Thursday Showdown For Trojans, Bears

USC freshman LB Dion Bailey leads the team with 40 tackles. Photo: John Pyle

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USC is at CALIFORNIA Thursday on ESPN/ESPN3D at AT&T Park in San Francisco. AT&T Park is the home for California football this season as Memorial Coliseum undergoes renovation. AT&T Park is no stranger to college football as it's also the site of the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

ESPN's College GameDay will make its first appearance on a Pac-12 campus this season as the University of Oregon will be the site of this Saturday's show.

Plenty of true freshmen are collecting playing time around the Pac-12 this season. Five teams have had 10 or more freshmen see action - COLORADO (13), ARIZONA (10), CALIFORNIA (10), OREGON STATE (10) and WASHINGTON STATE (10).

Comparing numbers. . . STANFORD's Andrew Luck and OREGON's LaMichael James, 2010 Heisman Trophy finalists, actually have posted similar, if not better, numbers from a year ago through five games:


2011: 106-of-145 (.731), 1,383 yds, 2 INT, 14 TDs
2010: 93-of-148 (.628), 1,253 yds, 4 INT, 13 TDs


2011: 95 rush, 852 yds (9.0 ypc), 170.4 per game, 8 TDs
2010: 114 rush, 848 yds (7.4 ypc), 169.6 per game, 9 TDs    

STANFORD takes its school-record tying and nation's longest winning streak (13 games) on the road to WASHINGTON STATE.

The Pac-12 has partnered with ESPN Radio to broadcast the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game December 2, 2011.

This Week's Matchups

Thursday, Oct. 13

31/nr USC (4-1) at CALIFORNIA (3-2)
San Francisco • AT&T Park (45,000)
6 p.m. PT • ESPN, ESPN3D/ (Sirius 85/91, XM 85/91)
Series: USC leads 63-30-5. Last: USC, 48-14 (2010)

Trojan Notes: USC owns a seven-game winning streak over the Golden Bears (Cal has averaged just 10 points in each of those losses) and Troy also has captured 9 of the last 10. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods leads the nation in receptions (13.6 per game) and is third in all-purpose running (203.0 yards per game), while being on pace to shatter the school single season receptions and receiving yardage records. . . Junior QB Matt Barkley has completed 133-of-188 (70.7%) for 1,587 yards and 14 TDs with just four interceptions. A starter since the day he stepped on campus as a true freshman, he already is fifth on the school's career passing list (579 completions) and in total offense (7,063 yards). . . Freshman LB Dion Bailey leads the team with 40 tackles. . . Fast start for the Trojans as they are outscoring the opposition 43-10 in the first quarter this season.

Golden Bear Notes: Sophomore WR Keenan Allen caught nine passes for 170 yards and a touchdown at Oregon. In the game that was the 16th of his Cal career, Allen equaled DeSean Jackson as the fastest Cal player to reach 1,000 yards receiving, with Jackson also reaching the figure in during the 16th game of his Cal career in 2006. Allen has updated career totals of 85 catches for 1,158 yards receiving and nine touchdown catches. This season, he leads Cal in all key receiving categories with 39 receptions for 668 yards and four touchdowns. His 17.1 yards per catch average is the highest among the team's regular receivers. . . He is second in the league and sixth nationally in receiving yards per game with 133.6 yards per game. . . Senior PK Giorgio Tavecchio connected on a career-best 54-yard field goal in the first half at Oregon. It was one-yard shy of the school record 55-yard field goal held by Robbie Keen (vs. Washington, 1988) and Tom Schneider (vs. Stanford, 2006).

Saturday, Oct. 15

UTAH (2-3) at Pittsburgh (3-3)
Pittsburgh, Pa. • Heinz Field (65,050)
12 noon ET • ESPNU/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: UTAH leads, 2-0-0. Last: UTAH, 27-24 (OT) (2010)

Ute Notes: After allowing just 74 yards rushing to Arizona State, Utah's rush defense is now allowing just 99.4 yards per game, which ranks second in the league and 19th nationally. It has held three of its five opponents under 100 yards rushing: BYU (11 yards), Arizona State (74 yards), Montana State (75 yards). . . Utah heads out of league this weekend to face Pittsburgh from the Big East Conference. Utah is 8-0 all-time against current members of the Big East Conference, including a 2-0 mark against Pittsburgh. The Utes have also played Louisville (4-0), South Florida (1-0) and West Virginia (1-0). . . Junior RB John White IV rushed for 85 yards on 17 carries (5.0 ypc) against the Sun Devils. He is third in the Pac-12, rushing for an average of 100.0 yards per game. White's 30-yard TD run gave him seven TDs on the season (6 by rush). He's second in the league, averaging 8.4 points per game.

Seattle • Husky Stadium (72,500)
12:30 p.m. PT • ROOT, FCS-Atlantic/(Sirius 92)
Series: Tied, 5-5-1. Last: WASH, 17-14 (2000)

Buffalo Notes: Senior TB Rodney Stewart posted 203 all-purposed yards in the loss at Stanford. He is nearing the top spot in CU career all-purpose yards, as he has 4,228 all-purpose yards that's just 123 shy of Eric Bieniemy's all-time mark of 4,351. . . Stewart had a 76-yard reception, which was the longest play of Stewart's career. . . OLB Woodson Greer III saw his first career action, the 13th true freshman to play for CU in 2011, tied for the eighth most in the nation. . . Senior QB Tyler Hansen is now tied for seventh in career touchdown passes (27), pulling even with Steve Vogel (1981-84) and Darian Hagan (1988-91).

Husky Notes: Junior RB Chris Polk is second in the Pac-12 and eighth nationally with a rushing average of 122.2 yards per game. He has rushed for 100 yards in four of five games this year and now has 15 career 100-yard games, tied for second-most in school history (tied with Greg Lewis; record is 17, set by Napoleon Kaufman). . . Polk is second on the UW career rushing yards list with 3,172 yards (Kaufman holds the UW career record with 4,106 yards). . . Sophomore QB Keith Price remains second in the nation with 17 TD passes. Price is seventh in the nation in pass efficiency (173.7). If he were to maintain his current efficieny rating, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8 by Brock Huard, 1997). . . Price has spread his completions around as six different players have caught at least 10 passes, while four receivers have at least 200 yards in receiving yardage. . . Washington has scored 30 or more points in each of its first five games this season. Only twice before in UW history has a Husky team scored 30 or more in each of the first five games, in 1924 and 1991. In neither of those seasons did Washington extend its 30-point streak to six games.

BYU (4-2) at OREGON STATE (1-4)
Corvallis, Ore. • Reser Stadium (45,674)
1 p.m. PT • FCS-Pacific/(Sirius143/139, XM 143)
Series: OSU leads, 5-4-0. Last: BYU, 44-20 (2009)

Beaver Notes: : Freshman QB Sean Mannion, who was the only freshman starting quarterback in the BCS at last check, completed 32-of-41 passes (78.0 percent) for 267 yards and two TDs in the 37-27 win over Arizona to lead the Beavers to their first win of the season. He has completed 66 percent of his pass attempts this season. . . The Oregon State defense limited Arizona to 53 yards rushing and forced three turnovers in the victory. . . Sophomore RB Jovan Stevenson, who coincidently hails from Tucson, Ariz., rushed for 99 yards (5.8 ypc) and one TD in the win over Arizona. His totals in the first four games of the season were 11 carries for 57 yards (5.2 ypc). . . For the eighth consecutive season Oregon State failed to reach Oct. 1 with a winning record - combined 12-19 (39%) - that's the bad news. The good news is, the Beavers are a combined 38-15 (71.7%) in the months of October, November and December starting with 2004.

Pullman, Wash. • Martin Stadium (35,117)
4:30 p.m. PT • Versus/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: STAN leads, 35-25-1. Last: STAN, 38-28 (2010)

Cardinal Notes: While junior QB Andrew Luck has been putting up stellar numbers this season as he completed 26-of-31 passes for 370 yards and 3 TDs in the 48-7 win over Colorado. It was the second highest passing game of his career. . . Credit the offensive line for giving Luck the time to find his receivers. The unit up front has allowed just two sacks in five games this season for a nation-leading 0.40 per game. . . Luck is third in the nation with a 182.33 passing rating. . .   Senior LB Max Bergen blocked a Colorado FG attempt in the first quarter and returned it 75 yards for Stanford's first TD in the victory over Colorado . . . The Cardinal defense continues to stuff the run as it ranks second nationally, allowing just 61.8 yards per game. . .  David Shaw is the first Stanford head coach to start his tenure with a 5-0 record since Chuck Taylor, who led the Indians to nine straight wins in his inaugural season in 1951.

Cougar Notes: In the loss at UCLA, sophomore WR Marquess Wilson set a career single-game high with nine catches, surpassing previous high of seven (vs. USC 9/25/10). . . Freshman RB Rickey Galvin caught his first career TD pass and set career highs with 16 carries for 93 yards at UCLA. Galvin leads WSU in rushing with 220 yards on 29 carries (7.6 ypc). . . Senior WR Jared Karstetter's TD catch was the 16th of his career, moving him into a tie for 10th on WSU's top-10 career receiving touchdowns list. He finished with two catches to up his career catches to 130 and move into eighth place on WSU's all-time career receptions list. . . Sophomore PK Andrew Furney has kicked a field goal in all five games this season. His four field goals are a single-game career high. Furney is now 4-for-4 this season on field goals of 40-yards or more and has hit his last five attempts from 40-yards plus.  

18/20 ARIZONA STATE (5-1) at 9/9 OREGON (4-1)

Eugene, Ore. • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
7:15 p.m. PT • ESPN/(Sirius 94, XM 190)
Series: ASU leads, 16-15-0. Last: ORE, 42-31 (2010)

Sun Devil Notes: Junior QB Brock Osweiler completed 25-of-41 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns in the win at Utah.  He tied his season-high in pass completions (25) and posted his second-most passing yards (325).  His three touchdown passes tied a season high.  Osweiler also rushed seven times for a season-high 34 yards. . .  The Sun Devil defense picked off three passes at Utah, giving them a league-best 10 interceptions. That figure ranks sixth nationally. . . Senior WR Gerrell Robinson became the second Sun Devil, and 22nd Pac-12 player this season, to collect 100 receiving yards in a game as he caught seven passes for a career-best 101 yards at Utah. . . The Sun Devils look to snap a 15-game winless streak against teams ranked in the Top 10. The last victory over a Top 10 team came on the road at No. 6 Oregon, 45-42, on Oct. 19, 2002.  

Duck Notes: Junior RB LaMichael James injured his right elbow (dislocation) early  in the fourth quarter of Oregon's 43-15 win over California and the Ducks are uncertain on his return. James leads the FBS in all-purposes running with 229.6 yards per game. He rushed for 239 yards in Thursday's win. It was the third straight game with 200 or more rushing yards. In the last three games, he carried the ball 65 times for 731 yards (11.2 yards per carry). . . Autzen Stadium streaks: Oregon has a 19-game home field winning streak. The Ducks have won 14 straight conference games at home. . . In addition, Oregon has won 14 straight conference games dating back to a 2009 loss at Stanford. . . The crowd of 58,796 (capacity 54,000) marked the 77th consecutive sellout at Autzen Stadium, dating to 1999. The last non-sellout was Sept. 18, 1999 vs. Nevada.

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