No. 10 Oregon St. 33, Arizona 9
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — In a season that just keeps getting better for Oregon State, the 10th-ranked Beavers won at Arizona for the first time, keeping their Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 33-9 victory Saturday night.
Jonathan Smith completed 17 of 31 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown and the Beavers (9-1, 6-1 Pac-10) held Arizona (5-5, 3-4) to three field goals by Sean Keel.
The Beavers are host to sixth-ranked Oregon next Saturday in what amounts to the biggest “Civil War” game ever between the arch-rivals. But Oregon State needs help to get to Pasadena.
Washington St. 33, USC 27
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coach was more nervous than the young quarterback making his first college start.
Redshirt freshman Matt Kegel threw for 242 yards and a touchdown and made no major mistakes as Washington State beat Southern California 33-27 Saturday night in a match of the Pacific-10 Conference’s worst teams.
Kegel, the cousin of former Cougars quarterback Ryan Leaf, completed just 12 of 32 passes but connected on an 88-yard TD pass while filling in for Jason Gesser, who broke his leg last week against Oregon.
No. 7 Washington 35, UCLA 28
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington didn’t let UCLA knock it out of the Rose Bowl race this time.
Freshman Rich Alexis ran for 127 yards on 21 carries and the No. 7 Huskies rallied in the third quarter to beat the Bruins 35-28 on Saturday for its sixth straight Pac-10 victory.
The Huskies (9-1, 6-1) beat the Bruins (6-4, 3-4) for the first time in four seasons. UCLA’s victory in Los Angeles last season cost Washington a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Stanford 29, Arizona St. 7
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — There was no breathtaking finish for Stanford or Arizona State this week. The Cardinal knocked the breath out of the Sun Devils long before the final gun.
Kerry Carter rushed for 103 yards and a score and also threw a touchdown pass as Stanford snapped a three-game losing streak by routing the injury-ravaged Sun Devils 29-7 Saturday.
DeRonnie Pitts caught five passes to become the Pac-10’s second-leading career receiver as Stanford (4-6, 3-4 Pac-10), the defending conference champs who were eliminated from bowl contention last week, won for just the second time in eight weeks.