This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 5, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., OCT. 10||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Oregon (4-1) vs.
|Rose Bowl (91,500)
|12:30 p.m. PDT
|Arizona State (2-2) vs.
Washington State (1-4)
|Martin Stadium (35,117)
|2:00 p.m. PDT||Arizona State, 21-12-2
Arizona State, 31-0
|Stanford (4-1) vs.
Oregon State (3-2)
|Reser Stadium (45,674)
|4:00 p.m. PDT
|Arizona (3-1) vs.
|Husky Stadium (72,500)
|7:00 p.m. PDT
--/--/33 California (3-2) - open date - next game Oct. 17 at UCLA
7/7/7 USC (4-1) - open date - next game Oct. 17 at Notre Dame
Longest overall winning streak: 4 games - Oregon
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 5 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 11 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 5 games - Oregon State
Wildcats come off an open date to finish up a three-game road trip at Washington before returning home for three in a row. . . . Soph Nick Foles made his first career start at quarterback for Arizona in last outing at Oregon State and played a big role in the Wildcats' upset win at Corvallis. Foles completed 25 of 34 (.735) for 254 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, plus he ran for a score. It was his first start anywhere since the state championship game in Texas in December 2006. Foles played for Westlake High School of Austin, Texas, where he broke some of Drew Brees` passing records. . . . CB Devin Ross named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for his role in Wildcats` road win at Oregon State. Ross racked up a game-high 12 tackles and picked off a pass late in the game to seal the win. . . . Another key in win at Corvallis was the punting of P Keenyn Crier. He averaged 45.0 yards on five punts and in the fourth quarter had three separate punts downed at the OSU 3-yard line. . . . Cats expect RBs Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin, both banged up against OSU, to be back this week for UW.
ARIZONA STATE (2-2)
First Conference road game of the year for the Sun Devils at Washington State this week. . . . ASU coach Dennis Erickson was head coach at WSU in 1987-88. . . . In Oregon State game last week, WR Chris McGaha pulled in 15 receptions for 165 yards, both career highs. The 15 receptions is the second-highest total in a game in ASU history and ties for fourth on the Pac-10 single game reception chart. . . . Throwing the ball to McGaha was QB Danny Sullivan, who put the ball in the air 58 times, completing 32 for a career-high 338 yards. . . . CB Jarrell Holman has picked off a pass in each of the last two games. . . . ASU was 5-of-7 on fourth-down conversion attempts vs. OSU. Devils are 7-of-10 in that category for the year. . . . ASU leads the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +9. Sun Devils have forced 12 turnovers in four games, including a league-high nine interceptions, and have surrendered the ball only three times (one fumble, two picks).
Golden Bears have an open date this week then face six straight weeks of Pac-10 games beginning at UCLA Oct. 17. . . . ILB Mychal Kendricks is leading the Pac-10 in tackles at 9.2 stops per game. Fellow linebacker Mike Mohamed is tied for third in the league at 8.4 tackles per game, giving the Bears the top 1-2 punch in the Conference. . . . S Marcus Ezeff posted 12 tackles, 9 solo vs. USC last week. . . . TB Jahvid Best ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing (102.8 yards per game) and is Pac-10 co-leader in scoring with 54 points on nine TDs (8 rushing, 1 receiving). He is more than halfway to the school record of 15 rushing TDs in a season. . . . Golden Bears rank second in Pac-10 in QB sacks with 15 in five games (3.0). That has accounted for 108 yards in losses. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 45-10 in the fourth quarter this season. . . . Cal has been penalized only 20 times in five games this year, for an average of just 36.0 yards per game.
After playing four of first five games at home, Ducks are on the road for three of next four starting this week at UCLA. . . . Oregon has the longest current overall win streak among Pac-10 teams (four games) as well as the longest Conference-game win streak (five games). . . . TE Ed Dickson is leading receiver among tight ends in the Pac-10 with 22 catches for 309 yards and four TDs. He has been over the 100-yard receiving mark in each of the last two games. Dickson has become Oregon's career leader for most catches by a tight end with 104. . . . Ducks have forced a league-high 13 turnovers, but have lost 12 turnovers, including 10 fumbles, to stand at a modest +1 in turnover margin. . . . After a slow start, QB Jeremiah Masoli has heated up in wins the last two weeks. Over those two games Masoli has completed 35-of-43 passes (81.4%) with four touchdowns and no interceptions. Plus he has added 73 yards rushing and a TD in those two games. . . . Freshman TB LaMichael James has rushed 61 times for 351 yards (5.8) and four TDs in Ducks` last three games.
OREGON STATE (3-2)
WR James Rodgers named Pac-10 offensive player of the week after 10 catches for 114 yards, including a 25-yard TD reception, in Beavers` upset road win at Arizona State. Rodgers added 60 yards on three punt returns and 30 yards on kickoff returns for 209 all-purpose yards. . . . James Rodgers leads the Conference in both receptions per game (7.4) and receiving yards per game (93.2), along with all-purpose yards (187.0 per game). . . . Brother
TB Jacquizz Rodgers is second in the league in receptions per game (6.6) and leads the Pac-10 in rushing touchdowns with nine. . . . Oregon State is outscoring opponents 41-10 in the first quarter. . . . Through first five games, Beavers have not lost a single fumble. . . . Beavers are allowing opponents just 87.4 yards rushing and longest run against the OSU defense this year is 19 yards.
After three straight home games, Cardinal hits the road for Oregon State and Arizona the next two weeks. . . . Stanford's 4-1 start is the best since the 2001 squad got off to a 5-1 start. That 2001 season is the last time the Cardinal went to a bowl game. . . . 3-0 Conference game start is Stanford's best since the 1999 team won its first five league games. That is the last year the Cardinal went to the Rose Bowl. . . . Stanford's current modest three-game winning streak is its longest since 2005. . . . RB Toby Gerhart had another big game in Cardinal's 24-16 win against UCLA. Gerhart rushed 29 times for 134 yards and three scores. He has moved up to fifth on the Stanford career rushing list (2,301 yards) and is tied for third with Darrin Nelson (1977-81) on the career touchdown list with 24. Gerhart leads the Pac-10 in rushing by a large margin at 130.0 yards per game (Cal's Jahvid Best is next at 102.8). Gerhart has four 100-yard rushing outings in five games this year and 13 in his career.
No. 13-ranked (AP poll) Oregon comes calling at the Rose Bowl this week. The Bruins have won six of last nine home games against AP ranked opponents. . . . Next win matches UCLA win total of last year (4-8). . . . PK Kai Forbath leads the Pac-10 in kick scoring (10.8 points per game), field goals (3.0 per game) and field goal percentage (12-of-13, 92.3%). Forbath has made 7-of-8 career field goal attempts of 50+ yards and needs just two more field goals to move into third place on the Bruin career field goal list. . . . Freshman TB Johnathan Franklin has led the Bruins in rushing the last three games and is averaging 75.0 yards per game. . . . Bruin defense has held three of four opponents under 300 yards total offense and is giving up just 281.2 yards and 15.5 points per game. . . . Bruin defense has eight interceptions in first four games. . . . UCLA O-line has allowed just six QB sacks in four games.
Trojans have an open date this week followed by three of next four on the road, beginning Oct. 17 at Notre Dame. . . . FS Taylor Mays and PR Damian Williams named Pac-10 defensive and special teams players of the week after USC road win at California in last outing. . . . Williams brought a punt back 66 yards for a TD, the first punt return for a score for the Trojans since 2005 (Reggie Bush vs. Washington). . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 with 21 QB sacks (4.2 per game), including 11 in the last two games. DE Nick Perry is the individual sack leader in the Pac-10 with six. That's more than any USC player had all of last season. . . . SC also leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense (8.6 points per game), rushing defense (64.8) and pass defense efficiency. . . . Trojans have held all five opponents this year under 90 yards rushing and foes are averaging just 2.0 yards per rush. . . . Trojans have allowed only three TDs through first five games, and not a single touchdown pass.
Youth be served. Averaging 90.4 yards per game, TB Chris Polk is leading rusher among freshmen in the Pac-10. . . . The Huskies also have the leading freshman receiver in the Pac-10 with WR James Johnson topping that list with 21 catches for 55.8 yards per game. . . . Washington continues to be the only Pac-10 team converting better than 50% of third-down opportunities. Huskies have made it 54.5% (43-79) of the time. . . . QB Jake Locker leads the Pac-10 in both passing yards (256.6 yards per game) and total offense (278.0). The runnerup in total offense (Matt Barkley of USC) is almost 40 yards per game behind Locker (238.2). . . . Concern regarding place kicking entering the season has been eased by sophomore PK Erik Folk going 9-10 on field goal attempts, ranking him second in the league. . . . ILB Donald Butler is the only player in the Pac-10 ranked in the top five in both tackles (8.2) and tackles for loss (1.1).
WASHINGTON STATE (1-4)
Game against Arizona State this week is only game at Pullman in a six-game stretch. . . . P Reid Forrest, averaging 44.7 yards per boot, leads all Pac-10 punters in both punts downed inside the 20 (11) and 50+-yard punts (7). He has three punts over 60 yards this season. . . . True freshman QB Jeff Tuel made his first start at Oregon last week, but threw only two passes before being knocked out of the game with a hip pointer incurred on a QB sack. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in red zone defense at 65.2%. . . . WSU is Pac-10 co-leader in fourth-down conversion attempts, making it on four of five tries.
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE
The Pac-10 is having a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 19-8 (.704) record against non-league foes. Only three regular-season non-conference games remain, all of them against Notre Dame (USC, Washington State, Stanford).
In 37 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 26 times, the visitors 11 times. It has been much closer in 10 Conference games to date, with the home team going 6-4.