Well, now bowl season is over. For the P-12, at least. At the start of the season, we took a look at where the various teams were going and what the fanbases expected. So, that was at the start. How are things at the end? The Pac-12 went 6-3 with a great loss by Stanford! Just one of those instant classic losses that ensure Cal is better than Stanford at all times!
Let's delve deeper in chronological order:
So, WSU lost a close game. WSU was in control, but then fumbled the ball at the most inopportune times, giving CSU a last gasp chance to win.
Then, Washington State's Teondray Caldwellfumbled a kickoff return at the 24, setting upJared Roberts' 41-yard field goal as time expired gave Colorado State a 48-45 victory Saturday in the bowl season's opening game.
Coug fans, as could be imagined, were NOT enthusiastic. They even were using their own epitaph on themselves:
An extremely tumultuous year ending well for the Trojans. Interim Coach Some Person helped USC rout the FSU Bulldogs:
What is sad is that for all of the "DISASTROUS SEASON" talk for USC, they won 10 games. They had 4 head coaches if you count Kiffy, Coach O, Sark, and Some Guy. The fans were happy with the end result:
Oregon State was stumbling heading into the Hawaii Bowl. They had lost 5 games in a row. However, against a BSU team reeling from losing its superstar coach (coached by former Cal asst coach Bob Gregory!), OSU got back in the win column:
Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks grabbed eight balls for 60 yards and a touchdown. He extended his Pac-12 single-season record to 128 receptions and broke the conference record for yards receiving with 1,730, passing Southern California's Marqise Lee.
Although the score looks reasonably close, OSU led 38-6 at one point. Oregon State fans were happy:
What a great win, and a great Christmas gift for Beaver Nation!
Washington was also caught up in the coaching maelstrom in the Pac-12. They had an odd bowl coaching staff with Scrabble Supername and current USC coach Marques Tavita Tuiasosopo acting as interim head coach. What a weird few weeks! The bottom line was a solid victory for the Dawgs:
This gave UW its 9th win on the season, which is the most they've had in some time. UW fans are psyched, as you could imagine:
Well, Oregon did what Cal couldn't: Beat Texas and humiliate Mack Brown. This wasn't quite the offensive explosion you think it is. The Oregon D scored 2 TDs, so although Oregon racked up a bunch of yards, they only scored 16 points. They had to settle for a lot of FGs along the way:
Oregon fans were happy and were especially happy with the end for their vaunted DC Aliotti:
What a great end for Aliotti
Well, we are getting into unknown territory here, a Pac-12 loss. We had a bit of a streak going there with solid wins! Now, ASU does what Cal COULD do: lose to TTU in the Holiday Bowl. It gives me the warm fuzzies to think of another team losing to TTU in the Holiday Bowl. No more FOREVER ALONE! This time, however, it wasn't a blowout:
The other half of the desert Pac-12 team collection did quite a bit better. I'd been waiting for Trey Griffey (aka Ken Griffey Jrs kid) to have a breakout game and he finally did. He had 2 TDs:
I'm sure dad (and grand-dad!) was proud. Griffey wasn't the only Cat to have a big day as Ka'Deem Carey went off, too:
In my preview post, I noted how this was an interesting matchup due to BCS slotting. Since the Pac-12 had only 1 team make the BCS and the ACC had 2, Pac-12 teams got slotted down while ACC teams got slotted up. 17th ranked UCLA was probably a team that deserved better than the New Year's Eve Day Sun Bowl. VT probably didn't even deserve that. But thanks to the vagaries of the soon to be dead BCS, that is what we got.
It was a predictable UCLA rout, except that it was actually 14-7 UCLA at half. UCLA and QB Brett Hundley just plain dominated the 2nd half: