Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: For the second straight week Arizona lost in heartbreaking fashion as the Wildcats let a late lead slip away in a 54-48 overtime loss to Stanford. Arizona led 48-34 midway through the fourth quarter but allowed two touchdowns over the final six and a half minutes to suffer its third straight loss. The two squads combined for 1,234 total yards of offense in the game with an even split of 617 yards each. Matt Scott had 69 pass attempts in the game, completing 45 of them for a career-high 491 yards and three touchdowns as well as an interception. Ka'Deem Carey racked up 132 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 29 carries. Two different receivers had at least 10 receptions led by Austin Hill (11) who had 165 yards and two touchdowns. Johnny Jackson caught 10 ball for 75 yards. Even in the loss, Arizona remains the top ranked team in the Pac-12 in total offense (551.3 ypg). Arizona lost despite having an edge in total first downs (38-27). Jourdon Grandon led the team with 12 total tackles, while Tra'Mayne Bondurant had eight stops, including a game- high three for loss. Arizona will get a chance to put an end to its losing streak at home in two weeks against Washington.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils had a week off after posting a 27-17 win on the road over California. It was the second straight win of the season for Arizona State, which is 2-0 in conference play and 4-1 overall. Arizona State will battle Colorado in a Thursday night matchup looking to move to 3-0 in conference play for the second straight season.

CALIFORNIA: It was California and not then No. 25 UCLA that looked like the ranked squad when the Golden Bears posted a 43-17 win over the Bruins on Saturday. The Golden Bears have not lost to UCLA at home since 1998 and have now beaten a ranked team for the first time since 2009. The high point total was indicative of a California win as the Golden Bears are 42-2 all-time when scoring at lest 40 points. With his eight-catch, 79-yard effort, Keenan Allen stretched his streak of games with a reception to 30. He also caught a pair of touchdowns which were the 14th and 15th of his career, tying for seventh in California history. Richard Rogers had one fewer catch than Allen but had his first career 100-yard game (129) Throwing those passes was Zach Maynard, who threw for 295 yards on 25-of-30 passing and was responsible for five touchdowns (four passing and one rushing). The four passing touchdowns tied a career-high. Although Brendan Bigelow got the start at running back it was C.J. Anderson who had a team-high in carries (21) and yards (151) while also scoring a touchdown. California's defense forced five turnovers, including four interceptions, while holding UCLA to 381 yards. The Bruins had been ranked fourth nationally in total offense (560.4 ypg) entering play. Jalen Jefferson and Nick Forbes both tied for a team-high with 10 tackles each. Next up California will ride the momentum of this win north to take on Washington State.

COLORADO: After getting routed 42-14 by then No. 25 UCLA, Colorado had a bye this past weekend. Colorado is just 1-4 overall this season but 1-1 against Pac-12 competition. The Buffaloes will return to action on Thursday night against Arizona State, which has yet to lose in conference play.

OREGON: Another week, another dominating performance from the No. 2 Ducks who rolled to a 52-21 victory over a newly-ranked Washington Huskies squad. It was the ninth straight win against Washington for Oregon, the longest such streak against any conference opponent. Oregon put up five touchdowns in the first half and has now scored at least 35 points in the first half of four of its five home games this season. Oregon is the top scoring team in the Pac-12 (52.3 ppg) and the fourth overall nationally. The 497 total yards gained by the Ducks was below the squad's season average (541.7 ypg) which is the second best mark in the Pac-12. Kenjon Barner rushed for 122 yards on 20 carries to become the sixth leading rusher in Oregon history with 2,583 career yards. It was his third 100-yard game of the season. De'Anthony Thomas continued to find his way into the end zone with a touchdown to go along with 122 all-purpose yards. Marcus Mariota tied a career-high with four touchdown passes, while completing 15-of-24 passes for 198 yards. Oregon surrendered 353 total yards to the Huskies, but also forced five turnovers including a pair of interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. It was the fourth interception return for a touchdown this season by the Ducks, which ties a school record. Kiko Alonso had team-highs in tackles (10), tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (one) while also forcing and recovering a fumble. Oregon will be off next week before a Thursday night showdown in the desert against Arizona State.

OREGON STATE: It does not look like Oregon State is done shocking the college football world, as the Beavers climbed into the top-10 (No. 10) of the most recent poll after a 19-6 win over Washington State. The Beavers are now 4-0 for the first time since 2002 and have reached their highest ranking since also filling in at No. 10 during the 2011 season. Oregon State's defense was what won the recent game, with the Beavers holding the Cougars without a touchdown, the first time an Oregon State team has accomplished that feat since 2008. Oregon State allowed the Cougars to convert on only 2-of-10 third down conversions and allowed only 227 total yards. Jordan Poyer recorded three interceptions in the game and was named a Walter Camp National Player of the Week for his efforts. Oregon State was also guilty of a number of turnovers including three interceptions thrown by Sean Mannion. The quarterback threw for 270 yards and a score on 25-for-42 passing as well. Markus Wheaton (nine receptions, 95 yards, TD) and Brandin Cooks (five receptions, 82 yards) continue to be a formidable receiving tandem. Oregon State struggled on the ground, managing an even 100 yards, while averaging 2.5 yards per carry. Storm Woods led the team with 54 yards. Oregon State will defend its current ranking in a non-conference bout at BYU, which was ranked earlier this season,

STANFORD: The Cardinal avoided another difficult defeat by rallying for a 54-48 overtime win at home over Arizona this past weekend. With his squad down 48-34 with less than 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Josh Nunes orchestrated two touchdown drives, capping each off with rushing touchdowns by himself to force overtime. In the extra period the Cardinal defense held up allowing Stepfan Taylor to run in the winning score from 21 yards out on Stanford's possession. Stanford was a bit out of its element, needing 617 yards of total offense to pull out the win. It was the largest offensive output by a Cardinal squad since 1999. Taylor finished with 142 yards rushing and a pair of scores for his 16th-career 100-yard game. Nunes threw for a career-high 360 yards and also had a pair of passing touchdowns, while completing 21-of-34 pass attempts. Levine Toilolo was the most productive receiver in the game with five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown. The normally stout Stanford defense was lit up for 617 total yards, 419 of which came through the air. It was the first time Stanford has allowed 400 yards passing since 2009. Stanford will have to work out whatever issues it has quickly as a date against No. 7 Notre Dame in South Bend awaits next weekend.

UCLA: A week removed from regaining a spot in the top-25, UCLA fell out once again after a stunning 43-17 rout at the hands of California. UCLA managed 382 total yards but turned the ball over four times to put a halt to several drives. Brett Hundley looked more like a redshirt freshman than he has for most of the season throwing four interceptions while completing 31-of-47 passes for 253 yards. Hundley was hounded by the California defense and was sacked five times. He also threw two touchdowns. Johnathan Franklin continued to produce effectively on the ground with 103 yards rushing and a 6.9 yards- per-carry average. The UCLA defense allowed two more yards per play (6.7) than the UCLA offense managed (4.7) in the contest. The Bruins also gave up 481 total yards and a 4-for-5 success rate in the red zone. Despite collecting three sacks on California quarterback Zach Maynard, the Bruins did little to slow the pass game, as Maynard completed 25-of-30 attempts (83.3 percent). Eric Kendricks led the team with 12 total tackles, while Anthony Barr forced a fumble and finished with seven stops. UCLA will battle Utah next week at the Rose Bowl.

USC: In a Thursday night bout with Utah, the Trojans came away with their fourth win of the season, dropping the Utes 38-28 in Salt Lake City. Matt Barkley had a strong game in the win, completing 23-of-30 passes for 303 yards and three scores. However the star of the game was yet again Marqise Lee, who caught 12 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. Lee is now third in the nation in receptions (52) and fourth in yards per game (129.8). Robert Woods caught six passes for 69 yards and a score, but had a frightening moment in the first quarter. Woods took a hard hit while blocking on a punt return and then fell to the ground attempting to join the offensive huddle. He missed only one play before reentering the game. Silas Redd was the lead rusher for the Trojans with 77 yards and a touchdown. The win moved the Trojans up to No. 11 in the most recent poll. The Trojan defense allowed 304 yards of total offense and forced a pair of turnovers. T.J. McDonald led the team with nine total tackles, while Nickell Robey recorded seven and caught an interception. Lane Kiffin's squad will remain on the road next week with a trip up to Seattle to take on Washington.

UTAH: Utah fell to 0-2 in the Pac-12 and 2-3 overall with a 38-28 loss at the hands of the then No. 13 USC Trojans. The Utes have lost back-to-back games for the first time since losing consecutive games in October of last season. The Utes are 8-9 all-time under Kyle Whittingham against ranked opponents. Jon Hays had limited success under center completing 19-of-32 pass attempts for 160 yards and two scores, while also throwing an interception. Travis Wilson was brought in late in the game and completed 4-of-6 passes for 49 yards. John White had 68 yards on 13 carries for the Utes who had only 95 yards rushing as a team. DeVonte Christopher had a team-high 62 yards on five receptions and also caught his first career touchdown pass. Nine different players had a reception in the game. Eric Rowe had 10 tackles to lead the team and mark a career-high. The defense also put points on the board on a eight-yard fumble recovery by Nate Fakahafua. Utah gave up 432 yards of total offense in the game, including a hefty 7.0 yards-per-play. Utah will not have the benefit of playing at home next week when the Utes travel to Los Angeles to battle UCLA.

WASHINGTON: The hopes of two straight upset victories was dashed quickly for Washington in a 52-21 loss to No. 2 Oregon. With the defeat, the Huskies lost the No. 23 ranking they earned with a win over then No. 8 Stanford a week earlier. The Huskies went down big early on, trailing 21-0 after the first quarter and 35-7 at the end of the first half. Bishop Sankey was a lone bright spot, rushing for 104 yards and two scores for his third straight 100-yard rushing performance. Keith Price's sophomore slump continued with the quarterback completing 19-of-31 passes for only 145 yards along with two interceptions. Kasen Williams had a team-high in receptions (six) and receiving yards (48). No other receiver had more than three catches or 33 yards. Washington lost despite winning the time of possession by holding the bal for 35:18. A big reason for that was the quick strike ability of Oregon, with Washington allowing touchdowns on six drives of 3:12 or less. Overall the defense was lit up for 497 total yards. Travis Feeney and Sean Parker tied for the team lead in tackles with 12. Washington will play host to No. 11 USC in its next matchup.

WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State fell victim to the now No. 10 Oregon State Beavers in a 19-6 loss in Corvallis to fall to 2-4 overall and 0-3 in conference play. The Cougars have now lost five straight conference games dating back to last season and 10 of their last 12. The six points matched a season-low for Washington State which is still struggling to adjust to Mike Leach's offensive system. The Cougars had only 227 yards of total offense in the loss to Oregon State. Only 20 of those yards came on the ground. The Cougars are now the second worst rushing team in the nation (41.3 ypg) after the loss. Connor Halliday completed only 9-of-20 pass attempts for 81 yards while throwing three interceptions. He was spelled by Jeff Tuel, who connected on 11-of-17 attempts for 126 yards and was intercepted once. Marquess Wilson caught four passes for 54 yards and now has a reception in all 30 games of his career. Terrapins at home.

VIRGINIA TECH: Logan Thomas finally had a game worthy of his hype entering the season, completing 26-of-49 passes, for a career-high 354 yards and two touchdowns, but it wasn't enough, as Virginia Tech fell 48-34 to North Carolina in Chapel Hill, marking the team's first loss at North Carolina since 1938. The setback also dropped Virginia Tech to just 3-3 on the season and 1-1 in ACC play. Corey Fuller certainly benefited from Thomas' strong outing, catching a career-high five passes for a career-high 143 yards, including a 66-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. A defense that has struggled at times this season, was torched for 533 total yards by North Carolina, including 339 yards on the ground. The Hokies have lost two straight games and hope to end the skid this weekend when they play host to the surprising Duke Blue Devils.

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