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October 3, 2007

Pac-Tending 10-03-07


"He had a four-minute, big-time nightmare."

- Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley, speaking of the turnover-plagued minutes that Gerard Lawson had in last week's game against UCLA.



The leaves are turning at the Creek as the midway point of the fall sports season is approaching and the conference finds themselves with sixteen teams in the national polls this wee - six in volleyball and five apiece in women's soccer and football.

Meanwhile, at NCAA HQ, the NCAA has plans to give high budget priority status to avoiding first and second-round conference match-ups in the women's soccer championship, expanding the women's rowing post-season championship brackets and changing the men's golf championship format.

Also, in November, the NCAA will review the proposed baseball financial aid legislation that was scheduled to go into effect in August 2008.





Arizona State

In football, the Sun Devils defeated Stanford, 41-3, to remain undefeated at 5-0 and 2-0 in conference play. Freshman kicker Thomas Weber was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.



Washington

In football, the Huskies lost to USC, 27-24, to fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Safety Jason Wells will be out long-term with an injury and offensive lineman Ryan Bush has left the team.



WSU

In football, the Cougars lost to Arizona, 48-20, to fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Safety Alfonso Jackson [stinger/concussion] and linebacker Kendrick Dunn [hammy] are out this week.

In men's hoop, WSU received a verbal commitment from Klay Thompson.

In women's hoop, the Cougars received a verbal commitment from guard Danielle LeNoir.

In soccer, Wazzu defeated UC-Santa Barbara, 3-0, and tied Idaho State, 1-1, to move to 6-1-2 overall on the year.

In volleyball, the Cougars lost to rival Washington to fall to 9-8 overall and 0-3 in conference play.



Oregon

In football, the Ducks lost to California, 31-24, to drop to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Linebacker A.J. Tuitele is out six-to-eight weeks with a broken foot.



UCLA

In football, the Bruins defeated Oregon State, 40-14, to improve to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play. Defensive back Trey Brown was named as the conference's defensive player of the week.



USC

In football, the Trojans beat Washington, 27-24, to remain undefeated at 4-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Offensive linemen Chilo Rachal and Kris O'Dowd will miss this week's game against Stanford with injuries. Freshman linebacker Chris Galippo is out for the season with a back injury.



Arizona

In football, the Wildcats defeated WSU, 48-20, to improve to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in conference play. Safety Dominic Patrick is out two weeks with a knee injury.



Oregon State

In football, the Beavers lost to UCLA, 40-14, to fall to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.



Stanford

In football, the Cardinal lost to Arizona State, 41-3, to fall to 1-3 overall and 0-3 in conference play. Tavita Pritchard will start in place of T.C. Ostrander this weekend after Ostrander suffered a seizure and collapsed. Offensive lineman Allen Smith is out for the year with a knee injury.

Junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo was named as the conference's player of the week.



California

In football, the Bears beat Oregon, 31-24, to remain undefeated at 5-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Receiver DeSean Jackson was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.

Freshman forward Alex Morgan was named as the conference's player of the week in women's soccer.





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