This Week In Pac-10 Football
THIS WEEK: It's the most colorful weekend of the Pac-10 football season as traditional rivalries take center stage in the form of Apple Cups, Civil Wars, Big Games and the like. Four of the Pac-10 traditional rivalries take place this week, with Arizona-Arizona State holding off until Friday after Thanksgiving. Here is a look at the traditional rivalry games of Sat., Nov. 22 (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
--/-- UCLA (6-5) vs. 2/2 USC (9-1)
L.A. Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
12:30 PST, ABC
USC leads the series 38-27-7
Last Meeting: USC 52-21
34/40 OREGON STATE (7-3) vs. --/t40 OREGON (7-4)
Autzen Stadium (54,000), Eugene, OR
12:30 PST, KEZI/KATU
Oregon leads the series 53-43-10
Last meeting: Oregon State 45-24
--/-- CALIFORNIA (6-6) vs. --/-- STANFORD (4-5)
Stanford Stadium (85, 500), Stanford, CA
12:30 PST, KGO
Stanford leads the series 54-40-11
Last meeting: California 30-7
8/8 WASHINGTON STATE (9-2) vs. --/-- WASHINGTON (5-6)
Husky Stadium (72,500), Seattle, WA
3:30 PST, FSN
UW leads the series 62-27-6
Last meeting: UW 29-26 (3ot)
--/-- ARIZONA (2-9) - open date - next game Fri., Nov. 28 at Arizona State
--/-- ARIZONA STATE (4-7) - open date - next game Fri., Nov. 28 vs. Arizona
Washington State 34, Arizona State 19
California 54, Washington 7
Oregon 31, UCLA 13
Oregon State 43, Stanford 3
USC 45, Arizona 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
REMAINING 2003 REGULAR SEASON PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Nov. 2212:30 PST/1:30 MST UCLA at USC ABC (regional - 19% of nation)12:30 PST/1:30 MST Oregon State at Oregon ABC affiliates in state of Oregon (local)12:30 PST/1:30 MST California at Stanford KGO - San Francisco (local)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. 22
UCLA (6-5) at USC (9-1) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and UCLA have met in the battle for the Victory Bell and Los Angeles supremacy 72 times dating to 1929 and uninterrupted since 1936. The Trojans lead the series 38-27-7 after winning the last four years, which snapped an eight-game Bruin winning streak in the series. USC has never defeated UCLA five times in a row. The Los Angeles Coliseum served as home stadium for both teams prior to the Bruins moving to the Rose Bowl in 1981, so 61 of the 72 games in the series have been played at the Coliseum, where the Trojans lead 34-20-7, including the last two. . . . Last Year: No. 7-ranked USC met No. 25 UCLA in front of 91,000+ at the Rose Bowl and the Trojans rolled to a 52-21 win behind the play of QB Carson Palmer and an opportunistic defense. The win would give USC the Pac-10 co-championship. SC scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and was never headed. Palmer passed for 254 yards and four TDs and became the Pac-10 career leader in completions and passing yardage in the process. The Trojan defense limited UCLA to 40 yards rushing, forced five turnovers and posted five QB sacks.
OREGON STATE (7-3) at OREGON (7-4) - The Civil War - 12:30 PST - Televised on ABC affiliaes in the state of Oregon - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up in the 107th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and Oregon leads the series 53-43-10. The teams have alternated victories the last six meetings with each holding serve on its home turf. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State ended the regular season at Corvallis and the home team won the Civil War for the sixth year in a row as the Beavers prevailed 45-24. It was the most points ever scored by OSU in this old rivalry and the Beaver offensive headliners put up big numbers. TB Steven Jackson rushed for 153 yards and two touchdowns and had a pass reception for a third score. QB Derek Anderson passed for 370 yards and four TDs with no interceptions, and WR James Newson pulled in 11 receptions for 168 yards and one TD. In all, the OSU offense put up 528 yards with no turnovers. On the defensive side of the ball, the Beavs forced four turnovers with FS Mitch Meeuwsen picking off two passes.
CALIFORNIA (6-6) at STANFORD (4-5) - The Big Game - 12:30 PST - The Series: California and Stanford meet in the 106th Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast, dating back 111 years to 1892. Stanford leads the series 54-40-11, but California snapped a seven-year victory drought by winning last year. Stanford has won the last four meetings at Stanford Stadium with the last Cal victory at Palo Alto coming in 1993 (46-17). . . . Last Year: California and Stanford closed out the season at Berkeley and the Golden Bears snapped a seven-game losing streak in the Big Game with a 30-7 win. The victory, coming on the 20th anniversary of 'The Play,' gave Cal its first winning season since 1993 and capped a turnaround from the 1-10 season of the year before. Cal TB Joe Igber rushed for a Big Game-record 226 yards and one TD on 26 carries (8.7), and QB Kyle Boller connected with WR LaShaun Ward on two TD passes to provide the offense for the Bears.
WASHINGTON STATE (9-2) at WASHINGTON (5-6) - The Apple Cup - 3:30 PST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: Washington and Washington State have met 95 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 62-27-6. Washington has won five straight and seven of the last eight. In 53 games at Seattle, UW leads 35-13-5 and has won the last two. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met at Pullman and the Huskies shocked the No. 3-ranked Cougars with a 29-26 triple overtime victory. WSU seemed to have the game in hand with a 20-10 lead with 4:30 to play in the game. But Washington got a TD and then a game-tying field goal from John Anderson with 15 seconds in regulation to tie the game. Anderson and Coug PK Drew Dunning traded a couple of overtime field goals, before a 49-yard field goal by Anderson, his fifth of the day, and subsequent hold by the Husky defense gave UW the win. Washington could muster just 19 yards rushing, but Husky QB Cody Pickett put the ball up 57 times, completing 35 for 368 yards to become the first Pac-10 passer ever to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. Husky WR Reggie Williams set an Apple Cup record with 12 receptions good for 169 yards. The Washington defense forced five turnovers and posted six QB sacks.
TRADITIONAL RIVALRIES: Traditional rivalry week in the Pac-10 includes the oldest and longest football series on the West Coast. The California-Stanford Big Game is the oldest series having started in 1982. The Oregon-Oregon State Civil War started two years later in 1894, but it is the longest West Coast series with 106 games, compared to 105 for Cal-Stanford. The Washington-Washington State Apple Cup started in 1900 and covers 95 games, and UCLA-USC is a relative newcomer with 72 games dating to 1929.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 in the polls and four league teams earn mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (9-1) 2 2 Washington State (9-2) 8 8 Oregon State (7-3) 34 30 Oregon (7-4) -- t40
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, WSUNov. 15 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Will Poole, CB, USC Kenny Washington, KR, ORE
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 - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 13 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
ARIZONA: Despite being limited to 50 yards rushing in loss to No. 2-ranked USC, Wildcats are averaging 173.2 yards per game on the ground in the last five games and have topped the 200-yard mark in three of those five. . . . Arizona's offensive line has allowed just five quarterback sacks in last six games. Cats' season total of 17 in 11 games ranks second in the Pac-10. . . . Arizona has surrendered an average of 138 yards rushing the last three weeks, but that looks pretty good considering the Cats faced the top rushing team in the league in USC as well as the top individual in Oregon State's Steven Jackson.
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils have converted 24 of last 27 drives inside the red zone. . . . Sophomore S Matt Fawley has recorded 20 tackles, including 15 solos, in last two games. . . . QB Andrew Walter has passed for 619 yards over that same two-game span. He has moved into second place on the ASU career completion list with 517 (leader is Jake Plummer, 1993-96, with 632). . . . Walter has 12 TD passes and just four interceptions over last six games. In fact, he has just 10 interceptions in 395 pass attempts this season. . . . WR Derek Hagan has five 100-yard receiving games this year. Hagan is averaging 115.4 yards over the last seven games. Both he and fellow WR Skyler Fulton went over the 100-yard mark at WSU last week. . . . P Tim Parker has downed 22 of his 70 punts this year inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears need a win in the Big Game to finish 7-6 and be eligible for first bowl berth since 1996. Win also would give Cal back-to-back winning seasons for first time since 1990-91. . . . Win against Washington last week was the first over the Huskies at Memorial Stadium since 1975, and Bears set records in the process. Cal gained a school-record 729 yards and it was the Bears' biggest Conference win since a 61-0 whomping of Washington State in 1922. . . . TB Adimchinobe Echemandu missed last week with an ankle injury but still has 1,074 yards, the fifth best single-season rushing mark in Cal history. If he can manage 104 more yards, Echemandu could move into second place behind Chuck Muncie's 1,460 in 1975. . . . In Echemandu's absence, backup TBs J.J. Arrington (186) and Marcus O'Keith (107) both topped 100 yards vs. UW. . . . Cal is 6-0 when scoring at least 31 points this season, and 0-6 when it doesn't. . . . In last five games, QB Aaron Rodgers has thrown just one interception, while three times topping 300 yards. . . . WR Geoff McArthur is the first Cal receiver to post four 150-yard receiving games in a season. His 1,158 receiving yards is a Cal single-season record.
OREGON: Ducks have won three of last four heading into the Civil War. . . . Win at UCLA last week insured Oregon its 10th consecutive winning season. Ducks have had 10 straight winning seasons only once before (1902-1911). . . . MLB Jerry Matson's interception return for a TD at UCLA last week was the Ducks' third pick returned for a score this season. . . . UO scored first-quarter TDs via offense, defense and special teams vs. Bruins. . . . 97-yard kickoff return for a TD by Kenny Washington was longest KO return in a Pac-10 game this season. . . . Ducks are 20-7 in November under coach Mike Bellotti, including 12-1 at Autzen Stadium. Three of those seven losses have come at the hands of Oregon State. . . . WR Demetrius Williams averages 19.4 yards per catch, top mark among the Conference receiving leaders. . . . Ducks are king of fourth down. Oregon leads league in fourth-down conversions (10-16, 62.5%) and stopping opponents on fourth down (3-14, 21.4%).
OREGON STATE: In last two outings, QB Derek Anderson has passed for 691 yards and eight TDs with just one interception. . . . Beavers rank second in the Conference in rushing defense at 76.3 yards per game. OSU limited Stanford to minus-12 yards rushing last week (and 133 yards total offense). . . . Also against Stanford, WR Mike Hass pulled in eight receptions for 225 yards and two TDs. The 225 yards is the second-best single-game receiving yardage in OSU history. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has upped his school-record career sack total to 23. . . . WR James Newson needs one TD reception for the OSU career record (currently tied with Vern Burke, 1962-63, at 19). Newson has at least one reception in 34 straight games. . . . TB Steven Jackson still leads the Pac-10 in rushing by a large margin and his 1,266 yards is more than four Conference teams have accumulated. . . . PK vKirk Yliniemi has kicked eight straight field goals and is 33 of 37 for his career. . . . OSU is 15-of-16 in the red zone over the last four games.
STANFORD: Cardinal needs win in the Big Game to keep hopes for a winning season and bowl berth alive. . . . Card finishes the regular season with home games vs. Cal and Notre Dame. Stanford is 3-1 at home this season. . . . Cardinal has lost just five fumbles this season, lowest figure in the Pac-10. . . . Conversely, Card FS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the Pac-10 in forced fumbles with six to his credit. Atogwe also leads the Cardinal and is tied for third in the Pac-10 in tackles with 8.6 stops per game. . . . Stanford has held five of nine opponents under 100 yards rushing.
UCLA: WR Craig Bragg has become the first player in Bruin history to post two 50-reception seasons. He had 55 catches in 2002 and has 65 so far this season. Bragg has a 34-game consecutive receiving streak going and has caught at least two passes in his last 29 games. He pulled in a career-high 10 receptions vs. Oregon last week. . . . DE Dave Ball continues to lead the Pac-10 in both QB sacks (a Bruin-record 15.5) and tackles for loss (19.5). He also holds the UCLA career sack record with 29.5 and has recorded at least one sack in 17 of his last 22 games. . . . The Bruin defense has allowed just three TDs and 27 second-half points in seven Pac-10 games and has shut out four of seven Conference opponents in the second half. . . . With game at No. 2-ranked USC on tap, Bruins have won 16 of last 29 games against ranked opponents. . . . ILB Brandon Chillar is the only Pac-10 defender averaging double figures in tackles as he leads the league with 11.0 stops per game.
USC: QB Matt Leinart enters the UCLA game having thrown 165 passes without an interception. The Pac-10 season record is 198 by UCLA's Cory Paus in 2001 (Pac-10 career record is 216 by USC's Brad Otton in 1994-95). . . . USC has a narrow lead over Cal in rushing offense (172.6-170.5). The Trojans have not led the league in rushing since 1981, when Marcus Allen was winning the Heisman Trophy while rushing for 2,342 yards. . . . WR Mike Williams had three TD receptions among his 11 catches for 157 yards last week at Arizona. That gives the sophomore a USC career-record 26 TD receptions in his 23-game college career. . . . USC has yet to lose a November game under coach Pete Carroll (third year). . . . Trojan offensive line has allowed just 12 QB sacks all year, fewest in the Pac-10. Trojan defenders have tripled that in posting 36 sacks.
WASHINGTON: WR Reggie Williams has extended his consecutive reception streak to 36 straight games, longest current streak in the Pac-10. With 236 career receptions, Williams needs just 13 more to become the Pac-10 career receiving leader (current record 248 by Stanford's Troy Walters, 1996-99). His 82 receptions this year leads the league by 13 catches. . . . Cody Pickett upped his career passing totals to 10,037 last week, becoming just the fourth QB in league history to top 10,000 yards passing. . . . Pickett is averaging a league-best 21.3 completions per game.
WASHINGTON STATE: A win in the Apple Cup this week would give the Cougars their third consecutive 10-win season. . . . WSU has won 10 of its last 12 Pac-10 road games. . . . The Cougars have forced 40 turnovers, eight more than any other team in the league. Cougs have turned those turnovers into 133 points. WSU also leads Pac-10 in QB sacks with 39. . . . DE D.D. Acholonu needs three more tackles for loss the move into second place on the WSU career list. He currently has 37.0. He already holds down second place on the Coug career QB sack list with 26.5. . . . WSU has outscored opponents 113-25 in the first quarter this year. . . . Cougs finished the home portion of the schedule undefeated for the first time since 1997. . . . PK Drew Dunning booted two field goals vs. ASU last week to pass Jason Hanson (1988-1991) as the WSU career field goal leader. Dunning now has 64 career three-pointers. He trails Hanson by seven points for the career scoring record (Dunning 321, Hanson 328). Dunning has connected on 23-of-26 field goal attempts this year. . . . WSU has allowed just six rushing TDs all year, fewest in the Pac-10.
HOME/ROAD: In 34 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 23-11 (.676) advantage.
PAC-10 BOWL GAME ARRANGEMENTS:
Bowl Pac-10 Team Opponent Date TVRose Champion Big 10 Champion Thu., Jan. 1 ABCHoliday Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Tue., Dec. 30 ESPNSun Pac-10 #3 Big Ten Wed., Dec. 31 CBSInsight Pac-10 #4 Big East Fri., Dec. 26 ESPNLas Vegas Pac-10 #5 Mountain West Wed., Dec. 24 ESPNSilicon Valley Pac-10 #6 WAC Tue., Dec. 30 ESPN2
Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year: Three Pac-10 players are among the 15 'Players to Watch' for the Walter Camp Player of the Year--DE Dave Ball of UCLA, QB Matt Leinart of USC and WR Reggie Williams of Washington.
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 Finalists: DE Dave Ball of UCLA is among the four finalists named for the Rotary Lombardi Award, presented to the nation's top lineman.
Butkus Semifinalists: USC OLB Matt Grootegoed is among the 11 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, presented to the nation's top linebacker.
Davey O'Brien Semifinalists: QB Matt Leinart of USC is among the 10 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, presented to the nation's best quarterback.
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.
A LOOK AHEAD--THE REMAINING REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE:
Fri., Nov. 28
ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE , 1:00 MST/12:00 PST (FSN)
Sat., Nov. 29
Notre Dame at STANFORD, 5:00 PST (ABC)
Sat., Dec. 6
OREGON STATE at USC, 1:30 PST (ABC)