Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: The 3-0 Wildcats were idle this past weekend. The upcoming schedule now turns to conference play, with road tests against Washington and USC next on the list.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils went down big early and could never recover as they were downed, 42-28, by the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 opener. Arizona State trailed 29-0 at halftime before scoring 28 points in the second half. The Sun Devils had four punts, an interception, a safety and a missed field goal during their seven first half drives. Arizona State did end up with more total yards (417-391) but trailed by more than 10 minutes in time of possession and had just two red zone trips. Marion Grice ran for 50 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries and also totaled 32 yards and a score on six receptions. Grice has eight touchdowns already this season. Jaelen Strong brought in career-highs in receptions (12) and yards (168), while D.J. Foster had eight catches for 80 yards. Taylor Kelly completed 30-of-55 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns but was also intercepted twice. The Sun Devils let up 240 yards on the ground to the Cardinal. Arizona State will battle USC in Tempe this weekend.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears were idle this past weekend after getting off to a 1-2 start. California has already faced a pair of ranked opponents and will yet again this week when it faces No. 2 Oregon to open league play.

COLORADO: Colorado has a chance to break out to a 3-0 start to the campaign when it faces Oregon State in Corvallis on Saturday. The Buffaloes were off this past weekend.

OREGON: The Ducks' high-flying offense was grounded this past weekend, as No. 2 Oregon had a bye week. Oregon will get back to work on Saturday in the Pac-12 opener against California.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally for a 34-30 road victory over San Diego State. The game-clinching score came on a 16-yard interception return for a touchdown from Steven Nelson, who has four interceptions this season. Oregon State held SDSU to 325 yards of total offense, including just 74 rushing yards on 40 attempts. Oregon State had 377 yards of offense itself, with 367 coming through the air. The Beavers had just 10 rushing yards on 20 carries. The Beavers scored four touchdowns on as many red zone trips and have now scored on all 22 red zone chances this season. Sean Mannion completed 38-of-55 pass attempts for 367 yards and three touchdowns. Mannion has thrown for 350 or more yards in four straight games. He is the first Oregon State quarterback in program history to accomplish that feat. Brandin Cooks tied a school record with 14 receptions for 141 yards. Kevin Cummings brought in six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, while Terron Ward scored a touchdown rushing and receiving. Oregon State will get back into conference play against Colorado next weekend.

STANFORD: The Cardinal ran out to a 29-0 lead at halftime and then held on to defeat Arizona State, 42-28, in the Pac-12 opener. Stanford is now 3-0 to start the season for the fourth straight year. Stanford has also won 11 straight games overall, which trails only Ohio State (15) for the longest active streak in the country. David Shaw is also the first Stanford head coach to win his first three games in each of his first three seasons since 1911. Stanford has won nine of its last 10 games against ranked foes at home. Stanford's run defense was once again stellar, as it held Arizona State to just 50 yards on 24 carries, though it did allow 417 yards overall. Tyler Gaffney rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries and also tallied two touchdowns. Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and a score for the Cardinal, who rushed for 240 yards as a team. Kevin Hogan completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 151 yards and two scores and was also intercepted once. Ty Montgomery brought in four passes for 62 yards and both of Hogan's passing touchdowns. Stanford travels to the Evergreen State next weekend to face Washington State.

UCLA: The Bruins smashed a school record for total offense en route to a 59-13 rout of New Mexico State. UCLA finished with 692 total yards which beat the record of 679 set in 1994. UCLA has also scored 40 or more points in three straight games to start the season, the first time that has happened since 2005. The 158 points scored during those three games are the most during a three-game stretch since 1997. UCLA had 12 total red zone trips and scored touchdowns on seven of those chances, while scoring on eight overall. Brett Hundley completed 23-of-35 pass attempts for 280 yards and three scores but was also intercepted twice. Jordon James led the Bruins with 164 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Malcolm Jones also scored two rushing touchdowns on just six carries. Devin Fuller was the leading receiver with four receptions for 48 yards and a score. The Bruins held NMSU to 333 total yards, while Anthony Barr recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. UCLA is off this coming weekend as it prepares for its Pac-12 opener against Utah.

USC: Andre Heidari kicked a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference in the Trojans' 17-14 win over Utah State. USC actually totaled fewer offensive yards (282) than the Aggies (285) but had four more first downs (17-13). USC was just 3-of-14 on third down conversion attempts and did fumble four times, though only one of those was recovered by Utah State. Cody Kessler completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts (13-of-27) for 164 yards and a touchdown. Tre Madden was the leading rusher for the Trojans with 93 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Marqise Lee hauled in a game-high six receptions for 72 yards. Only four receivers caught passes for the Trojans, including Xavier Grimble, who caught Kessler's only touchdown pass. Leonard Williams finished with a team-high eight tackles, including three tackles for loss, while Morgan Breslin had a pair of sacks. USC kicks off its Pac-12 Conference schedule against Arizona State next weekend.

UTAH: Against a bitter rival, Utah prevailed with a 20-13 victory over BYU in the Holy War at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Utah has now won the last four meetings with BYU and nine of the last 12. Travis Wilson completed 24-of-35 pass attempts with two touchdowns. Dres Anderson caught eight passes for 141 yards and recorded a career-long, 74-yard reception. James Poole had a team- high 18 carries for 96 yards, but the Utes did not score a touchdown on the ground. Utah had eight fewer first downs than BYU (24-16) and was also out- gained by the Cougars in total yards (443-402). However the Utes did limit the Cougars to just one touchdown on five red zone trips. Jared Norris had a team- high nine tackles, while Jacoby Hale recorded two of the Utes' five sacks. Utah will host UCLA next weekend as it gets back to Pac-12 action.

WASHINGTON: Another impressive offensive outburst allowed the Huskies to easily top FCS foe Idaho State, 56-0, at Husky Stadium. Washington finished with 680 yards of total offense with 370 coming on the ground and 310 through the air. Washington has now recorded 500 yards of total offense in three straight games for the first time in program history. The win was also the first shutout by Washington since 2009. Bishop Sankey rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on just four carries. Sankey eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in the contest in his 28th career game. Cyler Miles rushed for 89 yards and also completed 5-of-7 pass attempts for 97 yards and a touchdown. Keith Price threw for 213 yards and three scores on 16-of-21 passing though he played only 23 minutes. There were 10 different receivers who brought in passes led by Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who had five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown. Washington held Idaho State to just 164 total yards, including a negative total (-12) in the first quarter. Washington will play host to Arizona this Saturday in its Pac-12 opener.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars improved to 3-1 with a 42-0 win over Idaho at Martin Stadium. The win was the first shutout for Washington State since a 25-0 victory against the same Idaho program in 2003. Connor Halliday threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, completing 31-of-43 pass attempts. Halliday threw for four touchdowns for the sixth time in his career, tying Ryan Leaf for the program record. Gabe Marks hauled in 11 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns to lead 11 receivers who made receptions for the Cougars. Marks recorded just the third 100-yard game of his career. Jeremiah Laufasa had just six carries, but registered 41 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. Deone Bucannon recorded an interception and Xavier Cooper had 3.5 tackles for loss to lead the Cougar defense. Washington State let up just 253 total yards, including just 79 yards on 49 carries. Washington State will have a much tougher task next weekend against No. 5 Stanford.

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