In front of the second-largest crowd in Duck volleyball history, No. 5 Oregon took down rival and unbeaten No. 2 Washington on Saturday, 3-1. The Huskies were the only remaining undefeated team in the nation until Oregon stepped in. Both teams were unbeaten and tied at No. 2, until last weekend when Oregon lost at then No. 7 Stanford. Here's a look at the thrilling final play of the game:
The first BCS standings were released Sunday night and the biggest surprise came right near the top, where Oregon finds itself at No. 3 despite having been ranked No. 2 in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today Poll the last four weeks. Still plenty of time for the Ducks to surpass No. 2 Florida or No. 1 Alabama, and only one of those two SEC teams can enter the bowl season undefeated. Oregon also has to do its part, and it starts with a tough Thursday night game in Tempe against Todd Graham’s Arizona State Sun Devils.
The first half of the season hasn't been kind to Keith Price. A front-loaded scheduled that included the dominant defenses of LSU, Stanford and Oregon, combined with a makeshift offensive line, has led to the Washington quarterback being sacked 12 times and hurried or hit on many other snaps through the first five games of the season. We haven't seen the fun-loving side of Price that we got so accustomed to last year... though there was a glimpse on Saturday vs. USC.
It's one or the other; not both. You either block the punt or recover the blocked punt.
Unless you are Anthony Brown of the USC Trojans Saturday in Seattle. Brown blocked Travis Coons' punt, recovered it himself on a generous hop, and coasted into the end zone to give USC a 24-7 lead in the second quarter. The rare feat:
An opportunistic defense and efficient running attack helped preserve No. 11 USC's 24-14 victory over host Washington Saturday night in Seattle.
Anthony Brown's blocked punt and subsequent recovery for a touchdown gave USC a 24-7 lead going into the second half, but Washington turned up the pressure on the Trojans in the third quarter, scoring on a 29-yard touchdown pass from Keith Price to star tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Justin Wilcox's defense held the Trojans off the scoreboard in the second half, giving the Huskies multiple chances to inch closer.
In a battle of two of the nation's premier defenses, No. 17 Stanford fell just short against No. 7 Notre Dame 20-13 in overtime on a dreary night in South Bend.
The front sevens of the Cardinal and Fighting Irish controlled the game, allowing just one offensive touchdown in regulation combined and neither side yielding four yards per carry on the ground.
After a 22-yard field goal by Notre Dame's Kyle Brindza sent the game to OT, the Irish scored on their first overtime possession thanks to a great catch by T.J. Jones on a pass thrown behind him in the end zone.
Check out this touchdown catch by Oregon State tight end Colby Prince off a deflected pass from quaterback Cody Vaz.
Both Cal and Washington State have been predictably unpredictable this season.
Cal has played well in games it lost (to Ohio State) and poorly in games it should have won -- then uncorked its best effort vs. UCLA this past Saturday. Meanwhile, the Cougars' defense is earning accolades while Mike Leach's innovative Air Raid offense has yet to get off the ground. Saturday night's match-up in Pullman (7:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) has an anything-can-happen vibe
Check out this amazing strike from the golden boot of Washington senior Patrick Pacheco that won the game for the Huskies in double overtime against Cal today.