This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 3, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: This week's schedule shows three Conference games and two non-league games before the schedule turns to almost exclusive Conference play. Pac-10 action finds ARIZONA at UCLA (FSN), CALIFORNIA at USC (ABC) and OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE. Out of league, WASHINGTON hosts San Jose State and STANFORD is at Notre Dame (NBC). ARIZONA STATE and OREGON STATE have open dates. Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 9 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meetingt31/t33 Stanford (3-1) Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) 11:30 PDT Notre Dame leads 12-635/t42 Notre Dame (3-2) Notre Dame, IN NBC ND 57-7 (2003)
7/7 California (3-0) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 12:30 PDT USC leads 56-30-51/1 USC (4-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC Cal 34-31 [3 OT] (2003)
--/-- San Jose State (2-2) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT Washington leads 8-0 --/-- Washington (0-4) Seattle, WA UW 34-10 (2002)
--/-- Oregon (1-3) Martin Stadium (37,600) 2:00 PDT Tied 37-37-7--/-- Washington State (3-1) Pullman, WA WSU 55-16 (2003)
--/-- Arizona (1-3) Rose Bowl (91,136) 3:30 PDT UCLA leads 17-9-2--/36 UCLA (3-1) Pasadena, CA FSN UCLA 24-21 (2003)
19/22 Arizona State (5-0) - open date - next game Oct. 16 at USC--/-- Oregon State (1-4) - open date - next game Oct. 16 at Washington
California 49, Oregon State 7
Arizona State 28, Oregon 13
Stanford 27, Washington 13
UCLA 33, San Diego State 10
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 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)
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 17-10 (.630) against non-conference foes.
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Oct. 911:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame NBC (national)12:30 PDT/MST California at USC ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST Arizona at UCLA FSN (national)
Sat., Oct. 1612:30 PDT/MST TBA ABC (regional)4:00 PDT/MST TBA TBS (national)7:15 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. 911:30 PDT/MST Stanford at Notre Dame Pac-10 Channel 18312:30 PDT/MST California at USC 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 1833:30 PDT/MST Arizona at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 185
Sat., Oct. 16 (times subject to change)12:30 PDT/MST Arizona at Oregon Pac-10 Channel 18312:30 PDT/MST Oregon State at Washington Pac-10 Channel 1842:00 PDT/MST UCLA at California Pac-10 Channel 185TBA Arizona State at USC Pac-10 Channel 183
USA/ Team AP ESPN USC (4-0) 1 1 California (3-0) 7 7 Arizona State (5-0) 19 22 Stanford (3-1) t31 t33 UCLA (3-1) -- 36
2004 U.S. BANK PAC-10 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
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, WSUOct. 2 Chase Lyman, WR, CAL Spencer Havner, LB, UCLA Justin Medlock, PK, UCLA
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT 9:
OREGON (1-3) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-1) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Oregon and Washington State have met 81 times dating to 1901 and you can't find a series any closer, as the teams are tied after all those games at 37-37-7. WSU has won the last two, which snapped a four-game Oregon winning streak. The Cougars won the last meeting at home, but the Ducks won the three prior to that at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Oregon were both ranked when they met early in the Pac-10 season at Eugene. The Cougars took advantage of seven first-half turnovers by the Ducks and rolled to a 55-16 win. It was the widest margin of victory by WSU in the long series with the Ducks. The Cougars had it going in all phases as they scored on runs, passes, interception returns and blocked punts. The WSU defense forced nine UO turnovers, including seven interceptions. The teams combined for 675 yards passing (Oregon 360, WSU 315).
CALIFORNIA (3-0) at USC (4-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and California have met 91 times dating to 1915 with the Trojans leading the series 56-30-5. The teams have split the last four meetings overall and Cal has won three of the last four in Los Angeles, although SC won the last game at the L.A. Coliseum in 2002 (30-28). The teams played to triple overtime last year and had a two-point game the year before. USC has won 24 of its last 25 games with the lone defeat coming in triple overtime at Cal last year. . . . Last Year: California and No. 3-ranked USC met in the Conference opener at Berkeley with the Golden Bears taking a dramatic 34-31 triple-overtime victory, which would prove to be the only blemish on the record of the eventual National Champion Trojans. It snapped an 11-game Trojan winning streak and also is the last loss suffered by USC. Cal was dominant early as QB Aaron Rodgers passed for two scores and ran for another to take the Bears out to a 21-7 lead. But Troy fought back to 21-all with MLB Lofa Tatupu returning an interception 26 yards for a TD to even the score. The teams traded fourth-quarter field goals, with USC's Ryan Killeen connecting with 16 seconds in regulation to set up overtime. Neither team scored in the first OT period and both teams posted TDs in the second. In the third OT, Killeen missed a 39-yard field goal attempt and Cal PK Tyler Fredrickson, who had two previous attempts blocked by the Trojans, connected from 38 yards to give the Bears the victory. Cal had the best of it in the stats, outgaining USC 469-376 and holding a 38:26-21:34 time of possession advantage.
ARIZONA (1-3) at UCLA (3-1) - 3:30 PDT/MST - FSN national cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona have met 28 times with the Bruins leading the series 17-9-2. UCLA has won the last three games, all played at Tucson. Arizona has not visited the Rose Bowl since 1999, which was the Cats' last win in the series (33-7). UCLA leads Arizona 9-2-2 in home games, including a 6-2-1 advantage at the Rose Bowl. . . . Coaches Mike Stoops of Arizona and Karl Dorrell of UCLA used to plot against one another in the Big 12 in the mid- to late-1990s, Stoops as defensive coordinator at Kansas State and Dorrell as offensive coordinator at Colorado. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona met at Tucson with the Bruins rallying from a 21-10 halftime deficit of defeat the Wildcats 24-21. Arizona outgained UCLA with a season-high 519 yards total offense (276 rushing, 243 passing) to 333 for the Bruins, but the Cats were done in by four interceptions. The most notable was a fourth-quarter interception of a shovel pass by Bruin DT Rodney Leisle that he returned 55 yards for the game-winning score.
STANFORD (3-1) at NOTRE DAME (3-2) - 1:30 EST/11:30 PDT - NBC national telecast - The Series: Stanford and Notre Dame have met 18 times with the Fighting Irish leading the series 12-6. Notre Dame has won the last two games. In nine games at South Bend, the Irish lead 7-2 and have won the last four. Stanford last won at Notre Dame Stadium in 1992 (33-16). Until Notre Dame's win at Stanford last year, the home team had won seven straight games. Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham was head coach at Stanford for seven years (1995-2001) before taking over the Irish program. Willingham is 2-0 against the Cardinal as coach of the Irish. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Notre Dame met at Stanford Stadium on Thanksgiving weekend and the Irish dominated in a lopsided 57-7 win, the worst home loss ever for the Cardinal. Notre Dame found lots of ways to score--on the ground, through the air, returning two fumble recoveries for TDs, plus a safety. Notre Dame had a total offense advantage of 512-251, and were particularly dominant on the ground, outrushing Stanford 320-20. Irish RB Julius Jones rushed for 218 yards and a TD and backup RB Ryan Grant added 84 yards and three TDs. QB Brady Quinn connected on two long TD passes and the Irish returned two fumble recoveries for TDs, including a 65-yarder by FS Quentin Burrell. The Irish defense did its part as well, recording seven QB sacks led by DE Justin Tuck. Stanford scored its lone TD on a 65-yard reception by FL Mark Bradford.
SAN JOSE STATE (2-2) at WASHINGTON (0-4) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and San Jose State have met eight times with the Huskies winning all eight. All of the games have been played at Husky Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: Washington and San Jose State met at Seattle early in 2002 with the No. 11-ranked Huskies winning 34-10. Washington outgained San Jose 499-271 and limited the Spartans to 35 yards rushing. Husky QB Cody Pickett passed for 347 yards and three TDs and UW WR Reggie Williams had six receptions for 160 yards and two scores.
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 14th 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. . . . WR Syndric Steptoe scored both UA TDs in last game vs. WSU and had six of the Cats' 15 receptions, good for 105 yards (17.5) and the two scores. . . . LB Sean Jones, converted from to defense from fullback prior to the season, has taken to his new role. In last game vs. WSU, Jones posted 10 tackles, forced one fumble and recovered two. . . . Wildcats rank third in Pac-10 in time of possession (31:42).
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter passed for three TDs in ASU's win at Oregon last week. That upped his career total to 70 TD passes, tied for fourth on the Pac-10 career list (see list below). . . . Of ASU's 19 offensive touchdowns this year, 16 have come through the air. Walter leads the Pac-10 in TD passes with 15. . . . Sun Devil defense showing marked improvement from last year, allowing almost 100 fewer yards per game (304.4 to 403.8) and two TDs per game in points (12.8 this year, 27.3 in 2003). . . . Only one team (Northwestern) has scored more than 14 points on the Devils. . . . ASU defense has surrendered just two passing TDs in five games. . . . While a number of teams around the country have had kicking problems this season, ASU PK Jesse Ainsworth is a solid 10-13 on field goals attempts this season and a perfect 20-20 on PATs. . . . Sun Devils are +10 in turnover margin had have lost just two turnovers in five games. Devils are only team in the league not to lose a fumble so far this year. . . . ASU leads the Pac-10 with 19 QB sacks. Devils have posted 10 in last two games. . . . Sun Devils are outscoring opponents 99-26 in the first half.
CALIFORNIA: Cal has won six straight and eight of its last nine games. . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (48.7), scoring defense (11.7), total offense (539.0) and total defense (261.7). All those figures rank in the top 12 nationally, with the scoring offense leading the nation and the total offense second only to Purdue. . . . TB J.J. Arrington rushed for 108 yards in win at Oregon State last week, his third straight 100-yard game. He ranks second in the league (fifth in the nation) in rushing at 155.3 yards per game, is averaging 8.6 yards per carry and has rushed for seven TDs in three games. . . . As a team, Cal is leading the Pac-10 in rushing offense (278.0 yards per game), average per rush (6.7) and rushing TDs (13). . . . In win at Oregon State, WR Chase Lyman had a career-high 176 receiving yards on five receptions (35.2) and his three TD catches ties the Cal single-game record. He leads the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game at 128.7 and is averaging 32.2 yards per reception. 'He's a big play guy,' say Cal coach Jeff Tedford of Lyman. . . . QB Aaron Rodgers is completing a Pac-10-leading 74.1% of his passes (43 of 58).
OREGON: TB Terrence Whitehead is becoming a workhorse. In last two games, he has rushed for 213 yards and pulled in eight receptions for 89 yards and two TDs in averaging 169.0 all purpose yards. . . . DE Devan Long leads the league in tackles for loss with 8.5. For his career, the junior has accumulated 26.5 tackles behind the line for losses of 133 yards. . . . MLB Jerry Matson is right behind, ranking fourth in Pac-10 with seven TFLs, including four in the last two games. . . . QB Kellen Clemens has at least one scoring pass in nine straight games. This year, Clemens has eight TD passes with just three picks. . . . PK Jared Siegel booted two field goals against Arizona State upping his career total to 43, just two behind the UO career record of 45 by Gregg McCallum (1988-91).
OREGON STATE: QB Derek Anderson became just the eighth player in Conference history to top the 9,000-yard passing mark when he upped his career total to 9,071 last week. He leads the Pac-10 in passing at 287.4 yards per game. . . . SE Mike Hass leads the league in receptions (38 or 7.6 per game) and ranks second in receiving yards (120.2). He is in the top 10 nationally in both categories. . . . OSU opponents completing just 44.0% of their passes against Beaver defense. . . . OSU's four losses have all been to Top 25 teams that sport a combined record of 16-2. . . . Beavers pace the Pac-10 and are sixth in the nation in passing offense at 302.2 yards per game. . . . OSU has scored 10 of its 13 TDs through the air. . . . MLB Trent Bray leads the Pac-10 in solo tackles with 37.
STANFORD: It's October and the Cardinal has yet to play a game away from home. That's about to change as Stanford plays four of the next five on the road, starting this week at Notre Dame. . . . In 27-13 win against Washington last week, RB J.R. Lemon rushed for a career-high 162 yards and scored all three of the Cardinal's offensive TDs. Lemon has rushed for 258 yards and scored four TDs in last two games. Included are TD runs of 82 and 58 yards. . . . Stanford special teams blocked two Washington punts, returning one for a TD. . . . T.J. Rushing leads the nation in kickoff returns with a 37.6-yard average. . . . How improved is the Stanford offense? Last year the Cardinal averaged just 16.9 points and 283 yards per game. This year those figures are 33.8 points and 404.2 yards per game. Stanford has scored at least 27 points in every game this year. . . . FL Evan Moore has four of Stanford's seven TD receptions. . . . Cardinal is leading the Pac-10 and is ranked 11th nationally in rushing defense at 85.5 yards per game. Opponents are getting just 2.5 yards per rush, lowest figure in the league. . . . Stanford has allowed just two TD passes in four games.
UCLA: TB Maurice Drew continues to post big numbers. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing (fourth in the nation) at 167.2 yards per game, is averaging 8.4 yards per rush and has rushed for seven TDs. He specializes in the long TD run, averaging 46.1 yards on seven scoring runs, with three longer than 50 yards this year. . . . With Craig Bragg out with an injury (shoulder), Drew added returning punts to his duties last week against San Diego State. . . . Drew leads the nation in all-purpose yards at 229.5 per game. . . . Bruins have rushed for 629 yards the last two games and are second in the Pac-10 in averaging 273.2 yards rushing per game. . . . Offensive line must be doing something right as Bruins are averaging 6.2 yards per rush and QB Drew Olson has been sacked just twice. . . . ILB Spencer Havner leads the Pac-10 in tackles by a wide margin with an average of 15.0 stops per game (UW ILB Joe Lobendahn is next at 11.8). He has had at least 13 tackles in every game. . . . UCLA scoring 31.2 points per game, compared to 19.1 in 2003. Total offense is up from 294.9 to 470.0 yards per game. . . . Bruins have not allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown this season (only three points total).
USC: After playing three of first four on the road, Trojans now get 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 16). 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 are second in 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. . . . Trojans have rushed for seven TDs over the last two games. . . . QB Matt Leinart has eight TD passes with just two picks this year. During USC's current 13-game winning streak, Leinart has 38 TDs and just five interceptions. . . . Much has been made of the fact USC has trailed in three of four games this year. It should be remembered the Trojans were behind at some point in five of their eight Conference games last year, but only trailed at the end in one.
WASHINGTON: Game against San Jose State this week is Keith Gilbertson's 100th as a college head coach. Gilbertson has a mark of 54-45 (.545) in nine years as a head coach at Idaho, California and Washington. . . . Husky defense forced four turnovers at Stanford last week against a Cardinal team that had turned over the ball only three times in three previous games. . . . Husky offensive line has allowed just five QB sacks in four games. . . . MLB Joe Lobendahn ranks second in Pac-10 in tackles with 11.8 stops per game. . . . DE Manase Hopoi ranks second in league in tackles for loss with 7.5. . . . Opponents have gone for it on fourth down six times against the Huskies and have yet to make it.
WASHINGTON STATE: Cougars play three of next four at home. . . . Win at Arizona was fourth straight year with a victory in Pac-10 opener for WSU. . . . 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 in last game. 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 games, recovering five. Cougs have recovered eight fumbles in four games to lead the Pac-10. . . . Cougar defense, a concern entering the season because of having to replace nine starters, 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. . . . In win at Arizona in last outing, P Kyle Basler booted a fourth-quarter punt 87 yards, which is a WSU record and the second-longest punt in Pac-10 history (Pac-10 record for longest punt -- 89 yards by Scott Tabor of Cal vs. USC, 1987).
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 16:
Arizona at Oregon Arizona State at USC UCLA at California Oregon State at Washington Stanford at Washington State