This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 5, 2007
The Pac-10 race heads into the stretch run with four leaguegames on tap this week. Conference play finds ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE, USC at CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE. ARIZONA and OREGON have open dates. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 10 (ranking is the AP media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll and the BCS rankings):
Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year9/9/9/9 Arizona State (8-1) Rose Bowl (91,500) 12:30 PST UCLA leads 15-7-1-/-/-/- UCLA (5-4) Pasadena, CA ABC UCLA 24-12
-/-/-/- Stanford (3-6) Martin Stadium (35,117) 3:30 PST Stan. leads 32-24-1-/-/-/- Washington State (3-6) Pullman, WA FSNNW/BA Washington St. 36-10
12/15/14/17 USC (7-2) Memorial Stadium (72,516) 5:00 PST USC leads 59-30-524/27/25/- California (6-3) Berkeley, CA ABC USC 23-9
-/-/-/- Washington (3-6) Reser Stadium (45,674) 7:15 PST UW leads 57-30-4-/-/-/- Oregon State (5-4) Corvallis, OR FSN Oregon State 27-17
-/-/-/- Arizona (4-6) - open date - next game Thu., Nov. 15 vs. Oregon3/3/3/3 Oregon (8-1) - open date - next game Thu., Nov. 15 at Arizona
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 10:
ARIZONA STATE (8-1) at UCLA (5-4) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series:UCLA and Arizona State have met 23 times with the Bruins leading the series 15-7-1. In 12 gamesplayed at the Rose Bowl, UCLA leads 7-4-1 and has won the last four. . . . Last Year: UCLA andArizona State met late in the year at Tempe with the Bruins prevailing 24-12 in a defensive battle.Both teams were below 275 yards in total offense, but two long TD passes from QB Pat Cowan to WRBrandon Braezell made the difference for UCLA. The Bruin defense limited the Sun Devils to fourfield goals and recorded five QB sacks.
STANFORD (3-6) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-6) - 3:30 PST - FSNNW & FSNBA local cablecasts -The Series: Stanford and Washington State have met 57 times dating to 1935 with the Cardinalleading the series 32-24-1. The teams have split the last eight meetings. In an oddity, the road teamhas won the last seven games in the series, including three consecutive wins at Pullman for Stanford. . . .Last Year: Washington State and Stanford met in the first Pac-10 game played in the new StanfordStadium and the Cougars proved to be rude guests in handling the Cardinal 36-10. WSU QB Alex Brinkpassed for two TDs and ran for a third, but it was the Cougar defense that controlled the game. TheWSU defense scored twice, first on a safety and then on a 33-yard interception return for a TD by DEMike Graise. The Coug defenders limited Stanford to 11 first downs and 195 yards total offense (28rushing, 167 passing) and posted eight QB sacks.
USC (7-2) at CALIFORNIA (6-3) - 5:00 PST - ABC or ESPN2 - The Series: USC and California havemet 94 times dating to 1915 and uninterrupted since 1926 with the Trojans leading the long series 59-30-5. USC has won five of the last six games. The lowest the Trojans have been ranked in the last fourmeetings is No. 4 (last year). . . . Last Year: USC and California met at Los Angeles in a battle of Top 20teams with a Rose Bowl berth on the line. The No. 4-ranked Trojans claimed an unprecedented fifthstraight Pac-10 title with a 23-9 victory. The teams were knotted 9-9 in a defensive struggle after threequarters before SC QB John David Booty tossed two fourth-quarter TD passes to provide Troy the win.USC's defense limited Cal's high-powered offense to its lowest point total since 2001 and held theBears to 275 yards total offense (99 rushing, 176 passing).
WASHINGTON (3-6) at OREGON STATE (5-4) - 7:15 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series:Washington and Oregon State have met 91 times dating to 1897 with the Huskies leading the oldPacific Northwest rivalry 57-30-4. In 52 games at Seattle, UW leads 32-18-2. The Beavers have turnedaround a lopsided stretch by winning the last three games after a period that saw the Dawgs win 25 of27 games from 1975-2003. Those three recent OSU wins all came at Seattle with Washington winningthe last game played at Corvallis in 2003 (38-17). . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Washington met atSeattle with the Beavers overcoming a 17-10 halftime deficit to win 27-17 and begin a stretch thatwould see OSU win eight of its final nine games. The numbers favored the Beavers as OSU went for 488yards total offense (180 rushing, 308 passing), while limiting UW to 256 yards (84 rushing, 172 passing)and posting six QB sacks. TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 144 yards and two TDs for the Beavers andWR Sammie Stroughter earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors for his seven receptions for223 yards (31.9 yards per catch) and one score.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has an excellent 21-8 (.724) mark against non-conference opponentswith just two non-conference regular season games remaining on the schedule. Included is a 3-1 recordagainst teams ranked in the Top 25.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE: Of the 60 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the hometeam has won 38 times, the visitors 22. In 31 Pac-10 games, the home team has 18 wins, the visitors 13.
CURRENT STREAKS:Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - OregonLongest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - OregonLongest home winning streak - 6 games - Arizona StateLongest road winning streak - 3 games - Oregon
ARIZONA: QB Willie Tuitama had another big game in Wildcats' 34-27 win against UCLA passingfor 341 yards and three TDs. He extended his UA single-season record for TD passes to 24 and with3,145 yards passing this year needs just 183 more to establish a new Wildcats' single-season passingyardage mark. . . . Tuitama has tossed 10 TD passes in the last two games. . . . OLB Spencer Larsen is theonly Pac-10 player averaging double digits in tackles as he has posted an even 100 stops in 10 games for10.0 per contest. He is the first Wildcat to reach the century mark in tackles in a season since currentChicago Bear LB Lance Briggs finished with 113 in 2000. Larsen has posted 51 of those tackles over thelast four games. . . . PK Jason Bondzio has made at least two field goals in eight straight games.Bondzio is a remarkable 7-for-7 from 40 to 49 yards this season.
ARIZONA STATE: Game at UCLA is final road contest for the Sun Devils before closing out at homeagainst USC and Arizona. . . . Freshman PK Thomas Weber finally missed a field goal attempt in gameat Oregon after making the first 17 of his career. He still connected on 3-of-4 attempts at Eugene,including a career-long of 50 yards and he leads the Pac-10 in kick-scoring (9.8), field goals (2.0 pergame) and field goal percentage (18-of-19, 94.7%). . . . Loss at Oregon was the first game this season inwhich ASU did not intercept a pass. Sun Devils still lead the league in picks with 14, including fourreturned for TDs. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 163-43 in the second half this season and has allowedonly four second-half touchdowns in nine games. . . . Sun Devils lead the nation in time of possession,averaging 34:30 per game.
CALIFORNIA: Final home game of the season for the Golden Bears this week against USC. Cal closesthe season on the road at Washington and Stanford. Bears have won 12 of last 13 and 22 of last 25 homegames. . . . TB Justin Forsett has rushed for 1,005 yards, giving Cal a 1,000-yard rusher for all six ofcoach Jeff Tedford's campaigns at Berkeley. Forsett has topped the 100-yard mark in six of nine gamesthis season and ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 111.7 yards per game. He leads the league intouchdowns with 12, all scored on the ground. . . . True freshman CB Chris Conte made his first careerstart vs. WSU last week and led the team with 10 tackles. . . . WR Robert Jordan has caught at least onepass in a school-record 38 straight games. Fellow WR DeSean Jackson has a catch in 25 straightcontests. . . . Cal defense has forced at least one fumble in every game this year. They have recovered aleague-high 11 fumbles on the season.
OREGON: The Ducks moved up to No. 3 in all the polls and rankings that count after knocking offsecond consecutive top 10 opponent as UO defeated USC and Arizona State in back-to-back games. . . .QB Dennis Dixon named Pac-10 co-offensive player of the week after throwing four touchdown passes inDucks' showdown win against Arizona State. Dixon has taken the honor three times this season. . . .Ducks pulled off a double as DE Nick Reed was named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for his 11tackle, five tackles for loss, 3.5 QB sacks performance vs. Sun Devils. Reed leads the Pac-10 in both QBsacks (11.0) and tackles for loss (18.5). . . . ROV Patrick Chung has led Ducks in tackles the last twogames with 13 and 15 stops. He ranks second in the league in tackles at 9.8 stops per game. . . . TBJonathan Stewart easily leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 126.9 yards per game.
OREGON STATE: Final home game of the season for OSU this week against Washington as theBeavers close the regular season with road games at Washington State and Oregon. . . . QB SeanCanfield threw 13 interceptions in the first six games, but has just one pick in last three games. . . .Beavers rank second in the nation in rushing defense at 59.6 yards per game. That leads the Pac-10 by20 yards per game over runnerup USC, the only other team in the league allowing fewer than 100 yardsrushing per game (80.2). . . . The rushing defense totals are helped by the fact OSU leads the Pac-10 inQB sacks with 35 for minus-296 yards. . . . PK Alexis Serna has moved into eighth place on the Pac-10career scoring list with 345 points. He is the active NCAA career leader in field goals with 73.
STANFORD: Trip to WSU is final road game for Cardinal, which finishes at home vs. Notre Dameand Cal. . . . Freshman Corey Gatewood, converted from cornerback to tailback just two weeks agobecause of injuries, ripped of a 43-yard run in his first collegiate carry against Washington. Hefinished the game with 63 yards on five carries (12.6). . . . Stanford defense is tied for second in the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 29, more than double the 14 it had all last year. . . . Stanford QBs T.C. Ostranderand Tavita Pritchard have been picked off only eight times in nine games. Only Oregon has beenintercepted fewer times among Pac-10 teams. . . . Cardinal is dead even in turnover margin--16 gainedand 16 lost. . . . Stanford is the least penalized team in the Pac-10 with just 45 flags in nine games.
UCLA: Bruins face No. 9-ranked Arizona State this week. UCLA has defeated the last two Top 10opponents it has faced, beating California earlier this year and USC at the end of last season. . . . MLBChristian Taylor returned to action at Arizona after missing previous game with a concussion and ledthe Bruins with 10 tackles, nine solo, one for a loss. . . . With three QB sacks at Arizona, DE Bruce Davisraised his career sack total to 26.5, most among active Pac-10 players (USC DE Lawrence Jackson is closebehind with 25.5). . . . Matthew Slater brought back a kickoff 100 yards for a TD at Arizona. Therehave been three kickoffs returned for a TD in the Pac-10 this year and Slater has two of them (Cal'sLavelle Hawkins has the other). Slater leads the league in kickoff returns at an even 30.0 yards perreturn.
USC: QB John David Booty returned in win against Oregon State after missing the previous threegames with a broken finger. He tossed two TD passes in the win. . . . Win vs. OSU raised the Trojansrecord to 21-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll. . . . OSU win also marked the 750th victoryin USC history. That is top mark in the Pac-10 and No. 10 all-time in the nation. . . . Trojans lead thePac-10 in scoring defense (15.9), total defense (253.3), pass defense (173.1) and pass efficiency defense(95.4) and are second in rushing defense (80.2). Those figures all rank in the top 10 in the nationaldefensive stats. . . . SC is outscoring opponents 54-21 in the first quarter. . . . Trojans have given up onlyfive touchdown passes in nine games.
WASHINGTON: TB Louis Rankin named Pac-10 co-offensive player of the week for rushing for 255yards in Husky win at Stanford. It was the highest rushing total in the Pac-10 this year and thefourth-highest single-game total in UW history. . . . Rankin is fifth in the Pac-10 in rushing at 88.1yards per game, one notch ahead of QB Jake Locker, who is sixth at 87.9 yards per game. Locker hasrushed for 10 TDs, a total surpassed only by Cal TB Justin Forsett. . . . Nine points allowed in 27-9 win atStanford was the fewest allowed by the Huskies in a Pac-10 game since 2000. . . . There are just threeunbeaten FBS teams remaining and two of them (Ohio State and Hawai'i) are on the UW schedule. . . .Game at Oregon State this week will be Tyrone Willingham's 150th as a head coach.
WASHINGTON STATE: With 176 career receptions, WR Michael Bumpus has tied the WSU careerreceiving record. He shares the mark with legendary Hugh Campbell (1960-62). . . . With 9,751 passingyards, QB Alex Brink is on pace to become only the eighth quarterback in Pac-10 history to pass for10,000 yards. His current yardage puts him in eighth place on the Pac-10 career chart. He also is tiedfor eighth (with former Coug Jason Gesser) in career TD passes with 70. . . . Brink has 20 TD passes thisyear, tied for second in the Pac-10. . . . Brink also leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 301.0 yards percontest. . . . Cougars have lost only three fumbles in nine games this year. . . . WR Brandon Gibson hascaught at least one TD pass in nine of his last 12 games.