Roundup: Oregon wins 3-OT classic in Tempe
Points, overtimes and controversy… oh my! Oregon outlasted Arizona State 61-55 in a triple-overtime classic Thursday night in Tempe, scoring the go-ahead touchdown on a play in which it looked like Bralon Addison didn’t get his foot down in bounds. But that fourth-down touchdown pass from Vernon Adams to send it to OT… that was amazing. Most overall entertaining game in the Pac-12 since… Wazzu-Cal in 2014? Stanford-USC in 2011? Something in between or beyond?
More on that Addison grab in triple OT – Andrew Joseph of The Arizona Republic writes that the officials got the call wrong in Arizona State’s loss.
USC officials announced plans for a $270 million renovation of the Coliseum on Thursday. The revamping will take place after the 2017 football season and should be completed by the 2019 campaign. Also, USC Athletic Director Pat Haden is stepping down from the CFP selection committee due to health issues.
Now on to Saturday. Washington State welcomes Stanford to the Palouse (or Woodstock, whichever) for a Saturday night delight (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN) that will have a big say in who claims the Pac-12 North, and Kevin Gemmell writes that Washington State receiver Gabe Marks has led the Cougars’ revival. Been a fan of this kid since 2012.
Meanwhile, David Lombardi writes that the Stanford defense faces a big test against the high-octane Air Raid offense. Defensive coordinator Lance Anderson says his unit is “heading in the right direction.”
The fun starts well before that though, as Cal hosts USC in a high-noon shootout (FOX). Jeff Faraudo notes that Cal is looking to “stop the bleeding” against the Trojans. The Bears have lost two straight and got manhandled by UCLA following a five-game win streak to start the season; they have also lost 11 straight years to USC.
UCLA and Colorado will also be playing at noon PT/1 p.m. MT (Pac-12 Networks), and Jack Wang tells us that UCLA running backs Paul Perkins and Nate Starks are “on track” to play against Colorado, according to head coach Jim Mora.
Colorado has more pep in its step as it prepares for UCLA, notes Brian Howell. The Buffs are coming off their first conference win since the 2013 season.
"The Drive" Bowl is going down in Salt Lake City, where the Utes will match wits with Oregon State (4 p.m. PT/5 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks). Danny Moran of The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that the Oregon State defense hopes the momentum it has built over the last game and a half doesn’t get demolished by Utah.
Kevin Gemmell features Utah defensive coordinator John Pease ahead of the Utes’ game against the Beavs. At 72 years young, Pease has stepped away from the game twice but “failed retirement,” as his wife would say.
RichRod is super amped for the 8 p.m. PT kickoff in Seattle between the Huskies and ‘Cats (FOX Sports 1), but he’d rather discuss why he rewards players with nacho dip every week.
Washington says it’s ready for whoever starts at QB for Arizona, reports Adam Jude. Will it be Anu Solomon or the speedy Jerrard Randall? Meanwhile, Jake Browning’s status is still unknown for Saturday night’s contest.