Alec Sills-Trausch, Zona Zealots: Implosion because they utterly collapsed when they had the chance to put the game away. Arizona was driving down the field with nine minutes to go, up by seven, and QB Matt Scott decided he'd try his hand as a hurdler. As you can assume, it did not go well. Everything that could go wrong in the fourth quarter for UA, happened; Fumble, blocked punt, interception... Ball game over.
Adam Butler, Pacific Takes & Pac Hoops: Heartbreaking; it's over. I love the Matt Scott story and to see him go out the way he did, playing ultimately his worst game of the year in one of the biggest games of the year, was just a bummer. Rivalry games are exciting for the immediacy and relevance of the drama. It doesn't matter whether it's two defeated or undefeated teams, there's a lot on the line. So hat's off to Will Sutton and crew for wrecking havoc and making plays as they needed. I wish the same could be said for the Wildcats.
Anonymous ASU writer! Unexpected because when this team enter the fourth quarter down 10, I thought it was over. Yes, Arizona State had outscored its opponents all year in the final frame, but Matt Scott had the Wildcats in position to put the game away.
Avinash Kunnath, Pacific Takes & California Golden Blogs: Hibernating. Because we didn't play! That was great. I like not playing. More time for eating and shopping. Oh, look, a 30 inch TV for $7. Sounds good to me. Oh wait, it's got a tube inside of it? Maybe I'll turn it into a footstool.
Nathan Riholt, Fish Duck: Satisfying. Oregon shook off all the questions of the Stanford performance and returned things to normalcy. The offensive line was much better, and as a result, so was the running game. Oregon State fans thought they were closing the gap. Crushing that illusion was a lot of fun.
Jonathan Irwin, Northwest Sports Beat: Amateurish because of those horrific special team fumbles in the third quarter that killed any chance OSU had. The Beavers made such boneheaded mistakes. It's pretty disappointing to see this fundamentally sound football suddenly go bottoms up in its biggest game of the season.Amateurish because of those horrific special team fumbles in the third quarter that killed any chance OSU had. The Beavers made such boneheaded mistakes. It's pretty disappointing to see this fundamentally sound football suddenly go bottoms up in its biggest game of the season.
Scott Allen, Rule of Tree: Thorough; Stanford beat the Bruins in every which way. Let's hope it was a preview of things to come in Friday's rematch.
Ryan Rosenblatt, Bruins Nation: Uninspiring because seriously, did you watch that game? UCLA got their butts whipped.
Trevor Wong, Conquest Chronicles - Typical because that's how they've played all year long. The Trojans turned the ball over twice, but those miscues ended up being the difference. In each loss, USC turned the ball over at least three times (discounting the Notre Dame game) plus a season-high five times at Arizona. More than their performance the entire game, though, the late fourth-quarter goal line sequence probably summed up the Trojans' season. It was chaotic, it was disorganized, the coaching staff was lost and so were the players. Throughout the year, there was chaos with multiple distractions (jersey number switching and deflating balls). There was disorganization from the shuffling of the offensive line (no continuity) to trying to find somebody to try and play the No. 2 cornerback spot. Finally, there was a sense of confusion as loss after loss piled up, especially with as much talent as Lane Kiffin has at his discretion. That, right there, sums up the Trojans 2012 season.
Sean Reynolds, Block U: Underwhelming ... because they needed a late comeback to even win.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: Confounding because the Huskies had no business losing the game and proved that for almost the entire game, but let a quick momentum switch and some mishaps cost them a game that they didn't even need to play well to win.
Gekko Mojo, UW Dawg Pound: Disheartening because the expectation was that the Huskies could enter the post season with a great deal of momentum that would translate well into this period of recruiting. Finishing the season with 8 wins would have given Sark a legitimate claim that things are clearly on the upside - especially given the fact that the team returns a Pac 12 leading 18 starters next season. It would have also created an opportunity for UW to climb to 9 wins - a bogey that they haven't reached since their Rose Bowl Season over a decade ago. This would have been an important milestone for the fan base and would have taken pressure off Sark going into next season. Now, we'll clearly have a "do or die" scenario for Sark going into next season. There was a lot riding on this one game and Sark blew it.