This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 26, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., OCT. 31||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|California (5-2) vs.
Arizona State (4-3)
|Sun Devil Stadium (71,706)
|12:30 p.m. MST
|Series Tied, 14-14-0
|UCLA (3-4) vs.
Oregon State (4-3))
|Reser Stadium (45,674)
|1:00 PDT||UCLA 39-14-4
Oregon State, 34-6
|Washington State(1-6) vs.
Notre Dame (5-2)
San Antonio, TX
|Notre Dame, 1-0-0
Notre Dame, 29-26 (OT) 
|USC (6-1) vs.
|Autzen Stadium (54,000)
|5:00 p.m. PDT
23/24/25/20 Arizona (5-2) - open date - next game Nov. 7 at Washington State
--/--/--/-- Stanford (5-3) - open date - next game Nov. 7 at Oregon
--/--/--/-- Washington (3-5) - open date - next game Nov. 7 at UCLA
Longest overall winning streak: 6 games - Oregon
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 7 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 12 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 2 games - Oregon and USC
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.
HOME/ROAD: In 50 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 34 times, the visitors 16 times. In 22 Conference games to date, the home team has gone 14-8.
ESPN COLLEGE GAMEDAY TO EUGENE: ESPN announced it will produce College GameDay from the University of Oregon this Saturday morning preceding the matchup between No. 4 USC and No. 10 Oregon. Fans are invited to be a part of the weekly college football preview show, which last aired from Eugene in 2007.
FS Cam Nelson named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for his performance in Wildcats` win against UCLA. Nelson forced two fumbles, both leading to Arizona scores, as the Cat defenders limited the Bruins to 211 yards
total offense and did not allow an offensive TD. . . . QB Nick Foles leads the nation in completion percentage at 72.3% (138-191). The Pac-10 season record for highest percentage of passes completed is 70.7% by Rich Campbell of California in 1980 (193-273). . . . Foles has five TD
passes in his last two games. . . . Arizona leads the league in fewest QB sacks allowed having surrendered just four in seven games this year, and none in e
ach of the last two games. Even more impressive if you consider UA has 258 pass attempts, second-highest total in the Pac-10. . . . Those are some of the reasons the Cats lead the Pac-10 in total offense at 445.4 yards per game. . . . WR Juron Criner has been hot the last two weeks with a career-high 12 receptions for 152 yards vs. Stanford and two TD receptions of 41 and 25 yards vs. UCLA. Criner has caught five of Foles` 11 TD passes.
ARIZONA STATE (4-3)
Sun Devils failed to pick off a pass at Stanford, snapping the nation's longest streak of consecutive games with at least one interception at 14. ASU has picked off a Pac-10-high 13 passes this season, a big reason the Devils lead the league in turnover margin at +8. So it comes as no surprise that ASU has three of the top six interception leaders in the Pac-10 this year in SS Ryan McFoy (4), FS Jarrell Holman (3) and OLB Mike Nixon (3). . . . Nixon also is the Sun Devils' leading tackler (6.0 per game). . . . WR Chris McGaha needs just three receptions to make him just the sixth ASU player with 150 career receptions. . . . ASU and USC are only Pac-10 teams holding opponents to under 100 yards rushing per game. Devils are allowing just 83.4 yards per game and 2.7 yards per attempt.
Golden Bears lead the Pac-10 in rushing offense (216.0 yards per game), yards per rushing attempt (5.7) and rushing TDs (20). . . . TB Jahvid Best rushed for a season-high 159 yards and two TDs on just 13 carries (12.2 yards per carry) in win against WSU last week. Included was a 61-yard TD dash. He scored a third TD on a pass reception. . . . Cal put up a season-high 559 yards total offense vs. WSU. . . . Return man Jeremy Ross proved quite a threat vs. Washington State. He recorded 228 all-purpose yards in returning three punts for 92 yards (30.7), including a 76-yard return for a TD, two kickoffs for 75 yards (37.4) and adding a 61-yard pass reception. . . . ILB Mike Mohamed leads the Pac-10 in tackles at 8.9 stops per game. . . . QB Kevin Riley has been picked off just twice in 183 pass attempts this year.
Ducks are lone remaining team undefeated in Conference play at 4-0. . . . Game vs. USC this week will go to a minimum of 51% of the nation on ABC, with the remainder of the country getting it on ESPN2. . . . TB LaMichael James is one of four Pac-10 backs, and the only freshman, averaging 100 yards rushing per game (105.0). . . . The Duck defense has allowed only three TDs in Oregon's four Conference games this year. . . . Ducks have won six-straight games and last won seven in a row in 2005. Six-game overall winning streak and seven-game Conference winning streak are longest in the Pac-10 right now. . . . Oregon has scored six non-offensive TDs in seven games this year. . . . Four of QB Jeremiah Masoli's five TD passes this season have gone to TE Ed Dickson.
OREGON STATE (4-3)
QB Sean Canfield ranks second in the Pac-10 in passing (247.7 yards per game) and is on pace to shatter the OSU record for completion percentage for a season. He is completing 68.2% of his passes (163-239), ahead of the OSU season record of 60.6% (Matt Moore, 2006). He has tossed just four interceptions in 239 pass attempts this year. . . . TB Jacquizz Rodgers ranks second in the Pac-10 in both rushing (115.7 yards per game) and rece
iving (6.0 catches per game, trailing only brother WR James Rodgers and his 7.1 per game). Jacquizz Rodgers also tops the Conference in touchdowns (15) and scoring (12.9 points per game). James Rodgers leads the league in all-purpose yards at 182.1 yards per game. . . . Beavers finally lost their first fumble of the year in game seven vs. USC last week. Five total turnovers lost are still fewest of any Pac-10 team.
Cardinal gets its only open date of the season this week, then finishes regular season with three of final four games at home. . . . Stanford's 5-3 record matches win total from last season. . . . In 33-14 win against Arizona State in most recent outing, Stanford had 473 yards total offense split into 237 rushing and 236 passing. . . . Cardinal has topped the 200-yard rushing mark in four game this year and is averaging 205.6 yards rushing per game. . . . The leader, of course, is RB Toby Gerhart, who leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 124.2 yards per game. He became the first back this year to crack the 100-yard barrier against Arizona State when he gashed the Sun Devils for 125 yards last week. . . . Cardinal is 4-0 at home this year and 8-1 over the last two seasons. . . . Freshman QB Andrew Luck has been picked off just three times in eight games this year.
PK Kai Forbath makes news when he misses a field goal. He made two-of-three last week at Arizona with the miss coming from 52 yards out. He has connected on 19-of-21 this year with the misses coming from 51 and 52 yards. Dating to last year, he has hit on 32 of his last 34 and has made 28 straight from 50 yards and closer. . . . In other kicking news, Bruin P Jeff Locke leads the Pac-10 in punting with a 46.5-yard average. Ten of his 35 punts have traveled 50 yards or more, including an 81-yarder at Arizona last week, the longest punt in the Pac-10 this year. . . . DT Brian Price leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 11.5. In his last 16 games, he has posted 23.5 tackles for loss. . . . FS Rahim Moore picked off two more passes at Arizona to run his total to a Pac-10 and nation-leading seven interceptions. It was Moore's third game with multiple interceptions this year.
No. 4 Trojans head to Eugene for a showdown against No. 10-ranked Oregon. SC has a 10-game winning streak going against AP Top 25 teams. . . . Trojans have lost last three games played in the state of Oregon with the last SC victory there coming at Oregon in 2005. . . . TB Allen Bradford and PR Damian Williams picked up Pac-10 player of week honors in win vs. Oregon State. Bradford rushed for a career-high 147 yards and two TDs on just 15 carries; Williams returned a punt 63 yards for what proved to be the winning TD. Williams leads the Pac-10 in punt returns with an 18.0-yard average. . . . Frosh QB Matt Barkley leads the Pac-10 in both passing yards per game (256.7) and pass efficiency (148.7). . . . DE Everson Griffen leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with eight. Three of them have come in the last two games. . . . TE Anthony McCoy is averaging a remarkable 23.4 yards per catch on his 16 receptions his year.
QB Jake Locker leads the Pac-10 in TD passes (12) and total offense (271.0). . . . Soph WR Devin Aguilar has pulled in 15 receptions for 241 yards the last two games to jump up to fourth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game (65.2). . . . Huskies continue to be the only Pac-10 team converting better than 50% on third-down conversion attempts coming in just above that line at 50.4% (61-121). . . . Maybe that goes along with Huskies ranking second in the Pac-10 in first downs with 20.4 per game. . . . ILB Donald Butler has more solo tackles (45) than any other player in the league. . . . RB Chris Polk is second-leading rusher among freshmen in the Pac-10 at 80.1 yards per game. Plus Huskies have leading freshman receiver in the league in WR James Johnson (4.4 receptions per game).
WASHINGTON STATE (1-6)
Cougar defense has a Pac-10-high 11 fumble recoveries and is Pac-10 co-leader in turnovers forced with 19 total. WSU forced just 13 turnovers all of last year. . . . True freshman QB Jeff Tuel continues to impress after passing for 354 yards and two TDs with no interceptions at Cal last week. . . . Cougars rank third in Pac-10 in opponent third-down conversion. WSU allows just 35.0% in that category (28-80). . . . Cougs are Pac-10 co-leaders (with Oregon) in red zone defense at 70.0% (21-30). . . . P Reid Forrest continues to be a bright spot with a 43.8-yard average and 14 punts downed inside the 20-yard line in seven games.