Roundup: Arizona State scores big win in the Rose Bowl
Huge win for Arizona State to keep itself at the forefront of the Pac-12 race, upsetting then-No. 7 UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The Sun Devils won 38-23, getting their last touchdown on a run in which the offensive line pushed Kallen Ballage more than 15 yards to the end zone. Also, Arizona State punter Matt Haack was named the Ray Guy Award Player of the Week after averaging 43.1 yards per punt, placing five inside the 20-yard line with no touchbacks. He had a huge punt to pin the Bruins deep with the game on the line, a punt that eventually forced the Bruins to take a safety on their ensuing drive.
Death, taxes and new Oregon uniforms. Nike and Oregon unveiled the new Oregon Pioneer uniforms that pay homage to Lewis and Clark. The Ducks will wear these jerseys Saturday against Washington State. Also, Andrew Greif reports that coach Mark Helfrich isn’t ruling out a two-QB system while Vernon Adams is out. Both Jeff Lockie and Taylor Alie played in the 41-24 win at Colorado Saturday night.
After taking a ton of hits Saturday night against Oregon, Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau says he’s OK to play going forward. Liufau spoke to Brian Howell and other reporters Sunday evening after he couldn’t make the postgame presser Saturday because he was getting treatment.
The “revitalized” Stanford offense is clicking against Pac-12 competition, writes Jon Wilner. Stanford has scored 40-plus points in three straight games for the first time since 2011, when Andrew Luck was still on The Farm.
Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press writes that Arizona’s defense was “no match” for Stanford, giving up 570 yards to the Cardinal offense. Also, FootballScoop is reporting that Arizona football is working on a new haka dance. Arizona officials announced that the Wildcats would no longer be performing the haka dance before games after getting heat for it when it was shown on ESPN for the UA-UCLA game. No word on when the new haka dance will make its debut.
With Cal being 5-0 for the first time since 2007 and sporting a No. 23 ranking after beating the Cougs by six, and Utah being the No. 5 team in the nation, Kevin Gemmell notes that Utah-Cal is the Pac-12’s marquee game of Week 6, and College GameDay will be in Salt Lake City for the contest. Also, Sonny Dykes says the 2015 Cal team is deeper than the 2014 squad that got off to a hot start and missed a bowl game, reports Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Following the 34-28 loss to Cal, Jacob Thorpe opines that Washington State is improving but still hasn’t played a complete game. The Cougs have led at halftime in each of their four games so far this year.
After the recent round of upsets, Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports has Utah and Florida playing in the College Football Playoff semifinals, and he has the Utes as the No. 1 team in the country in his top 10. He also has Baylor-Oklahoma in the 2-3 matchup.
The Sark Bowl is Thursday with Washington coming to Troy to take on USC, and Ted Miller writes that USC needs to put the emotions aside and focus on beating Washington. Sark was the head coach at Washington from 2009-13 before heading to USC.
Oregon State men’s soccer grew as a team during its weekend sweep of the SoCal schools (UCLA, San Diego State), notes Steve Gress of the Corvallis Gazette-Times. The Beavs beat UCLA and SDSU by 1-0 margins a week after giving up two goals in the final two minutes of a 2-1 loss to Seattle U.
Washington women’s soccer defeated USC 1-0 Sunday night to complete a weekend sweep of the LA schools. The Dawgs are now 2-1-0 in conference play.