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Cardinal edge USC to stay atop Pac-10


Associated Press
Arizona Daily Wildcat

Stanford quarterback Todd Husak releases the ball during Saturday afternoon's 35-31 Cardinal victory over USC in Los Angeles. Stanford currently sits at 5-0 in the conference and is just two conference wins away from winning the Pac-10 title.

By Brian Wahlund
Arizona Daily Wildcat, November 26, 1999 Talk about this story

Stanford maintained their position atop the Pacific 10 Conference, despite their league-worst defense, with a 35-31 win over USC.

The win propelled the Cardinals to a No. 25 ranking in the AP poll, making them the only Pac-10 team currently ranked.

USC and Stanford combined for 1,043 yards of total offense, with both quarterbacks having career games. Stanford's Todd Husak, who was 20 of 32 passing, threw for two touchdowns and ran for one, while Trojan quarterback Mike Van Raaphorst completed 21 of 51 passes for three touchdowns and a school-record 315 yards.

Oregon State gave UCLA its worst defeat in 69 years and got their first Pac-10 win of the season in a 55-7 trouncing.

The win moved the Beavers, who have not had a winning season in 28 years, to 1-3 in the Pac-10 and 4-3 overall. After going to the Rose Bowl last year, the Bruins (3-5, 1-3 Pac-10) are now in last place of the conference.

UCLA redshirt freshman quarterback Cory Paus threw for only 95 yards on 7 of 15 passes. UCLA receiver Danny Farmer, a preseason All-American candidate, didn't catch a ball in his first game back from a groin injury.

The Bruins' offense has been almost non-existent as of late. In their last two games, the Bruins had just 168 and 210 total yards, respectively.

The Beavers jumped all over the Bruins from the start of the game, outgaining UCLA 166 to 10 total yards in the first quarter.

OSU tailback Ken Simonton, the Pac-10's leading rusher, left the game in the second quarter with a rib injury. He's only 58 yards away from a 1,000-yard rushing season.

Beaver quarterback Jonathan Smith had a career game, running for a touchdown and passing for three more.

The Arizona State defense, after holding Washington to seven points last week, didn't allow a point in the final 30 minutes of the game against Washington State en route to a 33-21 win.

The win marks ASU's second straight and moves their record to 4-3 overall and 3-1 in the Pac-10.

J.R. Redmond ran for three touchdowns and 165 yards, 102 of which came in the second half. Ryan Kealy played perhaps his best game of the season, completing 20 of 34 passes for 203 yards.

The ASU defense also held the Cougars to 32 yards in total offense in the second half while shutting them out.

ASU linebacker Adam Archuleta led the Sun Devil defense with 13 tackles including three for a loss during the 33-21 victory over Washington State, earning him the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week award. Oregon running-back Reuben Droughns rushed for 202 yards on 45 carries, the top running performance in the Pac-10 this season, to earn the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Week honors. Oregon also had the special teams Pac-10 Player of the Week in Michael Fletcher as he returned five punts for 81 yards and gained 147 yards in kickoff returns.

Washington bounced back from a 28-7 loss to ASU last week to beat the California Golden Bears 31-27 and remain in the hunt for the Pac-10 title.

The Huskies (4-3, 3-1 Pac-10) scored the winning touchdown with 50 seconds left in the game when Maurice Shaw ran in the go-ahead score.

The Golden Bears haven't had much luck against Washington as of late; they've lost 17 consecutive games against the Huskies and this loss drops Cal to 2-2 in the conference.

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