Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A quick look at this week's Pac-10 games
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lining up this week's action.
No. 6 California (3-0) at Oregon (2-1)
Cal won 26-16 last year. ... The Bears lead the all-time series 39-30-2. ... California owns the Pac-10's longest winning streak at six games. ... Oregon owns the longest winning streak in conference games at three games. ... Cal has won three in a row in the series. ... The Ducks have faced three ranked teams in their first four games. ... Bears running back Jahvid Best scored five rushing TDs against Minnesota, tying the Pac-10's single-game record, and he has seven consecutive games with at least 100 yards rushing. ... The Ducks ended Utah's 16-game winning streak on Saturday. The Utes entered the game averaging 509 yards per game, but the Ducks held them to 297 total yards. ... Cal QB Kevin Riley has throw five TD passes with no interceptions. ... Oregon CB Walter Thurmond has scored TDs this year on a punt return and interception return. ... Cal ranks second in the Pac-10 in run defense (63.3 yards per game). ... Oregon ranks last in the Pac-10 in passing and total offense.
Arizona State (2-0) at Georgia (2-1)
Georgia leads the series 1-0, winning last year at Arizona State 27-10. ... Georgia outgained the Sun Devils 461 yards to 212 last year. ... The Bulldogs had to replace quarterback Matthew Stafford and running back Knowshon Moreno, who both were first-round NFL draft picks in the spring, with Stafford going No. 1 overall. ... Arizona State has given up just two touchdowns and 17 points in its first two games. ... The Bulldogs had just 257 total yards in their opening loss at Oklahoma State. They had 530 yards Saturday in their win over Arkansas. ... The Sun Devils haven't lost a turnover this season, while picking off six passes.
Arizona (2-1) at Oregon State (2-1)
Oregon State won 19-17 last year. ... The Wildcats lead the all-time series 20-11-1. ... In last year's game, Oregon State kicker Justin Kahut made a 24-yard field goal as time expired to earn the Beavers the road win. ... Quarterback Sean Canfield made his second-consecutive start for the injured Lyle Moevao in that game. Canfield will start against the Wildcats Saturday. ... Arizona announced that Nick Foles will start at quarterback. Matt Scott started the first three games. ... The Wildcats also announced that tight end Rob Gronkowski will have back surgery this week and is out for the season. ... Beavers junior receiver James Rodgers has become just the second player in program history to combine more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving. ... Wildcats running back Nic Grigsby is sixth in the nation and second in the Pac-10 with 133.33 yards rushing per game. ... Oregon State has lost only one turnover in three games.
No. 24 Washington (2-1, 1-0)) at Stanford (2-1, 1-0)
Stanford won 35-28 last year. ... Washington leads the all-time series 40-35-4. ... Washington's defense didn't allow USC to convert on 10 third-down opportunities in Saturday's 16-13 Huskies upset win. ... Stanford''s sophomore defensive end Tom Keiser had three sacks against San Jose State and he's tied for first in the conference with four sacks and ranks first with six tackles for a loss. ... Huskies quarterback Jake Locker has the most pass attempts in the conference this year -- 105 [Edit note: This total was changed from 63, the number of completions Locker has] -- but he has only thrown one interception. His five TD passes is tied for No. 1 in the conference. ... Locker suffered a season-ending thumb injury while trying to throw a block in last year's game at Husky Stadium. ... Stanford has scored first in every game this year. ... The Huskies are third in the nation in third-down conversion percentage (60.42 percent). ... Stanford's Chris Owusu ranks No. 1 in the nation in kickoff returns. He's averaging 52.8 yards per return and has taken two back for touchdowns, which no one else in the nation has done.
Washington State (1-2, 0-1) at No. 12 USC (2-1, 0-1)
USC won 69-0 last year. ... USC leads the series 56-8-4. ... In last year's game, the Trojans outgained the Cougars 625 yards to 116. The Cougars only had four first downs vs. 28 for USC. ... USC free safety Taylor Mays sat out of the Washington game, ending a string of 40 consecutive starts. It was the first game he's missed in his entire USC career. He is expected to play Saturday. ... Washington State overcame a 17-0 deficit to beat SMU 30-27 in overtime last weekend. ... The Trojans rank first in the conference in run defense, with opponents averaging just 1.6 yards per rush. The Trojans also haven't yielded a TD pass. ... Washington State is ranked last in the Pac-10 in scoring offense and defense, rushing offense and defense, pass defense and total defense. ... Cougars punter Reid Forrest leads the Pac-10 in punting with a 45.5-yard average.
UCLA is off. It plays at Stanford on Oct. 3.