This Week in Pac-10 Football

Oct. 31, 2005

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THE SCHEDULE: The calendar turns to November and the home stretch of the 2005 football season. This week's schedule finds a full slate of five Conference games. Pac-10 action finds UCLA at ARIZONA, ARIZONA STATE at WASHINGTON STATE, CALIFORNIA at OREGON, OREGON STATE at WASHINGTON and STANFORD at USC. Here is a look at the games of Sat., Nov. 5: (note: ranking is the AP media poll followed by the USA Today coaches' poll):

Ranking Game - Sat., Oct. 29 Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
23/21/21 California (6-2) Autzen Stadium (54,000) 12:30 PST Cal leads 36-29-2
15/13/13 Oregon (7-1) Eugene, OR ABC California 28-27
--/--/-- Oregon State (4-4) Husky Stadium (72,500) 12:30 PST UW leads 57-28-4-
--/--/-- Washington (1-7) Seattle, WS Oregon State 29-14
--/--/t32 Arizona State (4-4) Martin Stadium (35,117) 2:00 PST ASU leads 17-12-2
--/--/-- Washington State (3-5) Pullman, WA Arizona State 45-28
7/7/6 UCLA (8-0) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:15 MST UCLA leads 18-9-2
--/--/-- Arizona (2-6) Tucson, AZ FSNW2 UCLA 37-17
--/--/37 Stanford (4-3) Los Angeles Coliseum (92,000) 7:00 PST USC leads 56-24-3
1/1/1 USC (8-0) Los Angeles, CA TBS next game- USC 31-28

USC 55, Washington State 13
Arizona 29, Oregon State 27
Arizona State 44, Washington 20br>UCLA 30, Stanford 27 (OT)

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Sat., Nov. 5 12:30 p.m. PST/1:30 p.m. MST (regional) ABC California at Oregon
3:15 p.m. PST/4:15 p.m. MST (local) FSNW2 UCLA at Arizona
7:00 p.m. PST/8:00 p.m. MST (national) TBS Stanford at USC
Sat., Nov. 12 12:30 p.m. PST/1:30 MST (regional) ABC USC at California
4:00 p.m. PST/5:00 p.m. MST (regional) ABC Arizona State at UCLA
7:15 p.m. PST/8:15 MST (national) FSN Oregon at Washington State

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. Check your XM listings for the schedule on channels 194, 195 and 196.

HOOPS COMING: Pac-10 Media Days for both men's and women's basketball are just a dribble away. Following is the schedule:
WOMEN --Wed., Nov. 2, 12:00 noon-2:45 p.m. at HP Pavilion, San Jose
MEN --Thu., Nov. 3, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport
Contacts: Women--Bri Niemi, Alisa Brandle, Wendy Heredia. Men--Dave Hirsch, Katie Cavender, Wendy Heredia. Phone for all: 925-932-4411.


CALIFORNIA (6-2) at OREGON (7-1) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast - The Series: California and Oregon have met 67 times dating to 1899 with the Golden Bears leading the series 36-29-2. The Ducks lead 15-12 in games played in Oregon, including 11-5 in Eugene. Cal won last year at Berkeley, snapping a seven-game Oregon win streak in the series. The Ducks have won the last six at Eugene with the last Cal victory in Autzen Stadium coming in 1987 (20-6). . . . California coach Jeff Tedford spent four years (1998-2001) as offensive coordinator at Oregon before taking over as head coach at Cal. . . . Last Year: California and Oregon met at Berkeley and No. 4-ranked Cal bounced back from a 27-14 deficit to hang on for a 28-27 win, snapping a seven-game Oregon winning streak in the series. The Golden Bears showed nice offensive balance in amassing 494 yards--219 rushing and 275 through the air. Oregon QB Kellen Clemens passed for four TDs, two of them to TE Tim Day, but a missed PAT early in the game would prove to be the difference in the final score. Neither team committed a turnover in the game.

OREGON STATE (4-4) at WASHINGTON (1-7) - 12:30 PST - The Series: Washington and Oregon State are old Pacific Northwest rivals who meet for the 90th time with the Huskies leading 57-28-4 in a series that dates to 1897. Washington leads 32-16-2 in 50 previous matchups in Seattle, although the Beavers won at Husky Stadium last year. The teams have split the last four games, snapping a 13-game Washington win streak in the series. The Huskies won 23-of-24 against the Beavers from 1975-2000. . . . Last Year: Oregon State and Washington met at Seattle and the Beavers claimed their first win in Husky Stadium since 1985 by scoring the last 20 points of the game to take a 29-14 victory. Kicking and defense had a lot to do with it as PK Alexis Serna connected on an OSU-record five field goals, including one from 55 yards, and the Beaver defense forced seven turnovers (four fumbles, three INTs). UW's two scores came on TD passes from QB Isaiah Stanback. The Husky linebacking trio of Joe Lobendahn, Evan Benjamin and Scott White accounted for 34 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss.

ARIZONA STATE (4-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (3-5) - 2:00 PST/3:00 MST - The Series: Arizona State and Washington State have met 31 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 17-12-2. WSU leads 7-6 in home games, including 6-5 at Pullman. The teams have split the last six meetings overall. Washington State has won the last two at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Arizona State and Washington State met late in the season at Tempe with the Sun Devils outscoring the Cougars 45-28. The play-makers made plays for both sides. ASU QB Andrew Walter threw five TD passes and Devil WR Derek Hagan had nine catches for 113 yards and a score. For WSU, RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 118 yards and a TD, WR Jason Hill matched Hagan with nine receptions for 132 yards and a TD, and Michael Bumpus returned a punt 76 yards for a TD.

UCLA (8-0) at ARIZONA (2-6) - 4:15 MST/3:15 PST - FSNW2 local cablecast - The Series: UCLA and Arizona have met 29 times with the Bruins leading the series 18-9-1. UCLA has won the last four and six of the last seven. The Bruins love Tucson. UCLA holds an 8-7 series lead in games played at Tucson and has won its last four games at Arizona Stadium. . . . Last Year: UCLA and Arizona met at the Rose Bowl with the Bruins taking a 37-17 win. UCLA QB Drew Olson completed 17 of 25 (.680) for 234 yards and a then-career-high four TDs with no interceptions. Olson's primary target was TE Marcedes Lewis, who pulled in six receptions for 99 yards and three TDs. Arizona had a big day on the ground in rushing for 258 yards, but could muster only 93 yards through the air. Wildcats RB Mike Bell led the way with 134 yards and RB Chris Henry rushed for both of UA's TDs.

STANFORD (4-3) at USC (8-0) - 7:00 PST - TBS national cablecast - The Series: USC and Stanford have met 83 times dating to 1905 with the Trojans leading the series 56-24-3. SC has won the last three games, Stanford the three prior to that. The Trojans won the last meeting in L.A. in 2003, the Cardinal the two before that in 1999 and 2001. . . . Last Year: USC and Stanford opened Conference play at Palo Alto and the Cardinal gave the No. 1-ranked Trojans a scare before SC hung on for a 31-28 victory. The first half belonged to Stanford as the Cardinal scored on four straight possessions and took a 28-17 lead into the break. The major damage came from two TD passes by Trent Edwards and an 82-yard scoring run by RB J.R. Lemon. But the second half belonged to the Trojans as the defense shut out the Cardinal and QB Matt Leinart directed a couple of touchdown drives to pull out the victory. Stanford limited the powerful Trojan rushing game to just 99 yards, but Leinart completed 23 of 30 passes (.767) for 284 yards, with WR Steve Smith pulling in seven receptions for 129 yards (18.4) and a TD.

INSTANT REPLAY: Like most of the other Division IA conferences, the Pac-10 is utilizing instant replay this season. Replay will be in use for all Conference games and most non-conference games played at Pac-10 sites. The replay teams consist of three persons--the replay official, a replay assistant or communicator, and a replay technician. The replay officials and replay assistants are all former Pac-10 football officials. The instant replay team will review video from the television production of the game (or video board production in the event a game is not televised), and the standard to change an on-field officiating decision will be indisputable video evidence. The Pac-10 system will vary from that used in the NFL in a couple of significant ways. Only the replay official in the press box may stop play for a review (no coach's challenge), and the replay official, as opposed to the referee, will make the final decision to change or not change an on-field decision. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 through the games of Sep. 24:

Games utilizing instant replay: 43
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 51
Number of reversals: 18
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.2
Average length of review: 2:01
Number of plays reviewed with game stoppage: 245

PAC-10 IN THE POLLS: Four Pac-10 teams in the Top 25 and two in the Top 10 in the polls this week. Two-time defending National Champion USC remains ranked No. 1 in all the polls. The Trojans have been No. 1 for a record 76 straight weeks in the AP poll dating back to late in the 2003 season. Following are the rankings of Pac-10 teams in the AP (media), USA Today (coaches) and Harris Interactive polls, plus the BCS standings:

Team AP USA Harris BCS
USC (8-0) 1 1 1 1
UCLA (8-0) 7 7 6 5
Oregon (7-1) 15 13 13 13
California (6-2) 23 21 21 23
Arizona State (4-4) -- -- t32 --
Stanford (4-3) -- -- 37 --


Longest overall winning streak - 30 games* - USC (longest in nation)
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 20 games - USC
Longest home winning streak - 24 games - USC
Longest road winning streak - 14 games - USC
*Pac-10 Record

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 25 Conference game to date, home teams have 11 wins, visitors 14.

GOING BOWLING: California, Oregon, UCLA and USC already have the requisite number of wins to qualify for post-season play. Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford and Washington State are still in the hunt to get to the needed six-win level.

ARIZONA: True freshman QB Willie Tuitama got his first start at Oregon State and led the Wildcats to their first Conference victory of the season, 29-27 over the Beavers. Tuitama was impressive in completing 13 of 22 passes for 335 yards and two TDs with no interceptions. . . . Tuitama's 75-yard touchdown pass to fellow freshman WR Mike Thomas is the Wildcats' longest play from scrimmage this year. . . . Wildcat defense picked off six interceptions at OSU with SS Michael Johnson leading the way with three picks, including one returned 40 yards for a TD. The three picks is just one shy of the Pac-10 single-game record. FS Darrell Brooks and CB Antoine Cason each had an interception, the second straight game both have picked off a pass. The six interceptions at OSU came after Arizona had just five INTs in its first seven games. . . . With P Danny Baugher lost for the season to a knee injury, PK Nick Folk did double duty and averaged 42.0 yards on eight punts with a long of 56 yards and three downed inside the 20-yard line.

ARIZONA STATE: C Grayling Love has been selected as one of eight Division I-A members of the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame 2005 National Scholar-Athlete Class. That makes him a finalist for the Draddy Trophy, which honors a football player for both academic and athletic accomplishments. . . . Redshirt freshman QB Rudy Carpenter got his first start in ASU win vs. Washington and completed 27 of 34 passes (79.4%) for 401 yards and three TDs with no interceptions. Plus he ran for a score. Over the last two games, Carpenter has completed 46 of 59 (.78.0%) for 705 yards and six TDs. His pass efficiency rating is an off-the-chart 204.45. . . . Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 and trail only Texas Tech nationally in passing offense at 376.3 yards per game. . . . ASU forced four Washington turnovers with CB Josh Golden involved in most of them. He forced two fumbles recovered by ASU and returned an interception 58 yards for a TD. . . . WR Derek Hagan has moved into third place on the Pac-10 career receiving list with 236 catches. He is just 12 behind the Pac-10 record of 248 by Stanford's Troy Walters (1996-99). Hagan has caught at least one pass in 37 straight games.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears and USC (Reggie Bush and LenDale White) are the only teams in the league with two running backs averaging better than 100 yards per game. TB Marshawn Lynch is at 108.8 yards per game, TB Justin Forsett is just a tick behind at 108.4 yards per game. Between them they average 7.0 yards per carry. Cal ranks seventh nationally in rushing offense at 247.0 yards per game. . . . Lynch also returned kicks for the first time this season in last game. . . . California has put points on the board in 27 of 32 quarters played this season. . . . Cal is the only Pac-10 team averaging more yards rushing (247.0) than passing (215.6). . . . In last outing vs. WSU, the rush/pass was dead even as the Bears rushed for 274 yards and passed for the same. . . . Cal leads the league in scoring defense and pass efficiency defense.

OREGON: Ducks took a hard-fought 28-21 win at Arizona in last game, but it was costly as starting QB Kellen Clemens, in the midst of a stellar season and leading the Pac-10 in total offense, suffered a fractured ankle that will end his season. Backup Dennis Dixon takes over as starter when the Ducks resume action vs. Cal this week. . . . Win at Arizona was Duck's fourth straight victory since losing to No. 1 USC. . . . Duck defense leads the league in interceptions with 13 picks. . . . TB Terrence Whitehead has become just the fourth Duck to pick up more than 2,500 career rushing yards. . . . Backup TB Jonathan Stewart has scored six TDs on just 38 touches this season, one every 6.3 times. . . . With 42.5 career tackles for loss, DE Devan Long has moved into fourth place on the UO career list. . . . Oregon defense has posted 15 QB sacks over the last four games, moving the Ducks into a tie for second in the Pac-10 with 24 for the season. . . . On other side of the ball, Ducks have allowed just two QB sacks in last three games.

OREGON STATE: WR Mike Hass is the first player in Conference history to record three 1,000-yard receiving seasons. With 11 receptions for 190 yards vs. Arizona, Hass became OSU's career leader in receiving yards and moved into second place on the Pac-10 career receiving yards chart with 3,629 yards. Hass has had at least 100 yards receiving in 11 of his last 12 games. 'Mike Hass is virtually unguardable,' summed up UA coach Mike Stoops. . . . TB Yvenson Bernard has rushed for better than 100 yards in three straight games and with 990 yards stands second in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation in rushing with an average of 123.8 yards per game. A total of 776 of Bernard's yards have come in the last five games, an average of 155.2 per contest. . . . OSU had 31 first downs vs. Arizona, one short of the school record. . . . OSU has trailed at halftime in each of its last six games. . . . Beavers looking for two more wins to become bowl eligible for the sixth time in the last seven years.

STANFORD: Cardinal is 3-0 on the road this season. . . . Stanford is on a remarkable run of four straight games without a turnover. Stanford has caused 10 by its opponents over that span. As a result, Cardinal lead the Pac-10 and are tied for fifth nationally in turnover margin (+9). 'Stanford is doing an awesome job of not beating itself,' noted ASU coach Dirk Koetter. . . . QB Trent Edwards has just two interceptions in seven games, fewest among Pac-10 QBs who have started all season. Edwards has 12 TD passes and no interceptions over last four games and has a string of 111 consecutive passes without an interception going. . . . Stanford dropped a 30-27 overtime decision to UCLA, but Cardinal defense became just the second unit this season to hold the Bruins under 40 points. . . . DE Julian Jenkins posted three QB sacks for minus-21 yards, plus forced a fumble vs. UCLA. Jenkins ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in sacks. . . . As a team, Cardinal has recorded 10 QB sacks the last two games.

UCLA: Bruins have turned the ball over just six times in eight games, fewest in the Pac-10. . . . UCLA is second only to USC in the Pac-10 in scoring offense at 42.6 points per game. That's good for fifth in the nation. Bruins have scored more than 40 points in six of eight games. . . . 30-27 OT win at Stanford was fourth time in last five games UCLA has rallied from a fourth-quarter double-digit deficit. . . . TB Maurice Drew is second in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation in all-purpose yards at 184.3 yards per game. With 175 at Stanford, Drew became UCLA's career leader in all-purpose yards surpassing Gaston Green (1984-87). Drew also leads the nation in punt returns with a 29.1-yard average. . . . QB Drew Olson leads the Pac-10 with 23 TD passes. And that's against just three interceptions all year. Drew has tossed 13 of those 23 scoring passes in the last three games. . . . Bruins are 8-0 for the first time since starting 10-0 in 1998.

USC: Trojans just keep on rolling. USC has extended its winning streak to 30 games, a Pac-10 record and the longest in the country at the moment. Trojans also have won 24 consecutive home games and 20 Pac-10 games in a row. . . . Win over WSU was Pete Carroll's 50th as USC coach. Carroll, in his fifth season, has a mark of 50-9. . . . Trojans had a season-high 745 yards total offense vs. WSU, the third time this season they have gone over 700 yards in a game. 'Our offense was ridiculously effective,' said Carroll. . . . QB Matt Leinart had three TD passes vs. WSU, extending his Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes to 90, which ranks ninth on the NCAA career list. He passed for 364 yards vs. the Cougs, the sixth time in eight games he has topped 300 yards passing in 2005. Leinart tops the Pac-10 and is third nationally in passing efficiency at 166.9. His most impressive stat is a record of 33-1 as a starter. . . . WR Dwayne Jarrett leads the Pac-10 with 13 TD receptions. That matches the 13 he had last year and the 26 career TD catches ties the sophomore for seventh place on the Pac-10 career chart. Jarrett's 11 receptions for 200 yards vs. WSU were both career highs.

WASHINGTON: Husky defense piled up seven QB sacks for minus-54 yards at Arizona State. DE Greyson Gunheim led the way with 2.5 (-18) followed by ILB Joe Lobendahn with 2 (-14). Huskies had only 12 QB sacks in seven previous games. . . . Lobendahn, OLB Evan Benjamin and SS C.J. Wallace make Huskies the only team in the league to have three players in the top 10 in tackles. Add FS Dashon Goldson and ILB Scott White and UW has five of the top 13 in stops. Benjamin led the way at ASU with a game-high 12 tackles, plus a forced fumble. . . . TB James Sims rushed for a career-high 140 yards and two TDs at ASU. . . . Washington is much improved in hanging on to the football. Huskies lost a Pac-10-worst 42 turnovers last season, almost four per game, but have lost just 15 in eight games this season. One big factor is QB Isaiah Stanback has thrown just five interceptions on the season. . . . DT Manase Hopoi has started all 44 games of his UW career. With 58 career tackles for loss, he needs just four more for the Husky career record (61.5, Jason Chorak, 1994-97).

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougar RB Jerome Harrison rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown vs. USC. He became the first back to rush for 100 yards against the Trojans this year and just the third in the last three years. Harrison leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation at 163.8 yards per game. That's 40 yards a game more than the number-two rusher in the Conference (OSU's Yvenson Bernard at 143.8). Harrison has topped the 100-yard rushing mark in 11 consecutive games. . . . WR Jason Hill ranks second in the league and the nation (behind OSU's Mike Hass) in receiving yards at 125.0 yards per game. His 11 TD receptions also is second in the Pac-10. . . . DEs Mkristo Bruce and Adam Braidwood each rank in the top four in the Pac-10 in QB sacks. Bruce is Pac-10 co-leader with 8, Braidwood tied for third with 5.5. They are a big reason WSU leads the Pac-10 in QB sacks with 27. On the other side of the ball, the Cougars have allowed the fewest QB sacks, just nine in eight games.

YEAR OF THE OFFENSE: The average score of a Pac-10 game this year is 39-23. In 25 league games to date, the winning team has scored more than 40 points 15 times.

THREE PAC-10 PLAYERS NAMED LOTT TROPHY QUARTERFINALISTS: SS Darnell Bing of USC, FS Darrell Brooks of Arizona and ILB Spencer Havner of UCLA are among 16 quarterfinalists for the Lott Trophy, which honors the defensive player of the year judged by both on-field and off-field performance.

Pac-10 Career Total Offense:

Rank Player Total Offense
1 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-2002) 11,621
2 Cade McNown, UCLA (1995-98) 11,285
3 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 11,097
4 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 10,380
5 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 10,179
6 Cody Pickett, WASH (1999-2003) 10,042
7 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,316

Pac-10 Career Passing:

Rank Player Passing Yards
1 Carson Palmer, USC (1998-2002) 11,818
2 Derek Anderson, OSU (2001-04) 11,249
3 Steve Stenstrom, STAN (1991-94) 10,991
4 Cade McNown, UCLA (1995-98) 10,708
5 Andrew Walter, ASU (2001-04) 10,492
6 Cody Pickett, WASH (1999-2003) 10,220
7 Jonathon Smith, OSU (1998-2001) 9,680
8 Erik Wilhelm, OSU (1985-88) 9,393
9 Matt Leinart, USC (2003-05) 9,390

Pac-10 Career Receptions:

Rank Player Receptions
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 248
2 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 243
3 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 236

Pac-10 Career Receiving Yards:

Rank Player Yards
1 Troy Walters, STAN (1996-99) 4,047
2 Mike Hass, OSU (2002-05) 3,629
3 Reggie Williams, WASH (2001-03) 3,598
4 James Newson, OSU (2000-03) 3,572
5 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 3,559

Pac-10 Career Touchdown Receptions:

Rank Player Touchdown Receptions
1 Ken Margerum, STAN (1977-1980) 32
2 Sean Dawkins, CAL (1990-92) 31
3 Mike Williams, USC (2002-03) 30
-- Mario Bailey, WASH (1988-1991) 30
5 J.J. Stokes, UCLA (1991-94) 28
6 Bobby Shaw, CAL (1994-97) 27
7 Troy Walters, STAN (1988-1991) 26
-- Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2004-05) 26
9 Derek Hagan, ASU (2002-05) 25
-- Keith Poole, ASU (1993-96) 25
-- Doug Allen, ASU (1981-84) 25

Pac-10 Season Touchdown Receptions:

Rank Player Touchdown Receptions
1 Mario Bailey, WASH, 1991 18
2 J.J. Stokes, UCLA, 1993 17
3 Mike Williams, USC, 2003 16
4 Mike Williams, USC, 2002 14
-- Johnnie Morton, USC, 1993 14
-- Sean Dawkins, CAL, 1992 14
-- Doug Allen, ASU, 1984 14
8 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2005 13
-- Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004 13
-- Shaun McDonald, ASU, 2002 13

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California at Oregon
Oregon State at Washington
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