Notre Dame 24, USC 17
The young Trojan team just made too many mistakes. They needed to be perfect, and they weren’t. There were two key fumbles, too many penalties, and not enough conversions on drives when the chances were there for points. JT Daniels threw for 349 yards and a touchdown, and he’s going to be a star, but USC isn’t going bowling. No matter what the excuse, that’s never okay.
– Notre Dame-USC What Happened & What It Means
Utah 35, BYU 27
Yeah, Utah would’ve been better off resting up for Washington and the Pac-12 Championship, but beating the rival in soul-crushing fashion might just mean more. Down 20-0 at halftime, the Utes got a huge second half from Jason Shelley, who finished with 141 yards and a score, and ran for a team-high 61 yards and a game winning 33-yard touchdown. It was a sleepy performance early, but the defense dominated in the second half. Now, the Utes are one win away from the Rose Bowl.
Stanford 49, UCLA 42
Nothing has been easy for Stanford, but at least the O got moving when it had to. KJ Costello threw five touchdown passes, connecting with Osiris St. Brown for a 52-yard game-winning score to overcome a 466-yard day from UCLA’s Wilton Speight. The Cardinal pass rush was devastating – generating six sacks – but the Bruins still managed to have a lead late in the fourth helped by two Joshua Kelley touchdown runs and a Speight sneak. The Bruins might have finished 3-9, but this was a glimpse into the near-future under Chip Kelly.
Arizona State 41, Arizona 40
Arizona lost the game, bowl eligibility, and the season as Josh Pollack missed a 45-yard field goal try as time expired. The Wildcats got a 282-yard, three touchdown day out of Khalil Tate, and JJ Taylor ran for 144 yards, but Eno Benjamin ran for three scores for ASU, with his 22-yard dash capping off a run of 20 uninsured points in the second half. ASU is going off to a bowl game in Herm Edwards’ first season, and Arizona suffered a losing season under Kevin Sumlin.
Cal 33, Colorado 21
Cal keeps on quietly humming along, getting its seventh win of the season with the Stanford game left to go before going bowling. Chase Garbers threw three touchdown passes, the D picked off Steven Montez three times – with Ashtyn Davis and Elijah Hicks each returning two for scores. And thus ends the total and complete collapse for the Buffs after a 5-0 start. They lost seven straight to close out the season, as well as head coach Mike MacIntyre.
Washington 28, Washington State 15
The Huskies were able to power their way through the snow and poor weather conditions, and Washington State wasn’t, Jake Browning connected on 11-of-14 passes – making up for a bad pick in the end zone – but it was the running of Myles Gaskin and company for 258 yards and three scores that pushed UW into the Pac-12 Championship vs. Utah. Washington State is still in the hunt for a New Year’s Six game – small consolation in what was a dream season before the weather played a role.
– Washington-Washington State What Happened & What It Means
Oregon 55, Oregon State 15
It got ugly in a hurry. Travis Dye ran for 199 yards and two scores, and CJ Verdell powered for 187 yards and four touchdowns as Oregon ran for 392 yards and six scores in the layup. The D was suffocating against the run, the secondary picked off three passes, and it was as light and breezy a Civil War as Oregon could want. Oregon State finishes up at just 2-10 – and on a horrible down note.