Pac 10 Weekend Recap

After two weeks of play, the Pac-10 is now 13-3 against non-conference opponents. Oregon blasted Michigan, but the most surprising win last weekend belonged to Washington who upset Boise State in Seattle. Cal avoided the upset bug while Oregon State is just downright upset after getting humiliated at Cincinnati.






OSU has made it a habit of playing lose-lose non-conference games in recent memory and this "trap" game came up and bit them in the tail AGAIN.  Even before knowing the final score – 34-13 Cincy – the odds against the Beavers' getting a road win east of the Mississippi were against them, regardless of what the experts thought.  OSU lost at Fresno State 16-14 in 2003, got embarrassed at Boise State 53-24 in 2004 and again on the blue turf in 2006, losing 42-14.  Give the Beavers credit for being willing to play these teams on the road but they had little to gain and a whole lot more to lose in playing a school like Cincinnati.  On Thursday, they lost, and like in years past, they lost a game like this big.  OSU may go on to have a great season and perhaps even knock off a team like USC for the second straight season.  But a loss like Thursday night's won't soon be forgotten.  Strangely, had they actually won the game, it would've been a victory that a national audience would have dismissed by Friday morning. 

Nippert Stadium – 35,000

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Washington surprised everyone except probably themselves in making easy pickings of a good Boise State team.  The Broncos out gained the Huskies but they also committed more turnovers, which helped the Huskies race out to a 24-7 lead midway through the second quarter.  Boise State would add a field goal just before the half and that would be the last time either team would score.  Huskies QB Locker again played well, giving Washington fans hope that the 2007 will be anything like their disappointing 2006 campaign.  Up next is a trip to the Horseshoe to play the Buckeyes.  A loss to Ohio State is probably likely but after logging wins against Syracuse and Boise State, a 2-1 record heading into conference play is one any UW fan would gladly have accepted if offered three weeks ago.

Husky Stadium – 72,500

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BYU 17


UCLA is going to need better play out of their QB Olson (13/28, 126 passing yards, 1 INT) if they expect to compete for a conference title, but for now him not losing games the Bruins are favored to win will suffice.  After beating Arizona last week, the Cougars had an opportunity to knock off the #11 Bruins.  Trailing 20-0, BYU kicked a field goal with five seconds to go in the second quarter.  They then dominated the third quarter, scoring 14 unanswered points.  Three turnovers would prove too much to overcome for BYU who failed to score any points in the fourth quarter.  The turnovers were frustrating but not as frustrating as the 11 penalties for 84 yards that are completely uncharacteristic of a Bronco Mendenhall coached team.  The penalties and turnovers led to BYU's demise even though they had 435 total yards of offense compared to only 236 for UCLA.      

Rose Bowl – 91,500

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ASU was very hospitable in spotting visiting Colorado 14 points before rattling off 33 straight points to beat the Buffs' going away.  The Sun Devils looked solid for their second straight game, playing a much more physical brand of football under new head coach Dennis Erickson.  QB Rudy Carpenter was off target early but threw two TD strikes in the second quarter and another in the third (19/37, 269 passing yards).  Senior RB Torain carried the load on the ground for the Sun Devils, rushing for 91 yards and one TD.  Despite the 33 points, the difference in the Sun Devils from 2006 to 2007 is their improved play on defense.  The speedy and hard hitting Sun Devils secondary forced Colorado QB Hawkins into an abysmal performance (15/42, 155 passing yards, 1 TD, 1 INT).  Combine Hawkins poor passing with a rushing attack that was anything but (39 yards) and it's easy to see why the Buffs' (204 yards of total offense) really never had a chance despite their early advantage. 

Sun Devil Stadium – 71,706

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Colorado State fought Cal tooth and nail in the first half, trailing only 17-14 at the half.  The Bears came out of the locker room motivated, though, in scoring 17 unanswered points to take a 34-17 advantage.  Cal rushed for 245 yards, with 73 coming on a reverse to Jackson who padded his Heisman Trophy resume with his second highlight reel play of the season.  Just when it seemed like the Bears were going to run away from Sonny Lubick's team, the Rams never quit and scored two late touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make things interesting.  Cal hosts Louisiana Tech this weekend and better come to play as the Bulldogs came up just one two-point conversion short of upsetting Hawaii last weekend in overtime. 

Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium – 34,400

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Oregon QB Dixon officially kicked off his Heisman campaign against Ron English's porous Michigan defense.  Dixon filled up the stat sheet both in the air (16/25, 292 passing yards and 3 TDs) and on the ground (76 yards, 1 TD).  He also had help.  Bruising, yet speedy RB Stewart average 7.4 yards per carry against the Wolverines, finishing with 111 yards on just 15 carries.  His lone TD came early in the second quarter, which gave the Ducks an 18-7 lead at the 10:33 mark.  Michigan followed their shocking loss to Appalachian State by allowing the Ducks to amass 624 yards of total offense while being held to nearly half that (365).  Michigan's four turnovers did not help either.  Oregon plays Fresno State this weekend.  Like Cal, the Ducks better be ready for a fight or else there hopes of entering conference play with an unblemished record will seriously be put to the test. 

Autzen Stadium – 54,000

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An interception thrown by Arizona QB Tuitama provided NAU with great field position at the Wildcats 5-yard line.  A recovered squib kick by NAU at the Arizona 20 again gave the Lumberjacks an easy scoring opportunity.  Those two plays aside, this game was nothing short of a blowout.  Tuitama (23/44, 283 passing yards and 5 TDs) got hot in the third quarter when he threw three touchdown strikes to three different teammates.  In fact, distributing the ball was the most impressive aspect of the Arizona offense on Saturday as 11 different players caught passes, including frosh TE Gronkowski who had two catches for 65 yards and a score.  Fellow true freshman, RB Grigsby, in his first real action of the season ran aggressively, gaining 56 yards on 9 carries.  All-American CB Cason returned a punt 70 yards for a touchdown early in the second quarter while kick returners Ross and Thomas each had returns of 52 and 35 respectively.  The loss of several UA special team players from the 2006 roster seemed like a major concern heading into the season.  Thus far, all the special teams units have been outstanding.

Arizona Stadium – 56,002

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Wazzu QB Brink proved that he's the real deal.  Brink completed a school record 38 passes against the Aztecs.  His stat line (38/47, 469 passing yards for 5 TDs) is something out of a video game.  Despite the blowout victory, don't be fooled because the Cougars' defense still remains very suspect.  They gave up 399 total yards of offense to an average San Diego State team.  More importantly, 285 of those yards came in the air meaning that when Pac-10 play opens the Cougars' secondary will be the point of attack for the conferences prolific offenses.  Still, a win's a win and right now, head coach Bill Doba will take any win he can get.

*Game played in Seattle

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