This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 17, 2008
Walnut Creek, Calif. -
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 22:
WASHINGTON (0-10) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-10) - The Apple Cup - 12:00 PST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: This is the 101st edition of the Apple Cup, which dates to 1900 and is uninterrupted since 1945. Washington leads 64-30-6, but Washington State has won three of the last four, snapping a six-game Husky winning streak in the series. Washington won the last meeting at Pullman in 2006 (35-32). The last six games have been decided by eight or fewer points. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met at Seattle with the Cougars scoring last to take a see-saw 42-35 shootout in the 100th Apple Cup. WSU QB Alex Brink threw for an Apple Cup record 399 yards and five touchdowns, including the game winner to WR Brandon Gibson with 31 seconds left in the game. Gibson finished with six receptions for 137 yards (22.8) and two TDs and Cougar RB Chris Ivory rushed for 114 yards and a TD on 14 carries as Washington State piled up 509 yards total offense. Husky QB Jake Locker responded by passing for 224 yards and one TD and rushing for 103 yards and two scores, but the Cougs scored the last TD to take the game.
STANFORD (5-6) at CALIFORNIA (6-4) - The Big Game - 12:30 PST - ABC local affiliates - The Series: The Big Game is the oldest West Coast rivalry in terms of years as the teams first met in 1892. Stanford and California have met 110 times with the Cardinal leading the ancient series 55-44-11. In those 110 meetings, neither team has mounted a winning streak longer than seven games and in total points scored it's 1,780 for Cal, 1,755 for Stanford. Stanford won last year to snap a five-game California winning streak in the series. The Golden Bears have won the last three games at Berkeley, with the last Cardinal victory at Memorial Stadium coming in 2000 (36-30 in OT). . . . Last Year: Stanford and California met at Palo Alto in the 25th anniversary of 'The Play,' but there was little trickery involved as the Cardinal prevailed 20-13 in a largely defensive struggle. It snapped a five-game Cal Big Game winning streak.
OREGON STATE (7-3) at ARIZONA (6-4) - 5:00 MST/4:00 PST - Versus national cablecast - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 31 times dating to 1966 with the Wildcats leading the series 20-10-1. In 14 games played at Tucson, the Wildcats hold a commanding 11-3 advantage. However, the series has taken a swing to the Beaver side as OSU has won eight of the last nine games, including the last three games played at Arizona Stadium. The lone Arizona victory was a 29-27 win at Corvallis in 2005. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met at Corvallis with OSU taking a 31-16 decision to begin a stretch that saw the Beavers win seven of their last eight games. Oregon State did not waste any time, taking a 31-3 lead early in the second quarter and then letting the defense keep Arizona at bay. The Beaver defense limited Arizona to no offensive touchdowns, just nine yards rushing and 231 yards total offense, picked off three passes and posted eight quarterback sacks.
Longest overall winning streak: 7 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 7 games - USC
Longest home winning streak: 8 games - Oregon State and USC
Longest road winning streak: 3 games - USC
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 66 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 45 times, the visitors 21 times (.682). In 37 Conference games, the home team stands at 24-13 (.649).
ARIZONA: Wildcats close out the regular season with home games against Oregon State and Arizona State with bowl destination to be determined by the results. It will mark first bowl appearance for the Wildcats since 1998 Holiday Bowl win against Nebraska. . . . Arizona ran 98 plays at Oregon last week, most by a Pac-10 team in a game this year. . . . Freshman TB Keola Antolin tied a school record by rushing for four touchdowns at Oregon. . . . TE Rob Gronkowski also had a big day at Eugene with 12 receptions for 143 yards, both career highs. . . . All-Pac-10 WR Mike Thomas has four 100-yard receiving games this season. No other receiver in the league has more than two. Thomas and WR Brandon Gibson of WSU each have a reception in 34 straight games, longest such current streak in the Pac-10.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils take the week off before playing host to UCLA in a game that will eliminate the loser from bowl consideration. . . . Arizona State's 31-0 blanking of Washington State last week was first shutout for the Sun Devils since 19-0 win over No. 1-ranked Nebraska in 1996. . . . ASU limited WSU to just seven yards rushing last week. . . . QB Rudy Carpenter continues to climb the Pac-10 career charts. With three touchdown passes vs. WSU last week, Carpenter upped his career to 80 career touchdown passes. That's good for No. 3 on the Pac-10 career list behind only USC's Matt Leinart (99) and ASU's Andrew Walter (85). Carpenter also has moved into eighth place on the career passing chart with 10,266 yards. Carpenter has started 41 straight games, longest current streak of any quarterback in the country.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears close out the regular season with home games against Stanford and Washington. . . . TB Jahvid Best ripped off a 65-yard touchdown run at Oregon State last week, his fourth TD run of 65 yards or longer this season. Best rushed for 116 yards and added 94 yards on kickoff returns to go over 200 all-purpose yards in a game for the fourth time this season. . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +7 largely because of a league-leading 18 interceptions in 10 games. The Bears had just 10 picks all of last year. Three of the Cal interceptions have been returned for touchdowns.
OREGON: QB Jeremiah Masoli named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the second time this season after accounting for 387 yards total offense and five touchdowns in Ducks' win against Arizona last week. Masoli passed for 298 yards and two TDs and ran for 89 yards and three more scores. . . . Ducks averaged 8.8 yards per play in that game vs. Arizona (57 plays for 504 yards). . . . 55-45 win against Arizona marks fourth time this year Ducks have surpassed 50 points in a game. . . . TB LeGarrette Blount has tied the UO single-season record for rushing touchdowns with 15 (Saladin McCullough, 1996). The 15 TDs rushing leads the Pac-10. . . . All-Pac-10 DE Nick Reed has been named one of eight semifinalists for the Lott Trophy, which recognizes a defensive player for athletic performance and personal character attributes.
OREGON STATE: TB Jacquizz Rodgers has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, presented to the nation's top running back. Rodgers is the only freshman among the semifinalists. Rodgers is leading the Pac-10 in rushing at 123.3 yards per game, which is 25 yards per game more than California TB Jahvid Best (98.0), making it likely Rodgers will become the first freshman ever to lead the league in rushing. . . In win against California last week, OSU defense limited the Golden Bears to 11 first downs and 232 yards total offense, including just one yard in the fourth quarter. . . . There had not been a kickoff return for a touchdown all year in the Pac-10 until James Rodgers of OSU and C.J. Gable of USC each brought one back last week. They shared Pac-10 special teams player of the week honors as a result.
STANFORD: Cardinal is the first Pac-10 team to wrap up the regular season with Big Game at California this week. A win at Berkeley gives Stanford its first bowl berth since 2001 (Seattle Bowl). . . . RB Toby Gerhart rushed for 101 yards and a TD vs. USC last week. It marked Gerhart's seventh 100-yard rushing performance, tying him with Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers for most 100-yard rushing games this season. Rodgers and Gerhart are the first two backs over 1,000 yards rushing in the Pac-10 this season. With 1,033 yards, Gerhart needs just 52 yards to surpass 'Touchdown Tommy' Vardell's Stanford single-season rushing record of 1,084 (1991). . . . Stanford had 367 yards total offense against USC defense, most the Trojans have allowed in any game this season.
UCLA: Bruins have an open date before playing at Arizona State in a game that will eliminate the loser from bowl consideration. . . . UCLA forced a season-high five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) in win at Washington last week. . . . Bruins rank second in the Pac-10 in pass defense at 164.2 yards per game after allowing Washington just 39 yards through the air. . . . TB Kahlil Bell looked to be at full strength at Washington with a season-high 97 yards rushing and a pair of TD runs. . . . P Aaron Perez leads the Pac-10 in punting with a 44.5-yard average. He has 62 punts on the season with 21 of them traveling 50+ yards.
USC: Trojans take the week off before finishing the regular season against traditional rivals Notre Dame and UCLA. . . . USC leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (8.3), total defense (222.5), rushing defense (90.2) and pass defense efficiency (84.4). . . . As noted above, there had not been a kickoff return for a touchdown all year in the Pac-10 until C.J. Gable of USC and James Rodgers of OSU each brought one back last week. . . . Gable was one of three USC tailbacks to rush for more than 70 yards as the Trojans amassed 282 yards rushing in win at Stanford. The tailback trio of Gable, Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight combined for 36 carries for 272 yards (7.2 yards per carry) and three TDs. . . . All-Pac-10 MLB Rey Maualuga has been named one of 15 players to watch for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award.
WASHINGTON: Huskies finish out the season with road games at Washington State and California. . . . As is usually the case, Washington is one of the least penalized teams in the nation. Huskies are averaging just 4.6 flags for 37.4 yards per game this year (only Arizona has been penalized fewer times in the Pac-10). UW has never committed as many as 10 penalties in 46 games under coach Tyrone Willingham. . . . Huskies also are near the top of the Pac-10 in third-down conversion attempts, making 62-of-146 tries (42.5% success rate). . . . Washington picked off three passes against UCLA last week. That matched the Huskies' interception total for the first nine games of the season.
WASHINGTON STATE: After serving as home team in the Apple Cup, Cougars finish off the season with a road game at Hawai'i over Thanksgiving weekend. . . . WR Brandon Gibson and Mike Thomas of Arizona were the first-team All-Pac-10 wide receivers last season. They each have at least one reception in 34 straight games, longest current streak in the Pac-10. Gibson now ranks as WSU's career leader in receiving yards. . . . With three kickoff returns at Arizona State last week, Chantz Staden established a new Pac-10 mark for kickoff returns in a season. Staden has brought back 43 kicks for 970 yards (old record 41, Dwayne Owens, OSU, 1990). He also is approaching Owens' single-season record for most yards on kickoff returns (1,014 in 1990).
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for the remainder of the regular season:
Fri., Nov. 28
UCLA at Arizona State, 7:30 MST/6:30 PST (ESPN2)
Sat., Nov. 29
Oregon at Oregon State, 4:00 PST (Versus)
Notre Dame at USC, 5:00 PST (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2)
Washington State at Hawai'i, 6:00 HST/8:00 PST
Sat., Dec. 6
USC at UCLA, 1:30 PST (ABC)
Arizona State at Arizona, Time and TV TBA
Washington at California, Time and TV TBA