Week 8 of the 2017 college football season produced several big performances and memorable moments from the Pac-12. The weekend slate featured another big performance from Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate in a 45-44 overtime win against California. Arizona State knocked off Utah in Salt Lake City, Washington State pitched a shutout against Colorado, and UCLA defeated Oregon 31-14. USC lost 49-14 in South Bend to Notre Dame.
With the eighth 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 8:
Pac-12 Week 8 College Football Awards
Offensive Player of the Week: Khalil Tate, QB, Arizona
Tate continued to impress in Saturday night’s win at California. In his second start of 2017, Tate completed 10 of 15 throws for 166 yards and two touchdowns and added 137 yards and one score on the ground.
Defensive Player of the Week: Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State
Sam helped Arizona State’s defense turn in another dominant effort on Saturday afternoon. The linebacker recorded 10 tackles (one for a loss) and one interception, while helping to limit Utah to just 110 rushing yards and 10 points.
Coordinator of the Week (Offense): Jedd Fisch, UCLA
UCLA delivered a steady effort on offense in Saturday’s 31-14 win over Oregon. The Bruins recorded 408 total yards (5.6 per play), went two-for-two on red zone trips and had only one three-and-out on 11 drives. Quarterback Josh Rosen threw for 266 yards, while the ground game posted 142 yards and two touchdowns on 37 attempts.
Coordinator of the Week (Defense): Alex Grinch, Washington State
Washington State rebounded from its Week 7 loss to California with a convincing 28-0 win over Colorado on Saturday night. Grinch’s defense shut out the Buffaloes and limited their offense to just 2.4 yards per play. The Cougars recorded two sacks, three tackles for a loss and one turnover, while no Colorado drive extended longer than 30 yards.
Freshman of the Week (Offense): Tay Martin, WR, Washington State
Martin grabbed four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown in Saturday night’s win over Colorado.
Freshman of the Week (Defense): Colin Schooler, LB, Arizona
Schooler was all over the field in Saturday’s win at California. The freshman recorded 15 tackles to lead the defense and also posted one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. Additionally, he broke up California’s two-point conversion attempt in overtime to secure Arizona’s third victory in a row.
Team of the Week: Arizona State
A week after beating Washington, Arizona State pulled off another upset by defeating Utah in Salt Lake City. The Sun Devils were led by a stellar effort on defense, as coordinator Phil Bennett’s group limited the Utes to 265 yards (4.4 per play) and pitched a shut out in the first half. Utah didn’t score a touchdown until the fourth quarter and turned the ball over four times. The Sun Devils scored on four out of their first five possessions on offense, which was more than enough to win considering how well the defense contained Utah all afternoon.
Unsung Hero of the Week: Jay Jay Wilson, LB, Arizona State
Wilson opened 2017 as a tight end but switched to linebacker a couple of weeks into year. With Alani Latu sidelined on Saturday due to injury, Wilson was forced to play significant snaps against Utah. Wilson delivered in a big way, recording four tackles, two pass breakups and one interception returned for a 20-yard score in the fourth quarter.