This Week In Pac-10 Football

Oct. 16, 2006

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NEXT UP: Four Conference games and another visit to Notre Dame highlight this week's schedule. In Pac-10 play WASHINGTON is at CALIFORNIA, OREGON at WASHINGTON STATE, STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE and OREGON STATE at ARIZONA. Out of league, UCLA travels to Notre Dame. USC takes the week off. Here's a look at the schedule for Sat., Oct. 21 (Note: Ranking is the AP Media Poll followed by the USA Today Coaches Poll and the Harris Poll):

Ranking Game Site Time/TV Series/Last Meeting
--/--/t38 UCLA (4-2) Notre Dame Stadium (80,795) 2:30 EDT Notre Dame leads 2-0
10/8/10 Notre Dame (5-1) Notre Dame, IN NBC Notre Dame 24-0 (1964)
--/--/t38 Washington (4-3) Memorial Stadium (67,537) 12:30 PDT UW leads 45-36-4
11/11/11 California (6-1) Berkeley, CA FSN California 56-17
16/15/15 Oregon (5-1) Martin Stadium (35,117) 2:00 PDT Oregon leads 39-37-7
--/--/-- Washington State (4-3) Pullman, WA Oregon 34-31
--/--/-- Stanford (0-7) Sun Devil Stadium (71,706) 3:30 MST Arizona State leads 13-9
--/--/-- Arizona State (3-3) Tempe, AZ Stanford 45-35
--/--/-- Oregon State (3-3) Arizona Stadium (56,002) 4:00 MST Arizona leads 20-8-1
--/--/-- Arizona (3-4) Tucson, AZ Arizona 29-27
3/2/3 USC (6-0) Open Date - next game Oct. 28 at Oregon State

Last Week: Oregon 30, UCLA 20
USC 28, Arizona State 21
California 21, Washington State 3
Oregon State 27, Washington 17
Arizona 20, Stanford 7


Date/Time Game TV
Sat., Oct. 21

11:30 PDT/MST UCLA at Notre Dame NBC (national)
12:30 PDT/MST Washington at California FSN (national)

Sat., Oct. 28
12:30 PDT/MDT USC at Oregon State FSN (national)
4:00 PDT/MST Washington State at UCLA ABC (regional)
4:00 PDT/MST Portland State at Oregon Oregon Sports Network (local)


WASHINGTON (4-3) at CALIFORNIA (6-1) - 12:30 PDT - FSN national cablecast- The Series: Washington and California have met 85 times dating to 1904 with the Huskies leading the series 45-36-4. Cal has won the last four games, which snapped a 19-game Husky win streak in the series from 1977-2001. California won the last game at Berkeley in 2003 (54-7), which snapped a 10-game home losing streak that was a part of the 19-game overall UW winning streak. The average score of the last three games has been 51-12 Cal. . . . Last Year: California and Washington opened Conference play at Seattle and the No. 16-ranked Golden Bears rolled to a 56-17 win and tied the school record for most points in a road game. Cal piled up 557 yards total offense--286 rushing and 271 through the air. Bear QB Joe Ayoob, making his first career start, passed for 271 yards and four TDs. His main target was WR Robert Jordan, who had a career-high 11 receptions for 192 yards and three TDs, a performance that earned him Pac-10 offensive player of the week honors. TB Marcus O'Keith led the Cal rushing game with 103 yards and two TDs, and CB Daymeion Hughes had an interception return for a TD. Washington QB Isaiah Stanback passed for 301 yards and WR Sonny Shackelford had six catches for 124 yards and a score.

OREGON (5-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-3) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Northwest rivals Oregon and Washington State have met 83 times dating to 1901 with the Ducks holding a slim 39-37-7 series edge by virtue of winning the last two games. Oregon has won the last two and five of the last six games played at Pullman. . . . Last Year: Oregon and Washington State were teams headed in opposite directions when they met late in the season last year. Oregon PK Paul Martinez kicked a 19-yard field goal with one second left in the game as the Ducks posted a 34-31 win to win their sixth straight game and hand the Cougars their seventh straight defeat. It also marked the fourth three-point loss for WSU in that streak and the second year in a row the Cougs dropped a three-point decision to the Ducks. The stats were as close as the score and Eugene product QB Alex Brink had a big day for WSU against his hometown team with 293 yards and three TD passes.

STANFORD (0-7) at ARIZONA STATE (3-3) - 3:30 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona State and Stanford have met 22 times with the Sun Devils leading the series 13-9. The teams have split the last 12 meetings. ASU holds an 8-3 advantage in games played at Tempe, including the last two played at Sun Devil Stadium. . . . Last Year: Stanford and Arizona State met at Palo Alto with the Cardinal ripping out to a 45-7 lead and withstanding a late Sun Devil comeback bid to post a 45-35 victory. The teams combined for 705 yards passing. The heroes were many for Stanford. QB Trent Edwards passed for 304 yards and three TDs, WR Mark Bradford had nine receptions for 185 yards (20.6) and two scores and RB Anthony Kimble ran for one TD and had a reception for another. Stanford also got contributions on defense--LB Mike Silva ran an interception back for a TD--and special teams with two blocked ASU punts. Arizona State's late comeback bid was fueled by QB Rudy Carpenter, who passed for 304 yards and three TDs. ASU's do-everything Rudy Burgess ran for one TD and had a TD reception.

OREGON STATE (3-3) at ARIZONA (3-4) - 4:00 MST/PDT - The Series: Arizona and Oregon State have met 29 times with the Wildcats leading the series 20-8-1. However, it took an Arizona win last year to snap a six-year OSU winning streak. There have been 13 games played at Arizona Stadium with the Wildcats winning the first 11, the Beavers the last two. . . . Last Year: Arizona and Oregon State met on a showery day at Corvallis with the Wildcats edging the Beavers, 29-27, to snap a five-game losing streak coming in and a six-game losing streak to OSU. Both sides posted big numbers and featured big plays, but OSU was done in by interceptions and penalties in falling just short. Arizona freshman QB Willie Tuitama made his first career start and passed for 335 yards and two TDs. On the receiving end, WRs Michael Thomas (162) and Anthony Johnson (117) both topped the 100-yard mark receiving and had a TD reception. For the Beavers, TB Yvenson Bernard rushed for 192 yards and two TDs and QB Matt Moore threw for 436 yards, but suffered six interceptions. Arizona SS Michael Johnson had three of the interceptions, returning one 40 yards for a TD.

UCLA (4-2) at NOTRE DAME (5-1) - 2:30 EDT/11:30 PDT- NBC national telecast - The Series: UCLA and Notre Dame have met just twice with the Irish winning each game. Both games were played at South Bend, but it's been awhile as Notre Dame won 27-12 in 1963 and 24-0 in 1964. . . . Last Meeting: UCLA and Notre Dame met at South Bend in 1964 with the No. 4-ranked Irish, led by first-year coach Ara Parseghian, prevailing 24-0. ND QB John Huarte would go on to win the Heisman Trophy that season.


Week Offense Defense Special Teams
Sep. 2 Ben Olson, QB, UCLA Keith Rivers, OLB, USC Nick Folk, PK/P, ARIZ
Sep. 9 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL J.D. Nelson, FS, ORE Paul Martinez, PK, ORE
Sep. 16 Dwayne Jarrett, SE, USC C.J. Wallace, SS, WASH Loren Langley, PK, WSU
Sep. 23 Nate Longshore, QB, CAL Mkristo Bruce, DE, WSU Sean Douglas, P, WASH
Sep. 30 Steve Smith, WR, USC Scott White, OLB, WASH Tom Schneider, PK, CAL
Oct. 7 Justin Forsett, RB, CAL Scott Davis, OLB, WSU Mario Danelo, PK, USC
Oct. 14 Sammie Stroughter, WR, OSU Derrick Doggett, OLB, OSU Alexis Serna, PK, OSU


OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 has compiled a stellar mark of 19-8 (.704) against non-conference foes. The Pac-10 has just four regular-season non-conference games remaining, including two more against Notre Dame. The Pac-10 holds a 6-5 edge in games against BCS teams from automatic qualifying conferences. In non-conference matchups where both teams were ranked, the Pac-10 holds a 2-1 advantage.

Longest overall winning streak - 6 games - California and USC
Longest Conference-game winning streak - 27 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest home winning streak - 30 games - USC (Pac-10 record)
Longest road winning streak - 18 games - USC

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE??: Home teams are just 9-10 in Conference play thus far.

ARIZONA: WR Syndric Steptoe has a streak of 24 games with at least one reception. That streak is second only to USC WR Dwayne Jarrett (30) among active Pac-10 players. Steptoe ranks fourth in the league in receptions with 5.0 per game. . . . PK/P Nick Folk has 19 touchbacks on 24 kickoffs this year. Plus he ranks second in the Pac-10 in punting with a 44.6-yard average and has hit on 8-of-13 field goal attempts. . . . Wildcats ranked ninth in Pac-10 in rushing defense last year at 183.7 yards allowed per game. Cats currently rank third in league in that category at 108.0 yards per game, an improvement of 75 yards per game. UA has allowed just six rushing TDs in seven games. Total defense is better by more than 100 yards from last year to this. Cats allowed 408.8 yards per game last year, so far in '06 its 306.0. . . . Arizona has lost just three fumbles in seven games. . . . UA has been successful going for it on fourth down five of seven times this year.

ARIZONA STATE: TE Zach Miller has raised his career reception total to 115, which ties the ASU record for most career receptions by a tight end. He now shares the mark with current Baltimore Raven TE Todd Heap (1998-2000). . . . Terry Richardson needs 134 yards in kickoff returns to become the Sun Devil career leader in that category. This year, Richardson leads the Pac-10 and is sixth in the nation in kickoff returns with a 33.6-yard average. . . . With 20 QB sacks, the Sun Devil defense needs just two more to equal its total of last year. . . . ASU defense has allowed just four rushing TDs in six games. . . . Devils have returned an interception for a touchdown in three of six games this year. . . . PK Jesse Ainsworth has extended his ongoing Pac-10 record for consecutive PATs made to 119 straight.

CALIFORNIA: Golden Bears held Washington State without a touchdown in 21-3 win at Pullman. First time since 2000 that a team had held WSU without a TD. . . . TB Marshawn Lynch rushed for 152 yards and two TDs at Washington State. It was his 14th career 100-yard rushing performance, one short of the Cal career record of 15 co-held by Russell White and Chuck Muncie. Lynch leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 108.1 yards per game. . . . Lynch has scored nine TDs this season, second in the Pac-10 behind teammate WR/PR DeSean Jackson who has 10. . . . CB Daymeion Hughes picked off his sixth pass of the year at WSU. That leads the Pac-10 and he now has 13 INTs for his career. As a team, the Bears lead the Pac-10 in interceptions by a wide margin with 13 picks. Overall 18 turnovers forced also leads the league.

OREGON: Ducks have had a 100-yard receiver in five straight games with three different receivers--Jaison Williams (three times), Jordan Kent and Brian Paysinger--sharing the honors. It was Paysinger last week in win vs. UCLA with four catches for 105 yards and a TD. . . . Oregon became the first team to gain more than 300 yards against the UCLA defense. Ducks had 404 yards, including 256 yards rushing. . . . UO offensive line has allowed just four QB sacks in six games, lowest total in the Pac-10. . . . TB Jonathan Stewart is averaging 100.5 yards rushing and has scored at least one TD in 14 of 16 career games. . . . QB Dennis Dixon ranks eighth in the country in total offense and leads the Pac-10 by a wide margin at 277.8 yards per game.

OREGON STATE: QB Matt Moore's 80-yard touchdown pass to WR Sammie Stroughter for what proved to be the winning touchdown at Washington is the longest play from scrimmage in a Pac-10 game this year. Stroughter ended up with 223 yards receiving on seven catches to become the first receiver in the league to top the 200-yard mark this season. It's the fourth best total in OSU history. . . . Beaver defense posted six QB sacks at Washington against a Husky offensive unit that had given up only five sacks in previous six games. . . . Lou Groza Award winner Alexis Serna was 2-2 on field goals and 3-3 on PATs in win at Washington to boost his career point total to 221, a record for a Beaver kicker and third overall on the OSU career scoring list. He also tied an OSU record by converting his 80th consecutive PAT attempt. . . . Beaver defense has held last two opponents under 100 yards rushing and has racked up 11 QB sacks.

STANFORD: LB Michael Okwo needs to play in one more game to qualify for ranking in the Pac-10 stats, but his 12.2 tackles per game is easily the best mark in the Pac-10. . . . Even without Okwo listed, Stanford has two of the top six tacklers in the Pac-10 in S Trevor Hooper (tied for third with 8.3 per game) and LB Clinton Snyder (No. 6 at 7.9). . . . Stanford continues to be the least penalized team in the league with just 30 flags in seven games for an average of just 29.6 yards in walkoffs per game. . . . Freshman RB Terry Gerhart leads Stanford in rushing with 263 yards, more than any Cardinal rushed for last year.

UCLA: Bruins rank first or second in the Pac-10 in all the major defensive stat categories. They lead the league in total defense (252.0) and rushing defense (84.3, only Pac-10 team allowing less than 100 yards rushing per game), and are second in scoring defense (15.3) and pass defense (167.7). . . . UCLA has allowed just two rushing TDs in six games. . . . Bruins also lead the league in turnover margin (+6). . . . PK Justin Medlock missed his first field goal attempt this season, but since has made 14 in a row. He also is perfect on 16 PAT attempts to lead the Pac-10 in scoring at 9.7 points per game. His 2.33 field goals per game leads the nation. . . . DE Justin Hickman is second in the Pac-10 and third in the nation in QB sacks with 1.25 per game. He leads the league in tackles for loss.

USC: The initial 2006 BCS rankings were unveiled this week with the Trojans checking in at No. 2. USC has been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the BCS standings 25 consecutive weeks. Making his first career start against Arizona State, TB Chauncey Washington rushed for 108 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown. . . . Junior WR Dwayne Jarrett took over sole possession of the Pac-10 career touchdown reception record with his 33rd in win against Arizona State (see chart below). . . . Trojans have extended their Pac-10 winning streak to 27 games, a Conference record. Included are 13 consecutive Pac-10 road wins. . . . Overall, Troy has won 51 of last 53 games. . . . USC tops the league in scoring defense at 15.0 points per game despite starting just one senior on defense. . . . PK Mario Danelo has connected on 9-of-10 field goal attempts this year and ranks second in the Pac-10 and in the top 10 nationally in field goals.

WASHINGTON: Both of Huskies' TDs vs. Oregon State last week were set up by interceptions by OLB Scott White. He now has four picks for the season, half of UW's season total of eight. White also has five of the Huskies' 11 takeaways this season (4 INTs and one fumble recovery). . . . Meanwhile, Washington has gone two straight games without a giving up a turnover. . . . P Sean Douglas leads the Pac-10 and is fifth in the nation with an average of 45.6 yards per boot. A total of 14 of his 39 punts have been downed inside the 20-yard line. . . . QB Isaiah Stanback has thrown just three interceptions in seven games, fewest picks on any Pac-10 starter. He also ranks second in the league in total offense at 239.3 yards per game.

WASHINGTON STATE: Cougar defense snapped California's five game streak of scoring at least 40 points in 21-3 loss to the Bears. Cougs tossed a shutout at the Bears in the second half. . . . WSU continues to lead the Pac-10 and the nation in QB sacks with 28 in seven games, an even 4.0 per contest. That is double the number of sacks allowed (14) by the Cougs. DE Mkristo Bruce is the Pac-10 individual sack leader with 10 and his average of 1.43 per game leads the nation. . . . WSU defense has not allowed a passing touchdown the last two games. . . . Field goal against Cal allowed WSU to extend its streak of consecutive games without being shutout to 256, second longest current streak in the nation behind Michigan (268).

A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Oct. 28:

Arizona State at Washington, 12:30 PDT/MST
USC at Oregon State, 12:30 PDT (FSN)
Washington State at UCLA, 4:00 PDT (ABC)
Portland State at Oregon, 4:00 (OSN)
Arizona, California, Stanford - open dates

PAC-10 RECORD FOR JARRETT: With a 14-yard touchdown reception in USC's 28-21 win against Arizona State, WR Dwayne Jarrett took over sole possession of the Pac-10 career touchdown reception record. Jarrett now has 33 career TD catches. Washington State WR Jason Hill stands tied for fourth on the list with 30 career TD receptions.


1. 33 Dwayne Jarrett, USC, 2004-06
2. 32 Ken Margerum, Stanford, 1977-1980
3. 31 Sean Dawkins, California, 1990-92
4. 30 Jason Hill, Washington State, 2003-06
30 Mike Williams, USC, 2002-03
30 Mario Bailey, Washington, 1988-1991

INSTANT REPLAY: The Pac-10 is in year two of instant replay and this season all Division I-A conferences have agreed to utilize a uniform system of replay. Therefore, all games involving Pac-10 teams this season will have instant replay in place. One significant change from a year ago is a coaches challenge element. Each coach will be allowed to challenge the on-field ruling one time per game. The coach must have a team time out available to challenge a ruling. After review, if the call on the field is reversed, the team time out shall be restored. If the on-field ruling is not reversed, the time out counts as one of the three permitted the team that half. Following is a summary of instant replay in the Pac-10 through the games of Oct. 7:

Games utilizing instant replay: 36
Number of game stoppages to review a play: 53
Number of reversals: 20
Number of coaches challenges: 4
Number of coaches challenge reversals: 2
Average number of stoppages per game: 1.5
Average length of review: 2:07
Number of plays reviewed with no game stoppage: 145

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