Thursday Night Action Begins
Around The Pac-12
Northwest numbers... WASHINGTON (4-1) and WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) each scored 31 points in road wins Saturday, pushing their combined record to 7-2 this season. For both schools, it's the best start since the 2006 season.
OREGON and CALIFORNIA meet Thursday night in Eugene on ESPN. It's the first of three straight Pac-12 Thursday night games on ESPN.
STANFORD puts the nation's longest winning streak (12 games) to test at home against Colorado.
STANFORD coach David Shaw on junior QB Andrew Luck, who had a highlight reception in the win over UCLA, "There's five positions the guy can play. We kind of like what he does at quarterback." When Shaw allowed Luck to call his own plays over the course of five possessions, he responded, "He called better plays than me."
This Week's Matchups
Thursday, Oct. 6
CALIFORNIA (3-1) at 9/9 OREGON (3-1)
Eugene, Ore. • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
6 pm PT • ESPN/(Sirius 85, 91; XM 85, 91)
Series: CAL leads 39-32-2. Last: ORE, 15-13 (2010)
Golden Bear Notes: Cal's defense looks for a repeat performance in slowing down the Oregon offense. In last year's meeting, the Bears limited the explosive Ducks to 377 yards of total offense (162 rushing, 155 passing) in a 15-13 setback. . . California's rush defense has allowed only 78.25 yards per contest, ranking second in the Pac-12 and ninth nationally. . . Senior LB Mychal Kendricks equaled a career-high with 15 tackles in at Washington and has a team-leadng 35 tackles. . . Sophomore WR Keenan Allen is 12 receiving yards away from equaling DeSean Jackson as the fastest Cal player to reach 1,000 career receiving yards (he reached 1,000 in the 16th game). The 498 receiving yards Allen has totaled in four games this season have already surpassed the 490 he had during freshman campaign.
Duck Notes: Oregon has won its last 13 conference games overall and last 18 played at Autzen Stadium. . . The Ducks are averaging 49.55 points per game during their 18-game home winning streak. . . In 19 career conference games, junior RB LaMichael James has rushed for an average of 150.3 yards per game (6.33 ypc) and 33 touchdowns. . . James now leads the country in rushing, all-purpose yards and punt returns, and is fourth nationally in scoring (13.5 avg.). . . With 3,890 career rushing yards, James is looking to become the sixth conference back to have eclipsed 4,000 yards and only one, USC's Charles White, did so before his senior season. White is the record holder with 6,245 yards. . . Of Oregon's 27 offensive drives resulting in touchdowns, 12 have lasted 1:39 or less.
Saturday, Oct. 8
ARIZONA (1-4) at OREGON STATE (0-4)
Corvallis, Ore. • Reser Stadium (45,674)
12:30 p.m. PT • FCS-Pacific/(Sirius 139)
Series: ARIZ leads, 21-12-1. Last: OSU, 29-27 (2010)
Wildcat Notes: Arizona looks to snap a seven-game winless streak in conference play. . . Freshman RB Ka'Deem Carey scored three touchdowns (two rush, one receiving) against USC. In a pass-heavy offense, Carey and senior RB Keola Antolin have combined for 311 yards (4.6 ypc) over the last three games. . . Carey leads the club in per-game all-purpose yardage (122.4 yards per contest) thanks to his 369 yards in kick returns (21.7). . . Senior QB Nick Foles completed 41-of-53 for 425 yards and 4 TDs, hitting 12 different receivers in the 48-41 loss at USC. It was the fifth time in his career that he has thrown for at least 400 yards in a game. . . Arizona has surrendered 503 yards of total offense per game this year, but that has come against some notable offenses. The next seven opponents average 377 yards per game.
Beaver Notes: Freshman QB Sean Mannion went 40-for-66 for 341 yards and a touchdown in the loss at Arizona State. He broke 25-year-old school records for completions and attempts in the game. . . OSU was without leading rusher Malcolm Agnew (hamstring) for the third straight game. Agnew rushed for 223 yards in the season-opener, but since then the OSU rushing attack has been limited to 158 rushing yards over the last three games. . . Despite a season-ending knee injury suffered last year in Tucson, senior WR James Rodgers has had considerable success against the Wildcats during his career as he's rushed for 159 yards (11.6 ypc), tallied 18 receptions for 238 yards and 143 kickoff return yards (23.8 per return).
22/24 ARIZONA STATE (4-1) at UTAH (2-2)
Salt Lake City, Utah • Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
1:30 p.m. MT • FSN/(Sirius 128, XM 193)
Series: ASU leads, 16-6-0. Last: ASU, 38-0 (1993)
Sun Devil Notes: Arizona State has won seven in a row over the Utes dating back to a streak that started with the Sun Devils last appearance in Salt Lake City (1977). . . This will be the second time in his career that Dennis Erickson will face the Utah Utes. His only previous match-up with them was in 1986, when his Wyoming Cowboys defeated Utah 38-14 in Laramie. . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall, playing on a badly sprained ankle, picked up 80 yards on 14 carries (5.7 ypc), to go with 2 TDs against Oregon State. . . The Sun Devil defense has dialed up the turnovers over the last two contests, forcing nine takeaways. . . Junior WR Jamal Miles has returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the season opener against UC Davis, threw a TD pass against Missouri, returned a punt for a TD against Oregon State and has caught three touchdown passes this year. Miles is the only player in the nation to have scored a touchdown on a reception, kickoff return and punt return as well as throw a TD pass.
Ute Notes: Junior QB Jordan Wynn is out for Saturday's game with an injury to his left (non-throwing) shoulder. Wynn was injured at the end of the first half against Washington and was replaced by junior college transfer Jon Hays. Hays responded by completing 10-of-16 passes for 156 yards and one TD, a 63-yard pass to junior WR DeVonte Christopher. It was Utah's longest pass play of the season. . . Christopher leads the Utes with 21 receptions and 330 receiving yards. . . In the latest national rankings, Utah is No. 4 in red-zone defense (5-9, 56%), is tied for fifth in fumbles recovered (8), tied for 7th in turnovers caused (13) and tied for 13th in turnover margin (1.25; 13 takeaways to 8 turnovers). The Utes lead the Pac-12 in all four categories. . . Senior LB Chaz Walker had a team-leading 12 tackles against Washington and is now tied for the Pac-12 lead with 9.5 tackles per game.
COLORADO (1-4) at 7/4 STANFORD (4-0)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
4:30 p.m. PT • Versus/(Sirius 128, XM 193)
Series Record: Tied, 3-3-0. Last: STAN, 41-37 (1993)
Buffalo Notes: Senior QB Tyler Hansen became the seventh Buffalo to throw for 4,000 yards in career, as he has now posted 4,147 yards. His passes without an interception streak came to an end at 131 (intercepted on his 11th pass against Washington State); that was the second longest mark in school annals behind 139 by Joel Klatt (over a five-game stretch in 2005). . . A couple of Buffaloes have flipped sides of the ball as TB Brian Lockridge and WR Jason Espinoza have come to assist the Colorado defense at cornerback. Lockeridge's first defensive stat he recorded was a 9-yard sack in the second quarter.
Cardinal Notes: In four games, the Cardinal have turned the ball over just once. . . The Cardinal have been perfect in 22 red zone opportunities, scoring 17 TDs and adding five FGs. . . In the win over UCLA, junior QB Andrew Luck guided the Stanford offense through five possessions with his own play calling, two possessions resulted in TDs. In addition to his efficient 23-of-27 (85.2%) for 227 yards ant 3 TDs through the air, he added a spectacular one-handed reception for 13 yards. . . Junior RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 112 yards on 17 carries (6.6 ypc) against UCLA. He's now one of four Pac-12 running backs averaging better than 100 yards rushing per game. . . Tight ends Coby Fleener (5), Zach Ertz (3) and Levine Toilolo (1) have accounted for nine of Stanford's 12 TD receptions this season and 13 of the last 16 scoring strikes dating back to the Orange Bowl.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) at UCLA (2-3)
Pasadena, Calif. • Rose Bowl (91,500)
7:30 p.m. MT • FSN/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: UCLA leads, 38-18-1. Last: UCLA, 42-28 (2010)
Cougar Notes: Washington State notched its 500th victory in program history at Colorado. . . Senior QB Marshall Lobbestael completed 32-of-49 passes for 376 yards and 3 TDs. He was 8-of-10 for 147 yards and a pair of TDs in the final two scoring drives that brought WSU back from 27-17 deficit in the final 5:04 minutes for the 31-27 victory. It was his third straight game with 300-plus passing yards. Lobbestael has thrown for 1,335 yards this season, compared to a total of 1,287 yards over the his first three seasons in Pullman. . . Through four games, WSU has scored 178 points, averaging 44.5 points per game. Last season, the Cougars scored a total of 235 points, averaging 19.6 points. . . Senior LB Alex Hoffman-Ellis posted a team-high 14 tackles and two sacks in the win at Colorado. He leads the Cougars with 27 tackles on the season. . . Junior QB Jeff Tuel has been cleared to begin practicing this week in full pads. . . Cougars look to start 4-1 for the first time since 2003. A win Saturday also would mark the first time WSU has won three consecutive league road games since 2006.
Bruin Notes: Junior QB Richard Brehaut threw for 202 yards and a pair of TD passes to junior TE Joseph Fauria in the loss at Stanford. Fauria has caught a touchdown pass in five of the last seven games. . . Junior RB Johnathan Franklin rushed for 96 yards on 12 carries (8.0 ypc) at Stanford. For the season, Franklin is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. With 2,092 career rushing yards, Franklin ranks 14th on the school's all-time list. Up next on the list is Brian Brown (2,099 yards from 1986-90). . . Junior P Jeff Locke had four boots for an average of 46.0 yards at Stanford. He is one of five Pac-12 punters averaging better than 44.0 yards per punt.