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Week 12: Pac-12 Recap

It was another exciting week in the Pac-12

NCAA Football: Stanford at California Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Stanford/Cal

The Big Game: Christian McCaffery had a huge game, breaking records along the way. McCaffrey broke his own single-game rushing record at Stanford of 243 yards and the Big Game record of 226 yards set by Cal's Joe Igber in 2002 to help the Cardinal (8-3, 6-3 Pac-12) keep the coveted Axe with yet another win over their rival. The Cardinal won last year's game, 35-22, and have won six straight in the series. The Bear Raid still had it’s affect on Stanford though. On the first play from scrimmage for Cal, Webb hit Hansen on a slant for a 70 yard touchdown. McCaffery was just too much, per usual.

Stanford: 45 Cal: 31


Arizona State/Washington

While the final score doesn’t quite indicate as much, it wasn’t smooth sailing from the start for Washington against the Sun Devils. The offense still looked out of sorts in the first half, much like it did in the 26-13 loss to USC, with quarterback Jake Browning getting picked off twice and the Huskies managing just a field goal after they recovered a muffed punt by Arizona State at the Sun Devils’ 11 yard line. UW even looked like it might have to fight back from a deficit after Browning’s second pick, which initially appeared to be a pick six for Koron Crump but was called back to Washington’s 13 due to a block in the back. In fact, the only thing stopping Arizona State from tying the Huskies at three-all or taking the lead was an incredible one-handed Kevin King interception in the end zone. That swung the momentum for the Huskies and they pulled away and it was over by the time the Sun Devils scored. UW’s win ended a 10-game losing streak against Arizona State dating back to 2002, and it also keeps the Huskies in the conversation to be one of the four teams in the College Football Playoff at the end of the season.

Washington: 44 Arizona St: 18


Washington State/Colorado:

In a game that meant so much for both teams, the home team prevailed and ended the Cougars 8 game winning streak and handed them their first conference loss, it also sets up a very interesting Apple Cup. Colorado QB Sefo Liufau threw for 345 yards and rushed for 108 while Buffs RB Phillip Lindsay ran for 2 touchdowns and 144 yards. Cougs QB Falk threw for 325 yards and three TD’s for a Wazzu squad who had seemingly been unstoppable. If CU can beat Utah next week, they will win the South Division and if Wazzu can beat UW next week, then they can win the North! Who would have predicted that scenario before the season started?

Washington State: 28 Colorado: 38


Oregon at Utah:

The Ducks pulled off an improbable upset on two crazy plays and ended up with a win in Salt Lake City. It was a tale of two halves for the Ducks who couldn’t get anything going in the first half against the Utes defense. In the first half The Ducks drove inside Utah's 40-yard line five times, resulting in a fourth-down stop, a field goal, two punts and a missed field goal. They registered 264 yards, They then rallied late in the 4th quarter and they ended on an insane catch by Carrington (below)

to seal the upset for the Ducks. Prior to the TD that won the game, Utah and Oregon traded touchdowns and made the game a lot more interesting late. The Ducks ended up with 20 points alone in the 4th quarter. The Ducks move on to the Civil War next in Corvallis!

Oregon: 30 Utah: 28


USC/UCLA:

USC continued their hot-play, torching their rivals 36-14. USC outgained UCLA in total yards 527-266. They also dominated in time of possession holding the ball for 43 minutes and 47 seconds (UCLA had it just 16:13). With Utah’s shocking loss to Oregon, USC is still in the race to win the Pac-12. Check out the highlights below.

USC: 36 UCLA: 14


Arizona at Oregon State:

The struggling Wildcats crawled into Reser Stadium and met a hungry Beavers squad who was eager for a win. Both teams came into the game a combined 1-12 in conference play. Not a game most would find interesting, yet if you watched anyway, you saw a kid named Nall run wherever he wanted and however he wanted, finishing with 139 yards and 2 total touchdowns. Also you probably find yourself wondering where this version of Marcus McMaryion has been all season? He came into the game with 5 interceptions and 5 touchdowns on the season. He left the game with 10 touchdowns and still just 5 interceptions. Marcus was 16-19 for 5 touchdowns throwing for 265 yards. Jordan Villamin had been struggling this season and he seemed to be playing inspired, as the whole team had been, with Seth Collins in the hospital struggling with Meningitis. Villamin finished the game with 6 receptions, 124 yards and a touchdown. 5 different Beavers were on the receiving end of touchdown passes. Trevon Bradford and Timmy Hernandez both caught their first career touchdowns in this contest. Arizona was never really in this game and the most excitement came from their sidelines when head coach Rich Rodriguez had a meltdown, seemingly talking to himself in said, meltdown

The Beavers host the Civil War next and it will be a battle of two teams who desperately need another win and want those bragging rights.

Arizona: 17 Oregon St: 42