Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: Despite a late rally the Wildcats were unable to grab their first win in league play as they bowed to USC, 38-31, in a Thursday night matchup. Arizona is now 3-2 overall and winless in two chances against the conference. In the loss, the Wildcats surrendered season-highs in a number of categories including total yards (546), first downs (27) and points. B.J. Denker threw for 363 yards and four touchdowns on 28-of-44 passing for his first career game of more than 300 yards. Ka'Deem Carey rushed for 138 yards on 21 carries and has now had at least 100 yards rushing in eight straight games. However Carey did fail to score a touchdown for the first time in the last 13 games. Terrence Miller caught six passes for 76 yards, all season-highs, while Garic Wharton had two catches, both for touchdowns, and a total of 73 yards. In all Arizona finished with 508 yards of total offense. Marquis Flowers led the defense with a game-high 14 tackles, including 1.5 for loss. The Wildcats will try to get a win again next week when they host Utah.

ARIZONA STATE: There wasn't much suspense for the Sun Devils on Saturday as they sprinted to a big halftime lead and then coasted to a 54-13 win over Colorado. With the victory the Sun Devils are now 4-2 overall and 2-1 against the rest of the Pac-12. Arizona State tallied 532 yards of total offense, while they scored all but seven of their points in the first half. Marion Grice scored a pair of touchdowns to increase his Pac-12-leading total to 15, while adding a team-best 134 all-purpose yards. R.J. Richardson tallied 69 yards and a touchdown of his own on a game-high 15 carries. Taylor Kelly threw for 233 yards and two scores on just 9-of-19 passing and also had 36 yards and a score on the ground. Jaelen Strong had just three catches but tallied 109 yards and a touchdown. Arizona State let up only 268 yards of total offense to the Buffaloes, while forcing three turnovers. Carl Bradford had 1.5 sacks, while three players tied for the team-lead with seven tackles. Next weekend Arizona State will tangle with Washington.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears went down early and never recovered as they fell in a 37-10 decision to nationally-ranked UCLA. California is now winless in three tries against Pac-12 opponents this season while just 1-5 overall. The Golden Bears had only 215 yards passing in the contest, the second fewest this season, for a team that was averaging more than 400 yards passing per game entering play. Jared Goff threw for all 215 yards on 26-of-43 passing but was intercepted once, while failing to throw a touchdown pass. Bryce Treggs had a team-best 42 yards on five receptions. There were 11 different players that had a catch in the game. Khalfani Muhammad rushed for a team-best 63 yards on 14 carries, while Daniel Lasco had 39 yards and a score on just six rushing attempts. California scored only once on three red zone trips and went 4-of-17 on third down. The Golden Bears did total eight tackles for loss in the contest, led by Hardy Nickerson who had two and tied for a team-high with seven total tackles. California will return home to host Oregon State next.

COLORADO: It was not a pleasant trip to the desert for Colorado, which was routed, 54-13, by Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. The Buffaloes were lit up for 532 yards of total offense overall and 47 points in the first half alone. They were also limited to 12 fewer first downs than the Sun Devils (29-17), while dropping to 2-3 overall this season with all three losses coming in league play. Connor Wood started at quarterback but was pulled after missing on his first four pass attempts with one going for an interception. Sefo Liufau came in and completed 18-of-26 passes for 169 yards and a score but was also intercepted twice. Nelson Spruce caught five balls for 42 yards and a score (all team-highs), while Paul Richardson had a season-low in receptions (four) and yards (39). Michael Adkins was the lead rusher for the Buffaloes with 62 yards on 16 carries. Addison Gillam became the 12th freshman in program history to record at least 50 tackles in a season by notching four on Saturday. Colorado gets a break next week with a non-conference matchup with FCS foe Charleston Southern.

OREGON: The Ducks retained their No. 2 national ranking by posting a 45-24 victory over the Washington Huskies in Seattle. Oregon is 6-0 overall and 3-0 in Pac-12 action and has won 10 straight games against the Huskies. Marcus Mariota put together another impressive day in the victory, throwing for 366 yards and three scores on 24-of-31 passing, while adding 88 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Mariota has thrown a touchdown pass in all 19 games of his career and has thrown for and rushed for a touchdown in eight straight games. Bralon Addison caught eight passes for 157 yards and two scores for his second straight game with more than 150 yards receiving. Though Oregon won, the six touchdowns it scored were a season-low. Byron Marshall rushed for 106 yards and two scores on 19 carries for his fourth game over the century mark this season. Josh Huff also got in on the action with six receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. Huff has had more than 100 yards in four games this year. Derrick Malone tied for a game-high with 10 tackles and also had one of four sacks by the Ducks. Up next Oregon hosts Washington State in the first half of a two-game homestand.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers scored 35 unanswered points to close the game as they took down Washington State in Pullman, 52-24. The Beavers have now won five straight games and are sporting a 5-1 overall mark and a perfect 3-0 record against conference foes. Brandin Cooks caught 11 passes for 137 yards and two scores and also led the team in rushing with 34 yards and a touchdown on four carries. All three of Cooks' touchdowns came in the fourth quarter. Sean Mannion threw for a program-record 493 yards on 34-of-51 passing and had four touchdown passes and an interception. Richard Mullaney also broke the century mark with five catches for 122 yards, while Kevin Cummings (six receptions, 73 yards) had a touchdown reception. Storm Woods had just 18 yards on 12 carries but did score a pair of touchdowns. In all the Beavers forced six turnovers, four in the fourth quarter, while holding Washington State to 383 yards of total offense, while amassing 598 total yards themselves. Rashaad Reynolds forced a pair of fumbles and also collected two interceptions. Oregon State finishes this two-game road swing next week against California.

STANFORD: Stanford had its national title hopes crushed in a 27-21 upset loss at Utah on Saturday. The loss snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Cardinal, which dropped to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in league play, while falling to No. 13 in the Top 25. Stanford let up 14 points in the first quarter after allowing 12 combined in the first five games. Ty Montgomery finished with 296 all-purpose yards. Montgomery had eight receptions for 131 yards and also had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Tyler Gaffney tallied 108 yards and a score on 16 carries to lead the team on the ground. Kevin Hogan completed 15-of-27 pass attempts for 246 yards and a score for the Cardinal with the lone passing touchdown going to Devon Cajuste. Trent Murphy finished with four tackles, including two for loss and a sack. Ed Reynolds tied a career-high with 12 tackles. Stanford allowed 415 yards of total offense to the Utes, the second straight week it has allowed more than 400 yards of total offense. Stanford wont have much time to recover as it hosts No. 9 UCLA next weekend.

UCLA: The Bruins matched their best start since 2005 by posting a 37-10 win over California to improve to 5-0 on the campaign. UCLA has had at least 30 points in five straight games to start the year, the first time that has happened since 1998. With the win UCLA pushed itself to No. 9 in the most recent Top 25. Brett Hundley threw for a career-high 410 yards to power the Bruins to 488 total yards. Hundley completed 31-of-41 pass attempts with three touchdowns. Devin Fuller (six receptions, 98 yards), Shaquelle Evans (six receptions, 68 yards) and Thomas Duarte (three receptions, 76 yards) each had a touchdown reception. Fuller's 98 yards were a career-high. Paul Perkins, starting in place of leading rusher Jordon James, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, rushed for a team-high 36 yards and a score on 14 carries. Myles Jack had a team-high and career-best 12 tackles. UCLA begins a crucial stretch with road games against Stanford and Oregon in the next two weeks.

USC: In their first game under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, the Trojans held on to defeat Arizona, 38-31. Orgeron took over after Lane Kiffin was fired following a 62-41 loss to Arizona State two weeks ago. USC has won the first game under each of its last four head coaches. USC had a season-high in total yards (546) as it grabbed its first win in league play (1-2) and improved to 4-2 overall. Led by Silas Redd (19 carries, 80 yards), the Trojans had 249 rushing yards, with 297 through the air. Cody Kessler accounted for all of those passing yards and two scores on 15-of-30 passing. Nelson Agholor had team-highs in receptions (seven) and yards (161) and also brought in a 62-yard touchdown pass, one of two 60-yard strikes on the day. Tre Madden's 63-yard effort was the other. The Trojans were without star wideout Marqise Lee, who was sidelined with a knee injury. J.R. Tavai anchored the defensive effort with 10 tackles, including a game-high 3.5 for loss. USC will travel to face long-time rival Notre Dame next week.

UTAH: For the first time since joining the Pac-12, the Utes knocked off a ranked opponent with a 27-21 win over then No. 5 Stanford. The Utes had lost their four other contests with ranked opponents since joining the league in 2011. Utah became the first team to score a touchdown against Stanford in the first quarter this season, with two in the first period. Travis Wilson threw for 234 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted once on 23-of-34 passing while adding 35 yards on the ground. Bubba Poole made plays both on the ground and through the air with 111 yards on 22 carries and 75 yards on seven receptions. The 75 receiving yards were a career-high for Poole, who also rushed for 100 yards for the second time in his career. Utah finished with 415 total yards as a team, including a season-long 99-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. Utah did let up 108 yards rushing to Tyler Gaffney, the first time it has allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. Trevor Reilly had a team- high seven tackles and two fumble recovers, while Nate Orchard had two forced fumbles and a pair of sacks. Utah will be on the road in four of the next five weeks beginning at Arizona next Saturday.

WASHINGTON: Despite a strong showing from Bishop Sankey the Huskies fell to No. 2 Oregon, 45-24 at Husky Stadium. The loss was the second straight for Washington against a top-five team as it fell to then No. 5 Stanford last week. The Huskies are 4-2 overall this season and just 1-2 in league action. Sankey rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns in the contest on 28 carries, becoming the first player to have more than 100 yards rushing against the Ducks. Sankey has eclipsed the 100-yard mark in nine of his last 11 games dating back to last season. Sankey also had a team-high five receptions for 38 yards. Jaydon Mickens led the team with 50 yards on four catches, while Austin Seferian-Jenkins brought in the only touchdown pass. Keith Price threw for 182 yards and score on 19-of-32 passing but was also intercepted once and sacked four times. In all Washington had 376 yards of total offense compared to the 631 it allowed to Oregon. The Huskies also had 10 fewer first downs (30-20) than the Ducks, while scoring a single touchdown on two red zone trips. John Timu and Sean Parker tied for a team-high with 10 tackles with Timu accounting for the only sack for the Huskies. Next weekend Washington travels to take on Arizona State.

WASHINGTON STATE: Four turnovers in the fourth quarter doomed the Cougars, who fell 52-24 to Oregon State at home. The Beavers scored 35 unanswered points to finish the game against the Cougars, who are 4-3 overall this season and 2-2 against the Pac-12. Washington State had six turnovers overall. Connor Halliday threw interceptions on three straight drives in the final period and finished with 248 yards and a touchdown on 26-of-49 passing. Vince Mayle brought in three of those passes, including the touchdown, while registering a team-high 55 yards. Jeremiah Laufasa (54 yards, TD) and Marcus Mason (49 yards, TD) each tied for a team-best with nine carries. Laufasa's rushing touchdown was his sixth of the season, the most by a Washington State running back since 2007. Deone Bucannon tied for a team-high with eight tackles and is now tied for fifth all-time in program history with 334 stops. The road gets no easier for the Cougars next week as they travel to face No. 2 Oregon in Eugene.

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