2009 Pacific-10 Conference football season
|League||NCAA Division I FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision)|
|Duration||September 3, 2009
through January 1, 2010
|Number of teams||10|
Oregon State Beavers
|2009 Pacific-10 football standings|
|#11 Oregon †||8||–||1||10||–||3|
|† – BCS representative as champion
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2009 Pacific-10 Conference football season started on Thursday, September 3, 2009. Oregon won the Pac-10 title, which had been held by USC for the past seven years. Seven conference teams were invited to participate in post season bowl games, with only UCLA and USC winning their bowl games.
- 1 Previous season
- 2 Preseason
- 3 Rankings
- 4 Highlights
- 5 Notes
- 6 Players-of-the-week
- 7 Pac-10 vs. BCS matchups
- 8 Bowl games
- 9 Head coaches
- 10 Awards and honors
- 11 2010 NFL Draft
- 12 References
During the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season, all five Pac-10 teams won their bowl games:
- Rose Bowl - USC 38, Penn State 24
- Holiday Bowl - Oregon 42, Oklahoma State 31
- Sun Bowl - Oregon State 3, Pittsburgh 0
- Emerald Bowl - California 24, Miami 17
- Las Vegas Bowl - Arizona 31, BYU 21
Pre-season poll voted on by the media during the Pacific-10 Football Media Day, with the number of first-place votes shown in parentheses:
- USC (28)
- California (3)
- Oregon (1)
- Oregon State
- Arizona State
- Washington State
- September 3, 2009 – In the first game of the season for both teams, #14 Oregon was upset by #16 Boise State, 19-8.
- September 12, 2009 – UCLA defeated Tennessee, 19-15, before a crowd of 102,239 at Neyland Stadium. A last-minute Volunteers drive was stopped by the Bruins at the goal line.
- September 12, 2009 – With 1:05 left, USC's Stafon Johnson scored on a 2-yard run for a touchdown to give the Trojans a 18-15 win over Ohio State in front of a record 106,033 fans in Columbus.
- September 19, 2009 – The unranked Washington upset #3 ranked USC 16-13 in Seattle after Erik Folk scored the winning field goal. The Huskies would be ranked 25th the following day.
- September 26, 2009 – Oregon pulled an upset of #6 ranked California, 42-3 at Autzen Stadium.
- October 3, 2009 – Stanford ended UCLA's unbeaten record, winning 24-18 at Stanford; California lost their second conference game, 30-3 to USC; Oregon won their fourth in a row with a 52-6 victory over Washington State. Oregon State beat Arizona State 28-17 at Sun Devil Stadium. It was Oregon State's first win over Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium in 40 years.
- October 10, 2009 – Oregon won its fifth consecutive game, 24-10 over UCLA; Stanford lost its first conference game, 38-28 to Oregon State at Reser Stadium, Corvallis.
- October 17, 2009 – California won its first conference game against UCLA, the first win for the Bears in Southern California during Jeff Tedford's tenure as head coach. Cal had previously been 0-7 on the road against USC and UCLA.
- October 17, 2009 – USC held off Notre Dame for their eighth consecutive win over the Fighting Irish, 34-27.
- October 24, 2009 – The week's Pac-10 game of the week featured Oregon State against USC. The Beavers had the longest road winning streak at five games and had beaten the Trojans twice in their previous three meetings. USC had won 46 of the last 47 home games, not allowing more than 10 points at the Coliseum since mid-2007, and had surrendered a total of 38 points during the last ten home games. The Trojans managed to hold off the Beavers and win 42-36.
- October 31, 2009 – The Halloween match-up between USC (BCS No. 5) and Oregon (BCS No. 10) could determine the conference champion. USC had lost three in a row in the state of Oregon prior to the game. ESPN's College Gameday broadcast from Eugene. The Ducks won, 47-20, to stay on top of the conference standings. The defeat was the worst in the Pete Carroll era, giving up the most points and by the largest margin.
- October 31, 2009 – With 21 seconds left in the game, Giorgio Tavecchio kicked a 24-yard field goal to give California a comeback victory over Arizona State, 23-21.
- October 31, 2009 – Behind 19-3 in the fourth quarter, UCLA rallied back with two passing touchdowns and two two-point conversions to tie the game against Oregon State. James Rodgers scored for the Beavers in less than two minutes to pull out a win at home, 26-19.
- November 7, 2009 - #7 Oregon's undefeated conference season came to an end at Stanford, being upset 51-42. Stanford became bowl-eligible for the first time since 2001 and earned a Top 25 ranking at #25. Running back Toby Gerhart ran for a school record 223 yards. Both teams have five victories in the Pac-10 championship race.
- November 7, 2009 - Oregon State upsets #23 California, with the Bears' last home victory against the Beavers being in 1997.
- November 14, 2009 - With the conference wide open, Toby Gerhart and the #25 Stanford Cardinal pulled their second upset in a row with a 55-21 road victory over #11 USC, the most points ever surrendered by the Trojans. USC has lost three of five at home to Stanford during the last ten years (2001, 2007, and 2009).
- November 14, 2009 - Oregon State defeated Washington, 48-21, to stay in the hunt for the conference championship.
- November 14, 2009 - California hung on to upset #18 Arizona 24-16 in the Golden Bears' final home season game.
- November 14, 2009 - With UCLA's 43-7 win over Washington State and Oregon's 44-21 win over Arizona State, four teams scored over 40 points.
- November 21, 2009 - #11 Oregon at Arizona was the game-of-the-week, with both teams playing for a trip to the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day. Arizona has never been to the Rose Bowl while Oregon has not been there since the 1994 season. In double overtime, Oregon came back to win the game 44-41.
- November 21, 2009 - #25 California upsets #17 Stanford in the 112th Big Game 34-28 to retain possession of the Stanford Axe, ending the Cardinal's Rose Bowl hopes. Stanford had scored 106 points in its past two games in victories over Oregon and USC.
- November 21, 2009 - #19 Oregon State defeats Washington State 42-10 to set up a head to head matchup against Oregon in the Civil War to decide the conference champion.
- November 28, 2009 - Rivalry Week: UCLA vs. USC, WSU vs. Washington, ASU vs. Arizona. The winners were Arizona 20-17, Washington 30-0, and USC 28-7.
- November 28, 2009 - Stanford rallied to defeat Notre Dame for the first time since 2001, 45-38.
- December 3, 2009 - Oregon defeats Oregon State 37-33 in the Civil War to claim the conference championship and earn a spot in the 2010 Rose Bowl against Ohio State, Oregon's first trip since the 1995 Rose Bowl.
- December 5, 2009 - With Arizona defeating #20 USC 21-17, Arizona State became the only school in the Pac-10 that has not beaten the Trojans at least once during the Pete Carroll era.
- December 5, 2009 - Washington upsets #19 California 42-10, becoming the eleventh FBS team since 1946 to follow a winless 2008 season with five victories.
- December 12, 2009 – Army fell short of bowl eligibility by losing 17-3 in the Army-Navy game to allow UCLA to go to the EagleBank Bowl, scheduled for December 29, 2009.
- September 3 - Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount was suspended by the university for the season after he punched Boise State defensive end Byron Hout in the chin after Hout had taunted him in front of Boise State head coach Chris Petersen at the end of their season opening game. Blount was reinstated on November 9, 2009 with the approval of the conference.
- The Pac-10 will use football stars in a new promotion: California's Aaron Rodgers; Oregon's Joey Harrington; Oregon State's Mike Riley (coach); Southern California's Pete Carroll (coach), Marcus Allen, and Carson Palmer; Washington's Warren Moon; and Washington State's Drew Bledsoe.
- The media's only correct pre-season prediction was on Washington State.
- December 12 - Stanford running back Toby Gerhart finishes second to Alabama running back Mark Ingram, Jr. in the closest vote in Heisman Trophy history.
- December 17 - It was reported that Joe McKnight, USC tailback, may have violated NCAA rules by driving a sport utility vehicle owned by a Santa Monica businessman.
- January 1, 2010 - With Oregon's loss to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, the Pac-10's bowl record for the 2009 season was 2-5. The previous season all five Pac-10 teams to receive bowl bids won their bowl games.
- January 10, 2010 – USC head coach Pete Carroll told his players that he will resign his position with the Trojans and become the new head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.
- January 13, 2010 – Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin was named the new head coach of the Trojans. He had been an assistant coach at USC from 2001-2006 under Pete Carroll, including a stint as offensive coordinator.
- January 25, 2010 – California announced a $321 million retrofit of Memorial Stadium to begin in June.
- February 18, 2010 – Cal's defensive coordinator Bob Gregory left for Boise State and was replaced by Clancy Pendergast, former defensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders. Stanford replaced defensive coordinator Ron Lynn with Vic Fangio, who had formerly been with the Baltimore Ravens. Former Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Ron Turner will be quarterbacks and wide receivers coach and former Minnesota Vikings assistant Derek Mason will be the defensive backs coach at Stanford.
- February 21, 2010 – At Oregon, LaMichael James was arrested on February 17 and pleaded not guilty to charges of fourth-degree assault, physical harassment and strangulation. Oregon kicker Rob Beard and defensive end Matt Simms were cited for misdemeanor assault investigation. Simms was dismissed from the team and kicker Mike Bowlin left the team. Simms and Beard have pleaded not guilty. Jamere Holland was dismissed from the Oregon football team for his Facebook comments.
- April 22, 2010 - Cal defensive end Tyson Alualu and running back Jahvid Best were selected as the 10th and 30th overall picks in the 2010 NFL Draft, respectively. They were the only Pac-10 players to be drafted in the first round. This also marked the first time since 2003 that two Cal players had been drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.
- April 22-24, 2010 - Twenty eight players were selected in the 2010 NFL draft. USC had the most players selected, with seven. Arizona State had four, California, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA each had three, Arizona and Washington had two each, and Oregon State had one player selected. No players from Washington State were drafted.
|1 – Sep. 5||Kevin Riley, QB||CAL||Mike Nixon, OLB||ASU||Chris Owusu, KR||STAN|
|2 – Sep. 12||Joe McKnight, TB||USC||Reggie Carter, MLB||UCLA||Kai Forbath, PK||UCLA|
|3 – Sep. 19||Jahvid Best, TB||CAL||Donald Butler, ILB||WASH||Erik Folk, PK||WASH|
|4 – Sep. 26||Ed Dickson, TE||ORE||Devin Ross, CB||ARZ||Chris Owusu, KR||STAN|
|5 – Oct. 3||James Rodgers, WR||OSU||Taylor Mays, FS||USC||Damian Williams, PR||USC|
|6 – Oct. 10||Jacquizz Rodgers, RB||OSU||Mason Foster, OLB||WASH||Kenjon Barner, KR||ORE|
|7 – Oct. 17||Nick Foles, QB||ARIZ||Jurrell Casey, NT||USC||Bryan Anger, P||CAL|
|8 – Oct. 24||Allen Bradford, TB||USC||Cam Nelson, FS||ARIZ||Damian Williams, PR||USC|
|9 – Oct. 31||LaMichael James, RB||ORE||Mike Mohamed, ILB||CAL||Justin Kahut, PK||OSU|
|10 - Nov. 7||Toby Gerhart, RB||STAN||Will Harris, SS,||USC||Nate Whitaker, PK||STAN|
|11 - Nov. 14||Toby Gerhart, RB||STAN||Akeem Ayers, OLB||UCLA||Giorgio Tavecchio, PK||CAL|
|12 - Nov. 21||Jeremiah Masoli, QB||ORE||Mike Mohamed, ILB||CAL||Nate Costa, H||ORE|
|13 - Nov. 28||Toby Gerhart, RB||STAN||Malcolm Smith, OLB||USC||Alex Zendejas, K||ARIZ|
|14 – Dec. 7||Jake Locker, QB||WASH||Earl Mitchell, DT||ARIZ||Justin Kahut, K||OSU|
Pac-10 vs. BCS matchups
|September 12||UCLA||Tennessee||UCLA||UCLA's second straight win against Tennessee|
|September 12||USC||Ohio State||USC||USC won with a late touchdown|
|September 19||Kansas State||UCLA||UCLA|
|September 19||Cincinnati||Oregon State||Cincinnati|
|September 26||Arizona State||Georgia||Georgia|
|October 3||Washington||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Overtime|
|October 17||USC||Notre Dame||USC||USC's eighth consecutive win over Notre Dame|
|October 31||Washington State||Notre Dame||Notre Dame||Played at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio, Texas|
|November 28||Notre Dame||Stanford||Stanford||Stanford's first win over Notre Dame since 2001|
|Las Vegas Bowl||December 22, 2009||BYU||44||Oregon State||20||Las Vegas||5:00 PM||ESPN||0–1||BYU's fifth straight appearance in the Las Vegas Bowl; Oregon State lost its first bowl game since 2002|
|Poinsettia Bowl||December 23, 2009||Utah||37||California||27||San Diego, California||5:00 PM||ESPN||0–2||Utah earned its ninth straight bowl victory; Cal lost its first bowl game since 2004|
|Emerald Bowl||December 26, 2009||USC||24||Boston College||13||San Francisco, California||5:00 PM||ESPN||1–2||USC's first non-BCS Bowl appearance since 2001|
|EagleBank Bowl||December 29, 2009||UCLA||30||Temple||21||Washington, D.C.||1:30 PM||ESPN||2–2||UCLA scored 13 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to come from behind and win its first bowl game since 2005|
|Holiday Bowl||December 30, 2009||Nebraska||33||Arizona||0||San Diego, California||5:00 PM||ESPN||2–3||Rematch of the 1998 Holiday Bowl, which Arizona won 23–20; Arizona's second Holiday Bowl appearance since 1998; first shutout in Holiday Bowl history|
|Sun Bowl||December 31, 2009||Oklahoma||31||Stanford||27||El Paso, Texas||11:00 AM||CBS||2–4||First bowl game for Stanford since 2001; Oklahoma's first bowl win since 2005|
|Rose Bowl||January 1, 2010||Ohio State||26||Oregon||17||Pasadena, California||2:00 PM||ABC||2–5||Oregon's second Rose Bowl appearance since 1958; Ohio State's first bowl win since 2006; Oregon's first bowl loss since 2006|
|*Pac-10 team is bolded. +Time given is Pacific Time|
Awards and honors
- Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
- Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
Tom Hansen Conference Medal
Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America:
- Place kicker Kai Forbath, UCLA, first team All-America
- Defensive tackle Brian Price, UCLA, second-team All-America
- Safety Rahim Moore, UCLA, second-team All-America
FWAA All-America Team:
- Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
- Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
Sporting News All-America team:
- Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA (first-team)
- Brian Price, DT, UCLA (second-team)
- Rahim Moore, S, UCLA (third-team)
AFCA Coaches' All-Americans First Team:
- Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
- Brian Price, DL, UCLA
- Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
ESPN All-America team:
- Kai Forbath, PK, UCLA
- Brian Price, DT, UCLA
All Pac-10 teams
- Offensive Player of the Year: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
- Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
- Offensive Freshman of the Year: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
- Defensive Freshman of the Year: Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
- Coach of the Year: Chip Kelly, Oregon
- Charles Brown, OT, USC, Morris Trophy winner
- Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State, Morris Trophy winner
|QB||Sean Canfield||Sr.||Oregon State||DL||Brian Price||Jr.||UCLA||PK||Kai Forbath||Jr.||UCLA|
|RB||Toby Gerhart||Sr.||Stanford||DL||Stephen Paea||Jr.||Oregon State||P||Bryan Anger||So.||California|
|RB||Jacquizz Rodgers||So.||Oregon State||DL||Tyson Alualu||Sr.||California||KOR||Chris Owusu||So.||Stanford|
|WR||James Rodgers||Jr.||Oregon State||DL||Dexter Davis||Sr.||Arizona State||PR||Damian Williams||Jr.||USC|
|WR||Damian Williams||Jr.||USC||LB||Keaton Kristick||Sr.||Oregon State||ST||Suaesi Tuimaunei||Jr.||Oregon State|
|TE||Ed Dickson||Sr.||Oregon||LB||Mike Mohamed||Jr.||California|
|OL||Chris Marinelli||Sr.||Stanford||LB||Reggie Carter||Sr.||UCLA|
|OL||Mike Tepper||Sr.||California||DB||Rahim Moore||So.||UCLA|
|OL||Jeff Byers||Sr.||USC||DB||Syd'Quan Thompson||Sr.||California|
|OL||Charles Brown||Sr.||USC||DB||Taylor Mays||Sr.||USC|
|OL||Gregg Peat||Sr.||Oregon State||DB||Alterraun Verner||Sr.||UCLA|
ST=special teams player (not a kicker or returner)
|RB||Toby Gerhart||Stanford||Sr.||3.25||Management Science & Engineering|
|WR||Casey Kjos||Oregon State (2)||Jr.||3.63||Psychology & Sociology|
|WR||Alex Lagemann||California||Jr.||3.68||Media Studies|
|TE||David Paulson||Oregon||So.||3.68||Business Administration|
|OL||Mark Boskovich||California (2)||Jr.||3.73||Political Science|
|OL||Micah Hannam||Washington State (2)||Jr.||3.59||Civil Engineering|
|OL||Chris Prummer||Washington State||Jr.||3.88||Zoology|
|DL||Kevin Frahm||Oregon State||So.||3.24||Political Science|
|DL||Kevin Kooyman||Washington State||Sr.||3.16||Management and Operations|
|DL||Erik Lorig||Stanford||Sr.||3.12||Public Policy|
|DL||Tom McAndrew||Stanford||Sr.||3.58||Science, Technology and Society|
|LB||Mike Mohamed||California||Sr.||3.43||Business Administration|
|LB||Mike Nixon||Arizona State||Sr.||4.07||Political Science|
|DB||Cameron Collins||Oregon State||So.||3.37||Business|
|DB||Jay Matthews||Washington State||RFr.||3.68||Undeclared|
|DB||Chima Nwachukwu||Washington State||Jr.||3.45||Political Science|
|RS||Taylor Kavanaugh||Oregon State||Sr.||3.28||Construction Engineering|
 (2) Two-time first-team All-Academic selection; (3) Three-time first-team All-Academic selection
|Round||Overall pick||NFL team||Player||Position||College|
|1||10||Jacksonville Jaguars||Tyson Alualu||Defensive tackle||California|
|1||30||Detroit Lions||Jahvid Best||Running back||California|
|2||35||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Brian Price||Defensive tackle||UCLA|
|2||38||Cleveland Browns||T. J. Ward||Safety||Oregon|
|2||42||New England Patriots||Rob Gronkowski||Tight end||Arizona|
|2||49||San Francisco 49ers||Taylor Mays||Safety||USC|
|2||51||Minnesota Vikings||Toby Gerhart||Running back||Stanford|
|2||64||New Orleans Saints||Charles Brown||Offensive tackle||USC|
|3||70||Baltimore Ravens||Ed Dickson||Tight end||Oregon|
|3||77||Tennessee Titans||Damian Williams||Wide receiver||USC|
|3||79||San Diego Chargers||Donald Butler||Linebacker||Washington|
|3||81||Houston Texans||Earl Mitchell||Defensive tackle||Arizona|
|3||86||Philadelphia Eagles||Daniel Te'o-Nesheim||Defensive end||Washington|
|3||92||Cleveland Browns||Shawn Lauvao||Offensive tackle||Arizona State|
|3||94||Indianapolis Colts||Kevin Thomas||Cornerback||USC|
|4||100||Minnesota Vikings||Everson Griffen||Defensive end||USC|
|4||104||Tennessee Titans||Alterraun Verner||Cornerback||UCLA|
|4||111||Seattle Seahawks||Walter Thurmond||Cornerback||Oregon|
|4||112||New York Jets||Joe McKnight||Running back||USC|
|6||185||Seattle Seahawks||Anthony McCoy||Tight end||USC|
|6||190||Oakland Raiders||Travis Goethel||Linebacker||Arizona State|
|6||206||San Francisco 49ers||Kyle Williams||Wide receiver||Arizona State|
|7||219||Washington Redskins||Terrence Austin||Wide receiver||UCLA|
|7||225||Denver Broncos||Syd'Quan Thompson||Cornerback||California|
|7||233||Arizona Cardinals||Jim Dray||Tight end||Stanford|
|7||236||Seattle Seahawks||Dexter Davis||Linebacker||Arizona State|
|7||239||New Orleans Saints||Sean Canfield||Quarterback||Oregon State|
|7||253||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Erik Lorig||Defensive end||Stanford|
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- Gary Klein, It's a big game for Trojans -- and Pete Carroll, Los Angeles Times, October 30, 2009
- Scott Wolf, USC back on the Oregon fail, Los Angeles Daily News, November 1, 2009
- Cal Rallies to Get 23-21 Victory Over Arizona State, CALBears.com, October 31, 2009
- Beavers pull out thriller, 26-19, OSUBeavers.com, October 31, 2009
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- Gary Klein and Ben Bolch, USC running back Stafon Johnson hurt in weight-room accident, Los Angeles Times, September 29, 2009
- Dan Loumena, Pete Carroll to take Seattle Seahawks coaching position, Los Angeles Times, January 10, 2010
- Associated Press, Cal hires Raiders' coach away after one week, San Francisco Chronicle, February 20, 2010
- Associated Press , Stanford hires two assistants, ESPN, February 17, 2020
- Associated Press, Former Taft High, USC receiver Holland dismissed from Oregon football team, Los Angeles Daily News, February 21, 2010
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- Pac-10 Football All-Academic Team Announced, Pac-10.org, December, 2, 2009