This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 17, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: A full slate of Conference action on tap this week. Pac-10 play has CALIFORNIA at ARIZONA, UCLA at ARIZONA STATE (ABC), OREGON at STANFORD, WASHINGTON STATE at OREGON STATE and WASHINGTON at USC (FSN). Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 23 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Yeart36/-- UCLA (4-2) Sun Devil Stadium (71,700) 12:30 MST UCLA leads 13-6-121/23 Arizona State (5-1) Tempe, AZ ABC UCLA 20-13
--/-- Washington State (3-3) Reser Stadium (35,362) 1:00 PDT WSU leads 46-39-3--/-- Oregon State (2-4) Corvallis, OR Washington St. 36-30
--/-- Oregon (3-3) Stanford Stadium (85,500) 2:00 PDT Stanford leads 43-23-132/-- Stanford (4-2) Stanford, CA Oregon 35-0
--/-- Washington (1-5) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 3:30 PDT USC leads 44-26-41/1 USC (6-0) Los Angeles, CA FSN USC 43-23
7/8 California (4-1) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST Arizona leads 11-10-2--/-- Arizona (1-5) Tucson, AZ California 42-14
Oregon 28, Arizona 14
USC 45, Arizona State 7
Oregon State 29, Washington 14
California 45, UCLA 28
Stanford 23, Washington State 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. 2312:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Arizona State ABC (regional)3:30 PDT/MST Washington at USC FSN (national)
Sat., Oct. 3012:30 PDT/MST TBA FSN (national)4:00 PDT/MST USC at Washington State ABC (regional)7:00 PDT/MST TBA TBS (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. 2312:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Arizona State Pac-10 Channel TBA1:00 PDT/MST Washington State at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel TBA2:00 PDT/MST Oregon at Stanford Pac-10 Channel 1853:30 PDT/MST Washington at USC Pac-10 Channel TBA4:00 PDT/MST California at Arizona Pac-10 Channel TBA
Sat., Oct. 30 (times and channel subject to change)12:30 PDT/MST Arizona State at California Pac-10 Channel 1834:00 PDT/MST USC at Washington State Pac-10 Channel 1834:00 PDT/MST Oregon State at Arizona Pac-10 Channel 185TBA Stanford at UCLA Pac-10 Channel 184
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 remains ranked in both polls and Stanford and UCLA receive votes for a total of five Conference teams getting 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 (6-0) 1 1 California (4-1) 7 8 Arizona State (5-1) 21 23 Stanford (4-2) 32 -- UCLA (4-2) t36 --
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, USCOct. 16 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Oshiomogho Atogwe, FS, STAN Alexis Serna, PK, OSU
Longest overall winning streak - 15 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 10 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 18 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.
SERIES NOTES FOR THE GAMES OF SAT., OCT 23:
UCLA 4-2() at ARIZONA STATE (5-1) - 12:30 MST/PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona State have met 20 times with the Bruins holding a 13-6-1 series advantage. UCLA has won the last three games, all at the Rose Bowl, ASU won the three prior to that. First visit to Tempe for the UCLA since 1999. The Bruins are 6-2 in eight previous games at Sun Devil Stadium, although Arizona State has won the last two. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona State met at the Rose Bowl with the Bruins taking a 20-13 decision. It was UCLA's fifth straight win and ran the Bruins' record to 6-2, 4-0 in Conference, but would prove to be the final win of the campaign. UCLA rushed for a season-high 213 yards, with freshman TB Maurice Drew going for 180 yards on 18 carries, including an 83-yard touchdown run that proved to be the game-winner. Bruin WR Craig Bragg had five receptions for 118 yards and the Bruins' other TD. ASU QB Andrew Walter was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury early in the second quarter and with him out the UCLA defense limited the Devils to 10 first downs and 253 yards total offense.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-3) at OREGON STATE (2-4) - 1:00 PDT - The Series: 89th edition of this old Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates to 1903 and finds Washington State leading the series 46-39-3. The Cougars have won the last two and four of the last six. The home team has won the last three games. . . . Last Year: Washington State and Oregon State met at Pullman and the No. 6-ranked Cougars took a wild and hard-fought 36-30 win. It was WSU's sixth straight victory and ran the Cougs' record to 7-1. It was not your typical game, unless you count a game that had three safties and 12 turnovers typical. 'It was an absolutely crazy game,' OSU coach Mike Riley said. The teams combined for a total of only 18 yards rushing--15 for OSU, 3 for WSU--in part because of 12 quarterback sacks in the game (seven by the Cougars, five by the Beavs). WSU QB Matt Kegel passed for 305 yards and three TDs, but was victimized by five interceptions and lost two fumbles. He redeemed himself in the end with two fourth-quarter TD passes that brought the Cougars from a 28-16 deficit to the win. LB Will Derting was a defensive standout for WSU with three QB sacks. For the Beavers, QB Derek Anderson passed for 276 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown strike to WR Mike Hass. Beaver FS Mitch Meeuwsen had three interceptions, returning one of them 45 yards for a score.
OREGON (3-3) at STANFORD (4-2) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Stanford and Oregon have met 67 times dating to 1900 with the Cardinal leading the series 43-23-1. The Ducks have won the last two and three of the last four. In 38 games at Palo Alto,Stanford holds a commanding 27-10-1 advantage and has won the last two and five of the last six. The last four games of the series have been at Eugene, making this Oregon's first visit to Palo Alto since 1997. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Stanford met at Eugene with each team riding a three-game losing streak. The Ducks snapped their streak with a methodical and decisive 35-0 shutout win over the Cardinal. UO TB Terrence Whitehead led the way on offense in rushing for 172 yards and two TDs and the Duck QB tandem of Kellen Clemens and Jason Fife combined to complete 23 of 27 passes for 265 yards and a TD with no interceptions. The Oregon defense pitched a shutout and picked off three Stanford passes. Freshman WR Mark Bradford was a bright spot for the Cardinal with seven receptions for 153 yards.
WASHINGTON (1-5) at USC (6-0) - 3:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: 75th meeting between USC and Washington with the Trojans leading the series that dates to 1923 by a 44-26-4 count. SC has won the last two and three of the last four. In 37 games played at Los Angeles, the Trojans lead 27-10 and have won the last two, with the Huskies' last win in L.A. coming in 1996 (21-10). . . . Last Year: USC and Washington met at Seattle and the No. 4-ranked Trojans got their first victory at Husky Stadium since 1993 with a convincing 43-23 win. USC QB Matt Leinart earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors by throwing for 351 yards and four touchdowns covering 20, 60, 52 and 37 yards. Freshman TB Reggie Bush had 270 all-purpose yards, highlighted by five receptions for 132 yards and two TDs. Behind Leinart, the USC offense amassed 565 yards total offense (214 rushing, 351 passing) and the Trojans were forced to punt only once all game.
CALIFORNIA (4-1) at ARIZONA (1-5) - 4:00 MST - The Series: Arizona and California have met 23 times with the Wildcats holding a narrow 11-10-2 advantage in what has been a close, close series. The teams have split the 10 games played at Tucson 5-5, although it has been awhile. The last four games of the series have been played at Berkeley making this the first Cal visit to Arizona Stadium since 1997. California's win last year snapped a four-game Arizona win streak in the series. To illustrate how close this series has been, 13 of the 23 contests have been decided by seven or fewer points, including two ties and two overtime games. The average score in the series is Arizona 24.7, Cal 23.7. . . . Last Meeting: California and Arizona met a Berkeley and the Golden Bears unleashed a powerful ground game to run to a 42-14 victory. Cal pounded out a total of 327 yards rushing and scored all six of its TDs via the run. Bear TB Adimchinobe Echemandu rushed for a career-high 201 yards and three TDs and backup TB J.J. Arrington had 92 yards and two scores on 11 carries. Arizona had success running the ball as well with 201 yards on the ground keyed by TB Mike Bell with 19 carries for 182 yards and one score.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the third straight week, the Pac-10 is rated No. 1 among all conferences in the Jeff Sagarin NCAA football ratings. The Pac-10 is followed by the ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten in that order.
ARIZONA: Wildcat defense is 100 yards and a couple of touchdowns improved on last year. UA is allowing 336 yards and 20 points per game this season. A year ago, the figures were 460 and 36. . . . Cats faced the Pac-10's No. 2 and 3-ranked rushers the last two weeks in UCLA's Maurice Drew and Oregon's Terrence Whitehead and held both under 100 yards rushing. As a team, Arizona allowing just 99.3 yards per game rushing the past three games. On the season, opponents are gaining just 3.1 yards per rush on the Cats. . . . WR Ricky Williams has a string of 14 consecutive games with a reception going.
ARIZONA STATE: QB Andrew Walter has become the ASU career passing leader and cracked the top 10 on the Pac-10 career passing chart. With 8,897 yards, Walter moved past former Sun Devil record-holder Jake Plummer for the ASU mark and now stands in ninth place on the Pac-10 list. With 103 more yards, he will become just the ninth player in league history to pass for 9,000 yards. Walter also set a school record for career completions and now has 650. . . . Walter leads the Pac-10 in TD passes with 15, and even with a couple of picks at USC last week, still has the best TD-to-interception ratio in the league at 15-3. With 70 career TD passes, Walter is just seven shy of the Pac-10 career record of 77 (John Elway, Stanford, 1979-82). . . . Arizona State has not lost a fumble all season and has been turnover-free in three of six games. Overall total of four turnovers, all interceptions, is fewest in the league. . . . ASU's 5-1 record already matches win total from last season (5-7). . . . ASU has scored in 20 of 24 quarters this year. . . . Sun Devil defense has given up just 20 fourth-quarter points this year. . . . Sun Devils have scored 16 of their 20 touchdowns through the air.
CALIFORNIA: QB Aaron Rodgers tossed a career-high four TD passes in win vs. UCLA last week. He currently ranks third in the nation in passing efficiency. . . . Rodgers is completing a stunning 75.2% of his passes (91-121). The Cal and Pac-10 record for completion percentage for a season is 70.7% by Rich Campbell in 1980. . . . Also vs. UCLA, TB J.J. Arrington rushed for 205 yards, topping the 100-yard rushing mark for the fifth straight time and breaking the Cal record set by Chuck Muncie, who had four consecutive 100-yard games in 1975. Arrington leads the league in rushing at 156.6 yards per game, more than 35 yards a game better than runnerup Maurice Drew of UCLA. Arrington's totals rank him fourth in the nation in rushing. . . . After being bothered early in the year with an injured oblique muscle, WR Geoff McArthur is back to his All-America form of last season. In the past two games, McArthur has pulled in 16 receptions for 274 yards and three TDs. . . . Cal leads Pac-10 in both total offense (518.2 yards per game, tops in the nation) and total defense (273.6, 10th in the nation). . . . Bears also lead in rushing offense (256.2) and rushing defense (86.0), both in the top 10 nationally.
OREGON: Duck coach Mike Bellotti goes for his 100th career victory at Stanford this week. Bellotti owns a mark of 99-62-2 (.613) in 15 years as a head coach at Oregon and Chico State. . . . Starting FS J.D. Nelson is the son of former Stanford All-America running back Darrin Nelson, who currently serves as Senior Associate Athletics Director at Stanford. . . . Somewhat overlooked among the plethora of offensive stars in the Pac-10 is Duck TB Terrence Whitehead. Whitehead ranks third in the league in rushing at 94.3 yards per game and fourth in all-purpose yards at 136.0 yards per game. Whitehead rushed for three TDs vs. Arizona last week. . . . QB Kellen Clemens is heating up. In last two games Clemens has completed 57-of-85 (.671) for 773 yards, four TDs and no interceptions. On the receiving end of a lot of those completions has been WR Demetrius Williams with 21 catches for 279 yards in those two games. . . . Clemens has gone five straight games without an interception since throwing three in the Ducks' opener against Indiana. . . . Oregon has accumulated 1,138 yards of total offense the past two games to move into second place in the Pac-10 (12th nationally) in total offense at 453.3 yards per game.
OREGON STATE: PK Alexis Serna was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in OSU's 29-14 win at Washington. The five field goals is an OSU record ties the Pac-10 record for most field goals made in a Conference game (record shared by several players, most recently accomplished by John Anderson of Washington vs. Washington State in 2002). Included among Serna's successful boots was a 55-yarder, the longest field goal made in the league so far this year. . . . QB Derek Anderson has moved past former Stanford great John Elway (1979-82) into seventh place on the Pac-10 career passing chart with 9,357 yards. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen had two interceptions in win at Washington last week, establishing a new OSU career record with 16 picks. . . . OSU leads the Pac-10 and is seventh in the nation in passing offense at 299.5 yards per game. Anderson is the Pac-10 individual leader at 287.2 yards per game, 20 yards better than runnerup Kellen Clemens of Oregon. . . . Opponents are converting just 27.9% of third downs (24-86) against the Beaver defense. . . . OSU has picked off five passes in the last two games. . . . Beavers have scored 11 of their 14 touchdowns through the air.
STANFORD: With a 4-2 record, Stanford has matched last season's win total. . . . Cardinal averaging 28.8 points per game, up from 16.9 last year. Total offense is up 100 yards-plus, currently 389 yards per game, last year 283. Similar figures for improved rushing offense (126 compared to 96 yards per game) and pass offense (263 to 187). . . . Opponents are averaging just 3.0 yards per rush vs. Cardinal. . . . PK Michael Sgroi missed his first three field goal attempts this season, but since has made nine straight, including six in the last two games. . . . Stanford has taken care of the ball in losing just three fumbles in six games. . . . CB Leigh Torrence picked off two passes at WSU last week and paces the Cardinal with three of Stanford's nine picks. The three interceptions puts Torrence in a tie for second in that category in the Pac-10. . . . Stanford has allowed just three TD passes all year.
UCLA: QB Drew Olson threw for a career-high 299 yards and four TDs at Cal last week. That's the second straight game Olson had four TD passes, plus he has not been intercepted in those games. . . . TB Maurice Drew ranks second in the Pac-10 (and third in the nation) in all-purpose yards at 183.2 yards per game. That's just a whisker behind USC TB Reggie Bush, who leads the league at 184.0. . . . OLB Spencer Havner has been in double figures in tackles in five of six games this year and leads the Pac-10 in stops at 12.7 per game. . . . UCLA has scored at least 28 points in its last five games and is averaging 31.7 points per game, up substantially from 19.1 in 2003.. . . . Bruins rank second in Pac-10 in rushing offense at 214.3 yards per game and have already rushed for more yards than all of last season. UCLA is averaging 5.2 yards per rush, with Drew averaging 7.0 yards a carry. . . . PK Justin Medlock is a perfect 7-for-7 on field goal attempts. . . . UCLA has lost just one turnover the last two games after losing nine in the first four.
USC: Trojans conclude a three-game homestand with Washington this week. . . . USC is one of just seven remaining undefeated teams in Division I-A. . . . The streaks continue for the Trojans--15 straight wins, 18 in a row at home, 10 consecutive Pac-10 victories. SC has won 26 of its last 27 games. . . . USC's last three wins have come against undefeated teams (Arizona State, California, Stanford). . . . USC's 42 points in the first half against Arizona State last week was its most in a half since 1981 (42 vs. Oregon State). . . . Trojans have topped the 40-point mark in three of six games this year. . . . SC is outscoring opponents 83-17 in the second half and has not allowed a fourth-quarter touchdown in outscoring foes 48-3 in the final stanza. . . . Trojans posted eight QB sacks against Arizona State and lead the Pac-10 by a wide margin with 29 in six games good for 206 yards in losses. . . . USC defense has held four of six opponents to less than 300 yards total offense and opponents are averagin just 296.0 yards per game. . . . QB Matt Leinart sports a record of 18-1 as USC's starting QB. During USC's current 15-game win streak, Leinart has thrown 44 touchdown passes with just six interceptions.
WASHINGTON: Huskies have rushed for 412 yards over the last two games. . . . UW defense has allowed just two TDs the last two games. . . . In last two games, ILB Scott White has posted six tackles for loss (-20 yards), including three QB sacks (-17). Over same span, DE Manase Hopoi also has six tackles for loss (-27), with two sacks (-14). . . . Husky trio of linebackers all rank in the top six in tackles in the league. ILB Joe Lobendahn is second with 11.5 stops per game, OLB Evan Benjamin is fourth (10.3) and White ranks sixth (8.8). . . . Husky loss to OSU snapped a seven-game winning streak against Pacific Northwest foes. . . . UW offensive line has allowed just nine QB sacks in six games. . . . WR Charles Frederick has made a reception in 30 straight games. . . . Opponents are 0-for-8 in fourth-down conversion attempts against the Huskies.
WASHINGTON STATE: WSU has won seven of its last nine Pac-10 road games. . . . Loss last week to Stanford marks the first time Cougars have lost two straight games since 2000. . . . WR Jason Hill leads the Pac-10 with nine TD passes, which is just two shy of the WSU season record held by several players. The Pac-10 season record is 17 (J.J. Stokes, UCLA, 1993, and Mario Bailey, Washington, 1991). Hill has scored on nine of his last 16 receptions. . . . Hill is averaging 27.2 yards per catch. . . . OLB Scott Davis leads the Pac-10 with three fumbles forced. Davis has been in double figures in tackles the last two weeks. . . . P Kyle Basler continues to lead the Pac-10 in punting with a 45.1-yard average. His career average is 43.7 yards and 34% of his punts (56-163) have been dropped inside the opponents 20-yard line. . . . WSU has scored first in five of six games this year, including the last four.
HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 15 Conference games to date, the visiting team has won eight times.
QUOTABLE: Arizona State limited USC TB Reggie Bush to just 21 yards rushing, but Bush threw a touchdown pass, caught a touchdown pass and almost broke a punt return for a TD, just stepping out of bounds after going 41 yards. 'That guy can do it all,' said Sun Devil coach Dirk Koetter. 'Every time that guy touches the ball you hold your breath.'
BUTKUS SEMIFINALISTS: Matt Grootegoed of USC and Spencer Havner of UCLA are among the 12 semifinalists announced for this year's Butkus Award, given annually to the best linebacker in college football.
A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 30:
Oregon State at Arizona
Arizona State at California
Washington at Oregon
Stanford at UCLA
USC at Washington State