This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: It's strictly Conference play for the next five weeks and a full slate of five Pac-10 games is on the docket this week. The schedule finds OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (FSN), USC at WASHINGTON (ABC), ARIZONA STATE at UCLA (FSN), ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA and STANFORD at OREGON. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Oct. 25 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
5/4 USC (6-1) vs. t39/-- WASHINGTON (4-3)
Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle WA
12:30 PDT, ABC
USC leads the series 43-26-4
Last meeting: USC 41-21 (2002)
--/-- ARIZONA (1-6) vs. --/-- CALIFORNIA (3-5)
Memorial Stadium (73, 347), Berkeley, CA
Ariozna leads the series 11-9-2
Last meeting: Arizona 52-41 (2002)
--/-- STANFORD (2-3) vs. --/-- OREGON (4-3)
Autzen Stadium (54,000), Eugene, OR
Stanford leads the series 43-22-1
Last meeting: Oregon 41-14 (2002)
t35/33 OREGON STATE (5-2) vs. t6/6 WASHINGTON STATE (6-1)
Martin Stadium (37,600), Pullman, WA
3:30 PDT, FSN
Oregon State leads the series 45-39-3
Last meeting: WSU 34-27 (2001)
--/-- ARIZONA STATE (4-3) vs. 34/t40 UCLA (5-2)
Rose Bowl (91,136), Pasadena, CA
7:00 PDT, FSN
UCLA leads the series 12-6-1
Last meeting: UCLA 52-42 (2001)
UCLA 23, California 20 (OT)
Washington State 24, Stanford 14
Washington 38, Oregon State 17
Arizona State 33, North Carolina 31
USC 45, Notre Dame 14
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. 2512:30 PDT/MST USC at Washington ABC (regional - 19% of nation)3:30 PDT/MST Oregon St. at Washington St. Fox Sports Net (national)7:00 PDT/MST Arizona State at UCLA Fox Sports Net (national)
Sat., Nov. 112:30 PST/1:30 MST TBA Fox Sports Net (national)4:00 PST/5:00 MST Washington State at USC ABC (regional)7:00 PST/8:00 MST Oregon at Washington TBS Superstation (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT. 25:
USC (6-1) at WASHINGTON (4-3) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington have met 73 times dating to 1923 with the Trojans leading the series 43-26-4. In 35 games played at Husky Stadium, UW holds a slim 16-15-4 lead by virtue of winning the last two. The teams have split the last nine meetings overall (4-4-1). . . . Last Year: Ranked teams USC and Washington met at Los Angeles with the Trojans taking a 41-21 aerial battle. The teams combined to put the ball in the air 99 times for 709 yards as Carson Palmer and Cody Pickett showed their stuff. Palmer completed 21 of 34 (.618) for 348 yards and four TDs. Pickett responded with 34 of 61 for 350 yards and three scores. Of course, someone had to be on the receiving end of all these passes. For USC, SE Mike Williams had nine catches for 159 yards and three TDs, and FL Keary Colbert added seven for 146 and one score. On the Husky side, WR Reggie Williams pulled in seven receptions for 134 yards and one TD and TB Braxton Cleman had a Husky-record 15 receptions for 69 yards. The Trojan defense limited the Huskies to minus-five yards rushing.
ARIZONA (1-6) at CALIFORNIA (3-5) - 12:30 PDT/MST - The Series: Arizona and California have met 22 times with the Wildcats holding a slim 11-9-2 series advantage. Arizona leads 6-4-2 in 12 previous games at Berkeley. The Wildcats have won four in a row overall and three straight at Berkeley. The games in the series have been often wild and usually close, with 13 of the 22 contests being decided by fewer than seven points, plus two ties and two overtime games. . . . Last Year: Arizona and California met late in the season at Berkeley and the Wildcats snapped a six-game losing streak with a 52-41 win in a game that showed that there are a lot of different ways to score in the game of football. In addition to the conventional running and passing for TDs, Arizona scored on an interception return for a touchdown and a blocked punt return for a TD. Not to be outdone, Cal ran a kickoff back for a touchdown and returned a blocked field goal for a score. Arizona was limited to minus-five yards rushing, but QB Jason Johnson passed for a career-high 492 yards and four TDs. His top receiver was WR Bobby Wade with 11 receptions for 222 yards and one TD. Cal QB Kyle Boller had a big day, as well, passing for 298 yards and three TDs.
STANFORD (2-3) at OREGON (4-3) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Oregon have met 66 times dating to 1900 with the Cardinal leading the series 43-22-1. Stanford leads 16-12 in games at Oregon. The teams have split the last four games overall and also have split the last four played at Eugene. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Stanford met at Eugene and the Ducks scored touchdowns on their first four possessions on the way to a 41-14 victory. UO QB Jason Fife passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and the Duck defense shut down the Cardinal. Fife finished with 20 of 36 for 254 yards passing and TB Terrence Whitehead, filling in for injured Pac-10 rushing leader Onterrio Smith, was a workhorse with 29 carries for 132 yards. The Oregon defense limited Stanford to 173 yards total offense--81 rushing, 92 passing. SS Oshiomogho Atogwe was a bright spot for the Card with 13 tackles.
OREGON STATE (5-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (6-1) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Oregon State and Washington State are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 87 times dating to 1903. The Beavers lead the series 45-39-3. The teams have split the last six meetings, which followed a 14-game unbeaten string for the Cougars. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Oregon State last met in 2001 at Pullman. The Cougars blasted out to an eary 31-0 lead, then hung on down the stretch for a 34-27 victory. WSU rushed for 243 yards with RB Dave Minnich going for 195 yards and one TD rushing, plus throwing a TD pass as well. The Cougars limited the Beavers to just 24 yards on the ground, but OSU got two fourth-quarter TDs on a blocked punt and a fumble return to give WSU some anxious moments late in the contest.
ARIZONA STATE (4-3) at UCLA (5-2) - 7:00 PDT/MST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 19 times with the Bruins holding a 12-6-1 series advantage. UCLA leads 6-4-1 in home games, but the teams have split nine games at the Rose Bowl (4-4-1). The teams have split the last 12 game overall and the last eight games at the Rose Bowl. However, the Bruins have won the last two games, both at Pasadena. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Arizona State were both riding four-game losing streaks when they met at the Rose Bowl in the final game of the 2001 season. The Bruins put up 536 yards total offense to take a high-scoring affair 52-42. UCLA rushed for 237 yards with TB Akil Harris gaining 138 yards and one TD and freshman Manuel White adding 85 yards and two scores. The Bruins also put up 299 yards through the air with QB Scott McEwan throwing for 280 yards and three scores. Included were two long TD bombs to freshman WR Craig Bragg, who finished with seven catches for 138 yards (19.7). For the Sun Devils, freshman QB Andrew Walter got the start and passed for 226 yards and two TDs.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top six in the polls and a total of five 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 (6-1) 5 4 Washington State (6-1) t6 6 UCLA (5-2) 34 t40 Oregon State (5-2) t35 33 Washington (4-3) t39 --
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, DE, USC Chris Kluwe, P, UCLAOct. 18 Charles Frederick, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, ILB, UCLA Spencer Havner, OLB, UCLA
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just one regular-season non-conference games remaining (Notre Dame at Stanford, Nov. 29), Pac-10 teams have posted a mark of 25-14 (.641) 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, with the Conference having a winning mark against the ACC, Big Ten and SEC among BCS leagues.
Longest overall winning streak - 5 games - Washington State
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - Washington State
Longest home winning streak - 12 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington State
ARIZONA: UA hits the road for two straight after playing five of first seven at home. . . . 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 in last game. . . . Arizona got three TD passes vs. Bruins (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 STATE: Sun Devils in game two of a stretch of four-of-five games on road. . . . QB Andrew Walter has passed for more than 300 yards in ASU's last three games, topped by 408-yard effort in win at North Carolina last week. . . . And, perhaps not coincidentally, WR Derek Hagan has notched three consecutive 100-yard receiving days, averaging 154.3 receiving yards per game over that span. . . . Fellow WR Skyler Fulton has at least one TD reception in each of last four games, including the game-winner with no time left on the clock at North Carolina. . . . Walter has six TDs and no interceptions over last two games. . . . Devils have converted 58% (21-of-36) of third downs over last two games. . . . ASU has scored on 14 of its last 15 trips into the red zone. . . . ASU has 1,095 yards total offense in wins the last two weeks. Plus Devils only turned the ball over once in those two games.
CALIFORNIA: Cal defense posted six QB sacks (-65 yards) at UCLA last week. That's the most sacks by any team in a Conference game this season . . . Bears lead league in punt returns (13.5). . . . Cal is least penalized team in the league averaging just 42.5 yards in walkoffs per game. . . . ROV Donnie McCleskey is Pac-10 QB sack leader among non-defensive linemen with 5.5. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers bounced back from a 52-yard passing performance against Oregon State to throw for 322 yards at UCLA. Included was a 35-yard fourth-down TD reception with 11 seconds left, followed by a two-point conversion pass to send game into overtime.
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. . . . Oregon ranks third in Pac-10 in both rushing offense (145.0) and rushing defense. Opponents averaging just 2.6 yards per rush and 83.0 yards per game vs. Ducks.
OREGON STATE: Only one team (California) has rushed for more than 100 yards against the Beavers. . . . QB Derek Anderson has thrown at least one TD pass in 12 straight games. He has 36 TD passes in 25 career games (20 as a starter). . . . SE James Newson has caught at least one pass in 31 straight games. With 108 yards on eight receptions vs. Washington, Newson went over the 3,000-yard mark for his career (3,023 on 174 receptions, 17.4 yards per catch). Two more TD receptions would give him the OSU career mark. He currently has 18, one behind Vern Burke (1962-63). . . . With 926 yards, TB Steven Jackson has rushed for more yards than five Pac-10 teams.
STANFORD: Stanford was presented with its ninth straight NACDA Directors' Cup honoring the top overall athletic program in the nation at halftime of last week's WSU game. . . . Stanford rush defense is much improved at 91.8 yards per game compared to 133 per contest last year. Cardinal has limited three of its five opponents to less than 100 yards rushing. . . . OT Kirk Chambers has started all 39 games in his Cardinal career. . . . Stanford leads the league in both kickoff returns (25.2) and kickoff coverage (12.7). . . . Cardinal has lost just three fumbles in five games.
UCLA: SE Craig Bragg has at least one reception in 30 straight games and at least two receptions in 25 straight. . . . UCLA has intercepted 14 passes and has thrown only six picks in seven games. . . . ILB Brandon Chillar leads the Pac-10 in tackles and is the only defender in league averaging double figures (11.6 per game). Teammate DE Dave Ball leads league in QB sacks (11.5). Ball has recorded a sack in 14 of his last 18 games. . . . Bruins have allowed just three second-half touchdowns in last four games. . . . Bruins have given up only five rushing TDs in seven games. . . . UCLA has had four of seven games decided by three or fewer points with Bruins winning three of them.
USC: Trojans get two teams ahead of them in the Pac-10 standings--Washington State and UCLA--at home in the L.A. Coliseum. . . . OLB Matt Grootegoed has been named one of 11 semi-finalists for the Butkus Award, which is presented to the best linebacker in college football. . . . At 6-1, USC is off to its best start since 1995, which was the Trojans' last Rose Bowl season. . . . Trojans have won 21 of their last 25 games. . . . FL Keary Colbert has a reception in 30 consecutive games. . . . SE Mike Williams has topped the 100-yard mark in receiving in five of seven games this season and leads the Pac-10 with eight TD receptions. He has 22 TD receptions in his 20-game career. . . . In last two games, DE Kenechi Udeze has posted five QB sacks (-29) and forced three fumbles. . . . Trojans have total of 613 yards rushing the last three weeks. . . . In his last three games, QB Matt Leinart has nine TD passes with just one interception. . . . Trojans have held last two opponents under 300 yards total offense. . . . P Tom Malone leads the nation in punting with a 48.9-yard average. Of his 28 punts, 18 have gone at least 50 yards and 17 have pinned opponents inside the 20-yard line.
WASHINGTON: Huskies face a ranked team for second week in a row as USC comes calling. . . . Huskies became first team this year to hold Oregon State TB Steven Jackson under 100 yards rushing (49 yards on 22 carries) in win at Corvallis. . . . WR Reggie Williams has a reception in 32 straight games, longest such current streak in the Pac-10. . . . With 285 yards passing in win at Oregon State, QB Cody Pickett topped the 9,000-yard mark in career passing. With 9,090 career yards, Pickett stands seventh on the Pac-10 career passing chart. Next in line is No. 6 John Elway (9,349).
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have three of next four at home. . . . WSU win streaks of five games overall and four games in Conference play are longest among Pac-10 teams. . . . QB Matt Kegel has 13 TD passes with just four interceptions. . . . Cougs easily lead Pac-10 in turnover margin at +14. Leading the league in interceptions (16), while throwing the fewest (5) explains a lot of that. WSU has been on the plus-side in turnovers in six of seven games. . . . WSU has beaten their first three Pac-10 opponents by a margin of 109-37. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (15.0), total defense (305.6), rushing defense (75.7) and are second in pass efficiency defense. WSU defense has allowed just three rushing TDs in seven games. . . . WSU held last two opponents to 5-for-32 in third-down conversions. . . . Cougs are 26-6 since start of the 2001 season. . . . Special teams are special for WSU. PK Drew Dunning leads the league in field goals (19-21), P Kyle Basler is second in punting (44.0) and Sammy Moore leads league in kickoff returns (27.9). . . . Hot-starting Cougars have outscored opponents 75-8 in the first quarter and 122-31 in the first half.
HOME/ROAD: What home field advantage? In 15 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a slim 8-7 advantage.
A LOOK AHEAD:
Sat., Nov. 1
UCLA at STANFORD, 12:30 PST (FSN)
ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, 1:00 PST/ 2:00 MST
WASHINGTON STATE at USC, 4:00 PST (ABC)
CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE, 1:30 MST/12:30 PST
OREGON at WASHINGTON, 7:00 PST (TBS)