On The Line
AROUND THE PAC-12
No. 6/4 STANFORD puts the nation's longest winning streak (11 games) to test at home against UCLA.
Pac-12 youth continues to shine... Three Pac-12 sophomore receivers rank among the top five in the nation in receiving yards - WASHINGTON STATE WR Marquess Wilson (143.0 ypg) is the national leader, followed by CALIFORNIA's Keenan Allen (No. 4/124.5 ypg) and USC's Robert Woods (No. 5/123.0 ypg). The fourth-leading receiver in the Pac-12 also is a sophomore - COLORADO's Paul Richardson (99.5 ypg).
With his OREGON single-game record of 288 rushing yards at Arizona, junior RB LaMichael James has posted 3,890 career rushing yards. That moves him into sixth all-time on the Pac-12 charts. Up next for James is former Washington Husky Napoleon Kaufman (4,106 yards, 1991-94). James, who has rushed for 492 yards over the last two games, gets to rest his legs this week as the Ducks have an open date.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS
Saturday, Oct. 1
ARIZONA (1-3) at t38/nr USC (3-1)
Los Angeles, Calif. • L.A. Coliseum (93,607)
12:30 pm PT • FSN/(Sirius 139/XM 193)
Series: USC leads 27-7-0. Last: USC, 24-21 (2010)
Wildcat Notes: While the Wildcats look to snap an eight-game skid vs. FBS opponents, six of those eight opponents were ranked 14th or better. . . Arizona's passing offense ranks fifth nationally at 372.5 yards per game. . . Senior QB Nick Foles, the Pac-12's total offense leader, has connected on 70.5% of his pass attempts and has yet to throw a pick this season in 183 attempts. In fact, dating back to last season, Foles has not thrown a pick in his last 200 attempts. . . Senior IR David Douglas caught seven passes for 120 yards in the loss to Oregon. He is the fourth different UA receiver to record 100 or more receiving yards this season. He joins Austin Hill (128 yards at Oklahoma State); Dan Buckner (142 yards at Oklahoma State); Juron Criner (151 yards vs. Northern Arizona). . . Senior DB Trevin Wade has a league-best seven pass break ups, including six over the last two games.
Trojan Notes: Senior RB Marc Tyler ran for a game-best 149 yards on 22 carries (123 of those yards came in the second half) in the loss at Arizona State. Tyler has posted a pair of 100-yard rushing performances this season and is fourth in the league, averaging 101.0 yards per game. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods had 208 all-purpose yards at Arizona State (including 131 yards on 8 catches and 75 yards on a pair of kickoff returns). . . Freshman LB Dion Bailey had a game-best 10 tackles at ASU and now leads the team with 26 tackles (6.5 per game). . . Freshman PK Andre Heidari nailed three field goals (41, 29, 33 yards) at Arizona State. He is now 5-of-6 on field goals overall.
OREGON STATE (0-3) at 25/28 ARIZONA STATE (3-1)
Tempe, Ariz. • Sun Devil Stadium (71,705)
7:30 p.m. PT • FS AZ/FCS-Pacific/(Sirius 92/XM 192)
Series: ASU leads, 24-12-1. Last: OSU, 31-28 (2010)
Beaver Notes: The Beavers are looking for their first win of the season and avoid their first 0-4 start since 1996. . . Nearly one year after sustaining a devastating knee injury at Arizona, senior WR James Rodgers made his season debut and responded with five receptions for 76 yards. . . Junior LB Feti Unga had a game-high 14 tackles in the loss to UCLA. He leads the league, averaging 10.3 tackles per game. . . Thanks to Jordan Poyer's 85-yard punt return for touchdown against UCLA, the Beavers now rank fifth nationally, averaging 20.0 yards per punt return. . . OSU's kickoff coverage is among the league's best, with a net of 46.9 yards. They'll be challenged by Arizona State's kickoff return unit, which averages a Pac-12 best (10th nationally) 28.4 yards per return.
Sun Devil Notes: ASU now has two wins vs. ranked teams at home in the same season (37-30 in overtime over No. 21 Missouri and 43-22 over No. 23 USC) for the first time since its 1986 Rose Bowl championship season. . . ASU's two wins over ranked teams this year is the most by a Sun Devil squad since the 1997 team led by Pat Tillman had three wins over ranked teams (wins at No. 13 Miami, at No. 25 Stanford, and vs. No. 10 Washington State). . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall rushed 25 times for 141 yards and three touchdowns in the win over USC. On the game's fourth play from scrimmage, he raced 70 yards for the game's first touchdown, his third-longest run from scrimmage in his career. . . In the victory over USC, junior WR Jamal Miles got his hands on the ball four different ways for 135 all-purpose yards (1 rush, 55 receiving, 73 kick return, 6 punt return).
WASHINGTON STATE (2-1) at COLORADO (1-3)
Boulder, Colo. • Folsom Field (53,613)
1:30 p.m. MT • FCS-Pacific/(Sirius 128)
Series: COLO leads, 4-2-0. Last: COLO, 20-12 (2004)
Cougar Notes: Washington State makes its first appearance in Boulder since 2004 when it knocked off 17th-ranked Colorado, 47-26. . . Senior QB Marshall Lobbestael has led the Cougars to a Pac-12 best passing offense (380.0 yards per game), but will now face the league's best pass defense in Colorado (183.5 yards allowed per game). Lobbestael leads the Pac-12, and is sixth nationally, with a 180.17 passing efficiency rating. . . In three previous seasons combined, Lobbestael completed just 48.8 percent of his passes in 19 games for 1,287 yards, 7 TDs and 12 interceptions. In just three games this senior season, he's completed 62.4 percent of his passes for 959 yards, 10 TDs and just two interceptions.
Buffalo Notes: Freshman PK Will Oliver remained perfect on the season (he is 6-of-6 on FG and 11-of-11 on PAT, 29 points). Only Jeremy Flores has made more field goals without missing to start a career at CU than Oliver; Flores made his first seven over the 2001 and 2002 seasons. . . Senior TB Rodney Stewart moved into third place on CU's all-time rushing yards list with 3,022 yards; he passed Bobby Purify (2000-04; 3,016) and is right behind Rashaan Salaam (1992-94; 3,057) for second. He is second in career rushes with 692 (Eric Bieniemy leads with 699). His five receptions gives him 71 career receptions, now second most by a running back at Colorado as he passed Lawrence Vickers (2002-05; 68) today. His 702 receiving yards are also second by a running back, with Herchell Troutman (1994-97, 725) now within his sights. His 151.2 all-purpose yards per game ranks third in the Pac-12.
UCLA (2-2) at 6/4 STANFORD (3-0)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
7:30 p.m. PT • FSN/(Sirius 85/XM 85)
Series Record: STAN leads, 45-33-3. Last: STAN, 35-0 (2010)
Bruin Notes: Senior RB Derrick Coleman rushed for 100 yards on 20 carries (5.0 ypc) in the win at Oregon State. It was his second 100-yard performance this season as he picked up 135 yards against San Jose State (Sept. 10). Coleman is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. . Junior QB Richard Brehaut has been making a case to secure the starting spot for the Bruins. In four games, he's completed 44-of-79 (55.7%) for 705 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed for 140 yards and one touchdown. . . Senior KR Josh Smith had three kickoff returns for 77 yards at Oregon State. He also had two receptions from his wide receiver position for another 76 yards, including a 62-yard pass from Brehaut. . . The Bruin rushing attacking (2nd in the Pac-12 at 214.0 ypg) will face a Stanford run defense that leads the nation (36.0 yards allowed per game).
Cardinal Notes: After an idle weekend, the Cardinal dropped one stop from No. 5 to No. 6 in the AP poll, but moved up one slot from No. 5 to No. 4 in the Coaches poll. . . The Cardinal has won each of its last three games following bye weeks, including a memorable upset of seventh-ranked Oregon in 2009. . . Stanford's defense has allowed just two offensive touchdowns this season and just nine touchdowns in as many games dating back to last season. The defense has posted eight scoreless quarters this season and ranks seventh nationally in scoring defense, allowing just 9.0 points a game. . . Junior PR Drew Terrell leads the league in punt return average (15.7 yards). He'll look to take advantage of a UCLA punt return unit that allows a league-low 7.7 yards per return. . . Freshman PK Jordan Williamson has connected on each of his six field goal attempts.
35/t36 WASHINGTON (3-1) at UTAH (2-1)
Salt Lake City, Utah • Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
5 p.m. MT • FSN/(Sirius 85/XM 85)
Series: WASH leads, 6-0-0. Last: WASH, 41-7 (1979)
Husky Notes: Washington visits Salt Lake City for the first time in the series history as all six victories over the Utes have come in Seattle. . . Sophomore QB Keith Price led the Huskies to a 31-23, Pac-12 opening win over Cal, completing 19 of 25 pass attempts (.760) for 292 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Among his three TDs was a 70-yarder to junior RB Chris Polk. For the year, Price has thrown 14 TDs and only three interceptions. . . Price will test the Utah defense, which has four interceptions and leads the league in pass defense efficiency (114.8). . . Sophomore DE Hau'oli Jamora will miss the remainder of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee early in the California game. . . Senior LB Cort Dennison led the Husky defense with 11 total tackles in the win over Cal. Dennison and the UW defense put the game away in the closing seconds thanks to a goal-line stand that ended at the UW two-yard line. . . Washington is looking to start 4-1 for the first time since 2006.
Ute Notes: Utah's red zone defense will get tested this Saturday. The Utes rank first in the Pac-12 allowing just three touchdowns in six red zone appearances by their opponent. They'll face a Husky squad that has scored 13 touchdowns and added three field goals in 18 trips in the red zone. . . Kyle Whittingham is 6-0 coming off regular-season byes, with victories over Wyoming (2005, 2007), Colorado State (2006, 2009), New Mexico (2008) and Iowa State (2010). Utah has won 10 games in a row following regular-season byes, last losing in 2002 at San Diego State. Utah's last home loss following a bye was in 1996 (to Brigham Young). . . Utah is tied for the national lead in fumbles recovered (8), is tied for sixth nationally in turnovers caused (12) and ranks third in turnover margin (3.00; 12 takeaways to 3 turnovers).