This Week In Pac-10 Football
THREE GAMES LEFT: Just three regular season games remain for Pac-10 teams. It starts the day after Thanksgiving with ARIZONA at ARIZONA STATE (FSN) in their annual desert skirmish. The following day, Sat., Nov. 29, Notre Dame is at STANFORD (ABC). The regular season concludes on Sat., Dec. 6 with one final Conference contest as OREGON STATE is at USC (ABC) in a nationally televised contest. Here is a look at the remainder of the regular season (Note: Ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Fri., Nov. 28
--/-- ARIZONA (2-9) vs. ARIZONA STATE (4-7)
Sun Devil Stadium (73, 379), Tempe, AZ
1:00 MST, FSN
Arizona leads the series: 43-32-1
Last meeting: Arizona State 34-20
Sat., Nov. 29
--/-- Notre Dame (4-6) vs. --/-- STANFORD (4-6)
Stanford Stadium (85,500), Stanford, CA
5:00 PST, ABC
Notre Dame leads the series 11-6
Last Meeting: Notre Dame 31-7
Sat., Dec. 6
--/-- OREGON STATE (7-4) vs. 2/2 USC (10-1)
L.A. Coliseum (92,000), Los Angeles, CA
1:30 PST, ABC
USC leads the series 55-8-4
Last meeting: USC 22-0
USC 47, UCLA 22
Oregon 34, Oregon State 20
California 28, Stanford 16
Washington 27, Washington State 19
TROJANS CLINCH CROWN: With one more Conference game to play (vs. Oregon State on Dec. 6), USC has clinched at least a Pac-10 co-championship and the league's automatic berth in the Bowl Championship Series and resultant trip to either the Rose Bowl or Nokia Sugar Bowl.
REMAINING 2003 REGULAR SEASON PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVFri., 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)
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 20 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 (10-1) 2 2 Washington State (9-3) 16 14 Oregon (8-4) t35 34
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, ORENov. 22 Geoff McArthur, WR, CAL Evan Benjamin, SS, WASH Reggie Bush, KR, USC
PAC-10 BOWL GAME ARRANGEMENTS:
Bowl Pac-10 Team Opponent Date Site TVRose Champion Big 10 Champion Thu., Jan. 1 Pasadena ABCPacific Life Holiday Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Tue., Dec. 30 San Diego ESPNWells Fargo Sun Pac-10 #3 Big Ten Wed., Dec. 31 El Paso CBSInsight Pac-10 #4 Big East Fri., Dec. 26 Phoenix ESPNLas Vegas Pac-10 #5 Mountain West Wed., Dec. 24 Las Vegas ESPNSilicon Valley Pac-10 #6 WAC Tue., Dec. 30 San Jose ESPN2
Note: BCS National Championship Game - Sun, Dec. 4 at the Nokia Sugar Bowl (ABC)
SERIES NOTES FOR THE REMAINING REGULAR SEASON GAMES:
ARIZONA (2-9) at ARIZONA STATE (4-7) - Fri., Nov. 28, 1:00 MST - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: 77th edition of the Arizona-Arizona State series that started in 1899 and is uninterrupted since 1946. The teams play for the Territorial Cup. Arizona leads the series 43-32-1. The teams have split the last eight meetings overall, but Arizona has won four of the last five played at Sun Devil Stadium. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Arizona State closed out the regular season at Tucson and the Sun Devils broke open a close game by scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the final 17 minutes to take a 34-20 victory. ASU TB Mike Williams was named the MVP of the game as he carried the ball 40 times for a career-high 162 and rushed for all four Sun Devil touchdowns. That solid ground game gave ASU a 36:00-24:00 time of possession advantage in the game and the Devil cause was aided by forcing five UA turnovers.
NOTRE DAME (4-6) at STANFORD (4-6) - Sat., Nov. 29, 5:00 PST - ABC split-national telecast - The Series: Stanford and Notre Dame have met 17 times with the Fighting Irish leading the series 11-6. Stanford leads 4-3 in seven games played at Palo Alto and has won the last three at home. The Cardinal and the Irish have alternated wins the last six years with each team holding serve at home. The game marks the return to Stanford Stadium of Tyrone Willingham, who had a 44-36-1 record as head coach at Stanford from 1995-2001 before taking over as head man at Notre Dame. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Notre Dame met at South Bend and the Fighting Irish ran their record to 5-0 with a 31-7 win. Stanford held a 7-3 lead at intermission, but in the third quarter Notre Dame intercepted passes on three consecutive Cardinal possessions and returned two of them for TDs (CB Shane Walton and ILB Courtney Watson). The Irish amassed 249 yards on the ground with TBs Rashon Powers-Neal (108) and Ryan Grant (103) both topping the 100-yard mark.
OREGON STATE (7-4) at USC (10-1) - Sat., Dec. 6, 1:30 PST - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 67 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 55-8-4 count. In 44 games at Los Angeles, USC leads 38-3-3. Since 1968, the Trojans lead 28-1 with the Beavers only win coming in 2000 at Corvallis (31-21). USC has won 19 straight at home with the last OSU victory in Los Angeles coming in 1960 (14-0). . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon State, both ranked in the Top 25, opened Conference play at Los Angeles and the Trojans ran their L.A. Coliseum win streak over the Beavers to 19 straight with a 22-0 shutout. USC QB Carson Palmer hit WR Mike Williams with a pair of TD passes, but it was the Trojan defense that was the story as it pitched a shutout at a Beaver team that ranked second in the nation in both scoring and total offense entering the game. USC limited OSU to just eight first downs and 131 yards total offense (51 rushing, 80 passing). Trojan DE Omar Nazel earned Pac-10 defensive player of the week honors has he had four tackles for losses, including two QB sacks, and forced a fumble. Linemate DT Mike Patterson also had two QB sacks.
Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 4 games - USC
ARIZONA: Despite being limited to 50 yards rushing in loss to No. 2-ranked USC in last outing, 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 second-best rushing team in the league in USC as well as the top individual in Oregon State's Steven Jackson. . . . LB Joe Siofele comes off a career-high 12-tackle effort vs. USC.
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 in last game. . . . P Tim Parker has downed 22 of his 70 punts this year inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
OREGON STATE: An upset win in season finale at No. 2-ranked USC would vault the Beavers into a third place tie in the Conference standings. . . . Former walk-on WR Mike Hass is averaging 23.9 yards on his 30 receptions this season. . . . Fellow WR James Newson currently ranks second in the Pac-10 in receiving yards at 114.5 yards per game. He has at least one reception in 35 straight contests. . . . PK Kirk Yliniemi has made 11 straight field goals (and 35 out of 39 in his career). . . . TB Steven Jackson ranks 10th in the nation in rushing (121.3 yards per game) and leads the Pac-10 by almost 25 yards per game over runnerup Adimchinobe Echemandu of Cal (96.8).
STANFORD: FS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the Pac-10 in both fumbles forced (6) and fumbles recovered (also 6). Atogwe leads the team with 83 tackles, 27 more than the next highest player. He ranks fourth in the Pac-10 with 8.3 stops per game. . . . Stanford had eight players selected to the first team of the Pac-10 All-Academic team, most of any league team. OT Kirk Chambers and OLB Kevin Schimmelmann were each named to the team for the second straight year. . . . Stanford has lost just six fumbles all season.
USC: Win against UCLA clinched the Pac-10 berth in the Bowl Championship Series for the Trojans and at least a Pac-10 co-championship. Win in season finale against Oregon State gives SC the title outright. It's the first time since 1988-89 that the Trojans have won back-to-back Conference crowns. . . . USC has scored 30 or more points in 10 consecutive games and leads the Pac-10 at 41.3 points per game, almost 10 points a game more than second place Oregon State (31.8). The Trojans rank fifth in the nation in scoring. . . . WR Mike Williams is red hot with 22 receptions for 338 yards and five TDs in his last two games. That despite not playing in the second half vs. UCLA. He leads the Pac-10 with 14 TD receptions and the sophomore is already USC's career TD reception leader with 28 in 24 games. . . . Soph QB Matt Leinart leads the Pac-10 and is fourth in the country in passing efficiency with a rating of 164.5. That is due mainly to a 30-to-7 TD-interception ratio. He has a streak going of 197 consecutive passes without an interception, just one shy of the Pac-10 season record of 198 (Cory Paus, UCLA, 2001) and well within range of the Pac-10 career record of 216 by USC's Brad Otton (1994-95).
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.
HOME/ROAD: In 38 Pac-10 games to date, the home teams hold a 26-12 (.684) advantage.
ALL PAC-10: The All-Pac-10 Conference Football Team, selected by the league's head coaches, will be announced on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 1.
2003 PACIFIC-10 CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC FOOTBALL TEAM:
Pos. Name, School Yr. GPA Major QB Kyle Matter, Stanford Jr. 3.51 Management Sciences/Engineering RB Cooper Blackhurst, Stanford Sr. 3.48 Public Policy RB Brandon Hancock, USC So. 3.82 Business WR Skyler Fulton, Arizona State Sr. 3.32 Elementary Education WR Brandon Royster, Stanford Sr. 3.40 Mechanical Engineering TE Troy Bienemann, Washington St. So. 3.76 Communications OL Matt Brock, Oregon State Jr. 3.37 Psychology OL Kirk Chambers, Stanford (2) Sr. 3.32 Public Policy/German Studies OL Jonathan Giesel, California Jr. 3.38 Religious Studies OL Chris Murphy, California (2) Sr. 3.51 Political Science OL Dan Weaver, Oregon (3) Sr. 3.28 Accounting
DE Monte Parson, California Sr. 3.37 Sociology DT Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford Jr. 3.24 Undeclared DT Jeremey Williams, Washington St. (4) Sr. 3.53 Communications DE Bill Swancutt, Oregon State Jr. 3.12 Business Administration LB Pat Bennett, Washington State (2) Jr. 3.45 Hotel Administration LB Brian Gaffney, Stanford Sr. 3.55 Political Science LB Kevin Schimmelmann, Stanford (2) Jr. 3.47 Undeclared DB Michael McGrath, California Jr. 3.40 Mechanical Engineering DB Jimmy Newell, Washington Jr. 3.25 Business Admin./Economics DB Keith Short, UCLA Sr. 3.07 History DB Leigh Torrence, Stanford Sr. 3.03 Political Science
PK Kirk Yliniemi, Oregon State Sr. 3.50 Business Administration P Tyler Fredrickson, California Grad. 4.00 Graduate Education
(2) Two-time first-team All-Academic selection (3) Three-time first-team All-Academic selection (4) Four-time first-team All-Academic selection
Pos. Name, School Yr. GPA Major QB Chad Christiansen, Arizona State So. 3.93 Business Finance RB Ty Eriks, Washington So. 3.67 Art RB Matt Floberg, Oregon Sr. 3.08 Business Administration WR Greg Camarillo, Stanford Sr. 3.27 Engineering WR Nick Sebes, Stanford Sr. 3.06 Human Biology TE Pat Loney, Oregon State Jr. 3.59 Liberal Studies OL Nolan Bluntzer, California Sr. 3.02 Conservation and Resource Studies OL Jason Burke, Arizona State RFr. 3.78 Business OL Riley FittChappell, Washington St. So. 3.45 Business OL Derek Joyce, California Jr. 3.34 Molecular and Cell Biology OL Matt McClernan, Stanford So. 3.54 Undeclared
DE Louis Hobson, Stanford Sr. 3.15 Electrical Engineering DT Ian Shelswell, Stanford Sr. 3.16 Economics DT Thomas Sverchek, California Jr. 3.17 American Studies DE Will Svitek, Stanford Sr. 3.06 Political Science LB David Bergeron, Stanford Sr. 3.06 Public Policy LB Mike Silva, Stanford So. 3.62 Undeclared LB Brian Tremblay, California Jr. 3.25 American Studies DB Ryan Foltz, California So. 3.48 Business Administration DB Aaron Gipson, Oregon So. 3.06 Undeclared DB Lee Patterson, Arizona Sr. 3.15 Marketing DB James Sims, Washington So. 3.32 Comparative Literature
PK Jared Siegel, Oregon Jr. 3.58 Business Administration P Garth Erickson, Washington Sr. 3.07 Economics
Arizona: P Danny Baugher, So.; OT Tanner Bell, So.; QB Nic Costa, So.; PK Nick Folk, RFr.
Arizona State: OT Andrew Carnahan, RFr.; OT Grayling Love, So.
California: LB Matthew Currin, Jr.; FB Byron Storer, RFr.
Oregon: OG Josh Hagemeyer, So.; MLB Jerry Matson, Jr.
Stanford: OG David Beall, So.; OT Jonathon Cochran, So.; RB Gerald Commissiong, So.; RB J.R. Lemon, Jr.; C Tim Mattran, So.; PK Mike Sgroi, Jr.; TE Alex Smith, Sr.; OT Mike Sullivan, Sr.; OG Josiah Vinson, So.
UCLA: FB J.D. Groves, So.
Washington: TB Scott Ballew, RFr.; PK Evan Knudson, Jr.; DE Donny Mateaki, RFr.; QB Casey Paus, So.
Washington State: PK Drew Dunning, Sr.; OG Billy Knotts, Sr.
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