Week 13 was a big week in the Pac-12 conference. There several key rivalry games and both division titles up for grabs, as well as bowl game implications. Here is a look at the top performances of the week:
Offensive Performance of the Week
The Arizona Wildcats football team has not had much to celebrate this season. Arizona entered Friday's matchup against archrival Arizona State on an eight-game losing streak and was facing a winless season in Pac-12 conference play. Surprisingly, the Wildcats were able to end the season on a high note by compiling 511 rushing yards in a 56-35 route of the Sun Devils.
Quarterback Brandon Dawkins led Arizona's rushing attack. While only attempting eight passes the entire game, Dawkins ran the ball for 184 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown. Samajie Grant and Zach Green also had big rushing days for the Wildcats running for 176 yards and 126 yards respectively.
Defensive Performance of the Week
The Washington Huskies football team entered Friday's Apple Cup needing a win to clinch the Pac-12 North division title. Standing in the Huskies' way was cross-state rival Washington State with their formidable Air Raid offense. Aided by several big plays, the Husky defense kept the Cougar offense in check for almost the entire game. Washington State finished with just 334 yards of total offense.
The biggest playmaker for the Washington defense was Budda Baker. The Washington native made eight total tackles, including two tackles for loss, and had an interception. Baker's most important play happened in the third quarter when he stopped Washington State's Gerard Wicks on fourth-and-goal at the Washington 1-yard line. At the time, the Cougars were threatening to get back into the game.
Coaching Performance of the Week
This week's top coaching performance goes to Washington's Chris Petersen. Petersen had Washington ready to play from the get-go against Washington State. The Huskies put two quick touchdowns on the board to jump out to a 14-0 lead with just 7:45 remaining in the first quarter. By the end of the first quarter, Washington had a commanding 28-3 advantage and never really looked back for the remainder of the game. In Petersen's three seasons as head coach at Washington, the Huskies have outscored Washington State in the Apple Cup rivalry by a margin of 121-40.
Petersen has elevated the Washington program to national prominence in just three short years. Saturday's win improved the Huskies' record to 11-1. Washington is very much alive in the College Football Playoff picture. The Huskies will take on Colorado on Friday in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
Fan Moment of the Week
This week's top fan moment goes to the Colorado Buffalo fanbase. For the first time in eight years, Colorado sold out a home football game on Saturday. The Buffaloes treated the sell-out crowd to a hard-fought 27-22 win over Utah. The victory sealed the Pac-12 South division title for Colorado and gave the Buffaloes a berth in the Pac-12 Championship Game against Washington. Following the win, Colorado fans stormed the field to celebrate the momentous occasion.