Best of the Week: Utah QB Tyler Huntley writes his masterpiece


The Pac-12 honor roll for Week 10 (for a recap of the top developments, see Saturday Night Five) …

*** Offensive Player of the Week: Utah QB Tyler Huntley

Justin Herbert was excellent (after a rough start), and Jake Luton was fabulous (against a bad defense). But our lean is to Huntley, who delivered the best performance of his career in the second half in Husky Stadium.

Overall, he completely 19-of-24 passes for 284 yards, two touchdowns (one via his legs) and a whopper of a yards-per-attempt number (11.8).

But his poise, leadership and third-down efficiency met the moment as the Utes scored 20 second-half points.

The key strike: a 41-yard completion to Jaylen Dixon on third-and-12 that key the go-ahead drive alive.

And it was the moment for the Utah program, coming against its nemesis.

Also considered: Herbert, Luton, Oregon’s Juwan Johnson, Utah’s Zack Moss, UCLA’s Joshua Kelley and Oregon State’s Isaiah Hodgins

*** Defensive Player of the Week: Utah CB Jaylon Johnson

His 39-yard Pick Six late in the third quarter pulled the Utes within two points and set up their dazzling finish.

Also considered: Washington’s Joe Tryon and Levi Onwuzurike, Oregon’s Verone McKinley, Colorado’s Nate Landman and UCLA’s Krys Barnes

*** Special Teams Player of the Week: Oregon’s Mykael Wright

The cornerback/returner took a USC kickoff back 100 yards at the end of the first half, extending a four-point lead to 11 and squashing all momentum for the Trojans.

*** Coach of the Week: Oregon State’s Jonathan Smith

That’s three Pac-12 road wins for the Beavers.

Yep, three Pac-12 road wins.

That’s more than they had in the previous five seasons combined.

Unreal.

*** Team of the Week: Utah

You could make a fine case for Oregon, but the Utes were facing a greater psychological challenge:

They had lost four times to Washington in the past 36 months.

This was a program-defining win for the Utes in their Pac-12 existence.

*** Game of the Week: Utah 33, Washington 28

It wasn’t well played (five turnovers), but there were plenty of momentum swings and big plays.

Plus, UW’s late touchdown created drama with the onside kick.

Also: No other game was decided by single digits.

*** Gaffe of the Week: USC

We don’t believe a squib kick at the end of the first half would have changed the outcome in the Coliseum, but it would have been interesting to watch the proceedings with USC carrying momentum into the third quarter.

*** Breakout Performance of the Week: Oregon WR Juwan Johnson

The Penn State transfer who was injured early in the season showed glimpses of his potential impact in the Ducks’ win over Washington State.

He was as good as advertised Saturday night with three touchdowns.

Justin Herbert finally has a No. 1 option.

*** Underwhelming Debut of the Week: Arizona’s Chuck Cecil

The Wildcats’ interim defensive coordinator (and former all-conference safety) needs 11 versions of himself on the field instead of the second-rate group he’s charged with turning around.

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