This year in Pac-12 football
A RECORD NINE PAC-12 TEAMS IN BOWL GAMES - POST LEAGUE BEST SIX BOWL WINS
Pac-12 Champion STANFORD led a record nine Pac-12 teams into the postseason, where the league excelled with a record six bowl victories. Stanford received the Pac-12‘s automatic BCS qualifying berth into the Rose Bowl Game by virtue of its 38-14 victory over ARIZONA STATE in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. In lieu of contracted arrangements with seven postseason bowl games, the Pac-12 managed to place all nine bowl eligible teams into the postseason and produced a 6-3 postseason record. . . A record five teams posted 10 or more wins during the 2013 season. No other conference produced more teams with 10 wins. . . Six players earned consensus All-America honors: OREGON STATE WR Brandin Cooks, ARIZONA RB Ka’Deem Carey, UCLA LB Anthony Barr, and trio of STANFORD players in OL David Yankey, LB Trent Murphy and KR/AP Ty Montgomery. Yankey and Carey are two-time consensus All-America selections with Yankey being a unanimous selection this season. . . Pac-12 quarterbacks were impressive this past season, setting four of the league’s top five single-season marks for total offense, led by OREGON STATE’s Sean Mannion (4,439 yards). Mannion also posted the Pac-12 single-season mark with 4,662 passing yards, while WASHINGTON STATE QB Connor Halliday set Pac-12 single-game marks with 538 yards total offense and 557 pasing yards (vs. Oregon). . . League honors were handed out to Arizona’s Carey (Offensive Player of the Year), ARIZONA STATE’s Will Sutton (Defensive Player of the Year, UCLA’s Myles Jack (Offensive and Defensive Freshman of the Year), and Arizona State’s Todd Graham (Coach of the Year).PAC-12 FOOTBALL BOWL RESULTS
PAC-12 TEAM RECAPS
CALIFORNIA (1-11): Youth played a key role in head coach Sonny Dykes first season at Cal. . . Freshman QB Jared Goff established Cal passing records with 3,508 passing yards in a season, and 504 yards in a game. . . Freshman RB/KR Khalfani Muhammad led Cal with 1,638 all-purpose yardage (sixth in the Pac-12 with 148.9 per game). He set Cal season marks for kick return yardage (1,006) and kick returns (46), while pacing the Bears with 445 yards rushing. . . The Bears had two sophomore receivers with 750 or more yards in Chris Harper (852 yds) and Bryce Treggs (751 yds).
OREGON (11-2): The Ducks played in their ninth consecutive bowl game. Oregon has won five of its last seven bowl games. . . The Ducks have posted 10 or more wins in each of the last six seasons. . . Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota tossed at least one TD pass in 26 straight games (every game of his career), which is the third-longest active streak in the FBS. His 40 total TDs (31 pass, 9 rush) and 4,380 yards of total offense are the most in a single season at Oregon. . . Mariota set a Pac-12 record with 353 consecutive passes without an interception. . . The only Pac-12 team with a 1,000-yard rusher (Byron Marshall - 1,038 yds) and 1,000-yard receiver (Josh Huff - 1,140 yds).
OREGON STATE (7-6): The Beavers played in their 14th bowl game, and their 11th in the last 15 seasons. . . Junior QB Sean Mannion established numerous team records during the 2013 season. He set the Pac-12 single-season mark with 4,662 passing yards. His 10,436 career passing yards put him 10th all-time in the Pac-12. His 37 TD passes set the school’s single-season mark and is tied for third in the Pac-12. . . Junior WR Brandin Cooks, recipient of the Biletnikoff Award, broke a pair of one-year old Pac-12 records with 128 receptions and his 1,730 receiving yards.
STANFORD (11-3): The Cardinal made their fourth straight BCS bowl appearance and back-to-back Rose Bowl appearances for the first time since the 1971 & 1972 games. . . Have won 10 or more games in each of the last four seasons (46-7). . . Senior RB Tyler Gaffney was third in the league in rushing (122.1 ypg). Second best single-season effort in school history with 1,709 yards. He finished with 21 rushing touchdowns. . . Junior WR/KR Ty Montgomery averaged 157.7 all-purpose yards per game. He posted 14 TDs, including two by kickoff return. . . Coach David Shaw notched 30 career wins in his first 35 games, which is the third-fastest among active coaches.
WASHINGTON (9-4): The Huskies made their fourth straight bowl game appearance. . . Junior RB Bishop Sankey set a UW record with 1,869 rushing yards on a school-best 327 carries in 2013. He ranked fourth in the nation in both yards and yards per game (143.8 ypg). . . Junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, the Mackey Award winner, caught 36 passes for 450 yards and led the UW with eight receiving TDs. . . UW amassed a school record 6,491 total yards. . . Senior QB Keith Price owns the UW career record with 75 TD passes, while his 8,919 passing yards are second most in school history. . . Chris Petersen was hired Dec. 6 to lead the Washington program.
WASHINGTON STATE (6-7): The Cougars made their 11th bowl appearance, and first since 2003. . . Junior QB Connor Halliday set WSU and Pac-12 single-game records of 557 passing yards, 58 completions and 89 attempts at Oregon. He’s thrown for a WSU single-season best 4,597 passing yards and owns a school record 14 career 300-yard performances (nine this season). . . Senior CB Deone Bucannon, a Walter Camp Football Foundation Second Team All-American, posted 114 tackles this season, the most by a Cougar since James Darling recorded 136 in 1996. His 15 interceptions are third-most in school history while his 384 tackles are fourth-most in WSU history.
ARIZONA (8-5): The Wildcats made their fifth bowl appearance in the last six years. . . Junior RB Ka’Deem Carey, a Walter Camp Football Foundation First Team All-American, finished 10th in the Heisman balloting. He’s UA’s career rushing leader with 4,239 yards and leads all FBS players with 16-straight 100-yard rushing games. His 157.1 ypg average ranked 2nd in the FBS. Carey has a UA record 52 career TDs and his 312 points scored are something only Max Zendejas (360, 1982-85) and Art Luppino (337, 1953-56) have accomplished.
ARIZONA STATE (10-4): The Sun Devils made their 27th postseason appearance. . . It’s the first 10-win season since 1996 when the Sun Devils finished 11-1. . . The Sun Devil offense has scored 30 or more points in 11 of 14 games this season, including a school record six games where they posted 50 or more points. . . Junior QB Taylor Kelly set an ASU total offense mark with 4,243 yards, while his 3,635 passing yards, rank third-best in single season history. . . Freshman PK Zane Gonzalez set an ASU scoring record with 138 points on the season.
COLORADO (4-8): Junior WR Paul Richardson set new single-season standards at Colorado for receptions (83) and receiving yards (1,343). Richardson had 10 TD receptions that covered an amazing 470 yards, or 47.0 per. . . Freshman LB Addison Gillam led team with an NCAA-official 107 tackles, and a Pac-12 leading 8.9 tackles per game. He earned Freshman All-America honors by The Sporting News and the FWAA. . . Freshman QB Sefo Liufau gave up his redshirt year in the fifth game of the season, playing for the first time on October 12 at Arizona State. He set CU true freshman records for most passing categories, including yards (1,779), touchdowns (12), attempts (251) and completions (149).
UCLA (10-3): The Bruins made their 10th bowl appearance in the last 12 years. . . Head coach Jim Mora has 19 wins in his first two seasons at the helm, the best two-year start for a UCLA head coach in program history (Tommy Prothro had 17 wins in 1965 & 1966). . . Sophomore QB Brett Hundley ranks third in UCLA history with 7,914 yards of total offense and 53 TD passes, while his 6,811 passing yards rank fourth all-time. . . Senior LB Anthony Barr was named the Lott IMPACT award winner. He posted 20 tackles for loss, including 10 sacks and recovered five fumbles. . . The Bruins established a new school mark with 18 true freshmen seeing action in 2013, including LB/RB Myles Jack, who was named Pac-12 Defensive and Offensive Freshman of the Year.
USC (10-4): The Trojans made their 51st bowl appearance. . . USC won six of its last seven and posted its 25th 10-win season. . . The Trojan defense paced the Pac-12 allowing 335.2 yards in total defense. . . Over the final six games, sophomore QB Cody Kessler hit 70.8 percent of his passes with 11 TDs and just two interceptions. . . Sophomore TB Javorius Allen, the team’s MVP, was on fire the second half of the season, with 13 TDs in the last six games and four 100-yard rushing outings. . . On Dec. 2, Steve Sarkisian was named USC’s head coach. Sarkisian was a USC assistant from 2001-03, 05-08.
UTAH (5-7): Senior All-Pac-12 DE Trevor Reilly led a Utah defense that collected 39 sacks and ranked second in the FBS with 3.25 sacks per game. Reilly led the Utes with 100 tackles (8.3 per game), tackles for loss (16.0) and sacks (8.5). Senior DT Tenny Palepoi contributed with 9.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. . . Ute special teams excelled with sophomore P Tom Hackett, who led the Pac-12 with a 43.4 yard average. He had 19 punts of 50-plus yards and 11 punts placed inside the 10-yard line. Freshman PK Andy Phillips hit 17 of his 20 field goal attempts and was a perfect 41-of-41 on his PATs.
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