Roundup: Statement victories for Oregon and USC
‘Twas a great Saturday for the Pac-12, highlighted by Oregon winning the biggest non-conference game of the year with a 46-27 victory over Michigan State. And yes, as Ted Miller and Chantel Jennings say, Oregon passed its first playoff test, while John Canzano writes that Marcus Mariota saved Oregon’s season with his second-half masterpiece. Oh and by the way, Oregon jumped up to No. 2 in the latest AP top 25 poll.
In a clash of conference heavyweights, USC outlasted Stanford for the second straight year, and Kyle Bonagura writes that Steve Sarkisian passed his first big test as USC head coach (a lot of passing tests on Saturday, eh?). Also, USC AD Pat Haden apologized for confronting officials during the Stanford game. The Pac-12 has fined Haden $25,000 and reprimanded Steve Sarkisian for his sideline behavior.
On the other side of the ball, Carl Steward of the Bay Area News Group explains why Stanford’s loss to USC was so out of character and should be cause for concern.
Everett Cook of the Los Angeles Times gives us five things we learned about UCLA’s 42-35 win over Memphis. Another closer-than-expected one for the Bruins.
In taking care of business on the road in convincing fashion, Paola Boivin writes about the ways in which Arizona State football matured in its 58-23 smashing of New Mexico. The Sun Devils handled adversity (allowing New Mexico to cut the lead to eight) well and turned the game into a laugher in the second half.
Washington defeated Eastern Washington 59-52 in a game that would make the Arena Football League smile, and Mason Kelley writes about the performance of new starting quarterback Cyler Miles: 14-24 passing, 180 yards and a touchdown through the air; three more scores with his feet.
Sure, the Utes hung 59 on Fresno State, but Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune opines that it was the Utah defense that set the tone against Fresno State.
The Buffs got into the win column Saturday with a 41-38 win against UMASS, and Kyle Ringo reports that the Colorado running game improved in the second half, as Buff rushers were better able to get to the second level of the UMass defense.
Good stuff from Nam Le of California Golden Blogs breaking down the Cal football season so far. The Golden Bears improved to 2-0 after thumping Sacramento State 55-14 on Saturday.
It got a little close at the end, but Oregon State held on to beat Hawai’i 38-30. The victory has Ken Goe of The Oregonian writing that the Beavers’ defense looks good so far, which gives them a chance to contend in the Pac-12 going forward.
A 24-13 loss to Nevada has Washington State hoping it can dig out of an 0-2 hole, as Jacob Thorpe writes.
Let’s end the day on this: Watch Steve Kerr, Sean Elliott and Kenny Lofton rap about Arizona (along with the rest of the Arizona basketball team) in this video from the 1987-88 season. This is beyond awesome; the sunglasses really tie the piece together nicely. W-I-L-D…Cats!