Ka'Deem Carey ran for 206 yards and four touchdowns while becoming Arizona's all-time leading rusher, and the Wildcats took advantage of numerous Oregon miscues to shock the fifth-ranked Ducks, 42-16. on Saturday.
Coming off a disappointing home loss to Washington State, Arizona (7-4, 4-4) didn't back off the throttle of its up-tempo offense against the fast-paced Ducks.
With Carey bursting through the line to punish defenders and B.J. Denker dinking and dashing with a variety of fakes, the Wildcats jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and kept going for their first win over a top-five team since knocking off No. 1 Washington in 1992.
Oregon (9-2, 6-2 Pac-12) gave the Wildcats plenty of help with three turnovers and turning it over twice more on downs to end its national title hopes and, possibly, its four-year run of BCS bowls.
Carey was the workhorse for Arizona as he has been all season, carrying a school-record 48 times while scoring on runs of 6, 1, 9 and 2 yards to break Art Luppino's career record of 48 total touchdowns set from 1953 to '56. Carey also reached 3,913 career yards rushing, breaking the mark of 3,824 set by Trung Canidate from 1996-99.
Denker threw for 178 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 102 yards, and Arizona had 304 yards rushing, a season-high against Oregon.
The normally high-flying Ducks couldn't keep up in the Wildcats' final home game of the season.
Clinging to national-title hopes, Oregon sputtered most of the day, showing only flashes of the offensive brilliance that had the Ducks No. 2 in total offense and third in scoring entering the game.
Marcus Mariota threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, but also had two passes intercepted, his first since Nov. 17, 2012, against Stanford.
The first one was a spectacular play too, kick-starting Arizona for the upset.
It came on Oregon's first play from scrimmage, when Bralon Addison dropped a pass near the sideline. Arizona cornerback Shaquille Richardson snared the carom and flipped it back to teammate Scooby Wright as he was falling out of bounds.
at No. 10 Stanford 63, California 13: Ty Montgomery matched a school record with five touchdowns, scoring his first four on as many touches to start the game, and the Cardinal clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game with Oregon's loss.
Kevin Hogan threw four of his five scoring passes to Montgomery, including a nine-yard completion just before halftime that put Stanford ahead 42-13.
The Cardinal bounced back from last week's loss at USC as Hogan set career highs with 329 yards passing and the five touchdown passes.
Cal (1-11, 0-9) lost its 10th straight to finish new Coach Sonny Dykes' disappointing debut year.
at Washington State 49, Utah 37: Connor Halliday threw for 488 yards and four touchdowns as the Cougars became bowl eligible for the first time since 2006.
Halliday completed 36 of 62 passes with no interceptions and Dom Williams caught five passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns for Washington State (6-5, 4-4), which also returned two interceptions for touchdowns. The Cougars have not played in a bowl game since 2003, which was also their last winning season.
Utah (4-7, 1-7) has lost five in a row since upsetting No. 10 Stanford,
Sophomore quarterback Adam Schulz, a former walk-on, made his second start for the Utes and completed 21 of 46 passes for 347 yards. He threw three touchdown passes and had two passes intercepted. Former starter Travis Wilson is out for the season after suffering a concussion against Arizona State.
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