Key games to impact division races in Pac-12 football

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GAME THEMES: UTAH travels to Los Angeles where it last defeated USC in 1916. The Utes will face a Trojan defense that allows just 110.3 rushing yards per game and is 16th nationally in total defense (333.9 yards per game). . .  Within a stretch of 45 miles in Oregon, two games with major implications on the Pac-12 North Division race will feature Heisman hopefuls and explosive offenses. No. 12 UCLA visits No. 2 OREGON where the Bruins’ Brett Hundley (324.7 yards total offense/game) looks to rebound following UCLA’s first defeat of the season. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota (363.4 yards total offense/game) continues to have the Ducks moving on all cylinders as they are now averaging 643.1 yards in total offense (2nd in the FBS) and 57.6 points per game (2nd in the FBS). . . Meanwhile, in Corvallis, OREGON STATE and the nation’s leading passer in Sean Mannion (427.4 yards per game) will get tested by No. 8 STANFORD whose defense ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in total defense (363.4 ypg) and are posting 2.71 sacks per game. . . ARIZONA looks to pick up its second league victory when it travels to COLORADO. Wildcat RB Ka’Deem Carey leads the FBS in rushing (161.0 yards per game) and is coming off a season-best 236 yards in Arizona’s win over Utah. Colorado, coming off its win over Charleston Southern, is looking to get over .500 this late in the season for the first time since 2008. . . CALIFORNIA and WASHINGTON meet in Seattle with both teams looking to snap a couple of streaks of their own. The Bears have dropped four straight (and nine straight conference games), while the Huskies have dropped three straight. Cal’s pass offense (359.9 ypg) will test the Washington’s Pac-12-leading pass defense (194.9 ypg).

THE RECORD BOOK: WASHINGTON STATE junior QB Connor Halliday set multiple Pac-12 records in WSU’s 62-38 loss at Oregon. 

Most Plays, Game:    94 (old record; 74 - by three players)
Most Pass Attempts, Game:    89* (old record; 69 by Matt Scott, Arizona vs. Stanford, 2012)
Most Pass Completions, Game:    58** (old record; 45 by Matt Scott, Arizona vs. Stanford, 2012)
Most Passing Yards, Game:    557 (old record; 536 by Andrew Walter, Arizona State vs. Oregon, 2002)
* - Tied NCAA FBS record
** - NCAA FBS record
 

THE RECORD BOOK, PART II:With his 481 passing yards at California, OREGON STATE junior QB Sean Mannion set a Pac-12 consecutive-game passing record with 974 yards (school record 493 yards vs. Washington State in his previous game).

UPCOMING GAMES

UTAH (4-3, 1-3) at USC (4-3, 1-2)
UTAH: Sophomore LB Jared Norris and senior LB/DE Trevor Reilly each posted 14 tackles in the loss at Arizona, with Reilly adding 3.0 tackles for loss, including two sacks. Reilly (58 tackles) and Norris (56) rank 1-2 on the Utes in tackles this season. . . During Saturday’s game at USC, Norris will have the opportunity to meet up with former high school teammate and USC starting QB Cody Kessler (Centennial HS, Bakersfield, Calif.). . . 33 players on Utah’s roster hail from California. . . Utah leads the Pac-12 and rank 11th nationally in sacks (3.14 per game). 
 
USC: Senior TB Silas Redd rushed for 112 yards at Notre Dame - his 11th career 100-yard game. . .  Sophomore DE Leonard Williams posted a game-best nine tackles at Notre Dame as the USC defense limited the Irish to 295 total yards, including just 47 yards in the second half. USC’s defense leads the Pac-12 and ranks 16th in the FBS allowing 333.9 yards per game. . . USC has won eight of the last nine meetings with Utah, and have dropped just one home game to the Utes back in 1916 (27-12).
 
LAST MEETING: The Trojans quickly found themselves in a 14-0 deficit in the first three minutes after a couple miscues, but Matt Barkley responded by connecting on 23 of 30 passes for 303 yards and 3 TDs in the 38-28 win in Salt Lake City. Marqise Lee added 12 receptions for 196 yards.
 
No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1) at No. 2 OREGON (7-0, 4-0)
UCLA: The UCLA defense has held it first six opponents to less than 30 points for the first time since the 2001 season. . . Sophomore S Randall Goforth had a career-high 19 tackles at Stanford. Most tackles by a Bruin since LB Reggie Carter recorded 20 against BYU in 2008. . . The Bruins were held to 10 points at Stanford, snapping a streak of five games in which they scored 34 or more points. UCLA is one of four Pac-12 teams among the top 20 in scoring, currently 20th in the FBS at 39.8 points per game. . . The 14 points allowed to Stanford in the third quarter were the first points the Bruins have allowed in the third quarter all season as it has now outscored the opposition in the opening frame of the second half, 74-14.
 
OREGON: Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has thrown at least one TD pass in all 20 games of his career, and extended his streak of passing and rushing for scores to nine straight games. . . Mariota has now gone 265 attempts without an interception, extending his Pac-12 record. His last pick came in the first  half vs. Stanford in 2012. . .  Sophomore RB Byron Marshall had a career-high 192 yards rushing, his fifth 100-yard rushing game this season and sixth of his career. . . The Ducks have eclipsed 50 points for the sixth time in seven games and currently rank second in the FBS in scoring (57.6 ppg). . . Autzen Stadium sellout streak was extended to 93 games. 
 
LAST MEETING: The Ducks captured the inaugural Pac-12 Championship in Eugene with a 49-31 victory over the Bruins. LaMichael James rushed 25 times for 219 yards and scored 3 TDs, while Darron Thomas completed 20-of-33 passes for 219 yards and 3 TDs, while rushing for 60 yards and 1 TD.
 
ARIZONA (4-2, 1-2) at COLORADO (3-3, 0-3)
ARIZONA: Junior RB Ka’Deem Carey moved into the national lead in rushing with 161.0 yards per game. He posted 236 rushing yards on an Arizona single-game record 40 carries against Utah, which ranks as his second-highest career tally and the third-highest in Arizona single-game history. . . Carey is fifth on the UA career rushing list with 3,159 yards and is five yards away from moving up to fourth. . . He also leads and is just one of two FBS players to average over 100 rushing yards per game in his career (108.9). . . Senior LB Marquise Flowers returned an interception 14 yards for a TD against Utah. It was the team’s ninth interception this season, and the fourth time the Wildcats posted a pick-six. . . In comparison, senior QB B.J. Denker has thrown just two interceptions in 164 attempts.
 
COLORADO: Freshman RB Michael Adkins II rushed for 137 yards (10.5 avg) for a CU freshman record 4 TDs in the win over Charleston Southern. The last Buffalo to score four rushing TDs in a game was Lawrence Vickers vs. Missouri in Boulder in 2005. . . Despite a 3-3 record on the field, the Buffs haven’t been so successful in the pre-game coin toss as they have come up on the wrong side of the coin in all six games this season. . .
 
LAST MEETING: Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey rushed for a Pac-12 record 366 yards and 5 TDs in a 56-31 win over the Buffs in Tucson. B.J. Denker, who made his first career start, was 12-of-14 for 136 yards and 2 TDs.
 
No. 8 STANFORD (6-1, 4-1) at OREGON STATE (6-1, 4-0)
STANFORD: Senior RB Tyler Gaffney rushed for a career-high 171 yards on a career-best 36 attempts in the win over UCLA. It was his fourth game rushing for 100 or more yards this season, fifth of his career. Of Gaffney’s 144 rushing attempts this season, only four carries resulted in a loss of yardage. He’s gained 746 yards, netting 741 yards this season. . . Stanford extended its home winning streak to 13 games. It is 34-3 at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007. . . In four home games this season, the Cardinal have out-rushed the opposition, 808-298. . . With the win over UCLA, the Cardinal have now won six straight in the series for the longest such streak in the 85-game series. Three of Stanford’s last nine wins have come over UCLA. . . Including its Rose Bowl victory over Wisconsin, Stanford has won 30 of its last 31 games played in California (only loss came against No. 6 Oregon in 2011).
 
OREGON STATE: The Beavers remain undefeated in league play and look to keep pace with Oregon in the North Division. . . Junior QB Sean Mannion continues to post big numbers through the air as he has now thrown for 350+ yards in an OSU record seven straight games as he put up 481 yards in the 49-17 win at California. . . Junior WR Brandin Cooks was the recipient of 13 passes for 232 yards (second most in a game in OSU history). Cooks’ 76 receptions this season already rank eighth on OSU’s single-season chart, while his 1,176 receiving yards are seventh on the single-season list, and 25 more yards than he collected all of last season. . . Cooks leads the nation with 12 TD receptions. . . Starting with No. 8 Stanford this Saturday, OSU’s next five opponents have a combined record of 26-9.

LAST MEETING: In his first collegiate start, Kevin Hogan completed 22-of-29 passes for 254 yards and 3 TDs as No. 16 Stanford rallied past No. 13 Oregon State, 27-23. Stepfan Taylor added 116 yards on the ground.

CALIFORNIA (1-6, 0-4) at WASHINGTON (4-3, 1-3)
CALIFORNIA: The Bears head to Seattle in search of their first conference win of the season and to snap a nine-game skid in Pac-12 play dating back to last season. . . Since 2002, the Bears have won seven of their last 10 games played in the State of Washington. . . Sophomore WR Chris Harper pulled in six catches for 93 yards in the loss to Oregon State. He is currently second in the league in receptions (7.4 per game) and third in receiving yardage (99.7 per game). . . Freshman RB/KR Khalfani Muhammad garnered a personal-best 52-yard kick return in the third quarter vs. Oregon State and had five returns in the game for 148 yards. He’s currently second in the Pac-12, averaging 24.4 yards per return.
 
WASHINGTON: Legendary Washington coach Don James passed away Sunday. James spent 18 seasons leading the Huskies to a 153-58-2 record, six Pac-10 titles and a shared national title in 1991. . . The Huskies look to snap a three-game losing streak - those three opponents have a combined record of 18-3. Washington’s next five opponents have a combined record of 19-15. . . Senior LB Princeton Fuimaono led the Huskies with 12 tackles at Arizona State. His 56 tackles/8.0 per game rank him seventh in the league. . . Senior QB Keith Price now has 7,746 career passing yards and occupies the No. 2 spot on the school’s all-time list for passing yardage. Cody Picket (1999-03) owns the UW career mark with 10,220 yards. . . Junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 17 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tightend, but also tied for fourth-most in Husky history among all players.
 
LAST MEETING: Washington posted a 21-13 victory in Berkeley as both teams were plagued by turnovers. The Huskies were led by the rushing of Bishop Sankey, who posted 189 yards on 29 carries and 2 TDs. Cal’s C.J. Anderson rushed for a career-best 160 yards on 22 carries.

 

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