Last week we saw UCLA and Washington State drop winnable games as the Bruins couldn't handle Arizona State and California ruined the Cougars hopes of getting an upset. Oregon and Stanford both had no issues with Colorado and Arizona.
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The season may already be halfway done but Pac-12 play is just getting started.
Here is a look at how teams finished out the weekend.
UCLA, Stanford, Arizona, and Oregon State all had a bye week.
Washington (3-2) @ #17 USC (3-2) - 17-12
USC is a mess right now and it was shown on Thursday night when they could not handle a very young Washington team. Head coach Steve Sarkisian was asked to take an indefinite leave of absence on Sunday and was fired on Monday. The Trojans led 6-3 at half and was held scoreless until just over 12 minutes remained in the game. Jake Browning went 16/32 for 137 yards and threw 1 interception for the huskies while Myles Gaskin led the rushing game with 22 carries for 134 yards and a touchdown. Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler finished 16/29 for 156 yards and 2 interceptions while Tre Madden had 17 carries for 120 yards. The freshman quarterback for the Huskies struggled a lot with his accuracy as he missed multiple guys down field while Kessler had no time to throw behind his struggling offensive line.
Final thought: We have seen this before from USC and Washington got lucky playing them now. Washington did not win this game as USC lost it.
#23 California (5-1) @ #5 Utah (5-0) - 24-40
This was a game that many people were looking forward to. California quarterback Jared Goff has been on fire all season but that was not the case for this weekend as he threw 4 interceptions in the first half. Goff finished the game going 25/47 for 340 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 5 interceptions. Utah quarterback, Travis Wilson, threw for 2 interceptions and a touchdown on 16 of 26 passing and 170 yards. Utah running back Devontae Booker had a great game as he rushed for 222 yards on 34 carries and 2 touchdowns. California had multiple opportunities to take over this game but continues to turn the ball over. With 6 takeaways it is surprising that the Bears still kept this game as close.
Final thought: Utah is the last undefeated team in the Pac-12 and California seemed to be the only team that could have beaten them.
Washington State (3-2) @ Oregon (3-3) - 45-38 (2OT)
It took Washington State two overtimes to get this one finished but it was well worth it for Cougar fans. Luke Falk finished with 505 yards on 50 of 74 passing while throwing 5 touchdowns while Jeff Lockie went 13/22 for 123 yards and 2 touchdowns while throwing his only interception at the end of overtime. The Ducks leaned on Royce Freeman who carried the ball 27 times for 246 yards while scoring 2 touchdowns. Washington State scored the game tying touchdown on a pass to Dom Williams with :01 seconds left. Oregon then took the ball in overtime and scored right away. The Cougars came out and had a tough time matching the Ducks touchdown but was able to run the ball in on a quarterback keeper. They started out with the ball in the second overtime and was helped out by a late hit personal foul call that moved Washington State to within striking distance. The final touchdown came on a play that took multiple minutes to confirm. Oregon then came out with the ball and could not do anything against a stingy defense.
Final thought: Washington State may have just saved their season and officially ended Oregon's reign over the Pac-12.
Oregon State (2-3) @ Arizona (4-2) - 44-7
Since Arizona put up 77 on Northern Arizona, the Wildcats have been blown out by UCLA and Stanford in consecutive weeks. Anu Solomon missed the Stanford game after sustaining a concussion against UCLA and it seemed that was what they were missing. The offense had 644 total yards with Solomon throwing for 276 yards on 17/30 passing but failed to throw a touchdown. Orlando Bradford led the scoring with 3 touchdowns on 19 carries for 83 yards while Nick Wilson had 2 touchdowns on 12 carries and 78 yards. Jared Baker led the team with 123 yards on 10 carries. Oregon State has struggled this season and has recently been playing good teams coming off of bad losses. Quarterback Seth Collins threw for 8/24 passing for 56 yards and an interception. Marcus McMaryion came in for Collins when he went down with an injury before the half and went 4/10 for 42 yards. Collins came back out and started the second half. The Beaver running game struggled against Arizona as they were only able to get 151 yards on 31 carries. Collins ran for 56 of those yards on 10 carries and scored their only touchdown.
Final thought: Arizona walked over Oregon State and the road is not going to get any better for the Beavers. It is quite opposite though for the Wildcats.
Colorado (3-3) @ Arizona State (4-2) - 23-48
Colorado was disappointed after coming up short against Oregon last weekend when Arizona State and Mike Bercovici threw for 260 yards and 5 touchdowns on 20 of 31 passing while throwing an interception. Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau threw for 25-40 for 389 yards and a touchdown and an interception as their running game was almost non-existent as they had 28 team rushes for 49 total yards. The Sun Devils however had 231 team rushing yards on 40 carries with D.J. Foster leading the way with 80 yards on 5 carries.
Final thought: The Sun Devils are still on the edge of being competitive in the Pac-12 while Colorado continues to struggle.