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Pac-12 Football Recap: Week Eight

Standout individual performances highlighted the Pac-12’s Week Eight slate.

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Another week means another round of chaos in college football, as countless teams around the country and Top 25 had the trajectory of their seasons drastically changed, for better or worse. Below are just some of the featured finals from this week of action, before we starting breaking down how the weekend in the Pac-12 went.

Notable Top 25 results:

(#1) Alabama 33, (#6) Texas A&M 14
Penn State 24, (#2) Ohio State 21
SMU 38, (#11) Houston 16
(#14) Boise State 28, BYU 27
(#16) Oklahoma 66, Texas Tech 59
(#21) Auburn 56, (#17) Arkansas 3
(#25) LSU 38, (#23) Ole Miss 21

Cal Outlasts Oregon In Double-OT Shootout, 52-49

The lone Friday night showdown in the Pac-12 was a precursor to what the rest of the conference slate would have in store, as Oregon and Cal played one absolutely epic, double-overtime thriller that ended in the Golden Bears favor. For both teams, the shootout was a sign of the explosive potential of both these team’s offenses and the lackluster nature of their defenses in the same regard. For Cal, quarterback Davis Webb tallied 325 yards through the air, along with 5 touchdowns, while Oregon’s Justin Herbert threw for 258 yards and 6 touchdowns. The difference in this one? The Golden Bears rushed for 311 yards in the game, led by Tre Watson (154 yards) and Khalfani Muhammad (148 yards).

Colorado Upends Stanford In Sloppy Contest, 10-5

For a team that hasn’t been bowl eligible in a decade, Colorado’s ugly win over Stanford probably wasn’t exactly what head coach Mike MacIntyre wanted. However, as the old adage goes, “a win is a win” and the Buffs will definitely take this one. Colorado simply outlasted Stanford in this game that featured the Cardinal failing to reach the end zone once and the Buffs taking the rarely-seen “double safety” call on one of the last plays of the game. After the sloppy contest, Colorado running back Phillip Lindsay was unfazed by the bowl eligibility for the Buffs, being quoted as saying, "We have one goal, and that's Pac-12 champions. Winning six games, that's cool, it's cute. But we have to continue to move on. We have bigger things to worry about."

Williams’ Record Day Helps Utah Over UCLA, 52-45

When Utah running back Joe Williams retired earlier this season, the thought for head coach Kyle Whittingham and company was that the Utes would be just fine with replacement Armand Shyne. After Shyne was recently ruled out for the season with an injury, it was a stunning surprise that Williams suddenly rejoined the team and stepped right back into his featured role. Just two weeks in, it’s as if the star tailback never left. Williams totaled a school-record 332 yards and 4 touchdowns on 29 carries in the Utes’ narrow win over a tough UCLA team, in what could be viewed as one of the signature performances in all of college football this season. Don’t believe it? Let the video of highlights do Williams’ marquee day some justice.

Washington Overpowers Oregon State, 41-17

The class of the Pac-12 in Washington proved too much for the season debut of Oregon State quarterback, Marcus McMaryion, who looked overmatched in the Huskies’ thrashing of the Beavers. While Oregon State got strong contributions from running back Tim Cook (108 rushing yards, 1 TD) and Victor Bolden Jr. (75 rushing yards, 58 receiving yards, 1 TD), the strength of this Washington team across the board was simply too much to overcome. The Huskies were their normal dominant selves, behind impressive outings from quarterback Jake Browning (291 passing yards, 3 TD), running back Myles Gaskin (128 rushing yards, 1 TD) and receivers Dante Pettis (112 receiving yards, 2 TD) and John Ross (115 receiving yards).

Washington State Spurns Arizona State, 37-32

The war of words between Washington State’s Mike Leach and Arizona State’s Todd Graham was settled on the field on Saturday, when the Cougars bested the Sun Devils in an exciting five-point thriller. Suddenly, Washington State has gotten their act together. After kicking off the season with back-to-back losses, the Cougars have pulled off five straight wins, leaving Leach and company tied with their in-state rival in Washington, as the conference’s lone unbeaten teams in Pac-12 play. In this one, Washington State was paced by quarterback Luke Falk’s 398 passing yards and 3 touchdowns.