This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 23, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., Nov. 28||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Arizona (6-4) vs.
Arizona State (4-7)
|Sun Devil Stadium (71,706)
|1:30 p.m. MST
|Washington State (1-10) vs.
|Husky Stadium (72,500)
|3:30 p.m. PST
WSU 16-13 (2 OT)
|Notre Dame (6-5) vs.
|Stanford Stadium (50,000)
|Notre Dame 17-6-0
Notre Dame 28-21
|UCLA (6-5) vs.|
Los Angeles, CA
21/26/23/22 California (8-3) - open date - next game Dec. 5 at Washington
10/10/10/8 Oregon (9-2) - open date - next game Dec. 5 vs. Oregon State in the Civil War
16/18/18/16 Oregon State (8-3) - open date - next game Dec. 5 at Oregon in the Civil War
Longest overall winning streak: 4 games - Oregon State
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 4 games - Oregon State
Longest home winning streak: 9 games - Oregon
Longest road winning streak: 3 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 this week.
ARIZONA: Wildcats close out the season with two on the road with games at Arizona State and USC. . . . QB Nick Foles passed for 314 yards and four TDs vs Oregon last week. He is tied for second in the Pac-10 in TD passes with 17. . . . Three of his scoring throws vs. Oregon went to soph WR Juron Criner, including a 71-yarder. . . . Cats rank second in the Pac-10 in both total offense (429.7) and total defense (320.7) and are the only Conference team to be outgaining opponents by more than 100 yards per game. . . . Wildcats also rank second in Pac-10 in both kickoff returns (25.8) and punt returns (14.5). . . . Arizona has 'outsacked' opponents 26-8. . . . Arizona joins Stanford as the Pac-10's least penalized teams. Wildcats have been whistled for just 47.6 yards per game.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils close out the season against Arizona in the annual battle for the Territorial Cup. . . . Game features the team ranked 1-2 in total defense in the Pac-10 (ASU 300.5 yards per game, Arizona 320.7). . . . Soph Samson Szakacsy went all the way at QB at UCLA last week and completed 15 of 22 (.682) for 197 yards and TD passes of 35 and 70 yards to WR Kyle Williams. . . . Sun Devils are tied for second in the Pac-10 in turnovers gained with 24. Devils also rank second in passes intercepted with 15, those coming from nine different defenders. . . . P Trevor Hankins ranks second in the Pac-10 at 43.7 yards per boot with 17 of his 61 punts going for 50+ yards. . . . Arizona State ranks second in Pac-10 in rushing defense at 107.8 yards per game, with 3.3 yards per rush the stingiest in the league.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears have an open date this week then close out the regular season on the road at Washington. . . . ILB Mike Mohamed named Pac-10 defensive player of week for his performance leading the Cal defense in Big Game victory. Mohamed had a team-high 10 tackles and sealed the win with an interception deep in Cal territory with less than two minutes remaining in the game. It marked the second Pac-10 player of the week honor for Mohamed this year. He leads the Pac-10 in tackles at 9.1 stops per game. . . . TB Shane Vereen named Walter Camp Foundation national offensive player of the week for his Big Game
performance. Filling in for TB Jahvid Best, Vereen carried the ball a staggering 42 times, going for a career-high 193 yards and three TDs. Vereen has rushed for more than 150 yards in each of the last two games filling in for Best.
OREGON: High stakes in The Civil war as the Ducks and Beavers engage in a winner-take-all battle for the Pac-10 Rose Bowl berth. The game is at Autzen Stadium this year. . . . Oregon has a nine-game winning streak going at Autzen, longest current home-game winning streak among Pac-10 teams. Oregon also has won eight straight Pac-10 contests at home, with the last loss coming in double-OT to Oregon State in 2007. . . . Oregon's last trip to the Rose Bowl Game came following the 1994 season. . . . QB Jeremiah Masoli named Pac-10 offensive player of week after accounting for six TDs in Ducks` wild double-OT win at Arizona. Masoli threw for three TDs, rushed for three more. Included was a TD pass with six seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game and the winning TD run in the second OT. . . . Oregon has scored more that 42 points in seven of eight Pac-10 games this year. . . . Frosh TB LaMichael James has six consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He ranks third in the league in rushing (119.1) and is averaging 6.9 yards per carry.
OREGON STATE: As noted above, Beavers and Ducks have a lot on the line in the annual Civil War on the Duck's home turf this year. A win for the Beavers gives them a Pac-10 Co-Championship and the league's automatic berth in the Rose Bowl. . . . Beavers last played in the Rose Bowl Game following the 1964 season. Since that 1964 season, OSU has claimed just one Pac-10 title, a co-championship in 2000. . . . TB Jacquizz Rodgers has tied the OSU season record for rushing TDs with 19. He has 20 TDs scored overall on the season to rank second in the Pac-10. . . . The Beavers put up 567 yards total offense in win at WSU last week--283 rushing, 284 passing. . . . QB Sean Canfield is leading the Pac-10 in passing (254.3), passing efficiency (147.5) and touchdown passes (19 vs. only six interceptions). . . . Win at WSU gave Beaver coach Mike Riley his 64th win at OSU helm. That is second all-time at Corvallis behind the 74 wins by Lon Stiner (1933-48). . . . Beavers have lost just eight turnovers in 11 games, including just two fumbles lost all season.
STANFORD: Cardinal closes out the regular season at home against Notre Dame this week. . . . RB Toby Gerhart rushed for 136 yards and four TDs in Big Game vs. Cal. He leads the Pac-10 in scoring and has 23 rushing TDs, just one shy of the Pac-10 season record for rushing touchdowns (24, LenDale White, USC (2005) and Corey Dillon, Washington (1996). The overall season record for touchdowns scored is 26 (LenDale White, USC (2005) and Skip Hicks, UCLA (1997). . . . SS Delano Howell posted a career-high 15 tackles, 10 solo, in Big Game. . . . Stanford leads the Pac-10 in fewest QB sacks allowed as O-line has allowed only six in 11 games. Plus line gets a lot of the credit for Cardinal ranking second in the league in rushing at 219.3 yards per game, joining Oregon as the only Pac-10 teams averaging more than 200 yards per game on the ground. . . . QB Andrew Luck has rushed for 319 yards this season, just 43 shy of the Stanford season record for rushing yards by a quarterback (362, Gene Washington, 1966).
UCLA: Bruins travel crosstown to battle for the Victory Bell with USC. . . . In win against Arizona State, Bruin defense forced six turnovers, including recovering five fumbles. That is the most fumbles recovered in a game by UCLA since 1998 (vs. USC). . . . CB Alterraun Verner returned an interception 68 yards for a TD vs. ASU. It was his fourth career interception return for a touchdown, which is a UCLA record and just one shy of the Pac-10 and NCAA record of five (Deltha O'Neal, Cal, 1996-99). . . . DT Brian Price leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss by a wide margin with 20.5 in 11 games. He has seven tackles for loss in the last two games. . . . Bruins lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 20.6 points per game. . . . PK Kai Forbath has extended his streak to 35 straight field goals made from a distance of 50 yards and in. He leads the nation with 26 field goals made (out of 29). . . . WR Terrence Austin has caught at least one pass in 25 straight games.
USC: Trojans close the season with two home games against UCLA and Arizona. . . . And despite the loss to Stanford in last home outing, Trojans still have 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 vs. Stanford, freshman Brice Butler stepped into the starting lineup and caught six balls good for 96 yards and a TD.
WASHINGTON: 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 in UW's last game. He is Pac-10 leader in total offense 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 three consecutive 100-yard rushing games and is up to sixth in Pac-10 rushing at 88.9 yards per game. Polk and Oregon TB LaMichael James (119.1) are the top two freshman rushers in the Pac-10. . . . WR Jermaine Kearse has four TD receptions in the last two games. . . . Huskies continue to lead the Pac-10 in third-down conversions at 48.6%. . . . Huskies forced five turnovers in last outing.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars travel to Washington hoping to find a little of the magic they found in last year's double-overtime win in the Apple Cup. . . . WR Jared Karstetter has caught at least one pass in 14 consecutive games, including six receptions for 71 yards vs. Oregon State last week. Karstetter also has scored six of the Cougars` 18 touchdowns this year, with no other Coug scoring more than two. . . . MLB Alex Hoffman-Ellis posted a career-high 15 tackles, nine solo, vs. OSU last week. He leads the Cougars and ranks fourth in the Pac-10 at 7.7 stops per game. . . . Senior Kevin Lopina has seen the bulk of the action at quarterback the last two weeks and has not thrown an interception in either. . . . Cougars have forced 15 fumbles this season, most since 2005.
HOME/ROAD: In 68 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 44 times, the visitors 24 times. In 39 Conference games to date, the home team has gone 23-16.