This Week In Pac-10 Football
Nov. 6, 2006
NEXT UP: Another full slate of five Conference games as the season heads into the final stretch. Pac-10 play finds CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STATE, OREGON at USC, OREGON STATE at UCLA and STANFORD at WASHINGTON. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Nov. 11 (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):
|--/--/--||Stanford (0-9)||Husky Stadium (72,500)||12:30 PT||Washington leads 39-33-4|
|--/--/--||Washington (4-6)||Seattle, WA||Stanford 27-13 (2004)|
|8/9/9||California (8-1)||Arizona Stadium (56,002)||1:30 MT||California leads 12-11-2|
|--/--/--||Arizona (4-5)||Tucson, AZ||ABC||California 28-0|
|t27/29/29||Oregon State (6-3)||Rose Bowl (91,500)||3:15 PT||UCLA leads 37-13-4|
|--/--/--||UCLA (4-5)||Pasadena, CA||FSNPT||UCLA 51-28|
|--/--/33||Washington State (6-4)||Sun Devil Stadium (71,706)||7:00 MT||Arizona State leads 18-12-2|
|--/--/--||Arizona State (5-4)||Tempe, AZ||Arizona State 27-24|
|21/20/20||Oregon (7-2)||Memorial Coliseum (92,000)||7:15 PT||USC leads 35-15-2|
|7/7/7||USC (7-1)||Los Angeles, CA||FSN||USC 45-13|
|Last Week:||Oregon 34, Washington 14
Oregon State 44, Arizona State 10
Arizona 27, Washington State 17
USC 42, Stanford 0
California 38, UCLA 24
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Nov. 11
12:30 PT/1:30 MT California at Arizona ABC (regional)
3:15 PT/4:15 MT Oregon State at UCLA FSN Prime Ticket (local)
7:15 PT/8:15 MT Oregon at USC FSN (National)
Sat., Nov. 18
12:30 PT/1:30 MT Arizona at Oregon Oregon Sports Network (local)
12:30 PT/1:30 MT Oregon State at Stanford FSN Bay Area (local)
3:45 PT/4:45 MT Washington at Washington St. FSN (national)
5:00 PT/6:00 MT California at USC ABC (split national)
7:15 PT/8:15 MT UCLA at Arizona State FSN (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 11:
STANFORD (0-9) at WASHINGTON (4-6) - 12:30 PT - The Series: Stanford and Washington have met 76 times dating to 1893 with the Huskies leading the series 39-33-4. Stanford won the most recent meeting to snap a six-game UW winning streak. The Huskies have won 20 of the last 23 dating to 1977. Washington has won 12 in a row at Seattle with the last Cardinal win in Husky Stadium coming in 1975. . . . Washington coach Tyrone Willingham had a 44-36-1 (.549) record at Stanford in seven years as Cardinal head coach from 1995-2001 and led the Cardinal to the Rose Bowl following the 1999 season. . . . Last Meeting: Stanford and Washington did not meet last season with the most recent game coming at Stanford Stadium in 2004. The Cardinal broke a six-game losing streak to the Huskies in taking a 27-13 decision. Stanford piled up 456 yards total offense, including 202 rushing and QB Trent Edwards passing for 254.
CALIFORNIA (8-1) at ARIZONA (4-5) - 1:30 MT/12:30 PT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona and California have met 25 times with the Golden Bears holding a narrow 12-11-2 series edge. In 11 games at Tucson, Cal leads 6-5. The Bears have won the last three games, the Wildcats the four prior to that. . . . Last Year: No. 12-ranked California and Arizona opened Conference play at Berkeley and for the second year in a row the Golden Bears pitched a shutout at the Wildcats, this time by a score of 28-0. Cal TB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 107 yards and a TD and QB Joe Ayoob passed for two TDs and ran for a third to spark the Bear offense. In shutting out the Wildcats, the Cal defense allowed just 13 first downs and 206 yards total offense (37 rushing, 169 passing) and picked off three UA passes, two of the picks going to CB Daymeion Hughes.
OREGON STATE (6-3) at UCLA (4-5) - 3:15 PT - FSN Prime Ticket local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon State have met 54 times dating to 1930 with the Bruins leading the series 37-13-4. In 30 home games, UCLA leads 21-6-3, including 6-2 in games played at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins have won three in a row with the last Beaver victory coming in 2000 at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Oregon State met at the Rose Bowl and the No. 8-ranked Bruins extended their record to 7-0 with a 51-28 victory in an offensive shootout. The teams combined for 1,008 yards total offense and 10 TDs with OSU getting 511 yards (181 rushing, 330 passing) and UCLA going for 497 (235 rushing, 262 passing). Bruin QB Drew Olson passed for a school-record six TDs in completing 16-of-24 for 262 yards. For OSU, QB Matt Moore passed for 279 yards and two TDs and TB Yvenson Bernard ran for 167 yards and two scores.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-4) at ARIZONA STATE (5-4) - 7:00 MT/6:00 PT - The Series: Arizona State and Washington State have met 32 times with the Sun Devils leading 18-12-2. ASU has won the last two matchups. In 18 games at Tempe, ASU leads 11-5-2. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Washington State met at Pullman with Arizona State opening up a 27-10 lead and then holding off WSU down the stretch to eke out a 27-24 decision. ASU QB Rudy Carpenter passed for 381 yards and two TDs in directing the Sun Devils to 31 first downs and 548 yards total offense. WSU put up 506 yards itself with RB Jerome Harrison rushing for 240 yards and QB Alex Brink passing for 283 yards.
OREGON (7-2) at USC (7-1) - 7:15 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: USC and Oregon have met 52 times dating to 1915 with the Trojans leading the series 35-15-2. SC has won the last two games, which snapped an Oregon four-game winning streak in the series. In 28 games played in Los Angeles, USC holds a commanding 21-6-1 lead, although the Ducks won the last game in L.A., taking a 28-17 decision in 2000. . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon opened Conference play at Eugene. The Ducks moved out to a 13-0 lead before the top-ranked Trojans exploded for 45 unanswered points to roll to a 45-13 win. USC QB Matt Leinart passed for 315 yards and three TDs, two of them to WR Dwyane Jarrett. The Trojans piled up 31 first downs and 593 yards total offense (278 rushing, 315 passing), while limiting the Ducks to 262 yards total offense.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: Home teams are just 16-15 in Conference play this year.
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
Oct. 28 Alex Brink, QB, WSU Josh Barrett, S, ASU Sammie Stroughter, PR, OSU
Nov. 4 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ DeSean Jackson, PR, CAL
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.
ARIZONA: Wildcats put up 20 points in the first half of 27-17 upset win at Washington State, the most points in a half by UA this season. . . . QB Willie Tuitama returned to the starting lineup after missing two games with a concussion. . . . RB Chris Henry set an Arizona single-game record at WSU with 35 rushes. He rushed for two of the Cats' three TDs. . . . Arizona defense had just 11 QB sacks in first eight games, but came up big with four for minus-27 yards at WSU. . . . Wildcats have lost just five fumbles in nine games, fewest among Pac-10 teams. . . . Arizona defense has shown a 100-yard improvement from 2005. Wildcats are allowing 309.3 yards per game this season after surrendering 408.8 yards per game last year. A lot of that gain is run defense as UA is allowing 105.8 yards on the ground this season compared to 183.7 last year.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils stay in the state of Arizona for the rest of the regular season with home games against Washington State and UCLA preceding the regular season finale at Arizona. . . . TB Keegan Herring has five rushing TDs in last three games, including long distance jobs of 65 and 40 yards. . . . Herring and fellow TB Ryan Torain have combined for 322 yards rushing the last two games. . . . ASU is one of just three Pac-10 teams that averages more than 150 yards per game rushing (Oregon and Cal the others). . . . ASU's defense is allowing an average of only 9.0 points in the second half of games this year. . . . With 24 QB sacks, Sun Devil defense has already surpassed last year's total (22). . . . In last four games, opposing QBs have completed just 44.6% (50-112) of their passes. . . . With 274 career points, PK Jesse Ainsworth needs just four more to take over second place on ASU's career scoring list.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have longest current winning streak among Pac-10 teams both overall (eight games) and in Conference play (seven games). . . . Cal is 6-0 in Conference play for the first time since 1949. . . . Bears are tied for the national lead in interceptions with 20 and CB Daymeion Hughes is second in the nation individually with eight picks. . . . That's a big reason Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin by a wide margin at +11. . . . DeSean Jackson took back a punt 72 yards for a TD in win vs. UCLA. It was his third punt return for a TD this season and fourth of his career, which ties the Pac-10 record in both categories. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch leads the Pac-10 in rushing (109.8 yards per game), all-purpose yards (150.0) and TDs (13--9 rushing, 4 receiving). With 988 yards rushing, he needs just 12 yards to crack 1,000. Jackson is second in the league in touchdowns with 11 (8 receiving, 3 punt returns). Lynch has 33 TDs in 31 career games, Jackson 19 TDs in 20 career games.
OREGON: Duck defense allowed Washington just 138 yards and has given up just 200 yards total offense and 14 points over last six quarters. . . . UO is only Pac-10 team averaging more than 200 yards a game rushing and Ducks lead the league by a wide margin with 206.3 yards per game on the ground. Oregon last led the league in rushing in 1955. . . . UO pounded Washington on the ground with 54 rushes for 316 yards (5.9 yards per carry), top rushing total in a Pac-10 game this year. TB Jonathan Stewart carried most of the load with 25 carries for 159 yards (6.4) and two TDs. Stewart has been over the 100-yard mark in five of nine games this season. . . . Oregon lost nine fumbles the first seven games, just one in the last two.
OREGON STATE: Beavers finish regular season with three of the final four on the road, starting this week at UCLA. . . .OSU has first four-game Conference winning streak going since 2000. . . . Last two weeks OSU has gone back-to-back games without a turnover for the first time since 2002. . . . Beavs put up 31 points in first half of 44-10 win against Washington. That's most points in a half for OSU in a Pac-10 game since 2003. . . . Defense piled up 10 tackles for loss by eight different players vs. UW. Included were four QB sacks by four different players. . . . PK Alexis Serna has been good on 90 consecutive PATs. . . . Beavers have scored a TD on their first possession in seven of nine games this season. . . . After missing the USC game with a sprained ankle, starting TB Yvenson Bernard returned vs. ASU and ran for the Beavers' first two TDs in the game. Bernard joins Cal TB Marshawn Lynch as the only Pac-10 rushers averaging better than 100 yards a game this year (101.5).
STANFORD: LB Michael Okwo continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles and is the only player averaging double digits with 10.3 stops per game. S Trevor Hooper (8.0) and LB Clinton Snyder (7.2) give Cardinal three of the top eight tacklers in the league. . . . WR Evan Moore has been back in the lineup the last two weeks after missing most of the previous five games with an injury. . . . Stanford continues to be the least penalized team in the Pac-10 averaging just 4.9 flags for 34.2 yards per game. . . . Cardinal defense limited USC ground game to just 108 yards on 32 carries (3.4 yards per rush).
UCLA: Despite missing a couple of field goal attempts at Cal, PK Justin Medlock continues to lead the nation in field goals and the Pac-10 in kick scoring. He has connected on 19-of-23 three-pointers this season. . . . DEs Justin Hickman (16.5) and Bruce Davis (14) rank one-two in the Pac-10 in tackles for loss. Hickman also leads the league in QB sacks with 10.5, with Bruce checking in at third with 9.5. . . . WR Junior Taylor needs one reception to give him 100 for his career. . . . Bruins are second in Pac-10 in rush defense at 91.6 yards per game and have held five of nine opponents to fewer than 60 yards on the ground. UCLA is only Pac-10 team to limit opponents to less that three yards per rush (2.9) and have allowed only five rushing TDs in nine games.
USC: Trojans don't leave the neighborhood for the rest of the regular season with three consecutive home games against ranked opponents--Oregon, California, Notre Dame--and the regular season finale against UCLA at the Rose Bowl. . . . Trojans have never lost a game in November under sixth-year head coach Pete Carroll (17-0). . . . Although loss at Oregon State two weeks ago snapped some significant winning streaks, SC still has a Conference-record 30-game home winning streak going. Included are 21 straight Pac-10 home wins. . . . QB John David Booty leads the Pac-10 in passing at 245.8 yards per game and has been picked off just five times in eight games, while tossing 19 TD passes. Six of those 19 TD passes have come in the last two games.
WASHINGTON: PK Michael Braunstein has connected on his last seven field goal attempts and is 9-for-11 on the year. . . . OLB Scott White has four of Washington's 10 interceptions. Only Cal CB Daymeion Hughes has more picks in the Pac-10 this year (8). . . . SS C.J. Wallace is Pac-10 co-leader among defensive backs in tackles with 9.0 stops per game. . . . Huskies have allowed just 15 QB sacks in 10 games compared to a total of 27 allowed in 11 games last year. . . . QB Carl Bonnell (concussion the previous week) was cleared to play at Oregon and had two TD passes.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have won four straight Pac-10 road games. . . . QB Alex Brink connected with FL Brandon Gibson for a 91-yard TD pass and catch vs. Arizona. It was the second-longest pass play in WSU history and the longest ever in a Conference game. . . . Brink has passed for 670 yards and four TDs in last two games to move up to second in the Pac-10 in passing at 241.0 yards per game. He leads the league in total offense at 242.4 yards per game. . . . WSU is second in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 19.5 points per game and has held five of 10 opponents to 15 points or fewer. . . . Cougs are only team in the league to have three defenders listed in the top 10 in QB sacks--DE Mkristo Bruce (10), DE Lance Broadus (6.5) and OLB Scott Davis (4).
PAC-10 CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTION LIST:
1. 34 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004-06
2. 32 Jason Hill, Washington State, 2003-06
32 Ken Margerum, Stanford, 1977-1980
Longest overall winning streak - 8 games - California
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 7 games - California
Longest home winning streak - 30 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington State
GROZA AWARD: PKs Justin Medlock of UCLA and Alexis Serna of Oregon State are among the 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place Kicker Award presented to the nation's top kicker. Serna won the award in 2005.
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 Nov. 4:
Games utilizing instant replay: 49
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 71
Number of reversals: 25
Number of coaches challenges: 6
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.4
Average length of review: 2:02
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 195
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 18:
Arizona at Oregon, 12:30 PT/1:30 MT (Oregon Sports Network)
Oregon State at Stanford, 12:30 PT (FSN Bay Area)
Washington at Washington State, 3:45 PT (FSN)
California at USC, 5:00 PT (ABC)
UCLA at Arizona State, 8:15 MT/7:15 PT (FSN)