Race to the Pac-12 football title game gearing up in week 12

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AROUND THE PAC-12

GAME THEMES: Friday night lights in Pasadena as UCLA hosts WASHINGTON in a rare Friday night Pac-12 contest at the Rose Bowl. Both teams are riding modest two-game winning streaks. The bowl-eligible Huskies have averaged 50 points and have piled up 1,270 yards of total offense the last two games. Meanwhile, the Bruins are looking to keep their South Division title chances alive behind two-way freshman standout LB/RB Myles Jack (120 yards rushing/8 tackles vs. Arizona). . . ARIZONA will rely on junior RB Ka’Deem Carey (152.6 rushing yards per game) and its ground attack (271.3 yards per game) as it hosts WASHINGTON STATE and the pass-happy Cougars (365.0 passing yards per game). . . Either CALIFORNIA or COLORADO will pick up their first Pac-12 win of the season in Boulder. Both teams go to air often for their offense as Cal freshman QB Jared Goff can sling it (344.2 passing yards per game), while Buff junior WR Paul Richardson can haul it in (117.9 receiving yards per game). . . After pulling out a one-point win at Utah, ARIZONA STATE returns home to face OREGON STATE. The Sun Devils have the league’s top pass defense (206.4 yards per game), but will get tested by the league’s top producing quarterback in Beaver junior Sean Mannion (393.3 passing yards per game/31 TDs). . . USC, winners of four straight Pac-12 games, are still in contention for a South Division title and will host No. 5 STANFORD. A defensive battle is expected as the Trojans (339.0 yards in total defense) and Cardinal (349.3 yards total defense), rank second and third in the league in total defense, respectively. . . After dropping their first game of the season, OREGON looks to bounce back with a home contest against UTAH in the friendly confines of Autzen Stadium. In the first-ever league game between the Ducks and Utes, Utah’s stout defense (142.3 rushing yards allowed per game) will go head-to-head against Oregon’s explosive offense (301.6 yards rushing per game).

PAC-12 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME SCENARIO: 

North Division, STANFORD controls its own destiny. Should Stanford win its final two conference games, it would be the North Division representative and host the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. 

South Division, ARIZONA STATE and UCLA each control their own destiny. Whichever team wins out, which includes a match up between the two teams in Pasadena on Nov. 23, will represent the South in the Pac-12 Championship Game. 

OREGON and OREGON STATE are holding out for a chance to represent the North, while USC and ARIZONA also have hopes of a South Division title, but those four teams need help from others for that chance.

UPCOMING GAMES

WASHINGTON (6-3, 3-3) at No. 13 UCLA (7-2, 4-2)
WASHINGTON: In the 59-6 win over Colorado, the Huskies put up their most points since a 66-0 shutout of Oregon in 1974. . . Junior RB Bishop Sankey scored his 30th career rushing touchdowns in the first quarter to move into sole possession for third all-time in UW history. He trails only Joe Steele (32) and Napoleon Kaufman (34) on the all-time list. . . Sankey rushed for 143 yards in the win, moving him to 2,932 career yards and allowed him to move up to fourth on the UW all-time list. Next up Joe Steele (3,168). . . Sankey surpassed 100 yards on the ground for the seventh time this season, 14th time in his career. He’s rushed for over 100 yards in 11 of the last 14 games.
 
UCLA: Freshman LB Myles Jack had a big impact on both sides of the ball in the win over Arizona. From his customary role on defense, he tallied 8 tackles, a tackle for loss, a fumble recovery in the end zone and two pass break ups. He saw action on offense as he rushed for 120 yards on six carries on offense, including a 66-yard dash for a touchdown. Four of his six carries produced first downs. . . Jack moved into second-place, with 62 tackles, on the all-time school true freshman tackle list, behind only Kenny Easley who had 93 in 1977.
 
LAST MEETING (11/18/10): After spotting UCLA a 7-0 in the first quarter, Washington took to the ground in rushing for 253 yards Chris Polk (138 yds) and Jesse Callier (107 yds) en route to a 24-7 win in Seattle. The Huskies held UCLA to 163 yards total offense (108 rush/55 pass).
 
WASHINGTON STATE (4-5, 2-4) at ARIZONA (6-3, 3-3)
WASHINGTON STATE: Connor Halliday had 300 yards passing in his last game, giving him 3,098 for the season, the first 3,000-yard season since Alex Brink in 2007. It was his 11th career 300-yard game and sixth this season. . . Halliday, who set an FBS record in his previous game with 89 pass attempts in a loss to No. 2 Oregon, is averaging 53.6 pass attempts per game. If he maintains that average over the final three games of the regular season, he will end up with 643 pass attempts, easily surpassing the Pac-12 single-season record of 560 attempts by Arizona’s Nick Foles in 2011. . . The Cougars have had 10 or more players catch a pass in eight games this season.
 
ARIZONA: Junior RB Ka’Deem Carey topped 100 yards rushing for the 12th-consecutive game played. That streak extends his own school record and continues to lead all active FBS rushers. Carey finished the UCLA game with 149 rushing yards on 28 carries with a touchdown. . . Carey’s season numbers are now 216 rush attempts for 1,221 yards and 11 touchdowns. He became UA’s No. 2 all-time rusher. He has 3,575 yards and is now 249 shy of matching Trung Canidate’s school record.
 
LAST MEETING (10/16/10): Arizona’s Keola Antolin rushed for 92 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Wildcats prevailed in Pullman, 24-7. The Wildcat defense came up with seven sacks and four turnovers, including a pair of interceptions by freshman Shaquille Richardson.
 
CALIFORNIA (1-9, 0-7) at COLORADO (3-6, 0-6)
CALIFORNIA: Freshman QB Jared Goff connected on 34-for-48 for 255 yards and three touchdown passes in the loss to USC. Now with 3,136 passing yards this season, Goff ranks second on Cal’s single-season top-10 list. Pat Barnes is first with 3,499 yards in 1996. . . Sophomore WR Bryce Treggs now ranks sixth on Cal’s single-season top 10 list for receptions with 69, while sophomore WR Chris Harper ranks seventh on that list with 68.
 
COLORADO: Junior WR Paul Richardson had three catches for 77 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown reception. He’s posted 13 plays of 50 yards or longer in his career, with seven coming this season. . . Richardson’s nine TD receptions this year have covered 465 yards (51.7 yards per TD reception). His 1,061 receiving yards this season are fourth most in CU history, and he needs just 89 yards to move into the top spot held by Charles E. Johnson (1,149 yards/1992). . . LB Addison Gillam has a CU freshman record 86 tackles.
 
LAST MEETING (9/10/11): Despite the game played during the first year of the Pac-12, this meeting between California and Colorado was actually a non-conference game as it was the return game of a two-game series arranged prior to the Buffs joining the Pac-12. Despite being outgained in total offense by 582 yards to 370 yard, the Golden Bears pulled out a 36-33 victory in overtime as Zach Maynard tossed his fourth TD pass of the day with a five-yard scoring strike to Keenan Allen. Colorado’s Tyler Hansen connected on 28-of-49 for 474 yards and 3 TDs. Paul Richardson had 11 catches for 284 yards and 2 TDs for the Buffs.
 
OREGON STATE (6-3, 4-2) at No. 21 ARIZONA STATE (7-2, 5-1)
OREGON STATE: With a Pac-12 leading 91 receptions, sophomore WR Brandin Cooks sits tied atop the OSU single-season reception list with James Rodgers (2009) and Markus Wheaton (2012). His Pac-12 leading 1,344 receiving yards are third on the school’s single-season list. Former Beaver Mike Hass owns the top two marks - 1,532 yards (2005) and 1,379 yards (2004). . . Junior QB Sean Mannion has connected with Cooks for 14 of his OSU single-season record 31 TD passes this year, and 21 times in their careers.
 
ARIZONA STATE: Senior CB Alden Darby was named one of 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. . . Junior QB Taylor Kelly has been doing it with his arm all season, but has been using his legs of late, collecting two rushing TDs in each of the last three games. Kelly has accounted for 84 points the past three games and 186 points this season. That number is second most in ASU history to Mike Pagel (198 points in 1981). . . ASU has won four straight behind a defense that has allowed just 19.3 ppg during that span. In the four games preceding the win streak, the ASU defense allowed an average of 37.5 ppg. 
 
LAST MEETING (11/3/12): No. 13 Oregon State weathered a fast start by Arizona State and used a peak performance from its offense to move to 7-1 on the season with a defeat of the Sun Devils, 36-26 in Corvallis. Beaver quarterback Cody Vaz threw for 267 yards and 3 TDs, while Terron Ward rushed for 146 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown run.
 
No. 5 STANFORD (8-1, 6-1) at USC (7-3, 4-2)
STANFORD: With its win over Oregon, Stanford is now 16-2 in the last 18 games played in November, extended its home winning streak to 14 games and is now 35-3 at Stanford Stadium since the final home game of 2007. . . Senior RB Tyler Gaffney set a Cardinal single-game mark with 45 rushing attempts for 157 yards vs. Oregon. It was his sixth 100-yard rushing performance of the year. Gaffney has 211 rushing attempts for 1,053 yards. Out of those 211 attempts, he’s had just six carries that have lost yardage (10 yards) this year.
USC: USC became bowl eligible with its 62-28 win at California. The win extended its win-streak to 10 over the Golden Bears. . . Trojans are looking to snap a 4-game losing streak to Stanford, their longest skid in the 91-game series. . . Sophomore QB Cody Kessler has hit 81.6 percent of his passes (31-of-38) in the past two games. . . In the win over Cal, USC tied Pac-12 and FBS single-game team record with three punt returns for TDs.
 
LAST MEETING (11/3/12): No. 21 Stanford knocked off No. 2 USC, 21-14 at Stanford. Stepfan Taylor led a balanced Cardinal attack that piled up 202 rushing yards and 215 yards threw the air. Taylor rushed for 153 yards, including a 59-yard TD run, and added another six receptions for 60 yards and one TD. The Cardinal defense held USC’s ground game in check allowing just 26 yards. USC’s Matt Barkley threw for 254 yards, but was intercepted twice.
 
UTAH (4-5, 1-5) at No. 6 OREGON (8-1, 5-1)
UTAH: The Utes face their fourth ranked team this season, marking the first time a Utah team has played four opponents ranked in the AP Top 25 in a season. The Utes are 1-2 against ranked teams this season, handing No. 5 Stanford its only loss and losing to No. 12 UCLA and No. 23 Arizona State. Its losses to ranked teams have come by a total of eight points. . . The combined FBS record of Utah’s first nine opponents is 45-17 (.726). . . Utah leads the nation in sacks per game (3.67). . . Another big play for junior WR Dres Anderson as he hauled in 55-yard reception against ASU. It was his sixth reception of 50 or more yards this season. 
 
OREGON: The Ducks look to bounce back after suffering their first defeat of the season, which also snapped an 19-game road game winning streak. . . Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has passed for at least one touchdown in every game of his career (22 games). He was 20-of-34 passing for 250 yards and 2 TDs, and has now gone 327 attempts without an interception, extending his UO and Pac-12 record. His last pick came in the first half vs. Stanford in 2012. . . The Ducks have two receivers each with better than 600 receiving yards - senior WR Josh Huff (745 yards), sophomore WR Bralon Addison (675 yards).
 
LAST MEETING (9/19/09): Oregon’s LaMichael James rushed for 152 yards and a touchdown, and John Boyett made a crucial interception to help Oregon beat No. 14 Utah, 31-24, in Eugene and snap the nation’s longest winning streak. The Utes had won 16 straight. Terrence Cain was 20-of-41 for 178 yards and rushed for 68 yards for the Utes, but threw two interceptions, his second was picked by Boyett at the 5-yard line with under two minutes to play. 
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