After getting injured last week, there were questions as to whether the Oregon State wide receiver would play this week against Arizona State. He was in there, though, and he made an impact right off the bat with this 50-yard touchdown reception.
Asked at 2012 Pac-12 Football Media Day about the pressure of trying to replace LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner said "pressure is what you feel when you don't know what you're doing."
From the looks of it, Barner hasn't felt any pressure all season. That was especially true tonight, when Barner set an Oregon record by rushing for 321 yards, a record previously held by... you guessed it, LaMichael James.
Oregon most certainly won't be the No. 2 team in the nation anymore when next week's AVCA Top 25 is released, but Pac-12 Networks analyst Al Scates expects the Ducks to still play like they are when they host No. 1 Stanford on Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Ducks (20-2, 11-2) lost to Cal in five sets on Friday night, which will certainly cause them to drop in the poll. But for now, Sunday's match is still a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, and Scates believes Oregon will be at the top of its game.
Apparently, Reggie Dunn wants another Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The day is still young with three more Pac-12 contests upcoming, but Dunn made his case with another 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, this one to open the second half against Washington State.
Utah's John White got off to a slow start this season but has really picked up the pace over the last couple of weeks, running for 105 yards and two touchdowns against Cal last weekend before unleashing a 47-yarder to the house against Washington State on Saturday. Known by his colorful nicknames "The Wolfman" and "Juan Blanco Cuatro", White looks like he has returned to his 2011 form, when he rushed for more than 1,500 yards.
Not a bad run here, eh?
Earlier in the week, David Shaw announced that he was going to expand backup quarterback Kevin Hogan's role for the Colorado game. Well, the Stanford coach has done that and then some, letting Hogan take over the offense as the game got out of hand. A big reason why the game became a blowout was because of Hogan, who was able to get the job done with both his arm and his feet.
Both Arizona and UCLA are coming off huge wins entering Saturday's showdown at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (7:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Arizona took down USC a week ago [highlights] and Ka'imi Fairbairn nailed a game-winning field goal as time expired to propel UCLA over Arizona State [highlights].
Utah looked like a completely different team while roughing up Cal last weekend [highlights] than the squad that entered on a four-game losing streak. The Utes now welcome an improved Washington State team that pushed Stanford to the brink last weekend [highlights]. Kickoff in Salt Lake City is at 12 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks.
It was truly a rare event Friday night as three of the five top-10 ranked conference teams were upset. No. 2 Oregon, No. 5 UCLA, and No. 6 USC had been so dominant throughout the season, so what gives? Maybe Halloween came late this year, but regardless, it was definitely a Freaky Friday in Pac-12 Volleyball.
Here are the highlights:
Cal pulls off upset of No. 2 Ducks