Sunday, October 9, 2016

Bilo's College Football PASS/FAIL Reports Week 6: PAC-12

PASS: USC, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Oregon State, Arizona State
USC held the football for the final 4:29 of the game, and are showing signs of life again after beating Colorado 21-17 at home. Sam Darnold survived 3 turnovers by tossing 3 TD passes on the day, and the Trojans rolled up 539 yards in the win.
Washington scored 21 points in the 1st and 3rd quarters, and destroyed Oregon 70-21 in Eugene. The Huskies finished just short of 700 yards on the day in total offense. Jake Browning passed for 304 yards and 6 TDs, and rushed for 2 more to score 8 for the day.
Washington State built a 14-3 lead at the half against Stanford and never looked back in a 42-16 drubbing of the Cardinal in Palo Alto. Luke Falk passed for 357 yards and 4 TDs, and the Cougars rolled up 458 yards of offense against the Stanford D.
Utah struggled in the first half, but came back strong in the second in a 36-23 win over Arizona in SLC. The win was the 100th for Kyle Whittingham as coach of the Utes. Troy Williams was a bit erratic, but still managed to pass for a TD and rush for 2 more in the win.
Oregon State did something they have never really been good at in the last 35 years, they turned to the ground to pound out an attack that beat Cal, although the Beavers nearly handed the game away late. Ryan Nall rushed for 221 yards and 3 TDs on just  14 carries before leaving with an injury, and OSU rushed for a whopping 454 yards on the night in a 47-44 win despite allowing 17 points in the final 7 minutes to the Bears.
Arizona State held UCLA to -1 yards rushing, and knocked Josh Rosen out of the game twice in an uninspiring 23-20 win over the Bruins in Tempe. Although the offense was flat most of the night, the defense played their most solid game to date, and most of Josh Rosen’s 400 yards were largely wasted space.

FAIL: Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, Arizona, California, UCLA
Despite outscoring USC in the 2nd half, Colorado could not get the football back late in the 4th to come from behind to beat USC. Steven Montez was held to just 25 yards rushing, his lowest output of the season in the loss.
Oregon suffered one of their worst defeats in school history in a 70-21 crushing by Washington at home. The Ducks gave up 684 yards on the night, and also gave up 30 1st downs to the Huskies. Oregon is also now 0-3 in PAC-12 play and is in dead last place in the North.
Stanford has now scored just 2 offensive TDs in their last 3 games after falling to Washington State at the Farm, 42-16. Stanford picked up just 296 yards of offense, and Christian McCaffery was held to just 35 yards rushing and was injured. The Cardinal are now averaging 43 points against after holding their first three opponents to 13 points or less.
Arizona is now 0-3 in PAC-12 play, and fell apart in the second half in their loss to Utah. Utah scored 10 of their points off of 3 Arizona turnovers on the night. Brandon Dawkins tossed 2 picks, and the defense gave up 475 yards to the Utes.
California averaged well over 400 yards per game passing, but was relegated to just 124 yards passing against the Beavers, and they themselves turned to a ground attack. A late rally almost stole a win for the Bears, but their faulty defense failed them again on a night that was quite winnable.

Josh Rosen was knocked out of the game once with a groin injury, and then was removed after an apparent arm/wrist injury, and UCLA never got on track offensively in a 23-20 loss to Arizona State that may have been the most boring contest of the day overall. UCLA’s O line is a mess, the coaching staff on offense is completely in disarray, and Jim Mora appears disjointed and disconnected. UCLA had the football on the 2 yard line in the 4th quarter, and failed to score more than a FG, and sadly, I predicted on Twitter that this would be the outcome of that possession. 

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