Huge, huge, HUGE win at Oregon this past weekend, and not just for our victorious Bears. With the nation watching (OK, the western states were watching. Everyone else got the highlights), Cal and Oregon showed the rest of the country that them boys on the left coast can play some ball, too. It was exactly the kind of game the Pac-10 needed. In a game with a surprising amount of defense, both teams came out looking like top-10 teams, and neither of them were USC.
However, if you spent the rest of the evening in a drunken, celebratory haze, you may have missed the rest of the Pac-10 action.
Here’s what went down:
- USC visited Washington as UDUB attempted to claim the 1960 national title, complete with throwback uniforms. The Trojans must have been distracted by all this, as they struggled mightily to beat what should have been an overmatched Washington team. Look, the Huskies aren’t a bad team, but the #1 or #2 team in the nation shouldn’t be within a field goal of them. They also shouldn’t be committing 16 penalties and 3 turnovers. And as close as this game was, it was THIS close to going to overtime. With Trojans up by a touchdown late in the 4th and in the red zone, Washington appeared to intercept a ball in the end zone. Replay, however, showed that the ball clearly hit the ground before being caught, and USC got another down with which to kick a field goal that proved to be the difference in this game. Without that FG, the TD the Huskies scored with 34 seconds left ties the game. Those dynastic Trojan teams of Bush and Leinart never had to escape like this.
- Oregon state coughed up a win to UCLA in Corvallis. In a battle of two teams that didn’t really want to win this game, OSU apparently wanted it less. The Beavers took a 14-0 lead in the 1st quarter and led into the 4th quarter before melting down. Returner Gerard Lawson fumbled away 3 consecutive kickoff returns, which, along with a blocked punt, played a big part in the four TDs the Bruins scored in the 4th quarter. This game featured 8 turnovers. Be glad you missed it.
- Apparently, Arizona isn’t the worst team in the Pac-10, as their offense finally started clicking in a 48-20 drubbing of Washington State, the Wildcats’ first win over I-A competition this year. Hurrah! This game was actually close until the 4th quarter, but I’m not so much impressed by Arizona as I am disappointed in Washington State. They should be a nice breather before the USC game in November.
- Arizona State laid a beat-down on Stanford in a 41-3 victory. I still can’t tell if ASU is for real, and games against the Washington schools over the next two weeks might not tell us much. They have one seriously backloaded schedule, as they follow that up with Cal, @ Oregon, @ UCLA, and USC on a Thursday night ESPN game. That’s one heck of a gauntlet to run. Meanwhile, it doesn’t get any easier for the Cardinal, as they get USC this weekend, and they have to go without their starting quarterback. Good luck!
- Our non-conference opponents didn’t far so well this weekend. Tennessee had the week off, while Louisiana Tech fell 17-6 at Fresno State. LaTech still doesn’t have a win over I-A competition, but
they’re still doing better than Colorado State, which fell 24-12 at TCU and still doesn’t have a win at all this season. In fact, they’re mired in a school-record 11-game losing streak. I sure hope Cal’s not counting on them to boost our strength of schedule.
- Oh yes, and Notre Dame lost again last weekend, this time to Purdue. 0-5 and no end in sight. This week they travel to UCLA, and if the Bruins manage to lose this one, Karl Dorrell should be fired on the spot.