It was a wild weekend in the Pac-12, with two marquee comeback attempts that put ranked teams in a 4th quarter panic, and another in which a Pac-12 team scored 21 points in the fourth quarter of a tight game and lost. To look back at some of the most factoidal moments of the weekend, let’s break it down by the numbers.
With Stanford having one of the nation’s best defenses and an offense led by Kevin Hogan, it was no secret that Washington needed a big performance out of quarterback Keith Price. That need was exacerbated by 10-point fourth quarter deficit, which ultimately allowed the Cardinal to win 31-28. Surprisingly enough, the Cardinal entered the game ranked 122nd in the nation in pass defense during the final 15 minutes of play, and Price capitalized to make it an instant classic. The senior threw for 141 yards in the fourth quarter, including an 18-play, 73-yard drive that ended in an unfortunate tipped interception, and a 6-play, 79-yard drive that pulled the Huskies within a field goal.
Utah will be kicking themselves about letting UCLA (and their inability to cash-in opportunities) off the hook in a 34-27 loss Thursday night, probably forever. The Utes turned the ball over six times, all on Travis Wilson interceptions. Many of which were miraculously tipped right to Bruin defensive backs, including this amazingly-improbable catch by Ishmael Adams. Just how many is a pick six worth of picks? Well, going into Saturday, there were 95 teams in the FBS that had yet to throw six interceptions this season. Oh, and there were 13 teams that went all of last season without throwing that many, including the Sonny Dykes-led and pass-happy Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
That’s the number of receivers that caught a pass when Washington State played Cal, up in Berkeley. With two air raid offenses going head-to-head against each other, you had to know there was going to be ton of passes thrown. The result was a combined 75-for-129, for 1,027 yards, with five touchdowns and three interceptions. The Cougars won the game in the front of a somewhat empty Memorial Stadium, by a score of 44-22.
Oregon freshman running back Thomas Tyner scored his fifth touchdown in the Ducks’ 57-16 waltz over Colorado. The win in Boulder gave the No. 2 ranked Ducks their 17th-straight win in true road games dating back to 2009, meaning that the last time Oregon lost a road game, Tyner was in ninth grade. A win in Seattle next week against Washington would give them an 18-game streak, tying them with USC’s road run from 2003 to 2006.
Marion Grice is one of the Pac-12’s best running backs. Well, at least he should be. Arizona State’s 6-foot senior out of Houston, Tex. had a big coming out party at the end of last season, twice running for over 150 yards. On Saturday against Notre Dame, Grice was held to 51 yards on just 12 carries. It was the second-straight game with exactly a dozen carries for Grice, and it marks the fifth game this that he’s been held under 100 yards. Needless to say, ASU has played five games, with two losses following a 37-34 defeat to the Irish on Saturday.