Roundup: ASU makes national statement as Oregon wins North
Some day for Pac-12 football fans last Saturday, as per usual. #Pac12AfterDark was very much a thing as Oregon-Utah featured one of the craziest plays you’ll ever see: Utah receiver Kaelin Clay dropped the ball at the 1-yard line on what would have been an easy touchdown, only to have Oregon linebacker Joe Walker take it back 100 yards for an Oregon score. Instead of it being 14-0 Utah, it was a 7-7 game, and that play was a huge turning point in Oregon’s 51-27 win. Unfortunately for the victors, the Ducks suffered numerous injuries in the game – center Hroniss Grasu, corner Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and tight end Pharaoh Brown were all knocked out of the game.
The Utes got banged up in that game as well: Quarterback Kendal Thompson and receiver Tim Patrick are out for the season with knee and leg injuries, respectively.
How ‘bout that game in Tempe tho? Despite nearly blowing a 31-point lead, the Sun Devils were stellar in a 55-31 beatdown of Notre Dame, and as John Marshall of the Associated Press writes, Arizona State is in the College Football Playoff hunt with that victory.
How ‘bout that performance from UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley, huh? He was responsible for four touchdowns in the Bruins’ 44-30 win at Washington Saturday night. Jack Wang of the LA Daily News points out that he is now the Bruins’ all-time leader in career touchdown passes.
Christian Caple shows us where Washington ranks nationally in statistics following the 14-point loss to UCLA.
Arizona got a nice 38-20 win over the Buffs, and it was a solid performance by Arizona receiver Samajie Grant, who had six grabs for 83 yards, two touchdowns, and this leap over Colorado defensive back Evan White. Impressive.
Yeah, the Buffs might be 2-8 this year, but running back Phillip Lindsay predicted that Colorado will go to a bowl game in 2015. A freshman, Lindsay recorded his first 100-yard rushing game and somehow broke out of this pile.
Washington State quarterback Luke Falk led the Cougars to a 39-32 win over Oregon State in his first career start, throwing for 471 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Well done, young man.
Part of the problem during this four-game losing streak is that Oregon State’s defense has struggled to force turnovers. Gina Mizell tells us that the Beavs haven’t registered a takeaway in 11 quarters.
Great stuff from the LA Times’ Bill Plaschke, who caught up with former USC coach Ed Orgeron, who in turn says he is open to returning to Troy.
Kudos to Stanford field hockey for making the NCAA tournament, and here’s a video looking back at its 2014 campaign so far. Stanford will take on Louisville in a first-round game in Connecticut on Saturday.
Take a look at what Cal alums did in the NFL this week. Aaron Rodgers had a decent game, throwing six touchdowns in the first half against Da Bears.