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Pac-12 Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
ARIZONA: For the third time in as many weeks the Wildcats earned a victory with a 33-28 triumph over California in Berkeley. Arizona has risen to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in league play and is tied with Arizona State for the second- longest current win streak in the conference. Ka'Deem Carey picked up 152 yards on 32 carries but did not score. B.J. Denker had 261 yards through the air and 44 on the ground, while accounting for four total touchdowns (three rushing, one passing). Denker completed 24-of-38 pass attempts but had completions to just five receivers. Arizona ran 89 plays in the contest but only managed to convert on 4-of-16 scoring chances from within the red zone. Scooby Wright had 11 tackles, including a team-best three for loss. Marquis Flowers (10) also had double-digit tackles, while the Wildcats forced three turnovers (two INTs, one fumble). Arizona did not have a sack in the game. Arizona held the normally potent California passing attack to just 289 yards on 34-of-56 passing. Next Saturday Arizona has a chance to make a statement against No. 18 UCLA.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils were not content with just moving into the national rankings as they routed Washington State, 55-21, in Pullman on Thursday night. Arizona State broke out to a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter and has now outscored opponents 73-27 in the opening frame this year. Taylor Kelly powered the offense with seven total touchdowns (five passing, two rushing). In all Kelly threw for 275 yards on 22-of-31 passing, while adding an additional 66 yards on 13 rushing attempts. Marion Grice was the leading rusher for the Sun Devils, who had 282 yards on the ground as a team, with 94 yards on 18 carries. Grice, who leads the country in scoring, was held out of the end zone for the first time this year. Four different players caught touchdown passes for the Sun Devils. D.J. Foster had a pair of scoring receptions and led the team in catches (seven). Richard Smith had three receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown, while Jaelen Strong (four receptions, 35 yards, TD) and Chris Coyle (three receptions, 28 yards, TD) also found the end zone. Arizona State limited the Cougars to just 302 yards of total offense, while running 23 more plays (88-65).Robert Nelson recorded a fumble recovery and an interception. Next up for the Sun Devils is a matchup with Utah.
CALIFORNIA: A late charge came up short for California, which fell, 33-28, to Arizona at home. The loss was the seventh straight for the Golden Bears, though the five-point margin of defeat marked the first time during the streak they managed to loss by fewer than 20 points. California is 1-8 overall and off to an 0-6 start against the rest of the conference. Jared Goff threw for 289 yards and four scores on 34-of-56 passing but he was also intercepted twice. The two miscues occurred in two of the final four possessions of the game for California. Goff was able to avoid being sacked in the losing effort. Kenny Lawler tallied three touchdowns and 72 yards on six receptions. Bryce Treggs had a team-high seven receptions for 51 yards as 11 players recorded at least one catch. The Golden Bears had 130 yards on the ground and averaged an even five yards per carry. Daniel Lasco was the leading rusher with 71 yards on 12 carries. California averaged more yards per play (5.1) than Arizona, but had a deficit of nearly 30 yards in total offense (448-419). The Golden Bears also converted on just 4-of-16 third down conversions. Cameron Walker had a game-high 11 tackles. California will try to end its losing ways next week at home against USC.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes returned to league play over the weekend but it did not lead to a win, as Colorado was hammered, 45-23, by No. 16 UCLA. After the loss the Buffaloes now own a 3-5 overall record and a miserable 0-5 mark against the rest of the Pac-12. Colorado led 10-7 early in the second quarter but was then outscored 38-13 the rest of the way. Colorado did run nearly 20 more plays than the Bruins but managed to have just 381 yards of total offense as compared to the 412 it surrendered. Colorado scored on all four of its red zone tries but settled for field goals twice. Colorado also had eight more first downs than the Bruins (26-18) and a more than 10 minute advantage in time of possession..Sefo Liufau threw for 247 yards and a touchdown on 25- of-36 passing. Christian Powell finished with 97 yards on 22 carries. Colorado running backs have gone 234 carries without a fumble this year. Paul Richardson pulled in seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. Richardson is now just 16 yards away from recording a 1,000-yard campaign for the first time in his career. Nelson Spruce added 49 yards on six receptions. Tony Jones had 57 total yards with 42 of those coming on three receptions. Derrick Webb had a team-high eight tackles including 1.5 for loss. Colorado takes on Washington next week.
OREGON: The Ducks slipped to No. 3 in the most recent BCS rankings after being off this week. Second-ranked Oregon has a major test on Thursday against No. 6 Stanford.
OREGON STATE: It was another difficult week for the Beavers as they lost to USC, 31-14, in Corvallis on Friday night. The setback was the second in as many games for Oregon State, which is now 6-3 overall and 4-2 against other teams in the conference. The normally explosive passing attack for the Beavers was grounded in the losing effort as Sean Mannion threw for a season-low 277 yards on 26-of-45 passing. Mannion was also intercepted three times. His first interception ended a 140-pass streak without a pass being picked off. Brandin Cooks took in six passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. Cooks brought in a 27- yard touchdown pass which was his fifth score of at least 20 yards on the campaign. Richard Mullaney added 53 yards on five receptions as one of 10 receivers to have a catch. Terron Ward rushed for 53 yards on eight carries as the leading rusher, coming just two yards away from matching a season-high. Oregon State had just 369 yards of total offense, went 2-of-11 on third down and missed out on a score in all three of their red zone chances. Jabral Johnson totaled 12 tackles, which was a game-high, while Ryan Murphy had five stops and an interception, which he returned 41 yards for a touchdown. Oregon State is off next week giving it time to prepare for a test at Arizona State.
STANFORD: The sixth-ranked Cardinal were idle this past weekend in anticipation of a Thursday night showdown with second-ranked Oregon.
UCLA: Brett Hundley accounted for four total touchdowns to lead the Bruins to a 45-23 victory over Colorado on Saturday. Hundley threw for 273 yards and two touchdowns on 19-of-24 passing while adding 72 yards and a pair of scores on the ground. The effort was the second game in which Hundley has had two passing scores and two rushing scores in his career. Damien Thigpen added 38 yards on a touchdown while Jordon James, who made his return from an ankle injury that kept him out for three weeks, had just eight yards on six attempts. Devin Fuller set a career-high with 99 yards and two touchdowns on three receptions. Fuller also scored a rushing touchdown on an eight-yard scamper at the end of the fourth quarter. In all the Bruins had 412 yards of total offense while averaging 7.2 yards per play. UCLA also scored touchdowns in all five of its red zone visits, while turning 6-of-11 third down attempts into first downs. Jack Myles led the Bruins with nine tackles, while Ellis McCarthy had the only sack in the game for either team. The victory allowed the Bruins to bounce back from consecutive losses to Stanford and Oregon. UCLA is 6-2 overall and 3-2 in league play, rising to No. 16 in the Top 25. Up next for the Bruins is a trip to face Arizona.
USC: The Trojans have won back-to-back games for the second time this season after grabbing a 31-14 win over Oregon State last time out. USC has improved to 6-3 overall and 3-2 against the conference. The Trojans are also 3-1 since interim head coach Ed Orgeron took over for Lane Kiffin. Two different backs eclipsed the century mark in rushing yards. Silas Redd totaled 140 yards on 22 carries and Javorius Allen picked up 133 yards on 16 attempts, while scoring three touchdowns.Allen also had 41 yards on four receptions. Marqise Lee looked more like last year's Biletnikoff Award winner as he brought in five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a 71-yard strike from Cody Kessler. Nelson Agholor had 73 yards on just two receptions, the biggest of which was a 62-yard touchdown catch. Kessler hooked up with seven receivers in the game while completing 17-of-21 pass attempts for 247 yards with the single touchdown pass as well as an interception. The Trojans had 489 yards of total offense and limited the Beavers to just 369. That included 277 yards through the air, which was a season-low for the Beavers, who are third the country in passing. Josh Shaw had eight tackles and one of three interceptions and Devon Kennard recorded two sacks.
UTAH: The Utes limped into their bye week after dropping two straight contests. Utah will try to grab its fifth win of the year on Saturday against Arizona State.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies were able to savor their most recent victory with a bye this week. The Huskies will host Colorado this Saturday.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars came off of a bye week with a disappointing effort against Arizona State, as they were dropped 55-21 by Arizona State at home. Washington State is now 4-5 overall and a 2-4 mark against Pac-12 competition. The Cougars had just 302 yards of total offense, while having nearly 20 fewer first downs (33-14) than the Sun Devils. All but two of the yards for the Cougars came through the air. Connor Halliday threw for all of those yards on 29-of-54 passing, while recording two touchdowns and an interception. Halliday passed the 3,000-mark for the season during the game. Halliday is the first WSU player since 2007 to have thrown for at least 3,000 yards in a season. Halliday completed passes to 12 different receivers. Vince Mayle led the team with six receptions for 56 yards. River Cracraft added four catches for 78 yards and Gabe Marks hauled in four passes for 66 yards and a score. Marks now has six touchdown receptions on the year. Jeremiah Laufasa scored his seventh rushing touchdown of the year, which is the most by a Cougar running back since Jerome Harrison set a school record with 16 in 2005. Deone Bucannon had a game-high 12 tackles and an interception. Next week the Cougars will be idle before making a trip to Tucson to battle Arizona on Nov. 16.
11/04 10:37:17 ET
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