Reubenking’s Recap: Pac-12 Conference Football Week 5 Analysis
Welcome to the craziest conference in college football (although the SEC made a decent argument this weekend).
Five games in Pac-12’s second weekend, and just about every game didn’t end as many would have predicted.
Let’s go straight to this week’s Reubenking Roundup!
USC uses balanced offensive attack to overtake Colorado 37-14
USC’s offense kicked in early in the game and never stopped. The duo of Kedon Slovis and Drake London was unstoppable as always, but the Trojans racing game also had its best day.
USC took a 20-0 lead midway through the second quarter, and London had already totaled 109 yards on seven catches to go with a touchdown touchdown.
Meanwhile, Colorado’s offense struggled, but eventually found some rhythm in the passing game. Strategist Brendon lewis had a season-high 162 yards, 87 of which ended tight Brady russell.
The Buffs ‘defense couldn’t stop the Trojans’ well-balanced offensive attack. Slovis had 276 yards and three scores as Keaontay Ingram, Darwin Barlow and Vavae Malepeai combined for 218 rushing yards, the most USC has had in a game since Nov. 3, 2018.
Colorado is having its worst start in five games since 2012, and the Buffs were 1-11 that year. The Buffs are getting a well-deserved week off before hosting Arizona on Oct. 16 in an effort to get their season back on track.
USC – Home against Utah (2-2) at 5:00 p.m. on Fox
Colorado – GOODBYE
Stanford releases massive upheaval against Oregon’s No.3 in OT 31-24
This game was truly one of the strangest games you will ever see. The Ducks won that game and Stanford made it unlikely to pull off one of the biggest upsets of the year in college football.
It was a lousy match if you despise the officials controlling the game (20 penalties in total were imposed) and the lengthy reviews, but it was a beauty if you like chaos.
Stanford quickly took a 10-0 lead, capitalizing on short ground thanks to a Anthony brown interception to score the first touchdown of the day. The Ducks and Cardinal traded touchdowns early in the second quarter, but the Ducks missed a golden opportunity to come back into the game and take the lead.
Oregon got a save late in the second and had a shot at securing final possession in the first half and first possession in the second half as the Ducks won the toss and carried over to the second half.
Instead, the Ducks returned him on the downs at the end of the first half and went three and away to start the second half. After the ensuing punt, the Ducks’ defense was downright dominant, forcing Stanford to punt on each of its first four drives of the second half. The Ducks gathered three goals, including two touchdowns, to take a 24-17 lead.
In final settlement practice, the Cardinal appeared to have lost the game, sitting in the shadow of his own end zone with less than two minutes to go due to back-to-back false start penalties.
The Cardinal moved the ball quickly across the field with the help of several 15-yard penalties on the Ducks. When it appeared the Ducks took the win after Mykael wright hit a pass in the end zone, but he was called up for a defensive possession which gave the Cardinal an untimely time-out, in which Elie Higgins caught the tying touchdown to send the game into overtime.
John Humphreys caught the green light touchdown in overtime, and the Ducks couldn’t respond. Oregon suffered its first loss of the season, and the outcome of that game meant the winner of the Washington-Oregon State game would be in first place against Pac-12 North.
Stanford – At Arizona State No.22 (4-1) Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Oregon – GOODBYE
Washington State surprises Cal at Berkeley 21-6
Laura Jayden made his comeback as the Cougars’ starting quarterback and helped the Cougars offensive to win two touchdowns in the first quarter. Calvin Jackson Jr. received both touchdowns and the Cougars’ defense did the rest.
Cal drove 79 yards on his first practice to score a touchdown after giving up an opening touchdown to WSU, but the two-run conversion failed and the Bears wouldn’t see another run on the board after that.
Washington State’s defense was impressive on the road, keeping the Bears’ offense at 273 yards and just 3 of 15 on the third down and 1 of 5 on the fourth down. Licensed Cougars Chase garbers four times, including two by Brennan Jackson.
If the Cougars can put it together on both sides of the ball, they could make things interesting in the Pac-12 North.
Washington State – Home against Oregon State (4-1) at 1:00 p.m. on Pac-12
California – GOODBYE
Oregon State takes first place in the north and wins FG to beat Washington 27-24
This game and the situation surrounding it after Oregon’s loss to Stanford was as strange as it gets. Whoever wins would be the first in the North.
The Oregon Beavers hadn’t beaten the Washington Huskies since 2011, losing each of the last nine games.
This streak was interrupted and the Castors occupy the first place.
Luck Nolan ran away with the starting quarterback after the Beavers picked up Sam Walnut of the transfer portal this offseason, but they didn’t win because of the passing game.
Nolan only went 7 for 15 for 48 yards and an interception. That’s right. Oregon State won a college football game – in the Pac-12, I might add – with 48 passing yards. Does that make Oregon State a military school now?
After the Beavers led 17-10 early in the fourth quarter, the Huskies scored the point with a touchdown of 39 yards per Sean mcgrew, who has been a machine for them since his return.
In the first snap of the Beavers’ next possession, Nolan was stripped of the ball to put the Huskies on the OSU six-yard line. McGrew scored once again to give the Huskies their second touchdown in 17 seconds and a 24-17 lead.
BJ Baylor, who carried the load for the Beavers with 111 rushing yards and two touchdowns, came on with a 27-yard touchdown to tie the game at 24.
The Beavers got a big save in the fourth quarter, stopping the Huskies in fourth to take over with 3:18 left. They ran the ball behind a pair of big races by Deshaun Fenwick to set up the 24-yard winning basket in Everett Hayes to the horn to send the Beavers to first place in the Pac-12 North.
State of Oregon – In Washington State (2-3) at 1:00 p.m. on Pac-12
Washington – GOODBYE
Arizona State Rout # 20 UCLA 42-23
After a score of 3-3 in the first quarter, the two offenses erupted in the second period. Four straight possessions resulted in touchdowns and a total of six straight possessions leading to a 24-23 lead in Arizona State at the break. This match seemed to depend on who had the ball last, as neither team could stop the other.
The Jayden daniels-To-Ricky peesall The connection paved the way for the Sun Devils, as the two connect for two huge touchdowns that totaled 119 yards.
ASU went straight to the field in four games, topped by a Rachaad White A 49-yard touchdown and a two-point conversion to take a 32-23 lead.
The UCLA offense was nowhere to be found in the second half. The Sun Devils outscored the Bruins 18-0 in the half to seal the deal. Arizona State’s offense has shown just how explosive it can be, scoring three touchdowns of 92 seconds or less and four games or less.
Arizona State takes first place in the Pac-12 South with the win.
Arizona State – Home against Stanford (3-2) Friday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
UCLA – In Arizona at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
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