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Sunday, September 16, 2012
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By Kevin Gemmell

It was a weird, wild weekend in Pac-12 football. As with any wild weekend, there are heroes who emerge. Let’s honor a few of them, shall we?

Sheldon Price, UCLA: The senior cornerback matched a school record by recording three interceptions in UCLA’s 37-6 win over Houston. For the game, the Bruins had five picks.

Stepfan Taylor, Stanford: The senior running back was equal parts bruising and shifty during the Cardinal’s 21-14 upset of USC. Taylor rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown to go with five catches for 60 yards and a touchdown.

Utah: Big ups to the Utes for keeping it together in the face of adversity this week and pulling off a win over (1) their biggest rival and (2) a ranked team. Special acknowledgement to defensive tackle Star Lotulelei for his blocked field goal and his six solo stops (a team high). Things don’t seem as glum in SLC as they did this time last week.

Gabe Marks, Washington State: The freshman wide receiver caught six balls for 126 yards, which included a 52-yard touchdown, in the Cougars’ win over UNLV.

Marcus Mariota, Oregon: Though he tossed an interception, he still completed 21 of 28 balls for 307 yards and four touchdowns. Through the first three weeks, he’s completing 75.5 percent of his throws.

Matt Scott, Arizona: The Wildcats quarterback threw three touchdown passes and rushed for another while helping Arizona total 689 yards of offense and 43 first downs. He was a crisp 30-of-36 for 288 yards in the air to go with 61 yards on nine rushes.