This Week In Pac-12 Football
AROUND THE PAC-12
OREGON visits WASHINGTON where the victor looks to keep pace in the Pac-12 North Division race. It is also the final game at the current Husky Stadium. The game will feature a number of special ceremonies to mark the closing of the 92-year old facility for major renovations. Washington will play the 2011 Apple Cup and all of the 2012 season at the Seattle Seahawks' Century Link Field.
ARIZONA STATE heads to UCLA where the Pac-12 South Division lead is on the line.
WASHINGTON STATE senior WR Jared Karstetter has been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship and is one of 16 finalists for the William V. Campbell Trophy as the nation's top-scholar athlete. If he is selected, the scholarship will grow to $25,000.
OREGON S John Boyett, STANFORD S Delano Howell and USC S T.J. McDonald are listed among the 20 quarterfinalists for the Lott IMPACT Trophy honoring college football's top defensive player, which recognizes both athletic performance and the personal character attributes of the player.
Pac-12 defenses picked off 21 passes over the weekend, led by UCLA freshman S Tevin McDonald with three picks. Meanwhile, three were returned for touchdowns - ARIZONA senior S Robert Golden (91 yards), WASHINGTON STATE sophomore CB Damante Horton (76 yards) and USC sophomore CB Nickell Robey (33 yards). Prior to Saturday, the Pac-12 defenses had a total of 72 interceptions over the first eight weeks of the season (9.0 per weekend).
THIS WEEK'S MATCHUPS
Friday, Nov. 4
21/nr USC (6-2) at COLORADO (1-8)
Boulder, Colo. • Folsom Field (53,613)
7 pm MT • TV: ESPN/(Sirius 85/XM 85, 190)
Series: USC leads 5-0-0. Last: USC, 40-3 (2002)
Trojan Notes: The 56-48 triple overtime loss to No. 4 Stanford was the highest-scoring game in USC history. Besides the 104 combined points being a USC school record, the Cardinal's 56 points were the most ever by a Trojan opponent. . . Junior TB Curtis McNeal has led USC in rushing five times in 2011 and is riding a pair of 100-yard ground outing after rushing for a career-high 145 yards on 20 carries with the 2 TDs in the loss to Stanford. . . Junior QB Matt Barkley, who threw for 284 yards and 3 TDs against Stanford, needs 108 yards of total offense to move into third on the school's career total offense list. . . Sophomore WR Robert Woods is tied for second nationally in receptions (10.1, first in Pac-12) and is fifth in both receiving yards (123.9, first in Pac-12) and all-purpose running (177.9, second in Pac-12).
Buffalo Notes: Senior QB Tyler Hansen connected on 22-of-35 through the air for 285 yards and 1 TD in the 48-14 loss at Arizona State. He moved into fifth place all-time on CU's passing yards list with 4,851 yards; he passed John Hessler (4,788) and Mike Moschetti (4,797). He also became just the seventh player in CU history to attain 5,000 yards of total offense, as he now sits sixth with 5,231. . . Senior WR Toney Clemons (8 receptions, 97 yards, 1 TD) now has seven career TD receptions including the 21-yard grab in the loss to Arizona State. Those seven have covered 202 yards, or 28.9 per. He matched his CU career best with the eight catches and was one yard shy of his yardage high (he had 8-for-98 vs. Texas Tech last year).
Saturday, Nov. 5
4/3 STANFORD (8-0) at OREGON STATE (2-6)
Corvallis, Ore. • Reser Stadium (45,674)
12:30 pm PT • TV: ABC/(Sirius 91, XM 91)
Series: STAN leads, 49-25-3. Last: STAN, 38-0 (2010)
Cardinal Notes: Stanford's winning streak continues and now is at 16 games. . . The Cardinal are 7-1 in the last eight games against ranked opponents. . . The 56-48 triple overtime win at USC was just the fifth overtime game in Stanford history. When USC took a 13-10 lead early in the third quarter, it was the first time Stanford had trailed in a game all season. . . Junior QB Andrew Luck has completed 117-of-157 passes (74.5) for 1,432 yards and 15 TDs over last five games. Stanford is 28-5 (.848) in Luck's 33 career starts. His 28 career wins as a starter rank first all-time among Stanford QBs. . . Senior WR Griff Whalen caught a team-high 6 passes for a career-best 102 yards vs. USC. He's caught 21 passes for 356 yards over the last four games.
Beaver Notes: Freshman QB Sean Mannion surpassed 200 yards passing for the seventh straight game in the 27-8 loss at Utah. He completed 27-of-49 passes for 231 yards. Only he, Sean Canfield (2009) and Derek Anderson (13 games in 2003) have thrown for 200 or more yards in seven straight games over the last decade. . . Junior WR Markus Wheaton posted a 3-yard TD reception, his first of the season. Wheaton had come into the game with a team-leading 51 receptions but no touchdowns. . . Senior P Johnny Hekker had four punts of more than 50 yards and in the process broke the OSU single-game record for average yards at 52.5. He broke Dainard Paulson's previous record of 51.2 set in 1959 against Oregon. . . With seven receptions senior WR James Rodgers pushed his career total to 206 receptions. He's one of three OSU players all-time with at least 200 receptions.
WASHINGTON STATE (3-5) at CALIFORNIA (4-4)
San Francisco • AT&T Park (45,000)
3:30 p.m. PT • TV: CSNCA, RTNW/(Sirius 134, XM 194)
Series: CAL leads, 42-25-5. Last: CAL, 20-13 (2010)
Cougar Notes: Senior QB Marshall Lobbestael completed 28-of-48 for 337 yards and 1 TD. He's thrown for 300 or more yards in four games this season. Only Arizona's Nick Foles has more 300-plus yard games with six. . . Sophomore WR Marquess Wilson caught 11 passes for 126 yards, while senior WR Jared Karstetter caught 7 balls for 114 yards. Wilson ranks 10th nationally/3rd in the Pac-12 averaging 111.1 yards per game. . . Sophomore PK Andrew Furney is now 5-for-5 on field goals of 40-yards or more and has hit his last six attempts. . . Sophomore Damante Horton returned an interception 76 yards for a TD at Oregon. It was his fourth straight game with an interception. . . WSU's 463 total yards are its fifth game this season with 400-plus yards of total offense. . . The Cougars have scored 266 points this season and are averaging 33.2 points per game. They scored a total of 235 points all of last season, averaging 19.6 points per game.
Golden Bear Notes: Junior P Bryan Anger booted a season-high punt for the third consecutive game with 64-yarder in the first quarter at UCLA, the first of his five punts on the day. He also had three punts of 50 or more yards and has 12 on the year. Anger also placed three punts inside the 20. Anger ranks 12th nationally/2nd in the Pac-12 with a 45.2 yard average. . . Senior DB D.J. Campbell had a career-high, and team-high, 11 tackles and recovered a fumble for the second straight game and the fourth time in his career. . . Senior WR Marvin Jones and sophomore WR Keenan Allen extended their streaks of consecutive games with a catch to 33 and 19 games, respectively. Allen needs 11 yards to post 1,000 receiving yards for the season.
UTAH (4-4) at ARIZONA (2-7)
Tucson, Ariz. • Arizona Stadium (57,400)
4 p.m. PT • TV: KWBA, FSAZ+, KJZZ/(Sirius 117, XM 203)
Series: UTAH leads, 19-15-2. Last: UTAH, 27-24 (2005)
Ute Notes: The Utes posted their first-ever Pac-12 league win with a 27-8 win over Oregon State. Utah had averaged 13.0 points per game in four previous league contests. . Thanks to a season-high six sacks, the Utah defense limited Oregon State to 263 yards of total offense. Utah tops the league in total defense, allowing 325.6 yards per game. . . Senior DL Tevita Finau recorded three sacks. . . Junior RB John White posted a career-high 205 rushing yards on 35 carries (5.9 ypc) in the win over Oregon State. It was the first 200 yard rushing performance by a Ute in nine years. White's 114.4 yards per game average is third in the Pac-12 and 15th nationally.
Wildcat Notes: Senior QB Nick Foles is averaging a Pac-12 leading 366.1 passing yards per game. The Pac-12 single-season record is 342.9 yards per game, set in 2002 by Washington's Cody Pickett. . . Foles needs 71 passing yards to reach 3,000 yards for the second straight season. Only one other Wildcat has thrown for 3,000 yards in a season twice - Willie Tuitama (2007, 2008). . . Senior WR Juron Criner has posted back-to-back 100-yard receiving games after posting 118 yards on 11 catches at Washington. Over the last two games, he's caught 21 passes for 219 yards and five TDs. His 29 career TD receptions are second all-time at Arizona, trailing only Theopolis Bell who hauled in 30 TD receptions from 1972-75. . . Senior PK John Bonano continues to impress. Since becoming the team's placekicker for the UCLA game, he's been perfect on all eight PATs and has connected on all five field goal attempts, including a career-best 47-yarder at Washington.
20/18 ARIZONA STATE (6-2) at UCLA (4-4)
Pasadena, Calif. • Rose Bowl (91,500)
4:30 p.m. PT • Versus/(Sirius 139, XM 193)
Series: UCLA leads, 16-10-1. Last: ASU, 55-34 (2010)
Sun Devil Notes: With the 48-14 win over Colorado, the Sun Devils now have scored 35 point or more six times this season. The last time that occurred was seven such games during the 2005 season. . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall rushed 15 times for 114 yards and three touchdowns in ASU's 48-14 Homecoming victory over Colorado. Marshall is tied for the league lead in rushing touchdowns with 12 (also Washington's Chris Polk). Over the last five games, he's rushed for 479 yards (95.8 ypg) and 10 TDs. . . Junior QB Brock Osweiler completed 18-of-28 for 307 yards and a pair of TDs. It's the third time this season he has thrown for at least 300 yards. Over the last three games, Osweiler has completed 72-of-115 (62.6%) for 923 yards (307.7 per game) and 7 TDs.
Bruin Notes: Junior QB Kevin Prince led UCLA to a 31-14 win over Cal with a career-best 19 carries for a career-high 163 yards rushing (8.6 ypc). It marked the first time since 1976 (Jeff Dankworth vs. Cal) that a UCLA quarterback has rushed for over 100 yards and the most by a Bruin quarterback since John Sciarra had 178 yards rushing against Tennessee in 1974. . . As a team, the Bruins rushed for 294 yards (5.7 ypc) in the win over Cal. Senior RB Derrick Coleman contributed to the ground game with 80 yards and 3 TDs. . . Junior P Jeff Locke had seven punts for a 44.3 yard average, including four inside the twenty yard line (including one at the one yard line, one at the five yard line, one at the three yard line). He also limited Cal's kickoff return to one return on six kickoffs as he had five touchbacks. On 13 possessions following a Locke punt or kickoff, Cal's average starting field position was the 16 yard line.
6/6 OREGON (7-1) at 28/28 WASHINGTON (6-2)
Seattle, Wash. • Husky Stadium (72,500)
7:30 pm PT • TV: FSN/(Sirius 92, XM 190)
Series: WASH leads, 58-40-5. Last: ORE, 53-16 (2010)
Duck Notes: Oregon has scored 40 or more points in each of the last seven games, averaging 50.4 points during its seven-game winning streak. . . Junior RB Kenjon Barner posted his third consecutive 100-yard rushing game with 107 yards on 11 carries (9.7 ypc) in the 43-28 win over Washington State. Barner has rolled up 393 yards over the last three games, averaging 131.0 per game and 7.6 yards per carry. . . Junior RB LaMichael James and junior QB Darron Thomas returned to action Saturday after being sidelined with injuries. James responded with 53 rushing yards on 13 carries (4.1 ypc), while Thomas connected on 8-of-13 passes for 153 yards and one TD. . . Freshman RB De'Anthony Thomas had 262 all-purposes yards, including a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the 43-28 win over Washington State.
Husky Notes: The Huskies have scored 30 or more points in seven games this season. That has not happened since the 2000 Rose Bowl squad scored 30 or more in nine games. . . Junior TB Chris Polk has rushed for 100 yards in seven of eight games this year and now has 18 career 100-yard games, a new school record. . . Polk ranks fifth in the nation in rushing (127.0 yards per game). . . More Polk: His 3,577 career rushing yards ranks 14th all-time in the Pac-12, second all-time at Washington behind Napoleon Kaufman (4,106 yard from 1991-94). . . Senior LB Cort Dennison continues to pace the Pac-12 in tackles, averaging 8.9 per game. In the win over Arizona, he added eight tackles and his first interception of the season, third of his career. . . The Oregon game marks the final game in current Husky Stadium before the 92-year old facility undergoes major renovation. The Apple Cup and the 2012 season will be played in Seattle Seahawks' Century Link Field.