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ROAD TO THE T


he biggest game on the Pac-12’s regular-season schedule came in week 11 at Stan- ford, where sixth-ranked Oregon upended the fourth-ranked Cardinal 53–30. The


victory was the Ducks’ ninth in a row and moved them into sole possession of fi rst place in the North Division. The win also moved Oregon to No. 4 in the Bowl Championship Series standings. Stanford had its 17-game winning streak (the longest active streak in the nation


to that point)


snapped. The Cardinal had not lost since falling at Oregon fi ve weeks into the 2010 season. The Ducks had to overcome a big defi cit in that game, but this time they were in control from the start. Linebacker Dewitt Stuckey’s fi rst- quarter interception led to a 4-yard touch- down pass from Darron Thomas to Lavasier Tuinei, and Oregon never trailed. Thomas went on to pass for three touchdowns, and LaMichael James rushed for 146 yards and three scores for the Ducks, whose path to the Pac-12 Championship Game became simple: One more win, and they were in. No such clarity existed in the South,


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where UCLA and Arizona State both stum- bled when faced with opportunities to take control of the division race. The Bruins lost at Utah 31–6, while Arizona State was stunned at Washington State, 37–27.


AROUND THE PAC-12


Snow was falling at kickoff in Salt Lake City, but that did not bother John White, who ran for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns in Utah’s victory over UCLA. The Utes won for the third week in a row. . . . Curtis McNeal ran for a career-best 148 yards, with 79 of them coming on a third-quarter touchdown run, in USC’s 40–17 victory over Washington in Los Angeles. . . . California became bowl-eligible by beating visiting Oregon State 23–6. The Bears got 190 yards from Isi Sofele while outgaining the Beavers 296 to 27 on the ground.


STANDINGS


NORTH Oregon


Stanford


Washington California


Conference 7 0 7 1 4 3 3 4


Washington State 2 5 Oregon State


2 5 Overall


9 1 9 1 6 4 6 4 4 6 2 8


SOUTH USC


Conference 5 2


Arizona State 4 3 UCLA Utah


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Colorado Arizona


4 3 3 4 1 6 1 7


Overall


8 2 6 4 5 5 6 4 2 9 2 8


NOVEMBER 12 SCORES


California 23, Oregon State 6 Colorado 48, Arizona 29 Oregon 53, Stanford 30 USC 40, Washington 17 Utah 31, UCLA 6 Washington St. 37, Arizona St. 27


PLEASANT HALLIDAY


Injuries forced Washington State to turn to freshman quarterback Connor Halliday for the fi rst extensive playing time of his career. He responded by passing for 494 yards—a Conference record for a fresh- man—and earned Offensive Player of the Week honors in the Cougars’ victory over Arizona State. Nickel back Travis San- dersfeld took the defensive nod for mak- ing 14 tackles and intercepting a pass as Colorado snapped a seven-game losing streak by beating Arizona 48–29. Honors on special teams went to USC’s Marqise Lee, who returned the second-half kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown against Washington.


Travis Sandersfeld


AP Photo/Bill Nichols


University of Colorado


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