Roundup: Honoring Nick Pasquale
Good stuff from both teams on the field this coming Saturday in Lincoln: UCLA and Nebraska will honor the late Nick Pasquale with a No. 36 patch and decal on their uniforms.
It might be one of his Pac-12 South foes, but Todd Graham can relate to UCLA’s pain. Graham was the head coach at Rice back in 2006 when freshman Dale Lloyd collapsed during practiced and died the following day.
But it’s not just Todd Graham who was affected by Pasquale’s passing, because the death of the UCLA player was a loss for Travis Wilson. The two grew up playing football together and were friends since they were six years old.
All the national talk has been about how USC lost, not how Washington State won. No love for the Cougs, but that’s all good by the Washington State head coach. The pundits can keep the credit; Mike Leach is happy with the win.
That said, they are doing some soul-searching in Troy, and Marqise Lee and the Trojans held a players-only meeting after the loss to Washington State.
The Pac-12 suspended Oregon State running back Jovan Stevenson for the first half of the Beavers’ upcoming game against Utah for a late hit on a defenseless opponent during the Beavs’ 33-14 triumph over Hawai’i.
Award of best feature of today’s roundup goes to Andrew Greif of The Oregonian for telling us about how Oregon cornerback Troy Hill’s journey saved his life and ensured a future beyond football. And, for what it’s worth, Oregon is No. 1 in NCAA.com’s power rankings (looking at the rest of the list, doesn’t look like it’s worth much).
With his four touchdown receptions, 21 grabs and 417 receiving yards to lead the nation, Paul Richardson is setting records at Colorado. The Buffs wide out joined Ryan McGrady on Statisfaction to talk shop and answer some trivia questions about himself.
At 6’4’’ and 228 pounds, Stanford got a big catch in Devon Cajuste, the starting receiver who hauled in three catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in Saturday’s opener against 408 State.
In order to try to bring down Illinois quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase, the Huskies are bringing a cage to the Chicago Bears’ lair. Not literally, but it makes for a catchy hed. Should be a fun one in Soldier Field.
With wins by the scores of 35-0 and 58-13, it’s all good in the Tucson ‘hood, right? Not so fast, compadre, because the Wildcats are worried about the passing attack despite two blowout wins. B.J. Denker didn’t mince words about his 8-21 performance against UNLV, saying, “I couldn’t hit water if I fell out of a boat.” Guess he didn’t like his showing against the Rebels. It’s not all doom and gloom after victories in the desert, however, because the Arizona women’s soccer team is off to its best start since 1994.
So Cal has a somewhat decently sized non-conference clash with the fourth-ranked Buckeyes coming up, and Ohio State is wary of Brendan Bigelow. Perhaps it’s because he pressed the ‘O’-button on them last year in Columbus.