Sunday, November 27, 2011
Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 13
By Ted Miller
Who gets a helmet sticker for a job well done?
Matt Barkley, USC: The Trojans quarterback completed 35 of 42 passes for 423 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions in a 50-0 victory over rival UCLA. He set a new conference record with 39 TD passes this season. He might have played well enough to earn himself an invitation to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.
Chase Thomas, Stanford: The Cardinal outside linebacker had five tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and two QB hurries in Stanford's 28-14 win over Notre Dame.
Colorado: Instead of mailing it in, the Buffaloes' 26 seniors, who had never won on the road, went out with a bang. The defense held Utah to 274 yards and the offense did just enough Friday in a 17-14 victory, which ended a 24-game losing streak outside of the state of Colorado.
Zach Maynard, California: The Bears QB completed 19 of 26 attempts for 237 yards and a touchdown and rushed five times for 40 yards and another score in the 47-38 win over Arizona State. His numbers aren't spectacular, but no player has improved as much over the past four weeks, when he's throw five TD passes and just one interception. Recall that after throwing four picks in a loss to UCLA, Maynard looked like a disaster.
Darron Thomas, Oregon: The Ducks quarterback completed 27 of 40 passes for 305 yards with four TDs and no interceptions in the 49-21 win over Oregon State.
Nick Foles, Arizona: The Wildcats QB, playing in his final game in Tucson, completed 33 of 43 for 352 yards with three touchdowns and an interception in the 45-37 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. He overcame a rib injury that looked like it might knock him out of the game early in the week.
Keith Price, Washington: A week after mostly sitting out the Oregon State game with a knee injury, the Washington QB completed 21 of 29 passes for 291 yards with three TDs and no interceptions in a 38-21 victory over Washington State in the Apple Cup.