CFB Week 2 Recap: PAC-12 Conference

A quick review from the Pac-12 Week 2 games in the college football season.

Utah State 14 AT UTAH 24

Key Player Performance - Travis Wilson was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after suffering a left shoulder injury. Before the injury Wilson completed 9 of 12 passes for 76 yards and rushed for 49 more yards while adding a rushing touchdown. Kendal Thompson stepped in for Wilson and finished the game with 56 passing yards on 8 of 10 passing and added 23 more yards to go a long with a touchdown on the ground. Losing Wilson hurts for the Utes but at the same time the team has confidence in Thompson as he proved it last year against UCLA. Running back Devontae Booker had 31 carries for 120 yards rushing and a touchdown in the game. He continues to get a high volume of touches as he also caught 2 passes for 13 yards and now with Wilson likely set to miss a game or two he will continue to see 30+ touches moving forward. Kenneth Scott had another letdown performance as he only caught 2 passes for 18 yards.

Key Injuries - Quarterback Travis Wilson was knocked out of Friday Night's game with a shoulder issue to his non-throwing arm. It is unknown how long Wilson will be sidelined but it is looking like he will miss at least one or two games. Coach Kyle Whittingham's press conference on Monday he stated that both Wilson and DE Hunter Dimick "are not done for the season," We don't expect them to be lost for the season. If they are, we will make that known." The injury to Hunter Dimick is a big loss for the Utes as he is one of their premier pass rushers and a key leader on defense. Reports out of Utah are saying Wilson will likely sit this week against Fresno State and Kendal Thompson will get the start but the Utes will push for Wilson to be ready the following week against Oregon.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Wide Receiver Britain Covey continues to lead the Utes receiving core as he had a team high 6 catches for 61 yards. He will remain an intriguing fantasy option especially in full PPR formats moving forward.

arizona 44 AT nevada 20

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Anu Solomon was sharp as he competed 24 of his 33 passing attempts for 264 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Nick Wilson was the main offense in this game though as the running back averaged 9.2 yards a carry (21 carries for 194 yards) and added 3 rushing touchdowns. He also had a couple of catches for 30 more yards receiving. Wide Receiver Cayleb Jones had 6 receptions for 103 yards and looked to be the favorite target of Anu Solomon. The other star wide receivers Samajie Grant and Nate Phillips had average games as they caught a few short passes but the offense never really had to rely on them as it was all about the Nick Wilson ground show.

Key Injuries - Linebacker Scooby Wright is still sidelined with a knee injury and is still likely to miss 3 or 4 games. Wide receiver Trey Griffey and running back Tyrell Johnson are both out with a foot injury and are expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Johnny Jackson caught 8 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown last week and added to it this week by grabbing another touchdown on 2 receptions for 14 yards. 

massachusetts 14 AT Colorado 48

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Sefo Liufau completed 15 of 24 passes for just 168 yards and a single touchdown, but also added 36 yards rushing to go along with a rushing touchdown to save his value. RB Michael Adkins II was solid for the second week in a row averaging 6.3 yards per carry (19 for 119) and finding the endzone once. Stud WR Nelson Spruce had 6 receptions for 64 yards and a touchdown.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Sophomore wide receiver Shay Fields caught 2 passes for 16 yards. Backup RB's Christian Powell and Phillip Lindsay had big games on the ground as Powell finished with 8 carries for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Lindsay added 10 carries for 73 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Oregon State 7 AT michigan 35

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Seth Collins threw a single touchdown pass and finished the game only completing 9 passes for 79 yards and added 28 rushing yards on 11 carries. WR Victor Bolden had opportunities in the receiving game with 3 catches for 23 yards and had 4 rushes for 30 yards and 1 passing attempt that fell incomplete. They were trying to get him involved in the offense and bring a spark to the team but Michigan's defense was just too tough for Oregon State to find any room in this game. Fellow WR standout Jordan Villamin finished the game with 3 catches for 26 yards.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Sophomore WR Hunter Jarmon caught the lone touchdown of the game for the Beavers but it was also his only catch of the game.

Sacramento State 0 AT washington 49

Key Player Performance - QB Jake Browning threw for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns while completing 17 of 24 of his passing attempts. Starting RB Dwayne Washington struggled and was only given 4 carries and he finished the game with just 13 rushing yards and a pair of receptions for 20 more yards. It was senior TE Joshua Perkins that led the team in receptions with 5 for 77 yards. WR Jaydon Mickens had a decent game with 4 catches of his own for 42 yards.

Key Injuries - Backup running back Deontae Cooper is listed as Questionable for Saturday's Utah State game.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Running back Myles Gaskin was the big player that made a splash in this game as he made good on his 14 carries and finished the game with 146 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. With Dwayne Washington struggling to find space and make plays, opportunities for Gaskin down the line are likely after a big performance such as this. WR's Marvin Hall and Chico McClatcher both had single catches that went for long touchdowns as Hall grabbed a 78 yard score and McClatcher a 49 yard score.

ucf 7 AT stanford 31

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Kevin Hogan rebounded nicely in Week 2 with a big performance through the air as he completed 17 of 29 passes for 341 yards and 3 touchdowns. RB Christian McCaffrey struggled to find room in the running game as he carried the ball 20 times for only 58 yards but he did add some extra value with his 4 receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown as a receiver out of the backfield. WR Devon Cajuste had 2 catches for 24 yards while TE Austin Hooper had just a single catch for 11 yards.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Backup RB Bryce Love made a big impact in the receiving game as he caught two passes for big gains (93 and 43 yards) with one being a touchdown. WR Michael Rector also had a nice game finishing with 4 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown.

washington state 37 AT rutgers 34

Key Player Performance - Luke Falk threw the ball 66 times on Saturday and completed 47 of them for 478 yards and 4 passing touchdowns. He also ran the ball 6 times for 29 yards finishing the game with some outstanding numbers. His big WR's in Gabe Marks, River Cracraft and Dom Williams all had great games. Marks had 14 receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown while Cracraft had a 8/121/1 statline. Williams finished the game with 5 receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown as well.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - RB Gerard Wicks only ran the ball 7 times for 43 yards but the team as a whole only had 16 total rushing attempts on the game. Wicks also added 5 receptions for 41 yards.

ucla 37 AT unlv 3

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Josh Rosen came back down to earth a little as he was 22 of 42 passing for 223 yards with both a touchdown and an interception. It was the Paul Perkins show in this game as he ran 18 times for 151 yards for 2 touchdowns. He also added a pair of receptions for 24 yards. WR Jordan Payton had a nice game as he caught the lone passing touchdown and finished with 5 receptions for 70 yards.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Last week it was freshman Running Back Soso Jamabo who looked really good behind Perkins but this week it was Bolu Olorunfunmi who impressed with 9 carries for 65 yards.

san diego state 7 AT CALIFORNIA 35

Key Player Performance - Quarterback Jared Goff continues to build the hype around his name as he had 3 more touchdown passes and finished the game with 321 passing yards. RB Daniel Lasco looked good as well as he carried the ball 19 times for 123 yards and a touchdown. WR Bryce Treggs was somewhat slowed down with only 3 catches for 36 yards.

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - After junior wide receiver Kenny Lawler big game last week where he had 6 receptions for 69 yards and 3 touchdowns he somewhat came back to life with just a pair of catches for 34 yards. This week it was Trevor Davis with the breakout game as he had 3 receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown. 

Cal Poly 21 AT Arizona State 35

Key Player Performance - Mike Bercovici passed for 283 yards and 3 touchdowns and an interception while completing 23 of 35 passing attempts. RB Demario Richard had an impressive game with 25 carries for 121 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. DJ Foster did his thing in the running and the passing game as he rushed for 76 yards and also caught 6 passes for 58 yards and a touchdown. 

Key Injuries - Running back De'Chavon Hayes was injured and is questionable for Friday's game. WR Frederick Gammage, WR Jalen Harvey, and TE Dan Vear are also questionable for Friday's game.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Senior WR Devin Lucien had a nice game with 7 receptions for 79 yards.

oregon 28 AT michigan state 31

Key Player Performance - In what was arguably the biggest game of the CFB year so far the Oregon Ducks fell short to the Spartans as QB Vernon Adams just couldn't get it done when it mattered. Adams had a decent game passing for 309 yards and a touchdown but also finished with 2 interceptions. He did add another touchdown on the ground. Royce Freeman ran hard against a very good defense and finished with 24 carries for 92 yards and a touchdown to go along with 3 receptions for 34 yards. WR's Bralon Addison and Charles Nelson both had 7 receptions each and where the big WR's that Adams was looking for down the field. 

Key Injuries - TE Pharaoh Brown remain out indefinitely.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - The Ducks didn't go too deep on the depth chart this week and mainly stuck with their key players on offense. 

idaho 9 AT USC 59

Key Player Performance - Heisman hopeful Cody Kessler looked great for the second week in a row as he completed 26 of 31 passes for 410 yards and 3 touchdowns. It was a three headed monster at the RB position as Justin Davis and Tre Madden each had a pair of touchdown runs and Ronald Jones had another. Juju Smith-Schuster continues to look locked in with Cody Kessler and Juju had a huge game with 10 receptions for 192 yards and 2 touchdowns. 

Key Injuries - No key injuries to report.

Key Under the Radar Players to Watch - Adoree' Jackson who is listed as a cornerback on ESPN actually made some big plays on offense and finished the game with 4 catches for 62 yards.


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