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12 Pac Review: Suspect Officiating Edition; Stanford rolls, OSU (and refs) blow it, Cal looks awful; and Ducks start slow, accelerate in the 2nd half...again

1. Oregon 53, Washington 16 - It wasn't pretty for about 3/5ths of the game, but the Ducks continued to do what they've been doing all year: Wear Teams Down (maybe that's what WTD really stands for?). The Ducks were held scoreless in a quarter (other than the fourth quarter in two blowout wins) for the first time this year after failing to put points on the board until Rob Beard's 29-yard field goal at the beginning of the second period. But once the offense got rolling, it was as unstoppable as it's been all season, racking up 522 yards behind a balanced attack capping a very Happy I Hate Washington Week. The only bad news from the game was the unfortunate injury to backup quarterback Nate Costa, who suffered what appeared to be a pretty serious knee injury on a botched snap field goal attempt midway through the third quarter.

2. Stanford 42, Arizona 17 - Andrew Luck and the No. 13 Cardinal got sweet, sweet revenge for their big loss at Arizona last year, holding the No. 15 Wildcats to their second-lowest point total this season. They also dropped more points on the Wildcats than any other team has this year en route to improving to 8-1 on the season. And they did it all in front of a whopping 43,506 fans in a 50,000-seat capacity stadium. Apparently there are better things to do in the South Bay than watch a top-15 matchup. Either way, Oregon's best win keeps getting better. Although 'Zona struggled offensively, much of that could have been due to the rusty play of Nick Foles, who sat out the past three weeks with a knee injury. Foles and the Wildcats get one more tune-up at home against USC before taking a week off and traveling to Eugene for a Friday night showdown with the Ducks at Autzen. Stanford travels to Tempe, then Berkeley, before wrapping up its season at home against Oregon State on Nov. 27.

3. Arizona

4. USC 34, Arizona State 33 - The Trojans seemed destined for a letdown after getting drubbed by the Ducks in what many have said was their bowl game this year. But USC came out firing on all cylinders and led 29-14 with 4 minutes remaining in the third. Then the Sun Devils woke up, using TDs on special teams and defense to pull within two, followed by a 9-yard TD pass to take a 4-point lead with 7 minutes remaining. And then it got really interesting. On the ensuing PAT, USC's Torin Harris returned the blocked kick 97 yards to bring the game within two. A USC field goal put the Trojans up one, and a missed 41-yarder with under two minutes left sealed the Sun Devils' fate.

5. Oregon State 14, UCLA 17 - I'm leaving the Beavers at No. 5 this week, not because they impressed me in any way, but because I think they got screwed by a very poor ruling by the officiating crew in LA. Despite the favorable review by the officials to overturn the original call on the field, it doesn't seem possible for a team to complete a 12-yard pass and get out of bounds by only running a mere 3 seconds off the clock. But the officials ruled it was, and UCLA brought on arguably the nation's best placekicker to boot the 52-yard game-winner, avoiding overtime and beating the Beavs to improve to 2-4 in the Pac-10 and muddy up the middle of the conference race even more. Ouch.


7. Arizona State

8. California 20, Washington State 13 - Uh, really, Cal? I know you've been atrocious on the road this year, but this is unacceptable. You're better than this. But if you're not, it's going to be a long day in Berkeley next weekend when our No. 1 Ducks pay a visit.

9. Washington

10. Washington State

Utah 7, TCU 47 - Now that's a statement. TCU entered the game with hardly any doubters, but apparently didn't get the memo, as they played like they had something to prove...and prove it they did. The No. 3 Horned Frogs went on the road with the nation watching and absolutely demolished the No. 5 Utes in Salt Lake City. TCU is not only a lock to win the Mountain West, they're now a very real threat to play in the BCS National Championship should Auburn or the Ducks fail to win out.

Colorado 45, Kansas 52 - At the beginning of the fourth quarter, it appeared Colorado was on its way to winning its first Big-12 game this season, after Rodney Stewart's 8-yard TD run put the Buffaloes up 45-17. And then Kansas decided to rattle off 35 unanswered points in the final 11 minutes en route to an historic comeback win in Lawrence. As if head coach Dan Hawkins's seat wasn't hot enough. The odds Hawkins is at the helm when the Buffs join the Pac-12 next fall? 1,000-to-1.