Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: The Wildcats had a three-game winning streak put to an end on Saturday as the dropped a 31-26 decision to No. 13 UCLA at Arizona Stadium. Arizona has lost both of its contests with Top 25 teams this year and is now 6-3 overall. while having split its first six games against Pac-12 foes. Ka'Deem Carey managed to record his 12th straight game of 100 yards as he tallied 149 yards on 28 carries, with a touchdown. Carey became the second all-time leading rusher for the Wildcats with 3,575 yards for his career. B.J. Denker rushed for 82 yards as well but had just 186 yards on 20-of-33 passing. Denker also threw for two touchdowns and was intercepted once. Nate Phillips had a career-high in receptions (nine), yards (97) and touchdowns (two) as he upped his team-best total of receiving touchdowns to six. Tra'Mayne Bondurant recorded a team-high 10 tackles, with 3.5 coming for loss. Bondurant also had one of four sacks for the Wildcats, who set a season-high. Arizona will host Washington State next Saturday.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils roared back to claim a 20-19 win over the Utah Utes on the road. Taylor Kelly scored on a two-yard touchdown run and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Richard Smith in the final quarter to help Arizona State come back from a 19-7 deficit entering the final period. The win was the fourth straight for the Sun Devils, who are 7-2 overall and holding a Pac-12 South Division best 5-1 record in league play. Though they finished with less than 300 yards of total offense the Sun Devils still got 136 rushing yards from Marion Grice, who has had 100 all-purpose yards in 11 straight games. Grice, who leads the nation in total touchdowns, was kept out of the end zone for the second straight time. Kelly completed 19-of-31 pass attempts for just 144 yards and the touchdown pass to Smith. Kelly also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns, the third straight time he has done so. D.J. Foster was the leading receiver with 44 yards on five receptions. Chris Young tied for a game-high with 14 tackles. Arizona State will host Oregon State as its next opponent.

CALIFORNIA: It was yet another week of disappointment for California, which was routed, 62-28, by USC at home. The Golden Bears have lost eight straight games now, including all seven of their matchups against league foes. In all California owns a miserable 1-9 record with the lone victory coming against FCS foe Portland State. California did finish with 483 total yards, while allowing 499. Jared Goff threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns on 34-of-49 passing and has now surpassed the 3,000-yard mark for the season. Khalfani rushed for 61 yards and a score on 10 carries to lead the Golden Bears on the ground. California had a season-high 190 rushing yards. There were 12 different receivers that brought in passes for the Golden Bears, led by Kenny Lawler, who had six receptions for 54 yards and two touchdowns. Lawler has recorded five touchdown receptions in the last two games. Bryce Treggs led the team in receptions with eight for just 39 yards. Michael Barton had team-highs in tackles (nine) and tackles for loss (2.0), while recording the team's only sack. California will try once again to grab a win next week against Colorado.

COLORADO: The Buffaloes were completely dominated yet again as they dropped their third straight decision with a 59-7 rout at the hands of the Washington Huskies. Other than a 53-yard touchdown pass from Sefo Liufau to Paul Richardson, the Buffaloes were completely ineffective on offense, finishing with 299 total yards. The loss dropped the Buffaloes to 3-6 overall, while keeping them winless in six tries against the rest of the Pac-12. Liufau threw for 160 yards and the score on 12-of-22 passing but was also intercepted twice. As usual Richardson was the offensive highlight for Colorado as he brought in three passes for 77 yards and the touchdown. With 1,061 yards on the season, Richardson is within 100 yards of the single-season receiving yards record at Colorado. Christian Powell ran for 73 yards on 12 carries as the leading rusher for Colorado, which had 128 yards on the ground as a team. Addison Gillam recorded five tackles to set the all-time record for tackles by a freshman (86). Next on the schedule for Colorado is a date against California.

OREGON: For the second straight season the Ducks had their BCS Title hopes dealt a crippling blow against Stanford, as Oregon was defeated, 26-20, on the road by the Cardinal. Oregon had a 10-game winning streak and a 19-game road winning streak snapped in the loss. The Ducks are now 8-1 overall and 5-1 in league play. Marcus Mariota's Heisman candidacy also took a hit as the sophomore threw for just 250 yards on 20-of-34 passing. Mariota also threw for a pair of touchdowns and extended his streak of attempts without an interception to 327. Mariota has thrown at least once touchdown in each of his 22 career games. As a team, Oregon finished with a season-low 312 yards of total offense, including just 62 on the ground. Byron Marshall was the leading rusher with 46 yards on 11 carries as he was held under 100 yards for the first time in Pac-12 action. Bralon Addison led seven receivers that made a catch for the Ducks with five receptions for 66 yards. Brian Jackson had a game-high 14 tackles, as five different Ducks had at least 10 stops. Oregon will attempt to recover when it faces Utah next weekend.

OREGON STATE: The stumbling Beavers got a reprieve over the weekend as they took a two-game slide into a bye week. Oregon State will attempt to stop that stretch of losses on Saturday against Arizona State.

STANFORD: The Cardinal pulled off one of the most impressive wins of the season as they shut down the No. 2 Oregon Ducks to claim a 26-20 victory at Stanford Stadium. Stanford also broke up a perfect season for Oregon last year. Stanford has won three straight since its lone loss of the season against Utah and is now boasting an 8-1 overall record and a 6-1 mark in league play. Stanford now has a stranglehold on the North Division, with a half game lead over the Ducks for first place. Tyler Gaffney was the workhorse for the Cardinal as he set a single-game record for the Cardinal with 45 rushing attempts. Gaffney picked up 157 yards and a touchdown. Kevin Hogan was the starting quarterback for the Cardinal and is the first Stanford signal caller to defeat Oregon in consecutive seasons since Chad Hutchinson in 1997. Hogan only threw for 103 yards on 7-of-13 passing, but also rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinal had 274 yards rushing as a team. The Cardinal limited the high-flying Ducks to a season-low of 312 total offensive yards including just 62 on the ground. Shayne Skov led the way with nine tackles, two for loss, and a pair of forced fumbles. Stanford travels to Los Angels to face USC next.

UCLA: Brett Hundley accounted for three total touchdowns as the Bruins jumped out early and held on for a 31-26 win on the road over Arizona. The win was the second straight for the 13th-ranked Bruins, who are 7-2 overall and 4-2 against the rest of the Pac-12. Hundley threw for 227 yards and two scores on 18-of-25 passing and also added a touchdown to go with 56 yards rushing. Myles Jack ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run and finished with a team-high 120 yards on six carries. Paul Perkins added 56 yards on a team-high 16 carries as the Bruins were without leading rusher Jordon James, who has been hampered by an ankle injury all year. Shaquelle Evans caught both of Hundley's touchdown passes and finished with four receptions for 97 yards, all team-highs. Including Evans, nine different players made at least one catch for UCLA. In all the Bruins finished with 476 yards of total offense, while converting on 9-of-18 third down tries. Eric Kendricks had a game-high 13 tackles. In a Friday night matchup this week, UCLA will host Washington.

USC: The Trojans put on special teams clinic in securing an easy 62-28 victory over California. Nelson Agholor returned a pair of punts for touchdowns as the Trojans finished with three punt returns. The third came on a 14-yard return off a blocked punt and allowed the Trojans to tie the NCAA single-game record. Agholor had returns of 75 and 93 yards and also added a team-high four receptions, though for only 35 yards. Javorius Allen rushed for 135 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries and also brought in a 57-yard touchdown pass with his only reception of the game. Allen and Agholor were two of nine players to record a reception. Cody Kessler was under center in the contest and threw for 170 yards and two scores, the second of which went to Silas Redd. In all the Trojans piled up 499 yards of total offense and nearly 10 yards per play. The win was the third straight for the Trojans and pushed them to 4-1 since Ed Orgeron took over as head coach for the fired Lane Kiffin. USC will really get a chance to prove itself next week when it hosts No. 5 Stanford.

UTAH: Despite holding a 19-7 lead heading into the final quarter, the Utes were unable to pull off another upset at home as they fell, 20-19 to No. 21 Arizona State. With the loss the Utes have now dropped three straight games. The losing streak has Utah at just 4-5 overall and at 1-4 in league play, though the one victory came against No. 5 Stanford. The loss against Arizona State was the first for Utah after leading at halftime since 2006. Utah had just 247 yards of total offense, split almost down the middle between passing (121 yards) and rushing (126). Travis Wilson threw for 121 yards and two touchdowns, but completed just 6-of-21 pass attempts. He was intercepted twice and sacked four times. Wilson was also the leading rusher for the Utes with 44 yards on 17 carries. Bubba Poole added 43 yards on 17 carries of his own. Dres Anderson had four receptions for 100 yards and a score. Anderson has recorded five 100-yard games this season. Sean Fitzgerald (two receptions, 21 yards, TD) had the only other receptions for the Utes. Trevor Reilly had 1.5 sacks in the game and now has 7.5 for the season, tied for third in the Pac-12. Utah takes a trip to Eugene to face Oregon next.

WASHINGTON: Led by Keith Price and Bishop Sankey the Huskies were dominant offensively en route to a 59-7 victory over Colorado. Washington finished with 628 yards of total offense, while scoring 28 points in the second half without attempting a single pass. Washington has had more than 600 yards four times this year after having six total all-time entering the season. Price threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns on 22-of-29 passing to lead the way in the first half. Sankey posted 143 yards on 23 carries and also scored a touchdown while adding 53 yards on four receptions. Sankey has rushed for 100 yards in seven games this season and 11 of his last 14 contests. Four different players had at least 50 yards receiving with Austin Seferian-Jenkins totaling 62 yards and a touchdown to match a season-high. The Huskies also scored two touchdowns on an 84-yard interception return from Tre Watson and a 53-yard fumble recovery from Marcus Peters. It was the first time since 2002 that the Huskies have scored two defensive touchdowns. Next up the Huskies will travel to Pasadena to face No. 13 UCLA.

WASHINGTON STATE: After losing three straight games the Cougars were off this past weekend. The schedule opens back up on Saturday as Washington State travels to take on Arizona.

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