This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 3, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
Longest overall winning streak: 5 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 5 games - USC
Longest home winning streak: 7 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 56 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 40 times, the visitors 16 times (.714). In 27 Conference games, the home team stands at 19-8 (.704).
ARIZONA: Wildcats fell just short of upset of USC in 17-10 loss in last game, 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. . . . PK Jason Bondzio has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza National Collegiate Place Kicker Award.
ARIZONA STATE: Shaun DeWitty got his first career start at tailback at Oregon State and responded with 110 yards rushing on 16 carries (6.9-yard average). It was his first 100-yard rushing game and included a 54-yard run, ASU's longest play from scrimmage this year. . . . Sun Devil defense has forced nine turnovers the last three games after getting just four in the first five contests. . . . Veteran QB Rudy Carpenter continues to move up the Pac-10 career charts. The ASU starter for 39 straight games, Carpenter has moved into ninth place on the Pac-10 career passing list with 9,835 yards. He also stands ninth in career total offense (9,566) and is tied for sixth in career touchdown passes (75). . . . Return man Kyle Williams tops the Pac-10 in punt returns (15.6) and ranks third in kickoff returns (23.9).
CALIFORNIA: OLB Zack Follett named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for 11-tackle, three tackle-for-loss performance in Cal's win against Oregon. It marked the second week in a row a Bear linebacker earned defensive player of the week honors with Follett following ILB Mike Mohamed. . . . Mohamed subsequently made his first start of the season vs. Oregon and posted a game-high 14 tackles. . . . Win against Oregon raised Cal's record to 6-2, meaning the Golden Bears have posted at least six wins in all seven of coach Jeff Tedford's seasons at the helm. . . . Cal is tied for the national lead in interceptions with 17 picks (tied with North Carolina), seven more than the Bears had all of last year. That's the primary reason Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +8. Six of the picks have come in the last two games. . . . Cal limited Oregon to 16 points, joining USC as the only teams to hold the Ducks under 31 points this season.
OREGON: Ducks won't leave the state of Oregon again in the regular season with two home games and the Civil War at Corvallis remaining on the schedule. . . . Even in defeat at Cal, Oregon still rushed for 206 yards and maintains a wide lead in the Pac-10 in rushing offense. Ducks average 270.7 yards per game on the ground, more than 60 yards per game more than runnerup Stanford (209.2). Thus it is no surprise Oregon is the only team to have three players in the top 10 in the league in rushing as QB Jeremiah Masoli joins the TB duo of Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount on the list. . . . Ducks trail only USC (40.2) in scoring offense with an average of 38.7 points per game. Oregon has surpassed 40 points four times this season and has hit 50 three times. . . . WR Jaison Williams has upped his career reception total to 166 and is well within reach of the UO career receiving mark of 178 by Samie Parker (2000-03). . . . Hard-hitting FS T.J. Ward posted 10 tackles and forced two fumbles at Cal last week.
OREGON STATE: Win against Arizona State was coach Mike Riley's 52nd victory at OSU, moving him into third place of the Beavers' all-time victory list. Only Lon Stiner (74) and Tommy Prothro (63) have more wins at Oregon State. . . . TB Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for 133 yards vs. ASU and earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors. It marked Rodgers' sixth 100-yard rushing game and leaves him just 55 yards shy of becoming only the third freshman in Conference history to rush for 1,000 yards (Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1069 in 1977 and Ken Simonton, OSU, 1028 in 1998). Rodgers leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 118.1 yards per game and is seeking to become the first freshman ever to lead the Conference in rushing. . . . QB Sean Canfield got his first extended playing time of the season after an injury sent starter Lyle Moevao to the sideline in the second quarter. Canfield completed 19 of 28 passes (.679) for 218 yards and two TDs. . . . DE Victor Butler had 2.5 QB sacks vs. ASU, giving him 17.5 for his career, third-most in OSU history.
STANFORD: With 132 yards rushing (and four TDs) vs. WSU, RB Toby Gerhart upped his season rushing total to 911 yards. Averaging 101.2 yards per game, Gerhart needs just 89 more yards to become Stanford's first 1,000-yard rusher since Tommy Vardell rushed for a school-record 1,084 yards in 1991. The four rushing TDs in a game tied Stanford's single-game record and Gerhart has topped the 100-yard mark six times this year. . . . 58-0 win vs. WSU marked Stanford's first league shutout since 1974 (17-0 vs. Oregon). . . . Cardinal had no turnovers vs. WSU, their first turnover-free game since the season opener vs. Oregon State. . . . Four of Stanford's last five games have been decided by seven or fewer points. . . . Cardinal ranks second in Pac-10 in rushing offense at 209.2 yards per game. That's close to 100 yards per game more than last season's average of 111.2.
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 this 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 also ranks second in 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. . . . Freshman WR Taylor Embree seems to be coming into his own with 20 receptions in the last four games.
USC: USC defense continues to shine with three shutouts in its last four games and the lone TD yielded in those four games came on a 15-yard drive. The Trojans lead the nation in scoring defense (7.1 points per game) and total defense (211.6 yards). SC has allowed only one TD and 13 points in its four home games this year and has yielded only seven TDs in eight games overall. . . . Trojans have held each of last two opponents under 200 yards total offense. . . . QB Mark Sanchez has been named one of 13 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. . . . WR Patrick Turner leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with seven. . . . Since taking over the punt return duties, TB Stafon Johnson has averaged 12.8 yards on 17 returns. . . . In 56-0 win vs. Washington, USC scored TDs on its first six possessions. . . . Trojans have won 42 of their last 43 home games. . . . USC is 24-0 in November games under coach Pete Carroll.
WASHINGTON: Huskies and Arizona are the only teams in the league averaging fewer than five penalties per game. In eight games, UW has been flagged only 36 times for an average of 36.0 yards per contest. . . . Dawgs have lost only seven fumbles and have had only seven passes picked off in eight games. Total of 14 turnovers lost is tied for third fewest in the Pac-10. . . . Huskies rank second (behind USC) in third-down conversions at 45.8% (54 of 118). . . . Soph WR D'Andre Goodwin has been a bright spot for UW. Goodwin is tied for second in the Pac-10 in receiving (5.5 catches per game) and third in receiving yardage (66.6).
WASHINGTON STATE: Starting RB Dwight Tardy (knee) was back for limited action last week, but freshman Logwone Mitz got most of the carries at Stanford with 62 yards on 11 rushes (5.6-yard average). . . . Freshman QB J.T. Levenseller got his first live action at Stanford backing up starter Kevin Lopina. . . . All-Pac-10 WR Brandon Gibson continues to perform. With five catches for 64 yards at Stanford, Gibson extended his streak to 32 consecutive games catching a pass. That ties him with Arizona WR Mike Thomas for longest such current streak in the Pac-10. With 2,633 yards, Gibson is just 71 yards shy of the WSU career record for receiving yards of 2,704 by Jason Hill (2003-06).
MACK NAMED NATIONAL SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: All-America C Alex Mack of California has been named one of 15 2008 National Scholar-Athletes by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame. The National Scholar-Athlete program honors senior players for their combined athletic ability, academic success and civic leadership. Mack and his fellow National Scholar-Athletes each receive $18,000 postgraduate scholarships and become finalists for the Draddy Trophy, awarded to the nation's top scholar-athlete.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Nov. 15:
Arizona at Oregon
Washington State at Arizona State
California at Oregon State
USC at Stanford
UCLA at Washington