This Week in Pac-12 Football
By the Pac-12 Conference
PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: With its victory over USC, UCLA will represent the South Division in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Here's how it plays out for the North Division and hosting the Pac-12 Football Championship Game:
- A STANFORD win at UCLA Saturday, and it'll be the Cardinal representing the North and would host the Pac-12 FCG.
- A UCLA win over Stanford, and an OREGON win over OREGON STATE, and it'll be the Ducks who claim the North and host the Pac-12 FCG.
- A UCLA win over Stanford, and an Oregon State win over Oregon, and Stanford would represent the North with UCLA to host the Pac-12 FCG.
AROUND THE PAC-12
TRADITIONAL RIVARIES: The final weekend of the regular season presents several storied rivalries.
Apple Cup: Washington vs. Washington State. It's the 105th meeting. The first meeting between these two schools occured in 1900 and resulted in a 5-5 tie. Originally called the Governor's Trophy, the game was renamed the Apple Cup in 1962. Washington owns a 67-31-6 advantage.
Territorial Cup: Arizona vs. Arizona State. The Territorial Cup is the oldest trophy for a rivalry game in America. On Thanksgiving Day in 1899, then Arizona Terriotrial Normal School defeated Arizona 11-2. The Territorial Cup was lost for a time, but was discovered several years ago in the basement of a church that was being demolished. It's the 86th meeting with Arizona leading the series, 47-37-1.
Civil War: Oregon vs. Oregon State. The 116th meeting and seventh-oldest rivalry in college football. Oregon State won the first meeting in 1894 by the score of 12-0. After winning the last four meetings, Oregon now holds a 59-46-10 edge.
Shillelagh: USC vs. Notre Dame. The winner of this intersectional rivalry claims the jeweled shillelagh. A shillelagh is a Gaelic war club made of oak or blackthorn saplings from Ireland. The shillelagh has ruby-adorned Trojan heads with the year and game score representing USC victories, while emerald-studded shamrocks stand for Notre Dame wins. It's the 84th meeting, with Notre Dame holding a 43-35-5.
UTAH (4-7) at COLORADO (1-10)
Fri., Nov. 23, 1 p.m. MT - FX
COLO leads, 31-24-3. Last game: COLO, 17-14 (2011)
Utah senior RB John White is 127 yards shy of reaching 1,000 yards rushing this season. He has moved into sixth-place all-time at Utah with 2,392 career rushing yards. Should he post 127 yards rushing in the season finale at Colorado, he'd become the first Ute to rush for 1,000 yards in back-to-back seasons. He has hit the century mark in four straight games.
Utah freshman QB Travis Wilson connected on 28-of-40 passes for 311 yards and a pair of TDs in the loss to Arizona. He leads the Utes with 1,183 passing yards, while completing 64.2 percent of his pass attempts.
With two Colorado players making their first career starts against Washington, 21 different Buffaloes have registered their first career starts in 2012, a total that is tied for the fourth-most in the nation behind Hawai'i (29), Air Force (24) and Temple (22).
Colorado senior DE Will Pericak, who has started all 48 games in which he has played, moved in to a tie for the most games played by a defensive player in school history. Last week, he set Colorado's all-time mark for consecutive starts.
Colorado RB Christian Powell has posted 691 rushing yards this season, which is 139 yards shy of the school freshman record set by Lamont Warren in 1991.
WASHINGTON (7-4) at WASHINGTON STATE (2-9)
Fri., Nov. 23, 12:30 p.m. PT - FOX
WASH leads, 67-31-6. Last game: WASH, 38-21 (2011)
The Huskies are on a four-game winning streak heading into the Apple Cup. In that four-game span, sophomore RB Bishop Sankey has rushed for 582 yards (145.5 avg) and six TDs. During that stretch, junior QB Keith Price completed 80-of-121 (.661) for 954 yards (238.5 avg) and seven TDs... Sankey has rushed for 100 or more yards in each of the last three games for a total of 490 yards (163.3 avg). His 1,150 yards rushing this season
Sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, broke another school record with his 11th career touchdown reception, most ever by a Husky tight end. He already holds the records for career receptions (99) and yards (1,289) by a tight end.
Washington State ranks seventh in the FBS in tackles for loss (7.72 per game). It's a team effort as only senior DE Travis Long (9th/1.18 avg) and sophomore LB Cyrus Coen (13th/1.09 avg) rank among the league's top 20.
The Cougars, who rank first in the Pac-12 in passing offense (328.6 yards per game) will test a Washington pass defense that ranks second in the league (174.3 yards per game.
ARIZONA STATE (6-5) at ARIZONA (7-4)
Fri., Nov. 23, 8 p.m. MT - ESPN
ARIZ leads, 47-37-1. Last game: ARIZ, 31-27 (2011)
Arizona senior QB Matt Scott has throw for 3,008 yards, sophomore WR Austin Hill has 68 receptions and 1,119 yards, while sophomore RB Ka'Deem Carey has an FBS-leading 1,585 yards rushing this season. It's the first time Arizona has had a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher in the same season... Carey has rushed for 570 yards over the last two games, which was just three yards shy of the Pac-12 record for the two-game total set by WSU's Ruben Mayes in 1984 (216 vs. Stanford, 357 vs. Oregon). He needs 18 yards to pass Trung Canidate's school single-season record (1,602 yards in 1999).
Only one other coach at Arizona has won more games in his debut season than Rich Rodriguez (Jim Young, 8-3 in 1973).
The Arizona State defense added seven more sacks and now ranks first in the FBS in sacks (4.27) and second in tackles for loss (8.91). DL Will Sutton, LB Carl Bradford and LB Brandon Magee have combined for 26.5 sacks and 42.5 TFL this season.
Arizona State has scored first in nine of its 10 games this season. The Sun Devils have outscored their opponents 136-34 in the first quarter.
With five receptions against USC, junior TE Chris Coyle brought his season total to 51 to move into third in school history among tight ends in single-season receptions. He needs five more to pass leader Zach Miller.
No. 4 OREGON (10-1) at No. 16 OREGON STATE (8-2)
Sat., Nov. 24, 12 noon PT - P12N
ORE leads, 59-46-10. Last game: ORE, 49-21 (2011)
In the 17-14 loss to Stanford, the Ducks had their FBS record streak of scoring 30 or more points in a game snapped at 23 games.
Senior LB Michael Clay posted a career-high 20 tackles in the loss to Stanford. Clay now ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 8.2 tackles per game.
Over the last four games, freshman QB Marcus Mariota has completed 66 of 83 pass attempts (.796) for 863 yards, 13 TDs and no interceptions. Mariota continues to add to his Pac-12 freshman record 29 touchdown passes. Senior TB Kenjon Barner has 19 rushing TDs and needs two to tie former Duck LaMichael James' school single-season mark of 21 rushing TDs.
Sophomore QB Sean Mannion tied a school record with four TD passes in a half when he tossed four in the first half against California. He finished the game completing 24-of-34 for 325 yards. He became the sixth OSU QB to surpass 5,000 yards for a career; he has 5,232 in less than two full seasons.
With 60 receiving yards against Cal, sophomore WR Bandin Cooks moved over 1,000 receiving yards for the season (1,039). Senior WR Markus Wheaton needs 14 receiving yards to reach 1,000 yards this season. Only one other time has OSU had two receivers each post 1,000 yards in a single season (James Newson - 1,306 and Mike Haas - 1,013 yards in 2003).
No. 11 STANFORD (9-2) at No. 15 UCLA (9-2)
Sat., Nov. 24, 3:30 PT - FOX
STAN leads, 45-34-3. Last game: STAN, 48-7 (2011)
UCLA senior RB Johnathan Franklin recorded hit eighth, 100-yard rushing game of the season with 171 yards against USC. He sits second on the school's single-season rushing list with 1,441 yards to date. Karim Abdul-Jabber holds the Bruin single-season mark with 1,571 yards in 1995. Franklin's 4,110 career rushing yards rank sixth all-time in the Pac-12 and needs 60 yards to move into fifth.
With nine wins on the campaign, UCLA head coach Jim Mora is now tied with Terry Donahue (1976) for the most victories by a first-year UCLA head coach.
Over the last three games, UCLA freshman QB Brett Hundley has connected on 63 of 79 pass attempts (.797) for 783 yards and 7 TDs. Hundley has set a UCLA single-season completion mark with 249. His 3,255 yards of total offense is second on the UCLA single-season list, trailing Cade McNown's 3,652 yards.
Junior RB Stepfan Taylor has 1,222 yards rushing this season and has tallied three 1,000-yard seasons. With 3,991 career rushing yards, Taylor is just 42 yards shy of passing Nelson's career rushing record of 4,033 yards.
Senior TE Zach Ertz hauled in 11 receptions for 106 yards and the game-tying touchdown in the 17-14 OT win at Oregon. Ertz is tied with Washington's Seferian-Jenkins for most receptions by a tight end in the FBS with 58.
Stanford has won eight or more games in each of the last four seasons. The last time the Cardinal achieved that feat was when they posted five straight seasons of eight or more victories from 1926-30. The Cardinal finished the 2012 home slate 6-0. Stanford has gone unbeaten at home for the second time in three seasons.
No. 1 Notre Dame (11-0) at USC (7-4)
Sat., Nov. 24, 5 p.m. PT - ABC
ND leads, 45-35-5. Last game: USC, 31-17 (2011)
The Trojans are 6-2 when ESPN's Game Day visits the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.
USC has seven wins over a No. 1 ranked opponent. Twice it has defeated a No. 1 ranked Notre Dame squad - Dec. 3, 1938 - 13-0; and Nov. 28, 1964 - 20-17.
USC sophomore WR Marqise Lee currently has 1,605 receiving yards on 107 receptions this season as those numbers rank first and second on the Pac-12 career charts. He needs five receptions to set the Pac-12 single-season reception mark... Lee's 2,416 all-purpose yards this season rank second in the FBS... The average length of his 15 TDs this season is 40.8 yards... Lee is one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award.
In 11 games, freshman WR Nelson Agholor has 20 receptions for 339 yards. Over the last three games, he's caught 11 passes for 232 yards and 2 TDs.