DATE: Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010 -- 2 p.m. (PDT)
Citrus Stadium – Monmouth, Ore.
THIS WEEK: Rested from a week off, Azusa Pacific returns to the gridiron looking to snap a 2-game losing streak when the Cougars visit Western Oregon University, Saturday (Oct. 23) in a 2 p.m. homecoming game in Monmouth, Ore.
SERIES NOTES: Western Oregon has won 2 of the previous 3 meetings with Azusa Pacific, including last year’s 21-6 homecoming game at Citrus Stadium in Glendora, Calif. The Cougars won the initial meeting, a 24-20 decision in Azusa during their 1999 NAIA playoff season. The following year, Western Oregon’s first as an NCAA DII member, the Wolves crushed the NAIA-playoff bound Cougars, 44-14, in Monmouth.
vs. NCAA DII: Since 1996, Azusa Pacific is 13-15 vs. NCAA Division II teams. Until 2008, the Cougars had taken 7 of 9 meetings and 8 of 11 vs. DII teams. However, they have now dropped 9 straight since beating Dixie State, 30-20, on the road in 2007.
IN OREGON: Azusa Pacific is 2-7 all-time in the state of Oregon. Other than the 2000 visit to Western Oregon, the Cougars have also played at George Fox College (1967), Oregon Tech (1969), Eastern Oregon (2004) and Southern Oregon (2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008). The Cougars’ 2 victories in Oregon came at George Fox in 1967 (33-21) and at Southern Oregon in 2004 (13-9).
NATIONAL RANKING: For the first time since 2005, Azusa Pacific has made an appearance in 6 straight regular-season NAIA Coaches Polls. Azusa Pacific is ranked No. 24 this week in both the NAIA Coaches Poll, which eventually determines the 16-team playoff field, and the Victory Sports Network Poll.
INJURY REPORT: Azusa Pacific will still be without junior WR Matt Davis (shoulder). Last year’s leading receiver for the Cougars, Davis is likely to return for the Southern Oregon game (Oct. 30). Junior LB Spencer Danielson (knee), who started the season-opener at San Diego, is now expected to miss the rest of the season and will seek a medical hardship to retain his eligibility for the campaign … Junior WR Jeremiah Andujo (shoulder vs. Webber International) is not expected to return this season.
MILESTONES: Heading into the Western Oregon game, Cougar QB John van den Raadt needs 165 yards to move past current offensive coordinator Rudy Carlton and into third place on Azusa Pacific’s all-time passing chart with 4,373 yards. In addition, another 94 rushing yards will not only enhance van den Raadt’s record as the school’s all-time leading rushing QB, but it was also move him into 12th place on the program’s all-time rushing chart with 1,358 yards … Junior DE Jake Jones needs another 3 quarterback sacks for the most by a Cougar since Chuck Asiodu’s 14 in 11 games in 2004.
BYE THE NUMBER: Azusa Pacific has won 5 of the past 6 games following a bye, and since 1999 the Cougars are 9-3 in “bye week” games. Last year, with an extra week to prepare, Azusa Pacific crushed the NAIA’s No. 14-ranked Langston University (Okla.), 37-3. In 2008, however, the Cougars had a bonus week to get set for Southern Oregon but lost, 16-14, in a game played in Ashland.
CONNECTIONS: Western Oregon DB Caleb Barsh and Azusa Pacific LB Sean Barber were defensive teammates in 2007 at Puyallup (Wash.) High … Cougar RB Connor Shelford and Western OL Chester Anonson both played at Monroe (Wash.) High.