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Pac-12 weekend recap: Spring games, scrimmages

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Here’s a recap of some of the action this weekend around the Pac-12.

CALIFORNIA

With a depleted secondary, Cal opted to run just 52 plays of actual scrimmage, with the rest of the time focusing more on drills and special teams.

The big takeaway from the “Spring Football Experience?”

“It wasn't practice, it wasn't a game, it was a little weird," quarterback Jared Goff told reporters after the "game."

Goff went 9-of-13 for 108 yards and a touchdown. But the second biggest takeaway was the play of the defense, which is trying to improve off of last year’s group that allowed nearly 40 points per game.

"At times this spring the offense has probably had their way with the defense," coach Sonny Dykes said. "I think it was good for it to happen like it happened today. To me, the last three or four practices, our defense was a different unit than it was the first 10."

You can see Dykes’ complete wrap-up here.

OREGON STATE

Cautious optimism seems to be the best takeaway from Oregon State’s spring game, where the offense had some big plays -- but mostly against a vanilla defense. Still, new coach Gary Andersen was encouraged by what he saw, telling reporters after the game that the offense took advantage of the opportunities the defense was presenting.

"We wanted to just be able to line up and play base defense and have some fundamentals and some techniques," Andersen said. "That being the case, you should expect at some point some opportunities to make some big plays on the offensive side of the ball, and that showed up. We made some big plays.

"It's one thing to have opportunities. It's another thing to take advantage of them, and we took advantage of those big plays on the offensive side of the ball many, many times."

True freshman quarterback Seth Collins was the standout, directing four touchdown drives and tossing a pair of scores on 9-of-15 passing for 175 yards.

You can see the complete stats here.

WASHINGTON STATE

The WSU quarterback competition just got a lot more interesting. Peyton Bender looked strong over the weekend, tossing six touchdown passes during a scrimmage. He finished 21-of-28 for 266 yards and an interception, while Luke Falk, the presumptive starter, went 25-of-35 for 197 yards with two touchdowns and a pick.

Writes Jacob Thorpe of the Spokesman-Review:

Bender is playing to win the job, not to make Falk better. His performance was the latest in a string of three or four practices in which he’s looked just as capable of taking over next season.

You can see the complete stats from WSU’s scrimmage here.