This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 10, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: This marks the first of five consecutive weeks that will feature nothing but Conference action. Five straight Saturdays, five Pac-10 games per, no non-conference games, no open dates. Highlighting the schedule this week is a faceoff between the Pac-10's last two undefeated teams as ARIZONA STATE is at USC (ABC). The rest of the schedule finds ARIZONA at OREGON, OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON, UCLA at CALIFORNIA (TBS) and STANFORD at WASHINGTON STATE (FSN). Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 16 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year--/-- Arizona (1-4) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PDT Oregon leads 17-12--/-- Oregon (2-3) Eugene, OR Oregon 48-10
15/19 Arizona State (5-0) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 12:30 PDT USC leads 11-91/1 USC (5-0) Los Angeles, CA ABC USC 37-17
--/-- Oregon State (1-4) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PDT UW leads 57-27-4--/-- Washington (1-4) Seattle, WA Washington 38-17
28/29 UCLA (4-1) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 4:00 PDT UCLA leads 47-26-18/9 California (3-1) Berkeley, CA TBS UCLA 23-20 (OT)
--/t39 Stanford (3-2) Martin Stadium (37,600) 7:15 PDT Stanford leads 30-23-1--/-- Washington State (3-2) Pullman, WA FSN Washington St. 24-14
USC 23, California 17
Washington 21, San Jose State 6
Oregon 41, Washington State 38
Notre Dame 23, Stanford 15
UCLA 37, Arizona 17
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)
PAC-10 HOOP MEDIA DAYS: Contact the Pac-10 PR staff for further information (925-932-4411).Women's Basketball Media Day - Tue., Oct. 26, 2004, 11:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at HP Pavilion, San Jose, CAMen's Basketball Media Day - Thu., Nov. 4, 2004, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Hilton Los Angeles Airport
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Oct. 1612:30 PDT/MST Arizona State at USC ABC (regional)4:00 PDT/MST UCLA at California TBS (national)7:15 PDT/MST Stanford at Washington State FSN (national)
Sat., Oct. 2312:30 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. 1612:30 PDT/MST Arizona at Oregon Pac-10 Channel TBA12:30 PDT/MST Arizona State at USC Pac-10 Channel TBA12:30 PDT/MST Oregon State at Washington Pac-10 Channel 1844:00 PDT/MST UCLA at California Pac-10 Channel 185
Sat., Oct. 23 (times and channel subject to change)1:00 PDT/MST Washington State at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 1831:30 PDT/MST Washington at USC Pac-10 Channel 1842:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 1854:00 PDT/MST California at Arizona Pac-10 Channel 184TBA UCLA at Arizona State Pac-10 Channel 183
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, losing very little ground despite the loss to USC, was last ranked in the Top 10 in 1991. Arizona State continues to climb the Top 20 in both polls, UCLA lurks just outside the Top 25, 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 (5-0) 1 1 California (3-1) 8 9 Arizona State (5-0)15 19 UCLA (4-1) 28 29 Stanford (3-2) -- t39
2004 U.S. Bank Pac-10 Players of the WeekWeek 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, UCLAOct. 9 Aaron Rodgers, QB, CAL Mike Patterson, DT, USC Ryan Killeen, PK, USC
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT 16:
ARIZONA (1-4) at OREGON (2-3) - 12:30 PDT/MST - The Series: Oregon and Arizona have met 29 times with the Ducks leading the series 17-12. Oregon is ahead 9-4 in home games, including 9-3 at Eugene and 7-3 at Autzen Stadium. The Ducks have won five straight, the longest winning streak in the series by either team, and eight of the last nine overall. Oregon also has a five-game winning streak in Eugene. Arizona's last win in the series was at Tucson in 1998 (38-3) and the Wildcats last won at Eugene in 1986 (37-17). . . . Last Year: Oregon and Arizona opened Conference play at Tucson and the Ducks played well in all phases in rolling to a 48-10 win. Oregon was nicely balanced with 210 yards rushing and 283 through the air for 493 yards total offense. The individual standout for the Ducks was WR Demetrius Williams with five receptions for 139 yards (27.8) and three touchdowns. The Oregon defense was equally stellar in limiting Arizona to 11 first downs, 83 yards rushing and 180 yards total offense, and the Ducks never allowed the Wildcats into the red zone.
ARIZONA STATE (5-0) at USC (5-0) - 12:30 PDTMST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: USC and Arizona State have met 20 times with the Trojans holding a slim 11-9 series lead by virtue of winning the last four games. USC has a 5-4 edge in games played in Los Angeles and has won the last two. The Sun Devils' last win in the series came at L.A. in 1999 (26-16). . . . Last Year: USC and Arizona State met at Tempe and the No. 10-ranked Trojans, trailing 17-10 in the third quarter, scored the game's final 27 points to take a 37-17 win. That victory started the current USC winning streak that now stands at 14 games and counting. Each team passed for more than 300 yards, but the Trojans outrushed the Sun Devils 198-61. USC freshman TB LenDale White rushed 21 times for 140 yards and two TDs, QB Matt Leinart, despite missing most of the second quarter with knee and ankle injuries, passed for 289 yards and two scores, and PK Ryan Killeen kicked three field goals to pace the Trojan offense. For ASU, QB Andrew Walter, operating out of a no-huddle offense much of the time, passed for 305 yards and one TD and WR Derek Hagan had career highs with eight receptions for 170 yards (21.3).
OREGON STATE (1-4) at WASHINGTON (1-4) - 12:30 PDT - The Series: Washington and Oregon State have met 88 times dating to 1897 with the Huskies leading the old series 57-27-4. This is the 50th game at Seattle, where Washington leads 32-15-2, including 25-13 at Husky Stadium. Washington has dominated the series in recent years winning the last two, 15 of the last 16 and 25 of the last 27. UW has won the last seven at Husky Stadium. Oregon State's last win in the series came at Corvallis in 2001 (49-24) and the Beavers' last win at Husky Stadium came in 1985 (21-20). . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon State met at Corvallis and the Huskies snapped the No. 22-ranked Beavers' four-game winning streak with a 38-17 upset victory. UW WR Charles Frederick had a game for the ages as he returned a punt 86 yards for a TD to open the scoring and scored on receptions covering 35 and 87 yards. He finished with nine receptions for 216 yards (24.0) and his 371 all-purpose yards broke the 53-year old school record held by Hugh McElhenny and fell just eight yards shy of the Pac-10 mark. The Husky defense limited Beaver TB Steven Jackson, who went into the game ranked second in the nation in rushing, to just 49 yards on 22 carries. OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for 344 yards and a touchdown, but the UW defense picked him off three times and posted five QB sacks.
UCLA (4-1) at CALIFORNIA (3-1) - 4:00 PDT - TBS national cablecast - The Series: 75th meeting of these old UC system rivals. UCLA and California have met 74 times dating to 1933 with the Bruins leading the series 47-26-1. The teams have alternated home victories the last four years with two of the games going overtime. In 37 games at Berkeley, UCLA leads 22-15, but Cal has won the last two. . . . Last Year: UCLA and California met at the Rose Bowl and the Bruins won their fourth game in a row in hanging on for a 23-20 overtime victory. The game was tight with UCLA holding on to a 14-12 fourth-quarter lead by virtue of two Drew Olson TD passes. Things seemed to go the Bruins' way when LB Spencer Havner blocked his second field goal attempt of the game and his fellow LB Brandon Chillar returned it 65 yards for a UCLA score that upped the Bruins' lead to 20-12. However, Cal QB Aaron Rodgers engineered a late drive that culminated with a 35-yard TD pass to WR Burl Toler with 11 seconds left in regulation. A successful two-point conversion by the Bears sent the game into overtime. In the overtime period, UCLA got a 41-yard field goal from Justin Medlock, then a Cal attempt from 50 yards hit the upright and the Bruins walked off with the victory. The stats favored Cal in the turnover-free game as the Golden Bears outgained the Bruins 397-228 and had a 35:54-24:06 time of possession advantage. For Cal, Rodgers passed for 322 yards and one TD and rushed for another score and WRs Toler and Geoff McArthur each had over 100 yards receiving.
STANFORD (3-2) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-2) - 7:15 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Stanford and Washington State have met 54 times dating to 1936 with the Cardinal leading the Series 30-23-1. In WSU home games, Stanford leads 13-9-1, including 11-6 in games at Pullman. This is Stanford's first trip to Pullman since 2000. Washington State has won the last three games (all at Palo Alto), Stanford the three prior to that. The visiting team has won the last four games in the series. . . . Last Meeting: WSU and Stanford met at Palo Alto last year and the No. 6-ranked Cougars won their fifth straight game and ran their record to 6-1 with a 24-14 victory. It was the third week in a row the Cardinal fell to an opponent ranked in the Top 20. Neither team could mount much of a rushing attack (Stanford 42 yards, WSU 70), but Cougar QB Matt Kegel passed for 331 yards and two TDs to lead WSU. Two of the scoring passes went to frosh WR Chris Jordan. Stanford lost QB Trent Edwards to a shoulder injury in the third quarter and his play would be limited for the rest of the season.
Longest overall winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 9 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 17 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 6 games - USC
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: With just two regular-season non-conference games remeaining (Cal at Southern Miss and Notre Dame at USC), the Pac-10 has recorded a mark of 18-11 (.621) against non-conference foes.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 10 Conference games to date, the visiting team has won six times.
NO LOSSES: Arizona State and USC are two of just 14 remaining undefeated teams in Division IA.
RECORD DAY FOR RODGERS: In California's 23-17 loss at USC, Golden Bear QB Aaron Rodgers completed his first 23 pass attempts, which established new Cal and Pac-10 records for consecutive completions in a game and tied the NCAA mark. Rodgers had completed his final three passes against Oregon State in his previous game, giving him 26 consecutive completions overall, which established new Pac-10 and NCAA records in that category. Here are the marks for Rodgers:
Most Consecutive Passes Completed - Season: 26, Aaron Rodgers, Cal, 2004 (3 vs. OSU, 23 vs. USC)Old NCAA Record - 24, Tee Martin, Tennessee, 1998Old Pac-10 Record - 23, Rob Johnson, USC, 1994
Most Consecutive Passes Completed - Game: 23, Aaron Rodgers, California vs. USC, 2004Ties NCAA Record - 23, Tee Martin, Tennessee vs. South Carolina, 1998Old Pac-10 Record - 17, Rick Neuheisel, UCLA vs. Washington, 1983Old California Record - 15, Rich Campbell vs. Michigan, 1980
NEAR RECORD DAY FOR CLEMENS: In Oregon's 41-38 win at Washington State, Duck QB Kellen Clemens completed 36 of 55 passes for 437 yards and three TDs. Clemens also rushed for three scores. The combined six touchdowns is just one shy of the Pac-10 record for most touchdowns responsible for (touchdowns scored and passed for) in a regulation game. The mark is seven by Mike Pagel of Arizona State vs. Stanford in 1981. The six TDs did tie the Oregon modern record, which Clemens now shares with Joey Harrington (twice in 2000 and 2001) and Danny O'Neil (1994). . . . In addition, the 36 completions fell just one short of the Pac-10 record for most passes completed in a Conference game (37, Erik Wilhelm, Oregon State vs. USC, 1988).
DEFENSE: While the Pac-10 has a well-deserved reputation for big-time offenses, currently five of the Conference teams--Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford and USC--are ranked in the national top 25 in at least one of the defensive categories relating to scoring, total or rushing defense.
ARIZONA: Wildcat defense limited potent UCLA running game, which entered the game averaging 272.3 yards per game rushing, to 114 yards. Cats have allowed just 142 yards rushing the last two games. . . . Arizona is more than 150 yards per game better defensively than last year. Cats rank third in the league in total defense at 305.2 yards per game. Arizona was last in the Pac-10 in that category last year at 460.0 yards per game. That, of course, is reflected on the scoreboard with UA allowing just 18.4 points per game, as opposed to 35.8 in '03. . . . Cats' difficult schedule is illustrated by fact that four losses have come to teams with a cumulative record of 18-3. . . . Arizona made just two field goals last year, but PK Nick Folk is 5-for-7 this season with the misses coming from 43 and 47 yards. . . . QB Kris Heavner has been picked off just twice in five games. . . . WR Ricky Williams has at least one reception in 13 straight games.
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter passed for three TDs in ASU's win at Oregon in last outing. 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 has posted 10 QB sacks in last two games. . . . ASU is outscoring opponents 99-26 in the first half. . . . Six-game winning streak is longest since 11-0 regular season in 1996.
CALIFORNIA: After playing three of first four on the road, Golden Bears get just their second home game of the season this week vs. UCLA. . . . As noted above, QB Aaron Rodgers tied the NCAA record for consecutive completions in a game by hitting his first 23 pass attempts at USC last week. . . . The past three games, Rodgers has completed 80.2% of his passes. He ranks third in the nation in passing efficiency. . . . TB J.J. Arrington has rushed for more than 100 yards in all four of Cal's games this year following his 112-yard effort at USC. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing (seventh in the nation) at 144.5 yards per game. . . . With potent rushing and passing, it's no surprise the Bears lead the Pac-10 (sixth nationally) in scoring at 40.8 points per game. . . . In fact, Cal leads the Pac-10 in both total offense (510.2, second in the nation behind Texas Tech) and total defense (247.5, fifth nationally). . . . Cal leads the Pac-10 in senior starters with 12 in the lineup. The Bears also lead the league with 19 seniors in the two-deep. . . . The Bears have not allowed more than 23 points in 10 consecutive regular-season games. . . . DE Ryan Riddle has five of Cal's 12 QB sacks.
OREGON: Coach Mike Bellotti has been selected by the American Football Coaches Association to serve as one of the head coaches in the 2005 Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Football Classic. Aloha. . . . TB Terrence Whitehead has rushed for 379 yards and caught 15 passes over the last three games. . . . QB Kellen Clemens has thrown at least one touchdown pass in 10 straight games and has been picked off only three times this season, all in the first game against Indiana. Since then, Clemens has attempted 140 passes without an interception. USC's Matt Leinart set the Pac-10 season record last year with 212 passes without a pick. . . . Ducks put up 646 yards total offense in win at WSU last week. . . . In part due to that 646 yards, Ducks have a healthy total offense advantage of 445.6-310.8 over opponents. . . . PK Jared Siegel has 43 career field goals, just two shy of the UO record of 45 (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 in last game. 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 in receiving yards (120.2). He is in the top six 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 17-3. . . . Beavers pace the Pac-10 and are eighth in the nation in passing offense at 302.2 yards per game. . . . OSU has scored 10 of its 13 TDs through the air.
STANFORD: TB J.R. Lemon has rushed for five TDs the last three games. . . . Stanford special teams unit has produced three blocked punts (one returned for a TD), a blocked field goal and a 99-yard kickoff return for a TD. . . . Stanford played turnover-free game at Notre Dame last week. Card has lost just three fumbles all year. . . . Stanford is one of three Pac-10 teams (with Cal and Arizona State) allowing less than 100 yards rushing per game. Cardinal is second in Pac-10 at 98.2 yards per game. . . . T.J. Rushing is fourth in the nation in kickoff returns at 33.6 yards per and has a 99-yard TD return to his credit this year.
UCLA: OLB Spencer Havner has been in double figures in tackles in every game this year. . . . Bruin offensive line has allowed only four QB sacks in five games. . . . Offensive production up almost two touchdowns per game this year as Bruins average 32.4 points per game after scoring just 19.1 points a game in 2003. One big reason is UCLA has converted an even 50% (36-of-72) on third downs. Last year's figure was 33%. . . . Also up significantly is rushing offense, which checks in at 241.4 yards per game in 2004, after a Conference-low 91.9 in '03. It helps that TB Maurice Drew is eighth nationally in rushing at 138.2 yards per game and averages 194.2 all-purpose yards. Drew ranks second in the Pac-10 in rushing and hooks up with Conference leader J.J. Arrington (144.5) at Cal this week. Drew's seven TD runs have averaged 46.1 yards in length. . . . PK Justin Medlock has made all seven of his field goal attempts this season. . . . P Chris Kluwe is averaging 46.5 yards on his punts the last two games.
USC: Trojans in the middle of a three-game homestand this week vs. Arizona State. . . . Trojans have the longest overall current win streak among Pac-10 teams with 14 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). . . . Trojans' current 17-game home winning streak is tied with Oklahoma for the second-longest current home winning streak (again, Boise State 22). . . . SC has won 25 of its last 26 games. . . . USC's 5-0 start is best since John Robinson's last Rose Bowl team started the 1995 season 6-0. . . . Win against No. 7-ranked California gives USC a 6-1 record against Top 10 teams under coach Pete Carroll. . . . DT Mike Patterson was named the National 1-A Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation for his performance against California. Patterson recorded a career-best 10 tackles, two for loss with a QB sack, forced one fumble and recovered two. . . . Trojans are +11 in turnover margin with 16 takeaways and just five turnovers in five games. . . . During Troy's current 14-game winning streak, QB Matt Leinart has thrown 40 TDs with just six interceptions.
WASHINGTON: Soph ILB Scott White becoming a force for the Husky defense with 35 tackles the last three weeks. . . . TB Kenny James ran for a career-high 189 yards in win vs. San Jose State last week. 179 and two TDs came in the second half. . . . Husky defense limited San Jose State to just two field goals a week after the Spartans had scored 10 touchdowns in 70-63 win against Rice the week before in the highest-scoring regulation game in NCAA history. . . . Despite inexperience at QB, Husky offensive line has surrendered only seven quarterback sacks in five games this season. . . . WR Charles Frederick has at least one reception in 29 straight games. . . . DE Manase Hopoi has seven tackles for loss, including three QB sacks, in last two games. . . . Huskies lead the Pac-10 in pass defense at 157.8 yards per game. . . . Opponents are 0-for-8 on fourth down conversion attempts against UW.
WASHINGTON STATE: QB Josh Swogger has thrown nine TD passes the last three games and for the season has 12 touchdowns against just four interceptions. . . . SE Jason Hill has been on the receiving end of eight of those TD passes. In fact, it seems all Hill does is catch TD passes. Seven of his last nine receptions have gone for scores. . . . P Kyle Basler still leads the Pac-10 and is seventh in the nation with a 45.7-yard average. . . . Cougs have outscored opponents 35-10 in the first quarter, 52-24 in the first half. First-quarter TD by Oregon last week was the first allowed in the opening quarter all year. . . . WSU defense has forced 22 opponent fumbles, recovering 11. . . . Freshman Michael Bumpus is averaging 10.7 yards on punt returns and broke one 52 yards for a TD vs. Oregon last week.
QUOTABLE: Arizona State QB Andrew Walter of the Sun Devils' unbeaten record: 'I've never been 5-0 in my life, so I'm loving life.'
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 23:
California at Arizona
UCLA at Arizona State
Oregon at Stanford
Washington State at Oregon State
Washington at USC