Week 5 of the college football season clarified a few issues for the Pac-12 (hello, Washington) but ultimately it opened the door to more questions in most corners of the conference. Here are our weekly award winners for players who helped answer some major questions:
Cal DT James Looney: The junior came up with the big play when the Bears needed it most. With Utah down five with time expiring, Looney made a touchdown-saving (and game-saving) tackle to keep Zack Moss out of the end zone and give Cal its first conference win and its second victory over an AP Top 25 team this season.
Washington defensive line: Can’t really single one of these guys out when the unit itself was so dominant against Stanford on Friday. The Huskies only blitzed on five of the Cardinal’s 37 dropbacks and they (as a pass-rushing group) still managed to register eight sacks. But it was Vita Vea, Elijah Qualls and Greg Gaines who held the line up front and made Stanford look like the less physical team, holding the Cardinal to just 29 rushing yards (less than one yard per rush).
Washington State run game: The Cougars accounted for six rushing touchdowns, which just might be a first for a Mike Leach Air Raid offense. Wazzu rushed for 280 yards and Jamal Morrow, James Williams and Gerard Wicks accounted for two rushing touchdowns apiece. The Cougs’ seven-yards-per-carry average was the team’s best since the Colorado game last season (when Washington State rushed for 7.1 yards per carry). Hat tip to the Washington State offensive line on this one, too.