Saturday's Pac-10 Conference Capsules

Nov 11, 2007 - 8:31 AM By PA SportsTicker

(12) USC 24, (24) CALIFORNIA 17 -------------------------------

BERKELEY, California (Ticker) -- In a game that did not loom nearly as large on the college football landscape as it would have three weeks ago, Chauncey Washington came up big.

Washington rushed for a career-high 220 yards and a touchdown to lead No. 12 Southern California to a 24-17 victory over No. 24 California in a Pac-10 Conference clash Saturday.

The preseason No. 1 team in the country, USC (8-2, 5-2 Pac-10) was stunned by lowly Stanford at home on October 6, 24-23, before losing against three weeks later at Oregon, 24-17.

Cal (6-4, 3-4) was ranked second nationally and was poised to become No. 1 for the first time in program history before losing at home to Oregon State on October 13, 31-28.

With Oregon and Arizona State at the top of the conference standings, this matchup was for pride with an outside shot at a league title and a BCS bowl berth thrown in.

Those possibilities - as unlikely as they may be - are still alive for the Trojans.

Stafon Johnson ran for a three-yard TD with 7:38 to play to cap a 96-yard drive and give the Trojans a 24-17 lead.

Cal tied the game, 17-17, late in the third quarter on a 20-yard TD pass from Nate Longshore to Lavelle Hawkins. The Golden Bears had a few chances to tie the game late, but Longshore gave those opportunities away.

Longshore fumbled a snap and threw an interception in the final minutes. He finished 13-of-20 for 199 yards and two interceptions.

Justin Forsett rushed for 164 yards and a TD for Cal, which has lost the last four meetings with USC since winning in triple overtime here in 2003.

(9) ARIZONA ST 24, UCLA 20 --------------------------

PASADENA, California (Ticker) -- It took a half, but Kim Herring and Arizona State got their act together.

Herring rushed for 116 yards, including a 71-yard scoring burst midway through the third quarter, as No. 9 Arizona St rallied to beat UCLA, 24-20, in a Pac-10 Conference thriller.

Rudy Carpenter completed 16-of-31 for 200 yards and a touchdown for the Sun Devils (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) who rebounded from their first loss against Oregon last Saturday.

Arizona State, which earned its first win in the Rose Bowl in 11 years, had started the year with eight straight wins before being tripped up in Eugene, 35-23, by third-ranked Oregon last week.

This time, after trailing 10-0 in the first quarter and 13-10 at halftime, the Sun Devils use two big drives in the third to hang on for the win.

In the third period, after Arizona State pinned UCLA deep in its own territory, the offense took over at the Bruins 47-yard line.

Carpenter drove the team five plays that resulted in an 11-yard TD rumble by Dimitri Nance to give the Sun Devils their first lead at 17-13 with just over five minutes into the second half.

On Arizona State's next offensive possession, it was Herring's turn to take over.

In a drive which started at the Sun Devils 9, Herring rushed for 14 yards on the first play of the possession. After Carpenter completed a six-yard pass to Chris McGaha, before the 186-pound Herring swept to his right before cutting back all the way to his left for a 71-yard burst to make it 24-13.

It was the junior running back's third TD run of over 70 yards this season.

Following the score, UCLA's Matt Slater returned the kickoff 89 yards to cut the Bruins' deficit to 24-20. It was the third TD kickoff return by Slater, who broke the single-season school mark he had held with Maurice Jones-Drew and Brandon Russell.

The Bruins got their hands on the ball five more times in the game, but the Sun Devils' defense stiffened each time. Free safety Josh Barrett helped seal the win by intercepting Osaar Rasshan in Arizona State's end zone with 4:02 remaining.

Rasshan, the fourth quarterback used by UCLA this season, went 14-of-27 for 181 yards for the Bruins (5-5, 4-3), who lost for the fourth time in five games.

WASHINGTON STATE 33, STANFORD 17 --------------------------------

PULLMAN, Washington (Ticker) -- Alex Brink threw for 455 yards and Brandon Gibson and Jed Collins each finished with more than 100 yards receiving as Washington State posted a 33-17 victory over Stanford.

Brink completed 32-of-47 passes, Gibson caught seven passes for 156 yards and Collins hauled in 10 balls for 125 more as the Cougars (4-6, 2-5) owned a 465-264 edge in total offense.

Tavita Pritchard threw for 264 yards but was intercepted twice for Stanford (3-7, 2-6), which entered the fourth quarter trailing, 20-17.

OREGON STATE 29, WASHINGTON 23 ------------------------------

CORVALLIS, Oregon (Ticker) -- Yvenson Bernard ran for 149 yards and Alexis Serna kicked five field goals to make Oregon State bowl eligible with a wild and ugly 29-23 win over Washington.

Oregon State led 29-10 in the fourth quarter but watched the Huskies connect on two long touchdown passes to cut the lead to 29-23. Bernard fumbled on a potential TD run with 2:38 remaining but the Beavers' defense was able to turn Washington over on downs at the Oregon State 29-yard-line on the potential game-winning drive.

Washington sophomore quarterback Jake Locker was taken off the field in an ambulance in the second quarter, after a hit near the Huskies sideline left him motionless. He was taken to a local hospital but was later released and returned to Reser Stadium after a neck injury was ruled out.

After the injury, things got ugly as six personal fouls calls were called and four players were ejected.

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