The conditions were interesting to say the least at Martin Stadium on Saturday afternoon, and the game mirrored them. From a nearly offense-free first half to a scorefest in the second – the teams combined for 14 points in 18 seconds at one point of the fourth quarter – to a disastrous overtime for WSU, the game was interesting from the opening kickoff. Read on.
• We're not going to get into much here because it's late and we've been at it since early this morning. But we wanted to link our game story, notebook and John Blanchette's column, all of which are available online. Other than that, I don't know what to add. The one thing I missed in all my writing today were all the penalties on Utah – it had 11 for 105 yards – including starting three consecutive first-half possessions with either personal fouls or offensive pass interference. The Utes looked like the Raiders out there. ... One Pac-12 note. With its win today, on the surface it looks like UCLA is really in the driver's seat in the South Division. But the overtime win by Utah is more important. The Utes play Colorado at home on Friday. That's a win. Then Arizona State hosts California that night. The way those teams are playing, I would have to think Cal has a good shot to win. So Saturday, it's UCLA at USC, who is playing better than anyone. The Bruins will know where they stand, which may make it even tougher to defeat the Trojans. If Utah wins and ASU and UCLA lose, the Utes are in the title game.
• That's it for tonight. We'll be back in the morning. Until later ...