Pac-10 Weekly Release

Four Conference games on the docket this week as we enter the home stretch of the regular season. Pac-10 action finds ARIZONA STATE at USC (TBS), WASHINGTON at OREGON (ABC), OREGON STATE at STANFORD and ARIZONA at CALIFORNIA. WASHINGTON STATE and UCLA have open dates before taking on traditional rivals.

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. PST/11:00 a.m. 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 (PST)
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. PST/12:30 p.m. MST (2:30 p.m. EST) 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.


WASHINGTON (5-5) at OREGON (7-3) - 12:30 PST - ABC regional telecast- The Series: 95th meeting in the old series between Washington and Oregon. The teams have been playing since 1900 with the Huskies leading the series 56-33-5. The Ducks, however, have won three of the last four and five of the last seven. Oregon also has won three of the last four at Eugene. The games have been close recently with four of the last six being decided by seven or fewer points. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon and Washington met at noisy Autzen Stadium in 2000 in a battle of Top 20 teams. The Ducks worked their way to a 23-3 lead and held off a fourth-quarter UW rally to prevail 23-16 over the No. 6-ranked Dawgs. Oregon did most of its damage on the ground, rushing 52 times for 229 yards.

OREGON STATE (6-4) at STANFORD (2-7) - 2:00 PST - The Series: Stanford and Oregon State have met 68 times dating to 1919 with the Cardinal leading the series 46-19-3. The teams have split the last six games overall. Stanford has won five of the last six played at Palo Alto. . . . Last Meeting: Oregon State and Stanford met at Corvallis in 2000 with the Beavers earning a 38-6 win. OSU QB Jonathan Smith led the way by passing for 324 yards, including touchdown pass plays covering 97 and 76 yards.

PAC-10 BOWL ARRANGEMENTS: The Pac-10 has contractual agreements with six post-season bowl games. Following are the Pac-10 bowl partners:

Rose Champion Big 10 Champion Wed., Jan. 1 Pasadena ABC
Pacific Life Holiday Pac-10 #2 Big 12 Fri., Dec. 27 San Diego ESPN
Wells Fargo Sun Pac-10 #3 Big Ten Tue., Dec. 31 El Paso CBS
Insight Pac-10 #4 Big East Thu., Dec. 26 Phoenix ESPN
Sega Las Vegas Pac-10 #5 Mountain West Wed., Dec. 25 Las Vegas ESPN
Silicon Valley Pac-10 #6 WAC Tue., Dec. 31 San Jose ESPN

ROSE BOWL SELECTION PROCEDURES: Rose Bowl selection procedures and tie-breakers can be found in the football section of the Pac-10 website ( or on page 171 of the Pac-10 football guide. Note that if a Pac-10 (or Big Ten) team finishes the season ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the final BCS rankings it will play in the National Championship Game at the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. In that case, the Rose Bowl will fill that slot from the eligible teams in the BCS pool. The Rose Bowl could select another Pac-10 team to replace the departed team, but is not obligated to do so.

OTHER BOWL SELECTION PROCEDURES: Contractual arrangements with the Pac-10's bowl partners after the Rose Bowl call for the bowls to receive teams in the order of their finish in the final Pac-10 Conference standings. Where there is a tie in the standings, the bowl may select from among the tied teams.


CURRENT STREAKS: Longest overall winning streak - 7 games - Washington State Longest Conference-game winning streak - 6 games - Washington State Longest home winning streak - 7 games - USC and Washington State Longest road winning streak - 3 games - Washington State

OUT OF OUR LEAGUE: The Pac-10 stands at 29-10 (.744) against non-conference foes, including a 24-10 (.706) against Division I-A opponents. Of the 10 losses Pac-10 teams have suffered, six were on the road to teams that were ranked in the Top 25. The 29 non-conference wins is the most since the league went 29-7 in 1988. Only one regular-season non-conference game remains--the Notre Dame at USC traditional at Los Angeles on Nov. 30.

THE WINNERS: Teams with the best records over the last two seasons (2001-02):

21-0 Miami
20-3 Texas
19-3 Washington State
19-3 Oklahoma

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?: In 30 Conference games to date, the home team holds a slim 17-13 advantage.

OREGON STATE: CB Dennis Weathersby (along with USC SS Troy Polamalu) was named one of 14 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation's top defensive back. . . . Game at Stanford this week is coach Dennis Erickson's 200th game as a college head coach. He sports a career mark of 142-56-1 (.716) and is the ninth-winningest active head coach. . . . Beavers continue to lead the Pac-10 in scoring defense (18.4), total defense (291.9), rushing defense (87.0) and pass efficiency defense (95.0 rating). . . . Last week, Washington was the first team to score a first-quarter TD against the Beavers this season. Beavs still hold 99-36 first-quarter advantage against opponents. . . . DE Bill Swancutt has at least one tackle for loss in every game. He totals 17 for the season. . . . With 19 TD passes this season, QB Derek Anderson is just one shy of the OSU season record of 20 set by Jonathan Smith (2000).

STANFORD: Freshman Kyle Matter started his third consecutive game last week. He completed his first 15 passes against USC, just two shy of the Pac-10 record for consecutive passes completed in a game (17, Rick Neuheisel, UCLA vs. Washington, 1983). Including the week before against Oregon, Matter completed 21 straight passes, again just two shy of the Pac-10 season record of 23 (Rob Johnson, USC, 1994). . . . Matter has started as QB Chris Lewis has missed last three games with an injured shoulder. . . . Ryan Wells is just 95 yards short of the school record for career kick return yardage of 1,950 (Damon Dunn (1994-96). . . . SS Oshiomogho Atogwe leads the team in interceptions (3) and forced fumbles (3) and ranks second in tackles (54).

LIGHT UP THE SCOREBOARDS: The five winners in Pac-10 play last week put up 55, 49, 41, 37 and 32 points, an average of 42.8 points.

SACKERS: Arizona State DE Terrell Suggs led the nation in QB sacks in NCAA stats realeased last week. No surprise there, but the Pac-10 had three of the top four as Washington State DT Rien Long ranked No. 3 and UCLA DE Dave Ball was No. 4. Suggs also leads the country in tackles for loss.

THE PASSERS: Just another week for Pac-10 quarterbacks in games last last week. California QB Kyle Boller threw five TD passes to four different receivers in Cal's win at Arizona State. Not to be outgunned, ASU QB Andrew Walter threw for 477 yards and four scores. It marked Walter's fourth 400-yard passing day this season. Also around the league, Washington State QB Jason Gesser and USC QB Carson Palmer each had four touchdown passes in victories, and Stanford freshman QB Kyle Matter completed his first 15 passes in a losing cause against the Trojans. He fell just two completions short of the Pac-10 record for most consecutive passes completed in a game held by no other than Rick Neuheisel, who hit 17 straight for UCLA against Washington in 1983. . . . There have been a total of 31 300-yard passing days in the Pac-10 this season, including 11 400-yard days and one 500-yard performance. . . . Walter, Washington Cody Pickett and Arizona's Jason Johnson all took over as their school's single-season passing leaders this year. . . . It's vintage stuff as three current Pac-10 QBs--Gesser, Palmer and Boller--have all moved into the top 10 on the Pac-10 career TD passes list.

THE RECEIVERS: Three impressive streaks are in progress as a trio of Pac-10 receivers have long runs of consecutive games catching a pass going. Keenan Howry of Oregon is the current national leader with a Pac-10 record 44 straight games and Kareem Kelly of USC is right behind with 43. Here is the updated list:

45 Keenan Howry, Oregon - Pac-10 record
44 Kareem Kelly, USC
41 Bobby Wade, Arizona


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