Pac-12: 2013 pac-12 five star

Player of the week: Pac-12

September, 16, 2013
9/16/13
4:00
PM ET
While Oregon State’s injury-plagued defense continues to try to find its footing, it appears to be full steam ahead for the offense.

Quarterback Sean Mannion posted a career-high 443 passing yards with five touchdowns in Oregon State’s 51-48 overtime win at Utah. The most important stat: zero interceptions.

The five scoring strikes matches a school record and gives Mannion 43 for his career, moving him into fourth place on OSU’s all-time list. It was the fourth-highest passing yardage game ever by an OSU quarterback, and he’s now tied for the national lead with 12 touchdown passes and is second nationally in passing yards per game.

Of course, this prestigious Pac-12 blog honor, which Mannion will no doubt be telling his grandchildren about, could easily go to his top receiver. Brandin Cooks caught nine balls for 210 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. Cooks and Mannion have connected for 14 career scores, which ties them for third on OSU’s all-time list of QB-WR hookups.

The road victory gives the once-ranked Beavers a little more stability after a shaky start to the season.

“It’s really big,” said head coach Mike Riley. “It’s a chance to build some momentum and confidence, obviously, and you don’t want to fall in a hole early. It’s great to win an opening conference game. Maybe this is an indicator of how our conference is going to go this year. It’s going to be really, really competitive.”

Player of the week: Pac-12

September, 9, 2013
9/09/13
4:00
PM ET
We don’t often single out performances against FCS teams on the Pac-12 blog. Then again, we don’t often single out players from Colorado, either. But it’s hard to argue that through the first two weeks, the biggest impact player in the league might be Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson.

The nation’s leading receiver through two weeks, Richardson caught 11 balls for 209 yards and two touchdowns in Colorado’s 38-24 win over Central Arkansas. That comes on the heels of a 10-catch, 208-yard performance and two touchdowns a week earlier in the win over Colorado State.

His 11 catches against the Bears tied a school record for most catches in a game and his 209 yard-yard performance was just the fifth 200-yard receiving game at Colorado. He’s the first Colorado player to post back-to-back 200-yard receiving games.

Asked after the game if he’s ever had a player as explosive as Richardson, first-year Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre struggled to find a comparable name.

“Probably not as explosive as ‘P-Rich,’” MacIntyre said. "There is one guy at San Jose State named Noel Grigsby that broke every one of their records by his junior year. He’s not as explosive but he made a ton of plays. But, ‘P-Rich’ is the most explosive I’ve seen, for sure … When we see certain matchups, we’re gonna go attack it, and he’ll go get it.”

Colorado will try to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2008 when it hosts Fresno State on Saturday.

SPONSORED HEADLINES

PAC-12 SCOREBOARD

Friday, 12/26
Saturday, 12/20
Monday, 12/22
Tuesday, 12/23
Wednesday, 12/24
Saturday, 12/27
Monday, 12/29
Tuesday, 12/30
Wednesday, 12/31
Thursday, 1/1
Friday, 1/2
Saturday, 1/3
Sunday, 1/4
Monday, 1/12