This Week in Pac-10 Football
Nov. 14, 2004
THE SCHEDULE: Three of the Pac-10 traditional rivalry games take place this week with colorful appellations such as the Civil War, the Apple Cup and the Big Game taking center stage. Included are the oldest and longest series in the league. STANFORD is at CALIFORNIA in the Big Game (FSN), OREGON at OREGON STATE in the Civil War (FSN), with the winner earning a bowl berth, and WASHINGTON is at WASHINGTON STATE in the Apple Cup (ABC). Here is a look at the schedule for Sat., Nov. 20 (note: ranking is the AP [media] poll first, followed by the ESPN/USA Today [coaches] poll):
Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Year The Big Game--/-- Stanford (4-6) Memorial Stadium (73,000) 12:30 PT Stanford leads 54-41-114/4 California (8-1) Berkeley, CA FSN California 28-16
The Civil War--/-- Oregon (5-5) Reser Stadium (35,362) 4:00 PT Oregon leads 54-43-10--/-- Oregon State (5-5) Corvallis, OR FSN Oregon 34-20
The Apple Cup--/-- Washington (1-9) Martin Stadium (37,600) 4:00 PT Washington leads 63-27-6--/-- Washington State (4-6)Pullman, WA ABC Washington 27-19
--/-- Arizona (2-8) - open date - next game Fri., Nov. 26 vs. Arizona State20/21 Arizona State (8-2) - open date - next game Fri., Nov. 26 at Arizona33/t31 UCLA (6-4) - open date - next game Sat., Dec. 4 vs. USC1/1 USC (10-0) - open date - next game Sat., Nov. 27 vs. Notre Dame
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California 42, Washington 12
UCLA 34, Oregon 26
Oregon State 24, Stanford 19
Arizona State 45, Washington State 28
USC 49, Arizona 9
FINAL PAC-10 COACHES MEDIA TELECONFERENCE: 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. PT/11:00 a.m. MT. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/4:00 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 (PT/MT) Call Schedule 10:00 a.m./11:00 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon 10:10 a.m./11:10 a.m. Mike Stoops - Arizona 10:20 a.m./11:20 a.m. Mike Riley - Oregon State 10:30 a.m./11:30 a.m. Karl Dorrell - UCLA 10:40 a.m./11:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC 10:50 a.m./11:50 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford 11:00 a.m./12:00 noon Dirk Koetter - Arizona State 11:10 a.m./12:10 p.m. Bill Doba - Washington State 11:20 a.m./12:20 p.m. Jeff Tedford - California 11:30 a.m./12:30 p.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. PT/12:00 noon MT (2:00 ET) 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)
UPCOMING PAC-10 TV COVERAGE:
Date/Time Game TVSat., Nov. 2012:30 PT/1:30 MT Stanford at California FSN (national)4:00 PT/5:00 MT Oregon at Oregon State FSN (national)4:00 PT/5:00 MT Washington at Washington State ABC (regional)
Fri., Nov. 2612:00 PT/1:00 MT Arizona State at Arizona FSN (national)
Sat., Nov. 275:00 PT/6:00 MT Notre Dame at USC ABC (national)
Sat., Dec. 41:30 PT/2:30 MT USC at UCLA ABC (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., Nov. 2012:30 PT/1:30 MT Stanford at California Pac-10 Channel 1834:00 PT/5:00 MT Oregon at Oregon State Pac-10 Channel 1844:00 PT/5:00 MT Washington at Washington St. Pac-10 Channel 185Fri., Nov. 2612:00 PT/1:00 MT Arizona State at Arizona Pac-10 Channel 183
SERIES NOTES FOR THE TRADITIONAL RIVALRY GAMES OF SAT., NOV. 20:
OLDEST/LONGEST: Traditional rivalry week in the Pac-10 includes the oldest and longest football series on the West Coast. The California-Stanford Big Game is the oldest series having started in 1892. The Oregon-Oregon State Civil War started two years later in 1894, but it is the longest West Coast series with 107 games, compared to 106 for Cal-Stanford. The Washington-Washington State Apple Cup started in 1900 and covers 96 games.
STANFORD (4-6) at CALIFORNIA (8-1) - The Big Game - 12:30 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: California and Stanford meet in the 107th Big Game, the oldest college football series on the West Coast, dating back 112 years to 1892. Stanford leads the series 54-41-11. Cal has won the last two games, which snapped a seven-game Stanford winning streak in the series. Cal has not defeated Stanford three years in a row since 1958-1960. . . . Last Year: California and Stanford met at Palo Alto. Stanford moved out to a 10-0 halftime lead, but Cal rallied in the second half with 28 unanswered points for a 28-16 win that clinched the Golden Bears' first bowl berth since 1996. All-America WR Geoff McArthur set a Cal record with 16 catches for 245 yards and two TDs to highlight the victory. Throwing the ball to McArthur was QB Aaron Rodgers, who completed 26 of 37 passes (.703) for a career-high 359 yards and three TDs. Cal won the stat battle in accumulating a season-high 31 first downs, 174 yards rushing, 359 yards passing and 533 yards total offense. The Bear defense limited the Cardinal to 77 yards rushing and 284 yards total offense.
OREGON (5-5) at OREGON STATE (5-5) - The Civil War - 4:00 PT - FSN national cablecast - The Series: Oregon and Oregon State hook up in the 108th renewal of the Civil War, the longest college football series on the West Coast. The teams first met in 1894 and Oregon leads the series 54-43-10. The teams have alternated victories the last seven years with each holding serve on its home turf. The Ducks last win at Corvallis came in 1996 (49-13). . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oregon State met at chilly Eugene and for the seventh year in a row the home team won, the Ducks prevailing 34-20. UO QB Kellen Clemens passed for three TDs and ran for another to lead the Ducks. The total yardage was close (UO 343, OSU 327), but the teams got there in different ways. Oregon rushed for 218 yards, with just 125 through the air. For OSU, it was 303 via the pass (OSU QB Derek Anderson passed for 271), but only 24 yards rushing, a total partly explained by six Oregon sacks for minus-41 yards.
WASHINGTON (1-9) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-6) - The Apple Cup - 4:00 PT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: Washington and Washington State have met 96 times dating to 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 63-27-6. Washington has won six straight and eight of the last nine. The Huskies also have won four straight at Pullman. WSU's last win in the series came at Seattle in 1997 (41-35), and the Cougars' last home win was in 1994 (23-6). In 26 previous games at Pullman, UW leads 14-11-1. . . . Last Year: Washington and Washington State met at Seattle with the No. 8-ranked Cougars protecting a 16-7 lead entering the fourth quarter. However, the Huskies struck for three touchdowns in the final period to pull out a 27-19 victory. The defenses ruled the day as the teams combined for just 565 yards total offense and the defenses forced a total of 12 turnovers.
PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Two Pac-10 teams--USC and California--in the top four in the polls, with the Trojans maintaining their top ranking and California garnering its top ranking since 1952. Arizona State is in the top 25 in both polls and UCLA receives votes for a total of four Conference teams getting poll mention. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), ESPN/USA Today (coaches) polls and the BCS rankings:
USA/ Team AP ESPN BCS USC (10-0) 1 1 1 California (8-1) 4 4 4 Arizona State (8-2) 20 21 14 UCLA (6-4) 33 t31 --
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, ILB, 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, OSUOct. 23 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Jared Siegel, PK, OREOct. 30 J.J. Arrington, RB, CAL Spencer Havner, ILB, UCLA Maurice Drew, PR, UCLANov. 6 Andrew Walter, QB, ASU Wilrey Fontenot, CB, ARIZ Reggie Bush, KR, USC Jerome Harrison, RB, WSUNov. 13 Chris Markey, TB, ASU Wendell Hunter, OLB, CAL Justin Medlock, PK, UCLA
A LOOK AHEAD: The remainder of the regular-season schedule:
Fri., Nov. 26 Arizona State at Arizona, 1:00 MT (FSN)
Sat., Nov. 27 Notre Dame at USC, 5:00 PT (ABC)
Sat., Dec. 4 USC at UCLA, 1:30 PT (ABC) California at Southern Mississippi, 2:00 CT/12:00 PT
Longest overall winning streak - 19 games - USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 14 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 20 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 8 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 35 Conference games to date, the home team has won 18 times and the visiting team has won 17 times.
SAGARIN RATINGS: For the seventh 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 Big 12, ACC, SEC and Big Ten in that order.
ARIZONA: Wildcat defense has forced eight turnovers in its last six quarters of play. UA ranks second in the Pac-10 in fumbles recovered with 15. . . . With a 74-yard rushing effort at USC, RB Mike Bell topped the 2,000-yard rushing mark for his career and landed himself a spot on Arizona's top 10 career rushing list. Bell currently ranks fifth in the league in rushing at 80.2 yards per game. . . . WR Ricky Williams has a string of 18 consecutive games with at least one reception. . . . Freshman CB Antione Cason has four the the Cats' seven interceptions.
ARIZONA STATE: With 332 yards passing last week against Washington State, QB Andrew Walter became just the fifth player in league history to top the 10,000-yard passing mark. He stands in fifth place on the career passing chart with 10,297 yards. Walter tossed five TD passes against the Cougars to raise his Pac-10 career record to 85 touchdown passes and his season total to an ASU-record 30 scoring throws. Walter has passed for 747 yards and nine touchdowns in the last two games. . . . With Walter at the controls, ASU leads the Pac-10 in passing offense and is the only league school averaging more than 300 yards per game through the air (302.4). . . . The Sun Devils have scored 31 of their 36 touchdowns through the air this year. . . . WR Derek Hagen has six 100-yard receiving games this season. He ranks second in the Pac-10 in both receptions (67) and receiving yards per game (95.6). With nine receptions for 113 yards vs. WSU in last outing, Hagen moved into second place on ASU's career reception list. He has 165 career catches, trailing only the 188 of Hall of Fame WR John Jefferson (1974-77). . . . TE Zach Miller has set ASU freshman records for receptions (43) and receiving yards (448).
CALIFORNIA: DE Ryan Riddle has taken over the Pac-10 QB sack lead with 10.5. . . . TB J.J. Arrington continues to lead the Pac-10 (ranks fourth nationally) in rushing by a large margin. His average of 157.2 yards per game is more than 50 yards better than runnerup Terrence Whitehead of Oregon (103.4). Arrington has rushed for more than 100 yards in all nine games this season. His total of 1,415 yards puts him just 45 yards away from the Cal single-season rushing record of 1,460 by Chuck Muncie in 1975. . . . With Arrington leading the Pac-10 in rushing and QB Aaron Rodgers leading in pass efficiency (163.4), it's no surprise that Cal leads the league in scoring offense (38.1), total offense (491.3), rushing offense (247.8) and pass efficiency (168.3). The Bears rank in the top nine in the country in all of those categories. . . . Cal is outscoring opponents 167-34 in the second half. The Bears have allowed just six second-half points in the last three games. . . . WR Geoff McArthur has raised his career reception total to 191, just four shy of the Cal career record of 195 held by Dameane Douglas (1995-98). . . . 8-1 start is the best for Cal since the 1991 Bears got out 9-1.
OREGON: Win against Oregon State in the Civil War game would propel Oregon into a bowl game. . . .With 124 yards rushing vs. UCLA last week, TB Terrence Whitehead becomes the 10th Duck to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. Whitehead has gone for 1,034 yards and his average of 103.4 yards per game ranks second in the Pac-10. Whitehead also is the league's top receiver among running backs with 40 catches. . . . Oregon is attempting to post its 11th consecutive winning season for the first time ever. In fact, only USC, Washington and Stanford have ever had 11 consecutive winning season among Pac-10 teams. . . . QB Kellen Clemens is completing 61.2% of his passes, just a smidge below the UO record for single-season accuracy of 61.9% by Danny O'Neil (1993). . . . DE Devan Long has at least one QB sack in seven of 10 games this season.
OREGON STATE: Win against Oregon in the Civil War game would give OSU a bowl berth. . . . With victories against Washington and Washington State already in the bank, OSU has an opportunity to defeat all three of its Northwest rivals in the same year for the first time since 1974. . . . QB Derek Anderson has moved into fourth place on the Pac-10 career passing list with 10,540 yards. In career TD passes, he stands in fifth place with 71 TD tosses. He is one of only six QBs in league history to pass for 10,000 yards. . . . SE Mike Hass is the only receiver in the league averaging more than 100 yards receiving per game (112.0, fourth in the nation). In addition to receiving yards, he leads the league in receptions (72). . . . MLB Trent Bray ranks second in the Pac-10 in tackles at 10.3 stops per game. . . . FS Mitch Meeuwsen leads the Pac-10 in interceptions with five. He has an OSU-record 19 picks for his career. . . . Beavers outscore opponents 77-34 in the first quarter and have outscored last five opponents 43-6 in the opening quarter, allowing no TDs. . . . OSU top defensive unit in the Conference in terms of third-down conversions. Opponents convert just 26.2% of third-down opportunities (39-of-149).
STANFORD: TE Alex Smith is the top receiving tight end in the Conference and fourth overall in receptions with 51 catches for an average of 67.6 yards per game. He has 26 catches for 390 yards the last four games. Smith is attempting to become the first tight end to lead the team in receiving since Bob Moore in 1969. His 106 career receptions are a Stanford record for a tight end. . . . T.J. Rushing leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with an average of 29.6 yards per return. . . . Stanford ranks third in the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 19.2 points per game, joining USC and Cal as the only units allowing fewer than 20 points per game. It's a full 10 points per game better than last year's figure of 29.5 points per game allowed. . . . Stanford has lost only four fumbles in 10 games, lowest figure in the league. . . . OLB Jon Alston has 8.5 QB sacks, tied for third in the league.
UCLA: Bruins have allowed a league-low 14 QB sacks in 10 games. . . . ILB Spencer Havner continues to lead the Pac-10 in tackles by a good margin. His average of 11.9 per game is more than a tackle-and-a-half better than runnerup MLB Trent Bray of OSU (10.3 per game). . . . Bruins are least penalized team in the league, being flagged an average of five times per game for 40.2 yards. . . . Bruins rank second (behind Cal) in the league in rushing offense at 207.6 yards per game. That's a long way from last year's total of 91.9 yards per game, which was the worst mark in the Pac-10. . . . QB Drew Olson has 18 TD passes this season. Among Bruin QBs, only Cade McNown, Troy Aikman and Tom Ramsey have thrown for more in a season. In his last six games, he has thrown 14 TD passes with just six interceptions. . . . TE Marcedes Lewis needs one more TD reception for the UCLA record for career touchdown receptions by a tight end. He currently is tied with Tim Wrightman with 10. . . . UCLA's talented trio of tailbacks--Maurice Drew, Manuel White and Chris Markey--each have at least on run of 60 yards this season.
USC: Win against Arizona clinched at least a Pac-10 co-championship and gives the Trojans the Pac-10's automatic berth in the BCS. It's the third straight Pac-10 title for the Trojans for the first time since 1987-89. . . . USC continues to add to a number of impressive winning streaks. Trojans have won 19 straight overall, second-longest current winning streak in the nation (20, Boise State) and the second-longest in school history. The Trojans' home winning streak is now up to 20 games, which ties the school record for consecutive home victories. . . . Trojans have posted third consecutive 10-win season. . . . TB LenDale White rushed for three TDs in win vs. Arizona in last outing. White has rushed for 15 TDs in 10 games this year and 29 TDs in 23 career games. . . . OLB Matt Grootegoed has posted 6.5 tackles for loss the last two games. . . . USC is 12-0 in November under coach Pete Carroll. . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (11.6), total defense (266.4), rushing defense (69.2) and pass efficiency defense (97.6). USC ranks in the top six nationally in all of those categories. . . . Last two opponents were able to convert just 2-of-25 third-down conversion attempts.
WASHINGTON: Huskies looking to win seventh Apple Cup game in a row. . . . QB Casey Paus passed for a career-high 328 yards in game vs. Cal last week. Paus has gotten the starting nod at QB the last three games. . . . All three of UW starting linebackers rank in the top six in the Pac-10 in tackles--No. 3 ILB Joe Lobendahn (10.0), No. 4 Evan Benjamin (9.5) and No. 6 Scott White (8.3). That's an average of 27.8 stops per game for the trio. Lobendahn has five tackles for loss the last two games. . . . Huskies lead the league in the category of fourth-down conversion defense. UW is only team in the league that has not allowed an opponent to convert on fourth down all season as the Huskies have thwarted all 11 such attempts against them. . . . DT Manase Hopoi leads the Pac-10 in tackles for loss with 22 and ranks second in QB sacks with nine.
WASHINGTON STATE: WR Jason Hill recorded his 11th TD reception of the year at Arizona State last week. That ties WSU's single-season record (held by several players). The 11 TD receptions leads the Pac-10. He also leads the Pac-10 in yards per catch at 22.7. He needs 81 yards receiving in the Apple Cup to become just the sixth Cougar to top the 1,000-yard mark in a season. . . . RB Jerome Harrison has rushed for 365 yards the last two games to vault himself into sixth in the Pac-10 in rushing with a 75.0-yard average per game. . . . Michael Bumpus got his second punt return for a touchdown this year when he took one back 76 yards for a score at Arizona State last week. Bumpus and USC's Reggie Bush are the only Pac-10 players with two punt returns for TDs this year.
AWARDS: It's the time of year when the various awards to be handed out to college football players after the season are whittling down their candidates. Here is an update on some of the Pac-10 players' status:
Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award: Announced its 10 'Players to Watch.' Among the 10--California RB J.J. Arrington, USC QB Matt Leinart, California QB Aaron Rodgers.
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award: Among the 13 semifinalist announced--Matt Leinart, USC; Aaron Rodgers, CAL; Andrew Walter, ASU.
Butkus Award (best linebacker):Down to three finalists including Matt Grootegoed, USC.
Lombardi Award (top lineman or linebacker): Down to four finalists including DE Shaun Cody, USC.
Ted Hendricks Defensive End Award: Down to six finalists including Shaun Cody, USC.
BOWL PICTURE: The Pac-10 bowl picture is clearing up as far as teams participating, but the final destinations for the participants are still undetermined. USC, California, Arizona State and UCLA have clinched bowl berths, and they will be joined by the winner of the Oregon-Oregon State Civil War game this week. However, with two teams--USC and California--still in contention for BCS bowl berths, how the teams slot into the Pac-10 bowl berths is still on hold.