Monday, October 28, 2013
Quick look at Week 10 in the Pac-12
By Ted Miller
Here's a quick look at Week 10 in the conference. All times are ET.
Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3) 10:30 p.m. ESPN: Arizona State leads the series 25-13-2 and the Sun Devils have won eight of the last nine, including a 46-7 win over the Cougars last year. The Cougars did upset the Sun Devils 37-27 in 2011. The Sun Devils have FBS's No. 1 and No. 2 scorers in RB Marion Grice at No. 1 and PK Zane Gonzalez at No. 2. Since 1999, ASU is 17-5 in games not played on a Saturday (Bowl Games exluded). That number includes an impressive 9-2 record in games played on Thursday evenings. This will be the fifth such game under Todd Graham’s tenure, with ASU going 3-1 thus far in Thursday night contests, including a win earlier this season over Sacramento State. The Cougars are in search of their third league victory. The last time the Cougars won three Pac-12 games in a season came during the 2007 season when they finished 3-6 in league play. WSU Junior QB Connor Halliday is on pace to establish school single-season records in pass attempts and completions. Through eight games, Halliday has 428 attempts with 273 completions. The school marks are 503 (Alex Brink, 2007) and 305 (Brink, 2007). With 2,798 passing yards this year, he needs 14 yards to move into the school’s single-season top 10 list.
USC (5-3, 2-2) at Oregon State (6-2, 4-1) 9 p.m. ESPN2: USC leads the series 59-11-4, but the Beavers have won three of the last five meetings, including the last three meetings in Corvallis. They haven't played since 2010, a 36-7 Beavers victory in Corvallis. USC beat Utah 19-3 over the weekend with only 58 healthy scholarship players. In that game the Trojans piled up six sacks. Oregon State yielded eight sacks in its loss to Stanford. USC leads the Pac-12 in total defense and is second in rush defense and scoring defense (it is in the national Top 20 in each category, as well as in sacks and tackles for loss). Oregon State QB Sean Mannion leads the nation in passing yards and TD passes. He threw for 350-plus yards in 7 consecutive games before Stanford slowed him and he recently set school records for game passing yardage (493 at Washington State) and TDs (6 against Colorado). WR Brandin Cooks tops the nation in receiving yards, receptions and receiving TDs and he is third in scoring and fourth in all-purpose running. His 21 career TD catches ties the school record. He has already moved himself up to 26th on the Pac-12 single-season receiving yardage list with 1,256 yards. He’s sixth on the Oregon State list, just 51 yards from moving up to third on the school list. Cooks leads the FBS with 10.6 receptions per game and 157.0 yards per game
Arizona (5-2, 2-2) at California (1-7, 0-5) 3:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network: The series is tied 14-14-2, and they have split their last four meetings. This is the Bears and Wildcats first meeting since a 10-9 Arizona win in 2010. Wildcats junior RB Ka’Deem Carey is 80 yards shy of reaching 1,000 for the season. When he reaches that mark, he’ll become the third running back in school history to post multiple seasons with 1,000 yards rushing. He’ll join Art Luppino (1954, 55) and Trung Canidate (1998, 1999). Carey has an FBS-leading active streak of 10 consecutive games with 100 or more rushing yards, which ties Canidate’s school record set during the 1999 season. Carey has 39 career rushing TDs, second on the school’s all-time list and tied for 14th all time in the Pac-12. Cal freshman QB Jared Goff, who it appears will retain his starting job, has thrown for 300 or more yards in five games, while also attempting 50 or more passes in five games as well. He has connected 112 times with sophomore WRs Chris Harper (58 receptions) and Bryce Treggs (54 receptions) for 1,387 yards. Both should finish the season among the school’s top 10 list for single-season receptions. Ninth and 10th on Cal’s single-season list are notable alums Keenan Allen (61 rec., 2012) and DeSean Jackson (59 rec., 2006).
Colorado (3-4, 0-4) at No. 20 UCLA (5-2, 2-2) 7:30 Fox Sports 1: UCLA leads the series 6-2, including victories the past two seasons in Pac-12 play. The Buffaloes two wins came in 2002 and 2003. The Bruins blocked an Oregon punt that set up an early score in their game with the Ducks. It was the 11th blocked kick in 21 games under coach Jim Mora. The Bruins have played 32 freshmen (17 true/15 redshirt) this season. They played 26 freshmen (12 true/14 redshirt) last season. UCLA started three true freshman on the offensive line at Oregon: Alex Redmond at right guard, Caleb Benenoch at right tackle and Scott Quessenberry at left guard. Colorado's junior WR Paul Richardson now has 50 catches for 914 yards, 18.3 yards per reception, with seven TDs. He’s inching closer to all the school season marks: 78 receptions (D.J. Hackett, 2003), 1,149 yards (Charles E. Johnson, 1992) and 11 TDs (Derek McCoy, 2003). His 75-yard TD reception was the sixth play of 50 yards or longer this season, tying the modern day record for most plays 50 yards or longer in a year (and it was the 12th of his career). It was his fifth 100- yard game of the season, giving him eight for his career (records are six and 12, respectively); the latter is fourth all time at CU. His seven TD catches this year have covered 405 yards (57.9 per), and his 18 career have spanned 776 yards (43.1).