Stanford upset UCLA in the Rose Bowl while Arizona topped Arizona State in Tucson to set up a Ducks-Wildcats rematch in the PAC-12 Championship next week.
The Cardinal looked more like the two-time defending conference champions than the 7-5 squad they’ve been this year. Kevin Hogan played a flawless game leading the visitor’s attack, completing his first 12 passes as he built a 21-10 halftime lead, 16-19 on the day for 234 yards and two touchdowns.
Hogan hit Michael Rector for a 22-yard score and threaded a 37-yard pass to Devon Cajuste for his second. He was indomitable in the pocket, even without leading receiver Ty Montgomery, who sat out with a right shoulder injury. The Stanford defense held UCLA to 262 yards and one touchdown drive, sacking Brett Hundley four times.
In the Territorial Cup Anu Solomon shook off an injured ankle to lead the Wildcats to a 42-35 win in the Territorial Cup. Rich Rodgriguez’s squad used big plays to earn the PAC-12 South Championship. Freshman running back Nick Wilson had 24 carries for 178 yards and three touchdowns, including 72-yard run, while Solomon found receiver Samajie Grant for 69 and 20-yard TDs.
The Wildcats struck early when linebacker Scooby Wright sacked and stripped ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly just 44 seconds into the game. Defensive back Anthony Lopez scooped up the forced fumble and returned 25 yards for a 7-0 lead.
Arizona will meet Oregon next Friday night in Levi’s Stadium for the PAC-12 Championship, a game that will have much more meaning if the 10-1, #2-ranked Ducks handle Oregon State this evening in Reser Stadium.