This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 13, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Longest overall winning streak: 2 games - California and USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 2 games - California, Oregon State, Stanford and USC
Longest home winning streak: 6 games - Oregon State and USC
Longest road winning streak: 2 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: In 28 non-conference games to date, the Pac-10 stands at 13-15 against non-conference foes.
HOME/ROAD: Home teams have gone 10-0 the last two weeks, so in 44 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 33 times, the visitors 11 times (.750). In 16 Conference games, the home team stands at 13-3 (.813).
ARIZONA: With next two games at home followed by an open date, Cats don't leave Tucson again until November. . . . TE Rob Gronkowski has five TDs in 10 receptions in the last three games. . . . Arizona leads the league in scoring at 40.2 points per game, the only Conference team scoring better than 40 per game. . . . Arizona and QB Willie Tuitama have been picked off only two times in six games. That compares with 13 TD passes thrown. . . . RB Nic Grigsby has scored at least once in every game this year. He ranks third in the Pac-10 in rushing at 102.3 yards per game and joins OSU's Jacquizz Rodgers and Cal's Jahvid Best as the only league backs averaging better than 100 yards per game. . . . Wildcats lead the league in pass defense at 124.3 yards per game and have allowed only four TD passes in six games. . . . Arizona has not turned the ball over the last two games and is Pac-10 co-leader with only seven turnovers lost all season.
ARIZONA STATE: LB Mike Nixon has picked off a pass in each of the last two games. His two interceptions is tops in the league among non-defensive backs. . . . ASU defense forced five turnovers at USC last week after gaining just four in first five games of the season. . . . With 9,472 yards passing, QB Rudy Carpenter has moved into the 10th spot on the Pac-10 career list. He also stands ninth in Pac-10 career total offense (9,256) and seventh in career touchdown passes (73). . . . Sun Devil defense has allowed just six rushing touchdowns in six games. . . . P Thomas Weber had four of his nine punts at USC downed inside the 20-yard line.
CALIFORNIA: Cal is atop the Pac-10 standings as the only team undefeated in Conference play. . . . DE Cameron Jordan and P Bryan Anger named Pac-10 defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively, after 24-14 win against Arizona State in Cal's last outing. Jordan led the defensive effort that limited ASU to 236 yards total offense, and Anger averaged 47.4 yards on seven punts, with three kicks downed inside the ASU 10-yard line. . . . It marked second week in a row Cal had picked up special teams honors following Syd'Quan Thompson's award for punt return performance the previous week. . . . Nate Longshore regained the starting quarterback job vs. Arizona State and responded with three touchdown passes. . . . TB Jahvid Best, the nation's leader in all-purpose yards (215.5 yards per game), missed the ASU game with a dislocated elbow, but the Bears hope to have him back for Arizona. . . . Cal's defense has picked off 10 passes through five games, which equals the team total for all of last year.
OREGON: Ducks lead the Pac-10 in quarterback sacks with 25, or 3.6 per game. DEs Nick Reed (8) and Will Tukuafu (6) rank one-two, respectively, in the Conference. Reed has recorded at least one sack in six straight games. . . . QB Jeremiah Masoli rushed for 170 yards and a TD in win vs. UCLA. That was just three yards shy of Oregon single-game rushing record for a QB. . . . With 162 career receptions, WR Jaison Williams is closing in on the Oregon career record of 178 by Samie Parker (2000-03). . . . Oregon has scored 30 or more points in 15 of last 20 games dating to last year. The Ducks are 13-2 in those 15 games. . . . Ducks lead the league in rushing at 275.1 yards per game. That is 91 yards a game better than runnerup Stanford (184.1). Oregon's 25 rushing touchdown total tops Arizona's next-best total of 14. . . . On the other side of the ball, Ducks have given up only seven rushing TDs in seven games.
OREGON STATE: DE Norris Slade has two QB sacks in each of the last two games and has moved into fourth place in the Pac-10 with 4.5 overall. . . . 66 points against WSU are the most for the Beavers in a game since getting 67 against Northern Illinois in 1996 and most ever by the Beavs against a current Pac-10 member. . . . Win against WSU was 50th win at OSU for coach Mike Riley. He is one win shy of tying Dee Andros (1965-75) for third-most wins in OSU history. . . . Beavers got 21 first-quarter points against WSU after getting only 17 total opening quarter points in first five games. Game marked third in a row in which OSU scored on its opening drive. . . . Rushing game total of 323 vs. WSU was best of the season for Beavers. . . . WR Sammie Stroughter had six receptions for 116 yards and a TD vs. WSU. It upped his career receiving yards total to 2,058, making him the fifth OSU player to top the 2,000-yard mark. . . . True freshman Jacquizz Rodgers leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 119.7 yards per game.
STANFORD: Cardinal have won theree of last four. A win this week would give Stanford its best eight-game start since 2001, which also is the last year the Card appeared in a bowl game. . . . Stanford rushed for a season-high 286 yards in win vs. Arizona with RBs Toby Gerhart (116) and Anthony Kimble (110) each topping the 100-yard mark. First time since 2001 Cardinal has had two backs over 100 yards. . . . Gerhart has four 100-yard rushing games this season, the first Stanford back to do that since 2001 (Brian Allen). The last Card back to have more 100-yard rushing games in a season was 'Touchdown' Tommy Vardell, with seven in 1991. Vardell's 1991 season is the last time Stanford has had a 1,000-yard rusher and his 1,084 yards that season still stands as the Stanford single-game record. . . . Stanford is averaging 184.1 yards per game on the ground, a better than 70 yards per game improvement over last year's figure of 111.2. . . . Card ranks second in the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 19. . . . Stanford has top red zone efficiency percentage in the Pac-10 in converting 19-of-21 trips (.905).
UCLA: P Aaron Perez ranks second in the Pac-10 in punting with a 43.8-yard average with 13 of his 40 boots going for 50+ yards. . . . UCLA has given up only 193 yards passing over last two games. . . . TE Ryan Moya has been a solid replacement for injured TE Logan Paulsen with six receptions in each of last two games. . . . After posting just four quarterback sacks in first four games, Bruins have seven in the last two contests. DE Korey Bosworth leads the team with 3.5. . . . Bruins have limited last two opponents to just 4-of-27 (14.8%) on third-down conversions. . . . UCLA has lost just one turnover in last two games after coughing up 10 in first four contests. . . . SS Bret Lockett is Pac-10 co-leader in tackles at 8.4 stops per game.
USC: TB Joe McKnight rushed for a career-best 143 yards on just 11 carries in win vs. Arizona State. That's an average of 13.0 yards per carry. He picked up 118 of the yards on just four carries. . . . In the ASU game, DT Fili Moala picked up Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors for blocking two field goal attempts in the third quarter. That ties the NCAA record for most blocked field goals in a quarter. . . . USC defense has limited last two opponents--Oregon (239) and Arizona State (229)--to a combined 468 yards total offense. The Trojans lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (9.4, only team giving up less than double digits), total defense (241.0), rushing defense (82.8) and pass defense efficiency (92.7). . . . After sitting out a game with a sprained knee, MLB Rey Maualuga was back against ASU and led the Trojans with eight tackles. . . . Win against Arizona State was USC's 400th victory at the Los Angeles Coliseum. The Trojans are 400-123-27 (.727) in the Coliseum since it opened in 1923. . . . Even with just one TD pass vs. ASU, QB Mark Sanchez leads the Pac-10 in TD throws with 14.
WASHINGTON: After getting an open date last week, Huskies get back at it with four of the next five games at home, starting with Oregon State this week. . . . Although struggling in many aspects, the Husky offense continues to convert third-down opportunities at a remarkable rate. UW leads the league at 53.2% on third-down attempts, the only Pac-10 team above 50%. . . . It took five games, but Washington finally had its first pass intercepted at Arizona in last outing. But just one pick on the season is still best mark in Pac-10. . . . Redshirt freshman Ronnie Fouch got his first career start at Arizona. He is filling in for injured starter Jake Locker. . . . Fouch's 62-yard pass play to WR Jermaine Kearse at Arizona is the Huskies' longest gain of the season. . . . DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim got three QB sacks for minus-22 yards in game at Arizona. They marked the first sacks for UW this season. . . . OLB Mason Foster is Pac-10 co-leader in tackles with 8.4 stops per game.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have used five different starting offensive lines in seven games. . . . WSU picked off four passes at Oregon State last week. FS Xavier Hicks had a pair of interceptions and frosh OLB Louis Bland brought one back 16 yards for a TD. . . . All-Pac-10 WR Brandon Gibson has caught at least one pass in 30 straight games, tied with Arizona WR Mike Thomas for longest such current streak in the Pac-10. . . . WSU has scored in 280 consecutive games, second-longest active streak in the nation (Michigan 294) and fourth-longest of all time. Cougs have not been held scoreless in a game since 1984 (Ohio State). WSU also has scored in 258 consecutive Conference games, longest current such streak. . . . DEs Andy Mattingly (11) and Kevin Kooyman (7) combined for 18 tackles last week at OSU.