|Fans mob Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan after the Cardinal shocked Oregon 17-14 in overtime on Saturday. (AP)|
No. 14 Stanford 17, No. 1 Oregon 14 (OT): Jordan Williamson may have single-footedly redeemed the lot of disappointing Pac-12 kickers while simultaneously dashing Oregon's national title hopes. Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime after Oregon's Alejandro Maldonado missed a 41-yarder. "I was kinda whacked out to be honest," Williamson said on his game-winning kick. The vaunted Stanford defense bent but didn't break as the Ducks (10-1, 7-1) totaled 414 yards -- still way down from their season average -- but finished just 3 of 16 on third down.Stepfan Taylor had a crucial 157 yards on 33 carries to keep the Oregon defense off the field and Stanford (9-2, 7-1) got a boost from TE Zach Ertz, who caught 11 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
No. 17 UCLA 38, No. 21 USC 28: The Monopoly is over, all right, and the Bruins passed Go in a hurry. UCLA CB Aaron Hester intercepted Matt Barkley on the first play of the game, redshirt freshman QB Brett Hundley ran for a touchdown on the Bruins' ensuing possession and put UCLA up 7-0 less than two minutes into the game. That alone was cause for celebration for a team that took 60 minutes to score zero points last season. But it's a brand new day in Pasadena, as the sun peeked out from beneath the rainclouds, and the Bruins (9-2, 6-2) beat USC (7-4, 5-4) for the first time since 2006. UCLA ultimately went up 24-0 before the Trojans stormed back in the storm, but behind Hundley the Bruins held strong. Oh, and a special teams unit that blocked a punt and a field goal. Hundley finished with three total touchdowns (two rushing, one passing) and threw for 234 yards, and Johnathan Franklin added 160 rushing yards and two touchdowns for UCLA, which clinched the Pac-12 South title. (For more on the game, check out CBSSports.com's Eye on College Football blog)
Washington 38, Colorado 3: For about 28 minutes, the Colorado defense looked like the Colorado defense of old. And so did the Washington offense. The Buffaloes held the Huskies (7-4, 5-3) scoreless until just before halftime, when Keith Price found Cody Bruns for a 3-yard touchdown. Unfortunately for Colorado (1-10, 1-7), the Buffaloes couldn't save face and just end the game there. No, Price had to go ahead and throw for three more touchdowns in the second half as the Huskies cruised.
Arizona State 46, Washington State 7: Coming off his first career three-interception game, Taylor Kelly squandered three more passes on Saturday. Only it was against the Cougars, and they can't catch. But Kelly connected on his other 21 passes, including four touchdowns, as the Sun Devils (6-5, 4-4) demolished the Cougars (2-9, 0-8). Forget all the negative press about the Marquess Wilson situation -- Mike Leach can't afford his innovative offense to be as bad on Saturday, when WSU did not score for the first 48-plus minutes.
Arizona 34, Utah 24: It seems like a disappointment because it's not a Pac-12 record, but Ka'Deem Carey's 204 yards against Utah (4-7, 2-5) is arguably more impressive than his conference-record 366 against Colorado. And with Matt Scott less than 100 percent, and showing it, the Wildcats (7-4, 4-4) needed every last yard. Scott was 12 of 27 for 160 yards. Utah's offense moved the ball behind Travis Wilson and John White, but went just 1 for 5 on fourth down. Wilson had 311 passing yards and two scores in the loss, and White added 112 yards on 27 carries.
No. 15 Oregon State 62, Cal 14: Sean Mannion had to wrestle the starting quarterback gig at Oregon State (8-2, 6-2) away from Cody Vaz. The Bears (3-9, 2-7) put up much less of a fight. With a wounded offense that was missing starting QB Zach Maynard and top wideout Keenan Allen, Cal had little of the firepower to match a reborn Mannion, who threw for 325 yards and four touchdowns in the big win. Behind backup QB Allan Bridgford, who had just 128 yards and an interception, the Bears managed just 17 first downs to the Beavers' 35.
|UCLA wide receiver Joseph Fauria lets out a half-decade worth of Bruins frustration after a touchdown reception in a 38-28 win over USC. (US Presswire)|
Play of the day: It took exactly one play for UCLA to convince USC that it was no longer 2011, and these were no longer the same Bruins. Embattled CB Hester quieted the critics, and Matt Barkley heard from them quickly, as the UCLA redshirt senior intercepted the USC quarterback on the first play of the game. Less than two minutes in, UCLA QB Hundley ran it in for the touchdown, and the Bruins had more points than they did all of last year against the Trojans.
Play of the day (Pt. 2): The way 2012 has gone for Pac-12 kickers, we wouldn't have been surprised if Oregon and Stanford went to 15 overtimes. After Maldonado missed what would've been the go-ahead field goal for the Ducks, we felt pretty good with that assumption. Then Williamson lined up for a 37-yarder, and it actually went through the uprights, and while the conference was dealt perhaps a death blow to its national title hopes, the Cardinal faithful were rewarded handsomely.
RapidReports offensive star of the day: RB Franklin, UCLA. Kelly and Price had prolific performances, but they came against poor defenses. Franklin tore up USC for 160 yards and two scores, and he remains the biggest reason for the Bruins' offensive rebirth.
RapidReports defensive star of the day: LB Eric Kendricks, UCLA. The Pac-12's leading tackler is no longer just the little brother of former Cal linebacker and the 2011 Pac-12 defensive player of the year Mychal Kendricks. Kendricks the Younger had a crucial interception and a blocked punt that set up a UCLA touchdown.
He said what? Jim Mora, UCLA head coach: "I understand what this rivalry is all about. I was on the field in the Coliseum in '74. I had just turned 13. My mom went to USC. My dad got his masters there. All of my cousins went there. I understand what this whole thing is about. It's just one game. Until we can string some together and do it over and over again, then it has significance to me. This has significance but I mean real significance."
He said what (Pt. 2)? Jordan Williamson, Stanford kicker, on his nerves before his game-winning kick: "I was kinda whacked out to be honest."
His seat is getting uncomfortable: Lane Kiffin, USC. The Lane Kiffin face was in full effect on Saturday, and it might be permanently etched on after losing to UCLA. With Notre Dame fighting for a spot in the national title game, the Trojans might have to ruin the Fighting Irish victory parade for Kiffin to keep his job.
A possible spot on the bench for: QB Jeff Tuel, Washington State. It's not as if Connor Halliday was much better, but at least he threw a touchdown with less than two minutes remaining. Tuel managed no points against the Sun Devils and was just 8 of 16 for 67 yards and an interception.
Why you care about these three stat lines:
- Stanford snaps Oregon's 13-game winning streak: Pac-12 fans were jumping at the thought of the Ducks dancing into the national championship game after Alabama's loss last Saturday. Then Kansas State struggled and eventually lost Saturday, and it was almost an inevitability. Then ... disaster. And Williamson's foot.
- UCLA beats USC for second time in 14 years: In 2006, when the Bruins pulled out their 13-9 upset of the heavily favored Trojans, it was a fluke, a mirage. It came after a half-decade of losses, and preceded a half-decade of losses, and aside from perhaps keeping Karl Dorrell on the sidelines for one more year, it was a relatively meaningless game. This one, not so much. The Bruins have a shot to take over Los Angeles, with a young offense and USC facing sanctions and the post-Matt Barkley era.
- ASU QB Kelly goes 21 of 24 in big win over Washington State: The Cougars' defense is about as scary as a pack of kittens fighting over milk, but Kelly was a surgeon Saturday and bounced back from his worst game. His 87.5 completion percentage was phenomenal and reminds critics that the recently struggling quarterback has some game.
Key number: 152. The tough Stanford defense has allowed just 320 yards per game, ranking 17th nationally. But even though the Cardinal allowed more than 400 to the Ducks, they held them more than 150 yards fewer than their season average.