Sunday, October 21, 2012
Pac-12 helmet stickers: Week 8
By Kevin Gemmell
A look at all who were great in week No. 8.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC: Of all the great quarterbacks to ever come through the conference, none have thrown more touchdowns than Barkley, who set the new standard in a career by tossing six against Colorado in a 50-6 victory. Barkley finished 19-of-20 for 298 yards.
Robert Woods, WR, USC: He hauled in touchdown receptions of 39, 29, 17 and 3 yards to set a single-game school record for touchdown catches while also passing Dwayne Jarrett on USC’s career reception list.
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford: Set a new career high with 189 rushing yards in helping Stanford to its third straight win over Cal. His first-quarter touchdown run gave the Cardinal a 7-0 lead and was their first offensive touchdown away from home on the season. He moved up to No. 2 on Stanford's all-time rushing list.
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: There was a strong temptation to give Oregon’s sticker to Kenjon Barner – who is clearly the centerpiece of the offense and by far its greatest contributor. But all last week we questioned how Mariota would perform in his first “real” away game. The result was a statistical cycle of a rushing, a passing and a receiving touchdown in a 43-21 win over Arizona State. The uniqueness of that was enough to give him the nod over Barner.
Arizona’s defense: It seems like Ka'Deem Carey or Matt Scott could get helmet stickers every week, but it’s not often we’re talking about Arizona’s defense. And when we do, it’s usually about how they haven’t been able to protect a lead for their offense. So give them credit for blanking Washington in the second half and forcing three turnovers in a 52-17 win.
Oregon State’s offensive line: If Utah had a perceived advantage in their game against the Beavers, it was their defensive line against Oregon State’s offensive line. So much for perception. The OSU offensive line helped Storm Woods rush for three touchdowns and they kept Utah off of Cody Vaz by not allowing a sack in a 21-7 win.