Sunday, October 14, 2012
Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 7
By Kevin Gemmell
Somebody get that Oregon State quarterback a double-double.
- Cody Vaz, QB, Oregon State: There's temptation to give a helmet sticker to Markus Wheaton for his three touchdowns (two receiving, one rushing) or Jordan Poyer for his “oh look, a football” pick-six. But it's got to be Vaz, who made his first career start and was sharp, completing 20 of 32 balls for 332 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions in the 42-24 victory over BYU, the nation's No. 3 scoring defense. He throws one mean block also.
- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: Oh yeah, he had a pretty good game also. Wheaton had the touchdowns, but Cooks had a monster game, catching eight balls for 173 yards -- which worked out to an average of 21.6 yards per catch. Plus he played three quarters on a taped-up ankle after hurting it in the first quarter. Snaps to him for gutting it out.
- Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: Another game, another outstanding performance from the Sun Devils' quarterback, who tossed five touchdowns with no picks on 20 of 28 passing for 308 yards on the road in a 51-17 victory over Colorado. The Sun Devils are using the screen game as well as any team in the country and Kelly is executing the offense magnificently. Tougher games coming up, but at this point, Kelly’s name needs to be in the conversation for offensive player of the year (and there's a strong chance he might appear in the top five of someone's Heisman ballot this week. Hint: Mine).
- Dion Bailey, LB, USC: While the Trojans were able to put some pressure on Washington quarterback Keith Price with five sacks, it was Bailey who had a hand in half of the Trojans’ turnovers. He picked off one ball (which was a pretty sweet play reaching back against his body's momentum) and also forced a fumble by laying a big hit (though probably not the most fundamentally sound) on a scrambling Price. He finished with seven tackles in the 24-14 win.
- Tevin McDonald, S, UCLA: Not a flashy performance from McDonald. No interceptions or forced fumbles. But his 10 tackles -- eight of them solo jobs -- were a game high in the 21-14 win over Utah. Just a good, solid showing in a game that was a little tighter than most people thought it would be.
- Keenan Allen, WR, Cal: Quarterback Zach Maynard had 14 completions and 11 of them went to Allen, who moved up to No. 2 on Cal’s all-time receiver list. His 166 yards included a 69-yard touchdown in the 31-17 road victory over Washington State.