The Pac-12 North has a new leader: Stanford. The Cardinal took down the Ducks to shake up the race in a major way, while USC, ASU, and UCLA all held serve in the South. Here's the full rundown of week 11.
For the second straight year, the Cardinal spoiled the Ducks' national championship hopes with excellent defense and a bruising ground game. Stanford ended with more rushing attempts (66) than Oregon did rushing yards (62). Tyler Gaffney and Kevin Hogan spoke about their statement win afterward, while Marcus Mariota discussed his team's tough loss. David Shaw's club is now in the Pac-12 North driver's seat and headed to USC, while Oregon returns home to face Utah.
The Trojans tied an NCAA record with three punt returns for touchdowns in Berkeley. Javorius Allen also scored three touchdowns to help push USC's win streak over the Golden Bears to 10 in blowout fashion. Ed Orgeron's squad is still alive in the Pac-12 South entering next week's showdown with Stanford, while Cal travels to Colorado.
Rice-Eccles Stadium has proven to be a treacherous venue for visitors this season, but the Sun Devils rode a 13-point fourth-quarter outburst to escape with the comeback victory in Salt Lake City. Taylor Kelly and Marion Grice led the way on offense before Will Sutton's interception sealed it. ASU returns home to face Oregon State while Utah ventures to Oregon.
The Huskies are bowl eligible for the fourth straight season after their rout of Colorado. Washington ran 59 plays and finished with 464 total yards – in the first half. Keith Price led the way in Seattle, while Marcus Peters knows a thing or two about creating turnovers. Steve Sarkisian's club heads to UCLA for a pivotal game next week, while Colorado hosts Cal.
In search of a backfield spark to complement Shaq Evans' spectacular catch, the Bruins told freshman linebacker Myles Jack to play offense, too. He responded with a spectacular 66-yard touchdown run that provided the difference in a big win. UCLA is still in good Pac-12 South position as it heads home to face Washington, whereas Arizona remains home to take on Washington State.