Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 11 games of the Pac-12 college football season?
Washington State 31, Colorado 7
What Happened: Colorado scored first on a Travon McMillian three-yard run, and then it was all Wazzu the rest of the way. The Cougars scored 31 unanswered points, with Gardner Minshew throwing two touchdown passes and running for a score. The defense took care of the rest, dominating the Buff ground game and allowing passing yards, but no points after the first drive.
What Mattered: Minshew continued to be amazing, completing 33-of-58 passes for 335 yards and two scores, and he ran for 26 yards and a touchdown. He wasn’t sharp early on, but he made up for it as the game went on. Dezmon Patmon caught eight passes for 103 yards.
– Laviska Shenault was back, and he was fantastic, catching ten passes for 102 yards, but Steven Montez only threw for 199 yards and the Colorado running game went nowhere. Shenault took off for an 18-yard run, but the team finished with 75 yards – the O line had issues.
– Wazzu wasn’t perfect – it missed on all three fourth down chances – but it was a +3 in turnover margin and had the ball for close to 42 minutes. The Cougar D never seemed to be on the field.
What It All Means: Washington State is going to need a whole lot of help, but all it can do is keep on winning. It gets Arizona and Washington to close, but do that, get to the Pac-12 title game, win that, and hope everything else falls into place to get into the College Football Playoff.
– Colorado can’t pull up out of the nosedive. On a five-game losing streak after starting 5-0, it has to come up with a win over Utah or on the road at Cal to avoid a total collapse.