This Week In Pac-10 Football
Sept. 11, 2006
Eight non-conference games are on the docket this week highlighted by the debut of a newstadium and a trio of Big 12 powers taking on Pac-10 foes. The new Stanford Stadium debuts as theCardinal takes on Navy. The Big 12 vs. Pac-10 matchups find Oklahoma at OREGON and Nebraska atUSC, as well as ARIZONA STATE at Colorado. Other games feature Fresno State at WASHINGTON,Baylor at WASHINGTON STATE, with the game played at Seattle's Qwest Field, Stephen F. Austinat ARIZONA and Portland State at CALIFORNIA. OREGON STATE and UCLA have open dates.Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Sep. 16.
OKLAHOMA (2-0) at OREGON (2-0) - 12:30 PDT - ABC regional telecast - The Series: This is arematch of last year's Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, won 17-14 by Oklahoma. Oregon and Oklahomahave met six times with the Sooners winning all six games. With the exception of the Holiday Bowlgame last season, the other five games in the series all were played at Norman, making this theSooners' first trip to Eugene. Oklahoma is coached by Bob Stoops, brother of Arizona coach MikeStoops. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Oklahoma met in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl with the Soonershanging on for a 17-14 victory. QB Brady Leaf came off the bench midway through the fourth quarterto rally the Ducks from a 17-7 deficit to 17-14 and had Oregon driving for the winning score late.However, an Oklahoma interception deep in their own territory put an end to the UO comeback andsealed the win for the Sooners.
BAYLOR (1-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (1-1) @Qwest Field, Seattle - 2:00 PDT - The Series:Washington State and Baylor have met just four times with the Baylor leading the series 3-1. Themost recent meeting came in the 1994 Alamo Bowl, won by WSU 10-3. . . . Last Meeting: WashingtonState and Baylor met in the 1994 Alamo Bowl at San Antonio with the Cougars winning a 10-3defensive struggle. The WSU offense marched for a touchdown on the opening drive of the game forwhat would prove to be enough for the victory. The Cougar defense limited a Baylor team that hadbeen averaging nearly 33 points per game to just eight first downs and 151 yards total offense (74rushing, 77 passing). The WSU offense could muster just seven yard rushing for the game, but QB ChadDavis passed for 286 yards and the Coug defense did the rest.
PORTLAND STATE (2-0) at CALIFORNIA (1-1) - 3:15 PDT - Comcast local cablecast - The Series:First meeting.
FRESNO STATE (1-1) at WASHINGTON (1-1) - 3:30 PDT - FSN Northwest local cablecast - TheSeries: Washington and Fresno State have split two previous games. Washington won 49-14 in 1979,Fresno won 35-16 in 2004. Both previous games were at Husky Stadium. . . . Last Meeting: Washingtonand Fresno State met in the season opener at Husky Stadium in 2004 with the Bulldogs breaking open aclose game in the fourth quarter to take a 35-16 victory. UW actually outgained Fresno 360-262 and hadmore first downs (20-11), but was done in by five turnovers, including four interceptions.
ARIZONA STATE (2-0) at COLORADO (0-2) - 5:00 MDT/4:00 PDT/MST - TBS national cablecast - TheSeries: First meeting. . . . Coaching Note: The last two head coaches at Boise State square off in thisgame. ASU's Dirk Koetter compiled a mark of 26-10 in three year's (1998-2000) as Boise State headcoach before joining the Sun Devils in 2001. His assistant head coach for those three seasons was DanHawkins. Hawkins succeeded Koetter as head coach and went 53-11 in five seasons leading the Broncosbefore making the move to Boulder this year.
NEBRASKA (2-0) at USC (1-0) - 5:00 PDT - ABC national telecast - The Series: USC and Nebraskahave met just twice with USC winning 31-21 at Lincoln in 1969 and the teams battling to a tie, 21-21, atLos Angeles in 1970. . . . Last Meeting: Ranked heavyweights USC and Nebraska, coached by JohnMcKay and Bob Devaney, battled to a 21-21 tie in an early-season game at Los Angeles in 1970.
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (0-2) at ARIZONA (1-1) - 7:00 MST/PDT - FSN Arizona local cablecast - TheSeries: First meeting.
NAVY (2-0) at STANFORD (0-2) - 7:00 PDT - FSN Bay Area local cablecast - The Series: Stanford andNavy have met three times and have a symmetrical 1-1-1 series mark to show for it. Navy got a win atStanford (25-0) in 1954, the teams battled to a 7-7 tie on The Farm in 1965, and Stanford opened lastseason with a 41-38 win at Annapolis in the first game for Walt Harris as Cardinal head coach. Thisgame marks the debut of the new Stanford Stadium with a scaled-down seating capacity of 50,000. . . .Last Year: The Walt Harris era at Stanford began with a season-opening 41-38 victory at Navy.
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