This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 19, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., OCT. 24||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Oregon (5-1) at
|Husky Stadium (72,500)
|12:30 p.m. PDT
|Washington State (1-5) at
|Memorial Stadium (71,799)
|1:30 p.m. PDT||California, 40-25-5
|UCLA (3-3) at
|Arizona Stadium (57,400)
|3:30 p.m. MST
|Oregon State (4-2)at
|Memorial Coliseum (93,607)
Los Angeles, Calif.
|5:00 p.m. PDT
Oregon State, 27-21
|Arizona State (4-2) at
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)
|7:15 p.m. PDT
|Arizona State, 16-9-0
Arizona State 41-17
Longest overall winning streak: 5 games - Oregon
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 6 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 11 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 5 games - Oregon State
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE
The Pac-10 is having a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 20-8 (.714) record against non-league foes. Only two regular-season non-conference games remain with both Washington State and Stanford taking on Notre Dame.
In 45 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 30 times, the visitors 15 times. It has been much closer in 17 Conference games to date, with the home team going 10-7.
Wildcats are in the middle of a three-game home stand with UCLA coming to town this week. . . . QB Nick Foles named Pac-10 offensive player of the week after leading Arizona to a 43-38 shootout win against Stanford. Foles passed for 415 yards and three TDs and rushed for another score. He connected on 40-of-51 passes (.784) with the 40 completions being the second-best single-game total in Wildcat history. Arizona piled up 553 yards in total offense. With just three starts under his belt, Foles is completing 73.9% of his passes (116-157) with nine TDs and just two interceptions. . . . Arizona kept it mainly in the air against Stanford (52 passes, 14 runs), but it was two long fourth-quarter runs that provided the m
argin of v
ictory (RB Greg Nwoko 43 yards and RB Nic Grigsby 57 yards for the game winner with 2:57 remaining). . . . Grigsby, who has missed time with a shoulder injury, carried just seven times against Stanford, but averaged 12.7 yards per carry.
ARIZONA STATE (4-2)
Sun Devils picked off two interceptions, both by SS Ryan McFoy, vs. Washington last week to up their total to a Pac-10-leading 13 for the year. That's a big reason ASU leads the league in takeaways (19) and turnover margin (+9). The Devils have picked off at least one pass in 14 straight games, the longest such streak in the nation. . . . Arizona State has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in 2009 (Oregon State All-Pac-10 TB Jacquizz Rodgers has the top mark with 81 yards). The Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 and are second in the nation in rushing defense at 57.8 yards per game. The Devils also lead the Pac-10 in total defense at 247.8 yards per game, the only Conference team allowing fewer than 250 yards per game. Opponents have scored only four rushing TDs all season.
Golden Bears have three of the next four at home beginning this week vs. Washington State. . . .P Bryan Anger became first punter to be named Pac-10 special teams player of the week this year after averaging 50.0 yards on seven boots in win at UCLA. Four of Anger's seven punts traveled 50+ yards, with a long kick of 72 yards, as the Bears averaged 43.7 net yards per punt. . . . Cal has scored a touchdown on its opening drive in four of six games this year. . . . TB Jahvid Best broke loose for a 93-yard TD run at UCLA, the third-longest run in school history and the longest run in a Pac-10 game this year Best also scored on a 51-yard pass reception. . . . Also at UCLA, Cal's other tailback, TB Shane Vereen, rushed for a career-high 154 yards, including a 42-yard TD run, and posted a career-high 230 all-purpose yards. . . . Cal's defense posted its first points of 2009 when OLB Mychal Kendricks returned an interception 68 yards for a TD to close out the scoring at UCLA. . . . Bears have allowed just one fourth-quarter touchdown all season and are outscoring opponents 52-10 in the fourth.
At the midway point of the season, Ducks are the lone remaining team without a Conference loss. . . . Oregon has jumped out to a 3-0 Conference mark and has outscored first three league opponents 118-19, holding each opponent to 10 points or less. . . . Oregon has the longest current winning streaks among Pac-10 teams with five straight overall and six straight in Conference games. . . . With the Ducks trailing 3-0 at halftime at UCLA in last game, KR Kenjon Barner returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a TD and Oregon never trailed again. He was named Pac-10 special teams player of the week. The 100-yard kickoff return ties the Pac-10 record for longest kickoff return held by numerous players, but it was the first one brought back for 100 yards in the league since 2006. . . . Duck win at UCLA came with QB Nate Costa filling in for injured starter QB Jeremiah Masoli. . . . RB LaMichael James tied his own Oregon freshman single-game rushing record with 152 yards at UCLA.
OREGON STATE (4-2)
After getting a mid-season week off, Beavers finish up regular season with four of six games on the road, starting this week at USC. . . . RB Jacquizz Rodgers named Pac-10 offensive player of the week after accounting for 271 all-purpose yards and four TDs in OSU win against Stanford in last outing. 'Quizz' rushed for a career-high 189 yards and four TDs. Rodgers also had the longest run of his career--61 yards--and it came out of the 'Wildcat' formation on the first time the Beavers used that set all year (Some in Corvallis are calling it the 'Wild Beaver' formation). He is leading the Pac-10 in scoring with 78 points on 13 touchdowns. Amazingly, Rodgers has never fumbled in his OSU career that covers 387 rushes and 67 receptions. . . . OSU has outscored opponents 55-10 in the first quarter this year. . . .OSU has committed the fewest turnovers in the Pac-10 with just four, including no lost fumbles through the first six games. . . . OSU has won its first two road games of the season for the first time since 1967. The Beavs have not won first three road games in a season since 1939.
Cardinal finishes regular season with four of five at home starting this week with Arizona State. Stanford has won eight of its last nine home games, including its last three. . . . In shootout at Arizona last week, QB Andrew Luck passed for 423 yards and three TDs. The 423 passing yards is the third-highest single-game total in Stanford history and his 443 yards in total offense was the second-highest ever. The Stanford offense piled up 584 yards total offense and the Cardinal only punted once all game. . . . Good stat combo finds Stanford second in the Pac-10 in rushing (201.1 yards per game) and first in pass efficiency (149.2). . . . Stanford O-Line has allowed only five QB sacks in seven games. . . . WR Chris Owusu had his first career 100-yard receiving game with five receptions for 116 yards at Arizona. . . . RB Toby Gerhart, the Pac-10 rushing leader at 124.1 yards per game, rushed for two more scores at Arizona and with 28 career rushing TDs trails only 'Touchdown' Tommy Vardell (37 from 1988-91) on the Stanford career list.
After playing four of first six games at home, Bruins hit the road for four of the final six starting this week at Arizona. . . . UCLA has allowed only 15 fourth-quarter points in six games this year. . . . PK Kai Forbath continues his remarkable run. He connected on 4-4 field goal attempts vs. Cal and has now made 30 of his past 31 attempts dating to last season, including 27 straight from 50 yards and in, with his only miss coming from 51 yards. Forbath has made 17-of-18 this season and leads the Pac-10 in kick scoring (10.2 points per game), field goals (2.8 per game) and field goal percentage (94.4). He has 61 field goals in 31 career games. . . . DT Brian Price leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss at 10.5 for minus-52 yards. He has posted 22.5 tackles for loss in his last 15 games dating to last year. . . . FS Rahim Moore leads the Pac-10 with five interceptions in six games. . . . With 182 yards on six kickoff returns vs. Cal, versatile Terrence Austin became the UCLA career record-holder for most yards on kickoff returns with 1,539 yards on 62 career returns (24.8-yard average).
Trojans have only October home game vs. Oregon State this week. . . . USC has won 46 of its past 47 home games. . . . Trojans have allowed just 28 points in their last eight home games. . . . NT Jurrell Casey named Pac-10 defensive player of week following SC's 34-27 road win at Notre Dame. Casey posted a game-high 10 tackles and forced a fumble as the Trojans limited the Irish to 82 yards rushing and 367 yards total offense. . . . QB Matt Barkley passed for a career-high 380 yards at Notre Dame, including a pair of touchdown passes to FL Damian Williams. Barkley was named the Davey O'Brien Foundation Quarterback of the Week for his performance. . . . Trojans lead Pac-10 in QB sacks by a wide margin with 26 in six games (4.3 per game). . . . SC continues to lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense, allowing just 11.7 points per game. . . . Soph MLB Chris Galippo has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the Butkus Award given to the top linebacker in college football.
It took seven games, but an opponent finally missed a field goal attempt against the Huskies. Foes had hit on their first 17 attempts this season, before Arizona State finally missed last week. . . . Washington continues to be the only Pac-10 team converting better than 50% on third-down attempts. Huskies check in at 51.4% (54 of 105). . . . QB Jake Locker has more pass attempts--135--than any quarterback in the league this year, but has been picked off only six times in seven games. Locker leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 275.0 yards per game and is second in passing at 243.1 yards per contest. . . . Huskies rank second in the Pac-10 in both net punting (38.9 yards per punt) and punt returns (12.0). . . . OLB Mason Foster is second in the league in fumbles forced with three in seven games.
WASHINGTON STATE (1-5)
In last game vs. Arizona State, freshman QB Jeff Tuel, making just his second career start, hooked up with WR Johnny Forzani for a 99-yard touchdown pass. It was not only the longest play from scrimmage in WSU history, it was the longest passing play in a Conference game in Pac-10 history. The previous record was 98 yards. It also ties the longest passing play overall, matching a 99-yarder by Arizona's Jason Johnson to Brandon Marshall against Idaho in 2001. . . . The WSU defense has forced a 18 turnovers in six games, more than all of last season (13). The Cougars recorded six against ASU in last game (three fumbles, three interceptions). The six turnovers were the most produced in a game by WSU since 2003. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in red zone defense at .679 (19-28).