This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: Three Conference games and two non-league games are on the schedule. In Pac-10 play, WASHINGTON is at OREGON STATE (TBS), WASHINGTON STATE visits STANFORD and CALIFORNIA is at UCLA (ABC). Out of conference games find USC at Notre Dame (NBC) and ARIZONA STATE at North Carolina. ARIZONA and OREGON have open dates. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 18 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
--/-- Arizona State (3-3) vs. --/-- Notrh Carolina (1-5)
Kenan Stadium (60,000), Chapel Hill, NC
Series tied 1-1
Last meeting: North Carolina 38-35
5/4 USC (5-1) vs. --/-- Notre Dame (2-3)
Notre Dame Stadium (80,795), South Bend, IN
1:30 EST NBC
ND leads the series 30-22-1
Last meeting: USC 44-13
--/-- California (3-4) vs. t38/-- UCLA (4-2)
Rose Bowl (91,136), Pasadena, CA
12:30 PDT ABC
UCLA leads the series 46-26-1
Last meeting: California 17-12
6/6 Washington State (5-1) vs. --/-- Stanford (2-2)
Stanford Stadium (85,500), Stanford, CA
Stanford leads the series 30-22-1
Last meeting: Washington State 36-11
--/-- Washington (3-3) vs. 22/21 Oregon State (5-1)
Reser Stadium (35, 362), Corvallis, OR
7:00 PDT TBS
UW leads the series 56-27-4
Last meeting: UW 41-29
--/-- Arizona (1-6)-open date- next game Oct. 25 at California
--/-- Oregon (4-3)-open date- next game Oct. 25 vs. Stanford
Arizona State 59, Oregon 14
USC 44, Stanford 21
UCLA 24, Arizona 21
Nevada 28, Washington 17
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
PAC-10 BASKETBALL MEDIA DAYS:
Wed., Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - HP Pavilion, San Jose
Contacts: Julie Reuvers or Steve Hitchcock - 925-932-4411
Thur., Nov. 6, 10:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. - Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Contacts: Dave Hirsch or Morgan Berman - 925-932-4411
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TV
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)
Sat., Oct. 2512:23 PDT/MST USC at Washington ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST TBA Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at UCLA Fox Sports Net (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 18:
ARIZONA STATE (3-3) at NORTH CAROLINA (1-5) - 1:30 EDT/10:30 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona State and North Carolina have split two meetings. ASU defeated North Carolina in the 1970 Peach Bowl (48-26), and the Tar Heels won last year at Tempe (38-35). . . . Last Year: North Carolina and Arizona State met at Tempe with the Tar Heels taking a 38-35 shootout. The teams combined for 1,135 yards total offense, including 891 passing yards. ASU actually outgained Carolina 657-478, but the Tar Heels scored last as the teams traded touchdowns over the last 18 minutes of the game. UNC QB Darian Durant set a school record by passing for 417 yards and five TDs, with four of the scoring passes going to Chesley Borders. ASU QB Andrew Walter responded by throwing for a career-high 474 yards and the Devils rushed for 183 yards, with TBs Mike Williams and Hakim Hill each scoring two TDs. The ASU cause was hurt by five turnovers and missed field goals.
USC (5-1) at NOTRE DAME (2-3) - 1:30 EST/11:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: The most storied college intersectional rivalry of them all dates back to the days of Knute Rockne and Howard Jones as USC and Notre Dame square off for the 75th time. USC and Notre Dame have met 74 times dating to 1926 and uninterrupted except for the war years of 1945-45. The Fighting Irish lead the series 42-27-5 . The teams have split the last six meetings overall, but South Bend has not been kind to the Trojans of late, as the Irish have won nine of the last 10 at Notre Dame Stadium. . . . Last Year: No. 6 USC and No. 7 Notre Dame closed out the regular season before a sold-out L.A. Coliseum crowd on 91,000+. It was all Trojans, as SC dominated the Irish in every phase of the game in rolling to a 44-13 victory, snapping a three-game Notre Dame win streak in the series. The lopsided stats told the story. Against a Notre Dame defense ranked fifth in the country entering the game, USC rolled up 31 first downs, 185 yards rushing and 425 yards passing for 610 yards total offense, the most ever allowed by the Irish. The Trojan defense, meanwhile, limited Notre Dame to four first downs, 39 yards rushing, 70 yards passing for 109 yards total offense. USC QB Carson Palmer solidified his Heisman credentials by completing 32 of 46 passess (.696) for 425 yards and four TDs, two each to TB Malaefou MacKenzie and WR Mike Williams, who ended the day with 10 receptions for 169 yards. . . . Coaching Note: Notre Dame is coached by former Stanford coach Tyrone Willingham, who led the Cardinal from 1995-2001. Willingham was 4-3 vs. USC in seven years at Stanford and is 0-1 vs. the Trojans at Notre Dame.
CALIFORNIA (3-3) at UCLA (4-2) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UC system rivals California and UCLA have met 73 times and at least once a year since 1933 with the Bruins leading the series 46-26-1. UCLA leads 24-11-1 in home games, including 7-3 at the Rose Bowl, although the teams have split the last two games at Pasadena. . . . Last Year: California and UCLA met at Berkeley with the Golden Bears taking a fierce defensive struggle by a 17-12 score. Both defenses posted numbers to be proud of in limiting the opposing offenses. Victorious Cal had just 11 first downs and 173 yards total offense (40 rushing, 133 passing), plus had two punts blocked by the Bruins in the fourth quarter. The Cal defense limited UCLA to 226 yards (29 rushing, 197 passing) and finished off the day by keeping the Bruins out of the endzone during a fourth-quarter goal-line stand. The UCLA offensive cause was hurt when the Bruins lost their first two quarterbacks--Cory Paus and Drew Olson--to injuries in the third quarter.
WASHINGTON STATE (5-1) at STANFORD (2-2) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Washington State have met 53 times dating to 1936 with the Cardinal leading the series 30-22-1. In 30 games at Stanford, the Card leads 17-13. However, WSU has won the last two games at Palo Alto, which snapped a five-game road losing streak in the series for the Cougs. There usually are some points scored in this series as only once in the last 10 games has the winner scored fewer than 33 points. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Stanford met at Palo Alto and a hot Cougar team in the middle of a seven-game winning streak handled the Cardinal 36-11. No. 12-ranked WSU scored on its first three possessions to grab an early 21-0 lead and cruised in from there. The Cougs put up 340 yards through the air with QB Jason Gesser completing 17 of 23 passes (.739) for 297 yards and three TDs. WSU CB Jason David made the big plays on defense with two interceptions returned for 71 yards.
WASHINGTON (3-3) at OREGON STATE (5-1) - 7:00 PDT - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Oregon State are old Pacific Northwest rivals who have met 87 times dating to 1897. Washington leads the series by a 56-27-4 count and the Huskies have dominated in winning 14 of the last 15 and 24 of the last 26. UW leads 24-12-2 in games played in the state of Oregon, including 17-7 at Corvallis. Oregon State won the last game played at Reser Stadium (49-24 in 2001), snapping a 12-game UW win streak in Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon State met at Seattle with the Huskies taking a 41-29 win. The UW defense played a huge roll by intercepting five OSU passes and returning two of them for TDs. CB Derrick Johnson was the leader with two Husky picks, including one returned 42 yards for a score. Cody Pickett threw for 262 yards to become Washington's career passing leader. Oregon State got contributions from some of its usual playmakers as TB Steven Jackson rushed for 135 yards and two TDs and FL James Newson caught five passes for 138 yards (27.6) and one score. Husky ILB Marquis Cooper had a big day with 13 tackles, including three tackles for loss, while his Beaver counterpart, Richard Seigler, had 17 stops and two tackles for loss.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top six in the polls and a total of four 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 (5-1) 5 5 Washington State (5-1) 6 6 Oregon State (5-1) 22 21 UCLA (4-2) t38 --
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, USCOct. 11 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Kenechi Udeze, USC Chris Kluwe, P, UCLA
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just three regular-season non-conference games remaining, Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 23-14 (.623) against outside foes. Eight of the 14 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.
CURRENT STREAKS:Longest overall winning streak - 4 games - Oregon State and Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - Oregon State Longest home winning streak - 12 games - USC Longest road winning streak - 2 games - Washington State
ARIZONA: Wildcat line has not allowed a quarterback sack in last two games vs. WSU and UCLA. . . . Cats had season highs in both rushing offense (276 yards) and total offense (519) against Bruins last week. . . . Arizona got three TD passes last week (two by Nic Costa, one by Kris Heaver), after having only six scoring passes in first six games. . . . RB Clarence Farmer looked like Farmer of old with a season-high 122 yards rushing, plus three catches for 32 yards and a TD vs. UCLA. . . . Arizona leads the Pac-10 with 11 fumbles recovered.
ARIZONA STATE: In 59-14 win against Oregon, Sun Devils scored on all six of their second half possessions, first a field goal, then five straight touchdowns for 38 second-half points. . . . QB Andrew Walter passed for a season-high 316 yards vs. the Ducks, following up on a 305-yard day vs. USC the week before. . . . Soph WR Derek Hagan has had back-to-back 100-yard receiving days with seven catches for 108 yards vs. Oregon, following eight for 170 vs. USC. . . . ASU picked off Oregon's first two passes last week, with LB Jamar Williams returning the first one 50 yards for a TD. It was the third interception return for a TD for ASU this year. The Sun Devils have recorded at least one pick in every game this year. Seven different players have accounted for ASU's 11 interceptions. . . . FS Jason Shivers (9.8) and S Riccardo Stewart (9.0) rank 2-3 in the Pac-10 in tackles. . . . Sun Devils had longest running play (56 yards by TB Loren Wade) and passing play (49 yards from Walter to WR Matt Miller) in game vs. Oregon last week.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears took last 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, tops among Pac-10 rushing leaders. . . . 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. . . . Bears top the Pac-10 in TD passes with 15. . . . Cal is least penalized team in Pac-10 with just 43.9 yards of walkoffs per game.
OREGON: WR Demetrius Williams leads the Pac-10 with an average of 19.3 yards per reception. . . . Fellow WR Samie Parker's 15 career TD receptions have averaged 38.5 yards per score to give Ducks a double dose of deep threats. . . . Opponents have gone for it on fourth down six times against the Ducks, but have converted only once. Conversely, Oregon has been successful on 7-of-12 fourth-down conversions. . . . Steven Moore leads league in punt returns at 10.9 yards per. . . . Opponents averaging just 2.6 yards per rush vs. Ducks, second-best figure in Pac-10.
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, the nation's second-leading rusher, has rushed for at least 100 yards in 11 straight regular-season games. His lowest output this year is 105 games (ASU). Plus he is OSU's second-leading receiver with 18 catches for 203 yards (11.3). 'He has no negatives,' says Beaver coachMike Riley of his tailback, who is starting to get some Heisman mention. . . . 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 Yliniemihas been good on 25-of-28 career field goal attempts.
STANFORD: Cardinal meet second consecutive top 10 team as No. 6-ranked Washington State rolls into Palo Alto. . . . Stanford leads Pac-10 in kickoff coverage, allowing just 12.8 yards per return. . . . On the other end, Nick Sebes is leading the league in kickoff returns with a 28.2-yard average. . . . FS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the Cardinal in tackles (tied fifth in Pac-10) at 8.2 per game and has a knack for the big play. Last week at SC, he stole the ball from a Trojan kick returner and returned it 22 yards for a TD.
UCLA: Bruins are the only team with three defenders in the league top 10 in tackles--ILB Brandon Chillar leads the Pac-10 at 11.5 stops per game, FS Ben Emanuel II is tied 5th (8.2) and ILB Justin London ranks ninth (7.5). . . . Plus, DE Dave Ball continues to lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks (8.5). . . . DT Rodney Leisle has scored a TD in each of last two games. He recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score against Washington two weeks ago, and returned an interception 55 yards for a TD last week against Arizona for what proved to be the winning score. Pretty good run for a 289-pounder. . . . In the hidden yardage dept., UCLA had 161 yards in interception and punt return yardage at Arizona last week.
USC: Win against Stanford last week made Trojans just the 10th Division I team to collect 700 victories. SC's all-time record is 700-297-54 (69.2%). . . . With 108 yards rushing against Stanford, TB LenDale White became the first USC freshman to rush for more than 100 yards in consecutive games. . . . Trojans have intercepted at least one pass in 16 consecutive games. . . . Soph SE Mike Williams had three TD passes last week to give him 21 touchdown receptions in 19 career games. He currently leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with seven. . . . Trojan defense allows just 2.2 yards per rush, best figure in Pac-10. . . . Trojans lead league in red zone offense having scored in 22-of-25 opportunities (14 TDs, eight field goals). . . . Trojans lead the league in QB sacks (24) and are co-leaders in fewest sacks allowed (8). . . . Heralded freshman QB John David Booty made his debut with mop-up duty vs. Stanford last week.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams has a reception in 31 straight games, longest current streak in the Pac-10. He leads the Pac-10 in reception per game (6.83). . . . DT Terry Johnson has seven QB sacks in six games to rank second in the Pac-10. . . . Linemate DE Manase Hopoi posted three tackles for loss last week. . . . QB Cody Pickett's completion percentage of 59.7% is tops among Pac-10 starters. . . . TB Rich Alexis has rushed for more than 100 yards in three of last four games and has four TDs over that span.
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. . . . 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. . . . Cougar defense has picked up the nickname Damage Inc. . . . WSU defense did not allow Arizona a third-down conversion (0-13) in last outing. . . . 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.
HOME/ROAD: In 12 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a slim 7-5 advantage.
A LOOK AHEAD: Sat., Oct. 25
USC at WASHINGTON, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
STANFORD at OREGON, 12:30 PDT
ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA, 12:30 PDT/MST
OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, 3:30 PDT (FSN)
ARIZONA STATE at UCLA, 7:00 PDT/MST (FSN)
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