Utah QB Williams eager to face former team: No. 4 Washington

Utah QB Williams eager to face former team:

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Troy Williams signed with Washington as a top-ranked dual-threat quarterback in 2013.

Two years later, Williams is the starter for Utah and he wants to show the fourth-ranked Huskies’ coaching staff what they missed out on.

USC poached Sarkisian from Washington and the Huskies plucked Petersen from Boise State.

Williams spent his freshman season as a redshirt then played in five games under Petersen before transferring to Santa Monica College after the 2014 season.

Williams said Petersen never recruited him at Boise State and the quarterback was just never one of “his guys.”

The decision was difficult because he had gotten comfortable with the school and is still close to many Washington players.

Washington sophomore Jake Browning has taken a significant step this season and his 26 touchdown passes are tied for No. 3 in the nation.

Notebook: With more opportunities, Pettis will carry Huskies’ receiving game

While the defense receives a lot of credit for the Washington football team’s success this year, the UW’s offense has come a long way from where it was last season: from the ninth-ranked attack to the No. 1 scoring offense…

HEISMAN WATCH: Can LSU's Fournette make a run at Jackson?

The LSU running back is coming off one of the most impressive individual performances of the season, running for 284 yards and three touchdowns on 16 carries in a rout of Mississippi.

Last season’s Heisman runner-up, Christian McCaffrey of Stanford, has missed games with injuries and been unable to cut loose in the Cardinal’s struggle offense.

With high-profile games left against Alabama, No. 14 Florida and No. 9 Texas A&M and the possibility of leading his team to the SEC championship game, don’t rule out Fournette receiving an invite to New York city for the Heisman presentation on Dec. 10.

Here’s how AP college football writers rank the Heisman contenders going into Week 9:

Jackson went off on North Carolina State for 431 yards, with three TD passes and a touchdown run.

The Utes are in the middle of the Pac-12 pack defensively in yards per play (5.76, seventh in the conference), but they lead league with 14 interceptions and are fourth in sacks with 22.

Losses for Florida State have overshadowed the junior’s outstanding season running and receiving (179.4 yards from scrimmage per game).

Coming off a historic game against Texas Tech (263 yards rushing, 114 receiving and five touchdowns), the sophomore has a chance to put up numbers similar to Cook’s.

The Red Raiders’ up-tempo offense and awful defense inflate his numbers, but he is on pace for about 5,700 yards and close to 50 touchdown passes.

A defensive end is not winning the Heisman, but Allen’s scored two touchdowns and could draw some consideration as the best player on the best team’s best unit.

Pettis and Ross giving No. 4 Washington a dynamic duo at WR

SEATTLE (AP) — Jake Browning’s performance through the first seven games rightfully has the Washington quarterback in the Heisman Trophy conversation.

Somewhat lost in what Browning is doing for the fourth-ranked Huskies are the players on the receiving end of those passes — most often the combo of John Ross and Dante Pettis — and the huge chunks of yards they’re claiming after the catch.

Pettis has caught a touchdown in four straight games, but unquestionably his most important TD of the season so far was his leaping overtime touchdown catch in Washington’s 35-28 win at Arizona in late September.

Pettis already surpassed his totals in yards and touchdowns from a year ago and he needs just four more receptions for a new career high.

The two touchdown catches on Saturday were the third time this season Pettis had multiple TD catches in a game.

Falk leads Washington State to 37-32 win over Arizona State

Arizona State (5-3, 2-3) was down to its fourth-string quarterback after Manny Wilkins was injured on the opening drive and had four other starters out.

Tim White had a 70-yard touchdown on a punt return and Zane Gonzalez hit a 29-yard field goal to pull Arizona State within 37-32.

Arizona State came into the game with the FBS’ worst pass defense and was missing starting safety Armand Perry with a turf toe injury.

Ross makes early contributions count as Huskies trounce Beavers

The Washington football team beat Oregon State 41-17 on Saturday without one of its most explosive players scoring a point.

Washington outplays Oregon State, remains undefeated

On a breezy fall afternoon off the shores of Lake Washington, the UW celebrated its 155th birthday with a stadium full of current students, alumni, and fans alike. The stadium was filled at 65,796, all of which cheered the Washington…

SMU stuns No. 11 Houston 38-16 by shutting down QB Greg Ward

Greg Ward Jr. couldn’t shake a persistent SMU pass rush or find receivers for big plays, finishing with 241 yards passing — almost 100 below his average — and just 3 yards rushing on 17 carries thanks to seven sacks.

Herman got conservative moments later, choosing a 19-yard field goal attempt on fourth down from the SMU 2.

The Cougars lost two fumbles in the first quarter and never got their high-powered offense going.

SMU defensive end Jarvis Pruitt recovered one of the fumbles and had three sacks in the Mustangs’ first win over a ranked team since beating No. 20 TCU 40-33 in overtime in 2011.

The Cougars start a stretch of three straight home games against UCF next Saturday.

3 & out: Takeaways as No. 5 Washington Huskies bury Beavers

The Washington Huskies improved to 7-0 on the season with their SCORE victory over Oregon State, which should do nothing to quiet the hype surrounding the Dawgs nine days before the first College Football Playoff rankings are announced on Nov. 1. The victory sets up a high-profile matchup with 7-1 Utah next week in what could be a preview of the Pac-12 championship game.

Browning tosses 3 TDs as Washington rolls Oregon St 41-17

John Ross had 115 yards receiving and Pettis added 112 yards — both with four catches — giving the Huskies two receivers with more than 100 yards for the first time since 2002.

The depleted Beavers started third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion after Darell Garretson and Conor Blount were injured.

The Beavers were also without starting running back Ryan Nall due to a foot injury aggravated in last week’s loss to Utah.

Tim Cook had 108 yards rushing and a late TD, while Victor Bolden Jr. had a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.


Since 1961, Frazer Cook has been the voice of the University of Washington band for any football game where the entire band is performing, home, away and bowl games.

Photos: Washington Huskies vs. Oregon State Beavers

The fifth-ranked Washington Huskies hosted the Oregon State Beavers at Husky Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

Scouting the Beavers

Oregon State’s hard-fought battle against a more talented Utah football team Saturday proved to be more costly than just the fourth loss of the season. It knocked out both the team’s starting quarterback and running back of the game.

Finding his rhythm: Amidst the hype, Browning stays focused on fundamentals

After maintaining the best pass efficiency and highest completion rate in the nation post bye week, sophomore quarterback Jake Browning has become a blip on everyone’s radar, and a new edition on many pundits’ Heisman watch lists.

Washington State meets Arizona State amid accusations

(AP) — Washington State coach Mike Leach told the Pac-12 to look at whether Arizona State stole signs last season, joining a chorus of teams accusing the Sun Devils.

The conference fined Leach $10,000 and officially reprimanded him on Thursday, adding a layer of intrigue before the Cougars travel to the desert to face the Sun Devils.

Information or accusations relative to rule violations must be handled by institutions filing those concerns with the Conference office through a formal process, and institutions must refrain from discussing those concerns publicly.

Utah’s players said Arizona State stole signs during a game last year and both Oregon and Washington took the extra step of putting up sheets to block the Sun Devils’ view from the other sideline.

Arizona State quarterback Manny Wilkins insisted he was 100 percent healthy after last week’s loss to Colorado despite clearly having limited mobility.

Wilkins did not play the week before against UCLA after suffering a right ankle sprain against USC and Graham acknowledged the sophomore was limited against the Buffaloes.

Midway through the season, Huskies still perfect

When the Washington football team rounded out the top-15 in the AP preseason poll, head coach Chris Petersen wanted nothing to do with the hype.

Huskies out for Beaver pelts

The No. 5 Washington football team will host Oregon State at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium for its homecoming game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

Washington's Plum has moved on from Final Four appearance

Moved on, Plum, the Huskies’ all-time leading scorer, said Thursday at Pac-12 media day.

Plum led the conference in scoring last season and ranked fourth in the nation averaging 25.9 points, and she soon will become the Pac-12’s career scoring leader, too.

Doing home visits while out recruiting, Huskies coach Mike Neighbors had been wearing his Final Four ring.

Washington is picked to finish third in a preseason poll by the Pac-12 coaches in a dominant conference that sent four teams to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS: 3 ranked games to sort out SEC West

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PICKS: 3 ranked games to sort out SEC West

Seems like a strong statement, but with three games involving ranked teams it is possible for the leader of the division to exit this weekend with essentially a two-game lead on all the closest contenders with three games to play.

The leader will be determined in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, when the top-ranked Crimson Tide (7-0, 4-0) faces No. 6 Texas A&M (6-0, 4-0).

If the two Tigers take a second conference loss, the winner of A&M-Alabama will be in total command — and there will still be more than a week until Halloween.

Resume game for the Broncos as they eye a New Year’s Six bowl bid …

Aggies QB Trevor Knight already has led a team to victory against the Tide.

[…] Roll Tide, Auburn fans …


The Nittany Lions are hoping to have two or three linebackers return from injury …

The Bruins are again uncertain of the status of QB Josh Rosen (lower body/throwing shoulder); UCLA is trying to avoid being 1-4 in the Pac-12 for the first time since 2009 …

Sooners RB Samaje Perine (hamstring) will miss a few weeks, which means more Joe Mixon for Oklahoma.

EMU won three straight against WMU from 2011-13; the last two seasons the Broncos have won both meetings and outscored the Eagles 109-35 …

The Hurricanes would be pretty much out of the ACC Coastal race if they lose a third straight game …

The Ducks have lost four straight and if they are going to have any realistic chance to get to six victories and bowl eligibility, this is a must-win …

The Spartans have lost four straight and if they are going to have any realistic chance to get to six victories and bowl eligibility, this is a must-win …

Utah and Colorado could highlight the Pac-12's 2nd half

The game illustrated the rise of the Huskies, off to their best start (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) since 1992, and the quick fall of the Ducks, who played for the national championship two seasons ago but have dropped four straight to sit at the bottom of the Pac-12 North (2-4, 0-3.)

Washington coach Chris Petersen said the task at hand now is keeping the players focused on the next game — and off the hype that comes with the undefeated start and the national ranking.

Depending on how the season shakes out, Washington could be the first North team besides Stanford or Oregon to play for the Pac-12 title since the league championship game was created in 2011.

The Utes and Buffaloes sit atop the division standings with 3-1 records, ahead of USC with two losses.

While Utah has seen a steady rise with its hard-nosed defensive play in recent years, the Utes have never made it to the Pac-12 championship game.

Colorado is the more dramatic upstart in the south at 5-2 and vying to become bowl eligible for the first time since 2007.

The Wildcats started 17-year-old freshman Khalil Tate at QB in a 48-14 loss to USC last week and when he struggled, they turned to third-string TE Matt Morin.

The team was so thin at running back that the Utes coaxed Joe Williams out of retirement last week to help against Oregon State.

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey, last season’s AP Player of the Year and the runner up for the Heisman Trophy, did not play last weekend against Notre Dame because of an injury.

Run game at root of Washington State's 4-game win streak

In the process of winning its fourth straight game and inching closer toward a spot in the AP Top 25 , Washington State proved it doesn’t always need to score via the arm of quarterback Luke Falk.

Washington State’s 27-21 win over UCLA on a dreary, wet night last Saturday was another validation of the Cougars’ evolving offense under Mike Leach.

Washington State was on the verge of a fourth straight game of rushing for at least 100 yards as a team for the first time since 2005 until the final play of the game, when Falk took a knee to run out the clock, lost 6 yards and dropped the Cougars below the 100-yard mark.

[…] in the Cougars offense that is so heavily reliant on the passing game, getting some balance from the run is critical.

Since Leach’s arrival in 2012, the Cougars are 11-4 when they have rushed for at least 90 yards as a team.

Midseason Report: Pleasant surprises, flops, halfway Heisman

Pleasant surprises, flops, halfway Heisman

The first half of the 2016 college football featured the emergence of a new star quarterback, the re-emergence of an old Pac-12 power and the end of an era at LSU.

Tom Herman to the Chicago Bears?

Assistant coaches made offseason headlines for the wrong reasons .

The five-star quarterbacks had fled and were replaced by former inconsistent Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight.

There is still potential for things to go sideways for Sumlin and the Aggies, but so far A&M has replaced the swag with substance.

Seven games in and coach Brian Kelly has fired his defensive coordinator and created an unnecessary quarterback controversy.

Even allowing the Fighting Irish some leeway for over inflated expectations, 2-5 and scrambling to get bowl eligible is unacceptable.

No. 1 Alabama won the national championship last year and is better this season with a freshman quarterback .

No. 2 Ohio State lost one of the great NFL draft classes from one school of all time and the Buckeyes have not missed a beat.

Justin Wilcox, defensive coordinator, Wisconsin.

Could go back to Alabama for Lane Kiffin or Ohio State for Greg Schiano, but Wilcox is the pick as he re-establishes himself as one of the better defensive coordinators in the country.

Props also to defensive coordinator and former USF coach Jim Leavitt for the most improved part of the team.

Mathis has gone from solid player to an absolute force for the Huskies in his senior season.

Oregon coaches could still be searching game tape for play in which the Ducks handled Mathis.

All played in one of the best venues in college football.

Maybe the most noncompetitive conference game in the last 25 years of college football.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva wanted Miles out last season, but botched it and allowed Miles to gain a groundswell of support.

[…] at first chance this season, after an ugly loss at Auburn dropped the Tige