Roundup: Utah stamps a ticket to its first Pac-12 Football Championship Game
Props to Utah football for clinching the Pac-12 South by virtue of beating Colorado 30-7 Saturday afternoon and Oregon defeating Arizona State Saturday night. Kurt Kragthorpe breaks it down for us, as the Utes will make their first Pac-12 Football Championship Game appearance. Only took eight years for all six teams in the South to make it to the conference title game, while only Stanford, Oregon and Washington have repped the North (though that could very well change this year).
What can’t this guy do? Gardner Minshew threw a school-record seven touchdown passes to lead Washington State to a 69-28 thumping of Arizona Saturday night in Pullman (The Spokesman-Review). The Cougs moved up to No. 7 in the AP and Coaches polls; will they get a similar bump in the CFP poll on Tuesday?
Now the Pac-12’s winningest quarterback following the Huskies’ 42-23 win over Oregon State on Saturday, Jake Browning has a chance to cap his career nicely with a win in the Apple Cup to send the Dawgs to the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, writes Tim Booth of the Associated Press.
Mike MacIntyre was fired as Colorado football head coach, AD Rick George announced Sunday morning. George later named Kurt Roper interim head coach.
USC football dropped to 5-6 following a 34-27 loss to rival UCLA Saturday afternoon, and Joey Kaufman writes about USC’s second-half issues on offense. This coming a week after the Trojans got shutout over the final 30 minutes in a 15-14 loss to Cal.
Oregon women’s basketball guard Sabrina Ionescu tied the NCAA record for career triple-doubles (men or women) in leading the Ducks to a 102-82 win over Buffalo Sunday in Eugene. Ionescu had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists en route to her 12th career triple-double (she already had the women’s record).
Oregon State men’s soccer lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, dropping a 1-0 decision to Saint Mary’s in Fresno on Sunday afternoon.
Great day for Stanford athletics – men’s water polo won the MPSF Tournament to nab an auto-bid to the NCAAs, men’s soccer is on to the round of 16 and women’s volleyball won its 24th in a row, but we’re linking to Stanford women’s soccer defeating Wisconsin 1-0 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals, getting a goal in the 37th minute from Jordan DiBiasi.
Also, check out the highlights of UCLA women’s soccer drilling NC State 5-0 to advance to the NCAA quarterfinals (the team’s third straight 5-0 win to start the NCAA tournament, by the way). Up next for the Bruins is a Saturday afternoon date with North Carolina for the right to go to the College Cup.
It’s Maui Invitational time, y’all, so Bruce Pascoe gets us ready by giving us an Arizona-Iowa State preview. The Wildcats will play either Gonzaga or Illinois on Tuesday.
Big win for Arizona State women’s basketball over Arkansas (88-85) Sunday night in Fayetteville, and check out the highlights in the preceding link. Kianna Ibis led the way with 20 points for the Sun Devils.
Due to air quality concerns, Cal women’s basketball played a home game at Stanford on Sunday, defeating Pacific 81-69 at Maples Pavilion. Rusty Simmons has the gamer for us in the link.