Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback and former Stanford standout Richard Sherman gave the Cardinal a pep talk about "seizing the moment" before facing Colorado on Wednesday night.
Instead, Sherman sat in the stands at Palo Alto afterward and watched the visitors take it away.
Josh Scott had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Xavier Johnson scored 14 points and the Buffaloes boosted their chances for a first-round bye in next week's Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 59-56 victory over Stanford.
"We can't underestimate how much this helped us," Colorado Coach Tad Boyle said. His team is tied for third place in the Pac-12.
Xavier Talton added nine points and five rebounds to help the Buffaloes break a two-game losing skid and hand the Cardinal another late-season setback under Coach Johnny Dawkins.
Chasson Randle scored 24 points to rally the Cardinal from an eight-point deficit and take the lead in the final minutes. He missed a three-point shot as time expired to seal Stanford's third straight loss.
No. 3 Arizona 74, at Oregon State 69: Nick Johnson scored 25 points and the Wildcats beat the Beavers in a back-and-forth game that wasn't decided until the final minutes.
Kaleb Tarczewski added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who had already clinched the regular-season conference title.
Roberto Nelson scored 25 points and Devon Collier had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Beavers.
Arizona built several leads but couldn't pull far away from Oregon State.
Utah 63, at California 59: Brandon Taylor converted the go-ahead free throws with 1:46 remaining and hit a three-pointer with 51.2 seconds left, and the Utes held off the Bears to give Coach Larry Krystkowiak his first 20-win season in three years at Utah.
Cal star Justin Cobbs missed two free throws with 47 seconds left and a three-point shot before the buzzer.Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times