What happened and what mattered in the Week 3 of the Pac-12 college football season?
5. The “other” games
Washington State was going to get into a shootout with Eastern Washington, and it came out roaring again on the way to a 59-24 win and 3-0 start. Gardner Minshew threw for 470 yards and two scores, Davontavean Martin caught 13 passes for 149 yards and a score, and the team ended up with 524 yards through the air. The Cougars held the ball for over 36 minutes.
Oh, Oregon State. The running game that was so good was supposed to rip through Nevada, but was held to 81 yards in the 37-35 loss. Isaiah Hodgins caught 14 passes for 200 yards and two scores, and Jake Luton and Conor Blount combined for 459 yards, but Jordan Choukair missed a 33-yard field goal as time ran out.
Cal might have let up late in the 45-23 win over Idaho State, but there wasn’t any drama. The Bears are 3-0 thanks to a 224-yard, three-score passing day from Chase Garbers, with Jordan Duncan catching two touchdown passes. The two turnovers and 11 penalties were bad, but they didn’t matter this week.
Now there’s Khalil Tate. Granted it took a 62-31 win over Southern Utah to make it all happen, but finally, Arizona started to look the part. Tate threw for 349 yards and five scores, the running game tore off 268 yards and two touchdowns, and the O exploded. The 626 yards were great, the ten penalties worked. But all is fine – Kevin Sumlin got a win. Now there can’t be a whiff at Oregon State.
Bryce Love didn’t play in Stanford’s 30-10 win over UC Davis, and the running game didn’t do too much, finishing with just 137 yards and a score. KJ Costello threw for 214 yards and two scores, but he threw two picks. Going through the motions, the Cardinal didn’t allow a touchdown until the fourth quarter. It was a sloppy performance, but the focus should kick back in for Oregon next week.
Oregon was sleepy in the 35-22 win over San Jose State. Justin Herbert threw two picks, but he also threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns. The big problem was a non-existent ground game that managed just 134 yards and averaged under three yards per carry – the longest run was just nine yards. But the Duck D showed up, too, holding the Spartans to just 29 rushing yards.
Colorado got a breather, and it didn’t have a problem rolling by New Hampshire 45-14. Steven Montez threw for 166 yards and a score, but it was the running game that took over early. Travon McMillian ran for 162 yards and two scores – with a 75-yard touchdown dash. The Buffs held UNH to just 42 yards on the ground.