|Arizona WR Austin Hill celebrates with coach Rich Rodriguez after the Wildcats' wild 39-36 win over USC on Saturday. (US Presswire)|
A record-setting wide receiver from Arizona and a walk-on kicker from Arizona State highlight our under-the-radar performances this week.
Here's three under-the-radar performances from Week 9:
WR Austin Hill, Arizona: It's not often a receiver can catch 10 passes for 259 yards and go under-the-radar, but that's what happened to Hill on Saturday in the Wildcats' 39-36 win over USC. Hill's performance was completely overshadowed by Trojan WR Marqise Lee, who caught 16 passes for a Pac-12 record 345 yards. Hill's 259-yard total is an Arizona record for a regulation game and the second most in school history trailing Jeremy McDaniels' 283-yard performance that came in four overtime game in 1996. You can see him again: Saturday, at No. 25 UCLA, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
K Jon Mora, Arizona State: If you like stories about walk-on kickers, then you'll like this. With K Alex Garoutte struggling -- 6 of 11 this season -- ASU coach Todd Graham decided to give junior walk-on Mora a chance at the job. Mora made the most of his opportunity by drilling 3 of 3 field goals in the Sun Devils' 45-43 loss to UCLA. Mora hit from 36, 31 and 22 yards. Mora's performance was good enough to earn him a second start this week. You can see him again: Saturday, at No. 13 Oregon State, 10:30 p.m. ET (ESPN2).
WR Damien Thigpen, UCLA: With the Pac-12's leading rusher and third-leading passer on your team, sometimes it's hard to get noticed. Just ask Thigpen. The junior had a breakout game against Arizona State with a career-high 92 yards receiving and his first two career TD catches. Thigpen was overshadowed by RB Johnathan Franklin's 164-yards rushing and QB Brett Hundley's four touchdown passes. You can see him again: Saturday, vs. No. 24 Arizona, 10:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12 Network).
Others considered: QB Jeff Tuel, Washington State: 43 of 60, 401 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT vs. Stanford. RB Christian Powell, Colorado: 20 carries, 121 yards, 2 TDs vs. Oregon. DB Desmond Trufant, Washington: Game-high 10 tackles, 1 TFL vs. Oregon State.