Just when it seemed Oregon's defense was peaking at the perfect time, with Jameis Winston and Florida State on the horizon, an injury took away the Ducks' best defensive back.
DaVonte Lacy led four Washington State players in double figures with 22 points in a 90-83 victory over UC Davis on Sunday.
Kyle Wiltjer scored 24 points and Kevin Pangos had 21 points and seven assists, leading No. 8 Gonzaga to an 87-80 win over Brigham Young in the West Coast Conference opener for both teams Saturday night.
Kevin Pangos scored 11 of his 16 points in the second half, and No. 8 Gonzaga struggled to shake pesky Cal Poly before pulling away for a 63-50 win on Saturday night.
Marcus Mariota, the prototypical 21st-century quarterback, took an old-fashioned approach to become Oregon's first Heisman Trophy winner.
It was just two guys talking football and posing for pictures with a big bronze trophy.
For the first time since 2011, the University of Washington men's basketball team is ranked in the Top 25.
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 15 points, and Washington held No. 13 San Diego State to a school record for fewest points in the Huskies' 49-36 win on Sunday.
Vernon Adams threw for two touchdowns, going over 10,000 yards for his career, and ran for another score, and fourth-seeded Eastern Washington turned back Big Sky Conference rival Montana 37-20 in the second round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday.
T.J. McConnell scored six of his 12 points in overtime and No. 3 Arizona held on for a 66-63 victory over No. 9 Gonzaga after Byron Wesley air-balled the first of three missed free throws with 3.3 seconds left on Saturday.
Curtis High School product DaVonte Lacy scored 21 of his 31 points in the first 10 minutes of the game to lead Washington State to a 91-71 win over Texas-San Antonio on Saturday.
Marcus Mariota made his final case for the Heisman Trophy, and No. 3 Oregon left no doubt about whether the Pac-12 champions will get a chance to play for the national title.
Krista Vansant stood in the entryway that leads to the Alaska Airlines Arena floor and surveyed the scene.
In a surprise move to perhaps everybody except the man who did the hiring, Oregon State's Mike Riley is set to take over at Nebraska.
One of the lowest points of Washington State's disappointing season also set the stage for one of the bright spots.