Divisional Races Down To The Wire
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North Division Race... Should OREGON win one of its last two games, it becomes the North Division representative in the Pac-12 Championship Game. Should STANFORD defeat California, and Oregon loses its last two games, the Cardinal represent the North. Either Oregon or Stanford will host the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game.
South Division Race... The tie-breaker is a little more complicated, but we'll break it down by how either UCLA, Arizona State or Utah would represent the South.
UCLA: Is the only team to control its own destiny. Should it win its last two games, it becomes the South Division representative. Wins one of its last two games, but would need both Arizona State and Utah to lose one of its last two games. If UCLA loses its last two games, it would need both Arizona State and Utah to each lose their last two games. Basically, UCLA only benefits from a two-team tie with Arizona State.
ARIZONA STATE: Wins its last two games, while UCLA loses one of its last two games, and the Sun Devils represent the South Division. Wins one of its last two games, but would need UCLA to lose both of its last two games. Basically, Arizona State will benefit from a three-team tie, or a two-team tie with Utah.
UTAH: Wins its last two games, Arizona State loses its last two games, and UCLA loses one of its last two games. Basically, Utah only benefits from a two-team tie with UCLA.
The complete Tie-break procedure is listed on page 7 of the release.
This Week's Match-Ups
Saturday, Nov. 19
34/nr WASHINGTON (6-4) at OREGON STATE (2-8)
Corvallis, Ore. • Reser Stadium (45,674)
12:30 p.m. PT • TV: RTNW/(Sirius 117/XM 194)
Series: WASH leads 58-33-4. Last: WASH, 35-34 (2OT) (2010)
Husky Notes: Freshman QB Nick Montana connected with freshman WR Kasen Williams for a 20-yard touchdown with 13 seconds left. It was Montana's first touchdown pass for the Huskies. . . Williams led UW in receptions for the second consecutive game. The true freshman caught five passes for 44 yards and the late score. Over the last two games, he has 11 receptions for 123 yards. . . Senior P Kiel Rasp punted eight times for 52.2-yard average at USC, a 10 yards per punt average better than his 42.2 yard average heading into the game.
Beaver Notes: Despite getting 247 passing yards from Freshman QB Sean Mannion threw for 247 yards in the loss at California - his ninth straight game of 200 or more yards. He was 25-for-39 in the loss, connecting six times with senior WR James Rodgers for 76 yards. . . By catching six passes, Rodgers moved two shy of tying Mike Hass for the most in an Oregon State career. Rodgers has 218 career receptions, which is 10th all-time in Pac-12 history. . . Junior DB Anthony Watkins posted a team-best 10 tackles at California and now leads the team this season with 67 tackles (6.7 per game).
nr/t36 UTAH (6-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (4-6)
Pullman, Wash. • Martin Stadium (35,117)
2 p.m. PT • KJZZ, FCS-Atlantic/(Sirius 139/XM 195)
Series: Series tied, 5-5-0. Last: WSU, 38-21 (2000)
Ute Notes: With their 31-6 win over UCLA, Utah is bowl eligible for the ninth consecutive season, and the 10th time in the last 12 years. The Utes have qualified for a bowl game all seven years under head coach Kyle Whittingham. . . It was the third straight win for the Utes, and fourth in the last five games. . . Junior RB John White had 167 rushing yards (33 carries) for his sixth 100-yard rushing game of the season. Utah remains undefeated (6-0) when White rushes for over 100 yards. White has 1,191 rushing yards for the season, bringing him to fourth in Utah's single-season record book. White also added three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving). It was his second three-touchdown game of the season. He has 12 rushing touchdowns for the season. His 12 rushing touchdowns is tied for the third-best mark in a season. The feat has also been reached by six other players. . . Senior DB Conroy Black made his team-leading third and fourth interceptions of the season in the third quarter. He has five career interceptions. He returned his second interception 67 yards for his first career touchdown
Cougar Notes: With the 37-27 win over Arizona State, the Cougars picked up their second league win, equalling the total conference wins for the previous three seasons combined. The four wins overall are the most since the 2007 squad finished 5-7. . . WSU's 590 total yards mark the sixth game this season with 400-plus yards of total offense. . . Sophomore WR Marquess Wilson became just the second Cougar receiver in school history with multiple 1,000-yard seasons (joining Jason Hill). He now has 1,197 receiving yards and set the single-season record for receiving yards passing Brandon Gibson who had 1,180 yards in 2007. . . Freshman QB Connor Halliday's 85-yard touchdown pass is the longest by a WSU freshman. Halliday threw for a Pac-12 freshman record 494 yards, and it was the second-most all-time in a single game for the Cougars. Alex Brink holds the record with 531 passing yards against Oregon State in 2005. . . Sophomore DB Deone Bucannon had a season-high 13 tackles, all solo tackles.
COLORADO (2-9) at UCLA (5-5)
Pasadena, Calif. • Rose Bowl (91,500)
4:30 p.m. PT • TV: Versus/(Sirius 92)
Series: UCLA leads, 4-2-0. Last: COLO, 16-14 (2003)
Buffalo Notes: Colorado ended a seven-game losing streak in recording its first Pac-12 win last weekend, 48-29 over Arizona. . . Senior TB Rodney Stewart rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, caught two passes for 23 yards and threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior QB Tyler Hansen. Stewart recorded the 16th 100-yard rushing game of his career and second this season. . . Senior WR Tony Clemons also came up big on Senior Day, catching five passes for 115 yards and one touchdown. The Buffaloes are 24-8 in games when they have both a 100-yard rusher and receiver. . . Freshman PK Will Oliver, who was 6-for-7 on PATs for six points, set the CU freshman record for most points in a season with 57. Oliver topped Mason Crosby's previous mark of 53 set in 2003. . . CU entered the game against Arizona ranked last in the nation in red zone offense, but scored touchdowns in all seven visits on Saturday.
Bruin Notes: The Bruins control their own destiny for a shot at the Pac-12 Championship. . . Redshirt senior LB Glenn Love had a game-high 11 tackles, including four solo, against Utah. . . Senior OLB Sean Westgate had 10 tackles, including one for a loss. Westgate is fourth on the team with 42 total tackles this season. . . Redshirt junior TE Joseph Fauria led the Bruins in receiving with four catches for 64 yards ... Redshirt junior QB Kevin Prince's 306 rushing yards this season are the most by a Bruin quarterback since Cade McNown ran for 311 in 1995. . . Redshirt junior P Jeff Locke ranks 17th nationally, averaging 43.66 yards per punt.
18/nr USC (8-2) at 4/4 OREGON (9-1)
5 or 7:15 pm PT • Autzen Stadium (54,000)
5 p.m. PT • TV: ABC/(Sirius 113, 91/XM 91)
Series: USC leads, 37-18-2. Last: ORE, 53-32 (2010)
Trojan Notes: Reached the eight-victory mark for the 10th consecutive season. . . USC defense posted a season-high seven sacks in its win over Washington. In addition, the squad held Washington to 46 net rushing yards. The fifth time this season that it's held an opponent under 100 yards rushing. . . USC's rush defense is ranked eighth nationally, allowing just 100.4 yards per game. . . Troy's offense has scored at least 30 points in its past 6 games, including 40-plus in the past 3, while the Trojan defense has limited foes to 17 points or less 7 times this season. . . Freshman WR Marqise Lee tallied a pair of touchdowns for the second consecutive game, this time via a nine-yard reception and an 88-yard kickoff return. . . Junior TB Curtis McNeal rushed for a career-best 148 yards and scored on a 79-yard touchdown run.
Duck Notes: Oregon has a 21-game home-field winning streak at Autzen Stadium. Oregon has won 19 straight conference games, which is currently the longest streak in the Pac-12. UO's last conference loss, a 51-42 setback at Stanford in 2009, is the only Pac-12 loss on head coach Chip Kelly's resume. . . The Ducks control their own destiny for a spot in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the opportunity to host the league's inaugural Championship Game. . . Junior RB LaMichael James ran for 146 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Stanford. James' three-year rushing total is at 4,484 yards, which ranks fourth all-time in the Pac-12. . . Oregon's offense ranks third in scoring (46.7 points per game) and fifth in rushing (291.8 yards per game). . . Sophomore LB Boseko Lokombo scored his third touchdown of the season and fourth of his career when he returned an interception 40 yards at Stanford. . . The scoring play in 25 of Oregon's 65 touchdowns this season have covered 25 or more yards.
ARIZONA (2-8) at 33/t36 ARIZONA STATE (6-4)
Tempe, Ariz. • Sun Devil Stadium (71,705)
7:30 p.m. MT • TV: FSAZ/(Sirius 139/XM 195)
Series: ARIZ leads, 46-37-1. Last: ASU, 30-29 (2OT) (2010)
Wildcat Notes: Senior QB Nick Foles became Arizona's all-time passing leader last week as he moved past Willie Tuitama with 9,289 yards to date. Foles also holds school records for completions (865), pass attempts (1,301) and total offense (8,995). He has passed for at least 200 yards in 15 straight games and in 20 of the last 21 contests he has played for the Wildcats. Foles' 31.9 completions per game are tied with Texas Tech's Seth Doege for the top mark in all of FBS. . . Arizona's defense has recorded nine interceptions this season and returned three for touchdowns. Sophomore CB Shaquille Richardson, who leads the team with three interceptions, had a 28-yard interception for a score at Oregon State while freshman DB Tra'Mayne Bondurant recorded his first career interception and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown against Colorado.
Sun Devil Notes: Junior WR Jamal Miles took the game's opening kickoff back 95 yards for a touchdown at Washington State. It was Miles' second kickoff return for a touchdown this season, setting an ASU record. He also set the school record with three in his career. . . Senior WR Gerell Robinson had eight catches for a season-high 158 yards and one touchdown, his fifth of the year. . . Junior RB Cameron Marshall added another touchdown on the year against the Cougars, giving him 25 in his career and 14 this season. He is one of only 11 Sun Devils all time to score at least 20 rushing touchdowns. Marshall sits in a tie for fifth place on the ASU career list with Ben Malone (1971-73. . . Junior QB Brock Osweiler threw for 351 yards against WSU, his fifth career game with over 300 yards passing. Osweiler has thrown for 2,890 yards this season with 20 touchdowns.
CALIFORNIA (6-4) at 8/9 STANFORD (9-1)
Stanford, Calif. • Stanford Stadium (50,000)
7:15 p.m. PT • TV: ESPN/(Sirius 93/XM 192)
Series: STAN leads, 56-46-11. Last: STAN, 48-14 (2010)
Golden Bear Notes: Junior TB Isi Sofele gave Cal its ninth 1,000-yard rusher in the last 10 seasons, setting a career high of 190 yards in the 23-6 win over Oregon State. Sofele's career-high 56-yard run was Cal's longest run of the season. Sofele has 1,029 rushing yards and eight touchdowns this season, averaging 102.9 rushing yards per game. . . Senior LB Mychal Kendricks tied a game high with 10 tackles, including one tackle for loss, and came up with an interception that he returned for 30 yards. He continues to lead the Bears in tackles with 75 this season. Kendricks and the Cal defense held Oregon State to 31 rushing yards and a pair of field goals. . . SR WR Marvin Jones extended his streak of games with at least one catch to 35 consecutive contests. Jones is the Bears' active career leader in receptions (140), receiving yards (2,076) and receiving touchdowns (13)..
Cardinal Notes: Junior QB Andrew Luck moved into second place on Stanford's career list with 74 touchdowns, passing Steve Stenstrom's 72 touchdown passes (1991-94). John Elway holds the school record with 77. Luck's 29 touchdowns this season is only second to the record of 32 he set last year. . . The Cardinal has scored 30 or more points in 13 consecutive games dating back to last season and has scored 40 or more in nine of those 13 games. . . Senior WR Griff Whalen has caught 36 passes for 550 yards and four touchdowns over the last six games. He leads the team in receptions (45) and receiving yardage (641) ... Stanford leads the nation in red zone offense, coming away with points on all 57 trips this season (45 touchdowns, 12 field goals) ... The Big Game series dates back to 1892, with Stanford leading all-time, 56-44-11.