Roundup: Rosen named National Player of the Week on offense
The football season got off to a disappointing start for the Pac-12, as teams from the Conference of Champions went just 7-5 on opening weekend. One of the bright spots, however, was Josh Rosen. The first true freshman QB to start a UCLA opener, Rosen was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week on offense after he threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns to pace the Bruins to a 34-16 victory over Virginia. Kyle Bonagura writes that Rosen’s debut is bringing excitement to UCLA football. On a more somber note, UCLA defensive end Eddie Vanderdoes has a torn ACL and is out for the season.
Sports Illustrated reported Saturday that Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright could possibly return for Pac-12 play after having a procedure for a lateral meniscus tear, so the news there is better than originally thought.
Vernon Adams had an impressive Oregon debut against his former school in the Ducks’ 61-42 win over Eastern Washington Saturday night but left the game after taking a late hit in the fourth quarter. After the game, Adams said he was “feeling good” and will play against Michigan State, a game that is sort of turning into a must-win for the Pac-12.
Arizona State lost to Texas A&M 38-17 (though the game was much closer than that) in the Pac-12’s premier matchup of the weekend, and Doug Haller notes that Arizona State has to address some concerns before its next game against Cal Poly, namely protecting Mike Bercovici, who was sacked nine times. Not helping matters is the fact that running back Kalen Ballage has mono, and that’s why he was sent home before the Texas A&M game.
Kevin Gemmell writes that Stanford’s offense struggled in its 16-6 loss at Northwestern Saturday, almost certainly knocking the Cardinal out of the AP Top 25. The loss snapped Stanford’s national-best streak of scoring at least 10 points in 95 consecutive games.
Sure looks like we have a definitive answer at quarterback for Oregon State after Friday night. David Lombardi would agree, noting that Seth Collins won the QB battle in leading Oregon State to a 26-7 win over Weber State. Did you see Collins’ leap over Weber State’s Josh Burton? The Oregonian says it resembles Mariota’s leap over Oregon State’s Justin Strong in the 2014 Civil War.
Jeff Faraudo pens this article on how Cal football manhandled Grambling State 73-14 Saturday in Berkeley. The Golden Bears scored a school-record 52 points in the first half.
You wouldn’t be able to tell by the 55-6 final score or his individual stats (he completed 73 percent of his passes), but Cody Kessler has areas to improve (most notably his footwork, in the mind of Steve Sarkisian), writes Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News.
Extremely disappointing loss to FCS Portland State for the Cougs Saturday afternoon in Pullman, and Jacob Thorpe notes that how Washington State responds to the loss will be important moving ahead.
BuffZone.com’s Pat Rooney writes that Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau must deliver in order for the Buffs to turn things around this season.
With his 208-yard game through the air, Travis Wilson is providing hope for Utah’s passing game, opines Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Tribune.
Washington women’s soccer goalkeeper Megan Kufeld tied the Washington career shutout mark held by Hope Solo (18) in the Huskies’ 1-0 win over Michigan Sunday. Freshman forward Kelcie Hedge provided the offense with an 89th-minute goal.