SEATTLE — Keith Price and Washington’s offense finally broke out, with the quarterback throwing for two touchdowns and running for another, and Washington become bowl eligible for the third straight season with a 34-15 win over Utah on Saturday night.
Washington (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) became the last BCS conference team to top 21 points against an FBS opponent when Bishop Sankey scored on a 2-yard toss sweep late in the third quarter to give the Huskies a 27-15 lead.
Sankey finished with 162 yards on 36 carries and became just the 10th 1,000-yard rusher in Washington history, with two games remaining in the regular season. Sankey has 1,017 yards rushing after entering fall camp the Huskies’ No. 3 running back.
Price threw touchdowns to Kasen Williams and DiAndre Campbell and ran for a 4-yard TD, his first rushing touchdown this season.
Utah (4-6, 2-5) remained winless on the road and must win its final two games to be bowl eligible for the 10th straight season.
Oregon 59, California 17
BERKELEY, Calif. — Marcus Mariota overcame a brief injury to throw for a career-high 377 yards and tie a school record with six touchdown passes as No. 2 Oregon made a case for the top ranking in the country by beating California 59-17 on Saturday night.
The Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) withstood injuries to its entire starting defensive line and brief absences by Mariota and star running back Kenjon Barner to extend the longest active winning streak in major college football to 13 games. The win over California (3-8, 2-6) could be enough to move Oregon up to No. 1 after top-ranked Alabama lost earlier in the day 29-23 to No. 15 Texas A&M. Even more importantly, the Crimson Tide loss cleared one potential rival for a spot in the BCS title game, leaving Notre Dame and Kansas State as the only other major undefeated teams eligible for a bowl. The Ducks are currently third in the BCS rankings.
UCLA 44, WSU 36
PULLMAN — Brett Hundley threw three touchdown passes in a 30-point second quarter and UCLA held off a late Washington State comeback for a 44-36 victory Saturday night in Pullman.
The Bruins survived a spectacular performance by reserve WSU quarterback Connor Halliday, who threw for 330 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Stanford 27, Oregon St. 23
Oregon State’s best chance at a Pac-12 title and possibly a Rose Bowl berth seemed well within its grasp.
In an instant, all those dreams slipped away.
Cody Vaz threw for 226 yards and a touchdown and had an otherwise solid start washed away with a fourth quarter fumble, and No. 13 Oregon State lost 27-23 on Saturday to drop back in the conference chase.
“We’re disappointed, obviously,” Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. “It was a tough loss and we had our opportunities. What we did was give up the big play two scores up and gave them back the momentum. That was big for them. Then the turnover gave them good field position to score the winning touchdown.”
Vaz fumbled late in the fourth quarter to give the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) the ball at the Beavers 29. The only Oregon State (7-2, 5-2) turnover turned out to be the difference.
USC 38, Arizona St. 17
LOS ANGELES — Although the coaching staff and the circumstances have changed, Arizona State certainly appears to be in much the same November spiral that ruined last season.
At least the Sun Devils still have a little time to pull out of this swoon after they get home from Southern California. Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores, and No. 21 USC sent the Sun Devils to their fourth straight loss, 38-17 on Saturday.
Taylor Kelly passed for 174 yards and Alden Darby returned an interception 70 yards for a touchdown for the Sun Devils (5-5, 3-4 Pac-12), who managed season lows in yards and points.
Arizona State scored all of its points off USC’s five turnovers and got shut out in the final 27 minutes, capping a dismal second half by yielding McNeal’s final TD run with 38 seconds to play.
“It’s a tough pill to swallow, and it’s hard to tell guys to keep fighting,” Darby said. “But you have to do it. What do you have to lose? You can’t just give up. We’ve lost four in a row, and lost some games we should have won.”