Week 3 was a dramatic one. Arizona State and UCLA pulled off big wins despite their respective quarterbacks exiting with injuries, USC fell on the road and Stanford shut out its second opponent of the season.
Every week, it’s something new for Oregon’s Heisman candidate, be it passing records, rushing records, lack-of-interception records or this. On Saturday, in becoming the NCAA’s lead in interception percentage, Mariota wrapped up the non-conference schedule and began his charge for the Heisman. Oregon takes on Washington State next week in Pullman.
Stanford might have found a receiver to complement Ty Montgomery. Devon Cajuste, who scored three touchdowns in three quarters, has given the Cardinal yet another threat as it embarks on a journey to three-peat as Pac-12 champions. In taking care of Army on Saturday, the Cardinal has shut out two of its first three opponents on the season. Stanford has a bye week before heading to Washington.
The Huskies may have found an identity Saturday, wrapped up in the form of do-it-all Shaq Thompson. Highly recruited out of high school, Thompson has been a star in hiding for the Huskies, but if UW's defense can replicate Saturday’s performance during conference play, the nation will have no choice but to take notice. Washington wraps up its non-conference schedule next week against Georgia State.
Hollywood couldn’t have drawn up a better script: Jerry Neuheisel – son of former Bruin and coach Rick – took over for an injured Brent Hundley and threw the winning pass with just over three minutes left on Saturday. Jerry’s win at Jerry’s World…yeah, it was meant to be. Neuheisel threw two touchdowns and was carried off the field by teammates, while his proud papa watched from the Pac-12 Networks studios. UCLA travels to ASU in two weeks.
It was a win and a loss wrapped up in one Saturday for the Sun Devils as they nabbed their first conference win but watched as quarterback Taylor Kelly left the game on crutches. Kelly threw four touchdowns before he left the game. The Sun Devils are set for a showdown with UCLA in two weeks.
It was a beautiful night in Boston on Saturday, but it will not be a fond memory for USC as the Trojans came up a touch short against Boston College. USC had some outstanding individual performances, but wasn't able to stop BC’s rushing attack. USC hosts Oregon State in two weeks.
Another game, another record for Mike Leach’s Air Raid attack. With 544 yards from Connor Halliday and another 86 from Luke Falk, the Cougars set a conference record with 630 passing yards as they dismantled the Vikings. Halliday’s six touchdown passes set the tone for the Cougars to nab their first win of the season. Washington State hosts Oregon next week.
Nick Wilson continues his one-man journey to make fans forget Ka’Deem Carey – or at least ease the blow of losing him – rushing for 171 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday. The Wildcats held off an impressive Nevada team late into the night, locking up a perfect non-conference record. The Wildcats host Cal next Saturday in their conference opener on the Pac-12 Networks.