The Pac-12 finished the weekend undefeated in non-conference play. The league is now 29-4 versus foreign competition with only three games versus Notre Dame remaining (Arizona State, USC, and Stanford all play the Fighting Irish). Here's a rundown of Saturday's action:
As expected, the Bruins cruised, but this game will be remembered for UCLA's honoring of former teammate Nick Pasquale, who passed away two weeks ago. In a moving moment, Shaq Evans left the UCLA huddle before the game's first play, leaving just 10 men on the field. The Bruins are off next weekend.
This was the country's marquee match-up of the weekend, and Stanford raced out to a 29-0 halftime lead en route to victory. Though Arizona State did fight back in the fourth quarter, they couldn't overcome the Cardinal's dominant first half, which included two blocked punts. The Farm Boys move on to face Washington State while The Fork returns home to take on USC.
For the second straight week, the Beavers pulled some late-game road heroics out of their bag. Oregon State outscored the Aztecs 20-3 in the fourth quarter to pull it out. Steven Nelson's pick six with 2:38 remaining was the deciding score. Mike Riley's squad hosts Colorado next.
The Utes won their fourth consecutive Holy War, and it certainly wasn't easy on the road at Provo. Travis Wilson's 273 yards through the air helped Utah hold off BYU and improve to 3-1. It wasn't over until Michael Walker's interception with 1:37 left. The Utes are off next weekend.
The Vandals and the Cougars' campuses are located only 10 minutes apart, so there was some regional intensity in this rivalry. But Washington State packed too much firepower for Idaho. Connor Halliday's 346-yard effort pushed the Cougars to 3-1 for the first time since 2006. Stanford is next for Mike Leach's club
The first rout came at Husky Stadium as the state of Washington blanked the state of Idaho by a combined score of 98-0 Saturday. Steve Sarkisian's club led 42-0 at halftime behind three Keith Price touchdown passes. Washington is firing on all cylinders entering its Pac-12 opener at home versus Arizona next week.
Feisty Utah State scratched and clawed for 60 minutes at the Coliseum, but the Trojans' defense stood tall to seal the victory for USC. The Aggies were averaging 49.3 points and 550 yards per game coming in. They finished with only 13 points and 285 total yards. USC visits Arizona State next weekend.