(AP) — TUCSON, Ariz. After a heavy collision against Arizona, Washington defensive back Alex Cook was taken off with an apparent neck injury. In the closing minute of the fourth quarter, Cook was tackled and went down. The medical team from Washington ran onto the field, pinned him down, and began inspecting his neck. Trainers gently attached him to a stretcher while Washington’s players and coaches, as well as those from Arizona’s sideline, went onto the field. Cook was loaded into a cart using an ambulance gurney. As Cook was driven into the tunnel, many Huskies patted him and supporters cheered him on.
(AP) — TUCSON, Ariz. With a 21-16 win over Arizona, Washington ended the nation’s worst losing skid at 19 games. Dylan Morris threw two second-half touchdown passes. Washington struggled in the first half and fell down by nine points before recovering in the fourth quarter behind Morris. The Huskies’ troubled quarterback connected with Terrell Bynum on two deep passes to set up two touchdowns, while the defense shut down Arizona after being battered by big players earlier. Arizona appeared to be on the verge of snapping its school-record losing run, leading 16-7 heading into the fourth quarter before unraveling. After dominating the first half, the Wildcats’ offense sputtered and their defense crumbled, leaving them winless since December 2019.
(AP) – SOUTH BEND, Ind. — On Saturday night, No. 13 Notre Dame visits Southern California. The Trojans are 3-3 this season and are 2-0 on the road while being led by an interim coach. Despite problems on both sides of the line of scrimmage, the Fighting Irish are 5-1. It’s possible that both teams will use two quarterbacks. One matchup to keep an eye on USC’s standout receiver Drake London will face the Notre Dame secondary, which is captained by star safety Kyle Hamilton.
UNKNOWN (AP) — In each of the previous three weeks, a team rated in the top three of the AP college football poll has lost to an unranked opponent. In Week 8, it will be difficult to keep that streak going. Georgia, the No. 1 team in the country, is out. No. 2 Cincinnati is a four-touchdown favorite against Navy, while No. 3 Oklahoma leads Kansas by more than five touchdowns. In the Pac-12, No. 10 Oregon is hosting UCLA and former Ducks coach Chip Kelly in the greatest game of the week. Pitt quarterback Kenny Pickets will face Clemson for a chance to win the Heisman Trophy.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (AP) — Even before the NCAA basketball season begins next month, UCLA coach Mick Cronin is a winner. Cronin’s 3-year-old filly won the $63,000 feature at Santa Anita on Friday by three-quarters of a length. So Very Smart paid $14.40, $6.40, and $8.20 after being sent off at 6-1 odds. The victory was valued at $37,800, bringing the filly’s total earnings to $84,860 for her lifetime. In seven starts, she has two victories. The filly is owned by Cronin’s Boom Racing in collaboration with three other stables.
(AP) — PASADENA, Calif. — When No. 10 Oregon got Kayvon Thibodeaux back for the second half against California, he helped rally the squad to a crucial victory with a goal-line stand. The Ducks are hoping it’s a sign of things to come in the second half of the season, with many injured starters scheduled to return for a crucial game against UCLA on Saturday.
(AP) PULLMAN, Wash. — When Washington State hosts BYU on Saturday, it will be the Cougars’ first game under Jake Dickert. After Nick Rolovich was sacked for refusing to comply with the governor’s requirement that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus, Dickert was appointed to acting head coach. Despite the turbulence caused by Rolovich’s circumstances, Washington State has won three straight Pac-12 games. The game on Saturday is Washington State’s final non-conference game of the regular season, with the team hoping to qualify for a bowl game.
(AP) — TUCSON, Ariz. In a 34-0 loss to Colorado, Arizona’s worst game under first-year coach Jedd Fisch left the Wildcats scrambling for answers. This week won’t make ending a school-record 18-game losing run any easier. After losing two starting quarterbacks to season-ending injuries in successive weeks, the Wildcats must play Washington. After Gunner Cruz and Jordan McCloud were injured in the last two games, Will Plummer will start against the Huskies. The Huskies have lost two tight games in a row.