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ARIZONA: Led by a career day from Ka'Deem Carey the Arizona Wildcats rolled over the Colorado Buffaloes 56-31. Carey racked up a Pac-12 conference record 366 yards rushing along with five touchdowns on 25 carries. His five touchdowns also set a school record. His 366 yards were the most by any FBS player this season and ranks ninth all-time in single game yardage, Carey also set a school record with 400 all-purpose yards as he finished with 34 yards receiving. As a team Arizona rushed for 438 yards which was the eighth-most in a single game in school history. With the win Arizona is now 6-4 overall this season, securing the Wildcats bowl eligibility for the fourth time in the last fives seasons. Austin Hill had only 29 receiving yards in the contest but that put him over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. In all Hill has 1,023 yards on 62 receptions. John Bonano nailed all eight of his PAT attempts which makes him 69-for-69 over his two-year career. That breaks the school record of 68- straight. Starting in place of regular starting quarterback Matt Scott, who was sidelined with a head injury, was B.J. Denker who threw for 136 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12-of-14 passing. The 56 points scored by Arizona gives the Wildcats four games of at least 50 points. The last time the Wildcats accomplished that was 1954. Only two games remain on the schedule for Arizona, beginning on the road against Utah next weekend.

ARIZONA STATE: For the fourth straight week Arizona State failed to collect a win as the Sun Devils dropped a 38-21 decision to USC at the Coliseum. The loss dropped Arizona State to an even 5-5 mark overall and 3-4 in Pac-12 play. The Sun Devils were unable to keep up with the Trojans offensively as they were out-gained by nearly 200 yards in total offense (447-250). Arizona State did keep up the trend of scoring first with Chris Coyle bringing in a 34-yard touchdown reception in the first quarter. Coyle finished with five receptions for 85 yards and a touchdown. He now has 48 receptions this season and needs only eight more receptions to pass Zach Miller for the most by a tight end in a single season in program history. Marion Grice led the team in receptions for the second straight week with seven for 30 yards. Arizona State was limited to minus-nine yards rushing thanks in large part to the seven sacks quarterback Taylor Kelly suffered. Will Sutton recorded two tackles for loss and has now had at least one tackle for loss in all nine games he has played in this season. The Sun Devils forced a season-high four turnovers, three by way of interception. Alden Darby collected one of those picks, his third of the season, and returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. It was the fourth defensive touchdown this season by the Sun Devils. In its fight for bowl eligibility, Arizona State will battle Washington in its final home game of the season next Saturday.

CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears became another victim of the explosive Oregon Ducks this past weekend as California was routed 59-17 at home. The loss was the fourth straight for the Golden Bears and puts them at 3-8 overall this season and 2-6 in league play with just a single contest left on the schedule.Isi Sofele had a season-high 134 yards on 15 carries along with a touchdown. It was the eighth 100-yard effort of his career. Overall California rushed for 236 yards marking the fifth time this season the Golden Bears have had at least 200 yards rushing. California actually out gained the potent Oregon rushing attack (236-180). Starting quarterback Zach Maynard was sidelined with an injury. In his place Allan Bridgford completed only 9-of-21 passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. The lone touchdown pass, a 10-yard strike to Darius Powe, was the first of Bridgford's career. Despite having more rushing yards than the Ducks, California was still on the short end in terms of total yards giving up 575, while posting 349 itself. California converted on only 2-of-12 third down attempts. Josh Hill and Nick Forbes tied for a team-high with 10 tackles each. Vincenzo D'Amato nailed both of his field goal attempts in the game (27 and 48 yards) and has now booted 16 field goals this season which is the most in the Pac-12. Brendan Bigelow amassed 171 yards on seven kickoff returns, including a 57-yard effort which was the second-highest of his career. California will conclude its season next weekend with a road trip to face Oregon State.

COLORADO: The miserable Colorado season continued this past weekend with a 56-31 loss on the road to Arizona. Colorado is now just 1-9 overall this season including a 1-6 mark against fellow Pac-12 foes. The loss was the sixth straight for the Buffaloes. It was only the second loss in 15 all-time matchups against Arizona. Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey racked up 366 yards rushing in the game which shattered the previous high for an opponent against Colorado. The previous record was set in 1998 by Kansas' David Winbush who finished with 268 yards. Three different quarterbacks saw time in the game. Nick Hirschman started the game and led the Buffaloes on seven drives that accumulated 246 yards. Hirschman completed 12-of-13 pass attempts for 123 yards and was intercepted once. Connor Wood handled the next four drives and completed 4-of-7 pass attempts for 90 yards and a touchdown. Freshman John Schrock appeared on the final drive but did not attempt a pass. Christian Powell moved to fourth on the single season rushing list for a freshman with an 137-yard effort that included a pair of touchdowns. Josh Fernandez caught a 71-yard touchdown pass in the game which was not only the first touchdown of Fernandez's career but his first reception. All that is left on the season for Colorado is a chance for Powell to set the single-season rushing record for a freshman which he has two more games to accomplish. Both are at home, beginning against Washington next weekend.

OREGON: It was just another week and another huge offensive performance for Oregon, which blew past California 59-17 on the road. The Ducks moved to 10-0 overall with the win and 7-0 in Pac-12 play and with a loss by previously No. 1 Alabama, the Ducks moved into the top spot in the top-25. The Ducks' 13 straight victories is now the longest active winning streak in the FBS. Also the longest streak in the nation is the Ducks' 14 straight road victories. Oregon's 59-point effort gives the Ducks seven games with 50 or more points with the team topping 40 points in each of the other three contests. With this effort Oregon has set an NCAA record with 13 straight games of 40 or more points. It was also the 23rd straight game Oregon has scored 30 points, also a NCAA record. It was the passing game that came alive this weekend. Marcus Mariota threw for 377 yards and six touchdowns on 27-of-34 passing. His six touchdown passes tied the school record with the last occurrence when Joey Harrington tossed six in 2001. His passing yardage total was also a career best. Josh Hugg hauled in five passes for 109 yards and a set a career high with three touchdown receptions. It was the second 100-yard effort of his career, both coming in the last two weeks. De'Anthony Thomas had his first 100-yard game of the season through the air with eight receptions for 101 yards. Pac-12 leading rusher Kenjon Barner totaled only 65 yards and was knocked out of the game for a short time in the first half. Oregon returns to Eugene next weekend for a real test against the tough run defense of Stanford.

OREGON STATE: Despite forcing four turnovers and having some success on the ground against a staunch run defense, Oregon State could not overcome Stanford, falling 27-23 to the Cardinal at Stanford Stadium. Oregon State is now 7-2 overall this season and 5-2 in conference play. The Beavers rushed for 86 yards in the game, 65 of which came in the first half. The squad's first quarter rushing total was more than Stanford had been allowing per game entering play. Storm Woods finished up with 94 yards rushing on 15 carries against Stanford but did not find the end zone. Oregon State had three scoring drives of 74 or more yards which gives the Beavers 23 this season. In 2011 Oregon State had only 13 such drives. Cody Vaz took the majority of the snaps at quarterback and completed 23-of-38 pass attempts for 226 yards and a touchdown. Markus Wheaton brought in seven passes for 91 yards and a touchdown. Wheaton now has 197 career receptions which is the fourth most in Oregon State history. His 2,628 receiving yards is also fourth on the all-time receiving list at ORegon State. Brandin Cooks matched Wheaton's team-high seven receptions and finished with 82 yards. It is the first time this season Cooks failed to total at least 100 yards through the air on the road. Ryan Murphy ha seven tackles and collected one of two interceptions. The Beavers also recovered a pair of fumbles. Oregon State has a two-game homestand ahead of it in the next two weeks beginning against California.

STANFORD: In a battle of top-20 teams Stanford came out on top knocking down the then No. 13 Oregon State Beavers 27-23 at home. The Cardinal hopped over Oregon State in the AP Top 25 and now sit at No. 14. Along with a win over then No. 2 USC this season, Stanford has now topped two Top 20 teams in one season for the first time since 1991. The win was also the eighth straight at home for Stanford which has just one loss at Stanford stadium in its last 20 games. Stanford is now 8-2 overall this season and 6-1 in Pac-12 play. The eight wins mark the fourth straight season Stanford has had that many wins, the longest streak since doing so in five straight seasons from 1926-1930. Stanford overcame a season-high four turnovers in the game. Stanford ranked seventh in turnover margin (+1.22 pg) entering play. Stanford held Oregon State to 86 yards rushing, the sixth time this season the Cardinal have held an opponent below the century mark in rushing yards. Kevin Hogan made his first start at quarterback and completed 22-of-29 pass attempts for 254 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted twice. Stepfan Taylor finished with 114 yards on 19 carries and a touchdown. It was the 19th 100-yard rushing game of Taylor's career. Taylor also caught a 40-yard touchdown pass, giving him a rushing touchdown and a receiving score in the same game for the second time this season. Taylor's fumble in the second quarter was his first of the season and ended a 262-carry streak without putting the ball on the ground. Zach Ertz had seven catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Two road games await Stanford to close out the regular season beginning with a huge matchup with Oregon.

UCLA: UCLA held on for 44-36 win on the road over Washington State to remain in first place in the Pac-12 South. The Bruins are 8-2 overall this season and 5-2 in conference play. The Bruins are a half game ahead of USC in the conference standings. After a sluggish first quarter UCLA erupted for 30 points in the second quarter and took a commanding 37-7 lead into the locker room. UCLA scored in a number of ways in the game including on a blocked field goal returned for a touchdown, a safety and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown. Sheldon Price accounted for the blocked field goal return (68 yards), Eric Kendricks had the fumble return (40 yards) and Anthony Barr recorded the safety. Overall, UCLA was out-gained by a wide 524-334 margin in total yards and was also outscored 29-7 in the second half. Johnathan Franklin was held largely in check in the contest, rushing for only 66 yards on 19 carries. Brett Hundley completed his passes at a high rate (18-of-21) for 261 yards and three touchdowns but was intercepted once and sacked four times. Joseph Fauria led the Bruins in receiving with four receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. Also catching touchdown passes was Franklin and Devin Fuller. Along with his fumble recovery, Kendricks had a game-high 15 tackles and was the only player in the game with double digit tackles. Barr and Cassius Marsh each recorded 2.5 sacks. In a crucial Pac-12 South battle, UCLA will face cross-town rival USC next weekend at the Rose Bowl.

USC: The Trojans brushed off the negativity of a two-game losing streak by posting a 38-17 win over Arizona State at the LA Coliseum. USC is now 7-3 overall this season and 5-3 in Pac-12 play leaving the Trojans a half game back of rival UCLA in the Pac-12 South standings. The win pushed the Trojans up one spot (No. 21) in the top 25. Matt Barkley completed 20-of-33 pass attempts for 222 yards but had just as many touchdown passes as interceptions with three of each. Still Barkley became the Pac-12's all-time leading passer. Marqise Lee had another stellar game, hauling in 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown. The score went for 80 yards and tied the game at 7-7 near the end of the first quarter. Lee was also second on the team in rushing with 66 yards. Robert Woods, the second half of USC's dynamic receiving duo, was severely limited in the game with only two receptions for negative yardage (-3). Leading the Trojans on the ground was Curtis McNeal who racked up 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 31 carries. McNeal also brought in a touchdown pass on a 22-yard strike at the end of the third quarter. USC held Arizona State to only 250 yards of total offense, forced five turnovers and collected seven sacks that accounted for 56 yards of loss by the Sun Devils. Lamar Dawson had a team-high 11 tackles and also had one of the team's interceptions. George Uko had 1.5 sacks and was one of six different players with a sack. USC has a chance to leapfrog UCLA in the Pac-12 South standings next weekend when the Trojans battle the Bruins at the Rose Bowl.

UTAH: After Utah finally won consecutive games in the previous two weeks, the Utes fell back into the loss column with a 34-15 loss on the road to Washington. The Utes are now 4-6 on the season and in danger of failing to be bowl eligible for the first time since 2002. Utah got off to a good start with John White scoring on a 46-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Utes then converted on a two-point conversion to take an 8-0 lead which lasted into the second quarter. After that Utah was largely held in check with a 20-yard touchdown run from White in the third quarter the only other score for Utah. The Utes had only 188 yards of total offense in the game and nine first downs. Utah was successful on only 1-of-13 third down chances and made just a single trip to the red zone, while facing a more than 13 minute discrepancy in time of possession. White accounted for the majority of the Utes' offensive production with 142 yards and the two scores on 22 carries. Travis Wilson completed only 8-of-23 pass attempts for 55 yards and an interception. Luke Matthews brought in a team-high four passes for only 25 yards. Nate Fakahafua tied with three others for the team lead with eight tackles and recorded one of three sacks by the Utes. Utah returns home next week, where it is 4-1 on the season, to face the high-octane offense of Arizona.

WASHINGTON: The Huskies are heating up at the right time after a 34-15 route of the Utah Utes at CenturyLink Field over the weekend. The win was the third straight for the Huskies, which is the longest such streak for Washington this season. The 21-point margin of victory was the largest against an FBS opponent this season with a 52-13 win over FCS foe Portland State the only larger one. It was also the second-highest point total of the season for the Huskies. Washington is now 6-4 overall this season and is bowl eligible for the third straight season. Bishop Sankey totaled 162 yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries for his fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season. He also moved past the 1,000-yard plateau in the contest, making him the 10th player in Washington history to have accomplished the feat. Austin Seferian-Jenkins continued his record-setting season for Washington tight ends with seven catches for 99 yards. He now has 55 receptions for 729 yards which are both single-season records by a Washington tight end. Seferian-Jenkins also surpassed the career receptions mark by a Washington tight end with 96 for his career. Keith Price threw for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 24-of-33 passing. Price now has 46 touchdown passes in his career which is fourth most all-time at Washington. Washington will finish off the season on a two-game road trip beginning at Colorado.

WASHINGTON STATE: Washington State came up short in a comeback and upset bid against then No. 17 UCLA over the weekend, falling 44-36 to the Bruins at Martin Stadium. The loss drops Washington State to 2-8 overall this season and 0-7 in Pac-12 play. The Cougars are the only team in the conference that has yet to post a league victory. Washington State trailed 7-7 at the half but roared back with 29 points in the second half to pull within one score of the UCLA but was unable to get the ball back for a final possession. The quarterback carousel continues to turn in Pullman after Connor Halliday was the prominent quarterback in this game. Halliday threw for 330 yards and five touchdowns on 26-of-43 passing and was also intercepted once. It was his fourth 300-yard passing effort of the season and fifth of his career. Jeff Tuel started the game and completed 11-of-14 passes for 127 yards and no scores, getting pulled near the end of the first quarter. The Cougars were without lead receiver Marquess Wilson, who the school announced was suspended earlier this week and is reported to have left the team altogether. Wilson released a statement earlier last week announcing his departure in which he accused Washington State's coaching staff of "physical, emotional and verbal abuse". In his place, Dominique Williams and Bobby Ratliff stepped up to have big games. Williams caught seven passes for 108 yards and two scores while Ratliff had 123 yards on five receptions. On defense Travis Long recorded two sacks to give him 9.5 for the season. It remains to be seen what will happen with Wilson's allegations but for now Washington State will prepare for a road contest against Arizona State.

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