This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 20, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Longest overall winning streak: 3 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 3 games - Oregon State and USC
Longest home winning streak: 6 games - Arizona, 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: In 48 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 35 times, the visitors 13 times (.729). In 20 Conference games, the home team stands at 14-6 (.700).
ARIZONA: Wildcats have won six in a row at home. . . . True freshman RB Keola Antolin named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for piling up 237 all-purpose yards in Arizona's 42-27 win against No. 25 California. Antolin rushed for 149 yards and three TDs in the win. . . . Wildcat defense limited Cal, which entered game averaging 39.4 points per game, to just a field goal in the second half. . . . Arizona did not have a single penalty called against it in Cal game. That, of course, ties the Pac-10 record for fewest penalties and fewest yards penalized in a game. Since 1959, eight teams have gone penalty-free in a game, most recently UCLA vs. Alabama in 2001. . . . In Cal game, QB Willie Tuitama added two significant records to his collection. Tuitama became the Arizona career leader in both passing yards (7,814) and total offense (7,365). He further extended his UA career records for completions (628) and TD passes (59). . . . Arizona currently ranks sixth in the nation in passing yards allowed (151.6) and fifth in pass efficiency defense (93.96).
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 in last game 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). . . . Despite a tender ankle, Carpenter has started 37 straight games. . . . 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: TB Jahvid Best returned in Arizona game after missing the previous contest with an elbow injury. He looked in good form with 107 yards and a TD rushing, plus four receptions. Best leads the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards at 200.4 yards per game and ranks second in rushing at 105.6 per contest. . . . Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin (+6) in large part due to leading the league in interceptions with 11 picks. Cal had 10 interceptions all last year. CB Syd'Quan Thompson leads the way with three. . . . Also contributing to that turnover margin stat is the fact Bears have lost just three fumbles in six games. . . . Cal defense has posted seven QB sacks over the last two games to move up to third place in the Pac-10 in that department (17 total). OLB Zack Follett is the Cal individual leader with four.
OREGON: Ducks lead the Pac-10 in quarterback sacks per game with 3.6 per contest. 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 in last game. 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 77 yards a game better than runnerup USC (197.5). Oregon's 25 rushing touchdown total tops Arizona's next-best total of 17. The Ducks have topped the 300-yard rushing mark in four games this season. . . . TB LeGarrette Blount leads the league in rushing TDs with 10. . . . On the other side of the ball, Ducks have given up only seven rushing TDs in seven games.
OREGON STATE: Beavers have won four of last five games to get above .500 on the season. . . . S Greg Laybourn earned second Pac-10 defensive player of the week award for his 12-tackle (10 solo) performance in OSU's win at Washington last week. . . . In win at Washington, FL James Rodgers had three long-distance touchdowns, scoring on runs of 52 and 55 yards and adding a TD reception of 33 yards. . . . Brother TB Jacquizz Rodgers, a freshman, continues to lead the Pac-10 in rushing at 116.0 yards per game. No freshman has ever led the Pac-10 in rushing. . . . OSU has rushed for 553 yards over the last two games. . . . Beavers have rushed the ball 265 times in seven games and have lost just two fumbles all year. . . . OSU is averaging 433.4 yards of total offense per game, more than 60 yards per game better than last year (371.6).
STANFORD: Cardinal has a four-game home winning streak dating to last year. It marks Stanford's longest home winning streak since a four-gamer spanning the 2001-02 seasons. . . . Stanford total of 26 QB sacks is tops in the Pac-10. Cardinal defense had seven sacks at UCLA last week. . . . Stanford has moved up to third in the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 192.4 yards per game. Cardinal has rushed for 536 yards in the last two games vs. Arizona and UCLA with RB Toby Gerhart getting 254 yards in topping the 100-yard mark in each game. Gerhart is averaging 97.4 yards per game, which ranks him third in the Pac-10 in rushing and has him on pace to become Stanford's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tommy Vardell with a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. . . . Stanford leads the Pac-10 in red zone offense, scoring on 22 of 24 trips (91.7%) into the red zone.
UCLA: PK Kai Forbath named Pac-10 special teams player of the week for scoring 11 of Bruins' 23 points in 23-20 win against Stanford. Forbath was good on all three of his field goal attempts. . . . Terrence Austin is the only player in the league to rank in the top five in both kickoff and punt returns. He is second in the Conference in kickoff returns (24.0) and fifth in punt returns (8.8). He also is tied for fifth in receptions with 5.1 catches per game. . . . Last two opponents have combined for only 93 yards passing vs. the Bruins (Oregon 42, Stanford 51). . . . QB Kevin Craft passed for a career-high 288 yards vs. Oregon two weeks ago and followed up with a 285-yard effort vs. Stanford last week. . . . P Aaron Perez has seen 13 of his 45 punts go for at least 50 yards. That's the most 50+-yarders of any punter in the league.
USC: Trojans have pitched back-to-back shutouts (Arizona State and Washington State) for the first time since 1971. . . . SC defense has a streak of 10 consecutive quarters without giving up any points and 11 straight quarters without giving up a touchdown. . . . So it comes as no surprise that the Trojans lead the Pac-10 in every major defensive category. . . . Dating to the second quarter of the Oregon game, Trojans have scored 138 unanswered points. . . . QB Mark Sanchez threw five TD passes, all in the first half, in win at Washington State. That ties the USC single-game record for touchdown passes. . . . Sanchez has at least three touchdown passes in five of the Trojans' six games this year. . . . Trojans never allowed WSU to cross the 50-yard line. . . . In game at WSU, PK David Buehler had nine touchbacks on his 11 kickoffs. On the year, 26 of Buehler's 44 kickoffs have been touchbacks.
WASHINGTON: Huskies had three balls intercepted by Oregon State last week, but UW pick total for the season is just four in six games. . . . Huskies continue to lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversions at 49.5% (45 of 91). Among Pac-10 teams, only Washington and USC (48.1%) convert third downs at better than 45% clip. . . . Only Arizona (24), which was not whistled for a single penalty last week against California, has been flagged fewer times than the Huskies. UW has been penalized just 26 times in six games for an average of only 32.5 yards per game. . . . True freshman Terrance Dailey, playing in just his second career game, led the Huskies in rushing against Oregon State last week with 102 yards and a touchdown (6.4-yard average). . . . Soph WR D'Andre Goodwin, who had just six receptions last year, ranks third in the Pac-10 in receptions (5.3 per game) and second in receiving yardage (75.2).
WASHINGTON STATE: Shutout loss to USC ended the Cougars streak of scoring in a game at 280. It was the second-longest active streak and fourth-longest all time. WSU was last blanked in 1984 at Ohio State prior to the Trojans. . . . Cougs have started six different offensive lines in eight games. Only C Kenny Alfred and OT Micah Hannam have started all eight games this year. . . . With five solo tackles against USC, MLB Greg Trent moved into 10th place on the WSU career tackles list with a total of 286. . . . WR Brandon Gibson has caught a pass in 31 consecutive games. That ties him with Arizona WR Mike Thomas for longest current such streak in the Pac-10. . . . QB Kevin Lopina returned from injury to start vs. USC. . . . Leading rusher TB Dwight Tardy has missed the last two games with a leg injury.
COACH TO CURE MD: During this week's games, many coaches around the country will be wearing a Coach to Cure MD armband during their games. The coaches are supporting an initiative of the American Football Coaches Association to show its support for the fight against muscular dystrophy. Washington coach Tyrone Willingham is the current president of the AFCA.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 1:
Oregon at California, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
Washington State at Stanford, 2:00 PDT
Washington at USC, 3:30 PDT
Arizona State at Oregon State, 7:15 PDT/MST (FSN)
Arizona and UCLA - open dates