|Stanford RB Stepfan Taylor falls short of the goal line on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in overtime. Inconclusive replays showed that Taylor may have crossed the plane of the goal line, but officials ruled him down. (US Presswire)|
No. 10 Oregon State 42, BYU 24: If any Oregon State fans had any worries about backup QB Cody Vaz, he did his best to qualm any concerns. On the Beavers' first possession, Vaz directed a six-play, 75-yard drive that ended with an 11-yard touchdown pass to WR Markus Wheaton. After that, Oregon State never trailed. Vaz -- who started because Sean Mannion had knee surgery this week -- went 20 of 32 for 332 yards and three touchdowns. Wheaton had two receiving touchdowns and a scoring run. Oregon State (5-0, 3-0 Pac-12) is 5-0 for the first time since 1939. BYU is 4-3. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
No. 7 Notre Dame 20, No. 17 Stanford 13 OT: This game literally came down to one play. Trailing 20-13 in overtime, Stanford had the ball fourth-and-goal at the Notre Dame 1-yard line, but Cardinal RB Stepfan Taylor was unable to punch it in. Or did he? Refs reviewed the play and it appeared that neither Taylor's elbows or knees hit the ground, which would have meant a touchdown for Stanford. But officials determined that there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the call on the field, which was that Taylor didn't get in the end zone. Stanford's offense was limited to 272 total yards with Taylor accounting for 102. QB Josh Nunes was 12 of 25 for 125 yards and had two first-quarter interceptions for Stanford (4-2, 2-1). (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
UCLA 21, Utah 14: Freshman QB Brett Hundley proved Saturday that he has a short memory. A week after throwing four interceptions in the Bruins' loss to Cal, Hundley rebounded to go 15 of 21 for 183-yards, and two touchdowns. Hundley scored on a 12-yard keeper and also threw a 64-yard TD pass to Shaquelle Evans. Evans caught four passes for 91 yards. Hundley wasn't the only freshman QB in the game, Utah's Travis Wilson got his first start of the season. Wilson threw an interception on Utah's opening drive, but otherwise had a solid game, going 23 of 33 for 220 yards.
No. 11 USC 24, Washington 14: If you would've told Steve Sarkisian before the game that his Huskies would hold Matt Barkley to 167 yards and star recevier Marqise Lee to just 32, he probably would've thought Washington would've won. But then he'd be forgetting about Silas Redd, and that's just silly. Redd had 154 rushing yards and a touchdown, and USC led 24-7 at the half before cruising to the win. USC harried Washington QB Keith Price, who had three turnovers and was sacked five times. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Cal 31, Washington State 17: Cal ran all over the Cougars in the Pac-12 late game, and it was a family affair. Four Bears ran for more than 50 yards, led by C.J. Anderson's 15 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns, and Cal won for the second straight week after a 1-4 start. Zach Maynard added 78 rushing yards and a touchdown and 11 of his 14 completions went to brother Keenan Allen, who finished with 165 yards and a touchdown.
Arizona State 51, Colorado 17: Sun Devil QB Taylor Kelly threw five touchdown passes in the rout. The second half was a disaster for Colorado (1-5, 1-2) as the Buffaloes were outscored 31-0. The Sun Devils' (5-1, 3-0) second-half scoring blitz started on the first play when Rashad Ross returned the opening kickoff 100-yards for a TD. Kelly was 20 of 28 for 308 yards. RB Marion Grice caught three of Kelly's five touchdown passes. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Play of the weekend: An 11-yard touchdown pass isn't usually impressive enough to be the play of the weekend, but it is this weekend. Oregon State QB Vaz's 11-yard TD pass to Wheaton in the first quarter against BYU capped a six-play, 75-yard drive on the Beavers' opening possession and proved that Vaz could handle the pressure of replacing Sean Mannion.
He said what? "Stepfan swore to me that he got it. That he got over the goal line on the second effort. The officials looked at it and said he didn't get in, so he didn't get in," Stanford coach David Shaw said on the Cardinal's fourth-down play in overtime.
RapidReports offensive star of the day: QB Vaz, Oregon State. Not only did Vaz have to make his first career start Saturday, he had to do it against the nation's No. 5 defense. Vaz responded by throwing for 332 yards and three touchdowns in the Beavers' win. More importantly, it means In-N-Out Burger for the team. Coach Mike Riley treats the players at the fast-food restaurant after every win.
RapidReports defensive star of the day: CB Poyer, Oregon State. A week after picking off three passes against Washington State, Poyer was at it again against BYU. The senior put an exclamation mark on the Beavers' win with a fourth-quarter 49-yard interception return for a touchdown that iced that game for Oregon State.
His seat is getting uncomfortable: Kyle Whittingham, Utah. The Utes were the trendy non-USC pick to win the Pac-12 South, but they're nowhere near the top of the division following Saturday's 21-14 loss to UCLA. In fact, Utah (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) is tied for last in the South division with Arizona.
A possible spot on the bench for: QB Nunes, Stanford. Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and accounted for five touchdowns in the Cardinal's Week 6 win over Arizona, but none of that carried into Saturday's game with No. 7 Notre Dame. The beleaguered QB completed less than half of his passes (12 of 25) and threw for 125 yards in the overtime loss. Nunes threw two first-quarter interceptions, which led to three Notre Dame points. The points proved to be big as Stanford and the Irish were tied at 13 at the end of regulation.
Why you care about these three stat lines:
- Oregon State quartebrack Cody Vaz throws for 332 yards, three touchdowns: With Sean Mannion down for 2-4 weeks with a knee injury, all eyes were on Cody Vaz. And they were wide-open, as were Oregon State receivers, as Vaz was electric in his first start. He started hot, going 5 of 5 on his first drive, and the Beavers racked up 450 yards on the stingy BYU defense. Mannion's injury was thought to be a back-breaker for the Beavers. Maybe not.
- USC running back Silas Redd runs for 154 yards: Don't look now, but Redd has quietly become the Trojans' key offensive player. With Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee having off days, USC turned to Redd, and he delivered. His 154 yards and a touchdown were hard-earned, coming on 26 carries, and the Trojans appear to be rededicated to the running game. But at what price as Barkley was 10 of 20 for 167 yards.
- Stanford quarterback Josh Nunes finishes with passer rating of 70.2: It was a brutal Saturday afternoon for the Cardinal in South Bend, the rain wreaking havoc on the passing games. Nunes was left soaking. He was 12 of 26 for 122 yards and two interceptions, finishing with a 70.2 passer rating. That's not going to cut it against a defense like the Manti Te'o-led Fighting Irish.
Key number: 1939. Oregon State's win over BYU moves the Beavers to 5-0 for the first time since 1939.