This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: Three Conference games, one non-league game and three teams getting a week off make up this week's schedule. In Conference play, OREGON is at ARIZONA STATE (ABC), STANFORD at USC (FSN) and UCLA at ARIZONA (FSN). Out of league, WASHINGTON hosts Nevada. WASHINGTON STATE, OREGON STATE and CALIFORNIA all have open dates following either six or seven straight weeks of games. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 11 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Sat., Oct. 11:
34/40 Oregon (4-2) vs. --/-- Arizona State (2-3)
at Sun Devil Stadium (73, 379), Tempe, AZ
ABC 12:30 MST
Arizona leads the series 14-9
last meeting: ASU 45-42 (2002)
--/-- Nevada (3-2) vs. 31/26 Washington (3-2)
at Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle, WA
Washington leads the series 1-0
last meeting: Washington 2-0 (1903)
37/t38 UCLA (3-2) vs. --/-- Arizona (1-5)
at Arizona Stadium (56, 002), Tucson, AZ
FSN 3:30 MST
UCLA leads the series 16-9-2
last meeting: UCLA 37-7 (2002)
--/-- Stanford (2-1) vs. 9/9 USC (4-1)
at L.A. Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
FSN 7:00 PDT
USC leads the series 54-24-3
last meeting: USC 49-17 (2002)
--/-- California- next game Oct. 18 vs. UCLA
24/25 Oregon State- next game Oct. 18 vs. Washington
12/12 Washington State- next game Oct. 18 at Stanford
USC 37, Arizona State 17
UCLA 46, Washington 16
Washington State 30, Arizona 7
Utah 17, Oregon 13
Oregon State 35, California 21
PAC-10 COACHES' MEDIA TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season. The calls will be conducted every Tuesday through Nov. 18. 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 coaches' teleconferences:
Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST) 10:00 a.m. Mike Hankwitz - Arizona 10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 10:20 a.m. Mike Riley - Oregon State 10:30 a.m. Karl Dorrell - 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. Bill Doba - Washington State 11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m. Keith Gilbertson - Washington
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Oct. 1112:30 PDT/MST Oregon at Arizona State ABC (regional - 18% of nation)3:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Arizona Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST Stanford at USC Fox Sports Net (national)
Sat., Oct. 1811:30 PDT/MST USC at Notre Dame NBC (national)12:30 PDT/MST California at UCLA ABC (regional)7:00 PDT/MST Washington at Oregon State TBS (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 11:
OREGON (4-2) at ARIZONA STATE (2-3) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 23 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 14-9. ASU leads 7-3 in 10 previous games at Tempe, although Oregon won the last meeting at Sun Devil Stadium in 2000 (56-55 in 2OT). Arizona State won last year's game to snap a four-game Oregon winning streak in the series. Expect a lot of points as in six of the last seven games at least one team, and sometimes both, has scored 40 points. . . . Last Year: Oregon was 6-0, ranked No. 6 in the nation and riding an 11-game winning streak, the second-longest in the nation, when Arizona State came to Eugene. All looked well for the Ducks as they jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and were seemingly in control with a 28-10 advantage in the third quarter. However, Sun Devil QB Andrew Walter rallied ASU by passing for a Pac-10- record 536 yards and four TDs in bringing the Devils all the way back for a 45-42 victory. After scoring on their last two drives of the first half, ASU would score on its first six possessions of the second half to wipe away Oregon's lead. A 29-yard Mike Barth field goal with 1:58 remaining provided the winning margin. The Sun Devils finished with 590 yards total offense, 559 of it through the air. Walter completed 31 of 53 passes for the record 536 yards and four TDs. The Ducks put up plenty of offense themselves as TB Onterrio Smith rushed for 172 yards and three scores and QB Jason Fife completed 21 of 32 (.656) for 288 yards and three TDs. . . . Coaching Note: Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter served as Mike Bellotti's offensive coordinator at Oregon for two years (1996-97).
NEVADA (3-2) at WASHINGTON (3-2) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Every 100 years Washington and Nevada hook up for a game. The only previous game in this series came in 1903, with Washington coming out on top. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and Nevada have met only once, that coming on Nov. 20, 1903, at Seattle. There has yet to be a touchdown scored in the series as Washington eked out a 2-0 win in that '03 game on the way to a 6-1 season.
UCLA (3-2) at ARIZONA (1-5) - 3:30 MST/PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona have met 27 times with the Bruins leading the series 16-9-2. UCLA has won four of the last five games, including the last two played at Tucson. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona met late in the season at Tucson with the Bruins utilizing the running game and defense to methodically take a 37-7 win. UCLA rushed for 242 yards with freshman TB Tyler Ebell leading the way with 22 carries for 124 yards (5.6). The Bruin defense limited the Wildcats to nine first downs, 12 yards rushing, 249 yards total offense and posted six QB sacks (-56). The Cats only score came on a 92-yard pass and run from Nic Costa to Andrae Thurman.
STANFORD (2-1) at USC (4-1) - 7:00 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: USC and Stanford have met 81 times dating to 1905 and uninterrupted since 1946. The Trojans lead the series 54-24-3. Stanford has won three of the last four, the teams have split the last six. Stanford has won the last two games played in Los Angeles. . . . Last Year: USC and Stanford met late in the season at Palo Alto and the No. 10-ranked Trojans rode the arm of QB Carson Palmer to down the Cardinal 49-17 and stop a three-game losing skid to Stanford. Palmer flashed his Heisman credentials by completing 22 of 32 (.688) for 317 yards and four TDs without an interception. On the Stanford side, QB Kyle Matter completed his first 15 passes of the game to fall just short of the Pac-10 record of 17.
2003 BANK OF AMERICA HIGHER STANDARDS PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
Date Offense Defense Special TeamsAug. 30 A. Echemandu, TB, CAL Mike Patterson, NT, USC Drew Dunning, PK, WSUSep. 6 Cody Pickett, QB, WASH Will Derting, OLB, WSU Tom Malone, P, USCSep. 13 Matt Kegel, QB, WSU Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLASep. 20 Adam Snyder, OT, ORE Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Drew Dunning, PK, WSUSep. 27 A. Echemandu, TB, CAL Brandon Browner, CB, OSU Jeremy Bohannon, FS, WSUOct. 4 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Dave Ball, DE, UCLA, Ryan Killeen, PK, USC
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Three Pac-10 teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the polls and a total of six Conference teams receive votes. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (4-1) 9 9 Washington State (5-1) 12 12 Oregon State (5-1) 24 25 Washington (3-2) 31 26 Oregon (4-2) 34 40 UCLA (3-2) 37 t38
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just four regular-season non-conference games remaining, Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 23-13 (.639) against outside foes. Eight of the 13 losses came to Top 25 teams, with seven of those contests on the road. The Big 12 (3-1) is the only conference to have a winning record against the Pac-10.
Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - Oregon State and Washington State
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - Oregon State
Longest home winning streak - 11 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 2 games - Washington State
ARIZONA: UA schedule to date perhaps the toughest among Pac-10 teams as last three and four of Wildcats' last five opponents are currently ranked in the top 25 in the polls. . . . QB Nic Costa tossed a five-yard TD pass to Matt Padron in his only play of the game at Washington State. . . . Arizona offensive line did not allow a sack vs. WSU, snapping a streak of 22 straight games Cougars had registered at least one. . . . Matt Molina ranks among Pac-10 defensive leaders in tackles for loss (7.5) and QB sacks (4.0).
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter threw for a season-high 305 yards vs. USC last week. . . . S Riccardo Stewart has led Sun Devils in tackles in three of five games this year. He averages 9.4 stops per game. Fellow S Jason Shivers has led in the other two games and averages 10.0 tackles per game. Shivers and Stewart rank 1-2 in Pac-10 in tackles. . . . Shivers also leads Pac-10 in interceptions with 0.75 per game. . . . ASU doubles up opponents in QB sacks with a 20-10 advantage. . . . Josh Golden leads Pac-10 in punt returns with 11.9-yard average.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears get a week off after playing seven straight to open the season. Three of next four are Conference games on the road. . . . OT Mark Wilson has 42 starts to his credit, tops among Pac-10 offensive linemen. . . . TB Adimchinobe Echemandu has rushed for career-highs 147 yards (vs. USC) and 146 yards (vs. OSU) in last two games. He is averaging 5.4 yards per rush. . . . Cal's opponent has scored first in six of seven games this year. . . . Cal QBs have been picked off just six times in seven games this year, while throwing 15 TD passes.
OREGON: Despite loss in last outing, Ducks have won 14 of last 19 regular-season games on the road. . . . Oregon defense allowing just 70.3 yards rushing per game (and 2.3 yards per rush) after giving up 118.2 yards per game last season. . . . Ducks lead Pac-10 in passing at 290.3 yards per game. . . . WR Demetrius Williams leads Pac-10 with 19.3-yard average per reception. Williams also is Pac-10 co-leader in TD receptions with six. He teams with fellow WR Samie Parker to make the Ducks the only team to have two receivers in the top six in receiving yardage.
OREGON STATE: Beavers have won seven in a row and 26 of their past 29 games at home. . . . OSU has longest current Conference-game winning streak going with four straight Pac-10 victories. . . . Beavers have started 2-0 in league play for the first time since Dee Andros' 1968 team won its first four Pac-8 Conference games. . . . In last outing, OSU defense limited Cal to just 52 yards passing. . . . TB Steven Jackson rushed for 466 yards the last two years against California. Jackson had 239 last year vs. the Bears and 227 and two TDs in OSU's game last week at Cal. Jackson has rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 straight regular-season games. His lowest output this year is 105 games (ASU). He is currently second in the nation in rushing (146.2 yards per game), and his 877 yards is better than seven Pac-10 teams. . . . SE James Newson needs just one more TD reception to tie the OSU career record (19 by Vern Burke). Newson has at least one catch in 30 straight games. . . . In 24 career games (19 as a starter), QB Derek Anderson has 35 TD passes, with at least one in his last 11 games. . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi has been good on 25-of-28 career field goal attempts.
STANFORD: After an open date last week, Cardinal end up a three-game road swing with game at USC. . . . Stanford has played just three games with two early-season open dates, but the Card now plays eight straight weeks to close the regular season. Next two are against No. 9 USC and No. 12 Washington State. . . . RB Kenneth Tolon becoming the Cardinal workhorse with 61 carries the last two games (good for 228 yards). . . . Stanford leads Pac-10 in allowing just 56.3 yards rushing per game and 2.1 yards per carry. Card also has allowed just two rushing TDs. . . . P Eric Johnson had punts of 65 and 66 yards in last game vs. Washington. . . . Also vs. Washington, TE Alex Smith pulled in two TD passes, the first time in 20 yeaars that at Cardinal tight end had two receiving TDs in a game. . . . Stanford has lost just one fumble in three games.
UCLA: With eight receptions for 142 yards vs. Washington last week, SE Craig Bragg moved past coach Karl Dorrell and into ninth place on the Bruin career receiving list (115 catches). Bragg has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games and has made at least two receptions in 23 straight. . . . In 46-16 win against No. 18 Washington, UCLA put up 24 points in fourth quarter against a Husky defense that had allowed no fourth-quarter points in the previous four games. . . . Win against Washington gave Bruins victory in 16 of last 28 vs. ranked opponents. . . . ILB Brandon Chillar has posted 22 tackles in last two games and leads Pac-10 with 12.4 stops per game. Teammate DE Dave Ball leads league in QB sacks with 8.5 after getting 3.5 against UW last week. . . . QB Drew Olson has passed for a career-high 258 yards in each of the last two games. He had only one interception in those two games. . . . Bruins have interceped 10 passes in last four games. . . . PK Justin Medlock has made six straight field goals.
USC: Trojans play only October home game this week vs. Stanford. . . . USC has an 11-game home winning streak going. . . . Trojans are one win shy of becoming just the 10th Division I team to collect 700 victories. SC's all-time record is 699-297-54 (69.1%). . . . Trojans sacked ASU QB Andrew Walter five times last week against ASU offensive line that hadallowed only five sacks in four previous games. USC leads the Pac-10 with 21 QB sacks, while allowing only eight. . . . SC has picked off at least one interception in 15 straight games. . . . FL Keary Colbert has caught a pass in 28 consecutive games. . . . Trojans have scored at least 30 points in 12 of last 13 games and lead the Pac-10 this year at 37.4 points per game. . . . Troy has outscored opponents 48-17 in first quarter. . . . USC defense has allowed just two rushing TDs in five games.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams has 20 receptions in last two games. He leads Pac-10 with 38 catches (7.6 per game). He currently ranks 10th on the Pac-10 career receiving chart (192) and is well within range of the Pac-10 career mark of 248 (Troy Walters, Stanford, 1996-99). He stands eighth on the Conference career receiving yards list at 3,009 and is on pace to move into second place behind Walters (4,047) on that list by season's end. Williams has at least one reception in 30 straight games (every game of his career). . . . Cody Pickett is only starting QB in league completing 60% of his passes (61.5%)
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have won eight of their last nine Pac-10 road games. . . . WSU has forced 24 turnovers in six games. . . . In last four games, all wins, QB Matt Kegel has passed for 1,213 yards (303.3 yards per game), with eight TDs and just two interceptions. . . . Kegel's 84-yard TD strike to FL Devard Darling against Arizona was the fifth-longest in school history. . . . PK Drew Dunning is 18-of-20 on field goal attempts this season and with 294 career points is just 34 shy of WSU's career record of 328 by Jason Hanson. . . . Fast-starting WSU has outscored opponents 68-8 in the first quarter and 115-31 in the first half. . . . CB Jason David returned an interception for the third time in his career with pick for score vs. Arizona. He has 14 career interceptions. . . . WSU defense did not allow Arizona a third-down conversion (0-13). . . . Cougar defense has held five of six opponents under 100 yards rushing. . . . WSU has won 25 of 31 games since start of 2001 season. . . . Coug defense has allowed just two rushing TDs in six games. . . . WSU has intercepted 14 passes and has been picked off only four times.
CHAMPIONSHIP FACT: It's a fact that there have been six seasons where a team has won the Pac-10 football title with two Conference losses, the most recent being 1993. It is also a fact that no team has ever won the Conference title after starting 0-2 in Conference play.
A LOOK AHEAD:
Sat., Oct. 18
ALIFORNIA at UCLA
WASHINGTON at OREGON STATE
WASHINGTON STATE at STANFORD
ARIZONA STATE at North Carolina
USC at Notre Dame
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