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Pac 12 roundup: Utah usurps UCLA to become bowl eligible

Sun., Nov. 13, 2011

Dres Anderson, left, and Utah handled UCLA (Associated Press)
Dres Anderson, left, and Utah handled UCLA (Associated Press)

John White rushed for 167 yards and scored three touchdowns and Conroy Black returned an interception 67 yards for another score to lift Utah to a 31-6 victory over UCLA on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.

The win makes the Utes (6-4, 3-4 Pac-12) bowl-eligible for the ninth straight year and gave offensive coordinator Norm Chow another victory against a former team.

UCLA (5-5, 4-3) saw its grip on a possible Pac-12 South title slip away with two Kevin Prince interceptions. The Bruins will need a win at home against Colorado or at USC to qualify for a bowl for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.

The win was Utah’s third straight. Utah’s defense, ranked No. 3 overall in the Pac-12, held the Bruins to a pair of Tyler Gonzalez field goals.

California 23, Oregon St. 6: Isi Sofele rushed for a career-high 190 yards and one touchdown, quarterback Zach Maynard threw for one score and ran for another, and California beat Oregon State in San Francisco.

The win, the Golden Bears’ third in four games, makes them bowl eligible after sitting out the postseason last year. It also snapped Cal’s (6-4, 3-4) four-game losing streak to the Beavers (2-8, 2-5).

Colorado 48, Arizona 29: Rodney Stewart ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns and threw for another, helping Colorado handle Arizona (2-8, 1-7) in Boulder, Colo.

Tyler Hansen threw two TD passes and hauled in Stewart’s touchdown toss on a flea-flicker for the Buffaloes (2-9, 1-6).

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