Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
A look at how the season is going for our opposition, in the vain hope of justifying this football season.
Colorado State Rams (1-4)
Lost @ Air Force 21-42
The Rams gave up 21 points in the first quarter and were matched touchdown-per-touchdown thereafter. CSU had 3 turnovers with Air Force contributing 2 more. Perhaps this will give you the tenor of the messy, messy game:
The Rams drove into Air Force territory on their opening drive of the second half, but M.J. McPeek was intercepted by Anthony LaCoste at the Falcons 23-yard-line, and he returned it 47 yards to the Colorado State 30. Two personal foul penalties gave Air Force a first down at the 7, but Getz fumbled on the next play.
Colorado State then went on a 12-play, 95-yard scoring drive that culminated with Kivon Cartwright recovering a Tommey Morris fumble in the end zone. That cut the Air Force lead to 35-21, but it was as close as the Rams would get.
Air Force's quarterback openly admitted to looking ahead to the Navy game. Next up, CSU plays host to MWC foe Fresno State.
Sacramento State Hornets (3-2)
Won @ Idaho State 54-31
Both teams surpassed 500 yards of offense, with Sac. State's Ezekiel Graham rushing 158 yards on 23 carries (6.9 per rush) while Garrett Saffron threw up 202 yards, 3 TD's and both of the Hornets' turnovers. They pick up another Big Sky conference win and will travel to play the Southern Utah Thunderbirds.
Fresno State Bulldogs (3-2)
Won vs. San Diego State 52-40
After falling behind 7-21 in the first quarter, Fresno State surged back in the second quarter with 29 points including 3 touchdowns from Derek Carr. Carr ultimately threw up 536 yards of passing and 5 TD's to give the Bulldogs their first EVAR mountain west conference win. Both teams spent the second half giving the ball back to each other, for a combined total of 9 turnovers for the game. FSU (they hate that) next will travel to Ft. Collins to play CSU (they'll hate that ever more).
Washington State Cougars (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12)
Lost @ Seattle vs. Oregon 26-51
Wazzu actually fought the Ducks well for the first half. They trailed 19-23 as the second quarter ended and they entered Oregon's redzone, but were unable to score points to take a lead into half-time. As Oregon has done before, they went into overdrive beginning the second half of the game:
Oregon did what they usually do in blowing the game wide open in the second half. A touchdown drive on the first drive in the third quarter followed by a pick-six and suddenly the game was over with 23 minutes to go. That's how fast it happened.
Halliday went out injured in the 4th quarter, on the sideline Mike Leach waved his magic wand over Jeff Tuel, AND HE WAS CURED!!! Tuel immediately went out and threw a touchdown for the Cougars only second-half points. Washington State will travel to Corvallis to face the #14 Oregon State Beavers next.
#25 UCLA Bruins (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
Lost @ Not Driving Off A Cliff
UCLA will travel to Berkeley to drive off a cliff against Cal.
Arizona State Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12)
Won @ California 27-17
Arizona State never trailed on their way to winning this stultifying football game. Together, both teams had fewer offensive yards than Fresno State acquired by themselves. Taylor Kelly completed 57% of his passes for 292 yards. I watched it, I shouldn't have. The current Pac-12 South leaders have the coming week off in preparation for the Thursday night game next week against Colorado here in Boulder.
#13 USC Trojans (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
The Trojan men had the week off in preparation for their game this Thursday night at Utah. Ya see? We're not the only Pac-12 team who has to play on Thursday night to get on ESPN.
#2 Oregon Ducks (5-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
Won @ Washington St @ Seattle 51-26
The dizzying number of uniform combinations has clearly distracted Oregon from showing up in the first half of football games. The Ducks better watch out, because if they try that whole 'don't show up until the second half' against their next opponent, #23 Washington, they might just wind up 6-0.
#18 Stanford Cardinal (3-1, 1-1 Pac-12)
Lost @ Washington 13-17
Strangulation should be illegal. Especially when both football teams are doing it to each-other and to you through the television screen. Lost in the weekend's 1500 yard offensive games was this defensive slug-fest. The Cardinals (they hate that) chipped away at UW in the first half, but were ultimately held without an offensive touchdown, or any rushing yards to speak of. Falling behind late in the 4th, Stanford committed a complete comedy of errors on their last offensive and defensive series to ultimately lose the game. Stanford plays host to Arizona this coming week.
Arizona Wildcats (3-2, 0-2 Pac-12)
Lost vs. #18 Oregon State 35-38
#23 Washington Huskies (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12)
Won vs. Stanford 17-13
This exciting game featured actual defensive play, and 23 first downs total, thank-you-very-much. Washington had a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown, but they didn't quit (See Buffs?!). The Huskies touchdown came on their only long plays of the game (62, 35).
Utah Utes (2-2, 0-1 Pac-12)
The Utes were off this week in preparation (H) for their game this Thursday hosting USC. They spent the extra time having an identity crisis on offense.
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#14 Oregon State Beavers (3-0, 2-0 Pac-12)
Won vs. Stanford 17-13
This exciting (no sarcasm this time) game saw the lead change 6 times during the second half. The riveting finish gave Mike Riley the most wins of any OSU coach (75), and pushed the Beavers to their best start since opening 3-0 in 2002. They test the Pac-12's only other undefeated record against Washington State this coming week.
California Golden Bears (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12)
Lost vs. ASU 17-27
It figures that we played Cal in the last two good years that Tedford will have there before the school gets sick of him. Next, Cal will host #25 UCLA.