This Week in Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: A full slate of non-conference contests this week before Pac-10 play goes into full swing the following week. Non-league play finds New Mexico at ARIZONA, San Diego State at ARIZONA STATE, Louisiana Tech at CALIFORNIA, Fresno State at OREGON, Idaho State at OREGON STATE, San Jose State at STANFORD, Ohio State at WASHINGTON, Idaho at WASHINGTON STATE, UCLA at Utah and USC at Nebraska.
Here is a look at the games of Sat., Sep. 15 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting10/10 Ohio State (2-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT Ohio State leads 7-329/29 Washington (2-0) Seattle, WA ESPN Ohio State 28-9 (2003)
11/11 UCLA (2-0) Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017) 3:00 MDT UCLA leads 8-0--/-- Utah (0-2) Salt Lake City, UT Versus UCLA 31-10 (2006)
--/-- Louisiana Tech (1-1) Memorial Stadium (72,516) 3:30 PDT La. Tech leads 1-08/8 California (2-0) Berkeley, CA Comcast La. Tech 41-34 (1997)
--/-- Idaho State (1-0) Reser Stadium (45,674) 3:30 PDT First Meeting--/-- Oregon State (1-1) Corvallis, OR FSNNW
--/-- Fresno State (1-1) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 3:30 PDT Oregon leads 5-219/21 Oregon (2-0) Eugene, OR OSN Oregon 31-24 (2006)
1/1 USC (1-0) Memorial Stadium (81,067) 7:00 CDT USC leads 2-0-114/14 Nebraska (2-0) Lincoln, NE ABC USC 28-10 (2006)
--/-- New Mexico (1-1) Arizona Stadium (57,400) 7:00 MST Arizona leads 43-18-3--/-- Arizona (1-1) Tucson, AZ FSNAZ Arizona 20-14 (1997)
--/-- San Diego State (0-1) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 7:00 MST ASU leads 9-0-135/35 Arizona State (2-0) Tempe, AZ FSNAZ ASU 39-28 (2002)
--/-- San Jose State (0-2) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 7:00 PDT Stanford leads 46-14-1--/-- Stanford (0-1) Stanford, CA FSNBA San Jose 35-34 (2006)
--/-- Idaho (1-1) Martin Stadium (35,117) 7:00 PDT WSU leads 69-17-3--/-- Washington State (1-1) Pullman, WA FSNNW WSU 56-10 (2006)
ARIZONA: QB Willie Tuitama tossed a career-high five TD passes in Wildcats' 45-24 win againstNorthern Arizona. The five TD passes were just one shy of the UA single-game record. Tuitama's fiveTD passes went to five different receivers and he had completions to 11 different receivers. . . . Tuitamais Pac-10 co-leader in TD passes with six. . . . Tuitama has received good protection with just three sacksallowed in two games. . . . All-Pac-10 CB Antoine Cason has added punt returning to his duties this yearand on just his second career punt return went 70 yards for a score vs. Northern Arizona. . . . Wildcatsrank first in Pac-10 in kickoff returns (29.7), second in punt returns (.25.5) and third in kickoff coverage(45.1).
ARIZONA STATE: Week three of four consecutive home games to start the season for the Sun Devils. . .. ASU, which gave up more than 40 points four times last season, has posted back-to-back defensivegems to start the season. Devils lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (8.5), total defense (159.5), passdefense (120.0), pass efficiency defense (64.4) and are second in rushing defense (39.5). The defensiveunit has allowed just one TD in first two games. . . . The 17 points scored against ASU this season haveall come in the first quarters of games. . . . Win against Colorado was 150th career college win for coachDennis Erickson. In his 19th collegiate season, Erickson has a career mark of 150-65-1 (.697). . . . QBRudy Carpenter passed the 5,000 career passing yards milestone in win vs. Colorado. Carpenter, ajunior, now stands at 5,262 career yards. . . . OLB Robert James has led the Devils in tackles in each ofthe first two games and leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with six.CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears have won 19 of their last 21 home games and have scored 40 or morepoints in 13 of them. . . . Following a 77-yard punt return for a TD in the opener vs. Tennessee, WRDeSean Jackson threw in a 73-yard rushing touchdown on an end-around at Colorado State. . . . WRRobert Jordan has caught a pass in 32 consecutive games. . . . Bear offensive line has allowed just one QBsack in first two games. . . . Cal QB Nate Longshore has not thrown a pick this year. Dating back to lastyear, Longshore has thrown just one interception and been sacked only twice in his last four games. . . .TB Justin Forsett, currently third in the Pac-10 in rushing at 107.5 yards per game, has a career averageof 6.3 yards per carry. . . . Bears have lost just one turnover in first two games.
OREGON: Max Unger, second-team All-Pac-10 as a sophomore last year, has made a successful shiftfrom left tackle to center this season. He has started 27 straight games on the offensive line for theDucks. . . . Coach Mike Bellotti is gunning for his 100th win as Oregon coach when the Ducks meetFresno State this week. In his 13th year at the UO helm, Bellotti has posted a mark of 99-48 (.673).Oregon is 26-1 in non-conference home games under Bellotti. . . . The Oregon offense has posted bignumbers in the first two weeks. The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense (43.5), total offense (548.5),rushing offense (335.0) and pass efficiency (191.1). . . . QB Dennis Dixon not only leads the Pac-10 in passefficiency (193.2), he ranks second in rushing at 108.5 yards per game. Dixon earned Pac-10 offensiveplayer of the week honors for leading the win at Michigan last week. . . Ducks have turned the ballover only one time in first two games and lead Pac-10 (third nationally) in turnover margin at +7.
OREGON STATE: After two Thursday evening games to start the season, the Beavers finally play aSaturday game this week. . . . All-America WR/PR Sammie Stroughter made his 2007 debut last week.. . . Despite setback last week, OSU has won nine of last 11 games. . . . Beaver defense has been sturdyallowing just 212.5 yards per game, including a mere 24.0 yards per game rushing, tops in the Pac-10 andthird-best in the nation. Opponents are averaging less than a yard per carry (0.8). Part of that stemsfrom OSU recording 17 tackles for loss, including eight QB sacks in first two contests. . . . Beavers havenot allowed any fourth-quarter points this season. . . . OG Roy Schuening has started a team-high 39consecutive games. . . . PK Alexis Serna has connected on a school-record 109 consecutive PATs. Pac-10record is 139 (Jesse Ainsworth, ASU, 2003-06). . . . All-Pac-10 TB Yvenson Bernard has rushed for 24 TDsin his last 23 games.
STANFORD: The good news is the Cardinal play first four games at home, this week being game two.The bad news is first six opponents all played in bowl games last year. . . . Stanford has switched from a3-4 to a 4-3 defensive alignment under new head coach Jim Harbaugh. . . . Harbaugh's coaching stylewas on display in opener vs. UCLA as Cardinal QB T.C. Ostrander put the ball in the air 59 times for331 yards and a pair of scores with no interceptions. Stanford averaged 26 passes per game last year.Ostrander's yards, attempts and completions (27) were all career highs. It was the first 300-yardpassing day by a Stanford QB since 2005 (Trent Edwards, 303 vs. ASU). . . . Stanford's 383 yards totaloffense vs. UCLA easily surpassed the Cardinal average of 231.1 yards per game last season.
UCLA: P Aaron Perez, who leads the Pac-10 in punting at 44.8 yards per boot, had six of his eight puntsdowned inside the 20-yard line in BYU win last week. . . . UCLA win snapped BYU's 11-game winningstreak. . . . TB Kahlil Bell leads the Pac-10 in rushing by a wide margin at 137.0 yards per game.Among the rushing leaders, Bell's 7.8 yards per rush is tops in the league. . . . Bruins have lost just oneturnover in first two games. . . . UCLA has held first two opponents under 55 yards rushing and has notallowed a rushing touchdown. . . . OG Shannon Tevaga has started a team-high 33 straight games. . . .Bruins have lost just one turnover in first two games. . . . CB Trey Brown leads the Pac-10 in passesdefended with 10 and last week returned an interception 56 yards for a TD.
USC: Opening night win against Idaho extended USC's home winning streak to 34 games, an ongoingPac-10 record. . . . However, the Trojans have lost two of last three road games heading into Nebraskathis week. . . . Overall, the Trojans have won 57 of last 61 games, with the four losses coming by a totalof 12 points. . . . Pete Carroll's 66-12 mark gives him a winning percentage of .846, best among currentFBS coaches with at least five years experience. . . . Although only in his second season as the Trojanstarter, QB John David Booty is already in eighth place on the SC career completion chart with 324.Next up is Sean Salisbury at 346 completions. . . . Kristofer O'Dowd became the first true freshman toever start at center for USC when he got the nod in the opener, stepping in for injured Matt Spanos.
WASHINGTON: Win last week against No. 20-ranked Boise State snapped the Broncos' 14-gamewinning streak, longest in the nation at the time. . . . With Ohio State coming to town this week, UWgets back-to-back games against teams that played in BCS bowl games last year. . . . Huskies haveposted a Pac-10-leading nine QB sacks. DE Greyson Gunheim is the Pac-10 co-leader with 2.5 sacks. . . .Plus the defense has been sturdy against the run, allowing just 55.5 yards per game and a miserly 1.8yard per carry. . . . Huskies are off to a 2-0 start for the first time since 2001. . . . CB Roy Lewis earnedPac-10 defensive player of the week honors for his role in the victory vs. Boise State. Lewis came upbig in the fourth quarter with an interception to thwart one Boise drive and a pass breakup on a fourthand-goal from the UW 5-yard line to stop another. . . . Huskies lead the Pac-10 in third-downconversions with a 53.6% success rate.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougar offensive line has allowed just one QB sack in first two games. . . . In45-17 win against San Diego State, QB Alex Brink torched the Aztecs for 469 yards passing and five TDpasses. The 469 yards marked the third-best single-game passing performance in school history and isthe top passing performance in the Pac-10 so far this year. Brink's 38 completions is a WSU singlegamerecord, surpassing 37 completions by Drew Bledsoe vs. Montana in 1992. It was Brink's fourthcareer 400-yard passing game. . . . Brink led scoring drives on each of the Cougs' first four possessionsagainst the Aztecs. . . . MLB Greg Trent has led the Cougars in tackles in each of the first two games andranks third in the Pac-10 with 11.5 stops per game.