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2020 Pac-12 Football Championship Game

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This Week in Pac-12 Football

Nov 11, 2020

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TOP 25 AND MORE: OREGON moves up in the AP to No. 11 and to No. 12 in the Coaches poll, while USC remains at No. 20 in both. ARIZONA STATE, CALIFORNIA, UTAH and WASHINGTON all received votes in the AP heading into this weekend.

PAC-12 COVERAGE: Through the first six weeks of this seven-game season, every Pac-12 football game will be televised nationally by a combination of ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, FOX and FS1. 

  • FOX tripleheader of Pac-12 football is set for this weekend after UTAH at UCLA moved from Friday, Nov. 13 to a Saturday kickoff.
  • Pac-12 Network is wrapping up each Saturday after the day’s final game with “Pac-12 After Dark.”
  • Pac-12.com is also featuring a weekly newsletter from Yogi that will provide previews and breakdowns of the upcoming matchups.

RUNNING DUCKS: OREGON had three different players rush for 78 yards-or-more in the Ducks 35-14 win over STANFORD last weekend, and four different players with a rushing touchdown. 

  • CJ Verdell led the way, rushing for 105 yards and one TD, his ninth career 100-yard rushing game.
  • Ducks QB Tyler Shough followed suit with 85 rushing yards and a rushing TD, to go along with 227 passing and one TD.
  • The Ducks are now 14-0 under Head Coach Mario Cristobal when holding opponents to 24 points-or-less.

A BUFFALO STAMPEDE: In the Buffs 48-42 win over UCLA, Jarek Broussard rushed for 187 yards with three TD in his first career start.

  • The 187 yards were the most rushing yards ever by a Buff in their collegiate debut and the most by a Pac-12 player in their debut since OREGON STATE’s Malcolm Agnew ran for 223 in 2011.
  • Broussard garnered Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors, presented by Nextiva, as well as honorable mention for The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award National Player of the Week. 

THE GROUND RAID: For the first time since 2010, WASHINGTON STATE had more rushing yards (229) than passing yards (227) last weekend in the Cougars’ 38-28 win over OREGON STATE.

HE’S STILL NOT KEDON AROUND: USC quarterback Kedon Slovis had 40 completions in the Trojans’ thrilling comeback over ARIZONA STATE last weekend, the most completions ever in a game by a USC quarterback.

  • His 40 completions broke the previous record of 37 which was shared by JT Daniels in 2018 vs. Notre Dame and Slovis last season vs. UCLA.
  • With a pair of touchdowns in the game, he also extended his streak of two-or-more passing touchdowns to nine-straight games. 
  • The victory was the first USC after trailing by 13+ points in the fourth quarter since beating Penn State in the 2017 Rose Bowl. 

SOMETHING WAS A BRUIN: Dorian Thompson-Robinson became the first UCLA player ever with 300 passing and 100 rushing yards in the same game after throwing for 303 and rushing for a career-high 109 in the season-opener against COLORADO. 

PAC-12, CONFERENCE OF JAYDENS: In the Cougars’ 38-28 win last weekend, Jayden de Laura become the first true freshman in school history to open the season as the starting quarterback and rewarded the decision by throwing for 227 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for 43 yards and one touchdown.

  • ARIZONA STATE’s Jayden Daniels ran for 111 yards and threw for 134 for the Sun Devils last weekend, the fifth time in school history a quarterback has rushed for 100+ and just the second time in the last 40 years (Taylor Kelly, 2013).

2020 NFF WILLIAM V. CAMPBELL TROPHY: On Nov. 12, the National Football Foundation is set to announce the 12 finalists for the 2020 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by Mazda, recognizing the best in the country for combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership.

  • Each finalist receives an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship.
  • The Pac-12 has eight semifinalists who have a chance at being named among the 12 finalists, including: Michael Saffell (Cal), Matt Lynch (Colorado), Brady Breeze (Oregon), Andrzej Hughes-Murray (Oregon State), Jet Toner (Stanford), Erik Krommenhoek (USC), Drew Lisk (Utah) and Elijah Molden (Washington).
  • The awards most recent recipient was Justin Herbert (Oregon), the Conference’s first winner since Alex Mack (Cal) in 2008.