This Week In Pac-10 Football

Nov. 13, 2006

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NEXT UP: A full slate of Conference games on tap this week as we draw near to the end of the regular season. The headliner is CALIFORNIA at USC in a nationally televised game with at least a Pac-10 co-championship and the league's automatic berth in the BCS on the line. Pac-10 only action finds ARIZONA at OREGON, UCLA at ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA at USC, OREGON STATE at STANFORD and WASHINGTON at WASHINGTON STATE in the Apple Cup. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Nov. 18 (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
--/--/-- Arizona (5-5) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PT Oregon leads 19-12
27/26/25 Oregon (7-3) Eugene, OR OSN/FSNA Oregon 28-21
--/--/-- Oregon State (6-4) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 12:30 PT Stanford leads 47-22-3
--/--/-- Stanford (1-9) Stanford, CA FSNBA/NW Stanford 20-17
--/--/-- Washington (4-7) Martin Stadium (35,117) 3:45 PT Washington leads 63-29-6
--/--/-- Washington State (6-5) Pullman, WA FSN Washington State 26-22
17/17/17 California (8-2) Memorial Coliseum (92,000) 5:00 PT USC leads 58-30-5
4/4/3 USC (8-1) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 35-10
--/--/-- UCLA (5-5) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 8:15 MT UCLA leads 14-7-1
--/--/t33 Arizona State (6-4) Tempe, AZ FSN UCLA 45-35

Last Week: USC 35, Oregon 10
Arizona 24, California 20
UCLA, Oregon State 7
Arizona State 47, Washington State 14
Stanford 20, Washington 3

PAC-10 CHAMPIONSHIP: It's down to two teams still in contention for the Pac-10 title and the league's automatic berth in the BCS. USC and CALIFORNIA have a two-game lead on the rest of the field and will settle it on the field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum this week in a nationally televised prime time game. The winner clinches no less than a co-championship and would secure the tie-breaker with the head-to-head win. In other words, the winner is in, regardless of how it fares in subsequent games.

OTHER BOWLERS: In addition to USC and California, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington State have achieved the requisite number of wins to merit bowl consideration, and Oregon State, UCLA and Arizona are a win away (Oregon State needs seven wins due to a 13-game schedule). A reminder that the Pac-10 has tie-breaking procedures only for the championship. If ties occur at other points in the standings, the bowl with selection rights for that slot may choose among the tied teams.


ARIZONA (5-5) at OREGON (7-3) - 12:30 PT/1:30 MT - Oregon Sports Network local telecast - The Series: Oregon and Arizona have met 31 times with the Ducks leading the series 19-12. Oregon leads 10-4 in home games, including 8-3 at Autzen Stadium. It has been all Oregon in recent years as the Ducks have won seven in a row and 11 of the last 12. Included are the last six meetings at Autzen Stadium. Arizona's last win in the series was at Tucson in 1998 (38-3) and the Wildcats last won at Eugene in 1986 (41-17). . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona met at Tucson and the No. 15-ranked Ducks hung on for a 28-21 victory. Oregon bolted out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead, but then saw their top two quarterbacks lost to injury on consecutive possessions. Meanwhile, freshman QB Willie Tuitama replaced starter Richard Kovalcheck and brought Arizona back, pulling even with the Ducks with the second of his two TD passes. The decisive score occurred when Oregon LB Brent Haberly scooped a fumble and rumbled 34 yards for a TD. Arizona had the stats on Oregon in rushing for 212 yards with 411 yards total offense, but was hurt by four turnovers. The Wildcat defense limited UO to 10 first downs, 67 yards rushing and 307 yards total offense.

OREGON STATE (6-4) at STANFORD (1-9) - 12:30 PT - FSN Bay Area local cablecast - The Series: Stanford and Oregon State have met 72 times dating to 1919 with the Cardinal leading the series 47-22-3. Stanford won last year snapping a four-game OSU winning streak in the series. The Cardinal lead 24-10-2 at home, but the Beavers have won the last two games played at Palo Alto. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Oregon State met late in the year on a damp day at Corvallis with the Cardinal hanging on for a hard-fought 20-17 victory. The game started out quickly with each team scoring a TD in the first five minutes, but then settled into a battle of defense and kicking. Neither team could muster much of a running game and the total offense figures were OSU 312, Stanford 302. QB Trent Edwards threw two TD passes for the Card before exiting with an injury, and DE Jeff Van Orsow scored a Beaver TD on a 24-yard interception return.

WASHINGTON (4-7) at WASHINGTON STATE (6-5) - THE APPLE CUP - 3:45 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: 99th renewal of the Apple Cup. Washington and Washington State have been meeting since 1900 and are uninterrupted since 1945 with the Huskies leading the series 63-29-6. WSU has won the last two games, which snapped a six-game UW winning streak in the series. The last four games have been decided by a total of 18 points with margins of 4, 3, 8 and 3 points. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State closed out the season at Seattle with the Cougars scoring late to pull out a 26-22 victory. WSU QB Alex Brink drove the Cougs 80 yards for the winning score, which came on a 30-yard TD pass with 1:20 remaining in the game. Brink finished with 21-of-35 for 283 yards and two TDs with no INTs and WSU piled up 507 yards total offense. The WSU defense limited UW to 99 yards rushing and 327 yards total offense in holding off the Huskies. WR Sonny Shackelford was a bright spot for Washington with 121 yards on four catches, including a 65-yard TD reception.

CALIFORNIA (8-2) at USC (8-1) - 5:00 PT - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and California have met 93 times dating to 1915 and uninterrupted since 1926. The Trojans lead the series 58-30-5 and have won four of the last five with the lone loss coming in triple overtime. USC has been ranked No. 1 the last two meetings and both teams were in the Top 10 in the last meeting in Los Angeles in 2004 (SC No. 1, Cal No. 7). USC coach Pete Carroll is from the Bay Area, Cal coach Jeff Tedford from the L.A. area. . . . Last Year: USC and California met at Berkeley and the No. 1-ranked Trojans ground out a methodical 35-10 victory. It was USC's 32nd consecutive victory following a triple-overtime loss at Berkeley in 2003. USC rushed for five TDs and the Trojan defense limited the Bears to it lowest scoring output of the season and just 299 yards total offense and forced six turnovers.

UCLA (5-5) at ARIZONA STATE (6-4) - 8:15 MT/7:15 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 22 times with the Bruins leading the series 14-7-1. UCLA has won three of the last four. There have been nine games played at Sun Devil Stadium. UCLA won the first six, ASU has won the last three with the last home loss for the Devils coming in 1994 (59-23). . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona State, both destined to be bowl teams, met late in the season in front of 84,000+ at the Rose Bowl with the Bruins winning a 45-35 shootout. The teams combined for 1,175 yards total offense, including 844 through the air. UCLA QB Drew Olson passed for 510 yards and five TDs. ASU QB Rudy Carpenter wasn't bad himself in throwing for 334 yards and three TDs, two of them to WR Terry Richardson. ASU TB Keegan Herring was the leading rusher in the game with 129 yards and a score on 27 carries.


Longest overall winning streak - 2 games - Arizona and USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 2 games - Arizona and USC
Longest home winning streak - 31 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 2 games - Arizona

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 have won their last two Pac-10 road games (Stanford and WSU) for their first back-to-back road wins since 2001. Cats have won three of the last four overall. . . . Upset win against No. 8 California gives coach Mike Stoops a win against a ranked opponent in each of his first three seasons. . . . UA defense picked off Cal QB Nate Longshore, the Pac-10 pass efficiency leader, three times, including CB Antoine Cason's pick returned 39 yards for the game-winning TD. . . . In wins the last two weeks, TB Chris Henry has carried the load with 60 rushes and four TDs. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe has at least one reception in 27 straight games. Steptoe, a threat as a return man as well as a receiver, has topped 100 all-purpose yards in seven of 10 games this year and is averaging 115.4 all-purpose yards per game.

ARIZONA STATE: QB Rudy Carpenter passed for a season-best 339 yards and three TDs in ASU win over Washington State last week. The scoring passes covered 50, 34 and 62 yards. . . . ASU's defense is allowing an average of only 8.5 points in the second half of games. . . . Sun Devil defense is allowing 314.0 yards per game, a far cry from the 468.8 yards allowed in 2005, when ASU finished last in the league in total defense. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth was perfect on four-of-four field goals attempts vs WSU and converted all five PATs for 17 points. He now has 291 career points, good for second place on ASU's career scoring list. He also extended his Pac-10 record for consecutive extra points made to 132.

CALIFORNIA: DeSean Jackson returned a punt 95 yards for a TD at Arizona, his fourth punt return for a score this season and fifth of his career. Both the season and career totals are Pac-10 records. Thus, it should come as no shock to find Jackson leading the nation in punt returns with a 20.7-yard average. . . . The electrifying Jackson also had a 62-yard TD reception in the game. . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +8. Much of that is due to the 20 interceptions the Bears have picked off in 10 games. . . . All-Pac-10 CB Daymeion Hughes is the Pac-10 individual leaders in interceptions (and tied for second in the nation) with eight picks. That's twice as many as any other Pac-10 defender.

OREGON: WR Jaison Williams has five 100-yard receiving games this season and needs one more to break the UO single-season record. Williams leads the Pac-10 in both receptions per game (6.2) and receiving yards per game (92.9). With 62 receptions this year, Williams has a good shot at the Duck single-season reception record of 77 (Samie Parker, 2003). . . . The Ducks own a near 30-yard lead in rushing offense in the Pac-10 stats as they attempt to lead the league in rushing for the first time since 1955. They stand at 195.9 yards per game. . . . Of course, the offensive line gets a lot of the credit for that figure, and for the fact the Ducks have allowed only 11 QB sacks in 10 games.

OREGON STATE: Due to 13-game regular-season schedule, 6-4 Beavers need one more victory to become bowl eligible. . . . QB Matt Moore has not thrown an interception in the last three games and has been picked off just six times in 10 games this year. He has a string going of 93 pass attempts without an interception. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard is 134 yards away from his second consecutive 1,000-yard rushing season. . . . PK Alexis Serna has an OSU-record 91 consecutive PAT streak intact. . . . Oregon State trails only Michigan in third-down conversion percentage allowed. Beaver foes have converted just 26.4% (33-125). UCLA ranks third in the nation at 27.3%.

STANFORD: Win at Washington got the Cardinal in the victory column for the first time this year and was the first win for Stanford in Seattle since 1975. . . . LB Michael Okwo continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles with 9.6 stops per game. Stanford has three of the league's top nine tackles as Okwo is joined by S Trevor Hooper (7.9) and LB Clinton Snyder (7.1). . . . Cardinal offense has seen eight of 10 returning starters from last year miss time with injuries. . . . Stanford is least-penalized team in the Pac-10 with just 5.1 flags per game for an average of 35.8 yards. . . . Stanford is one of just three Pac-10 teams (Washington and Oregon the others) to successfully execute and onside kick this year. In fact, the Card is three-for-three on the maneuver this year.

UCLA: The DE duo of Justin Hickman and Bruce Davis rank one-two in the Pac-10 in both QB sacks and tackles for loss. Hickman has posted 11.5 sacks and 17.5 TFLs, Davis comes in at 10.5 and 15. The sack totals rank Hickman and Davis No. 2 and 4 in the country. . . . QB Ben Olson, sidelined with a knee injury since Oct. 7, suited up, but did not play last week vs. Oregon State. . . . In win against OSU, PK Justin Medlock was good on all four of his field goal attempts and all six of his kickoffs reached the end zone, four resulting in touchbacks. It marked the third time this year Medlock has made four field goals in a game. He has moved into second place on UCLA's all-time scoring list with 335 points (John Lee, 390). He leads the nation in field goals and leads the Pac-10 in scoring.

USC: Trojans have won a Pac-10-record 31 consecutive home games. . . . After being slowed by injuries the first half of the season, All-America WR Dwayne Jarrett seems to be back in full stride. He has had 11 receptions for 172 yards and two TDs the last two games. That has increased his Pac-10 career record for TD receptions to 35. . . . All-Pac-10 DE Lawrence Jackson had not recorded a QB sack all year until nailing three for minus-23 yards in win vs. Oregon. . . . Coach Pete Carroll has a career record of 18-0 in November during his USC tenure. . . . TB Chauncey Washington rushed for a career-high 119 yards and three TDs against Oregon last week. He did it in just 15 carries, averaging 7.9 yards a pop. . . . The Trojans have scored at least 20 points in 61 consecutive games, an NCAA record. . . . SC has been ranked in the AP top 10 55 consecutive games.

WASHINGTON: FS Chris Hemphill has started the last two weeks and responded with 24 tackles, plus an interception and a fumble recovery. . . . With an average of 43.1 yards per boot, P Sean Douglas is on pace to average more that 42 yards per punt for the third straight year. . . . Huskies have lost just six fumbles in 11 games this year. . . . PK Michael Braunstein has connected on 10-of-12 field goals and has made his last eight attempts.

WASHINGTON STATE: With the wide receiver corps ravaged with injuries, soph FL Brandon Gibson has stepped up with 18 catches for 263 yards and three TDs the last three weeks. . . . SS Eric Frampton is the leading tackler among Pac-10 defensive backs with 8.6 per game and has more interceptions than any other safety in the league with four. . . . WSU defense has come up with at least one interception in each of its last 10 games and with 14 picks on the season trails only Cal in that category. . . . Cougar defense also has piled up a league-high 34 QB sacks. . . . QB Alex Brink has eight TD passes the last four games, almost half his season total of 17.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Home teams are 20-16 in Conference play this year.

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. 11:

Games utilizing instant replay: 54
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 79
Number of reversals: 31
Number of coaches challenges: 7
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 3
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:09
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 216

A LOOK AHEAD: The remaining regular-season schedule after this week's action:

Fri., Nov. 24
Oregon at Oregon State, 12:30 PT (FSN)

Sat., Nov. 25
Arizona State at Arizona, 4:00 MT (FSN)
Notre Dame at USC, 5:00 PT (ABC)

Sat., Dec. 2
Stanford at California, 12:00 PT (FSN)
USC at UCLA, 1:30 PT (ABC)
Oregon State at Hawai'i, 6:00 HT/8:00 PT (ESPN2)

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