Week 10 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the Pac-12. USC defeated Arizona 49-35 to move a step closer to winning the Pac-12 South title, and Washington State knocked off Stanford 24-21 in Pullman. Utah dominated UCLA 48-17 on Friday night, while Arizona State (Colorado) and California (Oregon State) inched closer to bowl eligibility with wins on Saturday. Washington dominated Oregon 38-3 to stay alive for the CFB Playoff.
With the 10th weekend of the 2017 season in the books, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor some of the top performances from the Pac-12. Here’s a look at Athlon Sports’ picks for the offensive, defensive, coordinator, team, freshman and unsung hero from Week 10:
Pac-12 Week 10 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Ronald Jones, RB, USC
USC’s ground attack gashed Arizona for 331 rushing yards in Saturday night’s 49-35 victory. Jones recorded 195 of those yards and three touchdowns on 27 attempts, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.
Defensive Player of the Week: John Houston, LB, USC
Houston led the way for USC’s defense against Arizona, registering 10 tackles and one interception. He also chipped in 0.5 sack.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Pettis is officially in the NCAA record book. The senior returned a punt 64 yards for a touchdown in Saturday night’s win over Oregon, which was the ninth punt return for a touchdown in his career. The nine punt returns for a touchdown are a new career record at the FBS level.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Tee Martin, USC
USC’s offense was firing on all cylinders in Saturday night’s win over Arizona. The Trojans recorded 642 yards on 78 plays, posted 30 first downs and scored 21 points in the decisive fourth quarter. Additionally, Martin’s offense averaged 8.2 yards per play, which was the second most by USC in 2017.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Alex Grinch, Washington State
Washington State’s defense allowed only 198 yards and two offensive scores to Stanford in Saturday’s 24-21 victory. In addition to the overall success on the stat sheet, Grinch’s defense held standout running back Bryce Love in check. The Heisman candidate had a 52-yard touchdown run but managed only 17 yards on his 15 other carries. Washington State also recorded 11 tackles for a loss, four pass breakups and allowed only three third-down conversions on 12 attempts.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Salvon Ahmed, RB
Ahmed was an all-around threat for the Huskies in the win over Oregon. He rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on six carries, caught one pass for four yards and returned a kickoff 23 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Chase Lucas, DB, Arizona State
Lucas recorded 12 tackles (11 solo) and two pass breakups in Arizona State’s 41-30 victory against Colorado.
Team of the Week: USC
The Trojans took a big step towards claiming the Pac-12 South title on Saturday night. Thanks to a high-powered offense and a standout defensive effort in the first half, USC knocked off Arizona 49-35. The Trojans recorded 642 total yards (8.23 per play) versus the Wildcats and held dynamic quarterback Khalil Tate largely in check in the first half. Arizona rallied in the second half, but USC scored 21 points in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Patrick Laird, RB, California
Laird posted 214 rushing yards and a touchdown on 33 carries versus Oregon State.