This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 24, 2007
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: Another week of strictly Conference action with five Pac-10 games on the schedule. League play finds CALIFORNIA at OREGON in a battle of 4-0 highly-ranked teams, UCLA at OREGON STATE, USC at WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA and ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Sep. 24 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year6/6/6 California (4-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT Cal leads 37-30-211/12/10 Oregon (4-0) Eugene, OR ABC California 45-24
29/27/t28 UCLA (3-1) Reser Stadium (45,674) 3:30 PDT UCLA leads 38-13-4--/--/-- Oregon State (2-2) Corvallis, OR FSN UCLA 25-7
1/1/1 USC (3-0) Husky Stadium (72,500) 5:00 PDT USC leads 47-26-4--/--/t42 Washington (2-2) Seattle, WA ABC USC 26-20
--/--/-- Washington State (2-2) Arizona Stadium (57,400) 7:00 MST Arizona leads 21-13--/--/-- Arizona (1-3) Tucson, AZ FSNAZ/NW Arizona 27-17
23/t25/23 Arizona State (4-0) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 7:00 PDT ASU leads 14-9--/--/-- Stanford (1-2) Stanford, CA FSNAZ Arizona State 38-3
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., SEP. 29:
CALIFORNIA (4-0) at OREGON (4-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California andOregon have met 69 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 37-30-2. Cal snappeda seven-game Oregon winning streak in the series by winning two of the last three games. The Duckslead 16-12 in 28 games played in Oregon and UO has won the last seven games played at AutzenStadium. Cal's last win at Autzen was in 1987 (20-6). Five of the last seven games have been decidedby eight or fewer points. California coach Jeff Tedford served four years (1998-2001) as Oregon'soffensive coordinator before taking over the helm at Berkeley. . . . Last Year: California and Oregon,each ranked and riding four-game win streaks, met at Berkeley with the Golden Bears jumping out to a28-3 early lead and rolling to a 45-24 win. The Cal playmakers made plays. QB Nate Longshorepassed for three TDs and ran for another, WR DeSean Jackson had a touchdown reception to go with a65-yard punt return for another score, and TB Justin Forsett rushed for 163 yards and a TD as Cal endedup with 235 yards rushing. Duck QB Dennis Dixon passed for 263 yards and two TDs, but was picked offthree times by the Bears.
UCLA (3-1) at OREGON STATE (2-2) - 3:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA andOregon State have met 55 times dating to 1930 with the Bruins leading the series 38-13-4. UCLA haswon four straight and six of the last eight. The Bruins lead 15-7-1 in games played in Oregon and havewon the last two matchups at Corvallis. The Beavers' most recent win in the series came in 2000 (44-38)at the Rose Bowl and most recent home win came in 1999 (55-7).. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Oregon Statemet late in the year at the Rose Bowl with the Beavers riding a four-game winning streak and theBruins having lost four in a row. UCLA rode an opportunistic defense, four field goals by Justin Medlockand two TD passes from QB Pat Cowan to SE Marcus Everett to a 25-7 win. In what was primarily adefensive struggle (total offense 262 for UCLA, 260 for OSU), it was the Bruin defense that made thebig plays, forcing four Beaver fumbles and piling up five QB sacks.
USC (3-0) at WASHINGTON (2-2) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC andWashington have met 77 times dating to 1923 with the Trojans leading the series 47-26-4. USC has wonfive in a row and six of the last seven. The Huskies last win in the series came at Seattle in 2001 (27-24). The Trojans have been ranked in the top five in the polls entering each of the last four games. . . .Last Year: USC and Washington met at Los Angeles with the Trojans hanging on for a hard-fought 26-20 victory. SC QB John David Booty passed for 243 yards, with Trojan WR Patrick Turner pulling in acareer-high 12 receptions for 116 yards and a TD, and PK Mario Danelo booted four field goals toprovide the winning margin. Washington mounted a late drive getting down to USC's 15-yard linebefore time expired on the Huskies.
WASHINGTON STATE (2-2) at ARIZONA (1-3) - 7:00 MST/PDT - FSNAZ & FSNNW localcablecasts - The Series: Arizona and Washington State have met 34 times with the Wildcats leadingthe series by a 21-13 count. Arizona won last year to snap a four-game WSU win streak in the series. In18 games at Arizona Stadium, the Cats lead 11-7, but WSU has won the last three Tucson meetings. . . .Last Year: Arizona and Washington State met at Pullman with the Cats coming away with a 27-17upset win against the No. 25-ranked Cougars. The game started on an explosive note with UA QBWillie Tuitama, returning after being sidelined for a month with injuries, hitting WR Anthony Johnsonwith a 78-yard scoring pass on the game's third play. WSU answered with a 91-yard scoring pass fromQB Alex Brink to FL Brandon Gibson. Things then settled down and Arizona controlled the ball much ofthe way (an 11-minute time of possession edge) to grind out the win. Brink passed for 265 yards in thelosing cause.
ARIZONA STATE (4-0) at STANFORD (1-2) - 7:00 PDT/MST - FSNAZ local cablecast - The Series:Arizona State and Stanford have met 23 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 14-9. The teamshave alternated home wins over the last six meetings. In a dozen games at Tempe, ASU leads 9-3 andhas won the last three straight. Stanford's last win at Sun Devil Stadium came in 1999 (50-30). . . . LastYear: Arizona State and Stanford met at Tempe with the Sun Devils extending the Cardinal mark to 0-8 with a 38-3 victory. The ASU defense limited Stanford to just 11 first downs and 145 yards totaloffense (79 rushing, 66 passing). The Sun Devils were largely content to keep the ball on the ground inrushing for 206 yards and four TDs, but QB Rudy Carpenter was deadly accurate when he did go to theair, completing 14-of-15 passes (93.3%) for 160 yards and one TD with no interceptions.ADD ASU-STANFORD: When Arizona State made its first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl Gameon New Year's Day 1987 it defeated Big Ten champion Michigan 22-15. The starting quarterback forMichigan was Jim Harbaugh, now the head coach at Stanford. Harbaugh passed for 172 yards andrushed for a TD, but the Sun Devils picked off three of his passes on the way to a come-from-behindvictory.
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