After a crazy week last week, Pac-12 teams are continuing to eat the conference from the inside out. We saw a Washington team take advantage on a USC team that is falling apart, Washington State came out and upset Oregon in Eugene, and California forget they had a game against Utah.
Below is the updated conference standings.
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Here is a look at how teams in the Pac-12 did this weekend///
#18 UCLA (4-2) @ #15 Stanford 1(5-1) - 35-56
Stanford came into this game with uncertainty in their team and emerged with an identity. Christian McCaffrey had 25 carries for 243 yards and 4 touchdowns. Kevin Hogan finished for 131 yards and 3 touchdowns while throwing an interception on 8 of 15 passing. UCLA was able to score 15 points in the 4th quarter after the game was well out of reach. Josh Rosen started out the season great and was looking to lead UCLA to the championship game but has struggled in the past few weeks even though his numbers might not reflect it. He finished with 325 passing and 3 touchdowns on 22-42 passing while throwing 2 interceptions. This game featured what might be the catch of the year on a trick play as Hogan connected with Francis Owusu for 41 yards. The stats and numbers show this game to be a little closer than it actually was.
Final thought: Stanford might be back and UCLA might be heading in the wrong direction.
Arizona State (4-3) @ #4 Utah (6-0) - 18-34
Utah is rolling and after facing then-undefeated California the Utes hosted an Arizona State team that has looked good in past weeks. Utah found themselves down 4-points at the start of the 4th quarter but was able to finish the game off strong when they scored two rushing touchdowns with 2 Andy Phillips field goals in between. Travis Wilson completed 26/36 passing and had 297 yards and 2 touchdowns while Devontae Booker had a great game with 118 yards and 2 touchdowns on 21 carries. Sun Devils quarterback Mike Bercovici had 242 yards on 20/41 passing and threw an interception.
Final thought: You must be able to finish out a game to be considered as a top contender and Utah is proving they belong. The Sun Devils have a mediocre schedule to finish the season out but will need to figure things out.
USC (3-3) @ #14 Notre Dame (6-1) - 31-41
USC is falling apart and its happening very quickly. The Trojans held a 6 point lead in a close game heading into the 4th quarter but Notre Dame flipped a switch and scored two quick touchdowns followed by a field goal to seal the game up. Trojan quarterback Cody Kessler finished for 365 yards and 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 30 of 46 passing while his opponent, DeShone Kizer went 15/24 for 227 yards and 2 touchdowns. USC struggled to get their ground game going as none of their running backs broke 75 yards and Kessler ran their only rushing touchdown in.
Final thought: USC is not what they were projected to be and its only going to get worse.
Oregon State (2-4) @ Washington State (4-2) - 31-52
Washington State came out firing in this game and took an early 14-0 lead behind the arm of Luke Falk who is continuing to impress everyone. The Sophomore quarterback threw for 2 interceptions to raise his total to 4 on the season as he threw for 407 yards and 6 touchdowns on 39/50 passing. The Cougars have started to figure out the run as they finished for 111 yards on 2 carries. Dom Williams continues to have a phenomenal season as he hauled in 11 receptions for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. Beaver quarterback, Seth Collins led the team in both passing and rushing as he finished with 176 yards on 17 off 30 passing with a touchdown and 2 interceptions while also rushing for 124 yards on 23 carries. No other Beaver had more than 32 rushing yards. The Cougars led 45-17 at half time and their only second half score came off a 84-yard interception returned for a touchdown by Shalom Luani in the 4th quarter.
Final thought: Washington State was supposed to win this game, but not like this. Could the Cougars be for real?
Arizona (5-2) @ Colorado (3-4) - 38-31
Arizona has struggled recently and even had to bench starting quarterback Anu Solomon for Jerrard Randall. Solomon did come back late in the game and finished with 283 yards on 22/37 passing while throwing 2 touchdowns. Randall completed all 3 of his passes for 42 yards. Jared Baker led the Arizona run game with 207 yards on 23 carries and scored 2 touchdowns on the ground while adding another touchdown on 3 catches for 40 yards. Sefo Liufau finished the game with 339 yards and 2 touchdowns on 28 of 43 passing. Shay Fields led the Buffaloes receiving with 168 yards on 8 catches and hauled in 2 touchdowns. The Wildcats trailed by 7 entering the 4th quarter but scored quickly to tie it up. Solomon came back into the game and completed a touchdown pass that put Arizona on top. Colorado scored a touchdown with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game but couldn't finish it out.
Final thought: Arizona has gotten lucky and are not sure where to go. Big game against Washington State this weekend will tell a lot. Colorado is right where we expected them to be but has been able to stay in games longer than expected.
Oregon (4-3) @ Washington (3-3) = 26-20
It has been a long time since Washington has beaten Oregon. Twelve years to be exact and if there was a time to end that streak it was this weekend. Vernon Adams returned for the Ducks after breaking his finger early in the season. Adams added a whole new dimension to their offense that they didn't have with Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie. Washington has struggled on offense this year but has plenty of weapons that can be used. Freshman quarterback Jake Browning finished the game with 199 yards on 19/30 passing and threw for a touchdown while Myles Gaskin ran for 155 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. Adams went 14 of 25 for 272 yards and scored 2 touchdowns. Royce Freeman was not able to get the room he needed as he only had 138 yards on 27 carries and failed to score.
Final thought: Oregon has been revived with Adams back while Washington will have to wait another year to see if they can end the streak.