Pac-12 Conference News and Notes

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ARIZONA: The Wildcats hung tough with Washington through three quarters, but eventually Arizona fell to 1-5 in league play with a 42-31 setback in Seattle. Nick Foles threw for 388 yards and two touchdowns, but he was also intercepted three times. Both touchdowns went to Juron Criner, who finished with 118 yards on 11 receptions. The defense was no match for Washington, as the Huskies racked up 489 yards against Arizona, while scoring five rushing touchdowns. Arizona will try to rebound this Saturday when they host Utah, which is coming off its first-ever Pac-12 win.

ARIZONA STATE: Coming off a bye, the Sun Devils were ready to roll and did so by pummeling Colorado, 48-14 this past weekend. Arizona State did everything right offensively, beginning with a ground game that racked up 207 yards and four touchdowns. Cameron Marshall led the charge with 114 yards and three touchdowns, while James Morrison added another score. Brock Osweiler threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns, but most importantly he managed the game well. Vontaze Burfict led a defense that forced five turnovers, with nine tackles. The Sun Devils will try to inch closer to the South Division title when they take on UCLA on the road this Saturday.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears fell to 2-4 in conference action with a 31-14 setback to UCLA. A big reason for the loss was the play of quarterback Zach Maynard, who finished with only 199 yards. He was intercepted four times and sacked on three occasions. The ground game found some success, beginning with Isi Sofele, who rumbled for 74 yards and one touchdown. Cal will try to return to the win column this weekend when the team travels to Washington State.

COLORADO: The Buffaloes dropped their sixth straight game and remained winless in Pac-12 play with a 48-14 loss to Arizona State. Tyler Hansen threw for 285 yards and one touchdown, but he was intercepted twice and sacked twice. The ground game did not find much room to run and finished with only 83 yards on 2.6 yards per carry. The Buffs will try to claim their first-ever Pac-12 victory next weekend when they host USC.

OREGON: The Ducks remained undefeated in league play and won their seventh straight game with a 43-28 decision over Washington State at home. Oregon rumbled for 213 yards, but LaMichael James was not the one leading the charge. The All-American tailback finished with just 53 yards, while Kenjon Barner led the way with 107 yards and one touchdown. Darron Thomas threw for 153 yards and one touchdown, but he was also intercepted twice and gave way to Bryan Bennett, who threw two touchdowns on 4-of-7 passing. The Ducks will have a tough test this Saturday when they go on the road to battle Washington.

OREGON STATE: The Beavers fell to 2-3 in-conference with a loss to Utah this past weekend. Oregon State only scored eight points in the setback and the offense seemed completely lost. Sean Mannion threw for 231 yards and one touchdown, but he was intercepted three times and sacked six times as well. The ground game did very little in the matchup, finishing with just 32 yards on a mere 1.2 yards per attempt. It doesn't get any easier for the Beavers who will now have to take on the Stanford Cardinal.

STANFORD: It wasn't easy, but the Cardinal were able to remain perfect on the season. Andrew Luck and the fourth-ranked Cardinal withstood 20th-ranked USC's best punch and outlasted their Pac-12 rival, 56-48, in an epic three-overtime contest. Luck, the Heisman Trophy front-runner, threw an interception for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter but rallied the Cardinal for the tying score in the final minute of regulation. Luck ended with 330 yards and three touchdowns on 29-of-40 throws and added 36 yards and a score on the ground. The Cardinal will go on the road for the last time this Saturday when they take on Oregon State in Corvallis.

UCLA: The Bruins continue to go back and forth between the win and loss column. This past weekend the Bruins found the win column with a 31-14 decision. Kevin Prince ran for a career-high 163 yards and Derrick Coleman ran for 80 yards and three touchdowns. Prince picked up his yards on 19 carries, and he was also 9-of-18 through the air for 92 yards for the Bruins. Remaining in the win column will be tough for UCLA, which will have to take on Arizona State this Saturday.

USC: The Trojans gave everything they had this past weekend, but fell just short in a triple-overtime thriller against Stanford. Matt Barkley held his own in the matchup against Andrew Luck, as he threw for 284 yards and three touchdowns. One of those scores went to Robert Woods, who finished with 89 yards on nine receptions. Curtis McNeal led the ground game with 145 yards and two touchdowns, but he fumbled in the third overtime, sealing the game for Stanford. Nickell Robey had 10 tackles in the loss, but he also returned an interception late in the fourth quarter, which would have been the winning score if Stanford did not tie the game and send it into overtime just minutes later. USC will look to get back in the win column when the Trojans take on Colorado this weekend.

UTAH: John White rushed for 205 yards and one touchdown to lead the Utes to a 27-8 victory over the Oregon State Beavers. Jon Hays only threw for 62 yards, but finished with two touchdown passes for Utah, which claimed its first-ever Pac-12 victory. The Utes will try to make it two in a row when they take on Arizona this weekend.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies have won four of their last five games, and that includes a 42-31 decision over the Arizona Wildcats this past weekend. Chris Polk rushed for 144 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Huskies in the win. The Huskies were victorious despite Keith Price's mistakes. The quarterback threw for 277 yards and one touchdown, but he was also intercepted three times. Price's leading receiver was Polk, who added another 100 yards and one touchdown on four catches. The Huskies will now have to host Oregon before going on the road to battle USC.

WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars' downfall continued in their last matchup, as they fell for the fourth straight time with a 43-28 loss to Oregon. Marshall Lobbestael threw for 337 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted twice and sacked three times. Marquess Wilson finished with 126 yards on 11 catches, while Jared Karstetter hauled in the touchdown pass, finishing the game with 114 yards on seven receptions. Washington State will try to snap its slide this weekend against California.

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