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Pac-12 football: Arizona stuns No. 5 Oregon 42-16

Published November 23, 2013 7:01 pm

Pac-12 • Arizona St. to face Stanford for conference title.
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Tucson, Ariz. • The goal posts lying flat on the field, Arizona's fans lingered on the field, congregating around the locker room entrance nearly 30 minutes after rushing out of the stands.

This was a big one for Arizona.

For Oregon, it was a crushing blow, to its national title hopes and maybe its BCS bowl chances, too.

Ka'Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona's all-time leading rusher, and the Wildcats pulled off a monumental upset by taking advantage of numerous Oregon miscues, shocking the fifth-ranked Ducks 42-16 on Saturday.

"A good win, honestly," Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said. "This was a great opportunity for our guys and they took it."

It was hard to see this one coming. Arizona was coming off consecutive home losses, the most disappointing last week's toe-stubbing against Washington State.

Oregon had raced through most of its schedule, a loss to Stanford putting a dent in its national championship hopes, but a Rose Bowl bid still on the table.

The Wildcats (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) turned the tables on the fast-paced Ducks, eschewing the normal slow-it-down routine most teams play against them by keeping their foot on the throttle.

With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 2 Oregon in 2007.

Oregon gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.

Carey was the workhorse for Arizona as he has been all season, carrying a school-record 48 times while scoring on runs of 6, 1, 9 and 2 yards to break Art Luppino's career record of 48 total touchdowns set from 1953-56. Carey also reached 3,913 career yards rushing, breaking the mark of 3,824 set by Trung Canidate from 1996-99.

No. 19 Arizona St. 38, No. 14 UCLA 33 • In Pasadena, Calif., Taylor Kelly passed for 225 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 99 yards and another score, and Arizona State hung on in the fourth quarter to clinch its first Pac-12 South title with a victory over UCLA.

Marion Grice had 95 yards rushing and 72 yards receiving for the surging Sun Devils (9-2, 7-1 Pac-12), who will face Stanford in the league title game in two weeks. If Arizona State beats Arizona in the Territorial Cup game next week, the Sun Devils will host the Cardinal.

Jaelen Strong had six catches for 91 yards and a score, but Arizona State blew most of a 22-point halftime lead over the Bruins (8-3, 5-3) and scored just three points in the second half. The Sun Devils' defense held UCLA scoreless on its final two drives to wrap up their sixth consecutive victory.

Brett Hundley passed for 253 yards and two touchdowns for UCLA, which hadn't lost at home this season. Myles Jack rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown while the freshman linebacker played almost exclusively on offense.

No. 10 Stanford 63, California 13 • Ty Montgomery matched a Stanford school record with five touchdowns, scoring his first four on as many touches to start the game, and the host Cardinal beat Bay Area rival California while also clinching a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with Oregon's loss.

Kevin Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a 9-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13. The Cardinal (9-2, 7-2 Pac-12) bounced back from last week's loss at USC but needed No. 5 Oregon to lose one of its final two games to earn a spot in the conference championship.

Hogan set career highs with 329 yards passing and the five TD passes.

Cal (1-11, 0-9) lost its 10th straight. —

Standings

Conference All Games

W L PF PA W L PF PA

North

Stanford 7 2 299 175 9 2 367 208

Oregon 6 2 341 197 9 2 525 224

Oregon St. 4 3 239 187 6 4 352 280

Wash. St. 4 4 227 307 6 5 341 348

Washington 3 4 238 207 6 4 366 237

California 0 9 175 425 1 11 276 551

South

Ariz. St. 7 1 340 210 9 2 461 277

USC 5 2 218 165 8 3 310 213

UCLA 5 3 245 221 8 3 403 275

Arizona 4 4 241 212 7 4 372 238

Colorado 1 6 137 327 4 6 259 388

Utah 1 7 206 273 4 7 326 319

Saturday's game

Arizona 42, Oregon 16

Washington St. 49, Utah 37

Stanford 63, California 13

Arizona St. 38, UCLA 33

Southern Cal at Colorado, late

Washington at Oregon St., late

Friday's games

Washington St. at Washington, 11:30 a.m.

Oregon St. at Oregon, 5 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 30

UCLA at Southern Cal, TBA

Colorado at Utah, noon

Notre Dame at Stanford, 5 p.m.

Arizona at Arizona St., 7:30 p.m.