This Week in Pac-10 Football
Sept. 26, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: This week's schedule shows three Conference games, one lone non-conference contest and three teams taking a breather. Pac-10 action finds ARIZONA STATE at OREGON (TBS), CALIFORNIA at OREGON STATE (FSN) and WASHINGTON at STANFORD. UCLA hosts San Diego State in a non-league game, and ARIZONA, USC and WASHINGTON STATE have open dates. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 2 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year10/10 California (2-0) Reser Stadium (35,362) 1:00 PDT California leads 31-25--/-- Oregon State (1-3) Corvallis, OR FSN Oregon State 31-25
--/-- Washington (0-3) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 2:00 PDT UW leads 39-32-432/-- Stanford (2-1) Stanford, CA Washington 28-17
--/-- San Diego State (2-1) Rose Bowl (91,136) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 18-0-1--/t37 UCLA (2-1) Pasadena, CA FSN W2 UCLA 20-10
21/25 Arizona State (4-0) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 7:15 PDT Arizona St. leads 15-9--/-- Oregon (1-2) Eugene, OR TBS Arizona State 59-14
--/-- Arizona (1-3) - open date - next game Oct. 9 at UCLA1/1 USC (4-0) - open date - next game Oct. 9 vs. California--/-- Washington State (3-1) - open date - next game Oct. 9 vs. Oregon
Washington State 20, Arizona 19
Oregon 48, Idaho 10
USC 31, Stanford 28
Notre Dame 38, Washington 3
Arizona State 27, Oregon State 14
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT 2:
CALIFORNIA (2-0) at OREGON STATE (1-3) - 1:00 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: California and Oregon State have met 56 times dating to 1905 with the Golden Bears leading the series 31-25. It has been a remarkably streaky series. Oregon State has won the last five, Cal won the six before that, OSU the five before that and Cal the six before that, and, you get the idea. The Beavers lead 13-12 in home games, including 11-9 in games played at Corvallis. As noted, OSU has won the last five overall, including the last three played at Corvallis. The Bears' last win at Corvallis was in 1998 (20-19). . . . Last Year: Oregon State and California met at Berkeley with the Beavers rolling to a 35-21 win. OSU won its fourth straight game overall and knocked off Cal for the fifth time in a row. The Beavers outgained the Golden Bears 493-237. OSU had 269 yards rushing and limited the Cal passing attack to just 52 yards. OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for two TDs and ran for another. A bright spot for Cal was freshman CB Daymeion Hughes picking off an OSU pass and returning it 72 yards for a TD.
WASHINGTON (0-3) at STANFORD (2-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Washington and Stanford have met 75 times dating to 1893 with the Huskies leading the series 39-32-4. It has been all Washington in recent years as the Huskies have won six straight and 16 of the last 17. The only Cardinal win during that stretch is a 46-28 win at Palo Alto in 1994. In 36 previous games at Stanford Stadium, Washington leads 19-16-1, and the Huskies have won the last two and six of the last seven encounters on The Farm. . . . Last Year: Washington and Stanford opened the Conference season at Seattle and the No. 18-ranked Huskies took a 28-17 decision. The game was close throughout and Stanford had a late chance, taking over at its own 25 trailing 21-17 with just under three minutes remaining in the game. However, UW CB Derrick Johnson picked off a pass and returned it 36 yards for a TD to seal the Husky win. Stanford's freshman QB Trent Edwards, making just his second start, had two TD passes to TE Alex Smith.
SAN DIEGO STATE (2-1) at UCLA (2-1) - 4:00 PDT - FSN West 2 local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and San Diego State have met 19 times dating to 1922 and the Bruins have never lost in forging a mark of 18-0-1 against the Aztecs. UCLA has won 16 in a row and the lone non-win for the Bruins was a 13-13 tie at San Diego in 1924. UCLA has won all 11 of its home games against San Diego State, including the most recent six which have been played at the Rose Bowl. . . . Last Year: UCLA and San Diego State met at the Rose Bowl and played to a 3-3 halftime tie before the Bruins got two second-half TD passes out of QB Drew Olson to post a 20-10 victory. As the score would indicate, both teams had good defensive performances. UCLA allowed San Diego State just 230 yards total offense--120 rushing and just 110 through the air. The Aztec defenders were sturdy, as well, yeilding just 65 yards rushing and 323 yards total offense. Olson's top receiver was SE Junior Taylor, who pulled in seven catches for 110 yards, including a 41-yard TD reception.
ARIZONA STATE (4-0) at OREGON (1-2) - 7:15 PDT/MST - TBS national cablecast - The Series: Arizona State and Oregon have met 24 times with the Sun Devils holding a 15-9 series lead. The Sun Devils have won the last two games, snapping a four-game Duck winning streak. ASU holds a slim 7-6 lead in games played at Eugene. Arizona State won the last meeting at Eugene in 2002 (45-42). There have been lots of points scored recently as the winning team has scored in the 40s in seven of the last eight games and in the 50s in four of those. . . . Arizona State head coach Dirk Koetter spent two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach on Mike Bellotti's Oregon staff in 1996-97. Koetter has gone 2-1 against Oregon since taking over at ASU. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Oregon met at Tempe and the Sun Devils scored early, late and a lot in between in rolling to a 59-14 victory. On the third play of the game, ASU OLB Jamar Williams picked off an Oregon pass and returned it 50 yards for a TD to set the tone. The Devils led 21-7 at halftime and then scored on every second half possession, 38 points in all, to coast to the final 59-14 margin. ASU QB Andrew Walters had a big day completing 18 of 28 for 318 yards and three second-half touchdowns with no interceptions. Sun Devil TB Loren Wade had a 50-yard TD run and fellow TB Hakim Hill added two shorter scoring runs as ASU amassed 497 yards in total offense. The Sun Devil defense also performed well in limiting Oregon to 285 yards total offense and just 127 yards passing.
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. 16. 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 (PDT/MST) Call Schedule 10:00 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 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 Stoops - Arizona 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 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the head coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games, plus highlight footage. The 30-minute feed airs every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. PDT/MST (2:00 EDT) through Dec. 1. Coordinates for the feed are IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 805-231-3229 or pager 888-451-5861, or Michelle Zumalt at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.
Dates: Wednesdays, Sep. 8 through Dec. 1 Time: 11:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. PT/MT (2:00 ET) Coordinates: IA5/14 (formerly Telstar 5/14 c-band)
Week Offense Defense Special TeamsSep. 4 Reggie Bush, TB, USC Antoine Cason, CB, ARIZ Kyle Basler, P, WSUSep. 11 Mike Hass, SE, OSU Dale Robinson, OLB, ASU T.J. Rushing, KR, STANSep. 18 Maurice Drew, TB, UCLA Jamar Williams, OLB, ASU Jesse Ainsworth, PK, ASUSep. 25 Matt Leinart, QB, USC Emmanuel Franklin, S, ASU Kyle Basler, P, WSU
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Oct. 21:00 PDT/MST California at Oregon State FSN (national)4:00 PDT/MST San Diego State at UCLA FSN West 2 (local)7:15 PDT/MST Arizona State at Oregon TBS Superstation (national)
Sat., Oct. 911:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame NBC (national)12:30 PDT/MST TBA ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST TBA FSN (national)
XM SATELLITE RADIO COVERAGE: XM Satellite Radio is the official satellite radio partner of the Pac-10 Conference. XM Satellite Radio will carry numerous Pac-10 football games to listeners across the country as part of its basic channel lineup. Following is the schedule for the next two weeks.
Date/Time Game ChannelSat., Oct. 21:00 PDT/MST California at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 1842:00 PDT/MST Washington at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 1857:15 PDT/MST Arizona State at Oregon Pac-10 Channel 183
Sat., Oct. 9 (times subject to change)11:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame Pac-10 Channel 18312:30 PDT/MST Arizona at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 18512:30 PDT/MST San Jose State at Washington Pac-10 Channel 1842:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Washington State Pac-10 Channel 183TBA California at USC Pac-10 Channel 185
PAC-10 ON THE WEB: Pac-10 releases and other information, as well as links to all the league's schools, can be found online by pointing your browser to www.pac-10.org
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the Top 10 in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking. California was last ranked in the Top 10 in 1991. Arizona State has cracked the Top 25 in both polls and a total of five Conference teams receive poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media) and ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls:
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (4-0) 1 1 California (2-0) 10 10 Arizona State (4-0) 21 25 Stanford (2-1) 32 -- UCLA (2-1) -- t37
ARIZONA: After starting the season with four straight home games, Wildcats are on the road for four of the next six. . . . Numbers show marked improvement in the UA defense. Cats are allowing just 294.5 yards and 13.8 points per game. Last year's figures were 460.0 and 35.8. The 13.8 ranks third in Pac-10 and 16th nationally in scoring defense. . . . SS Lamon Means has posted 20 tackles, including 15 solo stops, the last two games. . . . QB Kris Heavner has been picked off just once in four games. . . . Wildcats rank second in Pac-10 in time of possession (31:42).
ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils' 4-0 start is best since going 11-0 in Rose Bowl season of 1996. . . . ASU has a five-game winning streak going for the first times since 1997. . . . QB Andrew Walter is up to 11th on Pac-10 career passing chart (8,552) and sixth on career TD pass list (67). . . . Walter has 12 TD passes and just one pick in four games this year. . . . Devil O-line is protecting Walter. ASU has given up only five sacks in four games and none the last two. . . . Arizona State limited Oregon State to minus-19 yards rushing last week, its best performance against the run since 1992 (-78, Louisville). That followed Iowa getting only 44 yards on the ground the previous week, so its 25 yards total rushing against ASU the last two games. . . . Sun Devils also won the turnover battle against the Beavers 5-0. . . . In a season that seems to be featuring missed placekicks, ASU PK Jesse Ainsworth is 10-12 on field goals. . . . Devil defense has allowed just one TD pass in four games. . . . Conversely, 13 of ASU's 15 offensive TDs have come through the air. . . . Sun Devils are outscoring opponents 85-20 in the first half.
CALIFORNIA: Cal finally gets back to the field after game at Southern Miss was postponed due to Hurricane Ivan followed by an open date. So. Miss game has been rescheduled for Dec. 4. . . . Cal has won five straight and seven of last eight. . . . During that stretch, Bears have averaged 42.7 points and 531.6 yards per game. . . . Cal offense has cranked out 1,184 yards total offense in first two games this season (573 and 611). . . . Much of that comes from consecutive 300-yard rushing days as Bears have had 85 rush attempts for 678 yards, an astounding 8.0 yards per carry, and 11 TDs. Note that Cal led the Pac-10 in rushing TDs last year with 28. . . . TB J.J. Arrington has carried the ball 16 times in each of Cal's first two games and in those 32 carries has gained 358 yards (11.2 yards per carry) and scored six touchdowns. . . . All-America WR Geoff McArthur has moved into second place on Cal's receiving yards chart with 2,364 yards, just 377 yards shy of Bobby Shaw's (1994-97) Cal record. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers owns a 9-3 record as the Bears' starting QB. In his last seven games, he has averaged 295.7 yards passing with 15 TDs and only two interceptions.
OREGON: DE Devan Long has posted 7.5 tackles for loss (minus 35 yards) in first three games to lead the Pac-10. . . . MLB Jerry Matson has six tackles for loss (minus 28 yards), all in the last two games, to rank fourth in the league. . . . PK Jared Siegel became Oregon's all-time leading scorer last week in win vs. Idaho, but saw his string of consecutive PATs end at 98, 10 shy of the Pac-10 record. . . . Leading receiver for the Ducks is FB Dante Rosario with 13 catches, including three TD receptions. . . . TB Terrence Whitehead went for 195 all-purpose yards last week in leading Ducks in rushing (115) and punt returns (three for 36) and adding 44 yards on three pass receptions. Whitehead had a scoring run and reception.
OREGON STATE: How tough is the Beavers schedule? California is ranked No. 10 this week, meaning four of OSU's first five opponents--Arizona State, LSU and Boise State in addition to Cal--are currently ranked in the Top 25 . . . . Oregon State is the only team to beat Cal in each of the past two seasons. . . . QB Derek Anderson has moved up to eighth place on the Pac-10 career passing chart (8,934) and is about to become just the eighth player in Conference history to pass for 9,000 yards. He also stands tied for 10th on the Pac-10 career TD pass list with 60. Anderson has thrown at least one TD pass in 22 consecutive games. . . . Behind Anderson, Beavs lead the league in pass offense (325.0 yards per game). . . . MLB Trent Bray leads the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 30 and is third overall with 10.5 stops per game. . . . Oregon State has outscored opponents 27-7 in the first quarter. . . . SE Mike Hass leads the Pac-10 and ranks second in the country in both receptions per game (9.0) and receiving yards per game (143.8).
STANFORD: Cardinal concludes four-game homestand to open the season vs. Washington this week. . . . Soph QB Trent Edwards has seven TD passes and just one interception through three games. . . . Edwards is leading a much-improved Stanford offense. Cardinal is averaging 36.0 points per game, up from 16.9 per game last year. . . . Cardinal has lost just three turnovers in three games. . . . Stanford leads the league in rushing defense, allowing just 83.7 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. . . . Stanford defense has given up just one TD pass in three games. . . . Cardinal outscoring opponents 48-17 in the second half. . . . T.J. Rushing leads Pac-10 in kickoff returns at 41.8 yards per.
UCLA: TB Maurice Drew rushed for a UCLA-record 322 yards and five TDs in the Bruins' win at Washington in last outing. The 322 yards rushing is the third-best performance in Pac-10 history behind 357 by Rueben Mayes of Washington State (vs. Oregon in 1984) and 347 by Ricky Bell of USC (vs. Washington State in 1976). The five touchdowns scored rushing ties the Conference record shared by five other players. A lot of Drew's TDs were long distance, as he scored on runs of 62, 58, 47, 37 and 15 yards. Much of the damage came in the first quarter when Drew bolted for 169 yards and three TDs on just four carries. . . . Drew was named Pac-10 offensive player of week and USA Today national player of the week. . . . UCLA's team total of 424 yards rushing at Seattle was the most since 1979 (446 at Oregon). . . . UCLA went first nine quarters of the season before finally giving up first QB sack in second quarter at Washington. . . . WR Craig Bragg has moved into the number-two spot on the Bruins' career receiving list with 2,579 yards. He trails only Danny Farmer's (1996-99) 3,020. . . . UCLA's 546 yards in total offense at Washington is most since Karl Dorrell took over as coach.
USC: After playing three of first four on the road, Trojans get a week off and then three straight home games, not venturing on the road again until Oct. 30. SC has won 16 straight at home. . . . Trojans have the longest overall current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 13 straight victories, the longest for SC since 13 in 1978-79. That's the second-longest current active winning streak in the nation (Boise State 15). SC has won 24 of its last 25 games. . . . USC's 4-0 start is best since John Robinson's last Rose Bowl team started the 1995 season 6-0. . . . Trojan defense has picked off a Pac-10-high nine passes in four games. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 16, with the All-Pac-10 DL duo of Shaun Cody and Mike Patterson leading the way with four each. . . . SC is Pac-10 co-leader in scoring defense at 12.8 points per game. . . . Trojans have rushed for seven TDs over the last two games. . . . QB Matt Leinart has eight TD passes with just one pick this year. During USC's current 13-game winning streak, Leinart has 38 TDs and just four interceptions. . . . TB Reggie Bush is averaging 6.5 yards per carry; fellow TB LenDale White is at 5.9. Bush averages 212.8 all-purpose yards per game.
WASHINGTON: ILB Joe Lobendahn ranks second in Pac-10 in tackles at 13.3 stops per game. Included are 4.5 for loss. . . . Huskies have converted five of last six red zone opporturnities. . . . WR Charles Frederick has at least one reception in 28 straight games. Throw in his kick returning and Frederick ranks fourth in Pac-10 in all-purpose yards (148.7 per game). . . . DT Manase Hopoi among the Pac-10 leaders in tackles for loss with 5.5 (-30) in three games. . . . Husky offensive line has allowed just two QB sacks in three games.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars get the week off, then play three of next four at home. . . . Win at Arizona was fourth straight year with a victory in Pac-10 opener for WSU. It also was Cougars 11th win in last 14 Pac-10 road games. . . . QB Josh Swogger has tossed six TD passes the last two games, with five of them going to SE Jason Hill, including the game-winner with 53 seconds left at Arizona last week. Hill leads the Pac-10 in TD receptions with six and is averaging 104.8 receiving yards and 27.9 yards per catch. Five of Hill's last seven receptions have gone for TDs. . . . WSU defense has forced 10 fumbles the last two weeks, recovering five. Cougs have recovered eight fumbles in four games to lead the Pac-10. . . . Cougar defense has allowed just one first-half touchdown all year. WSU outscores opponents 38-10 in the first half, including 21-3 in the first quarter. . . . WSU has allowed just two rushing TDs in four games.
Longest overall winning streak - 13 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 8 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 16 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 6 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 16-10 (.615) against non-conference foes.
QUOTABLE: UCLA TB Maurice Drew rushed for 322 yards and five TDs against Washington, the third-best rushing day in Pac-10 history. Drew is listed at 5-foot-8. Says Bruin coach Karl Dorrell: 'He's maybe 5-6, and you can't see him until it's too late.'