This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 19, 2007
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL:
Three Conference games, highlighted by a prime timeThanksgiving contest, plus one non-league game make up this week's schedule. USC and ARIZONASTATE kick things off with a Thanksgiving evening game at Tempe. Then on Saturday it's OREGON atUCLA and WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON in the Apple Cup, plus Notre Dame atSTANFORD in a non-conference tilt. Here is a look at this week's schedule (ranking is the AP mediaPoll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Harris Interactive Poll and the BCS rankings):
Thu., Nov. 22Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year11/12/12/11 USC (8-2) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 6:00 MST USC leads 14-97/6/6/6 Arizona State (9-1) Tempe, AZ ESPN USC 28-21
Sat., Nov. 24Ranking Games Site Time/TV Series/Last Year9/10/10/9 Oregon (8-2) Rose Bowl (91,500) 12:30 PST UCLA leads 38-22-/-/-/- UCLA (5-5) Pasadena, CA ABC Oregon 30-20
-/-/-/- Notre Dame (2-9) Stanford Stadium (50,000) 12:30 PST Notre Dame leads 15-8-/-/-/- Stanford (3-7) Stanford, CA ESPN2 Notre Dame 31-10
-/-/-/- Washington State (4-7) Husky Stadium (72,500) 4:00 PST UW leads 64-29-6-/-/-/- Washington (4-7) Seattle, WA FSN Washington 35-32
-/-/-/- Arizona (5-6) - open date - next game Dec. 1 at Arizona State
t32/-/t36/- California (6-5) - open date - next game Dec. 1 at Stanford
34/t39/t36/- Oregon State (7-4) - open date - next game Dec. 1 at Oregon
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAME OF THU., NOV. 22:
USC (8-2) at ARIZONA STATE (9-1) - 6:00 MST/5:00 PST - ESPN national cablecast - The Series: USCand Arizona State have met 23 times with the Trojans leading the series 14-9 by virtue of winning thelast seven games. In a dozen games played at Tempe, SC leads 7-5, including the last three. The lastSun Devil victory in the series came in 1999 at Los Angeles (26-16) and the last ASU victory at homewas in 1997 (35-7). The teams have both been ranked in the Top 15 in the polls in three of the last fourgames, including this one. . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona State met in Los Angeles and the No. 3ranked-Trojans ran their record to 6-0 with a 28-21 victory. USC scored on three of its first fourpossessions and it looked like it was going to be an easy day for the Trojans as they bolted out to a 21-0lead. But the Sun Devils mounted a comeback and had pulled even at 21-21 entering the fourth quarter.SC TB Chauncey Washington, who rushed for 108 yards, scored from two yards out with 4:29 to play togive the Trojans the win. The defenses were the show as USC outgained ASU by 307-245.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 24:
OREGON (8-2) at UCLA (5-5) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon havemet 60 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 38-22. However, the Ducks have wonfive of the last six. In 11 previous Oregon-UCLA games played at the Rose Bowl, the Ducks lead 6-5and have won the last three. . . . Last Year: Both teams were 4-1 when Oregon and UCLA met at Eugeneand it was the Ducks that got to 5-1 with a 30-20 win over the Bruins. Oregon jumped out to a 20-3 firstquarterlead behind a pair of Dennis Dixon TD passes, but it was the Duck ground game and defense thatdominated the game. Oregon rushed for 256 yards with TD Jonathan Stewart leading the way with 121yards. The Duck defense limited the Bruins to 216 yards total offense.
NOTRE DAME (2-9) at STANFORD (3-7) - 12:30 PST - ESPN2 national cablecast - The Series: Stanfordand Notre Dame have met 23 times dating to the 1925 Rose Bowl Game with the Irish leading theseries 15-8. Notre Dame leads 5-4 in nine games played at Palo Alto. Notre Dame has won five in arow, including the last two at Stanford with the last Cardinal win in the series coming in 2001 atStanford Stadium (17-13). . . . In that first meeting in the 1925 Rose Bowl Game (1924 season), it wasKnute Rockne and the Four Horsemen vs. Pop Warner and Ernie Nevers. Notre Dame won 27-10 to winits first-ever national championship. . . . Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh was 1-1 vs. Notre Dame asstarting QB for Michigan in 1985 and 1986. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Notre Dame met in South Bendwith the No. 12-ranked Irish prevailing 31-10 to keep the Cardinal winless at 0-6. Notre Damemethodically outgained Stanford 436-226, including 204-72 rushing. Stanford's only TD came on a 57-yard halfback pass by Anthony Kimble.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-7) at WASHINGTON (4-7) - THE 100th APPLE CUP - 4:00 PST - FSNnational cablecast - The series: 100th renewal of the Apple Cup, which began in 1900. Washingtonleads the long series 64-29-6. The Huskies have won seven of the last nine, but the teams have split thelast four. UW has won three of the last four at Husky Stadium, but WSU took the last Seattle meeting(26-22) in 2005. The last three games have been decided by a total of 10 points and the last five by atotal of 21, including a triple-overtime game. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met atPullman and the Huskies snapped a six-game losing streak and knocked the Cougars out of a bowl berthwith a 35-32 win. Washington capitalized on big plays scoring three TDs on plays of 60+ yards alongwith LB Chris Stevens scoring on a blocked punt. UW TB Louis Rankin rushed for a game-high 188yards and two TDs, including a 77-yard fourth-quarter TD run that proved to be the winning score.Husky QB Carl Bonnell passed for 271 yards and two TDs of 64 and 69 yards, and WR Marcel Reece hadthree receptions for 107 yards and a TD. Washington State actually outgained Washington as QB AlexBrink completed 32-of-54 for 328 yards and two TDs. Cougar RB Dwight Tardy rushed for 105 yards anda score and WR Brandon Gibson had 8 receptions for 129 yards and a TD.
ARIZONA: Wildcats' win over No. 2-ranked Oregon was the highest-ranked visitor to go down atArizona Stadium since the Cats knocked off No. 1 Washington in 1992. . . . Cats' modest three-game winstreak is the longest current win streak among Pac-10 teams. . . . Arizona is averaging 38.7 points pergame during three-game win streak. . . . Over that three-game span, QB Willie Tuitama has passed for1,117 yards (372.3 yards per game) with 10 TDs and just two interceptions. With 266 yards passing vs.Oregon, Tuitama upped his season total to 3,411 yards, establishing a new Arizona single-seasonpassing record. With 499 career completions, the junior QB has vaulted into second place on UA's careercompletions chart behind Tom Tunnicliffe (574). . . . WR Mike Thomas pulled in two TD receptions vs.Oregon to give him 11 for the season, tying the UA season mark now shared with 'T' Bell (1974). . . .Pac-10 tackle leader OLB Spencer Larsen posted a game-high 16 stops, 12 solo, against Oregon.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils close out the regular season with home games against USC and rivalArizona. Two wins would give ASU the Pac-10 title. . . . PK Thomas Weber booted a career-long 53-yard field goal in win at UCLA. It was the third-longest field goal in ASU history. Weber hasconnected on 19-of-20 field goal attempts this year and leads the Pac-10 in scoring at 9.4 points pergame. . . . Sun Devil defense has forced at least one turnover in 12 straight games. ASU has picked off15 passes this year and Devils lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +6. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents68-12 in the fourth quarter. Devils have shut out opponents in the fourth quarter in seven of 10 gamesthis year. . . . Rudy Carpenter is 20-8 as ASU's starting quarterback. Carpenter's current streak of 28consecutive starts trails only WSU's Alex Brink (39) among Pac-10 QBs. . . . The Sun Devils, 6-1 inConference play, have fallen behind every Pac-10 opponent this season.
CALIFORNIA: FS Thomas DeCoud has posted 28 tackles the last two games. He ranks sixth in thePac-10 at 8.6 stops per game. . . . WR Robert Jordan has extended his ongoing school-record receptionstreak to 40 straight games. . . . Workhorse TB Justin Forsett has more carries--263--than any back inthe Pac-10. He ranks second in the league in rushing at 119.1 yards per game and tops the Conference inrushing TDs with 13. Forsett has eight 100-yard rushing games this season. . . . Cal offensive line hasallowed just nine QB sacks in 11 games, best figure in the Pac-10. . . . Coach Jeff Tedford will be lookingfor his 50th career win at Cal in Big Game. . . . Cal's defense has forced a fumble in all 11 games thisseason and has recovered a fumble in nine of 11 games. Bears lead the Pac-10 with 13 recovered fumbles.OREGON: Ducks dealt a severe blow losing Heisman candidate QB Dennis Dixon for the season with aknee injury. Dixon has been named one of 15 candidates for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award.And TB Jonathan Stewart is one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award. . . . ROV PatrickChung has led the Ducks in tackles the last three games (35 total) and ranks second in the Pac-10 at 9.5stops per game. . . . DE Nick Reed leads the Pac-10 in both QB sacks (11) and tackles for loss (19.5 for 104yards in losses). . . . Oregon leads the Pac-10 in rushing offense by more than 70 yards per game overrunnerup Washington. Ducks average 268.1 yards per game and have surpassed the 300-yard rushingmark in four of 10 games.
OREGON STATE: QB Lyle Moevao is 2-0 in his first two collegiate starts in filling in for injured QBSean Canfield (shoulder). . . . With 10 points at WSU last week (one field goal, seven PATs), PK AlexisSerna upped his career point total to 372 points, which is an Oregon State career record and good forfourth place on the Pac-10 career list. Serna is 18 points away from the Pac-10 career record of 390 byUCLA's John Lee (1982-85). . . . TB Yvenson Bernard has moved into second place on the OSU careerrushing chart with 3,685 yards. That total puts him 10th on the Pac-10 career list. . . . Oregon State's 52points at WSU tied the school record for most points in a Pac-10 game. . . . With seven interceptions atWSU, Beavers now lead the Pac-10 in both interceptions (19) and total turnovers forced (31). . . .Beavers have outscored opponents by an unbelievable 113-9 in the first quarter and have not allowed afirst-quarter touchdown all year.
STANFORD: Cardinal closes the season at home with Notre Dame and the Big Game vs. Cal. . . . QBTavita Pritchard got his first 200-yard passing game with a career-high 263 aerial yards atWashington State. . . . Senior WR Mark Bradford caught a career-high 12 passes for 141 yards vs.WSU. . . . Cardinal defense has posted 24 quarterback sacks in the last six games. Stanford's seasontotal of 30 is tied for second in the Pac-10 and more than doubles last year's total of 14. . . . OLB PatMaynor posted three tackles for loss at Washington State, lifting him into second in the Conferencewith 13 stops behind the line. That is the best mark among linebackers in the league. Maynor ranksfifth in the league in overall tackles and combines with OLB Clinton Snyder (tie 8th) and FS BoMcNally (3rd) to make Stanford and California the only teams to have three players listed among thetop 10 in tackles.
UCLA: Matthew Slater ran back his third kickoff return for a touchdown this season vs. ASU. That isa UCLA single-season and career record for most touchdowns scored on kickoff returns. It also ties thePac-10 single-season mark, matching the three returned for TDs by USC's Anthony Davis in 1974. Itmarked the second straight game Slater had brought back a kickoff for a TD. . . . In addition to akickoff returned for a TD at ASU, Bruins had a 68-yard punt return to the one-yard line by TerrenceAustin to set up another TD. . . . Osaar Rasshan got his first start at QB vs. ASU and put up 222 yardstotal offense (181 passing, 41 rushing). . . . UCLA is 23-7 at the Rose Bowl since 2003. . . . Bruins are tiedfor second in Pac-10 with 30 QB sacks led by DE Bruce Davis, who ranks second in the league with 9.5sacks.
USC: TB Chauncey Washington earned Pac-10 offensive player of week honors after bulling for acareer-high 220 yards in win at California. . . . Trojans have won 64 of last 70 games. SC remainsundefeated in November (22-0) under coach Pete Carroll. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense(16.0), total defense (267.9), pass defense (175.7) and pass efficiency defense (95.8) and are second inrushing defense (92.2). Those figures land USC in the national top 10 in all of those categories. Trojansalso are tied for second in Pac-10 in QB sacks with 30. . . . Troy defense has limited last two opponents(Cal and OSU) to just 7-of-30 (23.3%) third down conversions. . . . SC has topped the 200-yard rushingmark in six of 10 games this year. . . . FS Taylor Mays had has double-digits in tackles in two of lastthree games. . . . TE Fred Davis has been named among the eight semifinalists for the John MackeyAward given to the nation's top tight end.
WASHINGTON: TB Louis Rankin had his second 200-yard rushing performance in the last threegames with 224 yards in win against Cal. That follows up a 255-yard day against Stanford on Nov. 3.He has moved up to fifth in rushing in the league at 97.9 yards per game, including 105.4 in Conferencegames. Rankin also topped the 1,000-yard mark with 1,077 yards, the first 1,000-yard rusher for UWsince Rashaan Shehee in 1997. . . . Backup TB Brandon Johnson also topped the century mark againstCal with 121 yards and the Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 195.8 yards per game. . . .Huskies remain the least penalized team in the league with an average of just 47.1 yards per game inmarkoffs.
WASHINGTON STATE: WR Brandon Gibson has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving games andleads the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game at 104.3. He is the only receiver in the league averagingbetter than 100 yards per game. Gibson also has caught at least one TD pass in nine of his last 12 games.. . . PK Romeen Abdollmohammadi has connected on his last eight field goal attempts. He also hasmade a 40-plus yard field goal in each of his last four games. . . . QB Alex Brink has moved into sixthplace on the Pac-10 career passing list with 10,514 yards. . . . OLB Cory Evans posted a career-high 13tackles vs. Oregon State, including a WSU-record 6.5 tackles for loss. . . . Cougs have lost only sevenfumbles in 11 games.