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Pac-12: Arizona rises, Washington falls

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Other than the Big Game, the biggest development Saturday in the Pac-12 this weekend was Arizona's elevating itself into the middle tier of the conference and Washington's dropping into the lower tier. That's the fallout of Arizona's rout of the Huskies.

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A glance at Saturday's results in the Pac-12 – amid further appreciation of Oregon's overwhelming first half against Arizona State, on the way to a 43-21 victory Thursday.

Arizona 52, Washington 17

Each team passed for 256 yards, but that's where the similarities ended. Arizona's yardage came in big chunks on only 14 completions, while the Huskies needed 29 completions. The other difference was the Wildcats' rushing for 277 yards (Ka'Deem Carey accounted for 172 himself) to UW's 124. At the risk of overreacting to Arizona's first Pac-12 win, the Wildcats look like a dangerous team in the second half of the season, while Washington is fading.

Stanford 21, Cal 3

An upset in the Big Game became the trendy pick – but not by me. Just the same, the Cardinal's statistical dominance was surprising. Stanford topped the 300-yard mark in total offense by halftime and finished with 475 yards to Cal's 217. The Bears were held to 3 net rushing yards; Cottonwood High product Isi Sofele gained 13 yards on 10 carries. Stanford's Stepfan Taylor ran for 189 yards.

USC 50, Colorado 6

Somehow, you just knew USC quarterback Matt Barkley was ready to rack up some numbers in this game, after attempting only 20 passes the previous week at Washington. Well, he was allowed to throw only 20 passes against Colorado, because the game was out of hand early in the third quarter. By then, he had completed 19 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, four to Robert Woods. Two interesting statistics: Even with six turnovers, Colorado held the ball for 37 minutes. And while recording 22 first downs, USC faced only six third-down situations (converting two).

Oregon State 21, Utah 7

The Beavers were not all that impressive, but they did what they needed to do. OSU gained only 226 total yards, but took advantage of two turnovers deep in Utah territory to take a 14-0 lead that proved sufficient. This outcome actually sets up perfectly for the Beavers, because now there's no controversy about reinserting Sean Mannion as the starting quarterback, now that he's healthy. Nobody could say Cody Vaz deserves to keep the job, even after beating BYU and Utah.

– Kurt Kragthorpe

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine covers UA-Oregon game
» Wildcats prepare for game at No. 2 Oregon
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Strong season will help "Hill Mary" be remembered
» UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report from Tuesday
» Haller's Pac-12 power rankings
» Graham breaks down ASU's defensive woes
» Rankings: Colleges by AZ high school players

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal could face Title IX suit with field hockey now homeless
» Cal's struggling pass defense better gets its act together quickly
» Cal's Oct. 11 home game vs. Washington set for 3 p.m. kickoff
» Cal outlasts Colorado 59-56 in two overtimes

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Arizona Wildcats attempt to upset the Oregon Ducks for a second consecutive year
» Oregon Ducks break out pink football uniforms; Elijah Holyfield picks up Oregon offer: The Oregonian sports top 5
» Elijah Holyfield, son of boxing champ Evander Holyfield, receives offer from Oregon Ducks

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Shaw shoots down interest in Raiders job
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Washington football: A progress report after five games
» Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Tanisha Wright had a memorable 10th WNBA season
» UW progress report: What we know, what we don't know about the Huskies after five games
» Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference's best class ever?

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WHL notes: Paddock breaks through
» Defending option Idaho's next challenge
» Defense rebounds from a slow start
» Robert Franks joins WSU 2015 recruiting class



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