Leave it to the Pac-12 to have us all biting our fingernails this weekend.
The league kicked off conference play in earnest this week, with five of the six games going down to the wire.
Let’s start with the Sun Devils and California. Scoring 31 points in the fourth quarter, Arizona State capped off an amazing comeback with a variety of memorable plays.
Up by three points, with a little under three minutes remaining, Viliami Moeakiola picked off Davis Webb and took it 28 yards to the house to give the Devils a 44-34 lead. The Golden Bears stormed down the field on 12-play 75-yard drive that resulted in a touchdown. With a glimmer of hope, the Golden Bears went for the onside kick, only to have DJ Calhoun return it 42 yards for the Sun Devils touchdown, marking an exclamation point on the game.
After upsetting the Utes at home last season, the Trojans made a trip to Salt Lake City in hopes of getting their record to back .500. USC put up a battle, as the had a 27-17 lead early in the fourth. With Pac-12 title hopes in mind, the Utes battled back, scoring a touchdown to cut the lead to three with nine minutes remaining.
With just over five minutes remaining, Utah started with the ball on their own seven-yard line. In what would be a 15-play, 93-yard drive, Tim Patrick caught an 18 yard-pass from Troy Williams, to put the Utes up four with 16 seconds remaining, ultimately giving them the win, pushing them to 4-0.
Washington was given its first real test of the season, as the Huskies traveled to Tuscon to take on the Arizona in its first road game of the season. In what was a pretty back-and-forth game, the Wildcats tied the game up at 28 with 16 seconds remaining, on a three-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Dawkins to Josh Kern.
The Huskies started with the ball to begin overtime and didn’t waste any time as Jake Browning connected with Dante Pettis for a four-yard touchdown pass. The acclaimed Husky defense forced the Wildcats offense to a fourth-and-goal on their own eleven. Scrambling out of the pocket, Brandon Dawkins’ pass fell incomplete to Tyrell Johnson, giving Washington the hard-fought 35-28 victory.
Stanford traveled to Pasadena to take on UCLA in what would be a low-scoring affair. With time expiring and the Bruins trailing 13-9, Josh Rosen was sacked by Joey Alfieri, resulting in a fumble picked up by Solomon Thomas that was taken all the way for a touchdown.
A matchup between 2-1 Colorado and 2-1 Oregon ended up giving us the biggest upset of the week. With a strong first half performance, the Buffaloes jumped out to a nine-point lead at the half. A dominant third quarter in which the Ducks scored three touchdowns allowed them to crawl back into the game, heading into the fourth-quarter with a five-point lead.
The Buffalo defense is what ultimately won them the game, as they held the Ducks to zero points in the fourth and final quarter. After leading his team down the field in the final minutes, transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop was intercepted in the endzone by Ahkello Witherspoon, which gave the Buffaloes the shocking 41-38 victory.
It was truly a spectacular weekend in Pac-12 play that did not disappoint. You can relive all of the best moments with our video recap above.