Pac-10 Football Players of the Week Named
Nov. 7, 2005
Quarterback Matt Leinart of USC, tackle Haloti Ngata of Oregon and kicker Alexis Serna of Oregon State have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Leinart, a senior from Santa Ana, Calif., continued his string of impressive performances in USC's 51-21 win against Stanford. In little more than a half of work, the Heisman Trophy winner completed 22 of 28 passes (78.6%) for 259 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Leinart's four touchdown tosses went to four different receivers covering 16, 19, 19 and 1 yards and raised to 94 his Pac-10 record for career touchdown passes. Leinart currently leads the nation in passing efficiency (170.5)
Ngata, a junior from Salt Lake City, Utah, keyed Oregon's defensive effort in the Ducks' 27-20 overtime win against No. 23-ranked California. Ngata had a game high 11 tackles, including one tackle for loss (-7) and batted down two passes on the line of scrimmage. The Oregon defense limited Cal to 14 first downs, 301 yards total offense, just 2-of-13 on third-down conversion attempts and intercepted three passes.
Serna, a sophomore from Fontana, Calif., accounted for all of Oregon State's points and tied a Pac-10 record in the Beavers' 18-10 win at Washington. Serna was good on all six of his field goal attempts, connecting from 46, 28, 18, 32, 41 and 25 yards. The six field goals made is the most ever in a Conference game and ties the overall Pac-10 single-game record. Serna has connected on 22-of-24 field goal attempts this season and has made his last 15 in a row.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were running backs Mike Bell of Arizona, Jerome Harrison of Washington State, Terrence Whitehead of Oregon and Yvenson Bernard of Oregon State, wide receiver Derek Hagan of Arizona State and tight end Marcedes Lewis of UCLA. Also nominated on defense were end Bryan Copeland of Arizona, linebackers Dale Robinson of Arizona State and Trent Bray of Oregon State and cornerback Alex Teems of Washington State. PK/P Nick Folk of Arizona was nominated for special teams play.