Pac-12 football bowl preview
By the Pac-12 Conference
GILDAN NEW MEXICO BOWL
ARIZONA (7-5) vs. Nevada (7-5)
Sat., Dec. 15, 11 a.m. MT - ESPN
ARIZONA: It's the first appearance by a Pac-12 team in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl... Arizona ranks seventh in the FBS in total offense (521.83 ypg)... Senior QB Matt Scott leads the Pac-12 and is seventh in the FBS in total offense (338.45 ypg) and has thrown for 3,238 yards this season... Sophomore All-America RB Ka'Deem Carey leads the nation in rushing (146.42 ypg). His 1,757 rushing yards set an Arizona single-season mark, and ranks as the 10th best single-season total in Pac-12 history. Carey set a Pac-12 single-game rushing record with 366 yards vs. Colorado. Carey is one rushing TD shy of matching the school record (21) held by Art Luppino (1954)... Sophomore WR Austin Hill's 1,189 receiving yards rank as the fourth-most in UA single-season history... First time in UA history with a 3,000-yard passer, 1,000-yard rusher, and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season... Senior PK John Bonano was named the 2012 Pac-12 Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year (Physiology major with a 3.927 GPA).
MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, Nev.
WASHINGTON (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-2)
Sat., Dec. 22, 12:30 p.m. PT - ESPN
WASHINGTON: The Huskies are making their first appearance in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas... Sophomore TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins set school career marks for receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns by a tight end with 104 receptions and 1,327 yards and 12 TDs. Additionally, Seferian-Jenkins' 63 receptions and 791 yards this year are a school record for the position... Sophomore WR Kasen Williams posted 71 receptions this season, fifth best single-season mark in school history... Sophomore TB Bishop Sankey notched the UW's fourth straight 1,000-yard season. Sankey is the 11th different Husky to rush for 1,000 yards and his 1,234 yards are ninth-most in UW single-season history... Thanks in part to All-Pac-12 senior DB Desmond Trufant, the Huskies currently rank No.16 in the nation (second in the Pac-12) in pass defense with just 188.9 yards allowed per game... The Huskies will meet Boise State again in just over eight months as they open the 2013 season with the Broncos in renovated Husky Stadium on Aug. 31, 2013.
BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION HOLIDAY BOWL
San Diego, Calif.
UCLA (9-4) vs. Baylor (7-5)
Thurs., Dec. 27, 6:45 p.m. PT - ESPN
UCLA: The Bruins are making their first appearance in the Holiday Bowl... UCLA's nine wins are the most since 2005 when it posted a 10-2 record...Walter Camp Second Team All-Amercia senior RB Johnathan Franklin broke the school's single-season rushing record in the Pac-12 Championship game, rushing for 1,700 yards this season. He established a Bruin career rushing record with 4,369 yards, and career all-purpose yards with 4,887 yards... Freshman QB Brett Hundley established a school single-season record with 292 completions and 3,776 yards in total offense. He needs 60 yards set the single-season passing yardage mark held by Cade McNown (3,470 yards in 1998)... In his last six games, Hundley has completed 125 of 177 passes (71%) for 1,495 yards, 12 TDs and four interceptions... Sophomore LB Eric Kendricks leads the Pac-12 with 137 tackles (10.5 per game)... Only one head coach has won as many games in his first season at UCLA as Jim Mora (9) - Terry Donahue, 1976 (9-2-1).
VALERO ALAMO BOWL
San Antonio, Texas
OREGON STATE (9-3) vs. Texas (8-4)
Sat., Dec. 29, 5:45 p.m. CT - ESPN
OREGON STATE: The Beavers are making their first appearance in the Alamo Bowl, but are 2-0 in bowl games played in Texas (2-0 in Sun Bowl)... Oregon State's averaging 33.0 points per game, the third best average in school history... Oregon State's scoring defense ranks 22nd in FBS allowing 19.75 points per game, while its rushing defense ranks 28th allowing 130.5 yards per game... The Beavers lead the Pac-12 for red zone efficiency at 90.6 percent (48-53)... Coach Mike Riley became the school's all-time leader for football victories (now 81)... All-America senior CB Jordan Poyer leads the Pac-12 with seven interceptions and is second in FBS with 0.64 interceptions per game... Senior WR Markus Wheaton set the OSU career reception record with 224. Wheaton hauled in 88 passes for 1,207 yards, while sophomore WR Brandin Cooks had 64 receptions for 1,120 yards. Together they form one of the most dangerous receiving duos in the nation - Wheaton is 11th (100.6 ypg) in the nation, while Cooks is 21st (93.3 ypg).
KRAFT FIGHT HUNGER BOWL
San Francisco, Calif.
ARIZONA STATE (7-5) vs. Navy (8-4)
Sat., Dec. 29, 1 p.m. PT - ESPN2
ARIZONA STATE: All-America junior DT Will Sutton recorded 10.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He led the Pac-12 and ranked fifth in the FBS with 1.82 TFL per game. He was the Pac-12's defensive recipient of the Morris Trophy, which is voted on by the Pac-12's offensive linemen, and a big reason ASU ranked second in FBS with 4.0 sacks per game... ASU has shut out six teams in the fourth quarter this year and has outscored opponents 126-48 in the period... Senior P Josh Hubner tops the Pac-12 and ranks third in the FBS with a 47.13 avg... Sophomore QB Taylor Kelly completed 224 of 340 pass attempts for a school record pass completion percentage (over 301 attempts) of 65.9 percent... Junior TE Chris Coyle needs just three receptions to match the school record for tight end receptions in a season. He current sits third on the all-time list with 53 while Zach Miller holds the record (56 in 2004)... ASU went from the most penalized Pac-12 team in 2011 (104 penalties, 79.8 avg) to the least penalized in 2012 (53 penalities, 35.8 avg).
HYUNDAI SUN BOWL
El Paso, Texas
USC (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7)
Mon., Dec. 31, 12 noon MT - CBS
USC: The Trojans are making their third Sun Bowl appearance, having dropped their previous two appearances (17-16 vs. Michigan State in 1990 and 28-19 vs. TCU in 1998)... Sophomore WR Marqise Lee, the Biletnikoff Award winner honoring the nation's top receiver, set Pac-12 single-season records for receptions (112) and receiving yards (1,680), as well as single-game receiving yards (345)... Opposite Lee is junior WR Robert Woods, USC's career receptions leader with 249, which ranks third all-time in the Pac-12 (Pac-12 record held by Arizona's Mike Thomas with 259 receptions from 2005-08)... Senior QB Matt Barkley now owns Pac-12 career records for passing yardage (12,327), completions (1,001), pass TDs (116) and total offense (12,213). He's also thrown for 2,500 yards in each of his four seasons, another Pac-12 record.... USC has not been shut out in its past 192 games, breaking the previous school record of 186 set from 1967 to 1983.
ROSE BOWL GAME
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STANFORD (11-2) vs. Wisconsin (8-5)
Tues., Jan. 1, 2 p.m. PT - ESPN
STANFORD: The Cardinal make their 13th Rose Bowl Game appearance, and first since 1999. The Cardinal are 5-6-1 in Rose Bowl Games... Senior RB Stepfan Taylor has rushed for a school record 4,212 yards for his career... Sophomore QB Kevin Hogan is 4-0 in his starts, defeating a ranked opponent in each win. In his four starts, Hogan has completed 78 of 109 pass attempts (71.9 percent) for 780 yards and 6 TDs... Sophomore S Ed Reynolds has six interceptions for 301 return yards, which is one yard shy of matching the NCAA single-season record of 302 set by USC's Charles Phillips in 1974... The Cardinal defense leads the Pac-12 and ranks third in the FBS allowing just 87.7 rushing yards per game... Pac-12 Coach of the Year David Shaw is the first Stanford coach to win 11 games in each of his first two seasons at the helm... Stanford has won at least 11 games in three consecutive seasons, a first in school history, and a feat which could only be matched by four other teams (Boise State, LSU, Northern Illinois and Oregon) by the end of this season... Ranked by the Associated Press for a school-record 46 consecutive polls.
TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL
OREGON (11-1) vs. Kansas State (11-1)
Thurs., Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m. MT - ESPN
OREGON: The Ducks are playing in their fourth consecutive BCS Bowl... Consensus All-America senior RB Kenjon Barner is second in the Pac-12 and fifth in the FBS in rushing, averaging 135.33 yards per game. His 1,624 yards rushing this season is the fourth best single-season total in school history, while his 21 rushing TDs tie him with former Duck LaMichael James for the most in a single seasoon. Barner is the Ducks' second-leading rusher all-time with 3,480 yards and sits only 188 yards shy of James' UO record of 5,869 all-purpose yards... Freshman QB Marcus Mariota has set a Pac-12 freshman record with 30 TD passes, while his 35 total TDs this season trail only former Ducks Akili Smith and Darron Thomas single-season mark of 36... Oregon's offensive is second in the FBS in scoring, averaging 50.8 points per game. The 448 points scored in conference play is a Pac-12 record, while the 610 points scored overall this season are 35 points shy of matching its Pac-12 record of 645 points scored last season... Oregon has been ranked among the AP Top 10 in each of the last 28 polls, and 44 of the last 46 polls.