Roundup: The Ducks are scary fast
One thing has been clear over the course of the last few years -- the Ducks are scary fast, and that was the case when they dropped Virginia 59-10 on the road three days ago. Fifty-nine points and 557 yards on just 69 plays. Yeah.
De’Anthony Thomas’ 124 yards rushing and three touchdowns were a big part of that 49-point beatdown of Virginia, and he was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week as a result. On the defensive side of the things, Washington State cornerback Damante Horton was named Pac-12 Player of the Week after picking off two passes -- one he returned 70 yards to paydirt and another to seal the deal against USC.
At least for now, the quarterback drama is over in Southern California with Cody Kessler being named USC’s starting QB for its game against Boston College on Saturday. Here’s the official YouTube video from USC on the announcement.
Making headlines across the country, Jim Mora stormed out of his press conference when a camera operator answered his cell phone as Mora was addressing the death of walk-on scout team wide receiver Nick Pasquale.
The Sun Devils have a big game coming up this weekend against the defending Big Ten champs, and the Wisconsin Badgers impress Todd Graham and Arizona State. The Badgers are 2-0 on the young season with wins over UMASS and Tennessee Tech. A win against the Badgers and the Forks will almost surely be ranked.
In case you missed it (or ICYMI, in Twitter-speak), Cal wide receiver Maurice Harris earned top play honors from SportsCenter after his beautiful one-handed grab against Portland State. Quite the catch he had there.
From Dan Hawkins to Jon Embree to Mike MacIntyre, the older Buffs are making the best of their situation with a third coaching regime, and many of these guys have played key roles in Colorado’s 2-0 start.
With some big injuries, the Beavers must remember lessons from other backups who answered the call. And here’s more on Gary Payton’s Hall of Fame induction from the Corvallis Gazette-Times.
With 10 guys whose fathers played in the NFL, the offspring of NFL players makes Stanford a popular destination. Included in those ranks is Barry Sanders, who chose Stanford over Oklahoma State, the alma mater of the famous Detroit Lions running back. Props to Elliott Almond for starting off the headline with “Stanford and Sons”.
So far, so good for Utah in its non-conference slate, but now the Utes want to start conference play in the right way as they prepare to host Oregon State Saturday night. Whittingham’s boys have lost their first two Pac-12 openers to USC and Arizona State, respectively, but perhaps they’ll have more luck against a north division opponent.
The bye week was fun and all, but it’s time to get ready for Illinois, Husky fan, so click on the following link to get notes and video from Steve Sarkisian’s Monday press conference.
Did you watch Week 1 of NFL action on Sunday? Of course you did, so you probably know that ex-Wildcat and current New York Jet Nick Folk continues to be clutch after drilling a 48-yard field goal with two seconds left in the game to lift the J-E-T-S Jets-Jets-Jets to an 18-17 victory over Tampa Bay.