This Year in Pac-10 Football

Jan. 15, 2009

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PAC-10 TITLE FOR TROJANS:  USC extended its Pac-10 record string of Conference championships to seven in a row as the Trojans went 8-1 in Pac-10 play and 12-1 overall.  In so doing, USC earned a fourth straight trip to the Rose Bowl, which tied a record for consecutive appearances in that storied game.


PAC-10 PERFECT IN BOWL GAMES:  The Pac-10 had arguably its finest bowl season ever as Conference teams went a perfect 5-0 in post-season contests.  The five wins were the most bowl victories for the Pac-10 since going 5-1 following the 1997 season.  The last time the Conference was undefeated in bowl games was following the 1989 season when the Pac-10 posted a 4-0 mark.  The bowl wins came against stiff competition as Pac-10 teams knocked off four Top 20 teams in No. 8 Penn State, No. 13 Oklahoma State, No. 17 BYU and No. 18 Pittsburgh.



Rose Bowl presented by Citi:  USC 38, Penn State 24

Pacific Life Holiday Bowl:  Oregon 42, Oklahoma State 31

Brut Sun Bowl:  Oregon State 3, Pittsburgh 0

Emerald Bowl:  California 24, Miami 17

Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl:  Arizona 31, BYU 21


OUT OF OUR LEAGUE:  The Pac-10 finished the 2008 season with a 19-17 (.528) record against a formidable slate of non-conference opponents, the 25th straight year the Conference compiled a winning mark against outsiders.  The non-conference schedule was formidable in that 36% (13 of 36) of the opponents were ranked in the Top 25 when the Pac-10 played them.  The Pac-10 finished a very solid 6-7 overall against those top 25 opponents and the Conference was 5-0 in games in which both teams were ranked.



NOTES ON THE 2008 ALL-PAC-10 FOOTBALL TEAM (selected by the Pac-10 head football coaches:


By School:  USC placed the most players on the first team with eight selections, followed by Oregon and Oregon State with five each.  Arizona and California were next with four each.  Five of the 12 players named to the first-team defensive unit are Trojans.


Unanimous:  Three players were named on the first-team ballot of all 10 head coaches--SS Kevin Ellison of USC, TE Rob Gronkowski of Arizona and offensive player of the year TB Jacquizz Rodgers of Oregon State.  Four additional players were named on nine of 10 first-team ballots--C Alex Mack of California and the USC trio of OLB Brian Cushing, MLB Rey Maualuga and QB Mark Sanchez.


Three-time Selections:  C Alex Mack of California and defensive player of the year MLB Rey Maualuga of USC were named to the first-team for the third consecutive year.   


Two-time Selections:  In addition to Mack and Maualuga, six other players were named first-team All-Pac-10 for the second time with three of them being Ducks.  Repeat first-teamers from last year are the Oregon trio of ROV Patrick Chung, DE Nick Reed and C Max Unger, along with SS Kevin Ellison of USC, WR Mike Thomas of Arizona and TB Jahvid Best of California, who was named as a special teams performer last year.


All-Academic:  Five players were named to the first team on both the All-Pac-10 Team and the Pac-10 All-Academic Football Team--C Alex Mack of California, P Aaron Perez of UCLA, DE Nick Reed of Oregon, WR Sammie Stroughter of Oregon State and QB Mark Sanchez of USC.  In addition, DE Clay Matthews of USC and CB Alterraun Verner of UCLA were named first-team All-Academic and second-team All-Pac-10.


Longest overall winning streak:  10 games -  USC

Longest Conference-game winning streak:  8 games - USC

Longest home winning streak:  9 games - USC

Longest road winning streak:  4 games - USC



Draddy Trophy (National Football Foundation top scholar-athlete in the nation)

Alex Mack, C, Sr., California


Chuck Bednarik Award (nation’s top defensive player)

Rey Maualuga, MLB, Sr., USC


Unanimous First-Team All-America Selection

Rey Maualuga, MLB, Sr., USC


Consensus First-Team All-America Selection

Taylor Mays, FS, Jr., USC


Other First-Team All-America Selections

Andy Levitre, OT, Sr., Oregon State

Nick Reed, DE, Sr., Oregon


Second-Team All-America Selections

Brian Cushing, OLB, Sr., USC

Alex Mack, C, Sr., California

Fili Moala, DT, Sr., USC


Third-Team All-America Selections

Kai Forbath, PK, So., UCLA

Rob Gronkowski, TE, So., Arizona

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Fr., Oregon State 


Sporting News Pac-10 Offensive MVP

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Fr., Oregon State


Sporting News Pac-10 Defensive MVP

Rey Maualuga, MLB, Sr., USC


Freshman All-America Selections

Bryan Anger, P, California

Lawrence Guy, DT, Arizona State

Tom Keiser, DE, Stanford

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon State


Sporting News National and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon State


ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Selection

Nick Reed, DE, Sr., Oregon


ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Selections

Micah Hannam, OT, So., Washington State

Mike Nixon, OLB, Jr., Arizona State

Nick Reed, DE, Sr., Oregon



American Football Coaches Region 5 Coach of the Year

Mike Riley, Oregon State


Sporting News Pac-10 Coach of the Year

Mike Bellotti, Oregon


Pac-10 Awards Voted on by the Head Coaches:

Offensive Player of the Year

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Fr., Oregon State

Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year

Rey Maualuga, MLB, Sr., USC


Freshman of the Year

Jacquizz Rodgers, TB, Oregon State


Coach of the Year

Mike Riley, Oregon State


Morris Trophy Winners (outstanding offensive and defensive linemen as voted by the players)

Offense:  Alex Mack, C, Sr., California

Defense:  Nick Reed, DE, Sr., Oregon


2008 Individual Records Established


Most Yards Gained by a Freshman

1253 Jacquizz Rodgers, OSU, 2008

Previous Record: 1069, Darrin Nelson, Stanford, 1977


Kickoff Returns

Most Kickoff Returns, Season

46 Terrence Austin, UCLA, 2008 (1109 yards)

Previous Record: 41, Dwayne Owens, OSU, 1990


Most Yards on Kickoff Returns, Season

1109 Terrence Austin, UCLA, 2008 (46 returns)

Previous Record: 1014, Dwayne Owens, OSU, 1990

Most Career Receptions

260 Mike Thomas, Arizona, 2005-08 (3,240 yards-23 TD)

Previous Record: 258, Derek Hagen, Arizona State, 2002-05



2008 Individual Records Tied



Highest Percentage of Extra Points Made

100.0 Jason Bondzio, Arizona, 2008 (55-55)



Longest Interception Return

100 Troy Nolan, Arizona State vs. UCLA, 2008*



2008 Team Records Established


Kickoff Returns

Most Yards on Kickoff Returns

298 Washington State vs. California, 2008 (11 returns)

Previous Record: 280, Oregon vs. Washington State, 1984 (9 returns)



Most Touchdowns Scored by the Defense

4 Arizona State vs. UCLA, 2008* (3 int., 1 fumble)


Most Points Allowed

570 Washington State, 2008

Previous Record: 469, Oregon State, 1981


Consecutive Records

Most Consecutive Conference Championships

7 USC 2002-Present


Additional Records

Most Bowl Game Victories

31 USC


Most Bowl Game Appearances 

47 USC


Most Consecutive BCS Game Appearances

7 USC*


2008 Team Records Tied

Most Kickoff Returns

11 Washington State vs. California, 2008 (298 yards)


Fewest Penalties Against

0 Arizona vs. California, 2008 


Fewest Yards Penalized

0 Arizona vs. California, 2008


*NCAA Record



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