This Week In Pac-10 Football
Sept. 29, 2002
THIS WEEK: All Pac-10 teams will have entered league play after four Conference games this week, plus a pair of non-conference contests that almost close out the non-league regular-season slate for 2002. The Pac-10 action finds USC at WASHINGTON STATE (TBS), CALIFORNIA at WASHINGTON, UCLA at OREGON STATE (ABC) and OREGON at ARIZONA (FSN).
LAST WEEK: Arizona State 65, Stanford 24 Arizona 14, North Texas 9 Washington State 48, California 38 UCLA 43, San Diego State 7 USC 22, Oregon State 0 Washington 41, Idaho 27
COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season through Nov. 19. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/MT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconferences:
Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST) 10:00 a.m. John Mackovic - Arizona 10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 10:20 a.m. Dennis Erickson - Oregon State 10:30 a.m. Bob Toledo - UCLA 10:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC 10:50 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m. Mike Price - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m. Rick Neuheisel - Washington
PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sep. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. Check local listings for the station in your area.
2002 PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Aug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette, CB, ARIZSep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASUSep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CALSep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CALSep. 28 Jason Gesser, QB, WSU Omar Nazel, DE, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USC
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 5:
STANFORD (1-2) at NOTRE DAME 4-0) - 1:30 EST/11:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: Stanford heads to South Bend to face former coach Tyrone Willingham, who has framed a major turnaround in his first season at Notre Dame. Willingham posted a mark of 44-36-1 plus a Rose Bowl appearance in the last seven seasons at Stanford. Included in Willingham's record at Stanford was a 3-2 mark against Notre Dame. . . . The Cardinal and Fighting Irish have met 16 times with Notre Dame leading the series 10-6. In eight games played at South Bend, the Irish lead 6-2, including the last three. In the last six games of the series, the teams have traded home wins.. . . The first meeting between Stanford and Notre Dame was one of the most fabled meetings in college football history. It came in the 1925 Rose Bowl and featured Knute Rockne vs. Pop Warner and The Four Horsemen vs. Ernie Nevers. The Fighting Irish came out on top with a 27-10 victory in their only appearnace in the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Notre Dame met late in the season at rainy Palo Alto and the Cardinal scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes to pull out a comeback 17-13 victory. RB Kenneth Tolon came off the bench to rush for a career-high 133 yards, including the winning score on a 1-yard run with 1:08 to play. The Fighting Irish pounded out 241 yards on the ground, but could manage to complete 2-of-20 passes for 64 yards.
CALIFORNIA (3-2) at WASHINGTON (3-1) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and California have met 81 times dating to 1904 with the Huskies leading the series 45-32-4 by virtue of winning the last 19 in a row. Cal has not defeated Washington since a 7-0 win at Husky Stadium in 1976. UW leads 22-14-3 in games played at Seattle, including the last nine in a row at Husky Stadium. It should be noted that the Huskies have had to overcome fourth-quarter deficits the last three years to keep the streak alive. . . . Last Year: Unbeaten Washington and winless California met early in the season at Berkeley with the No. 13 -ranked Huskies defeating the Golden Bears for the 19th consecutive time. Cal led the game through three quarters, but two short TD runs by UW TB Rich Alexis proved the difference in a 31-28 Husky victory. The two quarterbacks put on a show. Bear QB Kyle Boller completed 21 of 36 for 265 yards, 0 INTs and a career-high four TDs to four different receivers. Husky counterpart Cody Pickett with 18 of 33 for 291 yards, 0 INTs and two long scoring tosses of 42 and 62 yards to FL Paul Arnold. UW freshman P Derek McLaughlin, punting from the Husky two-yard line, set a school record with a 74 yard boot.
UCLA (3-1) at OREGON STATE (4-1) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Oregon State have met 52 times dating to 1930 with the Bruins holding a 35-13-4 series advantage. UCLA leads 14-7-1 in games played in Oregon and 10-7-1 in games at Corvallis. The teams have split the last four games overall. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Oregon State opened Conference play at Corvallis with the No. 12-ranked Bruins cruising to a 38-7 victory. It snapped a nine-game OSU home winning streak. UCLA rushed for 268 yards and QB Cory Paus tossed two TD passes as the Bruins rolled up 496 yards total offense. The UCLA defense had a good outing as well, limiting OSU to 12 first downs and 220 yards total offense (114 rushing, 106 passing).
USC (3-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-1) - 4:00 PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 61 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 50-7-4 count. The teams have split the last four games, but SC has won 11 of the last 13 and 27 of the last 30. The Trojans have won the last six games played at Pullman with the last Cougar home win coming in 1986 (34-14). The road team has won the last four games in the series. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and USC met at Los Angeles late in the 2000 season with the Cougars pulling off a 33-27 upset. SC outgained WSU 470-372, including 379 yards through the air, but the Cougs used a steady performance by freshman QB Matt Kegel and some big plays to hang on for the upset. Kegel, making his first start, passed for 242 yards, and a TD and a 35-yard fumble recovery for a TD by DE D.D. Acholonu was among the big plays that sparked WSU. Trojan QB Mike Van Raaphorst came off the bench to throw three second-half touchdown passes and USC SE Kareem Kelly had seven receptions for 114 yards and a TD in a losing cause.
NORTH CAROLINA (1-3) at ARIZONA STATE (4-1) - 7:00 MST - The Series: First regular season meeting between Arizona State and North Carolina. The only previous meeting was a 48-26 win by Arizona State in the 1970 Peach Bowl. . . Last Meeting: Arizona State and North Carolina met in a raging blizzard in the 1970 Peach Bowl at Atlanta. Unaccustomed as they were to snow, the Sun Devils were not slowed down by it as they broke open a close game in the second half and rolled to a 48-26 win. The win gave coach Frank Kush's ASU squad a perfect 11-0 record and a ranking of No. 6 in the final AP poll.
OREGON (4-0) at ARIZONA (3-1) - 7:15 MST/PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Arizona have met 27 times with the Ducks holding a slim 15-12 series edge. However, it has been all Oregon of late as the Ducks have won the last three and seven of the last eight. In 14 games at Tucson, the Wildcats lead 8-6, although the Ducks have won the last two meetings at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona met at rainy Tucson and QB Joey Harrington and the Ducks hammered the Wildcats 63-28. The 63 points tied tied Oregon's all-time high for a Conference game and were the most ever given up by Arizona in a Pac-10 contest. The game was tied 14-14 in the second quarter when the Ducks, aided by Arizona turnovers, exploded for 49 unanswered points. Harrington passed for three touchdowns and ran for three more in three quarters of work. The Ducks piled up 607 yards total offense (282 rushing, 325 passing) withHarrington passing for 279 yards, TB Onterrio Smith rushing for 131 yards and two TDs and WR Samie Parker pulling in six receptions for 160 yards (26.7) and a score. Arizona was not without its positive moments in compiling 483 yards total offense, including 258 yards rushing. RB Clarence Farmer rushed for a career-high 158 yards on 15 carries (10.5) and QB Jason Johnson tossed a pair of TD passes. However, the Wildcats were victimized by five turnovers, each leading to an Oregon touchdown.
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 9 games - Oregon Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC Longest home winning streak - 17 games - Washington Longest road winning streak - 5 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 currently stands at 29-8 (.784) against non-conference foes, including a 24-8 (.750) against Division I-A opponents. Of the eight losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, five were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. The 29 non-conference wins is the most since the league went 29-7 in 1988. Only three regular-season non-conference games remain--North Carolina at Arizona State and Stanford at Notre Dame this week and the Notre Dame at USC traditional at the end of the season.
ARIZONA: Wildcats open Conference play this week with game vs. Oregon. It marks the 25th anniversary of Arizona joining the Pac-10 in 1978. . . . MLB Lance Briggs ranks second in the Pac-10 in tackles (8.8 per game) and has been credited with 23 the last two games. . . . RB Clarence Farmer has averaged 25.7 yards on his 17 career touchdown runs. . . . Wildcats have never averaged more than 255 yards passing per game in a season, but are well ahead of that mark at 287.5. Individually, QB Jason Johnson is averaging 278.8 yards per game, well ahead of the school record of 236.8. . . . WR Bobby Wade leads the league in receptions (7.0) and receiving yardage (107.5) and is second in all-purpose yards (137.5). . . . Arizona defense has yet to give up a touchdown in the first or fourth quarters this year. Opponents have a grand total of 3 points in each quarter through first four games.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils in the midle of a three-game homestand. . . . ASU wraps up non-conference slate vs. North Carolina this week. Devils are 9-1 in last 10 non-conference tilts. . . . A win this week would give ASU its best start start since the 1996 Rose Bowl team went 11-0 in the regular season. . . . ASU's four-game win streak is second-longest among Pac-10 teams (Oregon 9). . . . Sun Devils had three new starters on offense last week vs. Stanford in QB Andrew Walter, TB Cornell Canidate and WR Daryl Lightfoot. It seemed to work as ASU exploded for 65-24 victory. . . . 65 points in the most ever for ASU in a Pac-10 game. . . . In win against Stanford, QB Walter had five TD passes to five different receivers. On the flip side, ASU defense had four different players intercept Cardinal passes. . . . Walter has connected for 11 TDs in just 61 passes over the last three games. . . . Canidate has 333 yards rushing, well on the way to the ASU freshman rushing record of 694 yards (Leon Burton, 1955). He has led Devils in rushing last four games. . . . DE Terrell Suggs continues to lead Pac-10 in QB sacks with eight.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears, who played four of first five at home, reverse that with four of next five on the road. Included are next two on the road against ranked opponents (Washington and USC). . . . At 3-2, Cal needs one more victory to equal its win total for the last two seasons. . . . Bear offensive line has allowed just six QB sacks in five games. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 121-22 in the first half. . . . Golden Bears have an impressive +11 turnover margin. Cal has recovered a league-high 10 fumbles while coughing up only one themselves. . . . Cal leads Pac-10 (10th nationally) in kickoff returns at 25.8. LaShaun Ward is individual leader at 29.1. . . . Bears still lead the league and rank seventh in nation in scoring offense at 41.8 points per game.
OREGON: Ducks had last week off before hitting the road for the first time this season with away games at Arizona and UCLA. . . . Oregon has not had a loss coming off a bye since 1996, going 7-0 since then. . . . UO has a nine-game winning streak going, best among Pac-10 teams. Oregon's longest ever winning streak is 10 (1963-64). . . . Duck defense has posted 22 tackles for loss, including nine QB sacks, in last two games. . . . UO has scored on its opening drive in every game this season. Ducks are outscoring opponents 41-7 in the first quarter. . . . TB Onterrio Smith has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four games this year. In UO history, only Bobby Moore has posted five consecutive 100-yard rushing games (1971). . . . WR Keenan Howry has now caught a pass in 39 straight games. The Pac-10 record is 42 (Dennis Northcutt, Arizona, 1996-99). . . . Oregon defense has intercepted at least one pass in its last eight games. . . . PK Jared Siegel has been deadly this year in connecting on 10-of-11 field goal attempts, including a 52-yarder, longest for the Ducks since 1993. . . . Opponents are 0-for-8 in fourth-down conversion attempts vs. the Ducks.
OREGON STATE: Beavers will honor the 1967 'Giant Killers,' one of the greatest teams in OSU history, at halftime of the UCLA game this week. It's the 35th anniversary of the Dee Andros-coached team that in the space of four weeks knocked off No. 2-ranked Purdue, tied No. 2-ranked UCLA, and then took down No. 1 USC and O.J. Simpson in a 3-0 win at Corvallis in, perhaps, the most fabled game in Beaver lore. . . . OSU has three of the next four at home and Beavs have a seven-game winning streak going at Reser Stadium. . . . With 15 TD passes already this year, QB Derek Anderson is just five away from the OSU season record of 20 (Jonathan Smith, 2000). The TD tosses have gone to eight different receivers. Anderson has thrown just one interception in five games. . . . Beavers have picked off a league-high 12 passes through five games, three more than all last season. . . . TB Steven Jackson leads Pac-10 in rushing at 120.6 yards per game.
STANFORD: Cardinal has picked off eight passes in first three games. . . . Loss at ASU last week snapped a five-game winning streak for Stanford on games televised by ABC. . . . Cardinal allowing opponents just 95.7 yards rushing per game. . . . Stanford ground game averages 4.5 yards per rush, top figure in the Pac-10. Much of that can be attributed to FB Casey Moore, who is averaging 8.0 yards on his 30 rushing attempts so far this year. Cardinal also lead the league in rushing overall at 187.3 yards per game.
UCLA: Bruins are not making mistakes. UCLA has just one turnover and nine penalties in last two games. Bruins lead Pac-10 in turnover margin at +2.25 per game mainly because they have lost just three in four games. All three were interceptions as UCLA has yet to lose a fumble this year. . . . QB Cory Paus needs just 115 yards passing to move past Tom Ramsey (1979-82) into No. 2 on the UCLA career list behind Cade McNown (1995-98). Paus has averaged 33.2 yards on his six TD passes this year. . . . Bruins limited high-flying San Diego State passing game to just 208 yards. Aztecs came into the game averaging better than 400 yards per game through the air. . . . P Nate Fikse leads league in punting at 43.3 yards per boot.
USC: Trojans carry longest Conference-game winning streak in league into Pullman this week. SC has won six straight Pac-10 games. Also have won seven of last eight regular-season games. . . . Trojans are looking to start a season 4-1 for the first time since 1998. . . . QB Carson Palmer passed Rodney Peete (1985-88) to become USC's career total offense leader. Palmer now sits at 8,745 yards, sixth on the Pac-10 list. . . . Trojan defense pitched a 22-0 shutout last week against an OSU team that entered the game second in the nation in scoring at 47.5 points per game. Beavs were also second in total offense at 499.8 yards per game, but were limited to 131 yards (51 rushing, 80 passing) by SC defenders. Trojans never allowed OSU to even enter the red zone. . . . Trojans entered that game leading the nation in pass defense, allowing just 108 yards per game. They allowed OSU just 80 yards passing to knock that down to 101 yards per game allowed. . . . In last two games, opponents are just 3-of-27 (11.1%) on third-down conversions. . . . Soph Ryan Killeen appears to have won the placekicking job after hitting 3-of-4 vs. OSU from 43, 42 and 32 yards.
WASHINGTON: Game against Cal this week is fourth of five in a row at Husky stadium for UW. Huskies have extended their home winning streak to 17 straight. . . . QB Cody Pickett passed for 438 yards vs. Idaho last week, second most in UW history, and most by a Pac-10 QB this year. It marked Pickett's second consecutive 400-yard passing game and fourth straight over 300 yards. 'He's dropping diamonds to everyone right now,' said TB Rich Alexis of Pickett's passing. Pickett leads the Pac-10 in passing yardage at 376.8 yards per game, nearly 100 yards more than number-two Jason Johnson of Arizona (278.8). That pace would obliterate the Pac-10 season passing record of 3,637 (Ryan Leaf, WSU, 1997). . . . Washington has piled up 30 and 36 first downs the last two weeks. Huskies have punted just twice in those two games. . . . UW offense has topped 500-yard mark last two weeks.
WASHINGTON STATE: Win at Cal gave WSU four straight victories over the Bears, something the Cougs had never done before. . . . QB Jason Gesser had four TD passes to four different receivers in win at Cal last week. Gesser passed for 431 yards after passing for 432 yards against Cal last year. . . . Gesser now has 53 career TD passes in 32 games and is approaching Pac-10 top 10 in that category. . . . Cougars also had three receivers top the 100-yard mark at Cal--Jerome Riley (7-139), Mike Bush (5-125) and Devard Darling (6-109). . . . Darling has 11 catches for 202 yards and 3 TDs in last two games. . . . WSU averages 6.6 yards per offensive play, top figure in the Pac-10. . . . Cougs have lost only two fumbles in five games.
THE QUARTERBACKS: Just another day in the Pac-10 last Saturday as three different quarterbacks passed for more than 400 yards. Washington's Cody Pickett went for 438 yards and three TDs against Idaho; Washington State's Jason Gesser had 431 and four TDs at Cal; Arizona State's Andrew Walter had 414 yards and five TDs vs. Stanford. It's a tough league, however, as those performances don't crack the Conference's top 15 for single-game passing yards.
THE RECEIVERS: Three impressive streaks are in progress as a trio of Pac-10 receivers have long runs of consecutive games catching a pass going. They are as follows:
39 Keenan Howry, Oregon 39 Kareem Kelly, USC 35 Bobby Wade, Arizona 42 Pac-10 record - Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99)
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 12:
OREGON at UCLA ARIZONA at WASHINGTON WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD CALIFORNIA at USC OREGON STATE at ARIZONA STATE
BASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS:
Women: Wed., Oct. 30, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., HP Pavilion at San JoseMen: Wed., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport