In one of the most electric dual-threat performances in recent Pac-12 memory, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack burned the Arizona Wildcats both ways – as a linebacker and as a running back – in the Bruins' 31-26 victory over Arizona.
Last Thursday night, it appeared Stanford running back Tyler Gaffney would have been a shoo-in for the Pac-12 blog’s player of the week honors after his 157 yards on a school-record 45 carries in the win over Oregon. And any other week, given the importance of that game and Gaffney’s impact on it, he would be.
But UCLA’s victory was pretty significant as well. The Bruins kept pace in the Pac-12 South and won in Tucson for the first time in 11 years. The win catapulted them to No. 13 in the latest BCS standings.
And in the process, Jack nearly blew up the Twitter-sphere with his performances on both sides of the ball. At linebacker he had eight tackles, one for a loss, and recovered a fumble.
As a running back, he carried six times for 120 yards – including a 66-yard touchdown run on third-and-1. That would be an average of 20 yards per carry. He was outrushed only by Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey, who needed 28 carries to reach 149 yards.
The highlight of the game was Jack's 66-yard dash. With the Wildcats climbing back into the game in the fourth quarter, having just cut UCLA’s lead to 24-19, Jack took the handoff and stretched the play to the right before bursting through a hole and down the sidelines for the 66-yard score.
"I don't know if I wanted to show them that side of me, because now they're going to be trying to make me run the ball all the time," Jack said after the game.
There were better offensive performances. There were better defensive performances. But in Week 11, there were no better complete performances.