Pac-12 Round Up: Week 5


Sept 27, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian Jenkins (88) celebrates a 17-13 upset victory over the Stanford Cardinal at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Washington (3-1) upset #8 Stanford (3-1) on Thursday night, 17-13. In a defensive, low-scoring affair, the Huskies managed two second half touchdowns while holding the Stanford offense to just two first half field goals. Cardinal QB Josh Nunes, left out to dry by several receivers dropping passes, finished with a 48% completion rating, a fumble and an interception. Washington’s Bishop Sankey impressed with 144 yards and the 61-yard touchdown run on 4th-1 that put the Huskies ahead for good.

Arizona State (4-1) handled Cal (1-4) in a 27-17 win, giving Jeff Tedford his worst start as the Bear’s head coach. ASU’s Taylor Kelly continued his strong season, throwing for 292 yards and three touchdowns. Meanwhile, Zach Maynard of Cal continued his struggles, completing just 32% of his passes and suffering six sacks.

UCLA (3-1) bounced back against Colorado (1-3), winning 42-14. Bruin QB Brent Hundley collected 281 yards and two passing and rushing touchdowns apiece in the victory. Jonathan Franklin rushed for 111 yards, while Colorado’s Jordan Webb was sacked four times and threw an interception.

#18 Oregon State (3-0) got to celebrate with In-N-Out again this week as they pulled off the 38-35 victory over Arizona (3-2). Sean Mannion had a career night leading the Beavers. He threw for 433 yards and three touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 1:17 left in regulation. In the tradition of a long line of strong, interestingly-named OSU running backs, Storm Woods amassed 161 yards and a touchdown, while receiver Markus Wheaton nabbed 166 yards and two touchdowns. Wildcat QB Matt Scott had 403 yards and three touchdowns, but also two costly interceptions.

Oregon (5-0) had a scare against Washington State (2-3) in the first half, but a second-half scoring blitz once again resulted in a lopsided 51-26 final score. Kenyon Barner finished with 232 total yards and four total touchdowns. Marcus Mariota threw two interceptions while Connor Halliday’s 348 yards and one touchdown weren’t enough to match the Ducks, especially after his pick six in the third quarter started the rout.

Poll Position: The Pac-12 once again has five teams in the AP Top 25, but the USA Today Coaches Poll is much harsher on the conference with Oregon State ranked significantly lower and Washington and UCLA left out completely.

AP – # 2 Oregon, #13 USC, #14 Oregon State, #18 Stanford, #23 Washington, #25 UCLA

USA Today – #2 Oregon, #12 USC, #17 Oregon State, #18 Stanford