Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: The normally potent Wildcats were derailed on Saturday as they fell in a 31-13 decision to the Washington Huskies. Arizona finished with just 318 yards of total offense, the lowest single-game output for the Wildcats this season. The Wildcats also finished with less than 250 yards rushing (199) for the first time on the campaign. Ka'Deem Carey still managed to have a strong game with 132 yards and a touchdown on 30 carries, but his longest rush of the contest was just 13 yards. Carey was also the leading receiver for the Wildcats with four receptions for 49 yards. B.J. Denker completed only 14- of-35 pass attempts and was intercepted twice, while totaling 119 yards through the air. Denker did rush for 56 yards and a touchdown as well. The 31 points the Wildcats allowed was more than they had surrendered in the first three games combined (26). In total Arizona let up 409 yards of offense to the Huskies while letting them score touchdowns on all four of their trips to the red zone. The Wildcats will travel to Los Angeles to face USC next.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils scored early and often en route to a 62-41 rout of the USC Trojans in Pac-12 play at Sun Devil Stadium. The 62 points the Sun Devils scored were the second most in a single game against a Pac-10 or Pac-12 opponent. Arizona State piled up 612 yards of total offense split between 351 yards passing and 261 on the ground. Marion Grice accounted for 99 all-purpose yards, while scoring four total touchdowns. Grice, who now has 12 touchdowns this season, was the first player to score four touchdowns on a combination of rushing and receiving plays since 2002 for the Sun Devils. Taylor Kelly threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-34 passing and also racked up a team-high 79 yards rushing. Jaelen Strong led the team with seven receptions for 103 yards, while Deantre Lewis added 64 yards on the ground and D.J. Foster had 80 yards and a score on three catches. Alden Darby was second on the team with seven tackles, while also collecting a pair of interceptions and a fumble recovery. Darby returned one of his interceptions 46 yards for a touchdown. Arizona State has had an interception returned for a touchdown against USC in four straight games. Arizona State will battle Notre Dame in a neutral site game next week.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears' high-flying aerial assault was grounded this weekend as they were defeated, 55-16, by the No. 2 Oregon Ducks in Eugene. Jared Goff, who entered play leading the nation in passing, completed just 3- of-6 passes for 11 yards, while losing a pair of fumbles. California lost four fumbles in the game overall. Zach Kline took over for the freshman and completed 18-of-37 pass attempts for 165 yards and a touchdown to match an interception. Brendan Bigelow was one of three rushers to have at least 10 carries for the Golden Bears with a team-high 18 attempts for 61 yards. Daniel Lasco (15 carries, 52 yards) and Jeffrey Coprich (14 carries, 51 yards, TD) also totaled double-digit carries. There were 11 different receivers who made receptions for California led by Lasco who had five receptions for 35 yards. California totaled 325 yards of offense but did run 95 plays, the fourth time this season it has reached 90 plays in a game. The Golden Bears did limit the Ducks to 381 yards of total offense and just a 4-of-14 conversion rate on third down. California will be back at home this coming Saturday against Washington State.

COLORADO: The Buffaloes received a rude awakening in their Pac-12 opener as their 2-0 start was ruined in a 44-17 rout at the hands of Oregon State. Colorado managed to compile an even 300 yards of total offense, balanced between the run (154 yards) and the pass (146). Colorado converted on just 2- of-15 third down attempts, had just a single trip into the red zone and turned the ball over four times. Connor Wood was responsible for two of those miscues as he was intercepted twice, while completing 14-of-34 pass attempts for 146 yards and a two touchdowns. Paul Richardson hauled in five of those passes for 70 yards, while Tyler McCulloch also had a touchdown reception. In his collegiate debut, Michael Adkins finished with a team-high 98 yards on 14 carries. Colorado's defense was lit up for 540 yards, including 420 yards through the air and six touchdown passes. Addison Gillam had a game-high 13 tackles in the contest, while Greg Henderson had nine stops and an interception. Chidera Uzo-Diribe had a sack and two forced fumbles as well. It won't get any easier for Colorado next week against No. 2 Oregon.

OREGON: Even a heavy rainstorm couldn't stop Oregon, which rolled to a 55-16 victory over California in the Pac-12 opener for the Ducks. The Ducks had a slow game by their offensive standards with just 381 yards, 21 first downs and four lost fumbles in the win. Byron Marshall rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, while Thomas Tyner had 94 yards and a score on 13 attempts. The pair were filling in for De'Anthony Thomas who hurt his right leg on the opening kickoff. Marcus Mariota completed just 11-of-25 pass attempts but did have 114 yards and two scores, while adding 33 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Josh Huff had a team-high 44 yards and a touchdown on just two catches. Oregon's defense also forced and recovered four fumbles and held California to 325 yards of total offense. Bralon Addison returned a pair of punts for touchdowns for the Ducks as well. The first was a 75-yard return and the second was from 67 yards out. Oregon faces off with Colorado next week in Boulder.

OREGON STATE: Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks once again led the Oregon State Beavers as they flew past the Colorado Buffaloes, 44-17. Oregon State is now 2-0 in Pac-12 play and 4-1 overall, with wins in four straight games. Mannion threw for a school record six touchdowns and totaled 414 yards through the air on 27-of-52 passing. With 21 touchdown passes on the season, Mannion is just nine away from breaking the school record for touchdown passes in a season. The Beavers finished with 420 of their 540 total yards through the air. Oregon State also had more than twice as many first downs (29) as Colorado (14). Cooks finished with 168 yards and two touchdowns on nine receptions. Cooks had 140 yards in the first half. Terron Ward had seven receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown while leading the team with 55 yards on 19 rushing attempts. Ward also completed a pass for six yards. Oregon State's defense forced four turnovers and held Colorado to 300 total yards and just a 2-of-15 conversion rate on third down. Oregon State will be off next weekend.

STANFORD: The Cardinal have quickly gotten out to a 2-0 start in Pac-12 play after following up a 42-28 win over Arizona State last week with a 55-17 rout of Washington State this past weekend. Stanford has won 12 straight games dating back to last season. The Cardinal actually had fewer first downs than the Cougars (22-20) but totaled 560 yards of total offense en route to its highest scoring output since 2011. Kevin Hogan threw for 286 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 completions. Ty Montgomery led the team in receptions with six for 54 yards but Devon Cajuste (four receptions, 115 yards, two TDs) and Michael Rector (two receptions, 93 yards, TD) were the big playmakers for the Cardinal's passing game. Remound Wright led the team with just 56 yards on two carries, including a 53-yard touchdown run. Tyler Gaffney had 54 yards on 14 carries. The Cardinal forced a turnover for the 28th straight game with Jordan Richards and Trent Murphy each returning interceptions for touchdowns. Up next for the fifth-ranked Cardinal is a home test against No. 15 Washington.

UCLA: The Bruins had a bye this past weekend. UCLA will now play every week the rest of the season beginning with a showdown with Utah on Thursday.

USC: The Trojans were downed, 62-41, by Arizona State to drop to 0-2 in league play but that wasn't the big news of the weekend. Just hours after suffering the setback, Lane Kiffin was terminated as head coach of the program. Stepping in for Kiffin will be defensive line coach Ed Orgeron, who takes over on an interim basis. In the loss to the Sun Devils the Trojans totaled 542 yards of offense but let up 612 to their opponent. Tre Madden (20 carries, 128 yards, TD) and Justin Davis (10 carries, 122 yards, three TDs) each had impressive games on the ground for USC, which rushed for 247 yards as a team. Cody Kessler completed 20-of-29 pass attempts for 295 yards and two touchdowns but was picked off twice and sacked four times. Marqise Lee had a team-high in receptions (seven) and receiving yards (92) but it was Madden who caught both touchdown passes, picking up 66 yards on three receptions. USC allowed the Sun Devils to score on all seven of their chances in the red zone and had just a two tackles for loss. USC will play its first game under Orgeron on Oct. 10 against Arizona.

UTAH: Following a 20-13 win over instate rival BYU, the Utes had a week off this past Saturday. On Thursday they will be back in action with a home date against UCLA.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies remained undefeated and earned their first win in league action with a 31-13 victory over Arizona in Seattle this past weekend. Washington is now 4-0 for the first time since 2001 while having risen to No. 15 in the AP Top 25. Though the Huskies won, they failed to eclipse the 590- yard mark in total offense for the first time this season. Washington posted 409 yards on 86 total offensive plays. The Huskies also scored touchdowns on all four of their chances in the red zone. Bishop Sankey accounted for 161 yards and a touchdown, setting a program record with 40 carries. Sankey has now picked up 100 yards on the ground in seven of his last nine games. Keith Price completed 14-of-25 pass attempts for only 165 yards and two scores, while being intercepted once. Kevin Smith caught four passes for 68 yards and also brought in his first career touchdown reception. Austin Seferian-Jenkins also had a touchdown reception for the second straight week. Sean Parker earned his third interception in the contest, while Shaq Thompson tied for a team-high with 13 total tackles. The Huskies face a stern challenge next week on the road against No. 5 Stanford.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars were overmatched on Saturday as they were routed 55-17 by the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal. Washington State let up 560 yards of total offense to the Cardinal, while totaling just 373 itself. The Cougars were successful on just 4-of-16 third down attempts, while getting into the red zone just two times. Connor Halliday completed 24-of-36 pass attempts for 184 yards and an interception but left in the third quarter with what appeared to be an injury to his left leg. Austin Apodaca took over and threw for 138 yards and two scores on 15-of-29 passing, though he was intercepted once. There were 13 players that caught passes for the Cougars. Gabe Marks led the team with 75 yards and a touchdown on six receptions. Deone Bucannon played a solid game on defense with his 12th-career interception and a team-high nine tackles. Washington State will head to Berkeley next weekend to tangle with California.

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