This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 29, 2007
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL: The calendar turns to November and the critical stretch run of the Pac-10 season rolls on with five Conference games on the docket this week. Pac-10 games find ARIZONA STATE at OREGON in a critical game with title implications, UCLA at ARIZONA, WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA, OREGON STATE at USC and WASHINGTON at STANFORD. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 3 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by theUSA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll and the BCS rankings):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year35/-/32/- UCLA (5-3) Arizona Stadium (57,400) 12:30 MST UCLA leads 19-10-2-/-/-/- Arizona (3-6) Tucson, AZ ABC UCLA 27-7
-/-/-/- Washington (2-6) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 3:30 PDT UW leads 39-34-4-/-/-/- Stanford (3-5) Stanford, CA FSNBA&NW Stanford 20-3
6/6/6/4 Arizona State (8-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 3:45 PDT ASU leads 16-114/4/5/5 Oregon (7-1) Eugene, OR FSN,ESPN&OSN Oregon 48-13
-/t40/t38/- Oregon State (5-3) Memorial Coliseum (92,000) 5:00 PDT USC leads 57-9-413/15/13/19 USC (6-2) Los Angeles, CA ABC Oregon State 33-31
-/-/-/- Washington St. (3-5) Memorial Stadium (72,516) 7:00 PDT Cal leads 38-25-527/27/26/- California (5-3) Berkeley, CA FSN California 21-3
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 3:
UCLA (5-3) at ARIZONA (3-6) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA andArizona have met 31 times with the Bruins leading the series 19-10-2. The teams have split 16previous games at Tucson 8-8. The Bruins have won four of the last five overall, as well as four of thelast five played at Arizona Stadium, although the Wildcats won the last Tucson match in 2005 (52-14).. . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona met at the Rose Bowl with the Bruins taking a 27-7 decision. Bothstarting quarterbacks went out with injuries in the first half, with UCLA's Ben Olson suffering a kneeinjury and UA's Willie Tuitama leaving with a concussion. Bruin backup QB Pat Cowan tossed a pair ofTD passes and freshman CB Alterraun Verner returned an interception 89 yards for a TD to key theUCLA win. The defenses played major roles as neither team could muster 300 yards total offense andthe Wildcats were held to negative rushing yardage (-13).
WASHINGTON (2-6) at STANFORD (3-5) - 3:30 PDT - FSNBA & FSNNW local cablecasts - TheSeries: Washington and Stanford have met 77 times dating to 1893 with the Huskies holding a slim 39-34-4 series lead. Stanford has won the last two games, snapping a six-game UW winning streak in theseries. Husky coach Tyrone Willingham posted a record of 44-36-1 in seven seasons (1995-2001) as headcoach at Stanford and led the Cardinal to four bowl berths, including the Rose Bowl following the 1999season. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Washington met on a cold day late in the year at Seattle and theCardinal got its only win of the season with a 20-3 victory. It was Stanford's first win at HuskyStadium since 1975. This was a defensive contest that was decided by a couple of big plays by Stanfordin the second half. Cardinal FS Bo McNally picked off a pass and returned it 49 yards for a TD and QBT.C. Ostrander combined with WR Richard Sherman with a 74-yard pass and run for the games onlyother TD. The defenses ruled the stats sheet as the teams combined for 19 first downs and 387 yardstotal offense. Stanford limited UW to 12 first downs and 161 yards total offense (39 rushing, 122passing) and forced five turnovers, including two picks by McNally. UW was just about as good inlimiting Stanford to seven first downs and 226 yards total offense (20 rushing, 206 passing). Shermanwas the exception to all the defensive good work as he had six receptions for a career-high 177 yardsand the games only offensive TD.
ARIZONA STATE (8-0) at OREGON (7-1) - 3:45 PDT/MST - FSNAZ, FSNPT, ESPN & Oregon SportsNetwork cablecasts - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 27 times with the Sun Devilsleading the series 16-11. ASU holds an 8-6 edge in 14 games played at Autzen Stadium. This seriesseems to go in streaks and home field has not meant much. Oregon has won the last two games overall,both at Tempe, but Arizona State has won the last two at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Oregon and ArizonaState met early in the year at Tempe and the 14th-ranked Ducks ran their record to 4-0 with a 48-13win. It was a complete performance by the Ducks on both sides of the ball. On offense, the playmakersmade plays. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon passed for three TDs, TB Jonathan Stewart ran for 142 yards andWR Jaison Williams caught 10 passes for 137 yards and two TDs. The Ducks piled up 28 first downs and574 yards total offense (315 rushing, 259 passing). The Oregon defense held ASU without an offensivetouchdown, allowed just nine first downs and 175 yards total offense, including just 33 yards passing,and registered six QB sacks. ASU's only TD came on a 100-yard kickoff return by Terry Richardson.
WASHINGTON STATE (2-5) at CALIFORNIA (5-3) - 7:00 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series:California and Washington State have met 68 times dating to 1919 with the Golden Bears leading theseries 38-25-5. Cal has won the last two, which snapped a four-game WSU win streak in the series.The teams have split the last six games played at Berkeley. . . . Last Year: California and WashingtonState met at Pullman and the No. 10-ranked Golden Bears stayed hot in winning their sixth straightgame, 21-3, with all the points coming in the first half. It was Cal's first win in Pullman since 1979, astring of 10 games. Although the stats were almost even (total offense--Cal 353, WSU 350), the Bearslimited the Cougs to 14 first downs and 0-for-11 on third-down conversions. The Cal offensive lineallowed just one QB sack by the WSU defense that entered the game leading the nation in thatcategory. WR Brandon Gibson was a bright spot for the Cougars with a career-high eight receptions for130 yards.
OREGON STATE (5-3) at USC (6-2) - 5:00 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met70 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans dominating the series 57-9-4. USC has won 30 of the last 32,although OSU's two wins in that stretch have come in the last six years, including last season's upsetvictory. The Beavers have had no luck in Los Angeles where USC has won 20 in a row against OSU.The last Beaver victory in L.A. came in 1960. Oregon State coach Mike Riley served as offensivecoordinator under John Robinson at USC from 1993-96 before taking over as head coach at OSU the firsttime in 1997. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and undefeated (6-0) USC met at Corvallis and the Beaversheld off a late Trojan rally to upset No. 3-ranked USC 33-31, snapping the Trojans' 27-game Pac-10winning streak. OSU PK Alexis Serna's fourth field goal of the game had given the Beavers a 33-10lead late in the third quarter, but SC came storming back. Trojan QB John David Booty threw threelate touchdown passes to draw USC to 33-31, but Beaver DE Jeff Van Orsow batted down Booty's two-pointconversion attempt with seven seconds left to preserve the win. The 33 points by the Beavers weretheir most against the Trojans since getting 38 in the initial game of the series in 1914. USC outgainedOSU 492-351 as Booty passed for 406 yards and the three TDs, but the Trojans were done in by fourturnovers, their most since 2003. TB Clinton Polk, filling in for injured All-Pac-10 TB Yvenson Bernard,rushed for an even 100 yards for the Beavs.