What happened and what mattered in the Week 5 of the Pac-12 college football season?
5. The “Other” Games
Stanford played like a team that was a bit gassed. It kept up in the first half of the 38-17 loss to Notre Dame, but the defensive front got blown off the ball, the secondary had no answers for a hot passer for the second straight week – Ian Book threw for 278 yards and four scores – and once again, Bryce Love was contained, running for just 73 yards and a score. The lines were the issue. The offensive front couldn’t keep the Irish out of the backfield, and the defensive side was ripped up for 272 yards.
And THERE’S the Washington we’ve all been waiting for. Jake Browning hit 23-of-25 passes, the running game did whatever it wanted, and the run defense stuffed the BYU cold in an easy 35-7 win. Cougar quarter Tanner Mangum was just as sharp, connecting on 18-of-21 passes, but they didn’t go anywhere. After so many grinding games, now the Dawgs were able to take it a bit easy and flex it muscle a bit. This is the team that looked and played like a possible Pac-12 champion.
Arizona State got the Eno Benjamin game. The Sun Devils rolled past Oregon State 52-24 thanks to a 312-yard, three-score day from Benjamin, taking the pressure off the passing game that worked just fine, too. Manny Wilkins kept the offense going with three touchdown passes as the O cranked up 558 yards. There weren’t and turnovers and there was just one penalty. The problem?
Oregon State got a 254-yard rushing day from Jamar Jefferson, but the Beaver offensive line didn’t have a prayer of keeping out the ASU defensive front. The Sun Devils finished with five sacks and 11 tackles for loss.