With four games being played late Saturday night, #Pac12AfterDark was on full display and did not disappoint. Here are some of the top performers from another crazy day in the Pac-12:
USC WR Darreus Rogers: Rogers' stat line wasn’t overly impressive -- he caught four passes for 76 yards without a touchdown -- but he came up with the key play that allowed the Trojans to escape the Coliseum with a 21-17 win against No. 21 Colorado. Midway through the fourth quarter, USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw a pass in Rogers’ direction that looked like a sure interception, but Rogers leaped over Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie and snatched the ball away before turning upfield for a 46-yard gain. The Trojans scored the go-ahead touchdown later on the drive.
Washington QB Jake Browning: A number of Huskies are deserving of a helmet sticker after a 70-21 blowout of Oregon, but what Browning did in ending the Huskies' 12-year losing streak to the Ducks was truly special. He completed 22 of 28 passes for six touchdowns and 304 yards. Since Oregon began its run of wins against its neighbor to the north, no quarterback has thrown for that many touchdowns against the Ducks, and the 49-point margin was the most lopsided since 2003.
Oregon State RB Ryan Nall: Nall needed just 14 carries to rush for 221 yards and three touchdowns in the Beavers’ 47-44 win against Cal. Oregon State's victory means the only winless team in the Pac-12 North (in conference games) plays its home games in Eugene, Oregon. Nall, however, was carted off the field in the fourth quarter after sustaining an apparent leg injury.
Washington State WR River Cracraft: In the Cougars’ 42-16 rout of No. 15 Stanford, Cracraft was QB Luke Falk’s favorite target. Cracraft caught seven passes for 130 yards and this ridiculous 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 35-10. Rogers’ catch for USC was more important in that game, but we’ll go ahead and give Cracraft the edge on degree of difficulty. All of a sudden, the Apple Cup looks like it could be the game of the season in the Pac-12 as Washington’s two schools are the only remaining unbeaten in conference play.
Arizona State kicker Zane Gonzalez: Gonzalez is now the NCAA’s all-time leader in made field goals made with 89. He connected on three in the Sun Devils’ 23-20 win against UCLA, the last of which broke former Florida State kicker Dustin Hopkins’ record (88), which he set from 2009-12. Gonzalez broke former UCLA kicker Kai Forbath’s Pac-12 career record (85) last week.