38-30 looks to be a score where the game went down to the last minute and the teams went back and forth fighting tooth and nail to eke out a win.
It was the Kessler-Agholor show in the Los Angeles Coliseum Thursday night. They took advantage of a slow secondary that just seem to be a step behind the USC receivers on every play. Cody Kessler went 31 of 42 for 371 yards and 4 touchdowns with an interception. The PAC-12 leading rusher wasn’t the star on the field, but Javorius Allen was the focal point for the Cal defense; he rushed for only 60 yards on 11 carries.
The star of the night was definitely Nelson Agholor. Agholor was one reception short from tying the school’s record for receptions in a single game; he had 16 receptions for 216 and 2 touchdowns. Where ever Kessler threw the ball Agholor seem to reel it in.
The Trojans get off to a great start scoring touchdowns on 3 of their first 4 drives; it might have been 4 out of 4 but a safety by the Cal ‘D’ when Jared Goff pooch punt was downed at the 1 foot line.
USC went into the half up 31-9 and came out with not that much fire power or they let off the gas a bit, because they allowed the Bears to get back into the game. Jared Goff threw two touchdowns in the 4th quarter to get the Bears closer but the lead for the Trojans was too much to overcome.
The win is a good stepping block going into the next two games against rivals UCLA and Notre Dame. As for California this game may have been a letdown in regards to their bowl eligibility, but they have two games to try and make it happen.
Arizona State Head Coach Todd Graham said that the game against Oregon State could be a trap game for his Sun Devils team. He definitely got more than he bargained for, as the Beavers set their traps and the Sun Devils were caught.
Mike Riley and the Beavers had the upset of the weekend. Oregon State gashed the Sun Devils aggressive defense for 247 yards on the ground. Running backs Terron Ward and Storm Words combined went for 243 on 30 carries with 2 touchdowns. They both ripped the Sun Devils blitz for long touchdown runs. Storm Woods opened up the scoring with a 78 yard run and Terron Woods added a 66 yard run to give the Beavers a 14-3 lead.
Just like any good team, Arizona State found their niche and ran off 21 unanswered before halftime capped by a sack-forced fumble on Sean Mannion returned for a touchdown by Antonio Longino.
The Arizona State blitz proofed to be costly against the Beavers as Oregon State scored on three long plays, which proved to be the difference in the game. No more costly than on 3rd long, Sean Mannion went to Jordan villamin for a 67 yard touchdown to take the lead in the 4th quarter 28-27.
Taylor Kelly was 22/44 for 264 with 2 touchdowns, but a pick six thrown by Kelly in the last two minutes retuned by Michael Doctor of Oregon State sealed up the win for the Beavers.
Miscues, missed opportunities and turnovers will be the down fall of any team. The Washington Huskies experienced this against Arizona on Saturday.
Cyler Miles had his troubles holding on to the football in the first half; fumbling twice, which the second proved to be crucial leading to a touchdown by Arizona running back Nick Wilson just before halftime to put Arizona up21-17.
With Shaq Thompson letting his coach Chris Petersen know earlier in the week that he would like to stay on defense one of the Huskie running backs would have to step up in the running game. Dwayne Washington filled the void adequately. He rushed for 148 yards with 2 touchdowns. But the Huskies failed to convert the extra point after Washington’s second touchdown run.
Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon wasn’t hitting his mark effectively, including two interceptions, but his freshman teammate Nick Wilson picked up the slack rushing 30 times for 104 yards with 2 touchdowns.
A fumble by Washington running back Deontae Cooper with less than 2 minutes left in the game gave Arizona kicker Casey Skowron an opportunity to redeem his self with a game-winning field goal attempt.
Four weeks ago against USC; Casey Skowron had the opportunity to win the game for the Wildcats and was given two chances to do it. He made the first kick, but a timeout by USC coach Steve Sarkisian took the points off the board, and on the next attempt Casey Skowron missed.
On Saturday, Casey Skowron found himself in the same position. This time on the first attempt Casey Skowron missed from 47 yards out, but a timeout by Chris Petersen allowed Casey Skowron to get another chance, and he fully took advantage of the second opportunity; nailing the field goal try to give Arizona a 27-26 victory.