Conference title game rematch headlines Pac-12 football in week eight

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GAME THEMES: After severe rain and flooding forced the cancellation of COLORADO’s home game with Fresno State on Sept. 14, the Buffs were able to schedule Charleston Southern for their open date on Oct. 19. The Buffs look to get back to .500 behind freshman QB Sefo Liufau  . . .  In a rematch of last season’s Pac-12 Championship Game, UCLA visits Stanford where the ninth-ranked Bruins look to remain undefeated against a Cardinal squad coming off an upset loss at Utah . . . WASHINGTON looks to rebound following back-to-back defeats to then-No. 5 Stanford and No. 2 Oregon with a road contest at ARIZONA STATE. Both teams are among the nation’s top-20 in total offense with No. 8 Washington (526.8 ypg) and No. 18 Arizona State (496.5 ypg) . . . USC visits Notre Dame with the victor claiming the Shilelagh. It’s the 85th meeting between the two storied programs, and for the 11th time, neither team is ranked heading into the game. Despite losing two of the last three against the Irish, USC has won nine of the last 11 meetings . . . WASHINGTON STATE is in search of its fifth win, something it last accomplished during the 2007 season, when it travels to No. 2 OREGON. The Cougars throw for 346.9 ypg (8th in the FBS), while the Ducks are second in the nation in total offense (630.5 ypg) and scoring (56.8 ppg) . . . UTAH looks to ride the momentum of its win over No. 5 Stanford into Tucson to take on an ARIZONA squad in search of its first league victory. Arizona’ QB B.J. Denker is coming off a career-best performance at USC where he threw for 363 yards and four TDs . . . OREGON STATE travels to CALIFORNIA where it will continue to ride the arm of junior QB Sean Mannion as the Beavers look to keep stride with their in-state rival atop the North Division standings. Mannion has completed 194-of-289 for a nation-leading 2,511 yards, along with 25 TDs and just three picks. The Bears counter with their freshman QB Jared Goff who has set impressive Cal records of his own. He’s one of five quarterbacks in the nation to already amass over 2,000 yards this season, including a school single-game record 504 yards in the loss to Washington State earlier this year.

THE POLLS: The first Harris Poll of the season was released Sunday. It’s among the polls used in the BCS selection process. The OREGON Ducks hold down the No. 2 spot, and is joined by UCLA (9), Stanford (12) and Washington (25) among the Top 25 . . . The first BCS poll will be released this Sunday. 


Charleston Southern (7-0) at COLORADO (2-3, 0-3)
COLORADO: Trailing 25-0 in the first quarter, the Buffs inserted freshman QB Sefo Liufau into Colorado’s loss at Arizona State. He responded by completing 18-of-26 passes for 169 yards and the first TD of his career. . . Freshman LB Addison Gillam leads the Pac-12 in tackles (10.6 pg). He is one of two freshmen to lead their respective teams in tackles. The other is California freshman LB Hardy Nickerson (7.2 pg). . . Junior WR Paul Richardson continues to pace the Colorado receivers with 35 receptions/660 yards (18.9 ypc). His 132.0 yards per game is second in the Pac-12 and third nationally.
LAST TIME: First meeting 
No. 9 UCLA (5-0, 2-0) at No. 13 STANFORD (6-1, 3-1)
UCLA: Sophomore QB Brett Hundley completed 31-of-41 for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdowns in the win over Cal. It was the third-highest passing yardage total for one game in school history. Only Cade McNown (513 vs. Miami, 1998) and Drew Olson (510 vs. Arizona State, 2005) had more. . . Hundley recorded his ninth career game with at least 300 yards of total offense (2nd of 400 yards), second only to McNown’s 12. It was his fourth in a row (428 yards tonight), which breaks his own school record for consecutive contests with at least 300 yards of total offense. Hundley moved into fifth in UCLA history in total offense (5,824). The Bruins have outscored their opponents 71-0 in the third quarter this season. . . The Bruins scored at least 30 points for the fifth straight game to open the season. UCLA last accomplished that feat in 1998.
STANFORD: Junior WR Ty Montgomery had 296 all-purpose yards (5 rushing, 131 receiving, 160 kick return). He posted a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD, his second return of the season for a TD. . . In the loss at Utah, the Cardinal allowed a first-quarter TD for the fist time this season and gave up more first-quarter points (14) than it surrendered in the first quarter of its first five games combined (12). . . Senior RB Tyler Gaffney rushed for 108 yards at Utah, pushing his season average to 95.0 ypg. It was his second 100-yard game this season.
LAST TIME: The Cardinal knocked off UCLA 27-24 in the 2012 Pac-12 Championship Game at Stanford. Stanford’s Kevin Hogan completed 16-of-22 passes for 155 yards and a TD. He added 47 yards rushing and another score.
No. 20 WASHINGTON (4-2, 1-2) at ARIZONA STATE (4-2, 2-1)
WASHINGTON: Junior RB Bishop Sankey rushed for 167 yards in the loss to Oregon. He moved his career total to 2,525 yards, good for seventh on the UW career chart. Sankey has rushed for 100 or more yards in nine of his last 11 games. He continues to pace the nation with 149.8 ypg. . . Senior QB Keith Price has 7,529 career passing yards and trails Jake Locker (7,639) by 110 yards for second most all-time at Washington.
ARIZONA STATE: Senior RB Marion Grice added two more TDs in ASU’s win over Colorado to up his FBS-leading total to 15 TDs on the year. Grice led the Sun Devils last season with 19 TDs. . . The Sun Devils are averaging 44.2 points per game, which ranks 10th nationally. There have been only four other seasons in which Arizona State averaged 40 or more points a game: 1972 (46.8 ppg), 1973 (43.2 ppg), 1968 (41.4 ppg), and 1996 (40.7 ppg).
LAST TIME: Arizona State won it’s seventh straight over the Huskies with a 24-14 win in Seattle on Oct. 9, 2010. ASU’s Steven Threat threw for 288 yards and two TDs.
USC (4-2, 1-2) at Notre Dame (4-2)
USC: The Trojans defeated Arizona in interim-head coach Ed Orgeron’s debut. . . Senior TB Silas Redd made his season debut and rushed for a team-high 80 yards on 19 carries (7 consecutive carries came on USC’s last possession of the game). . . USC had five players rush for 30 or more yards (Redd-80, freshman TB Justin Davis-38, sophomore TB Javorius Allen-37, freshman TB Ty Isaac-36 and sophomore QB Cody Kessler-34). It was the first time the Trojans had five players rush for 30 or more yards since 1990 vs. Arizona State (Royster-97, Foley-60, Lockwood-58, Strother-49, Spears-32). . . Sophomore WR Nelson Agholor hauled in seven receptions for a season-high 161 yards and 1 TD in the win over Arizona. . . Through six games, USC has allowed just seven points in the first quarter.
LAST TIME: Notre Dame capped off an undefeated 2012 regular season and secured a spot in the BCS national championship with a 21-13 win over the Trojans. Notre Dame PK Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals in the win.
WASHINGTON STATE (4-3, 2-2) at No. 2 OREGON (6-0, 3-0)
WASHINGTON STATE: Despite averaging 346.9 yards per game through the air, the Cougars have just one player among the league’s top 12 in receptions/game and receiving yards/game. Sophomore Gabe Marks is sixth in receptions (6.6 pg) and 12th in receiving yardage (73.1 ypg). Twelve different receivers have caught at least 10 passes for the Cougars, with eight receivers recording 27.0 or more receiving yards per game.
OREGON: Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has yet to throw an interception this season in 165 attempts and has extended his streak to 233 attempts without a pick dating back to the first half vs. Stanford in 2012. . . He’s completed 100 passes for 1,724 yards and 17 TDs. His 182.4 passing efficiency ranks fifth in the FBS. . . In addition to averaging 287.3 yards through the air, the elusive Mariota averages 71.0 yards per game on the ground for 10.4 yards per carry. . . Sophomore WR Bralon Addison had his second straight game of more than 150 yards receiving, finishing with eight receptions for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He has six TDs in three Pac-12 games to date. . . Senior WR Josh Huff had his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season with six catches for 107 yards including a career-long 65-yard touchdown grab.
LAST TIME: The second-ranked Ducks held a 23-19 lead at the half, but exploded for 21 points in a four-minute span in the third quarter to pull away for a 51-26 win in Pullman last year. Kenjon Barner led Oregon’s ground attack with 195 yards rushing with 3 TDs. WSU’s Connor Halliday threw for 348 yards and one TD in the loss. 
UTAH (4-2, 1-2) at ARIZONA (3-2, 0-2)
UTAH: The Utes are coming off a win over No. 5 Stanford. It was the first home win over top-five ranked opponent in school history. . . Sophomore RB Bubba Poole had his second career 100-yard rushing game with 111 yards on 22 carries. He also had a career-high 75 receiving yards for 186 total yards of offense. . . Sophomore QB Travis Wilson threw for 234 yards, completing 23-of-34 passes (two touchdowns, one interception). He has thrown for over 200 yards in every game this year and eight times in his career. . . Senior DE/LB Trevor Reilly had his eighth career forced fumble, moving into a tie for second all-time at Utah. The school record is nine, held by Eric Weddle (2003-06). Reilly led Utah with seven tackles and got two of Utah’s three fumble recoveries.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats are looking for their first conference win. . . Junior RB Ka”Deem Carey rushed for 138 yards at USC and is now averaging 142.2 yards per game this season (second in the Pac-12, fourth nationally). . . Senior QB B.J. Denker completed 28-of-44 for a career-high 363 yards and 4 TDs at USC. His output through the air against USC nearly doubled his season. He now has completed 73-of-134 passes for 808 yards.
LAST TIME: Arizona’s Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 204 yards and 1 TD as the Wildcats rolled up 320 yards on the ground in a 34-24 win over the Utes in Salt Lake City last season. The Utes’ Travis Wilson threw for 311 yards and 2 TDs.
OREGON STATE (5-1, 3-0) at CALIFORNIA (1-5, 0-3)
OREGON STATE: Junior QB Sean Mannion’s has five consecutive 350-yard passing games. That surpasses Derek Anderson’s four 350-yard passing games in 2004 as the previous school record for a single-season. The 493 passing yards in the win over Washington State sets the Oregon State record and Mannion owns five of the 14 all-time 400-yard passing games. . . Mannion has now thrown for 25 TD in 2013, tied for the third-most in a single season at Oregon State. He has 56 TD passes for his career moving into second all-time at Oregon State. . . Mannion has now found sophomore WR Brandin Cooks for 17 touchdown passes in their careers tying for the most in school history with Erik Wilhelm and Robb Thomas. 
CALIFORNIA: No. 11 UCLA was the fourth of Cal’s six opponents this year to be ranked at the time of the game (also #22 Northwestern, #3 Ohio State; #2 Oregon). The combined record for the five opponents that have defeated Cal this year is 25-4. . . Cole Leininger had two punts of at least 50 yards to give him seven 50-yard punts this season. He had eight all of last year. He’s second in the league, averaging 42.6 yards per kick. . . PK Vincenzo D’Amato made a season-long 51-yard field goal in the second quarter. It was the second-longest of his career (52 at Washington State, 2012). D’Amato is now 12-for-13 on field goals this season.
LAST TIME: Oregon State rolled up 559 yards in total offense in a 62-14 win over California in Corvallis. Sean Mannion threw for 325 yards and 4 TDs, while Terron Ward rushed for 128 yards and a pair of scores. 
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