Pac-12 football on national stage in week 11

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GAME THEMES: A midweek showdown between North Division rivals OREGON and STANFORD kicks off the action with a primetime ESPN telecast Thursday night at 6 p.m. PT. Oregon, which has won 17-straight Conference road games, looks to avenge last season’s lone loss behind its explosive offense - 632.1 yards total offense (331.5 rush/300.6 pass) and 55.6 points per game. Stanford attempts to keep pace in the North Division race and will count on a stout defense to keep the Duck offense in check. The Cardinal are 10th in the FBS in stopping the run, allowing 103.3 yards rushing per game. . . CALIFORNIA is coming off one of its better performances this season. Freshman QB Jared Goff (320.1 passing yards per game) will face one of his toughest challenges on the year against a USC defense that’s 12th in the FBS in allowing 323.6 yards per game and is 9th in sacks, averaging 3.22 per game. . . ARIZONA STATE will look to continue to control its own destiny in the South Division race. The Sun Devil offense is clicking behind junior QB Taylor Kelly, who has led ASU to better than 500 yards of total offense in three straight games. Averaging 46.6 points per game isn’t too shabby either. Expect UTAH co-offensive coordinator, and former ASU head coach, Dennis Erickson to have a few tricks up his sleeve in leading the Utes into the end zone. . . WASHINGTON seeks one more victory to become bowl eligible as it entertains COLORADO. The Buffs defense will be put to test in stopping Husky TB Bishop Sankey, who is third in the nation in rushing (145.2 ypg). . . It’s homecoming weekend in Tucson as ARIZONA and UCLA battle to keep pace in the South Division race. The Bruins will look to multi-talented sophomore QB Brett Hundley to spoil the weekend festivities in Tucson (Hundley’s father letter as a running back for Arizona in 1986). Meanwhile, the Wildcats will lean on junior RB Ka’Deem Carey, the leading rusher in the FBS (153.1 ypg), as they begin the toughest portion of their schedule with three of their next four opponents ranked among the Top 25.

BCS TOP FIVE MATCHUP: When No. 3 OREGON visits No. 5 STANFORD Thursday, it will be the second ever matchup between two Pac-12 teams ranked among the BCS top-five. The only other time it occurred was on Nov. 3, 2007 in Eugene, Ore., when No. 5 Oregon defeated No. 4 ARIZONA STATE, 35-23. 

IN THE AP POLL: Among AP ranked Pac-12 teams, Thursday’s showdown in Stanford between AP No. 2 OREGON and AP No. 6 STANFORD, it marks the 30th matchup of Top 10 Pac-12 teams. See page 8 of this release for a list of the other 29 games between Top 10 Pac-12 teams (AP poll).

No. 2 OREGON (8-0, 5-0) at No. 6 STANFORD (7-1, 5-1)
OREGON: The Ducks enter the matchup against Stanford with the nation’s second best total offense (632.1 avg) and scoring offense (55.6 ppg). . . Oregon has eclipsed the 40-point mark in the first eight games of the season for the third time in four seasons. . . Oregon has won 17 straight road games in Pac-12 play. It’s last road loss in league play came at Stanford on Nov. 7, 2009 (51-42). . . Sophomore RB Byron Marshall has rushed for 100 or more yards in five straight games, and six times this season. . . Sophomore QB Marcus Mariota has now gone 293 attempts without an interception. His last pick came in the first half vs. Stanford in 2012. Mariota has tossed at least one TD pass in all 21 games of his career. . . The Ducks lead the league in both scoring offense (55.6 ppg) and scoring defense (16.9 ppg). The last team to lead the Pac-12 in both categories was USC in 2004 (Offense: 38.2 ppg; Defense: 13.0 ppg).
STANFORD: The Stanford defense has allowed an average of 11.0 points per game over the last two games to UCLA (10 pts) and Oregon State (12 pts) - those two teams are currently tied for third in the Pac-12 in scoring offense at 37.2 points per game. . . Stanford has posted 11 sacks in the last two games, including a season-high eight in its last outing vs. Oregon State. . . Senior LB Trent Murphy leads the Pac-12 in sacks (9.5) and tackles for loss (13.5), those numbers rank second and fifth respectively in the FBS. . . Senior RB Tyler Gaffney is third in the Pac-12 in rushing (110.8 ypg). With 886 rushing yards, he needs 114 more to reach 1,000 for the season. He’d become the seventh player in Stanford history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.
LAST MEETING (11/17/12): Jordan Williamson hit a 37-yard field goal in overtime and No. 14 Stanford upset No. 1 Oregon 17-14 in Eugene. Kevin Hogan threw for 211 yards and a game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown for Stanford, while Stepfan Taylor rushed for 161 yards on 33 carries. The Stanford defense limited the Ducks to 198 yards rushing.
USC (6-3, 3-2) at CALIFORNIA (1-8, 0-6)
USC: With a 13-game regular season schedule, USC needs to reach seven wins to become bowl eligible. . . After averaging 295 yards in total offense the last two games, USC put up 489 yards of total offense in its 31-14 win at Oregon State. For the second time this season, the Trojans had a pair of running backs post 100-yard games with senior Silas Redd rushing for 140 yards (6.4 ypc) and sophomore Javorius Allen collecting 133 yards (8.3 ypc) and 3 TDs. Allen was USC’s fourth different back to rush for 100 yards this season. . . Junior WR Marqise Lee grabbed five passes for a season-high 105 yards and one TD.  He has 14 100-yard receiving games in his career, 3 shy of the USC record. . . . Over the last three games, the USC defense has allowed just 10.3 points per game and an average of 290 yards total offense per game. USC is 13th in the FBS in scoring defense (18.7 ppg) and 12th in total defense (323.6 ypg).
CALIFORNIA: In the loss to Arizona, Cal set the school record for most pass completions and attempts in a season, now with 286 completions and 482 attempts. The Bears topped the previous records of 278 completions and 452 attempts set in 2003. . . Freshman QB Jared Goff threw for 289 yards and a personal-best four TD passes. Now with 2,881 passing yards this season, Goff ranks fifth on Cal’s single-season list for passing yards (Aaron Rodgers is fourth with 2,903 in 2003). . . Freshman WR Kenny Lawler had six catches for 72 yards and three TDs (last Cal receiver with three TD receptions in a game, DeSean Jackson vs. Minnesota in 2006). . . For the fourth straight game, freshman CB Cameron Walker had a personal best with 13 tackles vs. Arizona. Of his 53 total tackles, 40 have come in the last four games.
LAST MEETING (9/22/12): Behind a defense that posted 9 sacks, including 3.5 by DE Morgan Breslin, and an offense led by 100-yard rushing outings from TBs Silas Redd (158 yds) and Curtis McNeal (115 yds) along with a pair of TD throws from QB Matt Barkley to WR Marqise Lee, No. 13 USC defeated California, 27-9, in Los Angeles.
No. 23 ARIZONA STATE (6-2, 4-1) at UTAH (4-4, 1-4)
ARIZONA STATE: With the exception of a game-ending kneel vs. Colorado, ASU has now scored on 42-straight red zone possessions. . . Junior QB Taylor Kelly threw five TD passes for the second time this season and third time in his career. Andrew Walter holds the school career mark for five or more TD passes in a game with four. . . ASU has posted 500 yards or more of total offense in three straight games and five this season. . . The Sun Devil defense has stepped up to stop the run. Over the last three games, ASU has held each opponent to under 100 yards rushing, allowing an average of 36.0 yards rushing per game in that stretch.
UTAH: Utah’s all-time record coming off regular season byes is 94-39-6. Kyle Whittingham is 6-3 after regular-season byes and 0-1 this year with a loss to UCLA on Oct. 3. . . This week’s game against No. 23 ASU marks the seventh time in school history that the Utes have faced three ranked teams in the Associated Press poll in a season. Utah is 1-1 against ranked teams this season, losing to No. 12 UCLA and beating No. 5 Stanford. Plus, they’ll get another ranked opponent in Oregon next week. . . Junior WR Dres Anderson is tied for second in the nation in receptions of 50 yards or longer with five. Utah is tied for fourth in the nation in plays from scrimmage of 50 yards or longer with 10.
LAST MEETING (9/22/12): Arizona State scored on its first three possessions to jump to a 21-0 lead and went on to beat Utah, 37-7, in Tempe. ASU piled up 512 yards in offense behind the play of quarterback Taylor Kelly who completed 19 of 26 passes for 326 yards and 3 TDs.
COLORADO (3-5, 0-5) at WASHINGTON (5-3, 2-3)
COLORADO: Junior WR Paul Richardson now has 57 catches for 984 yards, 18.3 per, with eight touchdowns this season, and for his career, he has 130 for 2,053 yards and 19 touchdowns (seventh, sixth and tied for fourth, respectively, all- time at CU), as he continues to inch closer to all the CU season marks: 78 receptions (D.J. Hackett, 2003), 1,149 yds (Charles E. Johnson, 1992) and 11 TDs (Derek McCoy, 2003). . . CU running backs have combined for 234 carries without a fumble this season. Tony Jones has 261 career touches with just one fumble, Christian Powell has 274 in his career with only two. . . With 97 rushing yards at UCLA, Powell became the 50th player in CU history to rush for 1,000 career yards (finished the game with 1,067, 44th on CU’s all-time list). . . ILB Addison Gillam has 81 tackles, four shy of the school’s freshman record.
WASHINGTON: The Huskies look to become bowl eligible with their next victory. . . Junior RB Bishop Sankey enters the week as the nation’s No. 3 rusher with 145.3 yards per game. His last time out, he rushed for a career-best 241 yards vs. California. Sankey, one of only four Huskies to surpass 1,000 yards in more than one season, also ranks No. 4 in the nation in rushing touchdowns, with 12. Sankey’s 2,788 career rush yards are good for 6th in UW history. . . Senior QB Keith Price moved into the No. 2 spot in UW career passing yards and now has 8,122 career yards, having moved past Jake Locker (7,639) on the career chart. . . Junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins has 17 career touchdown receptions, easily the most in UW history by a tight end, but also tied for fourth-most in Husky history among all players. 
LAST MEETING (11/17/12): Aided by two interceptions and five sacks, the Washington defense limited Colorado to 141 yards in total offense on the way to a 38-3 victory in Boulder.  Keith Price connected on 22 of 29 passes for 248 yards and 5 TDs, while Bishop Sankey rushed for 139 yards on 23 carries to lead the Huskies on offense.
No. 16 UCLA (6-2, 3-2) at ARIZONA (6-2, 3-2)
UCLA: In UCLA’s win over Colorado, sophomore QB Brett Hundley notched his third-career game with two passing touchdowns and two rushing scores (at Colorado, 2012; Nevada, 2013). Hundley has moved into third in UCLA history in total offense (6,524). He posted 345 yards of total offense against the Buffs. It is his 10th-career game with at least 300 yards of total offense. . . Senior WR Shaquelle Evans has caught at least one pass in 23 straight games. . . The Bruins are 13-0 under head coach Jim Mora when ahead at the half.
ARIZONA: The Wildcats became bowl eligible with their 33-28 win at California. . .  Junior RB Ka’Deem Carey toted the ball 32 times for 152 yards and currently leads the nation with 153.1 yards per game. It was his 17th 100-yard outing and his 11th straight, breaking Trung Canidate’s UA record of 10 straight from the 1999 season. He increased his 2013 season rushing total to 1,072 yards for his second-straight 1,000-yard season and became to the fourth Wildcat all-time to post multiple 1,000-yard seasons. He needs 398 yards to break the Arizona career rushing record (Trung Canidate, 1996-99, 3,825 yards). . . Arizona has turned the ball over a league-low eight times this season (5 fumbles, 3 interceptions). . . Freshman WR Samajie Grant hauled in nine receptions for 78 yards in the win at California. He’s collected a team-leading 33 catches for 255 yards while averaging 7.7 yards per catch. His 33 catches are the most by a freshman in the Pac-12 this season.
LAST MEETING (11/3/12): Johnathan Franklin had 162 yards in becoming UCLA’s career rushing leader, redshirt freshman Brett Hundley passed for 288 yards and three touchdowns, and the Bruins overwhelmed the Wildcat, 66-10, in Pasadena. Franklin entered the game needing 21 yards to overtake Gaston Green (3,731 yards from 1984-87).
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