Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: Behind a big game from All-American Ka'Deem Carey, the Wildcats notched a 38-24 victory over Utah on their home field. Carey rushed for 236 yards on a school record 40 carries and scored a touchdown. Carey has had 100 yards in nine straight games dating back to last season. B.J. Denker threw for 168 yards and added 51 on the ground, while accounting for three touchdowns (two rushing, one passing). Denker completed 18-of-30 pass attempts and has scored multiple touchdowns in three games this season. The Wildcats had 300 rushing yards, which was the most Utah has allowed this season. Arizona allowed only 329 yards of total offense to Utah and held the Utes to 4.4 yards per play. The Wildcats also tied a season-best with three sacks. Jake Fischer had a team-high 12 tackles and Marquis Flowers had four stops and returned an interception for a touchdown. With the victory the Wildcats ended a two-game losing streak and also picked up their first win in league play (1-2). Up next is a two-game road trip that begins against Colorado next Saturday.

ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils blew past then No. 20 Washington over the weekend with a 53-24 victory over the Huskies. Arizona State improved to 5-2 overall this season, with all five wins coming at home. The Sun Devils also own a 3-1 mark against Pac-12 competition. The Sun Devils had 585 yards of total offense and 31 first downs on 93 total plays. They limited Washington to just 212 total yards, including keeping Bishop Sankey, who entered play as the national rushing leader, to just 22 yards on 13 carries. Marion Grice rushed for 158 yards and had 37 through the air, while scoring thee total touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). Grice now has 18 total touchdowns this season, the most among any player at the FBS level. Grice was also the first Sun Devil to rush for 100 yards this season. Taylor Kelly threw for 271 yards and two scores and also rushed for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Kelly was intercepted once and completed 26-of-42 pass attempts. Kevin Ozier (eight receptions, 88 yards) and Chris Coyle (five receptions, 78 yards, TD) were the leading receivers. Salamo Fiso had two of seven sacks for the Sun Devils, who take on Washington State next.

CALIFORNIA: It was another disappointing week in Berkeley as the Golden Bears were routed, 49-17, by Oregon State. The loss was the fifth-straight for the now 1-6 Golden Bears, who have not topped Oregon State at home since 1997. It was also the fourth-straight loss of at least 20 points. Jared Goff started the game and completed 21-of-31 pass attempts for 220 yards and an interception. Zach Kline took over in the third quarter and threw for two scores and 71 yards on 11-of-16 passing but was also intercepted once. Chris Harper was the leading receiver with seven receptions for 93 yards on the day. Harper was one of 10 receivers to have a reception in the losing effort. Darren Ervin led the way on the ground with 40 yards on 11 carries. In all the Golden Bears had 366 yards of total offense on 77 plays. They allowed 570 yards on 74 plays to the Beavers. Cameron Walker recorded a team-high nine tackles and also had a pair of bass break-ups. The Golden Bears will face another team riding a losing streak next Saturday when they make the trip to Seattle to face Washington.

COLORADO: The Buffaloes moved back to .500 overall this season with a 43-10 win over Charleston Southern. Although the Buffaloes are now 3-3, two of their wins have come against FCS squads, including Saturday's victory. Colorado had 416 yards of total offense on just 52 plays, while holding Charleston Southern to 196 yards. Paul Richardson continued his stellar season with eight receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown. No other player on the team had more than two receptions. Michael Adkins rushed for career-highs in yards (137) and touchdowns (four). Adkins, a freshman making his first start, was the first player to rush for four touchdowns for Colorado since 2005. Christian Powell added 52 yards and a score on 11 carries of his own. Sefo Liufau also made his first start. The freshman threw for 198 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-20 passing and added 37 yards on the ground. Chidera Uzo-Diribe had a sack and a forced fumble, his fifth this season. Colorado, which is 0-3 in league play, will face conference foe Arizona next weekend.

OREGON: In a game that featured no shortage of offense the No. 2 Ducks prevailed with a 62-38 victory over Washington State. Oregon, which improved to 7-0 overall and 4-0 against the Pac-12, finished the contest with 719 yards of total offense with 336 through the air and 383 on the ground. The Ducks were just 3-of-10 on third down but scored touchdowns on all four of their red zone trips. Marcus Mariota threw for 327 yards and two touchdowns on 23-of-32 pass attempts and avoided throwing his first interception of the season. Mariota also rushed for 67 yards and a score and has thrown for and rushed for a touchdown in nine straight games. Byron Marshall rushed for a career-high 192 yards and three scores and Thomas Tyner had 99 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Huff had five receptions for 75 yards and a score as the leading receiver among nine players to record a reception. Avery Patterson had a team-high eight tackles and one of four interceptions, while Tony Washington registered a pair of sacks. De'Anthony Thomas did not play for the third straight week despite dressing for the game. Oregon faces No. 12 UCLA in a critical league test next.

OREGON STATE: Sean Mannion and Brandin Cooks were at it again as the duo powered the Beavers to a 49-17 victory over the California Golden Bears. MAnnjon threw for 481 yards and four touchdowns on 35-of-45 passing and Cooks had 13 catches for 232 yards and a score as well. Both Cooks' reception and yardage totals were the second-highest single-game marks in program history. Mannion has thrown for 29 touchdowns this season which is already tied for the most in a single season at Oregon State. Cooks was one of 12 players to have a reception in the contest. As a team the Beavers have scored 40 points in three-straight games for the first time in school history, while totaling 1,708 yards over that time. Against California the Beavers had 570 total yards, scoring on 5-of-7 trips into the red zone. The Beavers forced four turnovers on defense but had just a single sack. Scott Crichton recorded the quarterback takedown and forced a fumble, while Rashaad Reynolds had an interception for his fourth in the last three games. Oregon State, which has won six straight games, will host Stanford next.

STANFORD: The Cardinal found its way back into the top ten with a 24-10 bounce-back win over then No. 9 UCLA. The win gave the Cardinal its sixth victory of the season and was the fourth triumph in five league contests. Stanford jumped to No. 8 in the most recent AP Poll. Stanford finished with 419 yards of total offense, while holding UCLA to just 266. Tyler Gaffney carried the ball 36 times for 171 yards and also scored a pair of touchdowns including one, late in the fourth quarter, to seal the victory. Gaffney set career-highs in attempts and yards in the win. Kevin Hogan completed 18-of-25 pass attempts for 227 yards but had an interception to match his lone touchdown pass. The scoring strike went to Kodi Whitfield, who made an incredible reception between two defenders to bring in the pass. Devon Cajuste led the team in receptions (seven) and yards (109), while Ty Montgomery had five catches for 50 yards. Jordan Richards had a team-high 10 tackles and also recorded a pair of interceptions. Stanford will head up to Corvallis for a clash with Oregon State next weekend.

UCLA: For the first time this season the Bruins are dealing with a loss after they felt the sting from the Stanford Cardinal, 24-10, on Saturday. The loss dropped UCLA out of the top 10 and to No. 12 in the most recent Top 25. UCLA also owns a 5-1 overall record and a mark of 2-1 in conference play. In the loss the Bruins were held to a season-low 266 yards of total offense. The previous low was 404. Brett Hundley was able to complete 24-of-39 pass attempts, but for only 192 yards. Hundley was also intercepted twice and sacked four times, although he did manage a touchdown pass. Hundley also added 27 yards on the ground. Shaquelle Evans brought in Hundley's lone touchdown pass and had four receptions for 30 yards overall. Evans was one of eight players to have a catch for the Bruins. Malcolm Jones had 30 yards on five carries as the leading rusher. The Bruins averaged just 2.7 yards per carry. Four different players had double-digit tackles for the Bruins, led by Randall Goforth who had a career-high 19 stops. UCLA has another tough task ahead of it as it takes on No. 2 Oregon on the road next Saturday.

USC: In its annual rivalry game with Notre Dame, the Trojans were handed a 14-10 setback in South Bend. The loss was the first for the Trojans under interim head coach Ed Orgeron, who is 1-1 thus far. Overall USC is 4-3 on the campaign with a 1-2 mark away from Los Angeles. USC had more total yards (330-295) and first downs (18-17) than the Irish, but also committed a game- high 11 penalties and went just 2-of-13 on third down. Silas Redd was the lone bright spot on offense as he rushed for a season-high 112 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Cody Kessler threw for 201 yards on 20-of-34 passing but did not have a touchdown pass while being intercepted once. Nelson Agholor lead the team with 89 receiving yards, while tying for a team-best with six receptions. All-American Marqise Lee had just two receptions for 18 yards. Leonard Williams tallied a game-high 10 tackles, including one for loss. Lamar Dawson had one of two sacks for the Trojans. Next Saturday the Trojans will get back to conference play, where they are just 1-2, when Utah comes to the Coliseum.

UTAH: There might have been a bit of a hangover for the Utes, who were defeated by a 35-24 score at Arizona on Saturday. The Utes, who bested then No. 5 Stanford in their previous game, are now 4-3 overall. The loss was the third in four tries for the Utes against Pac-12 opponents. Utah did manage to take a 21-20 lead in the third quarter but were then outscored (15-3) in the fourth quarter. Utah had just 329 yards of total offense and converted on just 5-of-18 third down attempts. The Utes also lost quarterback Travis Wilson in the first half when he went off with an injury to his hand. In his place, Adam Schulz threw for 142 yards and a score on 12-of-23 passing. Sean Fitzgerald recorded 69 yards and a touchdown on three receptions though Bubba Poole led the team in receptions (four, 28 yards). Luck Radley took his turn as the leading rusher for the Utes, with 56 yards on just five carries. Poole (35 yards) and Kelvin York (47 yards) each tied for a team-high with 12 carries, though York had the only touchdown between the three backs. Trevor Reilly recorded 14 tackles and had both of the team's sacks. The Utes are on the road in three of their next four games beginning next week against USC.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies' free-fall continued on Saturday as they were set down, 53-24, by Arizona State on the road. The loss was the third straight for the Huskies, who fell out of the most recent Top 25. Washington suffered another critical loss in the game as Keith Price left in the fourth quarter with soreness in his thumb. Before then Price completed just 16-of-39 pass attempts for 217 yards and two scores while being sacked six times. Kevin Smith brought in two passes for a team-high 70 yards and was on the other end of one of Price's touchdown throws. The struggles through the air paled in comparison to the issues on the ground. Bishop Sankey, who entered play leading the country in rushing, had just 22 yards on 13 carries. The Huskies rushed for minus-five yards as a team due to the large sack total. In all Washington had just 212 yards of total offense which was by far a season-low. The Huskies also ran 65 plays as compared to the 93 that Arizona State had. Cory Littleton had a game-high 4.0 tackles for loss and Princeton Fuimaono had a team-best 12 stops. In more somber news, on Sunday long-time head coach Don James, who led the Huskies to a national title in 1991, passed away. Washington will look to end its current skein against California this weekend.

WASHINGTON STATE: Despite a record-breaking aerial assault, the Cougars were unable to pull off an upset against No. 2 Oregon as they fell 62-38 to the Ducks. In the loss Connor Halliday set a Division I record with 89 pass attempts. He completed 58 of those passes, tying for most in Division I history, for a Pac-12 record 557 yards and four touchdowns. Halliday was also intercepted four times. Gabe Marks (13 receptions, 143 yards, TD) was the leading receiver for the Washington State, which had at least 10 players make a reception for the sixth straight game. Marks' 13 catches set a single-game record at Washington State. There was virtually no running game from the Cougars, who finished with just two rushing yards on 12 carries. Though Washington State's defense was ripped for 719 total yards, the unit did get in on the scoring action as Xavier Cooper scored on a 29-yard fumble recovery. It was the first touchdown by fumble recovery for the Cougars since 2004. Cooper also had a career-high nine tackles and 1.5 sacks. The Cougars will try to improve on their 4-4 record and end a two-game losing streak on Saturday against Arizona State.

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