Roundup: Stanford bounces back
So much news to get to after a busy, busy weekend. Where do we start? With the first BCS rankings of the year, which has four Pac-12 teams in the top 25. Oregon is behind Alabama and Florida State at No. 3, Stanford is No. 6, UCLA is No. 12 and Oregon State is No. 25.
Stanford got a huge W Saturday afternoon, showing it had moved past a loss in Salt Lake City the week before by besting UCLA 24-10 to hand the Bruins their first loss of the season. As Ted Miller explains for us, Stanford bounced back by being itself. But the real headline out of this game was that Kodi Whitfield made the catch of the day -- and perhaps the year -- with his 30-yard touchdown snag to give the Card the lead for good. Wowsers. As a result of that play and many others, Stanford is back in the hunt for the Pac-12 and BCS titles.
Unfortunately for the Bruins, not only was it their first defeat, but linebacker Eric Kendricks was taken to Stanford Hospital for tests on his kidney (Kendricks was later released and traveled back to SoCal with the team). That was but one injury, because the loss to Stanford really hurt the Bruins; the offensive line took a serious beating as well.
Oregon, awesome pink helmets and all, took care of business by dispatching of Washington State 62-38. The Ducks led by 38 in the fourth quarter before a couple of late Coug scores, leading Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti to call Mike Leach “low class” after the Cougars kept passing it late. Aliotti later apologized for his comments.
You gotta credit the Cougs for making it a game for a half, but Oregon outclassed the Cougars in the second half. At the very least, Connor Halliday set a new FBS record with 89 passing attempts and tied the record with 58 completions.
There’s a lot of math that goes into football games, and sometimes you just gotta Carey the one, especially when Ka’Deem’s big numbers added up to a win over Utah. Arizona defeated the Utes 35-24 behind a 40-carry (school record), 236-yard performance from No. 25. After that, you should look at who’s leading the nation in rushing again (hint, it’s the guy we’ve been talking about in this very graf).
Travis Wilson got banged up, Adam Schulz had his moments and Andy Phillips missed a couple of field goals. All of that and more in the Deseret News report card for Utah against Arizona. After the loss, Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Trib says the Utes are now drowning in Pac-12 doubts.
We could talk about what went wrong for the Huskies, but let’s take a moment to remember one of the great head coaches of all time as Washington mourns the passing of Don James, who died Sunday morning. James was the head coach at U-Dub for 18 years, leading the Huskies to six conference titles and the 1991 national championship. Adam Jude of the Seattle Times pays his respects, saying farewell to a Husky legend. Lastly, Jim Caple remembers Don James in a nice ESPN article.
Things weren’t pretty on Saturday night in Berkeley, and a QB controversy is brewing for the slumping Golden Bears after a 49-17 loss to Oregon State. Jared Goff was pulled in the second half in favor of Zach Kline, who completed 11 of 16 passes for 71 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
Remember how much of a QB controversy there was in Corvallis in fall camp? Yeah… not so much anymore. Sean Mannion torched the Cal secondary for 481 yards and four scores, and his prime time target Brandin Cooks may be forcing his way into the Heisman discussion. Cookie had 13 receptions for 232 yards and has 1,176 receiving yards on the season, the most in the FBS by 152 yards. (Mike Evans of Texas A&M is second.)
USC suffered the first loss of the Ed Orgeron era with a 14-10 defeat at the hands of Notre Dame in South Bend, and the Trojans missed chances to steal one in an ugly loss to the Irish. If you like offense, you did not like the second half of this one -- zero points and seven first downs in the final 30 minutes. Total grinder.
Colorado got right by beating Charleston Southern 43-10 and is now halfway to bowl eligibility halfway through the season. The Buffs are right on schedule, and Mike MacIntyre aims to make November count. Huuuuuuge game against Arizona next weekend in Boulder.