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PAC-12 Week 8 Review – The Wildcats come close!

Our PAC-12 Week 8 Review gets underway with The Wildcats getting so close to a first win and Oregon getting a good win in the Rosebowl. 

PAC-12 Week 8 Review – Washington @ Arizona

Washington scored two 4th quarter touchdowns to win 21-16 and avoided an embarrassing defeat to Arizona. Arizona who haven’t won in 17 games, raced to a 13-0 lead in the first half. The Wildcats dominated Washington on both sides of the ball, limiting the Huskies to just 80 yards on offence and punting on all 6 first half possessions. In fact Washington only got in the Arizona half on one play. The first punt of the game was blocked by Arizona player Isaiah Taylor, which he recovered at the Huskies 23 yard line. Arizona could only manage a field goal from the good field position, but that play summed up how the Wildcats played.

Huskies cant stop the run

On defence they were all over Washington, especially bullying the Huskies offensive line. The run game was constantly making positive yards and it was from their that they made it 10-0. Running back Jamarye Joiner ran in a 1 yard touchdown, 54 yards from the 64 yard drive came on the ground. a 50 yard field goal from kicker Lucas Havrisik gave them a 13-0 lead going into the half. Washington HC Jimmy Lake must have said something that woke his team up, as the Huskies forced a 3 and out on Arizona’s first possession. UW got the ball and stormed 81 yards up the field on 8 plays to score their first points of the game.

Terrell Bynum got his first touchdown on the day, on a 16 yard pass from QB Dylan Morris. Arizona added a field goal, then the game changing play. The Wildcats drove deep into Washington territory, but a bad throw from QB Will Plummer was intercepted by Tuli Letuligasenoa. They made them pay, when Morris found Bynum again, pulling them back within 2 points. On the next drive, Morris threw his 3rd touchdown pass, this time to Rome Odunze to complete the comeback. Arizona plays USC next, hoping to try to play to the same standard as they did in the first half. Washington are on the road to Stanford.

PAC-12 Week 8 Review – USC @ Notre Dame

USC tried to rally late, but went down 31-16 against #13 ranked Notre Dame. 24-3 down going into the 4th quarter. The Trojans ended the 3rd driving into Notre Dame territory. 8 seconds into the 4th quarter and running back Keaontay Ingram went in to the end zone on a 4 yard run. On the Fighting Irish’s next drive, QB Jack Coan was picked off by Chris Steele on the Trojans own 14 yard line. Steele got his head turned around in time to snag the ball away from the Notre Dame receiver.

London is the real deal

USC quarterback Kedon Slovis dropped a 44 yard pass to Drake London on the first play. London has been one of few shining lights on this Trojans team, he finished with 171 yards from 15 receptions. The drive ended with Darwin Barlow rushing home for a touchdown, the extra point was missed and USC found themselves only 8 points behind. The potential comeback was halted when Notre Dame scored on their next drive. Irish running back Kyren Williams chewed off most of the yards, a player the USC defenders just couldn’t stop all game.

QB Slovis had another up and down game. He made some top-level throws, but was picked off inside the Fighting Irish 10 yard line and also fumbled the ball on their last drive when he was sacked. USC showed a bit more fight than most games this season, but slip to 3-4 on the season. They should get back to level on the year next week as they play winless Arizona.

PAC-12 Week 8 Review – Colorado @ California

California dominated on defence, in a 26-3 win over Colorado. The Golden Bears limited the Buffs to just 104 offensive yards. It has been a struggle for Colorado on offence all season, but this was a new low. After only 101 yards on offence in the first half, you might have thought it couldn’t get too much worse. But just 3 yards in the second half is not far off rock bottom. Cal were a part of that with decent performances from Elijah Hicks, Cameron Goode and JH Tevis. All combing for 3.5 of their 6 sacks, with Hicks also having an interception.

Colorado’s defence were good, more so in the second half with Nate Landman and Mekhi Blackmon leading on tackles once again and limiting Cal to just 106 yards on offence. The game might have been out of sight by then, more in mind than the scoreboard. The Bears led at HT 24-3, thanks to 3 field goals and 2 touchdown passes from Chase Garbers to Keleki Latu and Gavin Reinwald. Garbers threw for 225 yards and also broke the California quarterback rushing record with 96 yards on the ground.

California only added a field goal in the second half, but the damage was done in the first. Buffaloes running back Jarek Broussard had half of the their offensive yards, leading on rushing and receiving yards. A bad day at the office for Colorado who have to find something before travelling to play Oregon. California also have Oregon opponents in the Oregon State Beavers next weekend.

Huskies slide without HC – BYU @ Washington State

Washington State became the 4th PAC-12 victim of BYU, going down 21-19 in a close game. Washington State left 2 points on the field, deciding to go for 2 point conversion, after Max Borghi had just run in a touchdown to bring the Cougars to within a point of BYU late in the 3rd quarter. Again after the opposition had stretched their lead to 21-13. Borghi got his third touchdown of the day, to make it a two point game with 4 minutes left. Wazzu had to go for a 2 point conversion again to try tie the game up.

They dived into the box of tricks, QB Jayden de Laura looked like he was going to run the ball but flipped it to wide receiver Lincoln Victor, who tried to run it home but was halted. Victor tried to turn it into a passing play, but it never had a chance. Max Borghi was Washington States go to guy, scoring all 3 touchdowns, rushing for 83 yards and having 36 receiving yards. QB de Laura had figures of 26 from 37, 257 yards and had 1 interception. This was the first game since HC Nick Rolovich was fired last week. Replacing him till the end of the season is Jake Dickert, who starts off with a loss, all be it a valiant effort in defeat. Washington State have a tough trip to Arizona State next week.

PAC-12 Week 8 Review – Utah @ Oregon State

Oregon State dealt Utah a blow in pursuit of the PAC-12 South, with a 42-34 win over the Utes. The win also keeps the pressure on Oregon above them in the North. It didn’t start too well for the Beavers, finding themselves 14-0 down thanks to two touchdown passes from Utes QB Cam Rising. Rising found Micah Bernard then tight end Brant Kuithe on a short field drive after a bad punt from Beavers punter Luke Loecher. Oregon State fought back with touchdowns from Anthony Gould and Jack Colletto. Then their defence held Utah inside their own 10 yard line, forcing the Utes to turn the ball over on downs on their own 1 yard line.

Capitalising on Errors

5 plays later and Beavers QB Chance Nolan was sacked and lost the ball, with Utah recovering on the Oregon State 19 yard line. Running back Tavion Thomas punished them running in a 3 yard touchdown. Thomas had 2 touchdowns on the day and rushed for 74 yards. Only 1 more yard then QB Cam Rising had on the ground. Down 24-14 at the half, the Beavers had 3 touchdowns in the 3rd quarter to Utah’s one, turning the game on its head with Oregon State now leading 35-31.

Receiver Trevon Bradford grabbed two of the touchdowns, one on a 10 yard run to give the Beavers the led going into the 4th. BJ Baylor added a further touchdown to extend the lead. Again Utah had to hand the ball over on downs inside the Beavers 5 yard line. A late field goal gave Utah a glimmer of hope, but couldn’t retrieve the onside kick. A tough loss for the Utes, who now have a must win game at home to UCLA. Oregon State have a shot at the North, they must beat California next week to keep the dream alive.

Ducks win as Dogs – Oregon @ UCLA

Oregon kept there slim hopes of a playoff place alive, with a back and forth 34-31 win over UCLA. Oregon fought back from 14 points down early in the game. They then had to fend off a late UCLA fight back when 17 points ahead early in the 4th quarter. The Bruins started fast scoring two early touchdowns. First running back Brittain Brown. Then QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson found Kazmeir Allen on a 4 yard pass. Oregon then drew level with two touchdowns either side of a missed 35 yard field goal from Bruins kicker Nicholas Barr-Mira.

Travis Dye ran in both on short yard plays. Dye finished with 4 touchdowns for the Ducks but only had 71 scrimmage yards. It was Dye’s 3rd and 4th touchdowns in the 3rd quarter that swung the game in favour of Oregon, again both short yard scores. The fourth TD came after the Ducks were put in great field position. After Bruins punter Luke Akers dropped the ball when trying to punt and it was recovered by Oregon at the UCLA 22 yard line.

Oregon also had a fumble late in the 3rd quarter to set UCLA up with good field position at the Oregon 30. Chip Kelley decided to do for it on 4th and 18 instead of taken a shot at 55 yard field goal or punting the ball away. 3 plays later Oregon extended their lead to 17 thanks to a run from quarterback Anthony Brown. Dorian Thompson-Robinson got it down to 10 points on a 2 yard run, then the fireworks.

Boom time

Anthony Brown was picked off by Jordan Genmark Heath and returned it 20 yards to the Oregon 20 yard line. Brittain Brown went in for his second TD of the day, making it a 3 score game with over 6 minutes left to play. Brown and the Ducks managed the clock and ran off 3:34 and found themselves on the UCLA 24 yard line. Brown tried to seal the win, but was picked off by Jay Shaw in the end zone.

UCLA had another chance to win it, but DTR had to leave the drive early when he was injured. In came back up Ethan Garbers. He was picked off by corner back DJ James, his second interception of the day. Oregon get out of the Rose Bowl with a win. They should back that up next week when they welcome Colorado. The Bruins will need to pick themselves up off the floor as they have a massive game against Utah next week.

Written by Jordan Merritt @Jordm87

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