|Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey gets two thumbs up for his Pac-12 record-breaking performanc. (US Presswire)|
Arizona 56, Colorado 31: Ka'Deem Carey, this is your world. The Wildcats star young running back did not just take the torch as the Pac-12's next great back, he set fire to it. Carey set the Pac-12 record with 366 rushing yards and five touchdowns against Colorado (1-9, 1-6 Pac-12). He also caught two passes for 34 yards. Even better, he took the pressure off QB B.J. Denker, who settled in quickly and was 12 of 14 for 135 yards and two touchdowns, with a passer rating of 213.9. A week after being stymied in a 66-10 loss to UCLA, Arizona (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) dialed up 574 yards of total offense. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, scored in one game nearly as many points as they had in the previous four (37).
No. 18 USC 38, Arizona State 17: After a week filled with even more nonsensical controvesy, the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) needed a big win to shut up the critics. They got one over Arizona State (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12) behind Curtis McNeal and Marqise Lee. McNeal had 159 rushing yards and three total touchdowns, and Lee had 12 catches for 178 yards and a touchdown as the Trojans survived three Matt Barkley interceptions. The USC defense rose to the occasion, particularly up front, where the Trojans had seven sacks. Worse for the Sun Devil offense? QB Taylor Kelly had a career-high three interceptions. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
No. 17 Stanford 27, No. 14 Oregon State 23: Stanford fans, meet your new hero: Kevin Hogan. The Cardinal quarterback, making his first career start, was 21 of 28 for 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 47 rushing yards. Hogan wasn't perfect -- he had two interceptions, including one in the fourth quarter -- but the Stanford defense made up for it against Oregon State (7-2, 5-2 Pac-12). The Cardinal (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) recovered a Cody Vaz fumble midway through the fourth and Hogan found Zach Ertz for the game-winning touchdown pass. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Washington 34, Utah 15: Washington QB Keith Price looked like a 2011 version of himself Saturday, throwing for 277 yards and two touchdowns for the Huskies (6-4, 4-3). Price threw multiple touchdown passes for only the third time in 10 games this season, he did it nine times last season. The junior also rushed for a touchdown. RB Bishop Sankey became only the 10th player in Washington history to reach 1,000 yards. After rushing for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries, Sankey has 1,017 yards this season. Utah RB John White ran for 142 yards. It was the first time Utah (4-6, 2-5) has lost when White rushes for more than 100 yards.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Cal 17: For two-and-a-half quarters, it looked like Cal might upset the Ducks (10-0, 7-0), but then Oregon threw a knockout punch. And another. And another. And another. And another. After the Bears pulled within 24-17 in the third quarter, Oregon scored the final 35 points. Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 377 yards and tied a school-record with six touchdown passes. Three of the six touchdown passes went to Josh Huff, who had five catches for 109 yards. Cal (3-8, 2-6) bottled up RB Kenjon Barner, who finished with only 65 yards after running for a school record 321 against USC last week. Cal QB Allan Bridgford, filling in for an injured Zach Maynard, went 9 of 21 for 113 yards and a touchdown. Bridgford also threw a costly interception in the third quarter that led to an Oregon touchdown. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
No. 17 UCLA 44, Washington State 36: UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-12) scored 30 points in the second quarter and needed every single one of them ito beat the Cougars (2-8, 0-7). With the game tied at 7 after one quarter, QB Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in the second. The Bruins also got a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown from LB Eric Kendricks and a safety in the quarter. Hundley almost threw a perfect game, finishing 18 of 21 for 261 yards. As if the 30 points weren't exciting enough, the Bruins special teams had four blocked kicks. UCLA blocked two field goals and two punts, including a field goal in the first quarter that Roosevelt Davis returned 68 yards for a touchdown. QB Connor Halliday was one of the few bright spots for Washington State, throwing for 330 yards and five touchdowns. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
|Stanford QB Kevin Hogan, making his first career start, was 21 of 28 for 250 yards and three touchdowns and added 47 rushing yards against Oregon State. (US Presswire)|
Play of the weekend: All Vaz needed to do was hold on to the ball. All Stanford needed was one last chance. DE Josh Mauro gave it to the Cardinal, scooping up a Vaz fumble in Oregon State territory to set up the game-deciding 14-yard touchdown from Hogan to Ertz.
He said what? “When I woke up this morning, I just had a great feeling and I put it in my head that I wanted to get the school record. I didn't want to tell anybody, but that's what I thought," said Ka'Deem Carey, on his record-breaking day.
RapidReports offensive star of the day: RB Carey, Arizona. Yes, every one of those 366 yards came against a Colorado defense that ranks among the worst in the country. But don't spoil the fun. Carey has a chance to go down as a truly special back, and lost in the adulation given the Rich Rodriguez-Matt Scott one-year soiree is the fact that Carey will be back. And, perhaps, better than ever.
RapidReports defensive star of the day: LB Lamar Dawson, USC. Dawson had 11 tackles and an interception as the Trojans' defense rebounded from back-to-back brutal peformances with a dominating second half.
His seat is getting uncomfortable: Jon Embree, Colorado. The Buffaloes don't have the talent, sure. We understand that. But Embree could have his players executing with more discipline, and they're simply not. They committed 10 more penalties against the Wildcats for 75 yards.
A possible spot on the bench for: QB Vaz, Oregon State. Vaz was good but not great, and in a season where the stakes matter -- with the thinnest margin for error -- his costly fumble set the Beavers back. He and Sean Mannion have a tight battle going up there in Corvallis.
Why you care about these three stat lines:
- Oregon QB Mariota throws for 377 yards: We knew Oregon could run, but we didn't know if the Ducks could win if the game was put on the right arm of QB Mariota. Well, that question was answered against Cal. The Golden Bears stuffed the run and dared Mariota to beat them with his arm and he did just that. The true freshman threw for a career-high 377 yards and tied a school-record with six touchdown passes.
- Stanford QB Hogan throws three touchdown passes: Mariota wasn't the only Pac-12 quarterback to have a big game. In his first career start, Hogan threw three touchdown passes, something previous starter Josh Nunes only did once in eight starts this season. With Hogan running the show, Stanford could make a run at the Pac-12 North title.
- USC RB McNeal runs wild: Trojan QB Barkley didn't have his best game, but he didn't need to because USC had McNeal. The senior rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 31 carries, leading the Trojans to a 38-17 win over Arizona State. It was a big win for USC, which will play UCLA for the Pac-12 South title next week at the Rose Bowl.
Key number: 366. We've seen some incredible individual performances across the Pac-12 this year, but Carey might be the best. The Pac-12 rushing record stood for almost 30 years before Saturday.