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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (Sports Network) -
ARIZONA: Led by a late game surge from quarterback Matt Scott the Wildcats upended the then No. 9 USC Trojans 39-36 at Arizona Stadium. It was the second win against a Top 25 team by the Wildcats this season after a 59-28 win over then No. 18 Oklahoma State in week two. That game was also at home for the Wildcats who hadn't beaten two top-25 teams in the same season since 1992. This was also the first win by Arizona against the Trojans in Tucson since 1999. In what turned into a shootout the Wildcats were actually out-gained in total yards (618-588). However the Wildcats were more efficient in the red zone converting on 6-of-7 attempts while the Trojans went 3-for-5. Scott was sensational throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for a career-high 100 yards and a score. It was the fifth time Scott has thrown for more than 300 yards this season and the first time since 2000 a Wildcat quarterback had rushed for 100 yards. Three of Scott's touchdowns came after the Wildcats had gone down 28-13 late into the third quarter. Scott's 469 yards of total offense was the fifth highest single game total in school history. Ka'Deem Carey also rushed for over 100 yards (119) and a touchdown. Carey and Scott are the first two rushers to finish with 100 yards each in the same game since 2005. Austin Hill racked up 259 yards receiving on 10 receptions. It was the second highest total of receiving yards in a game in school history. Jonathan McKnight led the Wildcats with 11 total tackles. Just a win away from bowl eligibility, the Wildcats will travel to Los Angeles to battle UCLA next weekend.
ARIZONA STATE: Despite some late-game heroics from quarterback Taylor Kelly, the Sun Devils fell short in a 45-43 loss to UCLA. The Sun Devils took a 43-42 lead less than two minutes remaining but the Bruins got a 33-yard field goal as time expired to secure the win. The Sun Devils are now 10-18-1 all-time against the Bruins although the schools have split the last six decisions. Arizona State lost despite out gaining UCLA by a 535-386 margin in total yards. Arizona State was a perfect 8-for-8 in the red zone but had to settle for field goals on three of those trips. Kelly completed 25-of-35 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns. Kelly is completing 67.7 percent of his passes this season which puts him on pace to break the school record for completion percentage in a single season (61.8). Marion Grice finished with 117 all purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, one rushing and two receiving. Grice has scored a touchdown on 12 of a total 80 touches this season. D.J. Foster had a game-high 168 total yards (61 rushing, 107 receiving). Cameron Marshall also rushed for 57 yards as the Sun Devils ran the ball a season-high 59 times for 220 yards. With a seven-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Ozier from Kelly less than two minutes into the game the Sun Devils have scored first in seven of eight games. Arizona State has outscored its opponents 83-46 in the first period. Carl Bradford had a game-high two sacks and also tied for a team-high with nine total tackles. Up next for the Sun Devils is a road contest against Oregon State.
CALIFORNIA: For the second week in a row California ended up in the loss column with a 49-27 defeat on the road against Utah. The Golden Bears have now lost to Utah in three of the last four meetings although California leads the all-time series 5-4. Keenan Allen caught five passes for 61 yards and a score. An 11-yard reception gave Allen 203 for his career which puts him past Geoff McArthur for the all-time record for career receptions by a Golden Bear. Allen has also caught a pass in 33 straight games which is the longest streak in the Pac-12. Brendan Bigelow rushed for 66 yards on just a pair of carries. His 57-yard touchdown run gives him three touchdown runs of at least 50 yards this season, the first time that has happened for a California running back since Jahvid Best in 2009. Zach Maynard threw for 288 yards and two scores on 20-of-32 passing but was under pressure all day and was sacked four times. Maynard was also intercepted once. California was just 4-for-10 on third down conversions and had only a little more than 22 minutes in time of possession. Those factors contributed to the loss despite a 441-344 advantage in total yards. Avery Sebastian had a team-high 10 tackles. Michael Lowe had an interception which was the 11th turnover forced by the Golden Bears in the last four games. Steve Williams broke up his team-high ninth pass of the season as well. California will return home next week where it will try to stop its losing slide in a matchup with Washington.
COLORADO: The Buffaloes were yet another victim of the No. 2 Oregon Ducks' lightning-fast offense as Colorado fell behind big early on and could never recover en route to a 70-14 defeat on the road. Colorado has lost 10 straight against ranked teams. Colorado trailed 56-0 at the half which tied the worst deficit for the Buffaloes going into the locker room with the previous occurrence in a 1980 loss to UCLA. Colorado has now allowed 50 or more points in three straight games. The 70 points scored by the Ducks were the most surrendered by Colorado since 2005. Colorado was out gained by a 617-245 margin in total yards and surrendered 425 yards on the ground to the Ducks. Freshman Christian Powell got a bulk of time with the Buffaloes and carried the ball a game-high 20 times for 121 yards and both Colorado touchdowns. He now has 471 rushing yards on the season which is sixth on the all-time list for rushing yards by a freshman at Colorado. Colorado had only 95 yards passing split between starter Jordan Webb (7-for-11, 31 yards) and Nick Hirschman (7-for-16, 64 yards). Colorado scored on both of its trips to the red zone but converted on only 2-of-13 chances on third down. Defensive end Will Pericak forced a pair of fumbles to give him four on the season, the most by a Colorado defender since 2000. Paul Vigo had a team-high 13 tackles while Jon Major had a pair of pass breakups. Another ranked team awaits Colorado in its next matchup when the Stanford Cardinal come to Boulder next weekend.
OREGON: The offensive dominance continued as Oregon rolled to a 70-14 win over Colorado at home. The 70 points were the most against a conference opponent by the Ducks in school history. The mark topped a 65-point effort against Oregon State in 2008. Oregon continued its trend of going up huge early on and led 56-0 at halftime. It was the most points scored in the first half by the Ducks since 2010. Oregon has scored at least 40 points in 11 straight games. Oregon is 8-0 for the just the third time in program history but the second time in the last three seasons. Oregon again relied heavily on the run, piling up 425 yards on the ground. It was the second consecutive game in which the Ducks have had at least 400 yards rushing. Kenjon Barner led the way with 104 yards and a pair of scores on just nine carries. Barner has rushed for 100 yards in four straight games. De'Anthony Thomas accounted for a team-high 176 all- purpose yards including a 73-yard punt return for a touchdown. Thomas accomplished all of that while playing in only the first half. It was the longest return of his career. Marcus Mariota completed 10-of-14 passes for 136 yards and two scores but was spelled by Bryan Bennett in the second half. Bennett rushed for 73 yards and threw for 56, while scoring a career-high three touchdowns rushing. Derrick Malone had a team-high nine tackles and recovered a fumble for an Oregon defense that held Colorado to 245 yards. Oregon now has its sights squarely on the USC Trojans, who the Ducks will face in Los Angeles next Saturday.
OREGON STATE: The surprising Beavers suffered their first setback of the season with a 20-17 loss to Washington. The loss dropped the team to No. 13 in the top-25. The Beavers were shut out in the first half in the defeat and a 10-point deficit in the second quarter was the largest Oregon State has faced this season. Oregon State out-gained Washington in total yards by a 427-293 margin including two scoring drives of 70 or more yards. The Beavers have had 18 such drives this season after having only 13 a year ago. Sean Mannion returned to the lineup as the starting quarterback after missing two games with an injury to his left knee. His return was a poor one as he completed just 18-of-34 passes and was intercepted four times. Cody Yaz, who had started the two previous games, came in for Mannion and threw for 97 yards and a score while completing 7-of-11 passes. Storm Woods rushed for a team-high 90 yards on 15 carries but did not find the end zone. Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 123 yards and a touchdown. It was his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season. The Beavers came away with just three points on two red zone trips with a 29-yard field goal from Trevor Romaine in the third quarter. Michale Doctor had a team-high nine tackles including two for loss. Sean Martin collected an interception which gives the Beavers 13 for the season, two more than the total recorded by the Beavers last year. Oregon State will need to regroup as it prepares to take on Arizona State at home in its next game.
STANFORD: Despite a spirited effort from Washington State, Stanford was able to collect its sixth win of the season with a 24-17 victory over the Cougars. The win moves the Cardinal to 6-2 overall and 4-1 in Pac-12 play. The win was the 18th in the last 19 games for Stanford at home and the fifth straight over Washington State. Stanford's conference-leading rushing defense held Washington State to minus-16 yards rushing which was the third fewest amount of rushing yards allowed in a game in school history. Stanford also got after the quarterback all game, recording a school-record 10 sacks. Usual Amanam and Trent Murphy each had a pair of sacks. The defense also helped on the offensive side with Ed Reynolds returning an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth defensive score this season by Stanford. Stepfan Taylor was held to just 58 yards on 21 carries after posting a career- high 189 yards last week against California. Josh Nunes completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts (7-for-15) for 136 yards but did throw for one of only two offensive touchdowns in the game on a 70-yard pas to Jamal-Rashad Patterson. That accounted for all of Patterson's game-high receiving yard total ending a six game streak in which a tight end led the Cardinal in scoring. Stanford won despite having 12 fewer first downs (25-13) than the Cougars, while also getting out-gained in total yards (385-256). Stanford hits the road next weekend to play a struggling Colorado squad in Boulder.
UCLA: A 33-yard field goal from Ka'i Fairbairn as time expired pushed UCLA to a 45-43 win in a thrilling shootout with Arizona State at Sun Devil Stadium. The Bruins led by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter but were in danger of losing before Fairbairn's kick. UCLA was out-gained by a 535-486 margin in total yards but was more efficient in the red zone. The Bruins scored five touchdowns in six trips, while the Sun Devils had five touchdowns in eight chances. Brett Hundley completed 19-of-29 passes for 274 yards and four touchdowns. Hundley now has 18 this season which sets a school record for a Freshman. He also passed the 2,000 passing yard mark in the game to become just the third freshman quarterback to do so in school history. Johnathan Franklin had 168 all-purpose yards to move him past DeShaun Foster for sixth on the all-time list at UCLA in the category (4,113). Franklin rushed for 164 yards in the game which leaves him 20 yards shy (3,711) of the all-time record for career rushing yards. Shaquelle Evans led the team with five receptions for 75 yards while Damien Thigpen was the leader in terms of receiving yards (92). The Bruins defense was led by a career-high 17 tackles by Eric Kendricks. It was the most tackles in a single game by a Bruin since Reggie Carter finished with 20 against BYU in 2008. UCLA recorded five sacks and collected an interception. UCLA will face another team from the Copper State when its hosts Arizona.
USC: The Trojans may have been handed the final nail in their BCS Title hopes after USC fell 39-36 on the road against Arizona. The loss drops USC to 6-2 this season including a 4-2 mark in the conference. USC now sits at No. 18 in the AP Top 25. USC led 28-13 late into the third quarter but then let the lead slip away by allowing 26 unanswered points. The loss came despite a 618-588 advantage in total yards for the Trojans. USC was guilty of 13 penalties which cost 117 yards while also coughing the ball up four times on turnovers. Marqise Lee caught 16 passes for a Pac-12 record 345 yards in the losing efforts. He also caught two touchdown passes. Lee also had 123 yards on kick returns giving him a total of 469 all purpose yards. No other player reached 100 all purpose yards for the Trojans. Robert Woods caught nine balls for 93 yards. Matt Barkley threw for 493 yards and three scores on 31-for-49 passing but was intercepted twice. Barkley tied Carson Palmer's school record with his third career game with 400 or more yards passing. D.J. Morgan and Silas Redd combined for 120 yards rushing and a pair of scores. USC had two empty trips in the red zone on five chances. T.J. McDonald recorded a game-high 13 tackles for a Trojan defense that was lit up for 588 yards. With their national title hopes all but dashed, USC will get set for the biggest game on the schedule when the No. 2 Oregon Ducks come to Los Angeles Coliseum next weekend.
UTAH: The Utes put an end to a four-game losing streak and collected their first win in conference play this season with a 49-27 victory over California. The 49 points scored were the most this season by Utah and the most since a 54-point effort against BYU last season. John White rushed for 105 yards and a pair of scores, the first time he had gotten into the end zone since the first game of the season. It was White's 10th career 100-yard rushing game. The Utes are 10-0 in this games. Kelvin York added 51 yards and a score of his own on the ground. Utah had four total rushing touchdowns in the game which matched the team's total for the season entering play. Reggie Dunn totaled 222 kick return yards on three returns which set an NCAA record for return average in a game (74.0). He brought back two of those returns for touchdowns. Utah also scored a touchdown on defense on a 17-yard fumble return by Reggie Topps. Utah's special teams also got great contribution from the punters Tom Hackett and Sean Sellwood. Each of the team's four punts fell inside the 20-yard line. Brian Blechen had a team-high seven tackles and also broke up two passes. Ryan Lacy had an interception and two pass break-ups as well while four different players recorded a sack. Utah will remain at home next weekend when it takes on another team that has struggled in the Pac-12 this season in Washington State.
WASHINGTON: For the second time this season Washington topped a team in the top 10 of the top 25 with a 20-17 victory over previously unbeaten Oregon State. The Huskies, who also downed then No. 9 Stanford earlier this season, had beaten two top 10 teams in one season four different times. The win was also the first against an unbeaten team this late in the season since 1982 when the Huskies defeated a 9-0 Arizona State squad. The win ended a three- game losing streak for WashingtonThe Huskies pass defense allowed 318 yards through the air but also had four interceptions giving the Huskies just two games with multiple interceptions this season. The other time came in a win over FCS foe Portland State. Washington also had nine pass breakups in the winning effort after having 14 total coming into the game. Bishop Sankey rushed for 92 yards and two scores to account for the bulk of the Huskies 99 yards on the ground. Keith Price threw for 194 yards on 18-of-30 passing and was intercepted once. Three of those passes went to Austin Seferian-Jenkins who now has 80 receptions for his career which is the fourth best mark by a tight end in school history. Desmond Trufant recorded a team-high 10 tackles while John Timu collected six tackles and one of the four interceptions by the Huskies. Those turnovers were key for the Huskies who were out-gained by a 427-293 margin in total yards. Washington also struggled on third down converting on only 2-of-12 chances. The Huskies will try to win back-to-back games for the second time this season with a date against California this Friday.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars remain winless in Pac-12 conference play after coming up just short in a 24-17 defeat to then No. 19 Stanford. Despite the loss Washington State played well defensively allowing a season-low 256 yards of total offense, 136 of which came through the air, also a season low. On offense Washington State put up 385 yards of total offense although the Cougars had 401 passing yards. Washington State had just minus-16 yards rushing although much of that came on a season-high 10 sacks allowed by the Washington State offensive line. Jeff Tuel led the charge through the air throwing for a career-high 401 yards while setting a school record with 43 completions. Tuel also threw for both of Washington State's touchdowns. Marquess Wilson caught nine passes for 100 yards. Wilson has now caught a pass in all 32 games of his career. It was the 14th 100-yard effort of his career. Dominique Williams had six receptions for 79 yards, including his first career receiving touchdown. Deone Bucannon had a team-high 10 tackles. Bucannon has now had double-digit tackles in five games this season and 10 for his career. Washington State will get a chance to put an end to the five-game losing streak it is currently riding next weekend when it travels to Salt Lake City to battle Utah.