This Week in Pac-10 Football
Oct. 12, 2009
THIS WEEK IN PAC-10 FOOTBALL
|RANKINGS||GAMES-SAT., OCT. 17||SITE||TIME/TV||SERIES/LAST YEAR|
|California (3-2) vs.
|Rose Bowl (91,500)
|12:30 p.m. PDT
Notre Dame (4-1)
|Notre Dame Stadium (80,795)
South Bend, IN
|3:30 p.m. EDT
|Notre Dame, 42-33-5
|Stanford (4-2) vs.
|Arizona Stadium (57,400)
|4:30 p.m. MST
|Washington (3-3) vs.
Arizona State (3-2)
|Sun Devil Stadium (71,706)
|7:15 p.m. MST
Arizona State 39-19
13/16/14 Oregon (5-1) - open date - next game Oct. 24 at Washington
36/t33/34 Oregon State (4-2) - open date - next game Oct. 24 at USC
--/--/-- Washington State (1-5) - open date - next game Oct. 24 at California
Longest overall winning streak: 5 games - Oregon
Longest Conference-game winning streak: 6 games - Oregon
Longest home winning streak: 11 games - USC
Longest road winning streak: 5 games - Oregon State
OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 is having a stellar season against non-conference opponents with a 19-8 (.704) record against non-league foes. Only three regular-season non-conference games remain, all of them against Notre Dame (USC, Washington State, Stanford).
HOME/ROAD: In 41 games involving Pac-10 teams so far this season, the home team has won 28 times, the visitors 13 times. It has been much closer in 14 Conference games to date, with the home team going 8-6.
After playing three straight road games, Wildcats have next three at home starting with Stanford this week. It is UA's first home game since Sept. 12. . . . Arizona is 2-0 at home this season and has won nine of its last 11 home games with the only losses coming to ranked teams. . . . Soph QB Nick Foles has thrown a TD pass in each of the four games he has played in this season. In just his second career start at Washington last week, Foles put the ball up 53 times, completing 39 (.73.6%) for 384 y
nd a TD. The completions and passing yards are the top marks in the Pac-10 this year. In his first two starts, Foles has passed for 638 yards and four TDs. He currently leads the Pac-10 in passing efficiency (145.0). . . . Arizona offensive line has allowed just four quarterback sacks through five games.
ARIZONA STATE (3-2)
Sun Devils get three of next four games at home starting this week with Washington
. . . . Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in both rushing defense (49.6 yards per game) and total defense (221.8). . . . In win at WSU last week, ASU posted a school-record 12 quarterback sacks. Devils had just three QB sacks in first four games. The 12 QB sacks are just three shy of the NCAA single-game record, and were part of a staggering total of 23 tackles for minus 110 yards in losses compiled by the Devils in the game. Nine different players had a hand in the QB sacks, led by D-linemen Guy Lawrence and James Brooks with 2.5 each. . . . In win at WSU, WR Kyle Williams pulled in a career-high 13 receptions for 126 yards and a TD. . . . Sun Devils lead the Pac-10 in turnover margin at +7. . . . A start against Washington this week by senior DE Dexter Davis will be his 44th for the Sun Devils which ties the school record held by Scott Peters, who started 44 straight from 1998-2001.
Golden Bears come off an open date and now face six straight weeks of Pac-10 games beginning at UCLA this week. . . . ILB Mychal Kendricks is leading the Pac-10 in tackles at 9.2 stops per game. Fellow linebacker Mike Mohamed ranks fifth in the league at 8.4 tackles per game, giving the Bears the top 1-2 punch in the Conference. . . . Golden Bears rank second in Pac-10 in QB sacks with 15 in five games (3.0). That has accounted for 108 yards in losses. . . . Cal has outscored opponents 45-10 in the fourth quarter this season. . . . Cal has been penalized only 20 times in five games this year, for an average of just 36.0 yards per game. . . . Golden Bears have had only one pass intercepted in five games this year, have lost just five turnovers overall and rank second in Pac-10 in turnover margin at +6.
Ducks are the lone remaining team without a Conference loss. . . . Oregon has jumped out to a 3-0 Conference mark and has outscored first three league opponents 118-19. . . . Oregon has the longest current winning streaks among Pac-10 teams with five straight overall and six straight in Conference games. . . . With the Ducks trailing 3-0 at halftime at UCLA last week, KR Kenjon Barner returned the second half kickoff 100 yards for a TD and Oregon never trailed again. He was named Pac-10 special teams player of the week. The 100-yard kickoff return ties the Pac-10 record for longest kickoff return held by numerous players, but it was the first one brought back for 100 yards in the league since 2006. . . . Duck win at UCLA came with QB Nate Costa filling in for injured starter QB Jeremiah Masoli. . . . RB LaMichael James tied his own Oregon freshman single-game rushing record with 152 yards at UCLA.
OREGON STATE (4-2)
RB Jacquizz Rodgers named Pac-10 offensive player of the week after accounting for 271 all-purpose yards and four TDs in OSU win against Stanford. 'Quizz' rushed for a career-high 189 yards and four TDs and added five receptions for 82 yards. Rodgers also had the longest run of his career--61 yards--and it came out of the 'Wildcat' formation on the first time the Beavers used the play all year. Rodgers tied the OSU single-game record with the four rushing TDs. He is leading the Pac-10 in scoring with 78 points on 13 touchdowns, all coming on the ground. Amazingly, Rodgers has never fumbled in his OSU career that covers 387 rushes and 67 receptions. . . . WR James Rodgers was named Pac-10 offensive player of the week the previous week vs. Arizona State, giving the Rodgers brothers the last two awards. . . . OSU has outscored opponents 55-10 in the first quarter this year. . . .QB Sean Canfield passed for 290 yards vs. Stanford and became just the fifth OSU QB to amass 4,000 career passing yards (4,104).
RB Toby Gerhart leads the Pac-10 in rushing at 124.3 yards per game. He has topped the 100-yard mark in four of six games this year. . . . With 203 receiving yards on 11 catches the last two weeks, WR Ryan Whalen has moved into second in the Pac-10 in receiving yards per game at 77.2 yards per contest. . . . Whalen's running mate at wide receiver Chris Owusu has the best average per catch among Pac-10 receiving leaders at 17.4 per reception. . . . Owusu continues to lead the league in kickoff returns by a wide margin with an average of 39.7 yards and three TDs on 12 returns. . . . Strength of the Stanford offensive line is highlighted by the fact Cardinal leads the Pac-10 in rushing offense at 209.7 yards per game and has allowed the fewest QB sacks, just four in six games. . . . Cardinal ranks second in Pac-10 in scoring offense at 30.7 points per game. Only Oregon is scoring more (32.5).
Bruins got starting QB Kevin Prince back last week after he missed two games with a broken jaw. . . . PK Kai Forbath continues to lead the Pac-10 in kick scoring, field goals and field goal percentage as this year he has connected on 13-of-14 field goal attempts with the only miss coming from 51 yards. Forbath has connected on his last 24 attempts from 50 yards and in over the last two years and 26 of his last 27 attempts overall. . . . DT Brian Price ranks second in the league in tackles for loss with nine solo stops behind the line of scrimmage. . . . Bruin defense has limited three of first five opponents to under 300 yards total offense and defensive unit has allowed just eight touchdowns through five games, including just three through the air.. . . . UCLA has won 21 of its last 29 games at home in the Rose Bowl.
Trojans come off an open date and play three of next four on the road, beginning this week at No. 25 Notre Dame. . . . FS Taylor Mays and PR Damian Williams named Pac-10 defensive and special teams players of the week after USC road win at California in last outing. . . . Williams brought a punt back 66 yards for a TD, the first punt return for a score for the Trojans since 2005 (Reggie Bush vs. Washington). . . . Trojans lead the Pac-10 with 21 QB sacks (4.2 per game), including 11 in the last two games. DE Nick Perry is second in the Pac-10 with six sacks. That's more than any USC player had all of last season. . . . SC leads the Pac-10 in scoring defense at 8.6 points allowed per game. That's a full touchdown better than runner-up Arizona State (15.8). . . . Trojans have held all five opponents this year under 90 yards rushing and 300 yards total offense and foes are averaging just 2.0 yards per rush. . . . Trojans have allowed only three TDs through first five games, and not a single touchdown pass. . . . WR Ronald Johnson, out all year so far with a broken collarbone, may be available this week at Notre Dame.
Huskies play three of next four on the road beginning this week at Arizona State. . . . OLB Mason Foster named Pac-10 defensive player of the week after win vs. Arizona. Foster scored the game-winning touchdown on an interception return and led the Huskies with 11 tackles. . . . Huskies have scored a defensive touchdown in three straight games. . . . QB Jake Locker leads the Pac-10 in total offense at 270.3 yards per game. He also tops the league in touchdown passes with 10. . . . PK Erik Folk is 9-of-10 on field goal attempts this year and has connected on his last seven attempts. And in a statistical oddity, opponents are a perfect 17-of-17 in field goal attempts against the Huskies. . . . UW remains the only Pac-10 team to top 50% on third-down conversion attempts (48-90/53.3%).
WASHINGTON STATE (1-5)
In game vs. Arizona State, freshman QB Jeff Tuel, making just his second career start, hooked up with WR Johnny Forzani for a 99-yard touchdown pass. It was not only the longest play from scrimmage in WSU history, it was the longest passing play in a Conference game in Pac-10 history. The previous record was 98 yards. It also ties the longest passing play overall, matching a 99-yarder by Arizona's Jason Johnson to Brandon Marshall against Idaho in 2001. . . . The WSU defense has forced 18 turnovers in six games, more than all of last season (13). The Cougars recorded six against ASU last week (three fumbles, three interceptions). The six turnovers were the most produced in a game by WSU since 2003. . . . Cougars lead the Pac-10 in red zone defense at .679 (19-28).