Pac-10 Weekly Release

<b><u>THIS WEEK:</u> </b> Conference play opens up this week with three Pac-10 contests on the schedule plus anothers three non-conference games on the slate. League action finds OREGON STATE at USC (FSN), WASHINGTON STATE at CALIFORNIA and STANFORD at ARIZONA STATE (ABC).


Oregon 41, Portland State 0

Wisconsin 31, Arizona 10

Oregon State 59, Fresno State 19

Air Force 23, California 21

Washington 38, Wyoming 7

Colorado 31, UCLA 17

Washington State 45, Montana State 28

Kansas State 27, USC 20


COACHES TELECONFERENCES: Pac-10 head football coaches will be available on a media teleconference every Tuesday during the football season through Nov. 19. Each coach is scheduled to be on the line for 10 minutes with the calls starting at 10:00 a.m. PDT/MST. In addition, a taped replay will be available at 3:00 PT/MT following the call and will be available until the next call. Media members may call the Conference office or any Pac-10 SID office to receive the media-only number for both the live teleconference or the taped replay. Following is the schedule for the teleconferences:

Tuesday Call Schedule (PDT/MST)

10:00 a.m. John Mackovic - Arizona

10:10 a.m. Buddy Teevens - Stanford

10:20 a.m. Dennis Erickson - Oregon State

10:30 a.m. Bob Toledo - UCLA

10:40 a.m. Pete Carroll - USC

10:50 a.m. Mike Bellotti - Oregon

11:00 a.m. Dirk Koetter - Arizona State

11:10 a.m. Mike Price - Washington State

11:20 a.m. Jeff Tedford - California

11:30 a.m. Rick Neuheisel - Washington


PAC-10 SATELLITE FEED: The Pac-10 provides a weekly satellite feed featuring interviews with the coaches and selected players regarding upcoming games along with highlight footage. The half-hour feed airs every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. PDT/MST (2:30 p.m. EDT) beginning Sep. 4 and running through Nov. 20, with a final week run on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Coordinates for the feed are GE 2, Transponder 11 (C-Band). Trouble numbers: Master Control 310-543-1835 or 310-231-3229 or pager 888-423-0095 or Michelle Lockhart at the Pac-10 at 925-932-4411.


DOUBLE COVERAGE: A new one hour radio program devoted to Pac-10 football will air on a national network of radio stations. Double Coverage will air in most markets on Wednesday evenings with a rebroadcast on Saturday mornings on many outlets. Check local listings for the station in your area.



Aug. 31 Carson Palmer, QB, USC Will Derting, OLB, WSU Michael Jollivette, CB, ARIZ

Sep. 7 Reggie Williams, WR, WASH Brandon Chillar, OLB, UCLA Hakim Hill, RS, ASU

Sep. 14 Kyle Boller, QB, CAL Troy Polamalu, SS, USC Jemeel Powell, PR, CAL

Sep. 21 Steven Jackson, TB, OSU Marquis Cooper, ILB, WASH Mark Jensen, PK, CAL




OREGON STATE (4-0) at USC (2-1) - 3:30 PDT - Fox Sports Net national cablecast - The Series: USC and Oregon State have met 66 times dating to 1914 with the Trojans dominating the series by a 54-8-4 count. SC has won 27 of the last 28 with the OSU victory in that stretch coming two years ago at Corvallis to snap the Trojans' Conference-record 26-game winning streak against the Beavers. Even more frustrating for the Beavers has been their fate in L.A. USC owns a 37-3-3 advantage in home games and has won the last 18 in a row at Los Angeles. OSU last managed a win vs. USC in Los Angeles in 1960 (14-0). . . . Last Year: USC and Oregon State met late in the year in Los Angeles and the Beavers appeared poised to snap their 17-game L.A. losing streak to SC only to see the Trojans snatch a 16-13 victory in overtime. OSU "outstated" USC holding a 384-204 advantage in total offense, and limiting the Trojans to 11 first downs, 33 yards rushing and no offensive TDs in regulation. However, the kicking game did the Beavers in. SS Troy Polamalu blocked an OSU punt that was recovered by a teammate in the end zone for SC's only regulation TD and the Beavers missed two fourth-quarter field goals which would have won the game in regulation. OSU scored first on a field goal in overtime, but SC QB Carson Palmer followed with a four-yard run on a naked bootleg to give the Trojans the win.


OREGON STATE: Soph QB Derek Anderson has been sensational in his first four starts for the Beavers. He is completing 62.6% of his passes for an average of 300.2 yards per game with, get this, 15 TDs and just one interception. He currently ranks second in the country in passing efficiency. Anderson's 15 TD passes have gone to eight different receivers. . . . OSU is off to a hot start at 4-0. The Beavers have opened a season 5-0 only four times in history, with the most recent being the 1939 season. . . . OSU is second in the country (behind Marshall) in total offense. Beavs are averaging 499.8 yards per game. OSU is allowing just 257.8 yards per game, thus have a 242 yards per game advantage over opponents. . . . In a similar look at numbers, OSU is third in the country in passing efficiency (178.8) and second in pass efficiency defense (69.3). . . . Beavs are outscoring opponents 117-29 in the first half. . . . TB Steven Jackson is leading the Conference in rushing at 134.0 yards per game. He averaged 9.1 yards per carry vs. Fresno State last week in rushing for 227 yards and two TDs, one from 75 yards out. . . . OSU's 11 interceptions tops the season total of nine picks a year ago. . . . OSU was guilty of four turnovers vs. Fresno after having only three turnovers total in first three games.

USC: QB Carson Palmer last week passed Rob Johnson to become USC's career leader in completions (681) and passing yards (8,608). . . . WR Kareem Kelly has moved past Keyshawn Johnson into second place on SC's career receiving list with 171 catches. He trails only Johnny Morton's 201 (1990-93). He has receptions in 38 straight games to set the USC record and is chasing the Pac-10 mark of 42 straight (Dennis Northcutt, Arizona, 1996-99). . . . Trojans lead the nation in pass defense, allowing just 108 yards per game, and rank third nationally in total defense at 229.7 yards per game. . . . SC defense has allowed just one fourth-quarter TD in first three games. . . . Opponents have converted just 6-of-37 third-down attempts, a miserly 16.2%. . . . SC is outscoring opponents 41-11 in the fourth quarter. . . . O-line has allowed only three QB sacks in three games.





Longest overall winning streak - 9 games - Oregon

Longest Conference-game winning streak - 5 games - USC

Longest home winning streak - 16 games - Washington

Longest road winning streak - 5 games - Oregon

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 currently stands at 26-8 (.765) against non-conference foes, including a 21-8 (.724) against Division I-A opponents. Of the eight losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, five were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. As a result of the good non-conference showing, no Pac-10 teams has a losing record as we begin Conference play this week.

"I've said all along that this is the best conference, top-to-bottom, in the country, and I think we are proving that this year," said Oregon coach Mike Bellotti. "It's so tough, it's scary."


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