This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 21, 2009
Longest overall winning streak: 6 games - California
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 3 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 10 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 4 games - Oregon State
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 is having a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 19-6 (.760) record against non-league foes. Only five regular-season non-conference games remain--this week's Arizona State at Georgia contest and four games against Notre Dame.
HOME/ROAD: In 27 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 19 times, the visitors eight times. There have been only two Conference games to date, with the home team and the visitor each winning one.
ARIZONA: Wildcats are in the middle of a three-game road swing with a game at Oregon State this week. It's the Conference opener for both teams. . . .UA leads the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 253.0 yards per game. RB Nic Grigsby is just a few yards behind Cal's Jahvid Best in Pac-10 individual rushing stats at 133.3 yards per game. Grigsby's 8.2 yards per rush is top mark among Pac-10 rushing leaders. . . . All-Pac-10 TE Rob Gronkowski has yet to see action this year (back strain). . . . After picking off two passes vs. Northern Arizona two weeks ago, CB Trevin Wade picked another one at Iowa last week and returned it 38 yards for a TD. . . . WR Terrell Turner has 106 career receptions and needs just three more to crack the Wildcat career top 10 list. . . . QB Matt Scott is leading rusher among Pac-10 QBs at 56.7 yards per game.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils close out non-conference portion of the schedule and play first road game of the season with a contest at Georgia. . . . Omar Bolden returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a TD in ASU's 38-14 win vs. Louisiana-Monroe. It was the first time in program history that ASU returned the game's opening kickoff for a touchdown. . . . Bolden also picked of a pass in the game. . . . Sun Devils have allowed just two TDs and 17 points in first two games and lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (8.5) and total defense (149.5). . . . ASU has yet to lose a turnover through first two games. . . . On the flip side, ASU has picked off six passes in first two games. . . . ASU has yet to allow a first-quarter score this year and Devils are outscoring opponents 47-7 in the first half. . . . Versus selected Oregon State at Arizona State on Oct. 3 for a national cablecast. Air t
ime will be 4:00 MST/PDT.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears open Conference play with a game at Oregon, where co
ach Jeff Tedford served as offensive coordinator prior to taking over the Cal program. . . . With USC being upset last week, California takes over as the Pac-10 team
with the longest current winning streak--six straight dating back to last year. . . . In 35-21 win at Minnesota, All-Pac-10 TB Jahvid Best tied the Pac-10 single-game record for most rushing touchdowns as he ran for five scores. Included were bursts of 33 and 27 yards. He was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the
effort and has take
n over the Pac-10 rushing lead at 137.3 yards per game. . . . Best has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in seven straight games dating to last year. . . . QB Kevin
Riley has five TD passes and no interceptions through first three games. . . . Cal has lost only one turnover in first three games and that came on a punt play, meaning the offense has not coughed one up as yet. . . . Golden Bear defense has allowed just 51 yards rushing over last two games and Cal ranks second in Pac-10 in rushing defense at 63.3 yards per game.
OREGON: Ducks open Conference play with a game against Cal. It is game three of of four-game homestand for Oregon. . . . Game vs. No. 6-ranked California means Ducks have faced a team ranked in the Top 20 in three of first four games. . . . Last week, Oregon knocked off No. 18 Utah, ending the Utes' nation-longest 16-game winning streak. . . . In Utah win, RB LaMichael James set an Oregon freshman single-game rushing record with 152 yards and one TD on 27 carries (5.6). . . . Utes came into that game averaging 509.0 yards total offense, but Duck defense limited them to 297 yards. . . . CB Walter Thurmond III returned a punt 78 yards for a TD against Utah and now has a punt return and an interception return for a score in last two weeks. . . . FS John Boyett, making just his second start in place of injured starter T.J. Ward (ankle), posted eight tackles and made a crucial interception vs. Utah. . . . MLB Casey Matthews is Pac-10 co-leader in tackles with 10.3 stops per game.
OREGON STATE: Beavers open Conference play at home vs. Arizona this week. . . . OSU has lost only one turnover through first three games. . . . WR James Rodgers has become just the second player in Beaver history with 1,000 career yards both rushing (1,142) and receiving (1,048). Pat Chaffey (1986-90) is the other. . . . Brother TB Jacquizz Rodgers, just a sophomore, needs only 93 more yards to crack into the OSU career top 10 rushing list. . . . The brothers rank 3-4 in the Pac-10 in all-purpose yards--James averaging 159.0 yards per game, Jacquizz 152.7. . . . OSU defense has not allowed any first-quarter points this year.
STANFORD: Cardinal has scored first in every game this year. . . . In 42-17 win vs. San Jose State last week, Stanford scored TDs via the run and the pass, plus on a kickoff return, a punt return and an interception return. . . . Stanford defense posted six QB sacks for minus-57 yards vs. San Jose. DE Thomas Keiser led the way with a career-best three (-29). . . . On the other side of the ledger, Stanford's offensive line has allowed just two sacks through first three games, fewest of any Pac-10 team. . . . Chris Owusu took the opening kickoff 94 yards for a TD vs. San Jose. It was his second kickoff return for a TD through the first two games. The Pac-10 record for kickoff returns for a touchdown in a season is three.
UCLA: Bruins have their only open date of the season before opening Conference play at Stanford next week. . . . CB Alterraun Verner had two interceptions in 23-9 win vs. Kansas State to give him 11 for his career. Bruins have picked off a Pac-10-leading eight passes through three games. . . . PK Kai Forbath has connected on 9-of-10 field goal attempts this year and has made 22 of his last 23 dating to last year. He leads the Pac-10 in kick scoring (11.0), field goals (3.0) and field goal percentage (.900). . . . Bruins have held each of first three opponents to under 300 yards total offense. . . . UCLA is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2005 team started 8-0. . . . Despite having the youngest offensive line in the league, Bruins have allowed just five QB sacks in three games. . . . ABC has selected UCLA at Stanford on Oct. 3 for a regional telecast. Air time will at 12:30 PDT.
USC: Starting QB Matt Barkley and All-America FS Taylor Mays were held out of upset loss at UW due to injuries. It was the first game the senior Mays has ever missed during his entire Trojan career. . . . Trojans lead the league in rushing defense allowing just 51.0 yards per game and a stingy 1.6 yards per carry. . . . Trojans have rushed for nine TDs while allowing only two rushing TDs and are the only team in the league that has not allowed a TD pass. . . . SC is outgaining opponents by nearly 200 yards per game (431.0-226.3). . . . Trojans have outscored opponents 39-11 in the second half and 25-6 in the fourth quarter. . . . MLB Chris Galippo has been leading tackler in two of first three games and averages 7.3 stops per game. . . . Freshman DE Nick Perry is co-leader in Pac-10 in QB sacks (4) coming off the bench.
WASHINGTON: After opening the season with three straight home games, Huskies hit the road for Stanford this week. . . . The last UW road victory came at Stanford in 2007 (27-9). . . . UW comes off a landmark 16-13 upset of No. 3-ranked USC. ILB Donald Butler was named Pac-10 defensive player of the week and Walter Camp Football Foundation national defensive player of the week for his game-high 12 tackle performance. Butler also forced a fumble deep in Husky territory and had an interception. . . . The Husky defense did not allow the Trojans a single third-down conversion in the game (0-10). . . . PK Erik Folk named Pac-10 special teams player of the week for nailing 3-of-3 field goal attempts, including the game-winner with :03 seconds left in the game. . . . QB Jake Locker has most pass attempts among Pac-10 QBs so far this season (63), but has been picked off just one time vs. five TDs. The five TD passes ties him with Cal QB Kevin Riley for Pac-10 lead. . . . Huskies are converting a remarkable 60.4% (29-48) on third down. That easily leads the Pac-10.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars open Conference play with game at USC this week. . . . Cougars overcame a 17-0 deficit to knock off SMU 30-17 in overtime last week. The WSU cause was greatly aided by returning two interceptions long distance for touchdowns in the second half. MLB Alex Hoffman-Ellis took the first one back 52 yards for a score and OLB Myron Beck followed up with a 67-yard return that got the
s within seven points of the Mustangs. WSU tied the game with :28 seconds remaining on a pass from QB Marshall Lobbestael to WR Jared Karstetter, and PK Nico Grasu won it in OT with a 39-yard FG. . . . P Reid Forrest continues to top the Pac-10 in punting with a 45.5-yard average. Five of his 17 punts have travelled 50+ yards and six have been downed inside the 20-yard line.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 3:
UCLA at Stanford, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
Washington at Notre Dame, 3:30 EDT/12:30 PDT (NBC)
Oregon State at Arizona State, 4:00 MST (Versus)
USC at California, 5:00 PDT (ABC)
Washington State at Oregon, 6:15 PDT (OSN)
Arizona - open date