional)

Sat., Nov. 11
12:30 PT/1:30 MT California at Arizona ABC (regional)
3:15 PT/4:15 MT Oregon State at UCLA FSNPT (local)
7:15 PT/8:15 MT Oregon at USC FSN (National)


WASHINGTON (4-5) at OREGON (6-2) - 12:30 PT - TBS national cablecast- The Series: 99th meeting between spirited Pacific Northwest rivals Washington and Oregon. The series dates to 1900 with the Huskies leading 58-35-5. The teams have split the last six games with the Ducks winning the last two. UW leads 25-14-1 in games played in the state of Oregon, but the teams have split 20 previous games at Autzen Stadium, 10-10, with Oregon winning the last two. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Washington met at Eugene and the 20th-ranked Ducks rode the arm of Kellen Clemens and a sturdy defense to a 45-21 win. Clemens completed an Autzen Stadium-record 36 passes for 425 yards and four TDs as the Oregon offense rolled up 30 first downs and 570 yards total offense. Meanwhile, the Duck defense limited the Huskies to 238 yards.

ARIZONA STATE (5-3) at OREGON STATE (5-3) - 1:00 PT/2:00 MT - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon State have met 32 times with the Sun Devils holding a 23-8-1 series lead. ASU has won the last two and nine of the last 10 games. The Devils lead 6-5-1 in 12 games played in the state of Oregon, including a 5-3-1 edge in games at Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon State opened Pac-10 play at Corvallis with the 18th-ranked Sun Devils outgunning the Beavers 42-24 in an offensive shootout. The teams combined for an even 1,000 yards total offense, with much of it coming through the air. ASU passed for 380 yards and four TDs on the way to 475 yards total offense. OSU topped that with 525 yards, including 381 passing, but a turnover differential of 6-0 swung things the Sun Devils way. TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 134 yards and a TD for the Beavers.

ARIZONA (3-5) at WASHINGTON STATE (6-3) - 2:00 PT/3:00 MT - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met 33 times with the Wildcats holding a 20-13 series advantage. However, the Cougars have won the last four meetings, reversing a period from 1993-2000 that saw UA win seven of eight. In 15 games in Washington, Arizona leads 9-6, including 7-4 at Martin Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Arizona did not meet last season with the most recent meeting being a 20-19 win by the Cougars at Tucson in 2004 which spoiled the Pac-10 debut of UA coach Mike Stoops. WSU WR Jason Hill caught his second TD pass of the fourth quarter with 53 seconds left in the game to give the Cougs the come-from-behind win. WR Syndric Steptoe matched Hill with two TD receptions to account for both the Arizona TDs. The WSU defense limited Arizona to 263 yards total offense.

USC (6-1) at STANFORD (0-8) - 4:00 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Stanford have met 84 times dating to 1905 with the Trojans leading the series 57-24-3. SC has won the last four, which snapped a three-game Stanford winning streak in the series. The Trojans have won the last two games at Palo Alto. . . . Last Year: USC and Stanford met at Los Angeles and it was over early as the Trojans scored on all seven of their first-half possessions to take a 44-7 halftime lead and cruised to a 51-21 victory. SC QB Matt Leinart passed for 259 yards and four TDs before being lifted early in the third quarter and WR Dwayne Jarrett had eight receptions for 101 yards and one score. The top-ranked Trojans piled up 529 yards total offense and had no turnovers. Stanford put up 420 yards total offense, but was plagued by five turnovers. . . . Coaching Note: Coaches Walt Harris and Pete Carroll are both graduates of Pacific and when Carroll was an All-Conference safety for the Tigers in 1971-72, his position coach was Harris.

UCLA (4-4) at CALIFORNIA (7-1) - 5:00 PT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Old UC-system rivals California and UCLA have met 76 times dating to 1933 with the Bruins leading the series 48-27-1. In 38 games at Berkeley, UCLA leads 22-16, but Cal has won the last three at Memorial Stadium. In fact, the teams have traded home victories over the last six years. In that six-game span, two of the games have been decided in overtime and two others were decided by a touchdown or less. . . . Last Year: A pair of undefeated and ranked teams met at the Rose Bowl with No. 18 UCLA (4-0) and No. 10 California (5-0) hooking up. The game lived up to its billing with UCLA posting a come-from-behind 47-40 win. The Bruins trailed 40-28 midway through the fourth quarter, but scored the game's final 19 points to take away the win. Bruin TB Maurice Drew was the headliner with 299 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns--three runs, one pass reception and an 81-yard punt return. Cal actually outgained UCLA by a substantial margin, 545-395, but could not match Drew's heroics. Golden Bear TBs Marshawn Lynch (135) and Justin Forsett (153) each topped the 100-yard rushing mark as Cal amassed 330 yards on the ground, and Cal WR DeSean Jackson had 10 receptions for 128 yards and a score.


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
Oct. 28 Alex Brink, QB, WSU Josh Barrett, S, ASU Sammie Stroughter, PR, OSU


Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - California
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - California
Longest home winning streak - 30 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington State

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 20-9 (.690) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just two regular-season non-conference games remaining (Notre Dame at USC, Oregon State at Hawai'i). The Pac-10 is even at 6-6 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 13-13 in Conference play thus far.

ARIZONA: 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. Oregon State. That streak is second only to WR Dwayne Jarrett (31) of USC 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: OT win at Washington was Sun Devils first overtime game since 2000. ASU is 4-2 all-time in overtime contests. . . . Devils have their running game going, having rushed for 396 yards the last two weeks. They rank second in Conference (behind Oregon) in rushing offense at 172.6 yards per game. . . . TB Keegan Herring has rushed a modest 15 times in the last two games but has made the most of it with 128 yards and four touchdowns, including a 65-yard scoring jaunt in win at Washington. . . . ASU's 24 QB sacks are two more than the Sun Devils recorded all of last year. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter has completed better than 80% of his passes over the last two games (30-of-37). . . . Former wide receiver/running back/kick returner Rudy Burgess has started at cornerback the last two weeks.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears now have longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams at seven games and longest Conference-game winning streak at six. . . . Cal's 31-24 overtime win against Washington in last outing 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, no other DB in the league has more than four. . . . 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: Redshirt freshman CB Jairus Byrd has an interception in each of the last two games and ranks second in the Pac-10 with four picks. . . . Ducks have had a 100-yard receiver in seven straight games with WR Jaison Williams being the man in five of them. Williams leads the league in both receptions per game (6.6) and receiving yards per game, being the only receiver in the Conference averaging better than 100 yards per game (102.6, fifth in the nation). In last two weeks, Williams has 17 catches for 275 yards. . . . MLB Blair Phillips ranks second in Pac-10 in tackles with 9.9 stops per game. . . . Ducks lead the league in scoring offense (36.6), total offense (457.1), rushing offense (192.6) and are second in pass offense (264.5).

OREGON STATE: Sammie Stroughter recorded his third punt return for a touchdown this season with a 70-yard scoring return in the Beavers' upset of No. 3-ranked USC. The three punt returns for touchdowns ties the Pac-10 season record, shared by several players and most recently accomplished by UCLA's Maurice Drew last year. The Pac-10 career record is four. Stroughter leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in punt returns at 19.7 yards per. . . . Stroughter also had eight receptions for 127 yards in the win against USC. . . . Star TB Yvenson Bernard was held out of the USC game with an injury, but backup TB Clinton Polk stepped up big with an even 100 yards rushing on 22 carries plus three pass receptions. . . . It was DE Jeff Van Orsow who tipped USC's two-point conversion attempt pass that would have sent the game into overtime if successful. . . . Beavers' current three-game Pac-10 winning streak is longest since 2004.

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. Kimble had a career-high 83 yards on 11 carries (7.5) in last game at Arizona State. . . . Senior WR Evan Moore was back vs. ASU since being out with a foot injury suffered vs. Navy Sept. 16.

UCLA: Top QB sack duo in the Pac-10 are Bruins DE Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis. Hickman leads the league with 10.5 sacks, Davis ranks third with 8.5, including four in the last two games. Nationally, Hickman ranks second in sacks, Davis sixth. . . . With three more field goals against WSU, PK Justin Medlock leads the Pac-10 in scoring (9.0 points per game) and leads the nation in field goals. He has connected on 18-of-20 field goal attempts this season. . . . Bruins are national leader in third-down conversion percentage allowed. Opponents have converted just 23.4% of third down attempts (25-of-107). . . . Bruins have held five of eight opponents to fewer than 60 yards rushing and lead the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 82.1 yards per game. Opponents average just 2.6 yards per rush and Bruins have allowed only four rushing TDs in eight games.

USC: Trojans don't leave California for the rest of the regular season. In fact, SC does not board any airplanes after this week. Trojans are at Stanford this week, come home for three straight at the L.A. Coliseum (Oregon, California and Notre Dame) and finish up at the Rose Bowl against UCLA. . . . USC has won the pre-game coin flip in all seven games this year. . . . Trojans last four games have been decided by a touchdown or less. . . . QB John David Booty tops the Pac-10 in total offense (248.3), passing yards per game (251.9) and is second in pass efficiency (140.6), helped greatly by his 16-5 TD-to-interception ratio. Booty's 406 yards passing at OSU is most in the Pac-10 this year. . . . In loss at OSU, WR Steve Smith had 11 receptions for 258 yards (23.5) and two fourth-quarter TD receptions that almost pulled it out for the Trojans. The 258 yards receiving is the top performance in the Pac-10 this year and the eighth-best single-game performance in Pac-10 history.

WASHINGTON: WR Anthony Russo has caught a pass in 21 consecutive games. . . . Even though Washington is near the bottom of the league in turnover margin (-6), opponents have scored just three points off the last 11 Dawg turnovers. . . . Huskies are averaging 152.7 yards per game rushing. Washington has not averaged over 150 yards rushing per game for a season since 2000. . . . PK Michael Braunstein has connected on 9-of-11 field goal attempts, including a current streak of seven straight.

WASHINGTON STATE: With a TD catch in Cougars' win at UCLA, WR Jason Hill pulled within one TD reception of USC WR Dwayne Jarrett for the Pac-10 career TD reception record (see chart below). Jarrett has 33 for his career, Hill 32. . . . With numerous injuries along the defensive line, WSU rolled out a 3-4 scheme at UCLA. It was effective as the Cougars limited the Bruins to one TD and 74 yards rushing for the game and threw a shutout in the second half. . . . QB Alex Brink torched UCLA for 405 yards passing. He has completed 79% of his passes the last two games (48-of-61). . . . CB Tyron Brackenridge has an interception in each of the last two games. . . . Cougar defense has forced seven turnovers the last two games and WSU now ranks second in Pac-10 in turnover margin (+5).


1. 33 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004-06
2. 32 Jason Hill, Washington State, 2003-06
32 Ken Margerum, Stanford, 1977-1980


LOTT TROPHY: Two Pac-10 players are among the 17 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, awarded to college football's defensive player of the year using both athletic performance and personal character attributes as criteria. The Pac-10 quarterfinalists are DE Mkristo Bruce of Washington State and CB Daymeion Hughes of California.

HENDRICKS AWARD: Three Pac-10 players are among the 28 named to the mid-season watch list for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. The three are Mkristo Bruce of Washington State and the UCLA duo of Bruce Davis and Justin Hickman.

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: 44
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 67
Number of reversals: 24
Number of coaches challenges: 5
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:01
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 182

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 11:

California at Arizona, 12:30 PT/1:30 MT (ABC)
Stanford at Washington, 12:30 PT
Oregon State at UCLA, 3:15 PT (FSNPT)
Oregon at USC, 7:15 PST (FSN)
Washington State at Arizona State, TBA

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