ESPN's GameDay Visits the Farm
AROUND THE PAC-12
Veterans Day is Friday, Nov. 11. In honor of our military veterans, pregame and halftime ceremonies will be held at Pac-12 stadiums Saturday to recognize and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. In addition, the Conference will help celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African American military pilots who flew in World War II.
ESPN's College Game Day visits The Farm on Saturday for the third trip to a Pac-12 campus in five weeks. This week's featured game pits No. 6 OREGON at No. 3 STANFORD. Since 1986, it's the 13th time that a pair of Associated Press Top 10 Pac-12 teams have squared off (see complete list on page 2). Both teams can put up the points - Stanford ranks third nationally (48.2 points per game), Oregon fifth nationally (46.0 points per game). Key matchups in the contest could come down to Stanford's run defense (3rd nationally/78.9 yards per game) against Oregon's rushing offense (5th nationally/298.4 yards per game); or Stanford's passing game (5th nationally/174.2 passing efficiency) against Oregon's pass defense (16th nationally/110.6 passing efficiency defense).
UCLA travels to UTAH where the victor becomes bowl eligible. CALIFORNIA also looks to become bowl eligible as it hosts OREGON STATE Saturday.
The national awards lists are starting to pare down to semifinalists. Among those recently released are the Maxwell Award semifinalists (16), which include USC QB Matt Barkley, OREGON RB LaMichael James, STANFORD QB Andrew Luck, WASHINGTON RB Chris Polk, and USC WR Robert Woods. In addition, the Bednarik Award semifinalists (16) tab ARIZONA STATE LB Vontaze Burfict and STANFORD LB Chase Thomas.
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS
Saturday, Nov. 12
ARIZONA (2-7) at COLORADO (1-9)
Boulder, Colo. • Folsom Field (53,613)
12:30 pm MT • TV: FCS Pacific/(Sirius 139, XM 196)
Series: COLO leads 12-1-0. Last: ARIZ, 24-21 (1986)
Wildcat Notes: Senior QB Nick Foles needs 83 yards of total offense to match Willie Tuitama's school record of 8,727 set from 2005-08. . . Foles needs 67 passing yards to match Jason Johnson's 3,327 yards set in 2002 as second-most in a season. . . Senior WR David Douglas had 10 receptions for a career-best 156 yards and two TDs in the 34-21 loss to Utah. It was the second 100-plus yard receiving game of his career. . . Senior WR Juron Criner has 2,510 career receiving yards, which ranks No. 4 in school history. He needs one more receiving TD to match the school record held by Theopolis Bell who snagged 30 TDs from 1972-75. . . Since making his first career start vs. UCLA, freshman LB Tra'Mayne Bondurant is making the most of his opportunity as he has recorded eight tackles in each of the last three games.
Buffalo Notes: Senior WR Tony Clemons continued his recent solid play with five catches for a career-high 112 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to USC. His 37-yard reception for a TD put CU up 7-0 early, the Buffs' first lead in five games (244:10 of game time). Clemons has 13 catches for 209 yards and 3 TDs over the last two games. . . Freshman PK Will Oliver tied the school freshman record for the most field goals made in a season with his 10th; that ties the mark set by Tom Field in 1979 he now has 51 points, second-most for a frosh (PK Mason Crosby scored 52 in 2003).. . . Colorado went from committing five turnovers last week at Arizona State to having none vs. USC. . . Senior RB Rodney Stewart posted 155 all-purposes yards (88 rushing, 67 receiving) giving him 4,466 for his career, as he passed his position coach, Eric Bieniemy (4,351, 1987-90) for CU's all-time record.
30/30 WASHINGTON (6-3) at 18/nr USC (7-2)
Los Angeles, Calif. • L.A. Memorial Coliseum (93,607)
12:45 pm PT • TV: FX/(Sirius 138)
Series: USC leads, 49-28-4. Last: WASH, 32-31 (2010)
Husky Notes: Sophomore QB Keith Price connected for his 25th touchdown of the season in the third quarter to tie Brock Huard (1997) for second most all-time in UW single-season history. The all-time record is 28 by Cody Pickett (2002). . . Freshman WR Kasen Williams set a career high with 79 receiving yards, a week after having previous best of 60 vs. Arizona. . . Junior RB Chris Polk was held under 100 yards rushing for just the second time this season. His 80 yards vs. Oregon give him 1,096 for the season and 3,657 for his career. . . Washington was held under 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. . . For the third time this season UW gave up less than 200 yards passing - all losses. In UW's six wins, they have allowed 300-yards passing five times. . . UW held the Ducks to 381 total yards, 145 below its average.
Trojan Notes: The Trojans blocked a pair of kicks at Colorado, giving the team six blocked kicks in 2011. . . Junior QB Matt Barkley completed 25-of-39 for 318 yards and set a USC record with six TD passes in a game; he snapped a five-way tie he had shared with Rodney Peete, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez. . . Second time this year both Sophomore WR Robert Woods and freshman Marqise Lee topped 100 yards in receiving. Lee had 9 catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs. It's the second 100-yard receiving game of his career. Woods posted 9 receptions for 130 yards and 2 TDs. It was his sixth 100-yard game of the season and eighth of his career; he went over the 1,000-yard mark for the season (90 - 1,121 yards, with 11 TDs).
OREGON STATE (2-7) at CALIFORNIA (5-4)
San Francisco, Calif. • AT&T Park (45,000)
3:30 pm PT • TV: CSNBA/(Sirius 112, XM 192)
Series: CAL leads, 33-30-0. Last: OSU, 35-7 (2010)
Beaver Notes: Senior WR James Rodgers scored his 18th career receiving touchdown in the second quarter. That ties him with Robb Thomas (1985-88) for fourth in school history. Rodgers tallied six catches, giving him 212 for his career. He is now one shy of tying James Newson (2000-03) for second-most in program history and needs nine to break Mike Hass' program-record of 220. . . Freshman QB Sean Mannion threw for 252 yards after completing 18-of-30 pass attempts. He has now thrown for 200 or more yards in eight consecutive games, the most since Derek Anderson did so in 13 straight games in 2003. . . Oregon State became the first team this season to hold Stanford scoreless in the first quarter.
Golden Bear Notes: Sophomore WR Keenan Allen posted eight catches for 85 yards in the 30-7 win over Washington State. Allen moved up on Cal's single-season top-10 lists in two categories - receptions (75, T-3rd) and yards (1,074, 4th). The 75 receptions are the most since Geoff McArthur caught 85 in 2003. He also extended his streak of consecutive games with a catch to 20, all his games at Cal. Allen also became the sixth receiver in school history to register 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. The nine games it took Allen to reach 1,000 yards in a season are the quickest in school history. The 1,074 receiving yards are the fourth most in a single season in school history. . . Junior RB Isi Sofele rushed 23 times for a career-high 138 yards with a touchdown. It was the third time he topped 100 yards this season. . . Entering the game, the Washington State passing game was ranked second in the Pac-12, while the Cal pass defense was ranked first in the conference and 32nd in the nation. The Cal defense held the Cougar passing attack to 155 yards.
UCLA (5-4) at UTAH (5-4)
Salt Lake City, Utah • Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
4:30 p.m. MT • TV: KJZZ, Prime Ticket/(Sirius 139, XM 196)
Series: UCLA leads, 8-1-0. Last: UTAH, 44-6 (2007)
Bruin Notes: Senior RB Derrick Coleman rushed for 119 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns in the upset win over No. 20 Arizona State. Coleman had 81 yards in the second half of the game and 65 yards came on seven carries during the game-winning touchdown drive on which he scored from one yard out with 49 seconds remaining in the game. It was his third 100-yard game of the season. . . Coleman has 11 touchdowns (all rushing) on the season now which is the most by a Bruin since Maurice Jones Drew scored 20 in 2005 (13 rushing). . . Junior QB Kevin Prince connected on 11-of-17 for 196 yards passing, and put up 61 yards rushing. . . A week after picking off three passes, freshman S Tevin McDonald recorded a career-best 11 tackles.
Ute Notes: The Utes need one victory to become bowl eligible. Utah has been to a bowl game in each of the last eight seasons, posting a 7-1 record in that span. . . Junior RB John White became the 11th Utah player to gain 1,000 yards in a season with a 109-yard night (27 carries) in the win at Arizona. He is the fourth first-year Ute to reach the milestone, joining Eddie Johnson (1984), Keith Williams (1991) and Mike Anderson (1998). It was his fifth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Utah is 5-0 when White has at least 100 yards rushing. . . The Ute defense remains stout inside the 20 as it held Arizona scoreless in two trips in the red zone. Utah is tied for 5th nationally in red zone defense at 68.0 percent, allowing 17 scores in 25 opportunities. . . Junior QB Jon Hays is 3-2 as Utah's starting quarterback. In the three wins, Hays has thrown five TDS and no interceptions.
6/6 OREGON (8-1) at 3/2 STANFORD (9-0)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
5 p.m. PT • TV: ABC/(Sirius 85 and 91, XM 85 and 91)
Series: STAN leads, 44-29-1. Last: ORE, 52-31 (2010)
Duck Notes: Junior RB LaMichael James had 156 rushing yards at Washington, marking the 22nd 100-yard rushing game of his career to extend his own UO record. He also became the first Duck with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons (1,061) and surpassed 5,000 (5,057) all-purpose yards to move to second all-time in that category. . . James rushing touchdown on UO's opening drive was his 44th career, tying Toby Gerhart (Stanford) and Anthony Davis (USC) for seventh all-time in Pac-12 history. . . Junior QB Darron Thomas had one touchdown pass, giving him at least one TD toss in 21 straight appearances (every start of his career). . . Oregon has won 18 straight conference games, dating to a 2009 road loss to Stanford. . . Senior ROV Eddie Pleasant had a career-high two interceptions, giving him three on the season and in his past two games. . . Oregon had a season-high six sacks in the win at Washington and now lead the Pac-12 with 3.22 per game.
Cardinal Notes: Stanford has its first 9-0 start since 1951. . . The Cardinal won its 17th-straight game, extending its own school-record and the nation's longest streak. . . Junior QB Andrew Luck added three touchdowns in the 38-13 win over Oregon State and now has 71 in his career, one behind Steve Stenstrom (1991-94) for second place all-time. John Elway (1979-82) owns the school mark with 77. . . With a 5-0 road record in 2011, it is the first unbeaten true road season since the 1971 season (5-0). . . Senior WR Griff Whalen continues to be a primary target for Luck as he's caught 27 passes for 443 yards over the last five games. Whalen leads all Cardinal receivers with 36 catches/534 yards. . . Five different receivers have caught 20 or more passes this season. . . The Cardinal continue to lead the nation in red zone efficiency with a perfect 52-of-52.
ARIZONA STATE (6-3) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-6)
Pullman, Wash. • Martin Stadium (35,117)
7:30 p.m. PT • Versus/(Sirius 128, XM 191)
Series: ASU leads, 23-12-2. Last: ASU, 42-0 (2010)
Sun Devil Notes: Junior RB Cameron Marshall turned in a career day rushing for a career-high 168 yards on 27 carries in a narrow 28-27 loss to UCLA at the Rose Bowl Saturday. Marshall scored on a 14-yard run, which now gives him the outright lead for touchdowns (13) in the Pac-12. He collected 184 all-purpose yards and averaged 6.2 yards per carry. Coincidentally, Marshall's previous career-high rushing yards was 147 yards against UCLA last year. Marshall now has 800 rushing yards on the season. . . The ASU record for rushing touchdowns in a season is 18, set by Woody Green (1972) and Terry Battle (1996). . . Over the last four games, junior QB Brock Osweiler has connected on 94-of-153 for 1,187 yards with 9 TDs and just 2 interceptions. . . Senior DT Bo Moos will get to play this weekend in front of his father, Washington State Director of Athletics Bill Moos. The younger Moos has started each game this season and has posted 19 tackles.
Cougar Notes: Sophomore WR Marquess Wilson ranks third in the Pac-12 (12th nationally) with 108.2 receiving yards per game. He needs 26 yards to reach 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season. Only one other receiver in WSU history has posted a pair of 1,000 receiving yard seasons - Jason Hill (2004 and 2005). . . Senior WR Jared Karstetter has caught a pass in 36 straight games. . . Wet weather hampered the Cougar passing attack at California where they threw for 155 yards, marking the first time this season that WSU threw for less than 200 yards in a game. The Cougars still rank second in the Pac-12, averaging 298.2 passing yards per gamer. . . Sophomore PK Andrew Furney has been named one of 20 semifinalists for the 2011 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award. He's connected on 11-of-13 (.846) this season and is perfect from 40 yards out (5-of-5).