Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 9 games of the Pac-12 college football season?
Washington State 41, Stanford 38
What Happened: In a fun and wild shootout with both teams trading bit punches, Washington State pulled out the win with a 42-yard Blake Mazza field goal with 19 seconds to play to break a 38-38 tie.
Gardner Minshew went off … again. He threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes and marched the Cougars in a position to win the game, right after KJ Costello – who threw threw four touchdown passes – connected with JJ Arcega-Whiteside for a touchdown with just over a minute to play on the way to the tie.
What Mattered: Minshew was brilliant. James Williams scored two touchdowns, but the Wazzu running game only finished with 59 yards – this was all about Minshew and the passing attack keeping up the pace. He completed 40-of-50 passes for 438 yards and three scores.
– Bryce Love only ran six times, but he came up with 71 yards. Costello bombed away with his best performance of the year, completing 34-of-43 passes for 323 yards and four scores. Arcega-Whiteside caught ten passes for 111 yards and two scores, and Kaden Smith came up with nine grabs for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Thoughts: The Cougars might have had to deal with more of a Stanford offense than they might have thought, but they passed the test. Even with the Washington and Oregon losses, though, they still have work to do.
Beat Cal, Colorado and Arizona, and hope for another U-Dub loss, and they’re playing for the Pac-12 title. Or, just win out, get to Santa Clara, and the College Football Playoff dream is still alive.
– Stanford’s offense showed up. It had been dormant at times throughout the year – especially with no running game – but Costello and company made is a fun shootout.
The Cardinal have lost three of their last four, but the Pac-12 title dream is still alive considering they only have one loss to the North. Win out – at Washington, Oregon State, at Cal, at UCLA – hope Wazzu loses twice, get in. It’s not easy, but it’s still possible if the Cougars royally screw up.