This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 30, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||Thurs., Dec. 3||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Oregon State (8-3)vs.
|Autzen Stadium (54,000)
|RANKINGS||Sat., Dec. 5||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|Arizona (7-4) vs.
|Memorial Coliseum (93,607)
Los Angeles, Calif.
|California (8-3) vs.
|Husky Stadium (72,500)
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:
With just post-season bowl games remaining, the Pac-10 has had a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 21-9 (.700) record against non-league foes.
In 72 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 47 times, the visitors 25 times. In 42 Conference games to date, the home team has gone 25-17.
ARIZONA (5-3, 7-4)
Wildcats close out the regular season on the road at USC. . . . With a 7-4 mark, Arizona has assured itself of being in the Pac-10 bowl mix for the second straight year. . . . Cats have scored at least one rushing touchdown in seven straight games and 22 of the last 23. . . . DE Ricky Elmore had two QB sacks at ASU last week and top
s the Pac-10 with 10.5 for the season. . . . UA scored on a blocked punt r
eturned for a touchdown for the first time since 2002. Orlando Vargas both blocked the punt and scored the TD. . . . WR Terrell Turner has caught at least one pass in 17 straight games. . . . PK Alex Zendejas named Pac-10 special teams player of the week for kicking the game-winning field goal as time expired in win at ASU. It runs in the family. His uncle, former UA PK Max Zendejas, hit game-winning field goals for the Cats at Sun De
vil Stadium in 1983 and 1985. . . . Game at ASU last week was first game this season in which QB Nick Foles did not throw a TD pass. His 67.4% completion percentage is close to the UA season record (68.5, Keith Smith, 1998).
ARIZONA STATE (4-8)
CALIFORNIA (5-3, 8-3)
Golden Bears close out the regular season on the road at Washington. . . . Cal comes off back-to-back wins against ranked teams (Arizona and Stanford) and have won five of last six overall. Bears are also 4-1 on the road this year. . . . 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. Making his second start 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 (7-1, 9-2)
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 in last outing. 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 (6-2, 8-3)
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 in last game--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 (6-3, 8-4)
Regular season concluded.
UCLA (3-6, 6-6)
Regular season concluded.
USC (5-3, 8-3)
Trojans close the regular season with home game against Arizona. . . . USC has won 48 of its last 50 home games. . . . OLB Malcolm Smith named Pac-10 defensive player of the week and Walter Camp Foundation national defensive player of the week for his role in SC win against UCLA. Smith posted a game-high 15 tackles and returned an interception 62 yards for a TD. . . . FS Taylor Mays has posted 20 tackles in last two games and ranks second in Pac-10 with 8.2 stops per game. . . . USC leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with an even 3.0 per game. Individually, the Trojans are the only team with two players among the top six in QB sacks with DEs Everson Griffen (8) and Nick Perry (7). . . . SC has allowed just nine TD passes in 11 games, only Pac-10 team in single digits in that category. . . . Good coverage--opponents average just 2.1 yards per punt return against the Trojans (17 returns-35 yards).
WASHINGTON (3-5, 4-7)
Huskies close out the season with a home game against California. . . . Three Conference wins and four wins overall show UW progress this year from 2008's winless season. . . . With 130 yards rushing in the Apple Cup, TB Chris Polk upped his season total to 1,019 yards and became the first freshman in UW history to rush for 1,000 yards. He broke the Husky freshman rushing record of 986 yards set by QB Jake Locker in 2007. . . . Speaking of Locker, he rushed for 94 yards and a TD in the Apple Cup and raised his career rushing total to 1,413 yards. That's 143 yards shy of the UW career record for rushing yards by a quarterback (1,556 by Marques Tuiasosopo, 1997-2000). . . . PK Erik Folk has connected on 18 of 21 field goal attempts (85.7%) and ranks second in the Conference in field goals per game.
WASHINGTON STATE (0-9, 1-11)