Roundup: USC football finds its 'groove' against Arizona

John McGillen


David Wharton of the Los Angeles Times writes that USC found its groove against Arizona as the Trojans are closing in on a Pac-12 South title following the 49-35 win over the Wildcats. Clay Helton and Co. can now clinch the Pac-12 South with one win in the last two weeks.


Congrats to Dante Pettis for breaking the NCAA punt returns touchdown record, so watch this highlight reel of all nine of Pettis’ punt returns for touchdowns. Pettis broke the record in Saturday’s 38-3 win over Oregon. Ducks head coach Willie Taggart said he’d kick to Pettis earlier in the week, and, well, at least he lived up to his word.


Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports breaks down how former Utah forward Kyle Kuzma has grown into a “potential cornerstone” piece for the Los Angeles Lakers. The dude has had a scorching start to the season, already posting three double-doubles and three 20-point games in the first 10 contests of the season.


Ben Bolch is reporting that some UCLA fans are raising money online for a mobile billboard and airplane banner to express their displeasure with the football team. The Bruins are 4-5 after a blowout loss at Utah Friday night.


Stanford field hockey earned an NCAA tournament bid after winning the America East tournament title and will face Miami (OH) on Wednesday in a play-in game (yours truly on the call, so you won’t wanna miss it). Winner gets No. 2 Duke on Saturday.

Washington State

Watch the highlights from Washington State’s 24-21 win over Stanford Saturday afternoon, as quarterback Luke Falk became the Pac-12’s all-time passing yardage leader (he surpassed Oregon State’s Sean Mannion for the top spot).

Arizona State

Let’s get some takeaways and personnel grades from Arizona State’s 41-30 win over Colorado, shall we? This comes to us courtesy of The Arizona Republic.


Following the loss to the Sun Devils, we can tell that run defense is still a problem for Colorado, as the Buffs conceded 381 yards on the ground.


Check out this “instant reaction report card” from Cal’s 37-23 win over Oregon State (California Golden Blogs). The Golden Bears are now just one win away from bowl eligibility.

Oregon State

Oregon State had a “golden opportunity” but couldn’t come through in the loss to Cal, writes Danny Moran. Other observations from the Cal game are in the link.


Check out John Canzano’s postgame column from Oregon’s loss to Washington, as he spends a good chunk of it discussing Oregon’s lack of a passing game.


Check out the Pac-12 Networks recap of Arizona men’s basketball downing Chico State 91-53 in its last tune-up before the 2017-18 season begins.

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