The PAC-12 Week 4 Review has an Oregon team knocking for the top spot in the AP poll. Utah got back on track and USC need leadership and fast.
Utah stuttered past Washington State in a 24-13 win in Salt Lake City. The Utes fumbled the ball an amazing 7 times, losing 3 of them. Two late touchdowns in the 4th quarter, one on both sides of the ball finished of the Cougars, who had their own issues with looking after the ball. WSU quarterback Jarrett Guarantano was picked off 3 times in the game, the final one was the killer blow that sealed the game for the Utes. Utah corner back Clark Phillips picked off a Guarantano throw, that looked like a miss communication on the route. Phillips read the throw and ran it back 54 yards to put Kyle Whittingham’s team up by 11 with just over 2 minutes left to play.
This was just after Utah QB Cameron Rising and running back TJ Pledger had drove 72 yards down the field to give the Utes the lead after falling behind early in the second half. Pledger finished the drive of with a 20 yard run. The junior finished with 117 rushing yards from 10 carries. The other offensive score came from freshman quarterback Ja’Quinden Jackson on a 2 yard run.The Cougars only touchdown on the day came from Guarantano’s arm when he found receiver De’Zhaun Stribling on a 26 yard pass. Stribling was the stand out performer with 93 receiving yards from 6 catches.
The run game couldn’t get going, with only 70 yards on the ground. This put the ball in Guarantano’s arm and he did not look after it, despite throwing for 248 yards. Utah broke their 2 game losing streak, while the Cougars dropped to 1-3. Both teams will look back and know they will have to look after the ball better, as well as just playing better football. Another road trip for the Cougars as they play California, while Utah has their bye week before they go on the road in a big match-up vs USC.
Washington scored a winning overtime touchdown to beat California 31-24. It was running back Sean McGrew with the overtime score, his second on the day that put them 31-24 up. Cal drove down the field and got to the UW goal line and looked like they would go in for the score. Garbers handed the ball off to running back Damien Moore, but he was met by Cameron Williams and Jackson Sirmon, who crushed Moore, which led to a fumble which was recovered by linebacker Ryan Bowman.
Washington had a 14 point lead late in the 3rd quarter, but Cal QB Chase Garbers found Damien Moore with a 26 yard pass late in the 3rd and then ran a 7 yard score in with just under 3 minutes left in the 4th quarter. Garbers had a decent day, but the two interceptions let him down, one of them intercepted on the Bears own 36 yard line by corner back Kyler Gordon, who had
both interceptions. That resulted in a Huskies touchdown, that put them 7-0 up thanks to a 19 yard pass from Washington QB Dylan Morris to receiver Taj Harris. morris had a better day, throwing 2 touchdowns and not throwing an interception, although he did have a fumble hat was luckily not lost. On the other side Garbers threw for 319 yards and 2 touchdowns, the two interception a blotch on the stats. It was a scrappy game, both teams head coaches won’t have been happy, even Huskies HC Jimmy Lake. Both teams will need to improve things before next weeks match-ups. Washington had a tough trip to in form Oregon State, while California welcome Washington State to Berkley.
#3 ranked Oregon improved to 4-0 with a 41-19 win over Arizona. Take out most of the middle part of this game and it was comfortable for the Ducks. 24-7 up with 4:24 left in the second quarter, Arizona scored 12 unanswered points in the 2nd and 3rd quarter to make it a one score game going into the final quarter. Oregon fired back with 17 unanswered points of their own, 6 of them thanks to a interception score from safety Bennett Williams, who had 2 interception on the day.
The Ducks had 5 interception on the day, all coming from Wildcats sophomore quarterback Jordan McCloud, a day the young QB will want to forget. McCloud did have a touchdown pass to Bryce Wolma in the 1st quarter, but that was about as good as it got for him. Ducks signal caller Anthony Brown wasn’t as accurate either, but at least found his own guys. Brown had figures of 10 from 21 completed passes, 206 yards and 3 touchdowns. Arizona managed 435 offensive yards against a normally stubborn Oregon defence, but the turnovers killed any chance of them winning this game.
Wildcats receiver Stanley Berryhill III continues to be a shining light on this team, leading on receiving yards for the 3rd straight game, this week with 75. Oregon’s ground game was impressive again, adding 187 yards to their impressive season total so far. Oregon will need to improve against the better PAC-12 teams if they have play off aspirations. Arizona still can’t end this horrendous losing streak, standing at 16 games now. Another tough game for them, as they welcome UCLA to Tucson after their bye week. While Oregon play PAC-12 North rivals Stanford, in Stanford.
Arizona State got back to winning ways with a comfortable 35-13 win over Colorado at the Sun Devil Stadium. ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels didn’t throw a touchdown in this game, but he did rush for two and had 75 rushing yards. Daniels did have 236 passing yards too, In fact Daniels had more all purpose yards on his own, than all of the Colorado team put together. The Buffaloes have struggled for the last few weeks on offence, their woes continued this week with only 250 offensive yards, 183 coming from the ground game.
Freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis had had 107 yards passing or less in all 4 starts. Yes, Colorado loves to run the ball, but they need more from Lewis and the offensive line if they want to be competitive in games. The Buffaloes only touchdown came on the ground from Alex Fontenot, with Cole Becker adding 2 field goals. The Colorado defence stood tall again until they crumbled late on, Nate Landman the star on defence once again. The Buffaloes tried to put the ball in ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels as much as they could, the junior stood up to that challenge, averaging 9.4 yards a throw from 18 completions.
Rachaad White had 4 of those completions from Daniels, the other came from wide receiver Ricky Pearsall. Daniels through a lateral pass to Pearsall, who then found White downfield for a 30 yard touchdown. White also added a rushing touchdown too, taking his tally to 7 total TDs this season. Colorado HC Karl Dorrell will need to address the failing offence when they welcome USC to Boulder. Arizona are off to the Rose Bowl, a game with massive PAC-12 South title implications.
Oregon State dumped further woes on USC, with an impressive 45-27 win at the Coliseum. The Beavers running game went off, as they accumulated 322 rushing yards. This helped them on the way to their first win in the Coliseum since 1960. Ending a losing streak of 24 games. B.J Baylor was the pick of the backs as he rushed for 158 yards. But the two rushing touchdowns game from linebacker Jack Colletto on direct snaps. Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan was accurate and despite throwing his first 2 interceptions on the year, still managed 4 touchdowns and 213 passing yards. Wide receiver Tyjon Lindsey had two of those touchdowns and an over 100 yard receiving game.
The Beavers defence was excellent, with 3 interceptions, a bunch of pass break ups and lots of tackles. Kedon Slovis was the USC quarterback picked off 3 times. Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart was ruled out with an injury he picked up last week, while subbing in for Slovis, who was injured early last week. Slovis did manage 355 passing yards and a touchdown, but the interceptions were costly. A week doesn’t go by without mentioning wide receiver Drake London, who had 165 yards from 10 receptions.
London now has 540 receiving yards through 4 games. USC are in a deep hole and will want to get out of it quickly. A tough job for the next head coach. USC travel to hapless Colorado, a big game for both PAC-12 South teams. The Beavers are flying high and unexpectedly are 3-1. They will fancy their chances against a struggling Washington team.
In another classic PAC-12 game, UCLA ran out 35-24 winners, to keep their PAC-12 South title charge going. After last week’s gut wrenching loss to Fresno State, the Bruins beat a rejuvenated Stanford with an impressive performance from all areas of the team. UCLA got off to a flyer in the first quarter, with touchdown runs from quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson and running back Zach Charbonnet. Junior Charbonnet had his 3rd 100 yard rushing game in 4 games, netting 118 rushing yards and a score from 23 attempts. Although all parts of the Bruins game were good, DTR was extra special.
Throwing for 251 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for 2 touchdowns on top of that. When Stanford tied the game up early in the 4th quarter, Thompson-Robinson threw a 75 yard touchdown pass to Kyle Phillips. Then after a Stanford field with the help of Charbonnet, he drove them down the field to seal the win. Wide receiver finished the day with over 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Tanner Mckee continues to impress for the Cardinal. Although on the losing side, McKee threw for 293 yards and 3 touchdowns. He kept Stanford in this game when it could easily have gotten away from them. He even had 42 off Stanford measly 67 rushing yards. HC David Shaw will hope the running game will be back to its usual self next week. UCLA move up to rank #20 and will move up again next week if they can despatch Arizona State next week. Shaw will need to pick up his team for the visit of unbeaten Oregon, can they cause an upset?
Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87