Stanford, Washington Face Off In North
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WASHINGTON, appearing in the polls for the first time since 2009, travels to STANFORD for a Pac-12 North Division matchup of division leaders. The Huskies have scored 30 or more points in each game this season and will face a Cardinal squad that is allowing just 11.2 points per game. Meanwhile, the Cardinal, who are averaging 45.8 points per game, are riding a 14-game winning streak, which is the longest in the FBS. . . This matchup also features two of the nation's top quarterbacks in Stanford's Andrew Luck (No. 3 in the FBS in passing efficiency at 180.55) and Washington's Keith Price (No. 5 in the FBS in passing efficiency at 177.91). Luck has completed 71.3% of his pass attempts with 18 TDs, while Price has completed 69.4% of his pass attempts with 21 TDs.
The Jeweled Shillelagh is on the line in the 83rd meeting between USC and Notre Dame. The Trojans have won the last four meetings in South Bend and eight of the last nine overall.
200-yard Passing Games. . . Three Pac-12 QBs have thrown for at least 200 yards in each game this season: ARIZONA's Nick Foles, who has a streak of 11 200-plus passing yard games dating back to last season; ARIZONA STATE's Brock Osweiller, who has nine straight 200-yard games dating back to last season; CALIFORNIA's Zach Maynard.
This Week's Matchups
Thursday, Oct. 20
UCLA (3-3) at ARIZONA (1-5)
Tucson, Ariz. • Arizona Stadium (57,400)
7 p.m. MT • ESPN/(Sirius 85/91, XM 85/91)
Series: UCLA leads 19-14-2. Last: ARIZ, 29-21 (2010)
Bruin Notes: The Bruins continue to remain in the hunt for the South Division lead as they are just a half-game back of division leaders Arizona State and USC. . . The UCLA offense ranks second in the league in rushing, averaging 194.5 yards per game and will look to take advantage of an Arizona run defense that is allowing 196.0 ypg. . . The tandem of junior RB Johnathan Franklin (84.8 ypg) and senior RB Derrick Coleman (56.0 ypg) lead UCLA's rushing attack. . . Junior TE Joseph Fauria has been added to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List after a solid first six games of the season. Fauria has caught 12 passes for 196 yards and has four touchdown grabs. He ranks second on the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Wildcat Notes: Defensive coordinator Tim Kish takes over as interim head coach after Mike Stoops was relieved of his duties Monday, Oct. 10. . . Senior QB Nick Foles has thrown for the second-most yards of any quarterback in the nation (2,255 yards), and the team's 383 passing yards per game is the third-best mark in the nation. . . The Wildcats have scored an average of 33 points/game in the last three games. . . The Jeff Sagarin NCAA Football ratings rank the Wildcats' schedule as the toughest in the nation to the mid-point in the season. Arizona's losses have come against five BCS opponents with a combined 23-7 record, with three of those teams currently ranked in the Top 10. . . Arizona will look for a quicker start as it has been outscored in the first quarter of games 55-17 on the season. A fast start for the Wildcats in recent years has led to a 27-6 record when leading after the first quarter since the start of the 2004 season.
Saturday, Oct. 22
9/T8 OREGON (5-1) at COLORADO (1-6)
Boulder, Colo. • Folsom Field (53,613)
1:30 p.m. MT • FSN/(Sirius 94, XM 193)
Series: COLO leads, 8-7-0. Last: ORE, 38-16 (2002)
Duck Notes: Has won 15 straight conference games, dating to a 2009 road loss to Stanford. The Ducks ran their home winning streak to 20 games, which is three shy of the school record set between 1997 and 2001. . . Junior RB Kenjon Barner posted career highs of 31 carries and 171 rushing yards. It was the third 100-yard rushing performance of his career and second straight in a game when he started in place of junior RB LaMichael James . . . All five of Oregon's touchdown drives in the win over Arizona State lasted 1:50 or less, including two under 54 seconds. . . Oregon has scored 40 or more points in 22 its last 32 games. . . The Ducks eclipsed 300 rushing yards (327) for a fourth straight game. . . The crowd of 60,055 (capacity 54,000) was a new State of Oregon attendance record and marked the 78th consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium.
Buffalo Notes: Injuries have taken their toll and it's showing up on defense: Washington had 562 yards Saturday, while Stanford had 553 yards last week; the last time CU surrendered 500-plus yards in back-to-back games was in 1983 (three straight: 609 by Nebraska, 524 by Oklahoma State, 531 by Kansas). . . Colorado has now lost 21 straight road games (22 straight out-of-state including one neutral site—the '07 Independence Bowl). . . Sophomore DE Chidera Uzo-Diribe now has a team best 4.5 quarterback sacks, and has three forced fumbles—the most by a Buff since CB Clyde Surrell had three in 2003. . . Freshman TB Tony Jones posted 121 all-purpose yards (14 rushes for 49 yards, 7 receptions for 49 yards) scored his first career touchdowns by rushing (previously had one receiving, last week at Stanford).
UTAH (3-3) at CALIFORNIA (3-3)
San Francisco • AT&T Park (45,000)
4 p.m. PT • CSNBA, KJZZ/(Sirius 93, XM 197)
Series: CAL leads, 4-3-0. Last: UTAH, 37-27 (OT) (2009)
Ute Notes: The Utes are no strangers to AT&T Park having defeated No. 24 Georgia Tech 38-10 in the 2005 Emerald Bowl. . . One of the best teams in the nation against the run, Utah ranks second in the Pac-12 and 13th nationally in rushing defense (94.5), holding four of its six opponents under 100 ground yard. Last week, Utah held Pitt's Ray Graham, then the nation's second-leading rusher, to 46 yards—103 yards below his average coming into the game. In fact, Utah's defense held Pitt to 120 total yards for the game. . . Only points the Utes allowed last week in 26-14 win at Pittsburgh were on special teams, allowing a touchdown via kick return and blocked punt in the first quarter. . . Junior QB Jordan Wynn will miss this season's rematch due to a season-ending shoulder injury. In his place, junior QB Jon Hays, who has played in four games total, has completed 42-of-70 passes (60.0%) for 482 yards with three touchdowns. . .
Golden Bear Notes: Sophomore WR Keenan Allen continues to post big numbers as he hauled in a personal-best 13 receptions for 160 yards. It was the fourth consecutive 100-yard receiving performance. . . Allen now leads the nation in receiving yards per game with his average of 138.0 per contest. He is also eighth nationally and second in the Pac-12 with his 8.67 receptions per contest. Allen leads Cal in all key receiving categories with 52 receptions, 828 yards and four touchdown catches, as well as a 15.9 yard per reception average. . . Allen has caught a pass in each of the 17 games he's played in his career, while senior WR Marvin Jones has caught a pass in 31 consecutive games . . . Junior QB Zach Maynard completed 25-of-43 passes for 294 yards in the loss to USC. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in each game this season.
28/x USC (5-1) at 27/27 Notre Dame (4-2)
South Bend, Ind. • Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
7:30 p.m. ET • NBC/(Sirius 94/129, XM 193/129)
Series: Notre Dame leads, 43-34-5. Last: ND, 20-16 (2010)
Trojan Notes: USC has won a school-record 13 consecutive non-conference road games. . . In the series with Notre Dame, this is only the 10th time that neither team has been ranked going into the game, and it is also the first time ever that a 5-1 USC team has not been ranked by AP. . . In USC's last game at Notre Dame, then true freshman QB Matt Barkley was 19-of-29 for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns in a 34-27 win. . . In USC's 30-9 victory Saturday at California, junior TB Curtis McNeal came off the bench for an injured Marc Tyler and ran for a game-high 86 yards on 17 carries (5.1 average per carry), with a 2-yard TD late in the contest. . . Freshman LB Dion Bailey picked off two Cal passes and posted eight tackles in the win over the Bears. Bailey continues to lead the Trojan defense with 48 tackles. . . OT Matt Kalil anchors a line that has surrendered just four sacks (and he has blocked four kicks this year on special teams). . . Freshman PK Andre Heidari has connected on 10-of-11 field goals and is perfect on 18 PATs.
22/24 WASHINGTON (5-1) at 7/5 STANFORD (6-0)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
5 p.m. PT • ABC/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: WASH leads, 40-37-4. Last: STAN, 41-0 (2010)
Husky Notes: Washington is 3-0 in league for the first time since 1997. . . Washington's 52 points were the most in over a decade. The Huskies beat Idaho 53-3 back on Sept. 22, 2001. Washington has scored 30 or more points in all six games this season, the first time they have ever done that to start a season. . . Sophomore QB Keith Price threw four more touchdowns to give him 21 on the season and move him up to a tie for fourth all-time on the single season list with Jake Locker. The FBS leader is Robert Griffin of Baylor with 22 on the season. The four touchdowns by Price equal the third most in a game by a Husky quarterback (he's done it three times this season. . . Junior RB Chris Polk eclipsed the 100-yard plateau for the 16th time during his career, the second most in UW history trailing only Napoleon Kaufman's 17 games. . . Senior WR Jermaine Kearse caught his 28th career touchdown to move two behind Mario Bailey for most all-time in UW history.
Cardinal Notes: Stanford has held its last 12 opponents under 25 points, the longest such streak since 1939-41. . . Junior LB Chase Thomas added another sack last Saturday, pushing his league-leading total to six sacks for the year. . . Freshman KR Ty Montgomery ran back a kickoff 96 yards for a TD on the game's final play in a 44-14 win at Washington State. He tallied 147 yards on three returns in the game. . . The Cardinal are a perfect 31-for-31 in red zone efficiency. . . . Junior QB Andrew Luck now has 63 career TD passes which rank third on Stanford's all-time list behind only John Elway (77) and Steve Stenstrom (72). His 63 TD passes rank 15th all-time in the Pac-12. . . Junior RB Stepfan Taylor hit the century mark against Washington State and has now rushed for 100 yards or more in three of six games this season, and 10 for his career.
OREGON STATE (1-5) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-3)
Seattle, Wash. • CenturyLink Field (67,000)
7:30 p.m. PT • FSN/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: WSU leads, 48-44-3. Last: WSU, 31-14 (2010)
Beaver Notes: Junior CB/KR Jordan Poyer accounted for 222 all-purpose yards, including 171 on seven kick returns in the 38-28 loss to BYU. He also scored a touchdown, his second for the season, this on a 51-yard interception return. For the season Poyer is averaging 23.5 yards on kickoff returns and has accounted for 555 all-purpose yards (93 yds per game avg.). . . Freshman QB Sean Mannion was 27-of-43 for 306 yards and one TD in the loss to BYU. He has connected on 148-of-228 (64.9%) for 1,445 yards over the last five games. . . The Beavers have forced 10 turnovers over the last three games. Those turnovers resulted in 40 points (scored on 8 of 10 possessions after turnover). . . A pair of freshmen DE have made an impact for the Beaver defense. Scott Crichton leads the team with 8.0 TFL, while Dylan Wynn has recovered a team-best three fumbles this season.
Cougar Notes: Junior QB Jeff Tuel returned to action for the Cougars last week and started in the loss to Stanford. Tuel, who suffered a fracture of his left clavicle in the first game of the season, connected on 17-of-30 for 145 yards. . . Senior WR Isiah Barton hauled in a career-high seven receptions for 63 yards. Entering the Stanford game, Barton had 19 catches in five games this season. . . Sophomore WR Marquess Wilson has caught a pass in each of his 18 career games played. . . Sophomore CB Deone Bucannon's 11 tackles in the loss to Stanford are the third most in his career and fourth career double-digit tackle performance. . . The Cougars have scored 217 points this season through six games, averaging 36.2 points per game. They tallied 235 points (19.6 ppg) all of last season.