Do you like fourth-quarter comebacks and touchdowns aplenty? Then Week 5 of the 2014 Pac-12 football season was for you.
We'll call this one the Pac-12's shootout of the year – so far. The day was filled with record-breaking performances, from Nelson Spruce’s 19 receptions for Colorado to Jared Goff and Sefo Liufau’s matching 449-yard, seven-touchdown performances. Cal's James Langford finally ended the duel in double-overtime. Cal travels to WSU next week, while Colorado hosts Oregon State.
Seemingly every bounce went UCLA's way in a statement win at ASU on Thursday as Brett Hundley let voters know he’s still a Heisman candidate. With starting QB Taylor Kelly on the sideline, the Devils simply couldn’t keep up once the Bruins got rolling. UCLA hosts Utah next, while ASU travels to USC.
The Hail Mary is becoming a pattern in the Pac-12, but you won’t see anyone from the USC sideline complaining. A Cody Kessler-to-Darreus Rogers end-of-half lob put USC up 21-10 on a game Oregon State team, and clamped down in the second half en route to a 35-10 win in the Coliseum. USC hosts the Sun Devils next, while the Beavers head to Boulder.
Kevin Hogan was efficient, the defense was stifling, and Ty Montgomery was, well, Ty Montgomery in the Cardinal's close road win on Saturday. Despite a momentum-shifting defensive touchdown by Shaq Thompson, the Huskies were never able to get over the hump, and Stanford avoided its second conference loss. Stanford travels to Notre Dame next, while Washington has a bye week.
Mike Leach and his Cougars finally got that statement win. You can pencil them in for huge yards on a weekly basis, but in a tough environment against the Utes on Saturday, WSU displayed a scrappy attitude and sent a message to the Pac-12 that the Cougs are not to be messed with. Washington State hosts Cal next week, while Utah travels to UCLA.