The Pac-12 conference continues to be a wild ride as we have been surprised by what Washington has done, what the Cougars have done since an embarrassing 0-2 start, and what Oregon and Stanford might not be. Colorado lost a week after becoming ranked to a USC team that has been up and down so far this season. We have constantly been surprised by this conference and that does not seem to be changing any time soon.
After 6 weeks of play, take a look at where we stand in the conference followed by each game broken down.
|Team||Conference record||Overall record|
#5 Washington @ Oregon - 70-21
The Washington Huskies released 12 years of frustrations out on the Ducks this past weekend scoring 70 points and beating the Ducks for the first time since 2002. Washington started the game with an interception that was a start to their unanswered 28 point streak that began the game. Sophomore quarterback Jake Browning completed 22 of 28 passes for 304 yards and 6 touchdowns and as if that was not enough, he added another two touchdowns on the ground. The passing game was not the only thing working for the Huskies as their ground game totaled 378 yards on 45 carries led by Myles Gaskin who had 197 yards on 16 touches and found the endzone on a 65 yard dash in the first quarter. The Huskies had no intentions of slowing down as they threw for 3 more touchdowns after leading 42-7 in the third quarter. True Freshman Justin Herbert went 21 of 34 for 179 yards and threw 2 touchdowns an an interception.
Washington State @ #15 Stanford - 42-16
After rushing to a win against Oregon last week, Washington State came out against Stanford showing their true colors. Luke Falk threw for 357 yards going 30 of 41 for four touchdowns and two interceptions. One of those interceptions came on the Cougars second offensive play. The Cougars defense, which had the Cardinal backfield and quarterback Ryan Burns bottled up all night, held tough and kept them off the scoreboard in the first quarter and out of the endzone until the third quarter. The Cardinal backfield totaled 61 yards on 26 carries throughout the night and held Christian McCaffrey to just 35 yards on the ground. Burns finished his night with 222 yards going 19 of 25 and threw a touchdown and an interception. River Cracraft went off against the Cardinal corners for 130 yards on 7 receptions and hauled in one of the nicest touchdown catches this season. Stanford scored their final touchdown of the day as time expired to lessen the Cougars lead.
#21 Colorado @ USC - 17-21
Colorado came out of halftime trailing 14-0 but started the third quarter with a 67-yard trick pass from Bryce Bobo to Phillip Lindsay then Bobo followed that up with a 10-yard reception from Steven Montez to tie the game up in the final quarter. Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold went 25 of 37 and threw for 358 yards and three touchdowns. The last of the 3 came with 8:28 remaining in the game to take the lead. Colorado tried to get themselves in position to win the game as they kicked a field goal to bring them to within 4-points but the Trojans used a 10 play 5 minute drive to end the game. Montez finished with 197 yards on 25 of 40 passing and a touchdown. Sefo Liufau is recovering from an ankle injury found himself in the game for a few plays when Montez went down and went 2 of 3 for 11 yards.
Arizona @ #24 Utah - 23-36
Heading into halftime it looked as if this was going to be a close game as Utah trailed by 2. The third quarter changed all of that as Utah scored 17 to take the lead at 29-14. Arizona had no answer for the Utes second half surge and they were held out of the endzone until just over 4 minutes remained in the game. Utah held Arizona starting quarterback Brandon Dawkins to 243 yards and 11 of 20 passes including two interceptions. Khalil Tate came in in replacement for Dawkins and finished the game going 5 of 8 for 105 yards and a touchdown and interception. The ground came was not a factor for the Wildcats as their leading rusher was Dawkins with 49 yards and led the team in carries. Utah quarterback Troy Williams had 245 yards through the air on 13 of 29 passes and threw for a touchdown while adding another 73 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
California @ Oregon State - 44-47 OT
The Oregon State ground game came unleashed during this game as they combined for 6 touchdowns on the ground and 474 yards on 50 carries. After holding a 34-17 lead entering the final quarter, California used a 24-point swing to tie the game up on a 29-yard field goal with :05 on the clock. California started the overtime session with a 39-yard field goal that gave the Beavers the chance to win as quarterback Darell Garretson ran it in from 16 yards out to give the Beavers their first conference win of the season. Garretson finished his night with 85 yards through the air and 2 interceptions as he went 13 of 24. It was a different story for him on the ground as he had 105 yards on 10 carries and two touchdowns. Ryan Nall, who left the game with an injury finished his night with 14 carries for 221 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Beavers. California quarterback Davis Webb went 23 of 44 for 113 yards and an interception as their "Bear Raid" offense took the ground game approach. Khalfani Muhammad had 165 yards on 21 carries and found the endzone once while Tre Watson had another 134 yards on his 16 carries and two touchdowns.
UCLA @ Arizona State - 20-23
With Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins sidelined, Brady White made his first start and unfortunately was unable to finish the night. With the scored tied at 3 at halftime, the Sun Devils came out and found the endzone twice in the third quarter to lead 20-13 heading into the final quarter. Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez hit a 46-yard field goal at the start of the 4th quarter to push their lead to 10, the kicker become the all time leader in field goals in the NCAA. UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen threw an 18 yard touchdown pass with 11 minutes remaining in the game to cut the lead to 3 and neither team did much of anything from there. Rosen went down with an injury in the final quarter and was replaced with Mike Fafaul. Rosen had 400 yards going 24 of 43 and throwing for two touchdowns and an interception while his replacement went 3 of 11 for 44 yards and threw two interceptions. White finished his night 19 of 36 for 179 yards with a touchdown and an interception for the Sun Devils while his backup completed one of his two passes for 17 yards. Neither team could get much going on the ground as the Bruins finished with -1 rushing yard on 23 carries and ASU finished with 79 yards on their 34 carries.