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Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: It was a rough night for the Wildcats against UCLA as Arizona was routed 66-10 at the Rose Bowl. The loss dropped Arizona to 5-4 overall and 2-4 in conference play, while also pushing the Wildcats out of the top-25. Arizona is also winless (0-3) on the road. Those road woes have been an issue these past few seasons with the Wildcats 3-12 away from Tucson in the last three seasons. Arizona's normally potent offense was held to just 257 yards, while on defense the Wildcats gave up 611 total yards to the Bruins. Matt Scott threw for 124 yards on 15-of-25 passing, while rushing for just four yards a week after piling up 469 yards of total offense against USC. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for a team-high 54 yards and scored the only touchdown by the Wildcats in the game on a two-yard run in the third quarter. Marquis Flowers was the only defensive bright spot, racking up a team-high 13 tackles including the only sack by Arizona in the game. Arizona will return home next weekend looking to bounce back against Colorado.

ARIZONA STATE: Despite Cameron Marshall reaching a career milestone, Arizona State couldn't pull off an upset of Oregon State, falling 36-26 in Corvallis. It was the third straight loss for the Sun Devils and moves them to 5-4 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Arizona State is 25-13-1 all-time against Oregon State after the loss. Marshall eclipsed the 2,500-yard mark for his career by rushing for 42 yards and a touchdown. His 2,508 career yards are the 10th most in school history. Taylor Kelly was the lead rusher in the game with 80 yards on 10 carries. Kelly has been the lead rusher during both of the Sun Devils' road losses. Kelly also threw for 153 yards on 22-of-41 passing with a touchdown and an interception. The defense recorded six sacks and had a safety on a blocked punt by Steffon Martin. Osahon Irabor broke up a pair of passes giving him a team-high nine pass breakups on the season. Irabor had only six pass breakups all of last season. Brandon Magee led the team with 12 tackles including one of the team's six sacks. Up next for the Sun Devils is a road trip to Los Angeles to do battle with the No. 21 USC Trojans.

CALIFORNIA: California came up short for the third straight week in a 21-13 loss at home against Washington. The Golden Bears are now 3-7 overall this season and 2-5 in conference play. The Golden Bears continue to rely on the ground game as the team's 249 rushing yards marked the fourth time this season in which California has had 200 yards rushing. C.J. Anderson led the way with 160 yards on 22 carries. It was he fifth time this season that Anderson has led the team in rushing. Overall California was the more effective offense with a 450-411 advantage in total yards over the Huskies. California also converted on 10-of-18 third down attempts but turned the ball over four times, three on fumbles, and settled for field goals on two of its four red zone trips. Zach Maynard threw for 175 yards on 15-of-29 passing and had an interception. He moved to 10th on the all-time passing list at California with 5,204 yards for his career. The majority of Maynard's passes went to Chris Harper who had seven receptions for 101 yards. It was the third time this season he has led the team in receiving and his career 100-yard game. Leading receiver Keenan Allen did not play in the game due to a knee injury. Nick Forbes was all over the field on defense racking up a team-high 11 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. The three forced turnovers was more than he had in his career (one) entering play. There are only two games left on the schedule for the Golden Bears beginning with a home contest against the high-powered Oregon Ducks.

COLORADO: Things are looking pretty grim in Boulder, especially after Colorado dropped a 48-0 decision to Stanford on Saturday. It was the 11th straight loss to a ranked opponent for the Buffaloes and the fifth straight overall this season. Colorado is now 1-8 overall and 1-5 in Pac-12 play. Colorado was absolutely stifled on offense finishing with just 76 yards of total offense including minus-21 on the ground. That rushing total was largely due to the 46 yards lost on seven sacks. The loss was also the first time Colorado has been shutout at home since 1986. It's unlikely that things will get much better next week with Colorado traveling to Tucson to take on the high-octane offense of Rich Rodriguez and the Arizona Wildcats.

OREGON: The Ducks came out on top 62-51 in a highly anticipated battle with the then No. 17 USC Trojans at the Coliseum. Oregon is now 9-0 for just the second time in school history and has retained the No. 2 spot on the top-25. The teams combined for 1,345 yards of total offense and 16 touchdowns. Oregon had 730 yards of total offense, which broke the school's record of 720. Accounting for almost half of that yardage was Kenjon Barner, who racked up 321 yards on the ground and five touchdowns. It was a school record for a single game and the fourth-most in Pac-12 history. Barner is now third on the all-time rushing list at Oregon with 3,151 yards. De'Anthony Thomas had 68 yards of total offense and scored a touchdown which was the 30th of his career. Only seven other players in Oregon history have accomplished that feat. Marcus MAriota had a career-high 400 yards of total offense with 304 through the air and 96 on the ground. Josh Huff also had a big day racking up 125 yards and two touchdowns on six receptions. Oregon will remain in the Golden State next weekend when the Ducks take on California.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers overcame a first quarter deficit on their way to securing a 36-26 win over Arizona State to avoid a second consecutive loss. Oregon State was coming off a 20-17 loss against Washington in the previous week. Oregon State is 7-1 for the first time since 2000. Terron Ward took over for an injured Storm Woods at running back and rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown. His 53-yard rush in the second quarter was the longest rush by an Oregon State player this season. Cody Vaz had issues in the passing game, completing only 14-of-33 attempts for 267 yards and an interception. However he did manage to throw three touchdown passes. Two went to Markus Wheaton, who finished with 108 yards on four receptions. Wheaton also got involved in the running game with 57 yards on three carries. Brandin Cooks was the lead receiver in the game with 116 yards on six receptions, including one for a touchdown. This was the third time this season that Cooks and Wheaton have each had 100 yards in a game. Oregon State will get a big test next weekend when it takes on No. 16 Stanford on the road.

STANFORD: The Cardinal won for the third straight week by dominating Colorado in a 48-0 romp in Boulder. It is the second time this season the Cardinal have won three straight games. The shutout was the first by a Colorado opponent in Boulder since 1986. Stanford's defense was again dominant, holding Colorado to just 76 total yards including minus-21 yards rushing. It was the third fewest rushing yards allowed by a Stanford team in school history. It was also the second time this season Stanford has held an opponent to a negative yardage total on the ground. On offense the Cardinal had a balanced attack that included 230 yards passing and 206 on the ground. Kevin Hogan took the majority of snaps at quarterback by completing 18-of-23 passing for 184 yards and two touchdowns. Starter Josh Nunes had only five pass attempts due to a coaching decision. Stepfan Taylor had a team-high 10 carries for 43 yards and two touchdowns and did not play in the second half. The defense also got in on the scoring with Ed Reynolds returning an interception 52 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. Stanford will face a ranked opponent next week in a crucial conference game against the No. 13 Oregon State Beavers.

UCLA: The Bruins were dominant on both sides of the ball in a 66-10 rout of then No. 24 Arizona Wildcats at the Rose Bowl. The Bruins' point total was the most since 1997. The Bruins improved to 7-2 overall this season and 4-2 in Pac-12 play. UCLA also jumped to No. 17 in the top-25. The Bruins had 611 yards of total offense and had twice as many first downs as the Wildcats (36-18). UCLA scored touchdowns on six of its first seven possessions and led 42-3 at halftime. The Bruins yardage total was the third time this season they have eclipsed the 600-yard mark in a game. The 308 yards on the ground also marked the third time this season that the Bruins have finished with 300 yards rushing. Johnathan Franklin powered the offense with 162 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. It was his 17th career 100-yard rushing effort. Brett Hundley was stellar as well, completing 23-of-28 pass attempts for 288 yards and three touchdowns. He now has 21 touchdown passes this season is tied for the fifth most in a single season in school history. UCLA plays its last road game of the season next week when it travels to Pullman to face Washington State.

USC: A season that has been much less successful than anticipated got worse for USC when the Trojans lost in a 62-51 shootout to No. 2 Oregon at the Coliseum. The Trojans, who were expected to be in the national championship race, dropped to 6-3 overall, including a 4-3 mark in conference play. In the loss to Oregon the two teams combined for 1,345 yards of total offense. Matt Barkley accounted for 484 yards passing and five touchdowns, while completing 35-of-54 pass attempts, but he did get picked off twice. Marqise Lee continued his stellar season by hauling in 12 receptions for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Nelson Agholor also had a big game through the air with six receptions for 162 yards and a touchdown. Robert Woods also had six receptions and a touchdown but finished with 71 yards receiving. Silas Redd paced the Trojans on the ground with 92 yards and a pair of scores on 18 carries. USC was the more disciplined team in the game with only three penalties to the 10 that Oregon committed. USC defense was unable to put up much of a fight against the Ducks, surrendering 730 yards of total offense including 426 on the ground. Three different players finished with double-digit tackle totals led by Lamar Dawson who had 11. Dion Bailey (10) and T.J. McDonald (10) also reached at least 10 tackles in the game. Bailey had one of three sacks by the Trojans. USC will try to recover next weekend when the Trojans take on Arizona State at home.

UTAH: The Utes have seemingly salvaged what once looked like a lost season after a 49-6 win over Washington State this past weekend. Utah is now 4-5 overall and 2-4 in conference play after winning consecutive games for the first time this season. The 49 points was the identical total to the team's efforts in three previous week and combines for the highest two-game point total since 2011. Utah's defense held the Cougars to minus-four rushing yards which was the fifth-fewest rushing yards allowed in a game by Utah in school history. While the defense stifled the run the offense relied on it piling up 205 yards on the ground. John White was the leader in the game with 101 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. It was his third 100-yard rushing game this season. White also caught a touchdown pass giving him three touchdowns in a game for the second time in his career. Travis Wilson completed 17-of-21 pass attempts for 171 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. 14 different receivers caught passes in the game with Sean Fitzgerald's 50 yards receiving was the team-high while Anthony Denham and Jake Murphy tied for a team-high three receptions each. Utah had six sacks in the game and didn't allow Washington State to score until a Jeff Tuel touchdown pass at the end of the fourth quarter. Reggie Topps was the lead tackler with seven including a sack and an interception. Trevor Reilly had a pair of sacks, a forced fumble and five total tackles. Utah will look to keep things rolling next weekend when it hits the road to square off with Washington in Seattle.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies went into Memorial Stadium last weekend and came away with a 21-13 win over California. Washington has now won back-to-back games for the second time this season after a three-game losing streak in October. Overall the Huskies are 5-4 this season and have split their six conference games. Washington won despite being out-gained in total yards by the Golden Bears (450-409). Bishop Sankey rushed for a career-high 189 yards and two touchdowns in the game on 29 attempts. Austin Sefarian-Jenkins was also highly productive with 152 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. Seferian- Jenkins 29-yard touchdown reception gave the Huskies a 14-13 lead that they would not relinquish. Seferian-Jenkins receiving total was a career-high and also set a Washington record for receiving yards by a tight end (1,170). Seferian Jenkins was the only real productive receiver with Kasen Williams (three receptions, 44 yards) the only other receiver with more than one receptions or 15 yards. Keith Price threw for 235 yards and a touchdown on 16- of-29 passing but was also intercepted once. As a team the Huskies converted on just 4-of-11 third down attempts, while allowing Washington to convert on 10-of-18 chances. Sean Parker led the team with eight tackles and also forced a fumble while Andrew Hudson's 1.5 sacks were the most among Washington defenders. Shaq Thompson collected an interception and had seven tackles including two for loss. Washington will next matchup with Utah at CenturyLink Field.

WASHINGTON STATE: For the sixth straight week Washington State ended up on the losing end as the Cougars fell in a 49-6 rout to Utah in Salt Lake City. The Cougars are now 2-7 overall and are dead last in the conference at 0-6 against league foes. Under Mike Leach, the Cougars have not run the ball very often or very well and that continued in the loss with the team finishing with minus- four yards rushing. It was the second time this season Washington State has had a negative total of rushing yards. The Cougars converted on only 2-for-15 third down chances and had only one possession in the red zone. Jeff Tuel threw for 232 yards and the team's lone touchdown on 23-for-45 passing. Tuel was also intercepted once and was sacked six times. Marquess Wilson tied for a team-high five passes for 73 yards. Wilson is now six receptions away from taking over the career record for receptions by a Cougar receiver with 189 career catches. The Cougars return to Martin Stadium next weekend to face off with UCLA.

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