The Pac-12 had a pretty sleepy weekend, as no games wound up going to the wire. Teams that were favored won their games and the UCLA Bruins were on a bye week. It’s safe to say that the conference was lacking buzz last night.
Here is a quick recap of each Pac-12 tilt.
ASU 62, USC 41
USC’s elite defense was lit up by Taylor Kelly and the ASU Sun Devils on Saturday night. A 350-yard performance from Kelly and 612 yards of total offense from ASU led to Lane Kiffin’s abrupt firing, leaving the Trojans with Ed Orgeron as the interim head coach. While USC’s offense finally got it together, their defense was entirely exposed after holding Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton-led offense to just 14 points the week prior.
Oregon State 44, Colorado 17
Although Oregon State dismissed Colorado, the Buffs kept the game within reach for a little over a half. And though this may sound tongue-in-cheek (it’s not), it’s important to note that, for Colorado, this is significant progress. For Oregon State, this begins a long road of recovery and will-building after losing to an FCS team during the first week of the season.
Washington 31, Arizona 13
The Huskies proved themselves worthy of attention as Washington beat Arizona handily on a rainy day in Husky Stadium. While the Wildcats kept the game close for much of the afternoon, Washington’s defense held a solid Arizona offense to just 318 yards of total offense. Though this was a sloppy game, the weather contributed to this and the Huskies did a good job of playing within the elements.
Stanford 55, Washington State 17
The Cardinal came in as just nine-point favorites over the Washington State Cougars, likely because of their lackluster second half against Arizona State last week. Instead, Stanford went into Seattle and destroyed the Cougars from start to finish, dismissing any chance of an upset. The Cardinal earned 560 yards of total offense en route to their win over the Cougs.
Oregon 55, Cal 16
In yet another Pac-12 North match-up, Oregon was sure to get an early rest for the next week, earning 41 points in the first half to Cal’s three. Of note is Cal’s QB carousel as head coach Sonny Dykes quickly benched youngster Jared Goff for Zach Kline, which may have done some damage to Goff’s confidence as Cal’s starting signal-caller.