Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Lots of big performances in the Pac-10 this weekend:
USC quarterback Matt Barkley: The touted true freshman completed 15 of 19 for 233 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions in the Trojans' 56-3 win over San Jose State. Barkley didn't look like a true freshman while leading a Trojans offense that, after a slow start, was dominant.
California quarterback Kevin Riley: Riley started slowly but exploded much like the Bears offense. He completed 17 of 26 passes for 298 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions in Cal's 52-13 victory over Maryland. Guess not having Nate Longshore looking over his shoulder helps.
Washington coaching staff: The Huskies didn't win but they fought like crazy and played with fire against LSU. Not only that, the Huskies dominated statistically -- they decisively outgained and outrushed the Tigers -- though they were decisively beaten 31-23 on the scoreboard. Head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive coordinator Nick Holt deserve credit for transforming the Huskies, a team that quit on coach Tyrone Willingham. After Sarkisian's tutelage in a pro-style offense, quarterback Jake Locker passed for 321 yards and two touchdowns
Arizona's defense: Central Michigan and touted quarterback Dan LeFevour only managed 182 total yards and 11 first downs in a 19-6 loss at Arizona. With a dominant defense, the Wildcats don't need to worry so much about who plays quarterback or whether tight end Rob Gronkowski is healthy.
Arizona State linebacker Mike Nixon: Nixon became the first Sun Devil in 20 years to intercept three passes in one game, returning one for a touchdown in an easy 50-3 victory over Idaho State. Nixon, who also blocked a punt, tied for the Pac-10 lead with five interceptions last year.