Conference Notes

News and notes from the conference of champions.

ARIZONA
The Arizona Wildcats got a taste of what OSU felt against LSU when their kicker Nick Folk missed a 47-yard potential game winning field goal with 43 seconds remaining against No. 20 Wisconsin.

The Wildcats are 4-20 in conference play the last three seasons.

Head coach Bob Stoops calls freshman cornerback Antoine Cason one of the best true freshmen he has ever coached. Cason was named the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Week after his first collegiate start. He was the first Wildcat true freshman to start a season opener since 1990. Cason leads the team in tackles with 24.

Arizona's defense allowed 36 points per game last year, through three they have allowed 11 per game.

The Wildcats have not scored 10 or more points against their last five Division I opponents.

 

ARIZONA STATE
Walter became ASU's career touchdown record holder last weekend after passing for five touchdowns against Iowa. He has 66 and counting career touchdowns.

The Sun Devil secondary has not allowed a passing touchdown this season.

Walter has completed a pass to 12 different receivers this year.

The Sun Devils are 8-16-2 in Pac-10 openers since joining the league in 1978.

Wide receiver Derek Haggan has six straight 100-yard receiving games. He has also caught at least one touchdown in each of the contests.

ASU has scored first in every home game this season.

 

CALIFORNIA
Cal is looking to renovate their 81-year old home field, Memorial Stadium, but support for the $140 million project is low. This could mean bad things for Cal football in that if ground is not broke on the new building project by the end of the year coach Jeff Tedford's buyout clause falls from $1 million to $500,000. In addition to the price drop, the clause preventing him from taking a job at another Pac-10 school is also removed. And if the renovation has not started by the end of 2005, the buyout clause would be eliminated.

In two games the Bears are averaging 8.0 yards per carry.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception this season. His 192.2 efficiency rating ranks fourth in the country.

The Bears are currently riding a give game winning streak.

 

OREGON
Quarterback Kellen Clemens ranks ninth in the Pac-10 with an efficiency rating of 122.6, one spot ahead of Oregon State's Derek Anderson.

Only one of Clemens' 25 passes went for longer than 14 yards against Oklahoma.

The Ducks leading receiver is fullback Dante Rosario.

Oregon has won 22 consecutive contests against Idaho.

Kicker Jared Siegel has moved into a tied with former TB Derek Loville as the Oregon career scoring leader with 272 points. Seigel has made 95 consecutive PATs, the conference recored is 108 by UCLA's John Lee.

 

OREGON STATE
Once again Oregon State will be traveling to a hot, hostile environment when they visit Tempe this week. Playing in Sun Devil Stadium should not be a problem for the Beavers after playing at LSU and at Boise State. "Environment-wise, we shouldn't be worried about anything," coach Mike Riley said. "We went into the so-called 'Eye of the Tiger' and did well. I just hope that has some residual effect on every atmosphere we go to."

In case you haven't heard the Beavers are trying to snap some daunting streaks this weekend…they are 0-12 against ASU in Tempe…0-2 on the road this year…have not defeated the Sundevils since 1969…have not triumphed over a ranked team since 2001…have not won a road game since Oct. 4 of 2003.

Anderson did not throw an interception last week, the first time he hadn't thrown a pick in seven contests. He has thrown at least one touchdown in 21 consecutive games.

Nine of Oregon State's 10 touchdowns this year have been through the air.

 

STANFORD
The Cardinal lead the league in scoring defense allowing 6.5 points per game and in rush defense, allowing 76 yards per game.

Quarterback Trent Edwards has thrown five touchdowns and zero interceptions while completing 54-percent of his passes.

The last six starting Stanford tight ends have been drafted or played in the NFL.

Stanford's offense starts just one upperclassman.

The defense has not allowed their opponent to score in the second or third quarter.

 

UCLA
Running back Maurice Drew rattled off 322 rushing yards against Washington last weekend earning him national Offensive Player of the Week awards by several media outlets. It was the third-best rushing day in conference history behind Washington State's Reuben Mayes 357 and USC's Ricky Bell's 347. He is the second Bruin tailback in the past three seasons to run for over 300 yards against the Huskies, DeShaun Foster (301 yards) accomplished the feat in 2001.

The Bruin offensive line has given up only one sack in three games.

UCLA's defense ranks 112th nationally with 284 rushing yards allowed per game.

 

USC
Believe it or not the Trojans have not had a first team all-Pac-10 running back since 1989.

USC has scored 40 or more points in nine of the last 11 games. Average score this year 38-7.

The Trojans have won 23 of their last 24 games.

USC has not started the season 4-0 since 1995.

The defense has given up only one touchdown all year long.

 

WASHINGTON
The Huskies are looking to avoid their first 0-3 start since 1969 when they travel to Notre Dame this weekend.

UW is 0-4 against Notre Dame.

Wide receiver Charles Fredrick has caught a pass in 27 straight games.

 

WASHINGTON STATE
The Cougars rank third in the conference in total defense – fourth against the run and the pass. The Crimson Soldiers have given up only three touchdowns this year.

WSU has won 10 of its last 13 conference road games.

The defense has not give up a first-half touchdown this year.

 

MISCELLANEOUS
Dan Pompei of The Sporting News recently released his top 10 NFL prospects. Arizona State's Andrew Walter topped the list with Oregon State's Derek Anderson coming in at six. The scouts love Anderson's size and arm. So far, Walter and Anderson have thrown for a combined 16,885 yards and 125 touchdowns in their Pac-10 careers.

Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State have a combined 3-7 road record – the rest of the conference 13-3.


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