Another GameDay Visit For Pac-12
Around The Pac-12
ESPN's College GameDay visits the Pac-12 for the second time in three weeks as the pre-game show sets up shop in Los Angeles for the STANFORD-USC matchup. . . USC enters the game ranked No. 20 in the AP Top 25, while Stanford and it's nation-leading 15-game winning streak is No. 4 in the AP and No. 3 in the Coaches poll. . . The Trojans are coming off a 31-17 win at Notre Dame, their ninth in the last 10 meetings with the Irish. Meanwhile, the Cardinal are fresh off a 65-21 win over Washington in which they rushed for a school record 446 yards. . . Both teams possess quality QBs in Stanford's Andrew Luck (180.0 passing efficiency/No. 5 FBS) and USC's Matt Barkley (154.7 passing efficiency/No. 15 FBS), but credit the offensive lines for keeping these two off their backside. Stanford has given up just two sacks all season, while USC has allowed only four sacks.
Four Pac-12 quarterbacks head the Davey O'Brien Award list of 16 semifinalists - USC's Matt Barkley, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Washington's Keith Price, and Oregon's Darron Thomas. . . That list fails to mention three Pac-12 QBs who have thrown for at least 200 yards in each game this season: ARIZONA's Nick Foles, who has a streak of 12 200-plus passing yard games dating back to last season; ARIZONA STATE's Brock Osweiller, who has nine straight 200-yard games dating back to last season; or CALIFORNIA's Zach Maynard. . . And the list does not include OREGON STATE freshman Sean Mannion who has thrown for 315.4 yards per game in his five starts or WASHINGTON STATE senior Marshall Lobbestael who averaged 335.0 yards per game in four starts while filling in for injured starter Jeff Tuel.
This Week's Matchups
Saturday, Oct. 29
WASHINGTON STATE (3-4) at 7/7 OREGON (6-1)
Eugene, Ore. • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
12 noon PT • FSN/(Sirius 139, XM 193)
Series: ORE leads 43-38-7. Last: ORE, 43-23 (2010)
Cougar Notes: The Cougars look to snap a three-game losing streak when they visit Oregon. . . Sophomore CB Damante Horton picked off his third pass of the season and of his career. He has an interception in each of the last three games. . . Junior QB Jeff Tuel's touchdown pass to sophomore WR Marquess Wilson in the first quarter was his 25th careerTD pass, moving him into sole possesion of ninth place on WSU's career passing touchdowns list. . . Senior WR Jared Karstetter has now caught a pass in 34 consecutive games. . . WSU is fourth in the Pac-12 in total offense, averaging 433.6 yards per game. A significant improvement from 2009 (269.3 ypg) and 2010 (338.8 ypg) seasons.
Duck Notes: With junior RB LaMichael James sidelined the last two games with an elbow injury, sophomore RB Kenjon Barner has posted back-to-back 100 yard games, rushing for 171 yards vs. Arizona State and 115 yards at Colorado. . . The Ducks have rushed for over 300 yards in each of the last five games, averaging 378.8 yards per game over the last five games. . . Junior P Jackson Rice averaged 54.0 yards on four punts in the win at Colorado. He also had a successful run for a two-point conversion. . . Senior LB Josh Kaddu posted a team-leading 10 tackles (all unassisted), including 3 tackles for loss (13 yards) and 2 QB sacks in the win at Colorado. . . The Duck defense has collected 16 sacks over the last four games. . . Oregon has won four straight over WSU, averaging 52.3 points per game over that span.
COLORADO (1-7) at 23/20 ARIZONA STATE (5-2)
Tempe, Ariz. • Sun Devil Stadium (71,705)
3:30 p.m. PT • FSAZ, RSRM/(Sirius 139, XM 193)
Series: ASU leads, 2-0-0. Last: ASU, 33-14 (2007)
Buffalo Notes: In the 45-2 loss to Oregon, freshman P Darragh O'Neill punted 12 times for a 43.2 average, with a net of 40.3. He set school records with six inside-the-20 and four inside-the-10. Four of the kicks traveled 50-plus yards. . . Colorado surrendered 527 total yards to Oregon; that's three straight games CU has allowed 500 or more, the first time that has occurred since the 1983 season. . . Sophomore DB Terrel Smith's tackle for a safety averted the first home shutout for CU since Nov. 15, 1986 (a 28-0 loss to Oklahoma). . . Colorado has now played 15 true freshmen in 2011 with TB Malcolm Creer and DB D.D. Goodson seeing the field versus Oregon for the first time. Goodson "auditioned" for the defense for four snaps in 7-on-7 drills in Tuesday's practice, and then moved there full time Wednesday; so he had all of two full practices after being on offense (TB) the entire fall.
Sun Devil Notes: Arizona State defense is sixth nationally with 20 turnovers gained (11 interceptions/9 fumble recoveries). It forced 17 all of last season. . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall has 20 career rushing touchdowns, joining an exclusive club in Sun Devil football history, becoming just the 11th player all-time to score at least 20 touchdowns on the ground. Marshall is tied with Keegan Herring (20 from 2005 to 2008) for 10th most rushing touchdowns in school history. . . Senior WR Gerell Robinson has recorded back-to-back 100-yard receiving games. . . Arizona State is 60-18-3 (.759) all-time in Homecoming games. . . The Sun Devils are coming off a bye week, and since 2000, are 5-6 in the week following. . . Junior QB Brock Osweiler is third in the league in passing yards per game, averaging 281.1 ypg.
CALIFORNIA (4-3) at UCLA (3-4)
Pasadena, Calif. • Rose Bowl (91,500)
4 p.m. PT • Prime Ticket/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: CAL leads, 50-29-1. Last: CAL, 35-7 (2010)
Golden Bear Notes: Senior P Bryan Anger averaged 46.2 yards per punt on five punts and had his longest boot of the year with a 62-yarder against Utah. He also pinned the Utes inside their 20-yard line twice without a touchback. . . Freshman LB David Wilkerson led Cal's defense to a 34-10 victory over Utah, limiting the Utes to 178 yards of total offense and 13 rushing yards. Wilkerson set career highs and team season highs with 3.5 tackles for loss (-22 yards) and 2.5 sacks (-12 yards). . . Junior QB Zach Maynard completed 19-of-29 (65.5%) passes for 255 yards and a touchdown while not throwing an interception for the third time in the last four games. Maynard threw for at least 200 yards for the seventh straight game and is one of only three Pac-12 quarterbacks to throw for at least 200 yards in all of his contests in 2011.
Bruin Notes: With the Bruin running game bottled up against Arizona last week (37 yards on 20 carries), junior QB Kevin Prince was able to air it out, completing 17-of-35 for 286 yards and one TD. It was the most yards he's thrown for since a 314-yard effort in a 43-7 win over Washington State during his freshman season in 2009. . . Senior WR/KR Josh Smith recorded 209 all-purpose yards (62 receiving/147 kick return) at Arizona. His 1,383 career kickoff return yardage ranks fourth all-time at UCLA. He needs 93 yards to move into second all-time (No. 1 is Terrence Austin - 2,145 yards). . . Sophomore Dietrich Riley led the Bruins with eight solo tackles at Arizona. Entering the Arizona contest, Riley had 23 total tackles in six games, with 11 being the solo variety. . . The Bruins are home for three of their last five games.
OREGON STATE (2-5) at UTAH (3-4)
Salt Lake City, Utah • Rice-Eccles Stadium (45,017)
5 p.m. MT • KJZZ, RSNW, RSRM//(Sirius 113, XM 191)
Series: OSU leads, 9-5-1. Last: UTAH, 31-28 (2008)
Beaver Notes: Freshman RB Malcolm Agnew topped the 100-yard mark for the second time in his three games played this season with 103 yards rushing in the 44-21 win over Washington State. . . Freshman QB Sean Mannion earned Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as he completed 26-of-34 passes for 376 yards and four TDs. He connected with 11 different receivers. . . Senior WR James Rodgers caught four passes, giving him 199 career receptions. He sits third all-time on OSU's career reception list. . . After averaging just 16.8 points through the first four games of the season, the Beaver offense has picked it up lately, averaging 36.3 points over the last three games. In those last three games, Mannion completed 85-of-118 passes (72.0%) for 949 yards.
Ute Notes: Senior DE Derrick Shelby leads the Utah defensive front with 26 tackles. His 5.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks both rank second on the team. His five pass breakups leads the Utes and is the most among the Pac-12's defensive linemen (tied for eighth overall in the Pac-12). . . Utah's run defense ranks third in the league, allowing just 99.4 yards rushing per game. It has allowed a league-low four rushing touchdowns this season. . . Senior LB Chaz Walker is second in the Pac-12 with 8.3 tackles per game. . . Saturday's game is the fourth-annual Blackout game. The Utes will wear black uniforms. Utah is 2-1 in Blackout games, with wins over TCU in 2008 and Wyoming in 2009, and a loss to TCU in 2010.
4/3 STANFORD (7-0) at 20/nr USC (6-1)
Los Angeles • L.A. Coliseum (93,607)
5 p.m. PT • ABC/(Sirius 94, XM 195)
Series: USC leads, 58-27-3. Last: STAN, 37-35 (2010)
Cardinal Notes: The Cardinal offense rolled up 615 yards of total offense in the 65-21 win over Washington, with a school record 446 rushing yards. Leading the way were junior RB Stepfan Taylor (10 carries/138 yards), junior Tyler Gaffney (9 carries/117 yards), and sophomore Anthony Wilkerson (14 carries/93 yards). Of the 44 rushing plays, none registered a loss of yardage. . . The 65 points are the most points scored by the Cardinal in conference play. . . Stanford has outscored its last 20 opponents in the first half by a 453-145 margin. . . Junior QB Andrew Luck has completed 88-of-117 passes (75.2%) for 1,102 yards and 12 TDs over the last four games. . . The Cardinal lead the FBS with a perfect 38-of-38 in red-zone scoring opportunities (30 TDs/8 FGs),while the Cardinal defense is second in the nation in red-zone defense (11-of-18, 61.1%).
Trojan Notes: Stanford is USC's oldest rival, with the series dating back to 1905. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods is the only player in the national top three in receptions (10.3/game), receiving yards (128.9/game) and all-purpose yardage (179.4/game). His 72 catches in 2011 rank him sixth on USC's season pass catching list. He is on pace to break the Pac-12 and USC season record for receptions (102 by Keyshawn Johnson in 1995 is both the league and school mark). . . USC's leading tacklers are freshmen LBs Dion Bailey (7.7 per game) and Hayes Pullard (6.3 per game). . . The Trojan defense has allowed 17 or fewer points in five of seven games. . . With a No. 20 AP ranking, this is the lowest-ranked 6-1 USC team since the AP poll began in 1936. In fact, of the 16 USC teams sporting a 6-1 record since 1936, only four were not in the Top 10 (14th in 1956, 18th in 1984, 13th in 1995 and now 20th in 2011).
ARIZONA (2-5) at 29/31 WASHINGTON (5-2)
Seattle, Wash. • Husky Stadium (72,500)
7:30 p.m. PT • FSN/(Sirius 85, XM 85)
Series: WASH leads, 17-9-1. Last: ARIZ, 44-14 (2010)
Wildcat Notes: Arizona snapped an eight-game conference losing streak with its 48-12 win over UCLA in the debut of interim head coach Tim Kish. Stanford, Oregon and USC accounted for six of those losses. . . Arizona scored 42 points in the first half, marking the most points ever scored by the Wildcats in a half in 263 league games. . . Senior WR Gino Crump caught nine passes for 103 yards. He's the fifth different UA receiver this season to record 100 or more receiving yards in a game. In fact, Arizona could line up seven different receivers who each have recorded a 100-yard receiving game during their Wildcat career. . . Over the last two games, Crump's caught 16 passes for 194 yards. . . Senior QB Nick Foles has 8,214 career passing yards, which ranks second on the UA career list, and 21st on the Pac-12's all-time list.
Husky Notes: Junior RB Chris Polk rushed for 144 yards on 15 carries (9.6 ypc) in the loss at Stanford. With Oregon's LaMichael James sidelined the last two games, Polk now takes over the league lead in rushing at 124.6 yards per game (5th nationally). . . With 872 rushing yards this year, Polk needs just 128 more to join former Husky Napoleon Kaufman as the only Huskies ever to rush for 1,000 yards in three different seasons. . . Senior LB Cort Dennison posted a season-high 13 tackles at Stanford, pushing his league-leading total to 63 (9.0 per game). . . Sophomore QB Keith Price is tied for fourth in the nation with 22 touchdown passes (ranks No. 4 in UW single-season history). . . If Price were to maintain his current pass efficiency rating of 168.7, he would easily surpass the school record (153.8, Brock Huard, 1997). . . At .685, he's also well ahead of the UW season record for completion percentage (.650, Steve Pelluer, 1983).
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