After 9 weeks of the college football season, Washington and Washington State remain as the only two teams that have not lost a conference game in the Pac-12. Things are a little more complicated in the South with Colorado currently sitting at the top of the standings with Utah and USC right behind them. As there begins to be more separation in the conference, we also are getting to see some very interesting games.
Take a look at how the conference standings look:
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Last week we saw California and Oregon go into double overtime, Stanford and Colorado play a very slow 10-5 game, and Utah hold off UCLA in the final quarter. How did things go this week?
California @ USC - 24-45
With just under :30 seconds remaining in the first half, USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw his 4th touchdown of the night to take a 28-10 lead. Things didn't stop there for Darnold and the Trojans as they found the endzone twice more in the 3rd quarter. Everything seemed to be working for the Trojans as Ronald Jones II had 223 yards on 18 carries to go along with Aca'Cedric Ware's 130 yards on 20 carries. The team tallied 398 yards on the ground on 48 carries. Darnold finished his night going 18 of 25 for 231 yards and threw 5 touchdowns and an interception but also lost two fumbles. California's "bear raid" offense as been struggling lately behind the arm of Davis Webb who finished going 34 of 53 for 333 yards and 2 touchdowns while throwing an interception.
#4 Washington @ #17 Utah - 31-24
With ESPN's College Game Day in town Dante Pettis made the biggest play in the game with three and a half minutes remaining returning a punt 58 yards for the game winning touchdown. Neither team could get much going as it took Washington almost the entire first quarter to score while it took Utah until 5 minutes remaining in the first half. Utah quarterback Troy Williams threw his first of two touchdowns to take the lead to start the second half. With the game tied at 14 with three and a half minutes remaining, Utah looked to punt the ball and get a quick stop to get another chance. Pettis and the Huskies had different plans and Utah lost what momentum they had and could not finish their drive and turned the ball over on the Washington 35 yard line. Huskies quarterback Jake Browning went 12 of 20 for 186 yards and two touchdowns. Myles Gaskin finished with 151 yards on the ground from his 19 carries and found the endzone once. Williams finished with 163 yards and two touchdowns while completing just 14 of his 31 attempts. Joe Williams carried the ball 35 times for 172 yards in just his third game back from retirement.
Arizona State @ Oregon - 35-54
After losing 5 consecutive games, Oregon and true freshman Justin Herbert went off on Arizona State to get back on the right track. With a 3 point lead after the first quarter, Oregon scored 13 to go into the half up 30-14. The Ducks tried to let Arizona State back into the game as they trailed by 5 in the fourth quarter twice. The Sun Devils couldn't take advantage and the Ducks found the endzone two more times to shut the door. Herbert finished his night with 489 yards and 4 touchdowns on 31 of 42 passing while Tony Brooks-James added 132 yards on his 9 carries. Sun Devils quarterback Dilion Sterling-Cole had a tough time turning the ball over as he had 3 interceptions on a night where he threw for 302 yards on 21 of 38 passing.
Washington State @ Oregon State - 35-31
After falling behind by an embarrassing 21 points to start the game, the Cougars used a 22 point third quarter to bring themselves back. The Cougar defense was gashed for big gains to start the game as Beaver running back Ryan Nall found the endzone on a 89 yard dash the play was later followed up by a 46 yard touchdown pass from Seth Collins. Luke Falk and the Cougars flipped the switch as Falk and Tavares Martin Jr. connected on a 33 yard pass in the second quarter. Falk was not done as he found the endzone three more times in the third quarter. Jamal Morrow started the scoring as he hauled in a 66 yard catch and run and wide receiver Gabe Marks caught a 37 yard touchdown and then helped the Cougars take the lead with a 28 yard touchdown catch with just over three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Both teams found the endzone once in the final quarter but the Cougar defense stood strong and kept Oregon State out to win the game. Luke Falk finished his night with 415 yards and 5 touchdowns going 33 of 46. The Cougars ground game has continued to pound the field as they tallied 134 yards on 23 carries, Oregon State quarterback Marcus McMaryion went 23 of 39 for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns while Ryan Nall did most of the damage on the ground with 131 yards and two touchdowns.
Stanford @ Arizona - 34-10
After only scoring 5 points against Colorado last week, the Stanford Cardinal got back on the right track with an easy victory over Arizona. Neither team got out to a fast start as it took until the start of the second quarter for Stanford to find the endzone on a 45 yard run by Christian McCaffrey. The Wildcats took a little bit longer to find the endzone as Trey Griffey scored the Wildcats only touchdown of the night on a 38 yard pass from Brandon Dawkins. McCaffrey was back to his old ways as he had 169 yards on 23 carries for two touchdowns on the ground and added another 27 yards on 4 receptions and found the endzone once more. Keller Chryst could not get anything going as he completed just 14 of 30 for 104 yards and had an interception. Things weren't much better for Dawkins as he finished with 116 yards on just 5 completed passes. Dawkins also led the team on the ground with 65 yards on 17 carries.