This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 27, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Longest overall winning streak: 4 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 4 games - USC
Longest home winning streak: 6 games - Oregon State and USC
Longest road winning streak: 3 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: In 29 non-conference games to date, the Pac-10 stands at 13-16 against non-conference foes.
HOME/ROAD: In 52 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 36 times, the visitors 16 times (.692). In 23 Conference games, the home team stands at 15-8 (.652).
ARIZONA: Wildcats fell just short of upset of USC in 17-10 loss, but the UA defense limited SC, which entered the game leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 41.5 points per game, to its lowest point total of the year (17). . . . P Keenyn Crier kept the Cats in the game vs. USC by averaging 50.3 yards on seven punts with four of the boots downed inside the 20-yard line. . . . WR Mike Thomas had six receptions vs. USC to give him the Arizona career receiving record. Thomas now has 233 career catches to take over the top spot from Bobby Wade (1999-2002). The 233 career receptions also moves Thomas into fourth place on the Pac-10 career list. . . . Arizona has scored in 25 of 32 quarters this season. . . . Wildcats are the least penalized team in the Pac-10. Arizona has been flagged just 25 times in eight games for an average of just 25.9 yards per contest. Cats have been penalized just one time in the last two games.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devil defense has forced eight turnovers (four fumbles, four interceptions) over the last two games after having only four the first five games of the season. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter, who has started 38 straight games, continues to make inroads on the Pac-10 career charts. He currently ranks 10th in career passing yards (9,618), ninth in total offense (9,383) and seventh in career touchdown passes (74). . . . Carpenter currently ranks third in the Pac-10 in both passing at 231.4 yards per game and total offense (223.1). . . . OLB Mike Nixon is third in the Pac-10 in tackles at 7.6 stops per game.
CALIFORNIA: Cal has won 26 of its last 30 home games, including all four this season. . . . ILB Mike Mohamed, who comes off the bench but sees plenty of playing time for the Bears, earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors for his role in Cal's 41-20 win against UCLA. Cal defense intercepted the Bruins four times, returning two of the picks for touchdowns, including one by Mohamed. . . . For the first time all season, the Bears did not commit a turnover vs. UCLA and Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +10. That figure is aided greatly by a league-leading 15 interceptions in seven games, five more picks than the Bears got all last season. . . . Despite a brace to protect an injured elbow, TB Jahvid Best uncorked his second consecutive 100-yard rushing game (115) against the Bruins. Best ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 107.2 yards per game and joins OSU TB Jacquizz Rodgers (116.0) as the only two backs in the league averaging better than 100 yards per game.
OREGON: Ducks hit the road for a key game at California riding a three-game road winning streak. . . . QB Jeremiah Masoli and PK Matt Evensen picked up Pac-10 player of the week honors for roles in UO 54-20 win at ASU. Among other items, Evensen connected on a career-long 52-yard field goal. . . . Ducks were forced to punt only two times in game at ASU. . . . 54 points at ASU marked the fourth game this year the Ducks have surpassed 40 points in a game and the third time over 50. . . . The Ducks lead the Pac-10 in rushing by a large margin at 278.8 yards per game. Tailbacks LeGarrette Blount and Jeremiah Johnson have combined for 188 rushes for 1,223 yards (6.5-yard average) and 21 TDs. . . . QB Justin Roper is back and available after being on the shelf with an injury. He got some action at ASU and completed all four of his pass attempts for 88 yards and a TD.
OREGON STATE: Beavers have won four of last five games to get above .500 on the season. OSU also has a six-game home winning streak going at Reser Stadium. . . . 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 in last outing. . . . 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 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 second in the Pac-10. Cardinal defense had seven sacks at UCLA in last game. . . . Stanford has moved up to second (behind Oregon) 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 is tied with Arizona for the lead in the Pac-10 in red zone offense, scoring on 22 of 24 trips (91.7%) into the red zone.
UCLA: Over last three games, UCLA defense has allowed just 12 of 50 (24.0%) on third-down conversion attempts. During that same span, Bruins have converted 45.2% of their third-down opportunities. . . . UCLA is third in the Pac-10 in pass defense at 172.6 yards per game allowed. Opponents have completed just 21 of 54 pass attempts over the last three games (38.9%). . . . Bruins look forward to returning to the Rose Bowl for game vs. Oregon State next week. UCLA has won 19 of its last 24 games at the Rose Bowl. . . . A bright spot for the Bruins is WR/KR Terrence Austin, who ranks second in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards at 172.9 yards per game. He leads the league in kickoff returns at 25.1 yards per return. . . . Another strong performer for the Bruins has been P Aaron Perez, who averages 44.4 yards per boot. He has a league-high 16 punts of at least 50 yards and 15 of his 51 kicks have been downed inside the 20-yard line.
USC: Trojans have no more regular season trips outside the state of California this year and just one more airplane trip with three home games remaining and road games at UCLA and Stanford. . . . USC has won 23 consecutive November games. . . . In 17-10 road win at Arizona, Trojans limited Wildcat squad which entered the game averaging 40.4 points per contest to a season-low 10 points and just 188 yards total offense (100 rushing, 88 passing). . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in every major defensive category, including scoring defense (8.1 points per game) and total defense (215.6 yards per game). Troy's defense has allowed just seven TDs in seven games, including just two TD passes all year. . . . QB Mark Sanchez leads the Pac-10 in pass efficiency (161.0) with a TD-to-interception ratio of 20-7 a big reason why. The 20 TD passes easily leads the league. Sanchez has at least one TD passes in each of his 10 career starts.
WASHINGTON: WR D'Andre Goodwin has been a bright spot for the Huskies. He has pulled in 12 receptions for 183 yards (15.3) and a TD over the last two games. Goodwin ranks second in the Pac-10 in receptions (5.6 per game) and tied for second in receiving yards (71.1 per game). . . . Huskies have been intercepted only four times in seven games this season, tied with Arizona for fewest picks given up for the year. . . . Huskies continue to lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversions. Dawgs convert 47.6% (50-of-105) of third down opportunities. . . . UW also among the least penalized teams in the league. Huskies are second in the Pac-10 (behind Arizona) in being flagged for only 35.0 yards per game for infractions. . . . OLB Mason Foster ranks second in the Pac-10 in tackles at 8.6 stops per game.
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. Prior to Trojans, 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, second-longest current 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. . . . JC transfer Chantz Staden ranks second in the league in kickoff returns (24.8).
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 8:
Arizona at Washington State
Arizona State at Washington
California at USC
Stanford at Oregon
Oregon State at UCLA