Pac-12 power rankings: Oregon State stuns Cal in OT thriller

Oregon State won its first conference game since 2014 in a shootout. While the Beavers in-state rivals got annihilated by the conference’s lone playoff contender.

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As quarterback Darrel Garretson crossed the goal line after a 16-yard rushing touchdown, the Oregon State bench erupted. Garretson’s scramble handed the Beavers their first conference win under head coach Gary Anderson, and brought an end to the 12-game losing streak in conference play.

Oregon State coughed up a 17-point lead in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Cal’ kicker hit a field goal on its possession in the fourth quarter. OSU followed up Cal’s field goal with Garretson’s 16-yard game winning touchdown; Oregon State’s quarterback finished the night with 105 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.

Neither offense was effective through the air — Cal averaged 2.8 yards per pass, OSU averaged 3.5 — while throwing a combined three interceptions with no touchdowns. Cal quarterback Davis Webb completed 22 of 44 pass attempts for 113 yards, while Garretson only threw 24 passes, he completed 13 of those attempts, for 85 yards. It seems that both defensive coaching staffs sold out to stop the pass, and completely forgot about the run.

1) Washington Huskies: The Huskies ended their 12 game losing streak to Oregon with a 70-21 victory. Washington is now the Pac-12’s only hope for a representative in the College Football Playoff.

2) Utah Utes: Utah’s defense shut down the dynamic Arizona offense in the second half as the No. 24 Utes picked up an impressive 36-23 win at home.

3) Arizona State Sun Devils: Despite the fact that UCLA gained 168 more yards than the Arizona State, the Sun Devils picked up an impressive 23-20 victory on Saturday. ASU forced four turnovers, including three interceptions, to stymie the Bruins offense.

4) UCLA Bruins: While UCLA lost its third game of the season, the bigger story is the health of sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter after a hard hit dinged up his right shoulder, he missed the majority of the third quarter with an unspecified leg injury as well.

5) Colorado Buffaloes: A tough four point loss to USC in the Coliseum handed the Buffs their second loss of the season. Quarterback Steven Montez took several big hits, but finished the game.

6) USC Trojans: The Trojans picked up their second straight win in Pac-12 play and are now 3-3 on the season. USC relied heavily on the ground game to control the clock and seal its first victory over a top 25 team in 2016.

7) Washington State Cougars: A 42-16 victory over Stanford has the Cougars half a game back of Washington in the Pac-12 North. The Cougars have outscored their last three opponents by a combined score of 149-55…no that’s not a typo.

8) California Golden Bears: Cal followed up its upset over Utah with a heart wrenching defeat in Corvallis, Ore. It’s going to be interesting to see how the Golden Bears rebound against Oregon, and if they can contain Royce Freeman.

9) Stanford Cardinal: The Cardinal have scored only two offensive touchdowns in the last two games; they were out coached and out played on national television by Washington State and are now pretty much out of the Pac-12 North race.

10) Arizona Wildcats: Arizona’s loss to Utah dropped the Wildcats to 2-4 on the season. Quarterback Brandon Dawkins threw two interceptions in the loss, while leading the team with 49 rushing yards on 14 carries. Rich Rodriguez’s seat is getting warm.

11) Oregon State Beavers: The Beavers leading ball carrier was Ryan Nall who carries the ball 14 times for 221 yards and three rushing touchdowns. At the end of the game, OSU had ran for 474 yards on the ground…that’s insane.

12) Oregon Ducks: Mark Helfrich started true freshmen quarterback Justin Herbert against the best defensive front seven in the conference. Herbert got hit…a lot and the Ducks offense never got going in the 49 point loss.

Photo Credit: Cole Elsasser-USA TODAY Sports
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