Gangline Recap: Week 12

Steve Dykes

There are no longer any undefeated team in our gangline ... which is really ... almost too bad. I am going to take full credit for Oregon's loss, since I posted the question last week about whether the Ducks could run the table.

Washington Opponent's Record: 71-61

Record this Week: 4-7

Record in Games that Mattered: 1-4

It's official: nobody we play or have played this year is undefeated. Oregon got surprised by Stanford (who we beat by the way). The best part about the game however, were the Oregon fans' reaction: complete and utter stunned disbelief. Nobody filed out of the stadium for a long time ... nope, the Oregon fans just stayed frozen in time. It was complete and utter awesomeness!

Games that mattered

Ole Miss (5-6) at LSU (9-2)

I thought you would enjoy a little vintage Les Miles ... He sure was angry. Anyway, LSU's secondary was lit up this game, and Ole Miss threw for 316 yards. The game was still in doubt with 15 seconds to go. The game was all tied up, and LSU was able drive down to the Rebel 1-yard line. The Tigers scored, and then went for two ... go figure. That was all she wrote. Final score: Tigers win 41-35

Eastern Washington (9-2) at Portland State (3-8)

This game was still undecided late into the fourth quarter. The Vikings were playing really good football against a better Eastern team, ranked 5th in the country. However, the Eagles were able to score on a 94-yard touchdown drive with 1:25 left in the game, and it was too much for the young Vikings to overcome. They led 14-0 and 26-14 in the game, but just couldn't put the Eagles away. Final score: Eagles win 41-34

USC (7-4) at UCLA (9-2)

This game was all about UCLA. The Bruins jumped out to a 24-0 lead and never looked back. Brett Hundley was amazing in this game, outshining Matt Barkley who happened to get injured during the game. Hundley went 22/30 for 234 yards and one touchdown. He also ran for two more scores. However, Johnathan Franklin had an even better game, gashing the Trojans for 171 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns. UCLA clinched the south with this game. Final score: Bruins win 38-28

Wazzu (2-9) at Arizona State (6-5)

Wazzu was just hoping they didn't lay an egg this week ... well that could have happened in two different ways: (1) score zero points, and (2) play like a High School JV team. The Cougs almost did both, scoring its only points of the game with 0:57 seconds to go in the game. Arizona State brought their shotguns this week, and blew the guts out of Washington State. It was worse than the CU/Washington game, since that game was still a one-score affair going into half time. The Devils were up 32-0 at the half. I wonder if the Arizona State scout team would have fared better this game ... Final score: Sun Devils win 46-7

Games that didn't matter

Stanford (9-2) at Oregon (10-1)

I turned this game on with five seconds to go in the 4th quarter as I started doing some dishes. I was expecting the Cardinal to be on the bad end of a severe spanking, but was pleasantly surprised to find out the game was going into overtime. After Mr. Maldanado missed his kick, I knew something awesome was going to happen. First, Stanford has had three overtime games this season ... the Last time Oregon went to overtime was in 2009 against the Sun Devils. This made my night. Final Score: Stanford wins 17-14

Arizona (7-4) at Utah (4-7)

Utah needed a win against Arizona to have a chance to be bowl eligible for the 10th consecutive season. Even with all the trick plays Utah came up short, and will end the season with a losing record. Ka'deem Carey had 204 yards, and both teams combined for a whopping 929 yards. Travis Wilson looked much better this week, as he went 28/40 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. However, the Utes just couldn't answer the fast pace of Arizona. Final score: Arizona wins 34-24

California (3-9) at Oregon State (8-2)

I got the distinct feeling after this game that the Beavers were a little bit pissed off. You had to feel for the Bears, maybe ... They reached a new level of ineptitude this game. It helped the Beavers a lot to have a healthy Sean Mannion back. He had quite the "homecoming," as he went 24/34 for 325 yards, four touchdowns, and only one interception. Did I mention that the Beavers also ran for 200 yards? Cal turned the ball over four times, and that was the end of an absolutely abysmal 2012 for Jeff Tedford. Final score: Beavers win 62-14

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