This Week in Pac-10 Football (10/2/00)

Oct. 2, 2000


STANFORD (2-2) at NOTRE DAME (2-2) - 1:30 EST/11:30 PDT - NBC - The Series: Stanford and Notre Dame have met 14 times with the Irish leading the series 9-5. In seven games at Notre Dame Stadium, ND leads 5-2 with two straight wins. The last Cardinal victory in South Bend came in 1992 (33-16). The first meeting between Stanford and Notre Dame came at the Rose Bowl. In one of the more fabled games in Rose Bowl history, the 1925 classic saw Knute Rockne and Notre Dame's 'Four Horsemen' defeat Pop Warner's Stanford team led by Ernie Nevers (27-10). . . . Last Year: Stanford and Notre Dame finished up the regular season at Palo Alto with the Irish, at 5-6, looking to avoid their first losing season since 1986. It was not to be as Rose Bowl-bound Stanford pulled out a 40-37 shootout that featured late heroics by both sides. With 1:32 to go in the game, Notre Dame scored a touchdown and added a two-point conversion to tie the game at 37-37. But Stanford calmly marched down the field and won it when PK Mike Biselli kicked his career-best fourth field goal of the game, the game-winner coming from 22 yards out as time expired. 'I've been dreaming about kicking the game winner against Notre Dame since I started kicking,' said Biselli. The game featured Stanford's aerial attack vs. Notre Dame's power running game as the Cardinal passed for 385 yards and the Irish rushed for 241. TB Tony Fisher was the workhorse for ND in rushing for 107 yards and two touchdowns and adding a third TD on a pass reception.

BOISE STATE (3-1) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-2) - 2:00 PDT - The Series: Washington State and Boise State have met just twice with the Cougars taking both games. WSU won 58-0 at Pullman in 1997 and 33-21 at Boise in 1998. . . . Last Meeting: Washington State and Boise State met at Boise early in the 1998 season with the Cougars taking a hard-fought 33-21 victory.

CALIFORNIA (1-3) at ARIZONA STATE (3-1) - 3:30 MST/PDT - FOX Sports Net - The Series: Arizona State and California have met 21 times with the Sun Devils holding a 12-9 series edge. The Devils have had the best of it of late in winning six of the last eight. In 12 previous games at Tempe, ASU leads 8-4 including the last four in a row. The Golden Bears last win at Tempe came in 1990 (31-24). Arizona State head coach Bruce Snyder was head coach at California for five years (1987-91) before taking over the helm at Tempe. . . . Last Year: California and Arizona State opened Conference play at Berkeley with the Golden Bears, behind freshman QB Kyle Boller, pulling out a 24-23 come-from-behind win. Boller, making his first collegiate start, threw two touchdown passes and led the Bears on two fourth-quarter scoring drives to key the victory. ASU QB Ryan Kealy connected on two TD passes to WR Richard Williams to stake the Sun Devils to the early lead and ASU won the stat battle in outgaining Cal 475-263.

OREGON STATE (4-0) at WASHINGTON (3-1) - 7:00 PDT - FOX Sports Net - The Series: Washington-Oregon State is an old Pacific Northwest rivalry that dates back to 1897. The teams have met 84 times with the Huskies holding a 54-26-4 series advantage. It has been all UW in recent years as the Huskies have won 12 straight and 22 of the last 23. Washington has won the last five games played at Seattle. The Beavers' last win in the series was a 21-20 upset at Seattle in 1985. . . . Last Year: Washington and Oregon State met at Corvallis and the Huskies used a punishing ground game and took advantage of seven Beaver turnovers in romping to a 47-21 win. UW scored in about every way imaginable--rushing, passing, running back interceptions for TDs, a safety, a 50-yard field goal. The Huskies led 45-0 at halftime with the Beavers getting three second-half TDs to post the final margin. Washington ground out 254 yards rushing and controlled the clock for 41:17 of the game. Despite the score, OSU actually outgained UW 434-347 thanks primarily to 333 yards passing. TB Willie Hurst led the Husky rushing attack with 17 carries for 108 yards (6.4) and two TDs. OSU TB Ken Simonton extended his streak of 100-yard rushing days to six by going for 106 yards and two scores. The UW defense forced seven turnovers, including five interceptions, two of which were returned for TDs.

ARIZONA (3-1) at USC (3-1) - 12:30 PDT/MST - ABC - The Series: USC and Arizona have met 24 times with the Trojans holding a commanding 19-5 series lead. SC has won the last three games played at Los Angeles with Arizona's last win at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum coming in 1990 (36-25). . . . Last Year: Arizona and USC met on a warm day at Tucson with with the Wildcats dominating the Trojans in the stats if not on the scoreboard in a 31-24 home win. Arizona piled up 550 yards total offense, 307 rushing and 243 passing. And while USC behind QB Mike Van Raaphorst passed for 291 yards, the UA defense limited the Trojans to minus-20 yards rushing, in no small part due to seven QB sacks for minus-49 yards. SC P Mike MacGillivray had a notable day averaged 50.6 yards on eight punts with five of the eight traveling more than 50 yards, including a long of 66 yards.