This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 2, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., Nov. 7||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Oregon (7-1) vs.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)
|12:30 p.m. PDT
|Washington (3-5) vs.
|Rose Bowl (91,500)
|12:30 p.m. PDT
|Washington State (1-7) vs.
|Arizona Stadium (57,400)
|3:30 p.m. EDT
|Oregon State (5-3) vs.
|Memorial Stadium (71,799)
|4:00 p.m. PST
Oregon State, 34-21
|USC (6-2) vs.
Arizona State (4-4
|Sun Devil Stadium (71,706)
|6:00 p.m. MST
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 is having a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 20-9 (.690) record against non-league foes. Only one regular-season non-conference game remains with Stanford closing out its regular season at home against Notre Dame on Nov. 28.
Longest overall winning streak: 7 games - Oregon
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 8 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 12 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 2 games - California and Oregon
HOME/ROAD: In 54 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 37 times, the visitors 17 times. In 25 Conference games to date, the home team has gone 16-9.
Due to a pair of open dates already enjoyed this season, the Wildcats are the only Pac-10 team that has five regular-season games still remaining. Everybody else has four left. . . . FS Cam Nelson named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for his performance in Wildcats` win against UCLA in most recent game. Nelson forced two fumbles, both leading to Arizona scores, as the Cat defenders limited the Bruins to 211 yards total offense and d
id not allow an offensive TD. . . . QB Nick Foles leads the Pac-10 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. . . . WR Juron Criner has caught five of Foles` 11 TD passes. . . . Arizona leads the league in fewest QB sacks allowed having surrendered just four in s
even games this year, and just one in four league contests, and none in each of the last two games.
ARIZONA STATE (4-4)
With four receptions vs. California, WR Chris McGaha upped his career total to 151, making him just the sixth receiver in Sun Devil history to reach 150 catches. MaGaha also has surpassed the 2,000 career receiving yards mark. . . . QB Danny Sullivan connected with WR Kyle Williams on an 80-yard TD strike vs Cal. It marked ASU's longest play of the season. . . . Sun Devils lead the league in rushing defense and are the only Conference team holding opponents under 100 yards rushing per game (80.1). ASU has only allowed one rusher to top 100 yards this season and that was Pac-10 leader Toby Gerhart of Stanford. . . . Sun Devil defense kept Cal out of the end zone over the last three quarters last week allowing the Bears only three field goals over that span. . . . ASU tops the Pac-10 in both turnovers gained (21) and interceptions (13) and ranks second overall in turnover margin (+7).
QB Kevin Riley tops the Pac-10 in TD passes with 13 and is co-leader among Pac-10 starters for fewest interceptions with just two picks in eight games. Eight of those TD passes have come in the last three games. . . . He passed for a season-high 351 yards in Cal's 23-21 win at ASU and led Cal on a late 74-yard drive to set up the game-winning field goal with :21 seconds left in the game. . . . ILB Mike Mohamed named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for game-high 12-tackle (11 solo) performance at Arizona State. Mohamed leads the Pac-10 in tackles at 9.2 stops per game. Mohamed has led or co-led the Bears in tackles in each of the last five games with at least nine tackles in each, including 12 stops in the last two outings. . . . Four of P Bryan Anger's five punts travelled 50+ yards at ASU. He has a league-high 12 punts of 50 yards or more. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 56-10 in the first quarter over the last three games. . . . Cal is averaging 427.4 yards per game total offense, roughly 50 yards more per game than last year (376.0).
Ducks have longest current overall winning streak (seven games) among Pac-10 teams and longest Conference-game winning streak (eight games). . . . Ducks also have a seven-game winning streak going against Stanford. . . . Frosh RB LaMichael James named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for rushing for 183 yards and a TD in Oregon's 47-20 win against USC. In that game, Ducks amassed 613 yards, including 391 yards rushing, only had to punt once and were 9-9 in the red zone. . . . James is the top freshman rusher in the league and third overall at 114.8 yards per game. He has five 100-yard rushing games this year and is just 51 yards shy of equaling Oregon's freshman rushing record. . . . QB Jeremiah Masoli named offensive player of the week by the Walter Camp Foundation for his performance vs. USC. Masoli accounted for 386 yards total offense--222 passing and 164 rushing--and two TDs, one through the air and one via the rush. . . . Masoli is 10-2 as a starter in Pac-10 games. . . . Oregon is the highest-ranked one-loss team in the BCS standings (No. 8).
OREGON STATE (5-3)
Beavers close the regular season with three of final four on the road starting this week at California. . . . OSU has beaten Cal four straight times at Memorial Stadium and has taken eight of the last 10 overall against the Bears. . . . PK Justin Kahut named special teams player of the week after accounting for 14 of OSU's 26 points in 26-19 win against UCLA. He hit 4-of-5 field goals, including from 48 and 42 yards, with his only miss from 47. . . . The Rodgers brothers continue to rank 1-2 in Pac-10 receiving. WR James Rodgers leads the league at 7.5 receptions per game, RB Jacquizz Rodgers is next at 6.1 catches per game. They also rank 1-2 in all-purpose yards, James at 187.4 yards per game, Jacquizz at 161.6. Jacquizz also ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing (115.2 yards per game), with three straight 100-yard games, and is Pac-10 co-leader in scoring with 15 TDs. . . . OSU has outscored opponents 64-17 in first quarter this year. . . . QB Sean Canfield has posted back-to-back 300-yard passing games with no interceptions.
Cardinal finishes regular season with three of final four games at home starting this week with Oregon. . . . Cardinal is 4-0 at home this year and 8-1 over the last two seasons. . . . 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 and only back this year to crack the 100-yard barrier against Arizona State when he gashed the Sun Devils for 125 yards in last game. With 994 yards rushing, Gerhart needs six more to become just the second Cardinal running to rush for 1,000 yards more than once (All-America Darrin Nelson did it three times). . . . Freshman QB Andrew Luck has been picked off just three times in eight games this year.
QB Kevin Prince passed for 323 yards and two TDs in 26-19 loss at Oregon State. He brought the Bruins all the way back from a 19-3 fourth-quarter deficit by passing for 198 yards, two TDs and two 2-point conversions to tie the score, before the Beavers pulled out the win with a TD with :44 seconds left in the game. . . . PK Kai Forbath continues his all-america-type season. He leads the Pac-10 in kick scoring and field goals having connected on 20-0f-22 boots, with the misses coming from 51 and 52 yards. Dating to last year, he has made 33 of his last 35 attempts, including 29 in a row from 50 yards and in. . . . FS Rahim Moore leads the Pac-10 in interceptions by a wide margin with seven picks. No other Pac-10 player has more than four. . . . DT Brian Price leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 12. He has 24 over his last 17 games dating to last year.
Trojans have final road game of the season this week at Arizona State before finishing with three straight at home. . . . USC has won 27 consecutive November games. . . . USC is the highest-ranked two-loss team in the BCS standings at No. 12. . . . Loss at Oregon is first time the Trojans have been beaten by more than a touchdown since 2001. It also snapped a string of 10 straight wins against Top 25-ranked teams. . . . Speaking of rankings, USC is ranked in the AP Top 25 this week for the 100th consecutive game. . . . Trojans lead the league in QB sacks with 29. . . . Trojan defenders are spreading it around. DE Everson Griffen leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks (8), FS Taylor Mays ranks second in tackles (8.1) and OLB Michael Morgan is tied for second in tackles for loss (11.0). . . . Trojans are Pac-10 co-leader in yards per play a 6.7 (tied with Stanford).
QB Jake Locker leads the Pac-10 in total offense (271.0) and ranks second in TD passes (12). . . . Soph WR Devin Aguilar has pulled in 15 receptions for 241 yards the last two games to jump up to fifth 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). . . . ILB Donald Butler ranks second in the league in solo tackles with 45 and third in overall tackes at 8.1 stops per game. . . . 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). . . . Soph PK Erik Folk is 12-14 on field goal attempts and connected on a career-long 48-yarder in last game.
WASHINGTON STATE (1-7)
True freshman quarterback Jeff Tuel continues to impress. He passed for 354 yards and two touchdowns two weeks ago against California, second-highest passing total for a freshman in school history, and connected on two more TD passes vs. Notre Dame last week. . . . Both the Notre Dame TD passes went to soph WR Jared Karstetter, who is the Cougar receiving leader and has five of the team's nine TD receptions this season. . . . Cougars are tied for second in the Pac-10 in turnovers gained with 20, including recovering a league-high 12 fumbles. Cougs forced only 13 turnovers all of last season. . . . On the other side, WSU has turned the ball over only two times in its last two games. . . . DT Toby Turpin has blocked a FG attempt and a PAT in Cougs` last two games.