Week 13 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the Pac-12. UCLA kicked off the weekend slate with a last-second win over California. The victory against the Golden Bears secured bowl eligibility for the Bruins. On Saturday, Oregon easily defeated Oregon State, Arizona State won its seventh game of 2017 after beating rival Arizona, and Utah reached bowl eligibility with a win over Colorado. Washington dominated rival Washington State, which clinched the Pac-12 North title for Stanford. The Cardinal stepped out of conference play on Saturday and defeated Notre Dame 38-20.
With the 13th 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 13:
Pac-12 Week 13 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
Gaskin carried the Washington offense in the win over Washington State, rushing for 192 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries.
Defensive Player of the Week: Harrison Phillips, DL, Stanford
Stanford won the battle in the trenches against Notre Dame, with the Cardinal limiting the Fighting Irish to just 154 rushing yards on 44 carries. Phillips was a key cog in that effort, as he registered six tackles (three for a loss) and two sacks.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jedd Fisch, UCLA
In addition to his duties as the play-caller, Fisch was the interim coach for Friday’s win over California. Despite losing quarterback Josh Rosen prior to halftime due to injury, UCLA finished with 462 total yards and 30 points and had a 55-yard drive in the final minutes to secure the game-winning field goal. With Rosen sidelined, Devon Modster filled in under center and completed 14 of 18 passes for 191 yards.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Pete Kwiatkowski, Washington
Kwiatkowski seems to have the right formula to slow down Washington State’s high-powered passing offense. In four years as Washington’s defensive coordinator, the Cougars have not scored more than 17 points on Kwiatkowski’s defense. On Saturday night, Washington limited Washington State to just 14 points and 345 total yards. The Huskies registered five sacks, forced four turnovers, broke up five passes and did not allow a drive longer than 50 yards until the fourth quarter.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): K.J. Costello, QB, Stanford
Costello was sharp in Saturday’s win over Notre Dame. The redshirt freshman connected on 14 of 22 throws for 176 yards and four touchdowns.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Byron Murphy, DB, Washington
Murphy was slated to be a key cog in Washington’s secondary this season but missed seven games due to injury. He returned to the lineup in last week’s win against Utah and played an even bigger role versus Washington State. Murphy collected five tackles (one for a loss), three pass breakups and one forced fumble versus the Cougars.
Team of the Week: Stanford
Saturday night was a good time to be Stanford. Thanks to a steady effort from quarterback K.J. Costello and an opportunistic defense, the Cardinal defeated Notre Dame 38-20. Stanford forced three turnovers that converted into 14 points, limited the Fighting Irish to just 154 rushing yards and pitched a shutout in the fourth quarter. Additionally, Washington’s win over Washington State booked a trip for Stanford to the Pac-12 Championship next Friday.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Zack Moss, RB, Utah
The Utes earned their sixth victory and bowl eligibility in Saturday night’s 34-13 win over Colorado. Moss pounded the Colorado defense for 196 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and caught one pass for 25 yards.