Pac-12 Conference News and Notes
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ARIZONA: With a 34-24 defeat of Utah in Logan, the Wildcats earned their first road win of the season. The win pushes Arizona's overall record to 7-4 and evened the Wildcats ledger in Pac-12 play (4-4). Running back Ka'Deem Carey posted 204 yards on 26 carries and scored a touchdown. Carey currently leads the nation in total rushing yards and is now 17 yards away from tying Trung Candidate's school record. Quarterback Matt Scott was forced to miss last week's game against Colorado but returned this week. He completed 12-of-27 pass attempts for 160 yards and a touchdown, while also picking up 74 yards and a score on the ground. Austin Hill hauled in six passes for 96 yards and a touchdown. Marquis Flowers led the defensive effort with 11 total tackles. Arizona will close out the regular season next Friday in the Territorial Cup against instate rival Arizona State.
ARIZONA STATE: After posting a 46-7 rout over Washington State on Saturday the Sun Devils are bowl eligible for the second straight season. Arizona State is 6-5 overall, while splitting its eight conference contests. Taylor Kelly completed 18 straight passes to close out the game which set the single-game record for consecutive completions by an Arizona State quarterback. Kelly threw for 246 yards and four touchdowns on 20-of-23 passing overall. Tight end Chris Coyle brought in three passes for 53 yards and a pair of scores and now has 51 receptions on the season which leaves him five receptions shy of the school record by a tight end. Rashad Ross led the squad on the day with eight receptions for 79 yards and a pair of scores as well. Marion Grice brought in his eighth touchdown reception of the season and had 60 total yards. Grice's receiving touchdown total is the most in the nation by a running back. Arizona State surrendered just one rushing yard and just 240 yards overall to the Cougars, while also limiting Washington State to a 1-of-16 effort on third down. Next up for the Sun Devils is a showdown with instate rival Arizona in Tucson for the Territorial Cup.
CALIFORNIA: In its final game of the regular season California was run off the field in a 62-14 loss to Oregon State. The Golden Bears were long ago eliminated from postseason consideration and finish a dismal 3-9 overall. Allan Bridgford got the start at quarterback and completed a season high 18 passes on 31 attempts. He finished with 132 passing yards and also scored a touchdown on a one-yard rush at the end of the third quarter. The Golden Bears were on the short end of a 559-322 margin in total offense and had less than twice as many first down as the Beavers (35-17). Isi Sofele rushed for a team- high 104 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries while C.J. Anderson added 61 yards on 11 carries. Darius Powe was the lead receiver in the game (6 receptions, 48 yards) marking the first time he has led the Golden Bears in receiving in his career. The 62 points let up by the California defense was the third highest point total by a California opponent in school history. That included a 35-point first half.
COLORADO: For the seventh straight week, Colorado not only lost but was routed after a 38-3 defeat at the hands of Washington on Saturday. During the Buffaloes' seven-game losing streak they have lost by an average of 38.6 points per game while surrendering at least 38 points per contest. Colorado has just one win in 11 chances overall this season but did earn its only win in Pac-12 play. Colorado turned the ball over five times in the contest which led to 14 Washington points. Colorado also managed only 141 yards of total offense while surrendering 476 to the Huskies. Freshman running back Christian Powell ran for 66 yards on 17 carries to give him 691 yards on the season which is the second most in a single season by a freshman in school history. With just three points in the last two home games, Colorado has failed to score a touchdown in consecutive games for the first time since 1936. Connor Wood made his first career start at quarterback but completed just 3-of-6 passes for 11 yards while being intercepted twice. He was spelled by Jordan Webb, who completed 6-of-16 pass attempts for 33 yards. Colorado's season will come to a conclusion next Friday against Utah.
OREGON: A week after earning the No. 1 spot in the top 25, the Ducks were stunned on their home turf in a 17-14 loss in overtime to Stanford. The loss ends Oregon's perfect season and leaves the Ducks at 10-1 overall and 7-1 in Pac-12 play, which is the same record as the Cardinal, meaning Oregon would not qualify for the Pac-12 championship game if both teams win out. The normal potent Oregon offense was held to a season-low 14 points and 198 rushing yards. Running back Kenjon Barner had been putting up more than 130 yards per game on the ground but finished with only 66 yards on 21 carries. Marcus Mariota completed 21-of-37 pass attempts for 207 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The freshman signal caller also rushed for 89 yards. Oregon got the ball first in overtime but a missed 41-yard field goal set up Stanford for the game-winner. If Oregon wants any chance of getting back into the Pac-12 title and national title chase the Ducks will need to win a road contest against instate rival Oregon State in the Civil War next Saturday.
OREGON STATE: Oregon State kept its perfect mark at home (5-0) intact with a 62-14 thrashing of California in Corvallis on Saturday. The win was the 80th of the career of head coach Mike Riley and leaves the Beavers at 8-2 overall this season and 6-2 in conference play. Oregon State scored 35 points in the first half and 62 points overall which was the second-most against a league opponent. The Beavers racked up 559 yards of total offense, while limiting California to 322 yards. The Beavers committed only five penalties for 55 yards while California was guilty of 15 infractions for 172 yards. Sean Mannion was the starting quarterback in the game and threw for 325 yards and four scores. Markus Wheaton hauled in seven passes for 99 yards and his 10th touchdown reception of the season. Terron Ward led the squad on the ground with 128 yards and a pair of scores. Storm Woods added 64 yards and a score of his own on 11 attempts. Oregon State will finish its Pac-12 schedule next week in the Civil War matchup with instate rival Oregon.
STANFORD: Stanford knocked off a top-five team in the country for the second time this season with the Cardinal earning a stunning 17-14 overtime win on the road over previously top-ranked Oregon. Stanford also took down USC when it was ranked No. 2 in mid-September. Stanford now controls its own destiny in terms of the Pac-12 title chase as its 7-1 record is tied with the Ducks, but by virtue of the win, gives the Cardinal the tiebreaker in the North Division. In the game Jordan Williamson knocked down a 37-yard field goal in overtime for the win after missing a 42-yard kick in the fourth quarter. Kevin Hogan got the start at quarterback and threw for 211 yards on 25-of-36 passing. His lone touchdown pass went to tight end Zach Ertz with less than two minutes remaining. The pass was originally called incomplete but after review was overturned. Ertz finished with 11 receptions for 106 yards and that crucial touchdown catch. Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards on 33 carries but did not find the end zone. Stanford's defense held the Ducks to a season-low 198 yards rushing including bottling up Kenjon Barner for only 66 yards. Shayne Skov led the way on defense with 10 tackles, including one for loss. Stanford will finish up the regular season next weekend on the road against UCLA in a possible preview of the Pac-12 title game.
UCLA: The Bruins punched their ticket to the Pac-12 title game with a 38-28 win over cross-town rival USC. UCLA is 9-2 overall this season and 6-2 in league play. UCLA broke out to a 24-0 lead in the second quarter which was the largest lead by the Bruins against the Trojans since 1986. The win was also the first in the series since 2006. Brett Hundley completed 22-of-30 pass attempts for 234 yards and a touchdown but was sacked five times. Hundley set a single season record for completions in a season (249) and also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Johnathan Franklin finished with 171 yards and a pair of touchdown on 29 carries for his eighth 100-yard effort of the season. That ties the most in a single season by a UCLA running back. Shaquelle Evans brought in eight passes for 114 yards which was his second career 100-yard effort. Anthony Barr collected his 12th sack in the contest as well. UCLA forced three turnovers and did not cough up the ball once. In what could be a preview of the Pac-12 title game the Bruins will host Stanford, which is coming off a massive upset over Oregon.
USC: A season of missed opportunities got that much worse this past weekend for the Trojans as they fell 38-28 to cross-town rival UCLA in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans, who were considered to be BCS title contenders coming into the season are now just 7-4 overall and 5-4 in Pac-12 play, meaning they will not be a factor in the Pac-12 title game. USC lost despite having a 513-406 advantage in total offensive yards. What really hurt was the three turnovers the Trojans committed while forcing none. Matt Barkley threw for 301 yards and three touchdown, completing 20-of-38 pass attempts, but was intercepted twice. Marqise Lee had another huge game with nine receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. Curtis McNeal rushed for 161 yards but did not find the end zone on 21 carries. USC converted on only 4-of-10 third down attempts and had just three possessions in the red zone, two of which turned into scores. USC's defense did collect five sacks led by a pair from Morgan Breslin. USC will have a chance to make an impact in the national title race next weekend when it hosts unbeaten Notre Dame at the LA Coliseum.
UTAH: The Utes were knocked out of bowl eligibility over the weekend with a 34-24 loss to Arizona at Rice-Eccles Stadium. With the loss Utah is now 4-7 overall and 2-6 in conference play. The Utes have gotten all four of their wins at home but failed to get another in the losing effort. Utah did finish with 449 yards of total offense and had a more than 10 minute advantage in time of possession. Travis Wilson threw for 311 yards and a pair of touchdown while completing 28-of-40 pass attempts in the win. Dres Anderson caught seven passes for 73 yards while DeVonte Christopher brought in three passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. Jon White led the Utes on the ground with 112 yards rushing on 27 carries. Utah didn't stop the run very well in the game and got lit up for 320 rushing yards by the Wildcats. Utah was inefficient in the red zone with four attempts from within 20 yards but only a touchdown and a field goal in those possessions. Eric Rowe led the team's defensive effort with 16 total tackles, while Brian Blechen had nine stops and a forced fumble. The Utes did not record a sack in the game. Utah has a real chance to win its first road game of the season against a hapless Colorado squad in the final game of the season.
WASHINGTON: Led by a tremendous passing game from Keith Price, Washington rolled up a 38-3 win on the road over Colorado. The win pushes Washington's record to 7-4 overall and 5-3 in Pac-12 play. The win was also the fourth straight triumph for the Huskies. Washington held a massive 476-141 edge in total offensive yards and had nearly 10 more minutes of time of possession. Price threw for 248 yards and five touchdowns while completing 22-of-29 pass attempts. The five touchdown passes tied a single-game record for Washington. Kasen Williams brought in one of those touchdown passes and finished with seven receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown. Cody Bruns, Austin Seferian- Jenkins and Kendyl Taylor each had touchdown receptions as well. Bishop Sankey powered the Huskies's 228-yard rushing effort with 139 yards on 23 carries, though he did not find the end zone. Washington's defense was particularly stingy in the game against the pass allowing only 51 yards through the air while recording five sacks. Josh Shirley had two of those sacks and also forced a fumble. In the final game of the regular season next weekend, the Huskies will be on the road in the battle for the Apple Cup against instate rival Washington State.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars are still in search of their first conference victory after being handed a 46-7 rout by Arizona State in Tempe this past weekend. The Cougars are winless in eight conference games this season and just 2-9 overall. Washington state had less than twice as many first downs as the Sun Devils (32-14) and were on the wrong end of a 561-241 discrepancy in total offensive yards. The majority of those yards for the Cougars came through the air with the squad finishing with just a single yard on the ground. WAshington State also had 10 punts and converted on only 1-of-16 third down attempts. Connor Halliday threw for 173 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-33 passing but was sacked six times and threw an interception. Jeff Tuel (8-of-16, 67 yards, INT) also got time under center. Bobby Ratliff had a game- high six receptions for 63 yards, while Kristoff Williams had three catches for 54 yards and a touchdown. Eight different players recorded a reception for Washington State. Deone Bucannon tied a career-high with 17 total tackles. Washington State wraps up its disappointing season next week in the Apple Cup against Washington.
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