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Pac-10 Football: Monday Morning One-Liners

EUGENE, OR - OCTOBER 2: Running back LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks breaks into the open as safeties Delano Howartd #26 and Austin Yancey #23 of the Stanford Cardinal close during the third quarter of the game at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon. James ran for 257 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Ducks won 52-31. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Sean MartinCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2010

Sometimes a bye week can help you in more than one way. Arizona jumped up to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 poll.

Arizona State currently ranks 111th in red-zone efficiency this year. Steven Threet’s interceptions certainly aren’t helping.

On September 17th, California was smacked by a pistol-wielding Nevada squad 52-31. The Golden Bears have had an extra week of preparation to take on UCLA, who has mimicked the Wolf Pack of Nevada by using the pistol offense to average over 262 rushing yards per game, good for 10th in the nation.

Despite missing the entire game this past weekend, UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince will remain the Bruins’ starter. Backup quarterback Richard Brehaut played fairly well, gaining a total of 136 yards with a rushing score and zero turnovers.

For his dominant play against Stanford on Saturday, Oregon running back LaMichael James was named the National Player of the Week by two organizations.

Oregon State won its Pac-10 season opener against Arizona State on Saturday, highlighted by the play of Jacquizz Rodgers.

In what has been a relatively quiet loss, Southern California dropped a second straight game to Washington. (Did anyone else hear one of the three announcers mention that USC no longer is playing for a national title? I thought that was a given since they were banned from postseason play...)

Stanford looked great early against Oregon at Autzen Stadium but failed to record a second-half point against the Ducks.

Washington really got to Lane Kiffin in its victory over USC. (I was so happy when that ball went through the uprights after Kiffin tried icing Husky kicker Erik Folk twice.)

Washington State entered the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game against UCLA tied at 28. The Cougars then let up 14 points to the Bruins and lost 42-28.

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