Pac-12 RoundUp (Week 5): North division stays strong; Colorado remains unbeaten

Oregon, Washington and Washington State pick up big wins; Stanford loses crucial national game

Five weeks into the college football season and every Pac-12 team has now played a conference game. With that, the conference is starting find some clarity, sort of.

The North division continues to be the class of the conference, having four teams with at least four wins and five of them having a record of at least 3-1.

No. 14 Stanford and No. 10 Washington are both 2-0 in Pac-12 play and own identical 4-1 records. Washington State and No. 18 Oregon are 1-1 in the conference and 4-1 overall while Cal is 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the Pac-12.

The South is currently led by No. 21 Colorado, the division’s only undefeated team at 4-0 (1-0 Pac-12). USC is 2-1 in the conference and 3-2 overall while Arizona and Arizona State are 1-1 in conference play.

Here’s how the seven games featuring conference team played out this weekend.

*Previous week’s AP rankings depicted in scores

No. 19 Oregon 42 — No. 24 Cal 24

The Ducks bounced back from last week’s devastating loss with a 42-24 victory over Cal in Berkeley, Calif — Oregon’s first conference road win since 2016. The defense picked off the Golden Bears four times — two each by safeties Jevon Holland and Ugo Amadi. Amadi’s pick-six late in the fourth quarter sealed the victory while Holland’s second interception ended Cal’s final drive. The teams combined for 501 rushing yards as Oregon running backs Travis Dye (115 yards) and CJ Verdell (106 yards) and Cal quarterback Brandon McIlwain (123 yards) all ran for over 100 yards. Ducks quarterback Justin Herbert was extremely efficient, finishing 16-of-22 for 225 yards and two scores while receiver Dillon Mitchell had seven catches for 105 yards and a score.

No. 8 Notre Dame 38 — No. 7 Stanford 17

One week after a shocking come-from-behind victory over Oregon, the Cardinal failed to muster up the same magic against the Fighting Irish. A Notre Dame touchdown in the final minute of the first half gave the Irish a 21-14 lead and the momentum that led them to outscoring Stanford 17-3 in the second half. Dexter Williams gashed the Stanford defense for 161 rushing yards while receiver Miles Boykin finished with 11 catches for 144 yards. Stanford running back Bryce Love finished with 73 yards on 17 carries while receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside added his conference-leading eighth touchdown catch of the year. The Stanford defense has now given up 1,074 yards and 69 points the past two games.

No. 11 Washington 35 — No. 20 BYU 7

With a struggling offense for most of the season, Washington quarterback Jake Browning led the unit to its most efficient and dominant performance of the season. Browning threw for 277 yards on 23-of-25 passing and two total touchdowns. Running backs Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin combined for 167 rushing yards and three scores while Aaron Fuller added eight catches for 107 yards. The Cougars were held to 34 yards rushing on 28 carries but Lopini Katoa totaled 15 touches for 93 total yards. Washington’s defense was once again dominate, holding BYU to 194 total yards.

Colorado 38 — UCLA 16

Colorado rebounded from a 10-7 deficit after the first quarter to outscore the Bruins 24-3 in the second half to stay unbeaten on the season. Buffaloes quarterback Steven Montez threw for 237 yards on 22-of-26 passing and one score while receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. continued to stake his claim as arguably the best receiver in the conference with 12 catches for 126 yards and a touchdown. Travon McMillan ran for 102 yards and a score as the Buffaloes scored four touchdowns on the ground. UCLA’s offense was held in check by the Colorado defense, finishing with 289 total yards. Running back Joshua Kelly was the only bright spot for the Bruins, totaling 124 yards on 12 carries.

Washington State 28 — Utah 24

Gardner Minshew threw for 445 yards and three scores while Easop Winston (115 receiving yards) and Dezmon Patmon (112 receiving yards) each added touchdowns for Washington State. The second half became a defensive battle as there were seven consecutive punts at one point. The Cougars broke that spell when Minshew found Winston for an 89-yard TD pass with 4:14 left in the game that gave Washington State the win. Utah’s offense was one dimensional as quarterback Tyler Huntley struggled through the air. Huntley only threw for 118 yards on 12-of-20 passing but added 88 yards rushing on 17 carries and two scores. Running back Zach Moss finished with 30 carries for 106 yards and a score for Utah. The Utes appeared to be driving for a game-winning score when Huntley found Britain Covey for 36 yards on 4th-and-10 with 1:06 to play. But instead of having the ball in the Cougars redzone, a holding penalty negated the big play and Utah failed to convert on 4th-and-20, ending the game.

Arizona State 52 — Oregon State 24

An offensive slugfest the featured 566 rushing yards ended with Arizona State outscoring the Beavers 28-7 over the final 25 minutes. Sun Devils running back Eno Benjamin ran for 312 yards and three scores on 30 carries, outdueling his counterpart in Oregon State Jemar Jefferson, who finished with 31 for 254 yards and two scores. Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins threw for just 162 yards but had three passing touchdowns and added 61 yards rushing. The Beavers appeared to have the momentum heading into halftime when Jefferson’s 27-yard touchdown run made the score 24-17 with 1:02 to play. But Wilkins led Arizona State on a seven play, 75-yard drive in 48 seconds to steal the momentum back.

USC 24 — Arizona 20

After jumping out to a 24-0 lead early in the third quarter, USC held off a frantic Wildcats comeback to earn its second victory in a row. After Aca’Cedric Ware scored his second touchdown of the game, the Trojans offense and lack of discipline led to its unraveling. Three of USC’s last four drives ended in fumble, fumble and loss of downs — and combined with 18 penalties for 189 yards, allowed the Wildcats a chance in the end. Arizona scored with 1:40 left to make it a four-point game but the ensuing onside kicked failed and the Trojans ran out the clock. Ware finished with 173 yards on 21 carries while USC quarterback JT Daniels threw for 197 yards. Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate threw for 232 yards and two scores and added 38 yards rushing.