Oct. 11, 2004
BERKELEY - Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of California and defensive tackle Mike Patterson and kicker Ryan Killeen, both of USC, have been named U.S. Bank Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Rodgers, a junior from Chico, Calif., had a record-setting performance in the loss at USC. He tied an NCAA-single game record for consecutive completions by completing his first 23 passes of the game. Rodgers ended up hitting on 29 of 34 passes (.853) for 267 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions. His 23 completions to start the game, coupled with three to finish Cal's previous game, established a NCAA season record of 26 consecutive completions.
Patterson, a senior from Los Alamitos, Calif., led USC's defensive effort in the win over California. Patterson recorded a career-high 10 tackles, seven solo, including two tackles for loss (-11) and one quarterback sack (-7), and recovered two fumbles and forced one. The USC defense forced four Cal fumbles, recovering three, posted five quarterback sacks (20) and stopped the Bears three times on fourth-down conversion attempts. In addition to Pac-10 Player of the Week, Patterson has been named the Walter Camp Football Foundation National Defensive Player of the Week.
Killeen, a senior from Norco., Calif., had a perfect day on special teams. He connected on all three of his field goal attempts, hitting from 31, 33 and 42 yards, made both his PATs and all six of his kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Others nominated for offensive player of the week honors were quarterback Kellen Clemens, who passed for 437 yards and accounted for six touchdowns in a comeback win at Washington State, tight end Marcedes Lewis of UCLA and running backs Kenny James of Washington and Jerome Harrison of Washington State. Also nominated on defense were linebackers Spencer Havner of UCLA, Scott White of Washington and Scott Davis of Washington State, cornerback Aaron Gipson of Oregon and end Ryan Riddle of California. Punter Chris Kluwe of UCLA, Haloti Ngata of Oregon and punt returner Michael Bumpus of Washington State were nominated for special teams play.
Rodgers is the second Cal player to earn Pac-10 offensive honors this season, joining Chase Lyman who received notice following Cal's win at Oregon State.