Roundup: The best is out west
‘Twas another weekend of non-conference dominance for the Pac-12, which improved its non-league slate to 29-4 after going a perfect 6-0 on Saturday; yes, a strong nonconference season for the Pac-12 indeed. But let’s start off with the lone conference tilt of the weekend, as Stanford handled Arizona State 42-28 on The Farm in what was also the only matchup of ranked teams last weekend. Sure, Los Forks scored three late touchdowns to put a bit of a scare into the Cardinal, but Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated writes that Stanford displayed dominance in its win over Arizona State.
The first 30-plus minutes of that game was a sight for sore eyes for Sun Devils fans, but now Arizona State must recover from the Stanford stage fright. Huge Pac-12 South tilt against USC next weekend.
Speaking of USC… not a whole lot went right on offense for the Trojans, but they wound up beating a very solid Utah State team 17-14 at the Coliseum. Sure, Cody Kessler had some nice throws and the offensive line and running game were able to burn out the clock at the end, but in what is becoming a recurring theme, defense bailed out the Trojans again.
UCLA absolutely pasted New Mexico State 59-13 Saturday night, but perhaps the coolest thing about the contest was seeing UCLA run its first play with 10 men to honor Nick Pasquale (it went for a 5-yard gain too). Also, did you see Detroit Lions rookie/former UCLA tight end Joseph Fauria perform an N’Sync touchdown dance, saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to Redskins fans after grabbing one in the end zone against Washington yesterday?
This wasn’t expected to be much of a game, and it certainly lived up to that billing. By throwing for 213 yards and three touchies by halftime, Keith Price led No. 17 Washington to a 56-0 route of Idaho State. Here are highlights from the Huskies’ victory, and one of the biggest ones was Deontae Cooper scoring his first collegiate touchdown in what has been an unfortunate, injury-plagued career until 2013.
The Holy War for the most part was a defensive war with Utah coming out on top 20-13 in Provo over the Cougars for their fourth straight victory against BYU, and the Utes’ defense stood tall when it mattered most Saturday night.
It was looking gloomy for the Beavs in San Diego, trailing by 13 to the Aztecs heading into the final frame of regulation. But back came Riley and Co., and Oregon State eked out a 34-30 victory over San Diego State. This win, combined with last weekend’s overtime thriller over Utah, has Lindsay Schnell asking “is this the ‘Cardiac Kids,’ Part II”? Steven Nelson gave the Beavs the lead late in the fourth with a pick-six, so you could say that “Mr. Pick” showed up in the nick of time. More double-doubles and milkshakes for this bunch.
The state of Washington outscored the state of Idaho 98-0 on Saturday. With Washington beating Idaho State 56-0, that must mean that Washington State trounced Idaho 42-0 (that was, indeed, the case). With that result, the Washington State defense pitched its first shutout since 2003. Things got a little testy after the game as well, and the Washington State and Idaho head coaches had words, choosing not to reveal what was said.
Arizona used its bye week in part to try to shore things up in the receiving game, and Trey Griffey is among those looking to step up at receiver.
With no game to wrap up in Eugene, this is the perfect time to get to know tight end Johnny Mundt, whose hard work and mean streak puts him in line to be the next great Oregon tight end.
With no game to wrap up in Boulder, let’s shift our attention to the hardwood for a hot sec. They love their hoops in Boulder, and junior Spencer Dinwiddie is one reason why. Dude’s a heck of a hooper (and apparently quite the Madden gamer as well), and it’s that competitive fire that fuels the Buffs’ Dinwiddie.
The Golden Bears women’s hoops team has become known for its great videos, and this Cal women’s basketball China trip summary is no different. Very-well filmed, produced and edited, and the music is awesome. #StartedFromTheBottom