Go big or go home seemed to be the theme circling Pac-12 football this past weekend, putting up big numbers up on the scoreboard. Leading the high scoring was no other than Stanford. QB Andrew Luck led his team to 7-0 after demolishing Washington (5-2) 65-21. Luck was 16-21 with 169 yards and 2 touchdowns. Luck’s perfect record and impressive playing time is solidifying his Heisman nomination.
Stanford is looking to go undefeated and USC looks to give them their first loss on the season. The Trojans advance to 6-1 after winning their first rivalry game of the season against Notre Dame (4-3). South Bend hosted their first night game in 21 years, and although the Irish put up a good fight they fell to the Trojans 31-17. USC returned the favor of winning on their turf, after Notre Dame beat USC last year at the Coliseum.
The running and passing game seemed to work for the Trojans as QB Matt Barkley was 24-35 for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Curtis McNeal had 24 carries for 118 yards, and WR Robert Woods had 12 receptions for 119 yards and 2 touchdowns.
The Trojans aren’t the only 6-1 team the Oregon Ducks are as well, and after pulling an impressive win over Colorado they plan to completely dominate the rest of the season. Oregon beat Colorado (1-7) 45-2, the landslide score didn’t shock many after Oregon took a 29-0 lead in the first quarter alone. Freshman QB Bryan Bennett was 11-20 for 156 and 2 touchdowns, while RB Kenjon Barner ran for 115 yards on 10 carries and 2 touchdowns.
Amongst other high scoring Cal released its anger on Utah redeeming themselves from the loss USC gave them last week. The Golden Bear beat the Utes 34-10, Oregon State also had a high scoring game beating Washington State 44-21, and Arizona improves its record to 2-5 after beating UCLA 48-12.
High scoring keeps fans coming, but the lingering questions remains if offense is having so much success is that reflecting on lack of defense?