Nov. 3, 2003
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.--Quarterback Aaron Rodgers of California and linebacker Michael Craven and punt returner Luke Powell, both of Stanford, have been named Bank of America Higher Standards Pac-10 Football Players of the Week.
Craven and Powell played key roles in Stanford's 21-14 upset victory against UCLA. Craven, a sophomore from La Quinta, Calif., keyed the Stanford defense with seven tackles, all solo, including three tackles for loss (-17), two of which were quarterback sacks (-14). The Cardinal defense limited UCLA to 48 yards rushing and 287 yards total offense and posted eight quarterback sacks (-53).
Powell, a senior from Smyrna, Tenn., contributed a game-turning play when he returned a punt 90 yards for a touchdown to give Stanford a lead it would never relinquish. It was the second longest punt return for a touchdown in Stanford history.
Rodgers, a sophomore from Chico, Calif., directed California to a 51-23 win at Arizona State. Rodgers completed 17 of 22 passes (.773) for 307 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions. He also had four carries for 12 yards for 319 yards total offense. The Golden Bear offense put up 232 yards rushing and 307 yards passing for 539 yards in total offense.