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Pac-12 Conference News and Notes
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) -
ARIZONA: The Wildcats had a week to dwell on their first loss of the season this weekend as they had a bye. Arizona will try to bounce back from that 31-13 setback against Washington when it faces USC on Thursday night.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils are coming off a difficult 37-34 loss on Saturday in a neutral site contest against Notre Dame. The difference came with 1:08 to play when, with the Sun Devils trailing 30-27, a Taylor Kelly interception was returned 14 yards for a touchdown to give the Irish a 37-27 lead with just over a minute to play. The two teams were essentially even in both total yards (ASU 427, ND 424) and first downs (23 ND, 22 ASU). Kelly had two interceptions in the game and was sacked six times though he did throw for 362 yards and three scores on 33-of-47 attempts. Marion Grice recorded 87 yards of total offense (51 rushing, 36 receiving) and extended his streak of games with a touchdown to eight. Jaelen Strong caught eight passes for a game- high 136 yards and a score for his fourth straight 100-yard effort. D.J. Foster led the team with a career-high nine receptions, but for only 71 yards. Arizona State will return home to face Colorado next.
CALIFORNIA: In a game that featured more than 1,000 yards combined through the air, California was set down, 44-22, by Washington State. The Golden Bears have lost three straight games, including each of their first two games against Pac-12 competition. Jared Goff threw for 489 of the Golden Bears's 506 passing yards on 32-of-58 passing and also accounted for a pair of passing touchdowns. Chris Harper caught 13 passes for a career-high 216 yards and a touchdown as one of eight players to make a catch. Bryce Treggs brought in six passes for 70 yards while Richard Ridgers had 84 yards on just four catches. Brendan Bigelow had 41 of the team's 79 rushing yards. As a team, California had just a single field goal on thee trips into the red zone, while turning the ball over four times. Lucas King led the Golden Bears with nine tackles, including one of the squad's four stops for loss. California will visit UCLA next weekend.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes had a 10-8 lead early in the first quarter but it wouldn't last as they were routed 57-16 at home against No. 2 Oregon. The setback was the 10th straight for Colorado in Pac-12 play, which is a program record. Colorado was lit up for 755 yards of total offense by the Ducks, the second most allowed in program history, while having 16 fewer first downs (31-15). Colorado had 374 yards of offense itself. Colorado also failed to convert on all 15 of its chances on third down, while scoring zero touchdowns in four trips to the red zone. Connor Wood completed just 11-of-33 pass attempts and was intercepted twice. Paul Richardson caught five passes for 134 yards and also threw a 75-yard touchdown pass to D.D. Goodson. Christian Powell rushed for 78 yards on 20 carries as the Buffaloes averaged just 2.6 yards per carry as opposed to the 5.6 average from Oregon. Chidera Uzo-Diribe finished with 3.0 tackles for loss while Addison Gillam had a game-high 15 stops and the only sack for Colorado, which will visit Arizona State next.
OREGON: Marcus Mariota accounted for seven total touchdowns to carry the No. 2 Ducks to an easy 57-16 win over Colorado. The win came in the conference opener for the Ducks, who are now 5-0 overall. Oregon has scored 50 or more points in a school record five straight games. The seven touchdowns (five passing, two rushing) from Mariota set a program record for Oregon, which tallied 755 yards of total offense. Mariota completed 16-of-27 pass attempts for 355 yards and also rushed for 43 yards. Mariota has not thrown an interception in his last 202 attempts. Byron Marshall rushed for a career-high 122 yards on 23 caries as the nation's top rushing unit racked up 349 yards on the ground. Bralon Addison (career-high 158 yards) and Josh Huff (103 yards) each had five receptions and a pair of touchdown catches. Oregon did not allow Colorado to convert on 15 third down chances. Terrance Mitchell finished with six tackles and a pair of interceptions to anchor the defense. The Ducks will play a second straight road contest against Washington next weekend.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers didn't have a chance to extend their four-game winning streak as they were on a bye this past weekend. Next Saturday Oregon State will be back in action against Washington State.
STANFORD: For just the third time since 1950, though the second time in the last three years, Stanford is 5-0 after pulling out a 31-28 victory over No. 15 Washington in a Pac-12 fight at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal has won 13 straight games which is tied for the second longest streak in program history. Ty Montgomery returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and also contributed a team-high three receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Hogan threw for just 105 yards on 12-of-20 passing, with one touchdown and one interception. Hogan also accounted for 37 yards rushing and a score, while Tyler Gaffney had 72 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Stanford finished with more than 200 fewer yards than the Huskies (489-284), while having a large deficit in first downs (30-14) as well. Shayne Skov had a game-high 14 tackles, including 1.5 sacks, while Trent Murphy had a pair of quarterback takedowns. Up next for the Cardinal is a trip to Salt Lake City to battle Utah.
UCLA: The Bruins remained undefeated and also picked up their first win in league play as they finished off Utah, 34-27, on Thursday night. Brett Hundley threw for, rushed for, and also caught a touchdown in the contest. Hundley completed 17-of-27 of his own pass attempts for 211 yards and was also intercepted once, while finishing with 85 yards rushing. Paul Perkins was the lead ball-carrier on the day with 92 yards on 16 carries. Devin Fuller caught four passes for 32 yards and threw the touchdown pass to Hundley after he took a pitch from Jordan James on a trick play. Fuller was one of 10 players to record a catch. Jordan Payton was the leader with three receptions for 68 yards and a score. UCLA held Utah to a 2-of-13 success rate on third down, while recording three sacks and six interceptions. Eric Kendricks had a team- high 13 tackles and also collected one of the interceptions, while Anthony Barr had a pair of sacks. UCLA faces in-state foe California at home next week.
USC: In the wake of the dismissal of head coach Lane Kiffin the Trojans were idle this past weekend. USC will have a chance to earn its first win under interim head coach Ed Orgeron and in Pac-12 play this season against Arizona on Thursday.
UTAH: Despite having a lead after the first quarter, the Utes were unable to hold on for the final three frames as they fell, 34-27, to UCLA. With the loss the Utes dropped to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Travis Wilson threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns but completed only 22-of-44 pass attempts and was intercepted six times. Those six interceptions were the most in the game by a Utah quarterback since 1976. Dres Anderson brought in six passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Anderson has totaled 100 yards in four straight games. Anderson also brought in a 54-yard touchdown pass. Utah has eight plays of 50 or more this season which is tied for the second-most in the country. Utah converted on just 2-of-13 third down attempts and missed out on 1-of-2 trips to the red zone. Jared Norris was one of three players to have double-digit tackles for Utah with a team-high 12 stops, including a pair of sacks. Utah will host Stanford next weekend before playing four of its final six games on the road.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies hung with fifth-ranked Stanford but in the end fell short in a 31-28 decision at Stanford Stadium. Washington started slow, punting on its first five possessions and then had just a single score in its final four drives to drop its first game of the season. Keith Price threw for 350 yards and two scores on 33-of-48 passing but also threw a costly interception in the fourth quarter while being sacked five times. Kevin Smith was the lead receiver in yards (98) on six receptions, while Jaydon Mickens had a team-high nine receptions for 59 yards. Both Mickens and Smith caught touchdown passes, while Kasen Williams had five grabs for 89 yards. Bishop Sankey, who entered play leading the nation in rushing, had 125 yards and two scores on 27 carries. Washington held Stanford to just 284 yards of total offense and a 4-of-14 effort on third down. Shaq Thompson had a team-high nine tackles for the Huskies, who have another top five opponent next week when they host No. 2 Oregon.
WASHINGTON STATE: Connor Halliday threw for a career-high 521 yards to lead the Cougars to a 44-22 win over the California Golden Bears in a pass-heavy Pac-12 contest at Memorial Stadium. Washington State is now 4-2 overall and 2-1 in league play. The two teams combined for a total of 1,027 passing yards in the contest. Halliday also set a career-mark with 41 completions on 67 pass attempts, while throwing three touchdown passes as well. Of the 12 different receivers to make a catch for Washington State, Marcus Mason led in yards (118) on four receptions, while Vince Mayle had 113 yards and two scores on four receptions of his own. Mason is the first running back since 2000 to have a 100-yard receiving game for the Cougars. Jeremiah Laufasa had just three yards rushing but did score his fifth rushing touchdown of the season. Deone Bucannon had a game-high 12 tackles and one interception. It was Bucannon's 14th-career game with double-digit tackles. Next week Washington State returns home to host Oregon State.
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