This Week In Pac-10 Football
OREGON successfully defended its Pac-10 title and have now captured the Conference crown in back-to-back seasons for the second time in school history. The Ducks also achieved back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001, although they did share the 2000 title with Oregon State. . . . The Ducks were a perfect 12-0, setting a school record for wins in a season, and finished 9-0 in Conference play. . . . Coming in at No. 2 in the final BCS Standings, Oregon earned a shot at the national title and will face Auburn in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game.
STANFORD posted its best regular season finish in school history with an impressive 11-1 record, with its only loss coming at league champion Oregon. The Cardinal reached No. 4 in the final BCS Standings and received an automatic at-large berth in a BCS Bowl and are headed to Miami for the Discover Orange Bowl. . . . Since the formation of the BCS, it marks the third time the Pac-10 has two teams participating in BCS Bowl games - Also achieved in 2000 (Washington - Rose Bowl, Oregon State - Fiesta Bowl) and 2002 (Washington State - Rose Bowl, USC - Orange Bowl).
In addition to Oregon and Stanford's appearances in the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game and Discover Orange Bowl, ARIZONA and WASHINGTON are headed to postseason destinations as well. Here's the Pac-10 bowl lineup:
Valero Alamo Bowl: Arizona (7-5) vs. Oklahoma State (10-2)
It'll be a reunion for 16 Wildcats who call Texas home, including junior QB Nick Foles who completed 254 passes in 376 attempts (.676) for 2,911 yards, 19 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. . . . His 2,911 passing yards this season rank fourth on Arizona's single-season list. He has thrown for 300 or more yards five times this season. Foles has thrown for 5,397 yards in 22 career games (245.3 ypg), which ranks eighth on Arizona's career passing yardage list. He needs 28 yards to move into seventh. . . . Junior All-Pac-10 WR Juron Criner has caught a team-leading 73 passes this season for 1,186 yards. Criner is the sixth player in school history to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. He currently ranks third on the Arizona single-season list.
Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Washington (6-6) vs. Nebraska (10-3)
Huskies reach a bowl game for the first time since the 2002 season when it played Purdue in the Sun Bowl (lost, 34-24). . . . Senior QB Jake Locker has his name all over the Washington record book - he's second in passing yards (7,357), attempts (1,131), completieons (614) and total offense yards (9,439 - 1,856 rushing, 7,583 passing), touchdown passes (53). . . . Senior All-Pac-10 LB Mason Foster collected a Pac-10 best 151 tackles this season (12.6 per game), which was second most in FBS. . . . Sophomore RB Chris Polk rushed for 1,238 yards (103.2 yards per game) to become the third Husky to rush for 1,000 or more yards in two separate seasons, joining Napoleon Kaufman (1992-93-94) and Greg Lewis (1989-90).
Discover Orange Bowl: Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2)
The Cardinal posted a school record 11 wins. . . . Sophomore All-Pac-10 QB Andrew Luck, the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, completed 245 of 349 passes (.702) for 3,051 yards this season with a school-record 28 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. . . . Sophomore RB Stepfan Taylor rushed for 1,023 yards, becoming the first Stanford sophomore to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Darrin Nelson (1,061 in 1978). His season total is the eighth best single-season total in school history. . . . For the first time since 1969, the Stanford defense pitched three shutouts in one season.
Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: Oregon (12-0) vs. Auburn (13-0)
Oregon posted a school record 12 wins and is the first Pac-10 team to finish league play with 9-0 record. . . . Oregon leads the nation in scoring (49.3 ppg) and is second in total offense (537.5 ypg). . . . Sophomore All-Pac-10 RB LaMichael James, the Doak Walker Award winner and a Heisman Trophy finalist, leads the nation in rushing with 1,682 yards (152.9 ypg) and 21 rushing touchdowns. That's the most yards rushing by a sophomore in Pac-10 history. He needs 41 yards ot set the school single-season rushing mark (1,722 by Jonathan Steward, 2007). With 3,228 career rushing yards, he needs 69 yards to become Oregon's all-time leading rusher (3,296 by Derek Loville, 1986-89).
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