Apparently, all the surprise in Pac-12 play took place Thursday. Saturday went as expected. Here’s what we learned:
> Washington State still has a long way to go. The Cougars (2-3, 0-2) thought they had a shot at second-ranked Oregon (5-0, 2-0) when halftime arrived. Down just 23-19, Washington State dashed into the CenturyLink Field lockerroom with high hopes. But, it was a disaster from there on. Oregon outscored the Cougars 21-0 in the third quarter on the way to a 51-26 win. This was different than the loss to Colorado. Though sloppy early, the Cougars showed some fight. They also threw it 64 times. There were dents in the Oregon defense that Washington was likely pleased to see after the Ducks dominated Arizona at Autzen a week ago.
> The Sun Devils are for real. Arizona State (4-1, 2-0) continued to play well. The Sun Devils beat Cal 27-17, winning at Memorial Stadium for the first time since 1997. Quarterback Taylor Kelly continues to impress for Arizona State. The Golden Bears dipped to 1-4, 0-2, which has at least one writer wondering if it’s basketball season yet.
> A good guy is in first. No. 18 Oregon State (3-0, 2-0) hung on to win 38-35 at Arizona (3-2, 0-2). Down in Corvallis, they’re starting to wonder if this could turn into a big season for the undefeated Beavers. Could you imagine the success Oregon State might be having if head coach Mike Riley would close practice and stop talking about injuries? As for Arizona, this is the second-consecutive loss since RichRod had his team rolling and in the top 25.
> The Bruins fixed themselves quickly. UCLA (4-1, 1-1) went into Boulder and smacked Colorado (1-4, 1-1) 42-14. It was a good night for most of the Bruins, except those in the crossfire of Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers. Simers took shots at UCLA head coach Jim Mora for his decision to throw his sports information people under the bus when irritated with the media earlier this week. It’s one thing to be a paranoid, over-the-top college football coach who tries to control the media. It’s another when you intentionally and publicly embarrass the people who work with you every day.
Washington is back at it Monday. We’ll start the week with the regular luncheon as the Huskies prep for an enormous road trip to Oregon next Saturday to face the opposite of what they saw Thursday from Stanford.