The Pac-12 North saw some decisive wins in Week 9 while the South showed off some wild finishes to maintain a three-way tie for the top of the division.
UCLA started off fast, Colorado finished strong, and the teams needed two overtimes to settle before UCLA survived in Boulder. Paul Perkins had 180 yards on the ground for the Bruins who, with two losses in conference, kept their hopes for the South Division title alive. UCLA hosts Arizona next week, while Colorado welcomes Washington.
Anu Solomon threw for five touchdowns as the Arizona offense exploded Saturday night, helping notch another road win to keep the 'Cats in a three-way tie for first in the South. On the defensive end, Scooby Wright held it down with three sacks. Arizona now travels to UCLA, while the Washington State plays host to USC.
Royce Freeman broke Oregon's true freshman rushing record, Marcus Mariota broke the school’s all-time passing yards record, and the Ducks continued on the path to the College Football Playoff with a defense-optional 59-41 win Friday night at Levi’s Stadium, the site of this year's Pac-12 Championship Game. Oregon hosts Stanford next week, while Cal travels to Oregon State.
Taylor Kelly returned for the Sun Devils on Saturday, but it was the defense that shut down Washington. Kelly passed for 180 yards and two touchdowns as the Sun Devils stayed in a three-way tie for first in the South Division. Shaq Thompson carried the ball 21 times for the Huskies, but their offense never got on track in the monsoon-like conditions. ASU, despite not having Kelly for over a month, now has a huge showdown with Utah next week. Washington travels to Colorado.
Travis Wilson engineered the winning drive late Saturday as Utah, in just its fourth season in the conference, has itself in the thick of the South Division race. Devontae Booker had another 100-yard day, and USC's Adoree' Jackson picked up 100 of his own yards in one play. Utah travels to ASU next with first place on the line, while USC travels to WSU.
Ty Montgomery was the spark plug – shocking, we know – as Stanford found its offensive groove Saturday, rolling past Oregon State 38-14. The Cardinal held an explosive OSU offense to just 14 points, further claiming its status as a top-five defense nationally. It also helps when your QB does this. Stanford makes its long-awaited trip to Oregon next week, while Oregon State hosts Cal.