This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: The calendar turns to November and the race for the Conference championship and positioning for bowl berths heats up. A full slate of five league games is on tap this week, highlighted by WASHINGTON STATE at USC (ABC) in a matchup of Top 10 teams fraught with title implications. Other action finds ARIZONA at OREGON STATE, UCLA at STANFORD (FSN), OREGON at WASHINGTON (TBS) and CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA STATE. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 1 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
29/t32 UCLA (6-2) vs. --/-- STANFORD (2-4)
Stanford Stadium (85, 500), Stanford, CA
12:30 PST, FSN
UCLA leads the series 40-30-3
Last meeting: UCLA 28-18
--/-- CALIFORNIA (4-5) vs. --/-- ARIZONA STATE (4-4)
Sun Devil Stadium (73, 379), Tempe, AZ
1:30 MST, 12:30 PST
ASU leads the series 13-10
Last meeting: California 55-38
--/-- ARIZONA (1-7) vs. --/35 OREGON STATE (5-3)
Reser Stadium (35, 362), Corvallis, OR
1:00 PST, 2:00 MST
Arizona leads the series: 19-16-1
Last meeting: Oregon State 38-3
6/6 WASHINGTON STATE vs. 3/3 USC (7-1)
L.A. Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
4:00 PST, ABC
USC leads the series: 50-8-4
Last meeting: WSU 30-27 (OT)
--/-- OREGON (5-3) vs. --/-- WASHINGTON (4-4)
Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle, WA
7:00 PST, TBS
UW leads the series 57-33-5
Last meeting: UW 42-14
USC 43, Washington 23
Washington State 36, Oregon State 28
California 42, Arizona 14
UCLA 20, Arizona State 13
Oregon 35, Stanford 0
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. PST/11:00 a.m. MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/4:00 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 (PST) Call Schedule 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:
Women: Wed., Oct. 29, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. - HP Pavilion, San Jose
Contacts: Julie Reuvers or Steve Hitchcock - 925-932-4411
Men: 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., Nov. 112:30 PST/1:30 MST UCLA at Stanford Fox Sports Net (national)4:00 PST/5:00 MST Washington State at USC ABC (regional - 17% of nation)7:00 PST/8:00 MST Oregon at Washington TBS Superstation (national)
Sat., Nov. 84:00 PST/5:00 MST UCLA at Washington State ABC (regional)7:00 PST/8:00 MST California at Oregon TBS Superstation (national)
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 (7-1) 3 3 Washington State (7-1) 6 6 UCLA (6-2) 29 t32 Oregon State (5-3) -- 35
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, UCLAOct. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Aaron Gipson, DB, ORE
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 1:
UCLA (6-2) at STANFORD (2-4) - 12:30 PST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Stanford have met 73 times dating to 1925 and uninterrupted since 1946. The Bruins lead the series 40-30-3 and have won seven of the last 10, although the teams have split the last four games. The teams are dead even at 17-17-2 in 36 previous games at Stanford with the Cardinal winning the last two meetings on The Farm. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Stanford met at the Rose Bowl and the Cardinal capitalized to two early Bruin miscues to jump out to a 15-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. However, UCLA fought back in a largely defensive struggle to capture a 28-18 comeback victory. Neither team cracked 300 yards in total offense (UCLA 270, Stanford 241) and the defenses were particularly effective against the pass as Stanford got just 75 yards through the air to UCLA's 142. True freshman Matt Moore made the first start of his career at QB for the Bruins and spent much of the game handing off to TB Tyler Ebell, a fellow freshman. Ebell carried the ball 39 times for 160 yards and one TD. Nate Fikse made his debut as the Bruin field goal kicker and tied a Pac-10 Conference-game record by kicking five field goals.
CALIFORNIA (4-5) at ARIZONA STATE (4-4) - 1:30 MST/12:30 PST - The Series: Arizona State and California have met 23 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 13-10. ASU leads 9-5 in the 14 games played at Tempe. Cal won at Tempe last year to snap a five-game ASU home winning streak against the Bears. . . . Last Year: California and Arizona State met late in the season at Tempe with the Golden Bears upsetting the No. 25-ranked Sun Devils in a 55-38 shootout of a game that saw six lead changes. ASU led 38-35 late in the third quarter, but Cal scored the game's final 20 points to grab the win. Two of the league's standout QBs combined for 690 yards and nine touchdown passes, but the Sun Devils were done in by an inability to establish the running game (minus-2 yards on the day) and six turnovers, with the Bears getting touchdowns on an interception return and a blocked punt. Cal QB Kyle Boller passed for five touchdowns and ASU QB Andrew Walter passed for four TDs and 477 yards, establishing a new ASU single-season passing record along the way.
ARIZONA (1-7) at OREGON STATE (5-3) - 1:00 PST/2:00 MST - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 26 times with the Wildcats leading the series 19-6-1. Oregon State, however, has won the last four games, which snapped an eight-game unbeaten streak by Arizona. Arizona leads 8-5-1 in games in the state of Oregon, including 7-4-1 at Corvallis, but OSU has won the last three at Reser Stadium. The last three games have been lopsided Oregon State wins with the Beavs outscoring the Cats 109-15. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Arizona met at Corvallis and the Beavers dominated on both sides of the ball in securing a 38-3 victory. The OSU defense stifled Arizona in limiting the Wildcats to just 12 first downs and 93 yards total offense, including minus-23 yards rushing. That number was aided by six Beaver sacks for minus-64 yards. OSU DE Bill Swancutt led the charge with three sacks (-29). On offense, OSU played turnover-free ball and put up a balanced 457 yards total offense. The headliners were familiar. TB Steven Jackson rushed for 134 yards and two TDs, QB Derek Anderson rushed for one TD and passed for another, an 86-yard bomb to FL James Newson, who finished with six catches for 121 yards (20.2).
WASHINGTON STATE (7-1) at USC (7-1) - 4:00 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Washington State have met 62 times dating to 1921 with the Trojans holding a commanding 50-8-4 series advantage. Washington State, however, has won the last two. In 40 games played in Southern California, the Trojans lead 34-4-2. But like the overall record, WSU has had success recently in winning the last two in Los Angeles, which snapped a 15-game L.A. losing streak for the Cougs. . . . Last Year: Top 20 teams Washington State and USC met early in the Conference season at Pullman in a game that ultimately would decide the Pac-10 representative in the Rose Bowl. USC battled back from a 24-14 deficit midway through the fourth quarter to take a 27-24 lead, but WSU PK Drew Dunning hit a 35-yard field goal with 1:50 to tie the game and then hit another 35-yarder in overtime to give the Cougars a wild 30-27 win. Against a USC defense that was ranked first in the nation in total defense entering the game, WSU put up 516 yards total offense, rushing for 201 and seeing QB Jason Gesser pass for 315. USC's offense was productive as well, as QB Carson Palmer passed for 381 yards and two TDs and ran for another.
OREGON (5-3) at WASHINGTON (4-4) - 7:00 PST - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Oregon are old Pacific Northwest rivals that have met 95 times dating to 1900. The Huskies lead the series 57-33-5. The series has been close of late as the teams have split the last 10 games overall and the last four at Seattle. . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon met late in the season at Eugene. After falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter, Washington scored 42 unanswered points to cruise to a 42-14 victory. UW QB Cody Pickett threw for 316 yards and four TDs on 26-of-37 (.703) passing and in the process set the Pac-10 record for single-season passing yardage. His main target was WR Reggie Williams, who had 14 receptions for 198 yards and three TDs. TB Rich Alexis had 122 yards and two TDs rushing as the Huskies got all phases of the offense going.
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 - 6 games - Washington State
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - Washington State
Longest home winning streak - 12 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - USC andWashington State
TOP 10 MATCHUP: The last time two teams ranked in the Top 10 in the AP poll met in a Conference game was Oct. 13, 2001 when No. 7 UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, at Pasadena.
ARIZONA: Wildcat offensive line has allowed just one QB sack in last three games. . . . HB Michael Bell went for a career-high 182 yards in averaging 9.6 yards per carry at Cal last week. Included was a 49-yard TD dash. In last two games he has amassed 276 yards on 27 carries for a 10.2-yard average. His season average of 6.2 yards per carry is tops among Pac-10 rushing leaders. . . . That is big part of reason UA has averaged 238.5 yards rushing the last two games. . . . Cats have made just 2-of-9 field goal tries this year.
ARIZONA STATE: Freshman TB Loren Wade has posted back-to-back 100-yard rushing games the last two weeks. He popped a 61-yard TD run at UCLA last week. . . . DBs Jason Shivers (9.9) and Riccardo Stewart (8.5) rank 2-4, respectively, in the Pac-10 in tackles. . . . Sun Devils have scored on 16 of their last 17 trips into the red zone. . . . ASU has picked off at least one pass in seven of eight games this year. . . . Devils average a Pac-10-best 24.9 yards on kickoff returns. . . . P Tim Parker, averaging 43.3 yards per boot, dropped six of 11 punts inside the 20-yard line at UCLA last week.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears finish regular season with three of four games on road, starting this week at Arizona State. . . . Cal needs to win three-of-four to post a winning record. . . . Bears continue to be the least penalized team in the Pac-10 averaging just 45.4 yards per game in walkoffs. . . . TB Adimchinobe Echemandu is averaging 134 yards rushing per game over the last four outings, capped by 201 yards and three TDs vs. Arizona last week. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 97.9 yards per game and is averaging 5.4 yards per rush. . . . WR Geoff McArthur is on pace to become Cal's single-season leader in receiving yards (current mark 1150 by Dameane Douglas, 1998). . . . Bears have gone two straight games without committing a turnover. . . . Cal has had just six passes intercepted in nine games.
OREGON: After scoring two touchdowns or less in four consecutive games, the Duck offense put four TDs on the board against Stanford last week. . . . 35-0 win against Stanford was Oregon's first shutout of a Conference opponent since 1992 (7-0 vs. OSU). . . . TB Terrence Whitehead went for a career-high 172 yards rushing and two TDs vs. the Cardinal. . . . Ducks broke a three-game drought of no interceptions with three picks against Stanford. . . . QB Jason Fife is tied for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with five. . . . PK Jared Siegel has a school-record string of 76 consecutive PATs made going. . . . Win against Stanford was the ninth straight win for the Ducks following an open date. . . . Oregon has been successful on 9-of14 fourth-down conversions; opponents have been successful on just 1-of-9.
OREGON STATE: FS Mitch Meeuwsen had three of OSU's five interceptions at WSU last week. He now has 14 career picks, good for second place on the Beaver career list. . . . WR James Newson has extended his streak to 32 straight games with at least one reception. In a Conference full of top-notch receivers, he is the only Pac-10 receiver averaging better than 100 yards per game at 120.6. . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi connected on four field goals at WSU last week, including one from 51 yards. He has four successful kicks of more than 50 yards in his career. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has accounted for a sack or tackle for loss in 18 of his last 21 games. . . . TB Steven Jackson cracked the 1,000 yard rushing mark at WSU last week. He sits at 1,011 yards through eight games in leading the league at 126.4 yards per game. Throw in his receiving yardage, and Jackson averages 161.0 yards per game. His rushing totals are more than six Pac-10 teams have so far. . . . QB Derek Anderson leads Pac-10 in passing yards at 286.1 per game. He has averaged 310 yards through the air the last two weeks. He has tossed at least one TD pass in 13 straight games.
STANFORD: Cardinal has four of last five games at home, starting this week with UCLA. . . . In last two games, P Eric Johnson has gotten off boots of 64, 65 and 66 yards. . . . Fifth-year senior Chris Lewis got the start at QB at Oregon last week. . . . 71-yard Lewis-to-Mark Bradford pass at Oregon was Stanford's longest play from the line of scrimmage this year. . . . Stanford has lost just four fumbles all year. . . . Cardinal continue to lead the Pac-10 in kickoff coverage, allowing just 12.7 yards per runback. . . . Stanford ranks second in the league in red zone defense.
UCLA: Bruins, winners of five straight, have three of last four on the road, starting this week at Stanford. . . . Matt Moore got his first start at QB since the season opener and directed UCLA to a win over Arizona State. . . . TB Maurice Drew's 83-yard TD run against the Sun Devils was the longest by a true freshman in Bruin history. . . . DE Dave Ball needs one more QB sack to equal the UCLA career mark of 26.5 held by Ryan Smith (1984-86). Ball has recorded a sack in 14 of his last 19 games and currently leads the Pac-10 with 11.5. . . . Defense and special teams have combined to score five of UCLA's 21 TDs this season. . . . Bruins have three of the top six leaders in the Pac-10 in tackles. ILB Brandon Chillar leads the league at 11.5 stops per game, fellow ILB Justin London and FS Ben Emanuel II are tied for fifth (7.9). . . . WR Craig Bragg has at least two receptions in his last 26 games. . . . PK Justin Medlock has made 10 of his last 11 field goal attempts.
USC: Trojans have three of last four regular season games at home, starting this week with Washington State, the team that ultimately knocked SC out of the Rose Bowl last year. . . . USC has won its last 12 home games and 15 of its last 16 games overall. . . . Trojans are 7-0 in November in coach Pete Carroll's two years at the helm. . . . QB Matt Leinart has passed for a career-best 351 yards and four TDs with no interceptions in each of the last two games. Leinart's totals for the last four games are 1,251 yards, 13 TDs, one interception. . . . SC running game in high gear in averaging 203.5 yards rushing the last four games. . . . With both running and passing games clicking, Trojans have gone over 550 yards total offense the last two outings. . . . Washington coach Keith Gilbertson's brief assessment of the Trojans: 'They are good everywhere.' . . . Trojan offensive line has allowed just 10 QB sacks in eight games. On the other side of the ball, USC has racked up 30 sacks. . . . WR Keary Colbert has caught a pass in 31 consecutive games. . . . Fellow WR Mike Williams leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with eight.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams continues to have the longest current reception streak in the Pac-10 with catches in 33 straight games. Williams has moved into sixth place on the Pac-10 career reception list with 212 catches. . . . Freshman Kenny James got his first start at tailback last week in place of injured starter Rich Alexis. James averaged 4.5 yards on 13 carries and had a 15-yard TD run. . . . With 274 yards passing vs. USC, QB Cody Pickett jumped past John Elway into sixth place on the Pac-10 career passing chart with 9,364 yards. . . . Huskies lead the league in punt returns (13.0) behind individual leader Charles Frederick (also 13.0). . . . UW also leads league in third-down conversions (42.2%).
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have won 10 of last 11 Pac-10 road games, including the last six straight. WSU also has won seven straight Pac-10 games in California, and 10 straight games overall against California schools. . . . WSU is off to a 7-1 start for the third straight year and is 27-6 since the start of the 2001 season. . . . Hot-starting Cougs are outscoring opponents 89-15 in the first quarter. . . . WSU has scored 112 points off 31 turnovers this season. . . . Cougars had committed just 10 turnovers in seven games before coughing it up seven times vs. Oregon State last week. Included were five interceptions by QB Matt Kegel, who had been picked off only four times all year. Even with that, Cougs still lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +12. . . . P Kyle Basler's 68-yard punt vs. OSU last week was the longest of his career. . . . Also vs. OSU, WR Scott Lunde had his first 100-yard receiving day with 110 yards and two TDs on eight receptions. . . . Cougars have allowed just three rushing TDs in eight games and have held last two opponents to a total of 57 yards rushing. . . . PK Drew Dunning has hit on 19-of-21 field goal attempts.
HOME/ROAD: In 20 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 12-8 advantage.
MORE HOME/ROAD: Washington State has won its last six Pac-10 road games, USC has won it last eight Pac-10 home games.
TOP 10 MATCHUP: The last time two teams ranked in the Top 10 in the AP poll met in a Conference game was Oct. 13, 2001 when No. 7 UCLA defeated No. 10 Washington, 35-13, at Pasadena.
A LOOK AHEAD:
Sat., Nov. 8
ARIZONA STATE at STANFORD, 2:00 PST/3:00 MST
WASHINGTON at ARIZONA, 4:00 MST/3:00 PST
UCLA at WASHINGTON STATE, 4:00 PST (ABC)
CALIFORNIA at OREGON, 7:00 PST (TBS)
OREGON STATE and USC - open dates
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