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Pac 12 roundup: Stanford holds on to beat California

Sun., Nov. 20, 2011

Andrew Luck threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 8 Stanford survived a shaky start to beat rival California 31-28 on Saturday night in a rain-soaked Big Game in Stanford, Calif.

Luck revived his Heisman Trophy campaign by tossing scores to Levine Toilolo and Ryan Hewitt, keeping the Cardinal’s slim chances of a Pac-12 title and national championship alive. He overcame an early interception and rallied Stanford from six points down to make sure The Axe stayed on The Farm for the second straight season.

Zach Maynard finished with 280 yards passing and two TDs for Cal.

UCLA 45, Colorado 6: Kevin Prince threw for 225 yards and hit tight end Joseph Fauria with two of his career-high four TD passes, and the Bruins moved within one victory of an improbable Pac-12 South title with a win over the Buffaloes in Pasadena, Calif.

Johnathan Franklin rushed for 162 yards and a score, while Shaq Evans and Nelson Rosario also caught TD passes for the Bruins, who would play in the Pac-12’s inaugural title game if they can beat Southern Cal next week.

Arizona 31, Arizona State 27: Backup quarterback Bryson Beirne connected with Juron Criner for a 23-yard TD with 5:18 remaining and the Wildcats held on for a Territorial Cup victory over the Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz.

The game ended with the Sun Devils on the Arizona 15-yard line, where two passes by Brock Osweiler fell incomplete.

Nick Foles passed for 370 yards and two TDs before leaving the game after being shaken up. Criner had nine catches for 134 yards.

Osweiler was 36 of 65 for a career-best 487 yards and a TD but was intercepted twice. The Sun Devils’ Gerell Robinson had 11 receptions for 199 yards, both career bests.

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