This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 16, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., Nov. 14||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Arizona State (4-6) vs.
|Rose Bowl (91,500)
Arizona State, 34-9
|Oregon State (7-3) vs.
Washington State (1-9)
|Martin Stadium (35,117)
|2:00 PST||Washington State, 47-43-3
Oregon State, 66-13
|California (7-3) vs.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)
|4:30 p.m. PST
|Oregon (8-2) vs.
|Arizona Stadium (57,400)
22/21/20/18 USC (7-3)- open date - next game Sat., Nov. 28 vs. UCLA
--/--/--/-- Washington (3-7) - open date - next game Sat., Nov. 28 vs. Washington State in the Apple Cup
Longest overall winning streak: 3 games - Oregon State & Stanford
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 3 games - Oregon State & Stanford
Longest home winning streak: 10 games - Oregon
Longest road winning streak: 2 games - California
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.
HOME/ROAD: In 64 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 43 times, the visitors 21 times. In 35 Conference games to date, the home team has gone 22-13.
YOUTH BE SERVED: Five freshman have started at quarterback for Pac-10 teams this season, which should bode well for the future. Frosh QBs to getting the starting nod this year are Matt Barkley (USC), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Brock Osweiler (ASU), Kevin Prince (UCLA) and Jeff Tuel (WSU).
ARIZONA: Showdown against Oregon this week is final home game for the Wildcats, who close out the regular season with difficult road assignments at Arizona State and USC. Cats have won 12 of last 14 home games, including a 5-0 mark at Arizona Stadium this year. . . . Cats also have won 13 of last 19 Pac-10 games. . . . Even with a loss at California last week, three wins to close out the season would give Arizona its first Rose Bowl berth. . . . ESPN
's pre-game show College Game Day will originate from Arizona this week. . . . Wildcat defense has allowed just three touchdowns in last three games. . . . The Arizona offensive line has allowed just seven QB sacks in nine games, but on the other side of the ball the Cats boast the Pac-10's leading sacker in DE Ricky Elmore, who paces the Conference with 8.5 sacks.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils hit the road for UCLA this week before closing out the regular season at home against rival Arizona next week. . . . Game at UCLA will be Dennis Erickson's 250th game as a college head coach. Now in his 21st year, Erickson has compiled a mark of 167-81-1 (.673). . . . OLB Mike Nixon has been named one of 12 finalist for the 2009 Wuerffel Trophy, a national award given to the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement. . . . Freshman Brock Osweiler got his first start at quarterback at Oregon last week. He is the fifth freshman to start at quarterback in the Pac-10 this year. . . . Devils top the Pac-10 in total defense at 301.4 yards per game. . . . ASU has forced a league-high 24 turnovers and is second overall in turnover margin (+5).
CALIFORNIA: Big Game at Stanford this week marks Jeff Tedford's 100th game as head coach of the Golden Bears. Tedford has compiled a mark of 66-33 (.667) since taking the reins at Cal in 2002. Included is a mark of 6-1 in the Big Game. Only the legendary Pappy Waldorf (103, 1947-56) and Stub Allison (102, 1935-44) have coached more games at California. . . . Bears are 3-1 on the road this year. . . . PK Giorgio Tavecchio named Pac-10 special teams player of week for connecting on 4-5 field goals in 24-16 win against Arizona. . . . In the win vs. Arizona, TB Shane Vereen filled in ably for TB Jahvid Best, out with a concussion. Vereen rushed for 159 yards, including a 61-yard scoring run late in the game that sealed the win. Vereen has averaged 95.8 yards rushing in five career starts. . . . Cal posted three QB sacks against an Arizona offensive unit that had given up only four all season.
OREGON: After showdown at Arizona this week, Ducks close out the regular season with The Civil War against Oregon State on Thursday night, Dec. 3, at Autzen Stadium. Two wins guarantee a Rose Bowl berth for the Ducks. . . . Frosh RB LaMichael James went for 150 yards and three TDs in Oregon's win against ASU. It was his seventh 100-yard rushing game and fifth in a row. James trials only Stanford RB Toby Gerhart in the Pac-10 rushing race. He is the first Duck freshman to rush for 1,000 yards in a season having rushed for 1,193 yards so far. He needs just 60 more to match the Pac-10 freshman rushing record of 1,253 yards, established by TB Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State just last season. . . . Ducks lead the league in scoring offense at 37.1 points per game. . . . Chip Kelly will join the man he succeeded--Mike Bellotti--as the only Oregon coaches to lead the Ducks to a bowl game in their first year as head coach.
OREGON STATE: Beavers finish the regular season with two on the road in the Pacific Northwest. First up this week at Washington State followed by The Civil War at Oregon on Thursday night, Dec. 3. . . . OSU has won five of its last six games overall and seven of its last nine Pac-10 road games. . . . OSU is eligible for a bowl game for the fourth consecutive season, unprecedented for the Beavs. . . . TB Jacquizz Rodgers named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back (Stanford RB Toby Gerhart also one of the semifinalists). . . . Jacquizz Rodgers rushed for two more TDs last week to give him 17 rushing TDs for the season, just two shy of school record. . . . QB Sean Canfield leads the Pac-10 in passing (256.6 yards per game) and tossed four TD passes against Washington last week to make him Pac-10 co-leader with Husky QB Jake Locker in TD passes with 17. . . . Beavers have allowed the last two opponents just 160 yards rushing and lead the Pac-10 in rushing defense at 102.4 yards per game.
STANFORD: Cardinal finishes the regular season with a bang as they host California in the Big Game this week and Notre Dame the following week. . . . Stanford is 5-0 at home this season and 9-1 at home over the last two seasons. . . . The Cardinal is bowl eligible for the first time since 2001. . . . RB Toby Gerhart has been named one of 10 semifinalists for the Doak Walker Award given to the nation's top running back (OSU TB Jacquizz Rodgers also one of the semifinalists). . . . Gerhart was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week for the second week in a row after rushing for 178 yards and three TDs in win at USC. It is the eighth time in 10 games this season Gerhart has topped the 100-yard rushing mark. Gerhart has rushed for 401 yards and seven TDs on 67 carries in the last two games. He leads the Conference in rushing at 139.5 yards per game, a full 20 yards per game more than runnerup LaMichael James of Oregon (119.3). . . . With 51 and 55 points the last two games, Stanford has risen to second in the Pac-10 in scoring offense at 36.1 points per game.
UCLA: Bruins host Arizona State this week looking for win No. 6 and the attendant bowl eligibility. . . . OLB Akeem Ayers picked off two passes in UCLA's win at WSU. Both early picks set up TDs and Ayers was named Pac-10 defensive player of the week. . . . FS Rahim Moore also had an interception in that game, his Pac-10-leading ninth in 10 games. . . . Another defensive stat leader is DT Brian Price, who tops the league in tackles for loss (16.5). . . . Also at WSU, FB Chane Moline had just three carries, but all three went for TDs of 2, 7 and 16 yards. . . . Bruins have passed for 695 yards the last two weeks, putting together consecutive 300-yard games. . . . Soph WR Nelson Rosario is becoming the Bruins` go-to receiver. He has 16 receptions for 332 yards over the last three games.
USC: After an open date this week, Trojans close the season with two home games against UCLA and Arizona. . . . And despite the loss to Stanford last week, Trojans have still won 47 of their last 49 home games. Setback to Stanford was the first Trojan loss in November since Pete Carroll took over as coach (28-1). . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 32 in 10 games, the only Pac-10 team averaging better than three sacks per game. DEs Everson Griffen (8) and Nick Perry (7) make USC the only Pac-10 team with two individuals in the top five in the sack stats. . . . Trojans have allowed just nine TD passes in 10 games. . . . Good coverage--opponents average just 1.9 yards on punt returns. . . . With leading receiver Damian Williams out with an ankle injury last week, freshman Brice Butler stepped into the starting lineup and caught six balls good for 96 yards and a TD.
WASHINGTON: After an open date this week, Huskies close the season with two home games. First it's Washington State in The Apple Cup, followed by California on Dec. 5. . . . QB Jake Locker tossed three more TD passes at Oregon State last week. He is Pac-10 co-leader in touchdown passes with OSU's Sean Canfield with 17 scoring tosses. Locker also is the Pac-10 total offense leader at 257.3 yards per game. With 4,930 career passing yards, Locker is poised to become just the seventh Husky QB to throw for 5,000 yards. . . . Frosh RB Chris Polk has posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games (and four in the last six games) and is up to sixth in Pac-10 rushing at 88.9 yards per game. . . . WR Jermaine Kearse has four TD receptions in the last two weeks. . . . Huskies continue to lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversions at 48.6%.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars host Oregon State this week then close out the season with The Apple Cup in Seattle. . . . Cougars continue to lead the Pac-10 in red zone defense (76.6). WSU has forced five turnovers in the red zone. . . . Washington State has forced a total of 21 turnovers, including a league-high 13 forced fumbles, far surpassing the total of 13 turnovers forced last season. . . . P Reid Forrest has been a bright spot all season. He ranks second in the Pac-10 at 44.2 yards per boot, and has 16 punts this year over 50 yards, including four over 60 yards. . . . WR Jared Karstetter has six of Washington State's 17 touchdowns this year. No other player has more than two TDs.