From Sunday's News Tribune ...
Here's my game story from Washington's 51-38 loss to Nebraska.
But a ghastly third quarter when everything seemed to go wrong left the Huskies wandering off the field at Memorial Stadium wondering what might have been in a 51-38 loss to the Cornhuskers.
“The reality of it is that we had a complete meltdown in the third quarter, where I think we lost our composure a bit and got rattled” UW coach Steve Sarkisian said.
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Meltdown might be putting it nicely. Down 20-17 at halftime, the Huskies watched as that three-point deficit turned into a 17-point hole in the span of five minutes.For all that went wrong, the Huskies offense was pretty good with Keith Price throwing four touchdown passes and Chris Polk running for over 100 yards and scoring a touchdown. And the notebook talks about the controversial calls from the Big 10 officiating crew.
Here's the injury update from the notebook
Several players were banged up, but perhaps the most glaring was quarterback Keith Price, who was limping significantly before his interception ended UW’s final drive. Price was struggling just to move around. It wasn’t the sprained right knee that was bothering him.
Instead, it was the left knee Price tweaked during a third- quarter scramble before he flipped the ball to Devin Aguilar for a 3-yard gain.
“I felt something in my knee, I don’t know,” he said after the game with ice bags on both knees. “It feels better than when I hurt this one (pointing to his right knee). It’s nothing too serious. I will be ready to play next week.”
Running back Jesse Callier didn’t play in the second half after an apparent hamstring injury, and receivers Jermaine Kearse (leg cramps) and James Johnson (collision) were helped off the field in the third quarter but later returned.
Linebacker Princeton Fuiamaono had his shin stepped on which caused some swelling, while fellow linebacker Cort Dennison did postgame interviews with ice packs on his shoulder, wrist, thigh and knees.Let's get to the games around conference ... I haven't completely checked my picks, but I didn't do great against the spread.
Stanford 37, Arizona 10
- From the Mecury News -- Jon Wilner's game story and notebook
- From The Arizona Daily Star -- Here's Ryan Finley's game story and another story from him about all the mistakes the Wildcats are committing.
- Columnist Greg Hansen says the Wildcats can't compete with Top 25 teams. From his column ...
If getting rolled by Oklahoma State and buried by Stanford were Hell Week I and II, what's next?
ESPN is scheduled to broadcast the Oregon-Arizona game here Saturday night - is it too late to ask for replacement programming to save the Wildcats further embarrassment? - and if you think the Wildcats felt sick this time, playing the Ducks figures to be like a barrel role in an F-15.
This worrisome streak of bad football - Arizona has lost seven consecutive games against BCS teams - has not passed. It has intensified.
Twice in his post-game briefing, UA coach Mike Stoops used the term "young team," which is code for "this isn't going to be a quick fix."
Oregon 56, Missouri State 7
- From the Oregonian -- Here is Ken Goe's game story. Freshman tight end Colt Lyerla had three touchdown catches and he will only get better.
- From the Register Guard --Here's Adam Jude's game story LaMichael James continue to put his name in the Oregon record books.
Perhaps the biggest news of the game was that Oregon announced before the game that it was sent an official letter of investigation by the NCAA about the Willie Lyles situation.
Oregonian columnist John Canzano offers his thoughts ..,
We now know exactly what Oregon got from Texas talent scout Willie Lyles for that $25,000.
They got this.
This pile of unsettled doubt. This line of UO administrators and coaches in a defensive stance. This little pall over a 56-7 victory. But there's something else that I hope comes from the NCAA's new-found interest in Oregon's football program.
Hope for a raised bar.
I hope nobody believes that having a top-tier football program means that you need to be dancing with NCAA investigators. I hope nobody believes this is acceptable. I hope nobody believes this matters any less than the football on the field.
Because none of this should have ever happened. And while some football office employees may ultimately be thrown to the wolves, it's the line of guys who make the real money on campus who need to get real. SDSU 42, Washington State 24
- From the TNT -- Here's Howie Stalwick's game story... and another story on how the Cougs collapsed late and another story on receiver Marquess Wilson's big day.
- From the Boulder Daily Camera -- Here's Kyle Ringo's game story ...wide receiver Toney Clemons got a little redemption on Saturday. Game notebook leads with QB Taylor Hansen using his legs and not his arm to get going.
- Columnist Ryan Thorburn wrote that Jon Embree's first win as the Buffs head coach is the first of many
I had this one wrong, really wrong. Utah looked dominant in the Holy War
- From the Salt Lake Tribune -- The game story ... Utah running back John White had a big game ... According to columnist Steve Kragthorpe, the Utes offense, under Norm Chow, finally came to life. Columnist Gordon Monson says BYU embarrassed itself with its performance.
- From the Arizona Republic -- Here's Doug Haller's game story ... more from Haller on a game wrap up.
- Columnist Paola Boivin wrote that quarterback Brock Osweiler will learn from the loss after struggling at times in the game.
- From the LA Times -- Here's Gary Klein's game story and his notebook which leads with fullback Rhett Ellison making a contribution. The times had both of their columnists at the game.
- From the LA Times -- Here's Chris Foster's game story .... his notebook talks about Kevin Prince's problems of throwing the ball to the wrong team. Rick Neuheisel said Richard Brehaut will start Saturday against Oregon State.
- TJ Simers wrote about Tommy Lasorda trying to pump up the team. Meanwhile Bill Plaschke writes that it appears that the end is near for Neuheisel at UCLA.
Down, too, went Neuheisel's smile, because as much as he acts as though he doesn't know it, he knows it.
He called one play "ridiculous." He called another play "atrocious."
He tightened his jaw and conceded, "I know there are folks out there that are disappointed in our lack of success. … I don't necessarily blame those people."
Those folks are the loudest ones in the room these days, boosters and alumni clamoring for the Bruins to start thinking about changes, talking about possible replacements, gossiping about the likes of Boise State's Chris Petersen.
It's unfair, really, as one can never seriously discuss dismissing a coach before conference play begins. But in the third game of a fourth undistinguished season, Neuheisel found himself in the middle of the same perfect storm that capsized predecessors Bob Toledo and Karl Dorrell.