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Quick Pac-10 roundup

9/27/2009



Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

A quick review of this past weekend's games.

Oregon 42, California 3: Oregon completely dominated both sides of the ball against No. 6 Cal and announced that it is back in the Pac-10 race and national scene. Quarterback Jeremiah Masoli returned to spectacular form, completing 21 of 25 passes for 253 yards with three TDs and no interceptions. All three touchdowns went to tight end Ed Dickson. Meanwhile, Cal quarterback Kevin Riley was completely out of sync and running back Jahvid Best rushed for only 55 yards with a long of 11. Up next: Cal plays host to USC, while Oregon plays host to Washington State.

Arizona 37, Oregon State 32: Arizona found its quarterback, while Oregon State is still looking for answers on its defense. Nick Foles completed 25 of 34 for 254 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions in his first career start as the injury-ravaged Wildcats earned a big road win. Foles picked apart the Beavers secondary and wasn't sacked. Sean Canfield, meanwhile, was sacked five times and intercepted twice. Up next: The Beavers try to avoid another 2-3 start at Arizona State. Arizona has a much-needed bye week to get healthy.

Georgia 20, Arizona State 17: Guess here is that the Sun Devils are glad they won't see Bulldogs receiver A.J. Green again. For the second consecutive year, Green owned the Sun Devils secondary, catching eight passes for 153 yards, including a 36-yard third-down catch that set up the game-winning field goal. He also blocked ASU's go-ahead field goal attempt on the previous possession. The Sun Devils played the No. 21 Bulldogs tough, but the offense only managed 204 yards against a defense that had been struggling in the previous three games. Up next: Oregon State visits Tempe.

Stanford 34, Washington 14: The Huskies stay in the national rankings will be a short one because the defense had no answer for Stanford's power running attack. Toby Gerhart rushed for a career-high 200 yards, and the Cardinal overall had 322 yards on the ground. Also, UW quarterback Jake Locker tossed two interceptions and fumbled once. The Huskies obviously haven't arrived just yet. The Cardinal, meanwhile, made a statement and sits atop the Pac-10 at 2-0 in conference play. Up next: Washington is at Notre Dame. Stanford plays host to UCLA in a critical conference showdown.

USC 27, Washington State 6: There was little here to suggest USC is on the cusp of becoming a dominant team. Matt Barkley returned at quarterback, and the game plan included some downfield throws that worked -- he threw two TD passes -- but the Trojans were sloppy. As for the Cougars, is it Jeff Tuel Time? The true freshman completed 14 of 22 passes for 130 yards, rushed for 34 yard and led the Cougars late scoring drive. Moreover, it seems like substantial progress to lose by 21 a year after losing by 69, particularly on defense. Up next: USC is at Cal. Washington State visits Oregon.