The Pac-12 regular season has come to an end as rivalry week capped off a very interesting past few months. The season came down to two games to decide who would be in the conference title game. Washington and Washington State faced off in an Apple Cup that was straight up for the North while Colorado and Utah faced off with Colorado needing to get the victory to win the South.
The conference standings look absolutely nothing like everyone thought they would as Oregon, Arizona, and UCLA are a combined 5-22 in conference. The Buffaloes and the Cougars are just a few years removed from being in the basement of the conference and are now looking to be the future. After disappointing starts from USC and Stanford, the two teams turned things around and finished near the top.
Take a look below at the conference standings followed by a breakdown of this past weekends game.
|Team||Conference Record||Overall Record|
|Team||Conference Record||Overall Record|
#5 Washington @ #23 Washington State - 45-17
.....yeah that happened again.
Arizona State @ Arizona - 35-56
Arizona has been looking for their first conference win all season and it finally came in a big way as the Wildcats had three players with over 125 rushing yards as they finished with 512 total rushing yards on 48 carries. After a slow first quarter from both teams Arizona used a 21-point second quarter to get out to a 28-14 halftime lead. The Sun Devils tried to make it a game and comeback but the Wildcats answered back right away every time to keep their lead. Samajie Grant put the game away with a 63 yard touchdown run with just under 8 minutes remaining in the game. Grant finished with 176 yards on 19 carries and found the endzone 3 times. Zach Green added another 126 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground while quarterback Brandon Dawkins had 184 yards on 12 carries and also found the endzone twice on the ground. Dawkins went 3 of 8 with 77 yards through the air and threw one touchdown that came on a 64 yard pass to Nate Phillips in the second quarter. It was a different story for Arizona State when it came to passing as Manny Wilkins went 43 of 58 for 372 yards and 3 touchdowns while throwing an interception. Wilkins led the team on the ground with 79 yards on 23 attempts.
#22 Utah @ #9 Colorado - 22-27
While not the most exciting game of the weekend, Colorado and Utah went down to the wire as the Buffs held onto a lead as the Ute's tried to come back. With a 4-point lead and 11 minutes remaining, Colorado scooped up a Joe WIlliams fumble and Kenneth Olugbode took it 10 yards for a touchdown that would end up being the score that put the game out of reach for the Ute's. Utah quarterback Troy Williams went 13 of 40 for 160 yards and a touchdown while throwing 2 interceptions. Joe Williams had 97 yards on 26 carries and failed to find the endzone. Sefo Liufau has continued to lead Colorado to success and although it was not in a pretty fashion he finished with 270 yards on 23 of 44 passing and threw one touchdown. He also added another 59 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown.
Notre Dame @ #12 USC - 27-45
USC came out with a huge first half outscoring Notre Dame 24-7 behind the start of what would be a night to remember for Adoree' Jackson. The Trojans corner-wide receiver-returner took a punt 55 yards to the house and the Trojans defense matched Jackson when they took an interception 33 yards for the score on the next drive. Jackson was not done as he hauled in his only catch of the game in the third quarter, a 52 yard pass from Sam Darnold to push their lead to 17 points. Jackson decided that wasn't enough either as he returned a kickoff for 97 yards to end the third quarter. Notre Dame couldn't keep up as they were held out of the endzone until a minute remained in the game. Jackson finished his night with 3 punt returns for 66 yards and a touchdown, 4 kick returns for 161 yards and a touchdown, 1 reception for 52 yards and a touchdown, and also had one run for 12 yards. Darnold finished with 205 yards and two touchdowns on 19 of 29 passing. The Notre Dame quarterback situation was not the same as Deshone Kizer had 220 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 32 passing while Malik Zaire had 30 yards and a touchdown on his 3 of 5 passing night. Josh Adams had 180 yards from 17 carries and didn't find the endzone.
Rice @ #24 Stanford - 17-41
Christian McCaffrey has finally gotten back onto the track he is used to has he rushed for 204 yards on 30 carries as Stanford rolled over Rice. The Cardinal came out and scored 20 before Rice could put any points on the scoreboard and kept up that pace throughout the night. Keller Chryst finished with 154 yards and two touchdowns on an 11 of 16 night while adding another 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground. McCaffrey also hauled in two receptions for 23 yards and found the endzone once more through the air. McCaffrey's backup on the ground, Bryce Love, finished his night with 111 yards on 7 touches and found the endzone once as well. The Cardinal defense held both Rice quarterbacks to 124 yards on a combined 15 of 28 night of passing.
Oregon @ Oregon State - 24-34
This series has been all Ducks lately but the Beavers ended an 8-game losing streak to their in-state rivals behind a great performance from Ryan Nall. This game was very back-and-forth from the beginning as neither team could really run away with this one. Both teams found the endzone in the first and second quarters as they went into halftime tied at 14. The Ducks started the second half strong as they held a 10-point lead just halfway into the third quarter but were unable to hold off Nall as he scored the final 3 touchdowns of the game. The Ducks had a chance to bring the game to within a field goal but Justin Herbert's pass fell incomplete and the Beavers took over on downs with a minute remaining in the game. Beavers quarterback Marcus McMaryion finished with 101 yards on 13 of 20 passing and threw one touchdown. Nall finished with 155 yards and 4 touchdowns on 31 carries. Oregon running back Royce Freeman finished with 106 yards on 19 carries while quarterback Justin Herbert had 180 yards and a touchdown while completing 16 of his 28 attempts.
UCLA @ California - 10-36
Neither team could find the endzone in the first half as California kicker Matt Anderson had 4 field goals to give the Golden Bears a 12-0 lead at halftime. The Bruins started the second half scoring by scoring their only touchdown of the game on a 7 yard pass from Mike Fafaul to Kenneth Walker III. The Bears finally were able to end their endzone drought as they scored their first two touchdowns of the game in the third quarter to lead 26-10. They were able to put the game away completely in the final quarter as they scored 10 more points while holding UCLA out of scoring range. Davis Webb finished with 301 yards and two touchdowns behind a 32 of 48 night. Khalfani Muhammad had 116 yards on 29 carries to help out the Bears offense. Bruin quarterback Mike Fafaul finished completing 12 of his 30 attempts for 176 yards and threw a touchdown and an interception. Nate Starks finished with 73 yards while the Bruins could not get anything going on the ground.