This Week In Pac-10 Football
Oct. 13, 2002
THIS WEEK: Four Conference games are on the Pac-10 docket this week. The schedule finds WASHINGTON at USC (ABC), ARIZONA STATE at OREGON, UCLA at CALIFORNIA (TBS) and ARIZONA at STANFORD. WASHINGTON STATE and OREGON STATE have open dates.
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.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF OCT. 19:
WASHINGTON (4-2) at USC (4-2) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington have met 72 times dating to 1923 with the Trojans leading the series 42-26-4. The Huskies have won three of the last four. The teams have split the last four played in Los Angeles with SC winning the last meeting at the Coliseum in 1998 (33-10). Overall, the Trojans lead 26-10 in games played at Los Angeles. . . . Last Year: Washington and USC met at Seattle with the 11th-ranked Huskies pulling out a 27-24 win on John Anderson's 32-yard field goal as time expired. It was the 12th straight win for Washington and the fourth straight defeat (by a total of 14 points) for USC. The Huskies rallied behind backup QB Taylor Barton, who tossed two TD passes when Cody Pickett left the game with a separated shoulder. UW outgained USC 441-286 in the see-saw contest. Husky WR Reggie Williams had five receptions for 101 yards and a TD and ILB Ben Mahdavi had a game-high 15 tackles and a QB sack. For the Trojans, TB Sultan McCullough rushed for 132 yards and SS Troy Polamalu recorded 13 tackles and ran an interception back 22 yards for a touchdown.
ARIZONA STATE (5-2) at OREGON (6-0) - 12:30 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 22 times with the Sun Devils holding a 13-9 series advantage. The teams have split 12 games played at Eugene. ASU-Oregon has alway been a series of streaks. The Sun Devils won the first nine meetings and recently Oregon has won the last four, which was preceeded by ASU winning three in a row. The Ducks have won the last three played at Autzen Stadium. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona State met at Eugene and Duck QB Joey Harrington torched the Sun Devils for 319 yards and six touchdowns in leading UO to a 42-24 win. WR Keenan Howry set a Duck record by being on the receiving end of four of Harrington's TD tosses as he pulled in nine receptions for 126 yards and the four scores. TB Onterrio Smith got his first start for the Ducks and responded with 152 yards rushing. For the Sun Devils, TB Delvon Flowers rushed for 107 yards and three TDs and WR Shaun McDonald had 103 receiving yards on five receptions.
ARIZONA (3-3) at STANFORD (1-4) - 2:00 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona and Stanford have met 19 times with the Wildcats leading the series 12-7. Stanford has won two of the last three following a six-game Arizona winning streak. Arizona leads 6-3 in nine previous games at Palo Alto. The road team has won the last four games in the series. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona met late in the year at Tucson with the Cardinal taking a 51-37 decision. Stanford rushed for 276 yards, with RBs Brian Allen (143) and Kenneth Tolon (100) both reaching the century mark, and QB Chris Lewis tossed three TD passes, two of them to WR Teyo Johnson. On defense, Stanford recovered four fumbles, returning two of them for TDs. Arizona put up 578 yards total offense itself, with RB Clarence Farmer rushing for 141 yards and scoring three TDs, two rushing and one receiving, and WR Bobby Wade had seven receptions for 131 yards.
UCLA (4-2) at CALIFORNIA (4-3) - 4:00 PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: UC rivals UCLA and California have met 72 times dating to 1933 with the Bruins leading the series 46-25-1. In 36 games at Berkeley, UCLA leads 22-14. The Bruins have won five of the last seven overall and two of the last three at Berkeley. . . . Last Year: UCLA and California met at Pasadena with the Bruins bouncing the Golden Bears 56-17. It ran UCLA's record to 6-0 and left Cal at 0-6. Bruin QB Cory Paus completed 13 of 16 passes (.813) for 273 yards and three TDs with no interceptions, and TB DeShaun Foster rushed for 117 yards and had three scores, two rushing and one receiving. UCLA rolled up 531 yards total offense (228 rushing, 303 passing). Cal starting QB Kyle Boller missed the game due to a back injury.
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, USCOct. 5 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Marcus Reese, MLB, UCLA Drew Dunning, PK, WSUOct. 12 Sultan McCullough, TB, USC Josh Amobi, LB, ASU Keenan Howry, RS, ORE
CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 11 games - Oregon Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - Oregon Longest home winning streak - 6 games - Oregon and USC Longest road winning streak - 7 games - Oregon
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 stands at 29-10 (.744) against non-conference foes, including a 24-10 (.706) against Division I-A opponents. Of the 10 losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, six 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 one regular-season non-conference game remains--the Notre Dame at USC traditional at Los Angeles on Nov. 30.
400-YARD PASSERS: If you think quarterbacks are lighting it up in the Pac-10 this year, you are correct. There have been seven 400-yard passing days by Pac-10 quarterbacks this year, which matches the all-time high set in 1998. In fact, the seven 400-yard passing days equals the number for the last three years combined. Jason Johnson of Arizona, Cody Pickett of Washington and Andrew Walter of Arizona State have gone over 400 yards twice each, and Jason Gesser of Washington State has done it once. And for those who say it is probably a bad sign if your quarterback has to pass for that much yardage, Pac-10 teams are 5-2 this year in those 400-yard games.
MORE ON THE PASSERS: Seven Pac-10 quarterbacks rank in the national top 23 in passing efficiency, including an incredible six of the top 15. The seven are Jason Fife of Oregon (ranked 3), Jasson Gesser of Washington State (8), Cody Pickett of Washington (11), Andrew Walter of Arizona State (12), Jason Johnson of Arizona (14), Cory Paus of UCLA (15) and Kyle Boller of California (23).
PAC-10 RECORD: Oregon PK Jared Siegel booted a 59-yard field goal in the Ducks' 31-30 win at UCLA. That ties the record for longest field goal in a Conference game. Siegel now shares the record with Stanford's Rod Garcia, who did it against USC in 1973. Only two other league kickers have topped 59 yards. Washington State's Jason Hanson had a 62-yarder vs. UNLV in 1991 and USC's Don Shafer was good from 60 yards vs. Notre Dame in 1986.
CLOSE GAMES: Four of the five Pac-10 games last week were decided by four or fewer points. In 12 Conference games to date, eight have been decided by 10 or fewer points.
ARIZONA: With 10 receptions at Washington last week, WR Bobby Wade jumped into the eighth spot on the Pac-10 career reception list with 187 catches. Wade currently leads the league in receptions (50), receiving yardage (122.7 per game) and all-purpose yards (155.5). He has 22 receptions for 306 yards and three TDs the last two weeks. . . . QB Jason Johnson threw for 443 yards at Washington last week, top passing performance in a Conference game this year and second-best overall behind 474 by ASU's Andrew Walter against North Carolina. The 443 yards passing and 29 completions are both UA single-game records. . . . MLB Lance Briggs rueturned to action at Washington after missing the previous game with an ankle injury. He made his usual impact in leading the Cats with nine solo tackles and a forced fumble.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils finish with four of last six games on the road. . . . DE Terrell Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 13, almost double the total of seven by Pac-10 runnerup Tully Banta-Cain of Cal. As a team, ASU amassed seven QB sacks for minus-75 yards vs. Oregon State last week, and had a total of 13 tackles for loss. . . . ASU is tied with OSU for Conference lead in interceptions with 14, five more than all of last year. Ten different players have picked off a pass with CB R.J. Oliver the leader with four. . . . The Sun Devils have forced 23 turnovers in their last five games and lead the league in takeaways with 24. . . . 13-9 win against Oregon State last week marked the fewest points allowed in a game by ASU since 1999. It was the first time since 1998 ASU did not allow an offensive touchdown. . . . Win against OSU also gave Sun Devils first back-to-back Pac-10 wins since 1999. . . . 5-2 Sun Devils have scored first in only two games this season. . . . WR Shaun McDonald tops the Pac-10 in TD receptions with eight.
CALIFORNIA: With two TD passes at USC last week, QB Kyle Boller tied the Cal career touchdown pass record of 54. He now shares the record with Pat Barnes (1993-96). Boller has 18 TDs with just five interceptions this year. . . . Bears lead the Pac-10 in scoring offense at 38.7 points per game and have scored at least 28 points in six of seven games. . . . Cal also leads the league in turnover margin at +13, good for fifth in the nation. . . . Cal's four victories this year equal the previous two years combined. Bears' three losses have come by a combined total of 14 points and all to teams--Air Force, Washington State, USC--currently ranked in the Top 20. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 163-55 in the first half this year, including 90-26 in the first quarter.
OREGON: After two straight on the road, Ducks begin a three-week homestand starting with Arizona State this week. UO has won 29 of its last 30 games at home, including the last six. . . . Oregon's current 11-game win streak is second-longest in the nation behind Miami (28). . . . Ducks also have the longest current Conference-game win streak going at six. . . . As noted above, PK Jared Siegel tied a Conference-game record for longest field goal with a 59-yard three-pointer at UCLA last week. But there's more. It was the third straight week Siegel has connected from more than 50 yards, first 52 yards against Portland State and then 53 against Arizona. Siegel is 12-of-13 on field goals this year with the only miss a 48-yard attempt blocked in the season opener. . . . With 152 yards rushing in win at UCLA, TB Onterrio Smith established a Duck record with his sixth consecutive 100-yard rushing day. Smith leads the Pac-10 in both rushing (127.3 yards per game) and touchdowns (9).
OREGON STATE: Despite dropping last home contest, Beavers have won 19 of their last 22 at Reser Stadium. . . . OSU defense last week limited an Arizona State team that had amassed 1,009 yards and 100 points in its previous two games to 241 yards and 13 points. . . . Beavers are Pac-10 co-leader in interceptions with 14. SS Lawrence Turner leads the way with four picks. . . . OLB Nick Barnett leads the league in tackles at 9.7 per game and has posted 22 tackles over the last two games. . . . TB Steven Jackson has four 100-yard rushing games this season and ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 109.3 yards per game. . . . In seven games, OSU has allowed just 16 points in the first quarter. Beavs have outscored opponents 68-16 in the opening stanza. Plus OSU outscores opponents 52-24 in the fourth quarter.
STANFORD: Cardinal will attempt to snap a three-game losing streak with a Homecoming game against Arizona this week. Cats come in with two straight losses, so something has to give, although Arizona seems to like Stanford Stadium with five straight wins there. . . . But then, Stanford has won four of its last six Pac-10 home games and is 10-4 in its last 14 Conference games at Stanford Stadium. . . . RB Kenneth Tolon II (6.7) and FB Casey Moore (6.3) are both averaging better than six yards per carry. The workhorse Moore has started 38 straight games for the Cardinal. . . . Stanford defense has at least one interception in every game this season. Seven different players have been involved in Stanford's total of 10 picks.
UCLA: QB Cory Paus has completed 65% of his passes for 694 yards the last two weeks. 'A lot of people don't think he's as good as he is until they play him,' says Bruins coach Bob Toledo of Paus. Paus has moved into second place behind Cade McNown on the Bruins' career passing list with 6,748 yards. . . . After going for 203 yards at Oregon State two weeks ago, redshirt freshman TB Tyler Ebell earned his first start last week vs. Oregon and responded with 119 yards on 26 carries. . . . WR Craig Bragg pulled in nine receptions for 230 yards and three TDs vs. Oregon last week. The 230 yards ranks second in Bruin history (J.J. Stokes 263 vs. USC in 1992) and cracks the Pac-10 Top 20. Bragg's TD receptions covered 53, 71 and 46 yards. His seven TD receptions this season have averaged 40.9 yards.
USC: QB Carson Palmer has jumped all the way into third place on the Pac-10 career passing list. With 9,509 yards he likely will become the third QB in Conference history to top the 10,000-yard passing mark. On the list he trails only Stanford's Steve Stenstrom (10,911) and UCLA's Cade McNown (10,368). . . . Palmer has passed for 670 yards the last two weeks. . . . Ten of the Trojans' 12 opponents have been or are ranked. 'There are no breaks on our schedule,' coach Pete Carroll says. . . . USC has a six-game home winning streak going. . . . TB Sultan McCullough had a career-high 176 yards rushing on 39 carries in win vs. Cal last week. . . . OLB Matt Grootegoed has topped the Trojans in tackles the last two weeks. He had 11 vs. Cal last week, including two QB sacks, and forced and recovered a fumble that set up a USC TD.
WASHINGTON: After completing a lengthy five-game homestand, Huskies finish with four of last six games on the road, including the next two weeks. . . . Win at home vs. Arizona last week means UW still hasn't lost consecutive games at Husky Stadium since 1976. . . . WR Reggie Williams pulled in eight receptions for 184 yards and three TDs vs. Arizona. Included was an 80-yard catch and run for a score with 2:03 left in the contest which proved to be the game-winner. . . . QB Cody Pickett has thrown for more than 300 yards in all six UW games this year. At 375.2 yards per game, he leads the Pac-10 by a wide margin in passing (Arizona's Jason Johnson is next at 310.0), and Pickett ranks second in the nation in total offense at 369.5 yards per game (Marshall's Byron Leftwich is the national leader).
WASHINGTON STATE: With three TD passes in win at Stanford last week, QB Jason Gesser upped his career total to 58, good for a tie for ninth place on the Pac-10 career chart. Gesser now has 7,559 yards career total offense and is about to overtake WSU career leader Jack Thompson (7,698). He needs 503 yards to move past Thompson to become the WSU all-time passing leader. . . . Gesser has already won more games as a starter--20--than any other Cougar QB. . . . Despite a dislocated rib, Gesser has completed 61% of his passes for 1,043 yards and nine TDs in wins over Cal, USC and Stanford the last three weeks. . . . Since start of last season, WSU has won 16 of 19 games. . . . Cougars are 3-0 so far this year against the California schools with UCLA still to go in the season's last regular-season game.
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. Keenan Howry of Oregon and Kareem Kelly of USC are the current national co-leaders and are just one game away from tying the Pac-10 record for consecutive games with a reception. Here is the updated list:
41 Keenan Howry, Oregon 41 Kareem Kelly, USC 37 Bobby Wade, Arizona 42 Pac-10 record - Dennis Northcutt, Arizona (1996-99)
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 26:
USC at OREGON WASHINGTON at ARIZONA STATE CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE WASHINGTON STATE at ARIZONA STANFORD at UCLA
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