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Pac-12 Recap: College Football Week 2

How did the Pac-12 look in week 2?

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The second weekend of college football has come to a close. And it provided some dramatic finishes (see Central Michigan vs Oklahoma State) and a few upsets (like Arkansas over TCU). The Pac-12 managed 8 wins (and 2 losses) in their 10 game week two schedule. Let’s take a closer look at how they did.

Washington crushed Idaho, 59-14

Washington’s quarterback Jake Browning threw for 5 touchdowns and the Huskies cruised to an easy victory. This game was never in doubt as Washington went up 42-0 and sat much of their starters in the fourth quarter. The Huskies find themselves with their highest ranking since 2001 and play Portland State next Saturday.

Here’s the game highlights:

USC downed Utah State, 45-7

USC bounced back from their demoralizing Alabama game with a solid performance against the Utah State Aggies. USC quarterbacks Max Browne and Sam Darnold both threw two touchdowns apiece. Also, Adoree’ Jackson returned a punt 77 yards for a touchdown. USC squares off against Stanford on the road next weekend.

Watch USC bounce back:

Colorado outclassed Idaho State, 56-7

Colorado earned their second victory of the season as they defeated Idaho State. Interestingly enough, Oregon State plays Idaho State next Saturday and then faces Colorado two weeks later. Idaho State was reportedly paid $500,000 to play Colorado on the road and they will take home a similar check next week when the Beavers (hopefully) earn an easy win. Meanwhile, Colorado will play #5 ranked Michigan at the Big House in week 3.

Here’s the highlights:

UCLA topped UNLV, 42-21

UCLA running back Soso Jamabo ran for three touchdowns; including a 23 yarder (aided by a nice block from QB Josh Rosen) that helped extend UCLA’s lead. It wasn’t the dominant performance that UCLA was looking for but they did more than enough to get the win. The Bruins will travel to Provo next Saturday to take on BYU.

Check out the full-game highlights below:

Utah eked past BYU, 20-19

The ‘holy war’ provided plenty of excitement as Utah stopped a potential game winning 2-point conversion to secure the victory. The teams combined for 9 turnovers (Utah had 6). The Utes returned an interception for a touchdown on the first play of the game, but struggled offensively for much of the night. Two BYU players were ejected in the third quarter for questionable targeting calls, but Utah’s defense won the day as they shut down BYU’s offense despite having to deal with the 6 turnovers that put them in difficult situations.

Don’t miss the game highlights below:

Arizona State defeated Texas Tech, 68-55

Arizona State’s running back, Kalen Ballage tied an FBS record with 8 touchdowns. Yes, 8 touchdowns in a single game! He had 13 carries for 137 yards and 7 touchdowns (he also scored a touchdown as a receiver). That’s unbelievable, more than half of his carries went for touchdowns. This game was a full on shoot-out with each team totaling over 600 yards of offense. If you’re a fan of high-powered offenses you’re going to want to re-watch this game.

Watch Kalen Ballage’s 8th touchdown of the game:

Boise State defeated Washington State, 31-28

Boise State held on to win their 34th straight regular season non-conference home game. Washington State’s quarterback Luke Falk threw for 480 yards and 4 touchdowns. His only interception was a costly one though as it was returned 85 yards the other way for a pick-six. Oregon State will also play both of these teams later in the season, so the coaching staff will undoubtedly be dissecting the film from this game. Overall, Washington State played much better compared to their loss to Eastern Washington, but the Cougars unfortunately will still start the season 0-2.

Here is Boise State’s 85 yard pick-six:

Oregon defeated Virginia, 44-26

Oregon’s offense was humming Saturday night as Dakota Prukop threw for 331 yards and three touchdowns; while Royce Freeman added 207 yards and two scores on the ground. Virginia has not gotten off to a strong start to their season, but they were still able to move the ball against Oregon’s shaky defense.

Watch Devon Allen catch a 77 yard touchdown:

San Diego State took down Cal, 45-40

Cal’s quarterback, Davis Webb threw for 522 yards and 5 touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough. Cal threw a touchdown pass late in the game to close the gap and then recovered an onside kick moments later, with just 55 seconds remaining. But then Webb threw his third interception of the game that stopped the Golden Bears comeback. San Diego State’s running back, Donnel Pumphrey rushed for a career-high 281 yards and became the Aztecs’ all-time leading rusher, passing Marshall Faulk.

Check out this touchdown pass from Webb though:

Arizona overcame Grambling State, 31-21

Brandon Dawkins made his first career start at QB because game one starter, Anu Solomon, was out with a knee injury that he sustained in practice during the week. The Wildcats entered the game as 45 point favorites but struggled early and found themselves down 21-3 at the break. Arizona bounced back scoring 21 unanswered points in the third quarter and halted Grambling State’s upset plans.

Watch Brandon Dawkins’ 22 yard touchdown run that helped ice the game:

Random Notes/Thoughts:

  • WSU’s Luke Falk attempted 71 passes (completing 55).
  • Not to be outdone Cal’s Davis Webb, attempted 72 passes (completing 41). That’s a crazy amount of passing plays.
  • Pac-12 teams averaged 43.8 points per game in week 2.
  • Oregon State will now play 11 football games in 11 straight weeks. Go Beavers!