This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: Five Conference games are on tap as we head into the home stretch of the college football regular season. In Pac-10 action, USC is at ARIZONA (TBS), ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE (ABC), STANFORD at OREGON STATE, WASHINGTON at CALIFORNIA and OREGON at UCLA. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 15 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
--/-- ARIZONA STATE (4-6) vs. 8/8 WASHINGTON STATE (8-2)
Martin Stadium (37,600), Pullman, WA
12:30 PST, ABC
ASU leads the series 16-11-2
Last meeting: WSU 44-22 (2002)
--/-- WASHINGTON (5-5) vs. --/-- CALIFORNIA (5-6)
Memorial Stadium (73,347), Berkeley, CA
UW leads the series 45-33-4
Cal leads the series 34-27 (2002)
--/-- OREGON (6-4) vs. --/-- UCLA (6-4)
Rose Bowl (91,136), Pasadena, CA
UCLA leads the series 37-20
Last meeting: Oregon 31-30 (2002)
--/-- STANFORD (4-4) vs. t36/t37 OREGON STATE (6-3)
Reser Stadium (35,362), Corvallis, OR
Stanford leads the series 46-20-3
Last meeting: Oregon St. 31-21 (2002)
2/2 USC (8-1) vs. --/-- ARIZONA (2-8)
Arizona Stadium (56,002), Tucson, AZ
5:00 MST, TBS
USC leads the series 20-6
Last meeting: USC 41-34 (2001)
Stanford 38, Arizona State 27
Arizona 27, Washington 22
Washington State 31, UCLA 13
Oregon 21, California 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. 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
REMAINING 2003 REGULAR SEASON PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Nov. 1512:30 PST/1:30 MST Arizona St. at Washington St. ABC (regional - 18% of nation)4:00 PST/5:00 MST USC at Arizona TBS Superstation (national)
Sat., Nov. 2212:30 PST/1:30 MST UCLA at USC ABC (regional)3:30 PST/4:30 MST Washington St. at Washington Fox Sports Net (national)
Fri., Nov. 2812:00 PST/1:00 MST Arizona at Arizona State Fox Sports Net (national)
Sat., Nov. 295:00 PST/6:00 MST Notre Dame at Stanford ABC (split national)
Sat., Dec. 61:30 PST/2:30 MST Oregon State at USC ABC (national)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 15:
ARIZONA STATE (4-6) at WASHINGTON STATE (8-2) - 12:30 PST/1:30 MST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Arizona State and Washington State have met 29 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 16-11-2. In games at WSU, the teams have split 12 games overall and have split the last six at Pullman. It has been a series of streaks. WSU has won the last two, ASU the four before that, WSU the four before that and ASU the four before that. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Arizona State were both ranked in the top 20 and tied atop the Pac-10 standings when they met at Pullman. It was the No. 8-ranked Cougars who remained hot with a 44-22 victory. WSU QB Jason Gesser passed for 250 yards and three TDs and established himself as the Cougar career leader in both passing yards and TD passes. ASU QB Andrew Walter passed for 328 yards and two TDs, but the WSU defense allowed just 37 yards rushing, forced four turnovers and posted six QB sacks.
WASHINGTON (5-5) at CALIFORNIA (5-6) - 12:30 PST - The Series: Washington and California have met 82 times dating to 1904 with the Huskies leading the series 45-33-4. California defeated Washington at Seattle last year to snap a 19-game Husky winning streak in the series that dated to 1976. In 42 games at Berkeley, UW leads 23-18-1 and has won the last 10 with the last Cal home win coming in 1975. Four of the last five games have been decided by eight or fewer points. . . . Last Year: California and Washington met at Seattle and the Golden Bears snapped a 19-game, 26-year losing streak to the Huskies with a 34-27 victory. The win also snapped No. 12-ranked Washington's 17-game home winning streak. Leading the way for Cal was QB Kyle Boller, who passed for 266 yards and a career-high five touchdowns without an interception. UW QB Cody Pickett was hot as well with his fifth consecutive 300-yard game. Pickett completed 35 of 59 passes for 399 yards. WR Reggie Williams was on the receiving end of eight receptions for 116 yards. Washington outgained the Cal 441-391, but the Bears came out on top on the scoreboard. . . . Coaching Note: Washington coach Keith Gilbertson posted a 20-26 record as California's head coach from 1992-95.
OREGON (6-4) at UCLA (6-4) - 12:30 PST - The Series: UCLA and Oregon have met 57 times dating to 1928 with the Bruins leading the series 37-20. The Ducks have won the last three games in the series, the Bruins the four prior to that. . . . Last Year: Oregon and UCLA met at the Rose Bowl and the No. 7-ranked Ducks ran their record to 6-0 with a 31-30 win. There were plenty of offensive heroes on both sides of the field. Oregon QB Jason Fife completed 14-of-18 (.778) for 202 yards and two TDs, including what proved to be the game-winner in the fourth quarter. UO TB Onterrio Smith rushed for 152 yards, his sixth straight game over 100 yards, and Duck PK Jared Siegel kicked a school-record 59-yard field goal. For the Bruins, who outgained the Ducks 477-383, QB Cory Paus passed for 316 yards and three TDs, but had three picked off. Freshman TB Tyler Ebell rushed for 119 yards in his first career start and SE Craig Bragg had a monster day with nine receptions for 230 yards (25.6-yard average) and three TDs that covered 53, 71 and 46 yards. UCLA was done in by its kicking game as UO DT Haloti Ngata blocked a PAT attempt that proved crucial in a one-point game and the Bruins had a 46-yard field goal attempt sail wide left late in the game, preserving the win for the Ducks.
STANFORD (4-4) at OREGON STATE (6-3) - 1:00 PST - The Series: Stanford and Oregon State have met 69 times dating to 1919 with the Cardinal leading the series by a 46-20-3 count. Stanford leads 22-11-1 in games in the state of Oregon and 16-9-1 at Corvallis. The Beavers have won the last two and three of the last four overall. The teams have split the last six games at Corvallis. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Stanford met late in the season at Palo Alto and the Beavers rallied from a 21-6 halftime deficit to post a 31-21 win with 25 unanswered second-half points. Stanford had taken the lead on two first half TD passes by QB Kyle Matter, but OSU responded in the second half and ended up with a total offense advantage of 518-275. The Beavs were a very balanced 228 yards rushing and 290 passing behind TB Steven Jackson and QB Derek Anderson. Anderson passed for the 290 yards and Jackson was a workhorse in carrying the ball 35 times for 230 yards (6.6) and one TD.
USC (8-1) at ARIZONA (2-8) - 5:00 MST/4:00 PST - TBS Superstation national cablecast - The Series: USC and Arizona have met 26 times with the Trojans dominating the series 20-6. The teams have split the last four meetings. In 10 games at Tucson, SC leads 7-3, but the teams have split the last six meetings at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: USC and Arizona met at Tucson in 2001 with the Trojans pulling out a wild 41-34 win when CB Kris Richard returned an interception 58 yards for a TD with 1:50 to go in the game. USC had led 31-10 in the second quarter before Arizona rallied back to tie the score midway through the final quarter before Richard's heroics. There were three interceptions returned long distance for touchdowns. In addition to Richard, Wildcat CB Michael Jolivette returned one 60 yards for a TD and Trojan CB Kevin Arbet took one 70 yards for a score. Arizona actually outgained USC 412-312 as QB Jason Johnson pass for 311 yards, but he was done in by four Trojan interceptions, including the two returned for TDs.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 in the polls. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (8-1) 2 2 Washington State (8-2) 8 8 Oregon State (6-3) t36 t37
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, ORENov. 1 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Michael Craven, OLB, STAN Luke Powell, PR, STANNov. 8 Michael Bell, HB, ARIZ Erik Coleman, FS, WSU Erik Coleman, FS, WSU
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 - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 4 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 13 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 3 games - USC
ARIZONA: In last three games, HB Mike Bell has rushed for 182, 113 and 222 yards--an average of 172.3 yards per game. That has jumped the sophomore into third place in the Pac-10 rushing stats at 81.1 yards per game. Bell's 222-yard effort vs. Washington last week was the second-best rushing performance in the Pac-10 this year and the best by a Wildcat since 1999. In the last four games, he has averaged 7.7 yards per carry. . . . Win against Washington snapped an overall eight-game losing streak and a string of 13 consecutive Pac-10 home losses. . . . Only USC has allowed fewer QB sacks than the Wildcats (16).
ARIZONA STATE: With 357 yards passing at Stanford last week, junior QB Andrew Walter upped his career passing total to 6,924 yards. That vaults him all the way into second place on the ASU career passing list. Walter trails only Jake Plummer (1993-96) and his 8,827 yards. . . . Sun Devils have scored on 22 of their last 25 trips into the red zone (88%). . . . Sophomore WR Derek Hagan has come into his own with 42 catches for 699 yards in last six games (116.5 yards per game). He had three TD receptions at Stanford last week.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears (5-6) need wins in last two games to be eligible for first bowl appearance since 1996. It also would mark the first time since 1991 that Cal would post winning seasons in consecutive years. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown just four interceptions all year and just one in the last four games. In fact, Cal QBs have tossed just seven interceptions all season, tied for lowest total in the league. . . . PK Tyler Fredrickson hit a career-long 53-yard field goal at Oregon last week. . . . California is least penalized team in the league with 47.6 yards in markoffs per game.
OREGON: Ducks lead the league in fourth-down conversions having made 10-of-16 attempts (62.5%). Also lead in limiting opponents on fourth down as foes have made just two-of-10 attempts. . . . Among Pac-10 receiving yards leaders, WR Demetrius Williams has the highest average per catch at 19.7 yards per reception. . . . One more victory gives Oregon a school-record 10th straight winning season. . . . Duck defense last week limited hot California offense, which had been averaging 33 points a game in league play, to just 17 points.
OREGON STATE: DT Bill Swancutt has had 5.5 tackles for loss in last two games. He has had a tackle for loss in 19 of his last 22 games and has 13 to date this season. . . . With a career-long 54-yard field goal against Arizona in last outing, PK Kirk Yliniemi is now perfect on five kicks of 50 or more yards in his career. He is almost perfect from anywhere as he has made 31-of-35 career field goal attempts. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen has 14 career interceptions, one shy of the OSU career record of 15 by Dan Espalin (1962-64). . . . Pac-10 rushing leader TB Steven Jackson has more rushing yards (1,118) than three Conference teams. . . . SE James Newson has moved into a tie for first on OSU's career TD receptions list. Newson has 19, which ties him with Vern Burke (1962-63). . . . OSU leads Pac-10 in both red zone offense (84.6%) and red zone defense (62.1%).
STANFORD: With four victories in the books, Cardinal has doubled last year's win total. Stanford needs to win two of remaining three for a winning record and bowl eligibility. . . . Card QB Chris Lewis is 8-5 as starting QB in past three seasons. In win against Arizona State last week, Lewis engineered five scoring drives of more than 70 yards. . . . Stanford defense has allowed just 145 yards rushing in last two games and moved into fourth place in Conference in rushing defense at 99.6 yards per game. . . . TB J.R. Lemon's 151-yard rushing performance vs. ASU last week was the best single-game rushing effort by a Stanford player since 1997 (Anthony Bookman). . . . Cardinal had a season-high 467 yards total offense vs. ASU. . . . Stanford has lost just four fumbles in eight games this season. . . . On the other side of the ball, FS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the Pac-10 in fumbles forced (5) and fumbles recovered (4).
UCLA: With a sack at Washington State, DE Dave Ball pushed his career total to a UCLA-record 27.5. He leads the Pac-10 with 13.5 sacks this season. . . . Ball also leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss (17.5) and teammate ILB Brandon Chillar leads in tackles at 10.7 per game, the only Conference defender averaging double digits in stops. . . . All of Bruins losses this year have come on the road with two of them to teams currently ranked in the top 10 (Oklahoma and Washington State). A date at No. 2-ranked USC still awaits.
USC: 8-1 start for SC is Trojans' best since 1988. . . . Trojans have won 16 of last 17 games and are 8-0 in November games since coach Pete Carroll's arrival. . . . With win against then No. 6 Washington State, USC has won its last four games against teams ranked in the top 10. . . . Trojans have scored more than 40 points in their last four games and more than 30 in their last eight. Troy has averaged better than 500 yards total offense in last four games and sits atop the Pac-10 stats in scoring offense (40.2), total offense (443.2), rushing offense (167.3) and pass efficiency (154.2). . . . In last five games--all wins--average score has been 42-18. . . . QB Matt Leinart continues his near-flawless play. In last five games he has passed for 1,442 yards and 16 TDs with just one interception. He has a string of 138 consecutive passes without and interception, just nine shy of the school record of 147 set by Carson Palmer last year. . . . TB trio of Hershel Dennis, Reggie Bush and LenDale White has combined for 1,459 yards rushing and 16 TDs, while averaging 5.6 yards per carry.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams had 13 receptions at Arizona last week and leads the Pac-10 in receiving (7.8 per game) by a wide margin. Williams has 78 receptions, 15 more than runnerup Geoff McArthur of Cal. Williams also has extended his consecutive game reception streak to a Pac-10-leading 35 straight games. . . . Huskies lead the league in punt returns at 11.4 per runback. Charles Frederick is the individual leader at 12.2. . . . Huskies also lead league in third-down conversions with a success rate of 43.2%. . . . QB Cody Pickett has put up a league-high 370 passes. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in both passing yards (263.5) and total offense (261.5).
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars have forced a league-high 38 turnovers in 10 games, including picking off 21 passes. . . . WSU defense has allowed only five rushing TDs in 10 games. . . . Coug defense also leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 36. . . . Plus WSU leads league in third-down conversion defense allowing opponents to convert just 22.1% of opportunities. . . . The Cougs also lead league in pass efficiency defense. . . . Sammy Moore leads the Pac-10 in combined punt and kickoff return yardage with 815 yards.
HOME/ROAD: All four home teams won last week, so in 29 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 20-9 (.690) advantage.
Hendricks Finalists: UCLA's Dave Ball and USC's Kenechi Udeze are among the six finalists for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award.
Lombardi Semifinalists: DE Dave Ball of UCLA and OLB Matt Grootegoed of USC are among the 12 semifinalists named for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman.
Butkus Semifinalists: USC OLB Matt Grootegoed also is among the 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker.
Biletnikoff Semifinalists: WRs Mike Williams of USC and Reggie Williams of Washington are among the 10 semifinalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.
Groza Semifinalists: Three Pac-10 kickers are among the 20 semifinalists for the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award--Drew Dunning of Washington State, Ryan Killeen of USC and Kirk Yliniemi of Oregon State.
A LOOK AHEAD--THE REMAINING REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
Sat., Nov. 22
UCLA at USC, 12:30 PST (ABC)
OREGON STATE at OREGON, 12:30 PST
CALIFORNIA at STANFORD, 12:30 PST
WASHINGTON STATE at WASHINGTON, 3:30 PST (FSN)
Fri., Nov. 28
ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE , 1:00 MST/12:00 PST (FSN)
Sat., Nov. 29Notre Dame at STANFORD, 5:00 PST (ABC)
Sat., Dec. 6OREGON STATE at USC, 1:30 PST (ABC)