This Week in Pac-10 Football

Sept. 8, 2009

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  • Cal's Riley, ASU's Nixon and Stanford's Owusu Named Players of the Week

    PAC-10 NOTES CURRENT STREAKS:Longest overall winning streak: 11 games - USC
    Longest Conference-game winning streak: 8 games - USC
    Longest home winning streak: 10 games - USC
    Longest road winning streak: 4 games - USC

    OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 got off to a solid start with a 6-2 (.750) record against non-league foes in the first week of the season.

    ARIZONA: Soph Matt Scott went all the way at QB in Wildcats` 19-6 win against Central Michigan. He completed 19 of 30 (.633) for 202 yards and added nine carries for 83 yards (9.2-yard average). Coach Mike Stoops hopes to get some work for his other soph QB Nick Foles vs. Northern Arizona this week. . . . Cats figured to be tough on defense this year and in opening game allowed Central Michigan, the preseason favorite in the MAC, just 6 points, 11 first downs and 182 yards total offense. . . . 1,000-yard RB Nic Grigsby picked up right where he left off last season in Cats` opener. Grigsby rushed 23 times for 118 yards (5.1) and a TD. He is just 25 yards shy of 2,000 for his career. . . . PK Alex Zendejas booted four field goals vs. CMU, tying the UA single-game record.

    ARIZONA STATE: Sun Devils have an early-season open date this week, followed by playing 11 straight saturdays. . . . Season opening win vs. Idaho State marked the first ASU game since Oct. 22, 2005 that did not feature the graduated Rudy Carpenter as the starting quarterback. Senior Danny Sullivan made his starting debut against the Bengals with frosh Brock Osweiler also seeing some action. . . . Win against ISU marked seventh straight year Devils have won their season opener and 11th straight win in home opener. . . . Veteran OLB Mike Nixon named Pac-10 defensive player of the week for picking off three passes, returning one of them for a TD. . . . PK Thomas Weber, the 2007 Lou Groza Award winner, tied a school record with five field goals against Idaho State. He accounted for 20 of ASU's 50 points in the game.

    CALIFORNIA: QB Kevin Riley looked poised in Cal's 52-13 dismantling of Maryland. Riley completed 17 of 26 passes (.654) for 298 yards and four TDs with no interceptions. Riley earned Pac-10 offensive player of the week for his performance. . . . Riley's backfield mate TB Jahvid Best looked in mid-season form vs. Maryland averaging 13.7 yards per carry on just 10 carries. Two of them went for TDs, including a 73-yard dash to open the game's scoring. . . . Bear offense was in high gear and balanced in going for 542 yards total offense--244 rushing and 298 passing. Plus Cal had an impressive zero turnovers in season opener. . . . Cal has never lost a home opener under coach Jeff Tedford with Maryland win extending that streak to eight in a row. . . . Cal's secondary returned intact from last year. They surrendered only 12 TD passes in 13 games last year and allowed none to Maryland in the opener.

    OREGON: After playing on the road at Boise State last week, Ducks get the next four games a home, starting this week vs. Purdue. Oregon expects 62nd consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium for the game. . . . Senior CB/KR Walter Thurmond III has made 38 career starts, most of any current Duck. . . . Oregon defense allowed only 2.8 yards per carry defending against 59 rushes in season opening game at Boise State. Defenders also posted six tackles for loss and forced four fumbles, recovering three. . . . True freshman punter Jackson Rice made his debut at Boise and averaged 43.9 yards on seven boots, including two of 50+ yards and two downed inside the 20-yard line.

    OREGON STATE: Game this week at UNLV is Mike Riley's 100th game as OSU head coach. Riley has a mark of 57-42 in eight years at the Beavers' helm. It marks the Beavers' only road non-conference game this season. . . . OSU is looking to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2005. . . . Soph TB Jacquizz Rodgers, the reigning Pac-10 offensive player of the year, looked back in top form in OSU's opening day win vs. Portland State. Playing just barely more than a half, Rodgers rushed 16 times for 103 yards (6.4) and a career-high three TDs. Plus he led the team in receptions with four. . . . Jacquizz (135) and brother James Rodgers (167) combined for 302 all-purpose yards vs. Portland State.

    STANFORD: Stanford is the only Pac-10 team to open the season with two road games. This week it's at Wake Forest. . . . With win at WSU and no Conference games on the schedule this week, Stanford holds sole possession of first place in the league for at least two weeks. . . . Win on the road was encouraging for a Cardinal team that went 1-6 on the road last year. . . . Soph WR/KR Chris Owusu provided big play spark for Stanford in win at WSU. Owusu scored on a 63-yard TD reception and an 85-yard kickoff return. In seven touches (1 rush, 3 receptions and 3 kickoff returns), Owusu amassed 239 yards (34.1). He was named Pac-10 special teams player of the week for his kickoff returns. . . . Senior LB Clinton Snyder, who has started 35 games in his career, has moved from strong side outside backer to middle linebacker this season.

    UCLA: The Bruins offered complimentary tickets to all Southern California firefighters and their immediate families for the season-opener vs. San Diego State. The same offer to firefighters also will be in place for UCLA's next home game on Sept. 19 vs. Kansas State. . . . Bruins opened season with 33-14 win against San Diego State. FS Rahim Moore tied a Bruin single-game record with three interceptions in the game. That earned Rahim Walter Camp Football Foundation national defensive player of the week honors. . . . Bruins trailed Aztecs 14-3 late in first quarter, but rolled off 30 unanswered points to take control. . . . PK Kai Forbath booted a 50-yard field goal vs. San Diego State. It marks a school-record seven career field goals of 50 or more yards for Forbath. Even more remarkable is the fact he is 7-for-7 career from 50 or more yards.

    USC: Much anticipated game at Ohio State this week will be aired in 3-D by ESPN in limited locations. . . . USC and Ohio State have met 22 times with seven of the matchups coming in Rose Bowl Games. . . . True freshman QB Matt Barkley looked composed in his debut, SC's 56-3 dismantling of San Jose State. Barkley completed 15 of 19 (.789) for 233 yards, one TD and no interceptions. The Trojans piled up 620 yards in total offense. . . . Also making his first start was MLB Chris Galippo. He responded with nine tackles, including three for losses, and forced a fumble as Trojan defense kept San Jose State out of the endzone and allowed just 121 yards total offense. . . . Former coach John Robinson has been selected for the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame. Robinson compiled a record of 132-77-4 (.629) with five Pac-10 titles in two stints as head coach of the Trojans.

    WASHINGTON: UW is in the middle of a three-game homestand to open the season with Idaho coming to Husky Stadium this week. . . . Huskies are 34-2-2 all-time vs. Idaho, have won 17 in a row and have a 33-game unbeaten streak against the Vandals. Idaho last defeated UW in 1905 (8-0). . . . The Steve Sarkisian era was ushered in with a 31-23 loss to No. 11-ranked LSU. There were lots of positives for the Huskies in Sarkisian's debut, including the fact the Huskies outgained the highly-ranked Tigers 478-321. The 478 yards total offense was 115 yards better than last year's average of 263.2, which ranked ninth in the Pac-10. . . . Huskies also had a 13 minute edge in time of possession. . . . A boisterous crowd of 69,000+ turned out to watch the contest.

    WASHINGTON STATE: Both senior Kevin Lopina and soph Marshall Lobbestael saw action at QB in opener vs. Stanford with Lopina making the start. They combined to complete 18 of 28 passes (.643) for an even 200 yards, 1 TD and no picks. . . . P Reid Forrest showed off a big leg in Stanford game. He averaged 47.7 yards on six boots, including a career-long 64-yarder and two additional over 50 yards. Plus he downed two inside the 20-yard line. . . . Senior RB Dwight Tardy has led the Cougars in rushing the last three years. No back in school history has ever led the team in rushing four straight seasons. Tardy went for 58 yards in 13 carries to lead WSU in opener vs. Stanford.

    A LOOK AHEAD: The schedule for Sat., Sep. 19:

    California at Minnesota, 11:00 CDT (ESPN or ESPN2)
    USC at Washington, 12:30 PDT (ABC)
    Utah at Oregon, 12:30 PDT (ESPN)
    Arizona at Iowa, 2:30 CDT (ABC)
    SMU at Washington State, 2:00 PDT
    Cincinnati at Oregon State, 3:45 PST (FSN)
    San Jose State at Stanford, 6:00 PDT
    Louisiana-Monroe at Arizona State, 7:00 MST (FSNAZ)
    Kansas State at UCLA, 7:15 PDT (FSN)

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