In the North, Oregon finally exacted revenge against Stanford. In the South, Arizona State used an overtime field goal to take sole possession of first place in the division.
Marcus Mariota accounted for four touchdowns Saturday as he notched his first win over Stanford in his career. Royce Freeman and Thomas Tyner combined for 161 yards on the ground as Oregon defeated the Cardinal for the first time since 2011, grabbing a two-game lead in the North Division. Oregon travels to Utah next week, while the Cardinal has a bye.
Washington continued its trend of defensive touchdowns while its offense filled in the rest to nab an important road win over Colorado. Shaq Thompson, who leads the team with four defensive touchdowns on the season, rushed for a career-high 174 yards. The Huskies host UCLA next week, while Colorado travels to Arizona.
Nelson Agholor had a career-high 220 receiving yards and returned a punt for a touchdown as the Trojans cruised past Washington State on Saturday. WSU’s Connor Halliday, the nation’s leading passer, broke his leg and underwent surgery later Saturday, according to head coach Mike Leach. Luke Falk stepped in for Halliday. USC remains a game behind ASU in the South heading into a bye week, while the Cougars head to Oregon State.
California piled up 269 yards on the ground, 188 of them from Daniel Lasco, helping the Bears to an impressive road win Saturday over Oregon State. It was a milestone night for OSU’s Sean Mannion, but the Beavers dropped their second consecutive home game and third straight overall. Oregon State hosts Washington State next week, while the Bears are on a bye.
Arizona State cemented its place as Pac-12 title contenders Saturday, taking down the Utes in overtime to sit solo atop the South Division. Taylor Kelly passed for 205 yards, including a touchdown that moved him past Jake Plummer in the record books. Zane Gonzalez’s field goal won it in overtime, sending the Utes back to Salt Lake City a game behind in the division. Utah now hosts Oregon, while the Sun Devils look to end Notre Dame's playoff hopes.
The Bruins defense showed up in a big way Saturday, Brent Hundley tied the school record for passing touchdowns and UCLA remained in contention for a Pac-12 South title. The Bruins took down a high-flying Arizona squad that had scored at least 26 points in every game this season. Hundley led the Bruins with 131 yards rushing. UCLA travels to Washington next week, while the Wildcats host Colorado.