Pac-12 Conference News and Notes
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ARIZONA: The Wildcats were shut down en route to a 24-17 defeat to Washington State over the weekend. The win ended a five-game win streak for the Wildcats in the all-time series with the Cougars. Arizona, which has lost back-to-back games, is now 6-4 overall while sitting below .500 in league play (3-4). Ka'Deem Carey finished with 132 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries, and he has now had 100 yards in 13 straight games. Carey also caught a touchdown pass, and is now three scores away from tying the all-time record for career touchdowns at Arizona (48). Carey totaled 45 yards on six receptions as well. B.J. Denker threw for 200 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-38 passing, and also rushed for 64 yards on 17 carries. Arizona had four sacks as a team led by a pair of quarterback takedowns by Reggie Gilbert. Tra'Mayne Bondurant logged his fourth interception of the season to push the Wildcats' team total to 13, which is one more than they had all of last year. Arizona picked up 395 total yards and allowed 420 to the Cougars. Arizona plays its last home game of the campaign next week when it entertains No. 5 Oregon.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils remained atop the Pac-12 South Division with a 30-17 victory over the visiting Oregon State Beavers. The win was the fifth straight for the Sun Devils, who are 8-2 overall and 6-1 in league action with two games left to play. Arizona State also broke into the top-20 and now sits at No. 19. ASU finished with just 339 yards of total offense while allowing 390 to the Beavers. However, the Sun Devils converted 8-of-17 third-down opportunities, and had five trips to the red zone while Oregon State went just 5-of-14 with three chances inside the 20. After failing to score in consecutive games, Marion Grice added two rushing touchdowns to his season total and also rushed for 118 yards on 24 carries. Taylor Kelly threw for 183 yards on 22-of-37 passing, but was also intercepted twice. Jaelen Strong reeled in seven passes for 106 yards as the only player on the team with more than 30 yards through the air. Chris Young had a team-high nine tackles and recorded the only sack for the Sun Devils. The Pac-12 South could very well be decided next week when the Sun Devils face No. 14 UCLA.
CALIFORNIA: In their first meeting as conference foes, the Golden Bears lost to Colorado, 41-24, at Folsom Field. The setback was the ninth straight for California which has fallen to a miserable 1-10 overall while still being winless in eight tries against conference opponents. Jared Goff threw for 173 yards while completing 23-of-45 passes but had no touchdowns and was intercepted once. Goff did move into second place on the single-season passing list at Cal with 3,324 yards. Brendan Bigelow rushed for 107 yards and two scores to record his and the team's first 100-yard effort since last season. The two rushing scores were also Bigelow's first of the season. Khalfani Muhammad added 78 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries. Muhammad broke off a 55-yard touchdown run marking the second-longest run of his career. Bryce Treggs totaled 32 yards on a team-high seven receptions. Kenny Lawler added 81 yards on six grabs for the Golden Bears, who had 10 different receivers catch a pass. Michael Lowe (11 tackles) and Michael Barton (10) had career-highs in tackles. Cal will play its final game of the year next week against local rival, 10th-ranked Stanford.
COLORADO: For the first time this year, the Buffaloes notched a victory in league play with a 41-24 triumph over the California Golden Bears. The win ended a three-game losing streak for the Buffs, who are holding on to slim postseason hopes at 4-6 overall, which includes a 1-6 record against the rest of the Pac-12. Paul Richardson continued his assault on the Colorado record books as he pulled in 11 passes for 140 yards, breaking the single-season receiving yards mark with 1,201 yards on 71 catches. Richardson also tied a school record with his sixth 100-yard effort of the year. Nelson Spruce had 140 yards and a score on eight receptions, and also returned an onside-kick for a touchdown, the first in Colorado history. Sefo Liufau threw for a career-high 364 yards and three touchdowns on 23-of-36 passing, although he was intercepted once. Christian Powell led the way on the ground with 60 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Addison Gillam added to his single-season freshman record for tackles by posting 11 stops. Standing in the way of CU's postseason hopes are No. 23 USC and Utah.
OREGON: The Ducks bounced back from a tough loss to Stanford with a 44-21 triumph over Utah. The win pushed Oregon to No. 5 in the AP Top-25 at 9-1 overall. Thanks to a Cardinal loss, the Ducks are also on top of the Pac-12 North Division at 6-1 in league play. Marcus Mariota threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-26 passing. Mariota also kept his conference record of passes without an interception going with the mark now at 353. Mariota was sacked three times and finished with a negative rushing total (-18). Byron Marshall rushed for 66 yards and two scores on 11 carries and Thomas Tyner added 57 yards on seven attempts. Bralon Addison caught four passes for 67 yards and Josh Huff had a touchdown and 57 yards on four receptions of his own. Oregon finished with 433 yards of total offense, while holding the Utes to just 297. Boseko Lokombo had a team-high two tackles for loss and also recorded the only sack for the Ducks. Oregon goes on the road to face Arizona before hosting the annual Civil War to end the year against Oregon State.
OREGON STATE: The descent for the Beavers continued on Saturday as they were bested by Arizona State in Tempe, 30-17. The loss was the third straight for Oregon State, which has fallen to 6-4 overall and 4-3 in league play. The Beavers finished with more total yards than Arizona State (390-339), but they managed only one touchdown in three trips to the red zone, while converting just 5-of-14 third-down attempts. Sean Mannion was guilty of four interceptions in the contest, which largely negated the 320 yards and two scores he threw for. Mannion completed 31-of-46 passes in the losing effort as he continues to climb the Oregon State single-season passing list, where he now ranks second (3,860 yards). Connor Hamlett brought in nine passes for 119 yards and a touchdown as the leading receiver for the Beavers. Hamlett's totals in receptions and yards were career-highs. Brandin Cooks also had nine receptions for 99 yards. Storm Woods was the leading rusher with 53 yards on 15 carries. Scott Crichton recorded two sacks and Rashaad Reynolds picked up his fifth interception of the year. Oregon State faces Washington next.
STANFORD: In a major letdown from the high of their big win over Oregon, the Cardinal were toppled in a 20-17 final at USC. The Cardinal lost on a 47-yard field goal with 19 seconds to play, which dropped them to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in league play. The loss pushed them back to No. 10 in the AP Top-25, and also forced them to surrender their spot at the top of the Pac-12 North. The loss also ended a three-game win streak for Stanford. The team did have the edge in total yards (337-311), while holding the Trojans to just 23 rushing yards on 27 attempts. However Stanford only scored on 2-of-4 trips to the red zone while converting third downs just four times in 12 chances. Tyler Gaffney rushed for 158 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries to keep the offense moving. Kevin Hogan was only able to amass 127 yards on 14-of-25 passing while turning the ball over twice on interceptions. Trent Murphy had eight tackles, four for a loss, and a pair of sacks in the losing effort. Shay Skov had a team-high nine tackles and a fumble recovery. Stanford square off with long- time rival California next.
UCLA: In a special Friday night matchup, the Bruins posted a 41-31 victory over the Washington Huskies at the Rose Bowl. The win was the third straight for the Bruins, who are 8-2 overall and at 5-2 in league play, sitting a game back of Arizona State, who they face next weekend, for first place in the Pac-12 South Division. Myles Jack was the team's third-leading rusher (59 yards), but he scored four touchdowns on the ground to set the single-game record at UCLA for a freshman. Jack was also the first player since 2004 to rush for four scores for the Bruins. Paul Perkins was the leading rusher in the contest with 86 yards on 21 carries, but he did not get into the end zone. Brett Hundley threw for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 13-of-22 passing. Devin Lucien had two receptions which he turned into 54 yards and a touchdown. UCLA did have fewer offensive yards (432-406) than the Huskies, but scored touchdowns on all five trips to the red zone. Eric Kendricks had nine tackles and one of four sacks for UCLA. Anthony Barr also recorded a sack while the Bruins forced four turnovers.
USC: A 47-yard field goal from Andre Heidari with 19 seconds remaining lifted the Trojans to a stunning 20-17 upset of Stanford. The win was the fourth straight for the Trojans and the fifth in six tries under interim head coach Ed Orgeron. The win was also the first against a ranked opponent for the Trojans since 2011. USC is now 8-3 overall and 5-2 in league play tying it with UCLA for second in the Pac-12 South. The Trojans also earned their way into the national rankings (No. 23) with the victory. USC had fewer total yards (337-311) than did the Cardinal, but held them to just one touchdown in four trips to the red zone. Cody Kessler threw for 288 yards and a touchdown on 25-of-37 passing, and he has now thrown a touchdown pass in nine games this year. Nelson Agholor did not bring in the touchdown pass, but led the team in receptions (eight) and yards (104). Marqise Lee added 83 yards on six receptions. The Trojans had just 23 rushing yards on 27 carries as a team. Anthony Sarao (12 tackles) and Hayes Pullard (11) each had double-digit tackle totals. USC travels to face Colorado next weekend.
UTAH: The Utes fell for the fourth straight time, dropping a 44-21 decision at Oregon. Utah, which suffered its largest defeat of the year in the contest, is just 4-6 overall with just a single win in seven tries against the rest of the Pac-12. Adam Schulz made his first career start at quarterback as Travis Wilson did not make the trip due to injury. Schulz threw for 181 yards and a touchdown on 13-of-30 passing and was also intercepted once. Schulz rushed for a touchdown as well. Bubba Poole ran for 54 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, and Lucky Radley added 45 yards on 17 attempts. Jake Murphy had 43 yards and the lone receiving touchdown on only two receptions. This season's leading receiver, Dres Anderson, had just 37 yards on four receptions. Utah tallied only 297 yards of total offense while letting up 433 to the Ducks. Trevor Reilly had 1.5 sacks to bring his season total to nine, second-most in the Pac-12. Next up for the Utes is a trip to Washington State.
WASHINGTON: A modest two-game win streak came to an end for the Huskies on Friday night, as they were taken down by UCLA on the road, 41-31. The Huskies now own a 6-4 overall record while sitting below .500 in league play at 3-4. Keith Price threw for 181 yards and a score on 10-of-18 passing, but he came out before halftime with an injury to his throwing shoulder. Cyler Miles came in to replace Price and threw for 149 yards and two scores on 15-of-22 passing but he was also picked off twice. Damore'ea Stringfellow amassed a career-high 147 yards and a score on eight receptions. Bishop Sankey rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries as well. The Huskies had the edge in total yards (432-406), but had nearly a 10-minute deficit in time of possession while allowing the Bruins to score touchdowns on all five of their trips to the red zone. Danny Shelton recorded 10 tackles in the loss, while Kikaha Hau'oli had one of two sacks for the Huskies. Washington plays its last road game of the season next weekend at Oregon State.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars snapped a three-game losing streak on Saturday with a 24-17 road victory over Arizona. The Cougars are now 5-5 overall and 3-4 in league play, as they are trying to reach their first bowl game since 2003. Connor Halliday threw for 319 yards and two touchdowns on 39-of-53 passing, but he was also intercepted once and sacked four times. Halliday has thrown for 300 yards in seven games this season, and owns program records for completions (341) and attempts (535) in a single season. Marcus Mason rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries, and Teondray Caldwell added 47 yards on seven attempts. Mason's 15-yard touchdown run was the longest by the Cougars since 2011. Mason also had seven receptions, but those totaled only 20 yards. Dominique Williams recorded seven receptions as well and finished with 75 yards. Three different players recorded double-digit tackles for the Cougars with Justin Sagote (12), Darryl Monroe (11) and Deone Bucannon (11) accomplishing the feat. Washington State hosts Utah next.
11/18 11:07:00 ET