Pac-12 Championship Game: UCLA Falls To Oregon 49-31 In Rick Neuheisel's Final Game

Neuheisel finished his UCLA tenure with a 21-29 record in four seasons.

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UCLA Vs. Oregon, 2011 Pac-12 Championship Game Score: Reaction From Autzen Stadium

The UCLA Bruins had a lot of talent and potential in 2011, but continued mental errors and inconsistent play on both sides of the ball would prove too much to overcome. Despite the struggles and frustrations with head coach Rick Neuheisel, there was no doubting that his players had a great respect for him and they battled every time they took the field.

 

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This brings us to the question: despite the 6-7 record in the regular season, should coach Neuheisel be allowed to coach his players in the bowl game? He has done a lot for the program and it's not exactly like the program is headed to a big-time BCS game. Let the man finish what he started; what's it going to hurt if he sticks around for another two weeks or so?

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UCLA Vs. Oregon, Pac-12 Championship Game, Rick Neuheisel: 'It's Been An Honor To Coach These Kids'

Rick Neuheisel's UCLA Bruins coaching tenure came to an end on Friday night as the Bruins were beaten 49-31 by the Oregon Ducks in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. On one hand, it was impressive that the Bruins scored 31, especially since they were a decided 31-point underdog heading into the contest.

Then again, outside of a few brief moments in the first quarter, the Bruins were never really in the game. But their effort was to be admired as the team continued to play hard. "I'm really, really attached to those kids, and I'm just proud of the way they fought tonight," Neuheisel said after the game in a Fox television interview with Tim Brewster.

"We weren't good enough, but it wasn't because we didn't have a lot of heart and a lot of character. We squandered some chances in the first half with some turnovers, and you can't do that against an explosive team like Oregon," Neuheisel said. "It's been an honor to coach these kids, because they keep fighting and they keep battling. They can take my job, but they can't take those guys away from me."

Neuheisel had a 21-29 record coaching his alma mater, but now he must step aside, as offensive coordinator Mike  Johnson will coach the 6-7 Bruins on an interim basis in their pending bowl game.

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Pac-12 Championship Game: LaMichael James Wins MVP, Oregon Ducks Advance To Sixth Rose Bowl With 49-31 Win Over UCLA Bruins

The Oregon Ducks won the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Friday night, beating the UCLA Bruins 49-31 for their third consecutive conference crown and third consecutive BCS bowl game. The Ducks earned a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl, their sixth-ever trip to Pasadena.

Junior tailback LaMichael James ran for 220 yards on 25 carries, the fourth game this season with 200 or more yards on the ground. James, who also scored three touchdowns, was named the game's MVP. "It means a lot. I love these guys right here," James said while gesturing to his teammates as he accepted the trophy.

Oregon, who lost to the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 BCS Championship Game, has played in five previous Rose Bowls, but hasn't won one since in 94 years:

  • 2010: Ohio State 26, Oregon 17
  • 1995: Penn State 38, Oregon 20
  • 1958: Ohio State 10, Oregon 7
  • 1920: Harvard 7, Oregon 6
  • 1917: Oregon 14, Pennsylvania 0

The Ducks will await the winner of Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans.

The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Hirbstreit, and Lisa Salters on the call. Stay tuned for more updates as the game approaches.

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Pac-12 Championship Game: Oregon Beats UCLA 49-31, Earns Sixth-Ever Rose Bowl Berth

LaMichael James ran for 220 yards and three touchdowns, leading the No. 8 Oregon Ducks over the UCLA Bruins 49-31 in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game Friday night at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. The Ducks earned their sixth-ever trip to the Rose Bowl, to be played on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Oregon has gone to three consecutive BCS bowl games.

It was the fourth 200-yard game this season for James and seventh in his illustrious career. He also caught two passes for 24 yards. Oregon on the night racked up 573 yards of offense and 25 first downs.

Kevin Prince left the game briefly with 11 minutes remaining after getting sacked for the third time on the night. Prince fumbled on the play, but the Bruins recovered. After completing his first pass, to Nelson Rosario for 14 yards, backup quarterback Richard Brehaut was intercepted, the Bruins' fourth turnover on the night.

Brehaut had missed the previous six games with a broken leg. Prince came back in the game on the next drive for UCLA. Prince in the game passed for 163 yards and two touchdowns, both to Nelson Rosario. Rosario caught five passes for 91 yards on the night, and has amassed 1,099 receiving yards on the season, just the seventh 1,000-yard season in UCLA history.

Bruins' head coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired on Monday, ended his tenure at UCLA with a second consecutive blowout loss, as UCLA fell to 6-7 on the season. Neuheisal ended his UCLA coaching career with a 21-29 record.

The Bruins allowed 45 or more points in five different games this year, and on the season gave up a school record 419 points. The previous record was held by the 2005 squad, who allowed 410 points, though in 12 games.

Oregon in the Rose Bowl will play the winner of Saturday's Big Ten Championship Game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan St. Spartans. The 2012 Rose Bowl Game will be played on Monday, January 2, 2012 in Pasadena. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. PDT. The game will be televised by ESPN, with Brent Musberger, Kirk Hirbstreit, and Lisa Salters on the call.

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UCLA Vs. Oregon, Pac-12 Championship Game 2011: Ducks Lead 49-24 After Three Quarters

The UCLA Bruins have no answer for tailback LaMichael James, who has run for 155 yards and three touchdowns through three quarters Friday night. The Oregon Ducks lead the Bruins 49-24 in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game, just 15 minutes from a berth in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

The Bruins began their quest to keep announcer Gus Johnson excited with a 20-yard punt return by Taylor Embree after holding Oregon to three-and-out on their opening drive of the second half. Starting on the Oregon 43-yard line, UCLA already had good field position, but it was made even better when Derrick Coleman ran for 36 yards on the very next play, giving the Bruins a first-and-goal at the seven-yard line. Three plays later, Kevin Prince ran it in untouched on the left side as the UCLA pulled to within 11 points.

But just like in the first half, Oregon answered immediately. After a 39-yard kickoff return by Josh Huff into UCLA territory, the Ducks marched 46 yards in just six plays, including 29 yards on the ground by James, including his third rushing touchdown of the night to tie LenDale White for second-most rushing TDs in Pac-12 history, with 52.

Darron Thomas added a 22-yard touchdown pass, his third of the game, to tight end David Paulson with 5:45 remaining in the period. This is the fifth time UCLA has allowed 45 or more points this season.

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Pac-12 Championship Game, Oregon Vs. UCLA Game Score: LaMichael James Passes Marcus Allen On Conference Rushing List, Ducks Lead 35-17 At Halftime

LaMichael James ran for 115 yards on just 13 carries, including two touchdowns, in the first half, leading the Oregon Ducks to a 35-17 halftime lead over the UCLA Bruins in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game at Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.

James in the second quarter passed former USC Trojans tailback Marcus Allen for third place on the all-time Pac-12 rushing list. Allen had 4,810 rushing yards with the Trojans, while James is at 4,819 yards at halftime. James also caught a pass for 14 more yards.

On their opening drive of the second quarter, the Bruins used a little trickery to pull closer. They were able to move the ball effectively for the first time on the night, running for 24 yards and getting helped by a pair of five-yard penalties from Oregon to keep the chains moving. Then on 1st-and-10 from the Oregon 37-yard line, UCLA ran a flea flicker to perfection, with Kevin Prince hitting a wide open Nelson Rosario over the middle and Rosario taking it untocuhed to the end zone for the Bruins' first offensive touchdown of the night.

That pulled the Bruins to within 21-14. But the problem has been an inability to stop the explosive Oregon offense. In the first half, the Ducks have had five scoring drives, and all have been lightning fast:

Oregon Fist Half Scoring Drives
Quarter Plays Yards Time Result
1st 4 39 1:14 TD
1st 5 58 1:26 TD
1st 8 52 2:09 TD
2nd 10 73 3:55 TD
2nd 4 32 1:10 TD

Oregon outgained UCLA in the first half, 318 yards to 151. Ducks' quarterback Darron Thomas was no slouch himself, completing 15 of 28 passes for 147 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and running for another score. UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince completed seven of 13 passes for 95 yards in the first half, and ran for 19 yards on 12 carries.

Oregon will receive the ball to open the third quarter.

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Pac-12 Championship, UCLA Vs. Oregon Game Score: LaMichael James, Darron Thomas Lead Ducks To 21-7 First Quarter Advantage

In a turnover-prone first quarter in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, the UCLA Bruins have been outclassed so far by Darron Thomas and the Oregon Ducks, who lead 21-7 after the first quarter. UCLA came into the road contest at Autzen Stadium as 31-point underdogs to Oregon, and looks every bit as much so far.

Oregon has gained 177 yards in the first quarter compared to just 50 for the Bruins. The Ducks ran for 115 yards on just 13 carries in the opening stanza. Each team has committed a pair of turnovers.

Junior linebacker Patrick Larimore played a big role in both turnovers forced by UCLA. He not only recovered a fumble, but also picked up his first career interception and returned it 34 yards for his first career touchdown, giving the Bruins their only points of the period.

After just their second play from scrimmage UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince fumbled the snap, which gave Oregon the ball at the UCLA 39-yard line. Four plays later the leading rusher in FBS, Oregon's LaMichael James run untouched 30 yards up the middle for an easy touchdown and a 7-0 lead. James leads the country with 12 runs of 30 or more yards this season.

The Bruins went three and out on their next possession and it looked like Oregon would score again, nearly as quickly as their first drive. But after quarterback Darron Thomas hit freshman running back D'Anthony Thomas for a 17-yard gain and a first down near midfield, the younger Thomas fumbled to give UCLA their best hope of the night thus far.

The Bruins gained 20 yards on seven plays, but when faced with a 4th-and-1 from the 23-yard line, tailback Derrick Coleman was stopped literally inches short of a first down, turning the ball over on downs. Luckily for UCLA though, they got a fortunate bounce three plays later. Thomas threw over the middle to Kenjon Barner, but the ball ricocheted off Barner into the waiting arms of Latimore, who took it to the house for the tying score.

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UCLA vs. Oregon, Pac-12 Championship Game Start Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2011 Pac-12 Championship is here. While the UCLA Bruins will be heavy underdogs on Friday evening, the team has nothing to lose and it would quite the story if they sent Rick Neuheisel out on a winning note.

The Oregon Ducks feature a high-flying offense and a packed house is expected at Autzen Stadium. Should UO come away with a victory, a bid to the Rose Bowl is expected. Here is all of the game day coverage:

Start Time: Kickoff is set for 5:20 p.m. PDT from Eugene. 

TV Schedule: The game will be televised nationally by FOX with Gus Johnson and Charles Davis in the booth, while Tim Brewster reports from the sideline.  

Local Radio: AM 570 (KLAC) and the Bruin IMG Radio Network (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook) will radio broadcast the contest.

National Radio: The game will also be broadcast nationally on ESPN Radio (Dave Fleming, David Norris, Ian Fitzsimmons) and SIRIUS XM (Ch. 91).

Weather Report: It'll be a chilly night for the championship game. While there is no rain or snow in the forecast, temperatures will be in the low-30's at kickoff.

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Pac-12 Championship Game 2011, UCLA Vs. Oregon: Ducks Have Dominated Series Over Last Decade

The UCLA Bruins have their work cut out for them Friday night in the very first Pac-12 Football Championship Game. The Bruins are in Eugene to battle the Oregon Ducks, and are heavy underdogs to the No. 8 Ducks, who are at home. A UCLA win would not only get them to the Rose Bowl, but would also stop a recent trend of Oregon success in the series.

UCLA leads the all-time series with Oregon 39-25, but in the last decade or so it has been all Ducks. Oregon has won eight of their last 10 matchups with UCLA, dating back to 2000, including four of the last five in Eugene:

  • 2010: at No. 1 Oregon 60, UCLA 13
  • 2009: No. 13 Oregon 24, at UCLA 10
  • 2008: at Oregon 31, UCLA 24
  • 2007: at UCLA 16, No. 9 Oregon 0
  • 2006: at No. 18 Oregon 30, UCLA 20
  • 2004: UCLA 34, at Oregon 26
  • 2003: Oregon 31, at UCLA 13
  • 2002: No. 7 Oregon 31, at UCLA 30
  • 2001: No. 7 Oregon 21, at No. 17 UCLA 20
  • 2000: at No. 6 Oregon 29, UCLA 10

Rick Neuheisel is 4-4 against Oregon, though he has lost all three games against the Ducks while at UCLA. Oregon head coach Chip Kelly is 2-0 against UCLA, winning by a combined score of 84-23.

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more news and information on UCLA football, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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UCLA Vs. Oregon, 2011 Pac-12 Championship: Bruins Defense Looks To Stop Ducks Offense

The UCLA Bruins will face the Oregon Ducks in the 2011 Pac-12 Championship game, and no one is giving the Sons of Westwood even a puncher's chance to score an upset. You'd have trouble finding people who'd be willing to think UCLA could keep it within two touchdowns.

If UCLA plans on scoring the upset, it'll have to start on the ground and in the trenches. Oregon's offensive line has struggled all season.

UCLA might be totally underwhelming on the road, but they generally have a decent front seven. If they have their heads in the game, the Bruins could definitely take on the biggest weakness of Oregon's offense, namely their offensive line. If UCLA can get penetration and plug the holes LaMichael James and Kenjon Barner try to attack, then UCLA could force Oregon into long-yardage situations which would be harder to convert.

The big question is whether they can hold down Darron Thomas when he passes the football. The Bruins pass defense remains the weakest part of the defense, and will generally give up a lot fo the plays Oregon is really good at executing.

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Pac-12 Championship Game, UCLA Vs. Oregon: Rick Neuheisel Emotional After Getting Carried Off Field By Players After Final Practice

In preparation for the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night in Eugene, Oregon, the UCLA Bruins held their final practice of the week on Wednesday. Head coach Rick Neuheisel, who was fired on Monday by UCLA but will coach the game on Friday, was carried off the field by his players after his final practice as head coach of the Bruins.

Neuheisel was emotional when meeting with reporters, fighting back tears. "It is meaningful when you work to create relationships, and you want desperately for them to achieve what they are capable of achieving, and despite the fact we didn't win enough games, they are achieving as people," Neuheisel said on Wednesday. "I am extremely proud to be a part of this team and am looking forward to hopefully a grand finish."

The Bruins will need a grand finish in order to beat the Oregon Ducks, who are now a whopping 31.5-point favorite over UCLA, per Odds Shark. A money-line bet on UCLA to win the game straight up would net a 55-to-1 return.

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UCLA Football Granted Bowl Waiver By NCAA If They Lose Pac-12 Championship Game

The UCLA Bruins football team was in a strange situation this week. Despite being a 6-6 football team that only went 5-4 in conference play, it was enough to win a pretty bad Pac-12 South Division with the USC Trojans on probation. UCLA will thus be playing in the inaugural 2011 Pac-12 Championship game, and if they beat the Oregon Ducks they go to the Rose Bowl. If they lose, they'd have been at 6-7, and technically would not qualify for a bowl automatically since they have a losing record.

UCLA has appealed to the NCAA though, and it looks like there will be one more game for the Bruins to play win or lose. Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports reports.

The NCAA approved the UCLA football team’s petition for a bowl waiver should the Bruins not defeat Oregon, per UCLA SID.
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If UCLA does fall to 6-7, they could probably be the first 6-8 college football team ever if they lose their bowl game. UCLA is now likely to be selected for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, the next in-line in the Pac-12 bids behind the bowls that should take the remaining teams eligible in the conference.

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UCLA Vs. Oregon, Pac-12 Championship Game 2011: Bruins Try And Win One For Rick Neuheisel

The UCLA Bruins will be playing their final game with head coach Rick Neuheisel this week; Neuheisel has been let go to make way for a new leader and age to take place in Westwood.

But that doesn't mean they can't win Friday night against the Oregon Ducks.

UCLA doesn't have an untalented team, just a woefully inconsistent one that doesn't seem to have any confidence on the road. Obviously the game will be in the highly hostile Autzen Stadium, but UCLA generally tends to play bad one week and great the next week. Considering UCLA has gotten the bad game out of their system with their utter humiliation against USC, perhaps this is the week they rise up and score the upset of the year and earn a Rose Bowl berth.

It's not very likely. But players rallying around a fallen head coach is one of the well-known phenomena in sport, so don't rule it out.

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Pac-12 Championship Game 2011, UCLA Vs. Oregon - Rick Neuheisel: 'Every Time We've Taken One On The Chin, We've Responded'

The UCLA Bruins and embattled head coach Rick Neuheisel will have their hands full Friday night in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game against the No. 4 Oregon Ducks. The Bruins are coming off a humiliating 50-0 defeat at the hands of the USC Trojans, and are a whopping 30-point underdogs against Oregon.

The Bruins' players were given Sunday off after the night game against USC.

"It's a different kind of situation to be coming off such an emotional low, and yet be pointed in such a great opportunity," Neuheisel said in a press conference on Sunday. "We have to discard the baggage that accompanies emotional lows, and move toward the preparation that is required to play a top notch opponent like Oregon."

Neuheisel, amid reports that his job is in jeopardy, insisted he has to stay positive, because that's the only way he knows how to deal with adversity. "Every time we've taken one on the chin, we've responded, especially as the stakes rise," Neuheisel said.

Indeed the Bruins have suffered five blowout defeats this season, and have won the next game after the first four:

  • UCLA lost 49-20 to Texas on September 17, then won at Oregon State 27-19 one week later
  • UCLA lost 45-19 at Stanford on October 1, then won at home against Washington State 28-25 the next week
  • UCLA lost 48-12 at three-win Arizona on October 20, then beat Cal at home 31-14 nine days later
  • UCLA lost 31-6 at Utah on November 12, then beat Colorado at home 45-6 one week later

It seems the pattern here for UCLA is that they have been pasted by the good teams on their schedule, and have been able to beat a good portion of the bad teams. Unfortunately for the Bruins, their opponent in the Pac-12 Championship Game is not a bad team, but in fact a top ten team in the country.

Did I mention the game Friday night was in Eugene, Oregon, home of the Ducks? Good luck staying positive, Rick.

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more news and information on UCLA football, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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BCS Rankings, Week 14: UCLA Looks To Knock Off No. 9 Oregon In Pac-12 Championship Game

The UCLA Bruins have no vested interest in the BCS rankings at this point. They have never been in the top 25 this season and have lost almost every relevant game they've played, usually in embarrassing fashion.

Still, UCLA can play spoiler for the conference when they face the Oregon Ducks. Oregon is ranked ninth in the latest BCS standings, although they care about as much about their position as UCLA. All that matters for both these teams is their game on Friday night, i.e. the 2011 Pac-12 Championship. Win and you're in, into the Rose Bowl.

The Stanford Cardinal don't care much about what happens in the Pac-12 title game. They're currently situated fourth in the standings, and if they stay there, they will go to the BCS in an automatic bid regardless.

To discuss the BCS rankings, click here. Here's the short list of the standings below.

1. LSU
2. Alabama
3. Oklahoma State
4. Stanford
5. Virginia Tech
6. Houston
7. Boise State
8. Arkansas
9. Oregon
10. Oklahoma
11. Kansas State
12. South Carolina
13. Michigan State
14. Georgia
15. Wisconsin
16. Michigan
17. Baylor
18. TCU
19. Nebraska
20. Clemson
21. Penn State
22. Texas
23. West Virginia
24. Southern Miss
25. Missouri

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2012 Rose Bowl Predictions: Oregon, Wisconsin Heavy Favorites To Meet In Pasadena

Vegas has already made their verdict on who will end up reaching Pasadena next January. The Oregon Ducks and the Wisconsin Badgers are big favorites to win their respective conference title games, which would set up a very compelling matchup in the 2012 Rose Bowl.

Oregon is favored by an incredible 30 points over the bumbling and stumbling UCLA Bruins, most likely because the game is being contested at Autzen Stadium in Eugene rather than at a neutral site; the Ducks are all but expected to cruise onto the Rose Bowl. It's a closer sort of thing between Wisconsin and Michigan State, but the Badgers are still touchdown favorites over the Spartans despite the fact that MSU scored the upset the last time the two teams played.

Can UCLA and Michigan State use this as a rallying cry to score big upsets this weekend?

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Pac-12 Championship Game Set: Oregon Blasts Oregon State 49-21 In Civil War, Will Host UCLA Friday Night In Eugene

Darron Thomas threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Oregon Ducks to a 49-21 win over the Oregon St. Beavers in the 115th edition of the Civil War Saturday afternoon at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. The win clinched the Pac-12 North Division for the Ducks, who will host the UCLA Bruins in the the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game next Friday night.

LaMichael James ran for 139 yards on 24 carries and a touchdown, but also left the game in the third quarter with a left elbow injury and did not return. His status for next week is unknown. The Ducks (10-2, 8-1) racked up 667 yards of offense against the Beavers, including 373 yards on the ground, as well as 40 first downs.

Oregon and Pac-12 South Division representative UCLA (6-5, 5-3) didn't play one another this season, but they did battle in the previous five years. Oregon has beaten UCLA in their last three meetings and has won eight of their last 10 matchups dating back to 2000.

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more UCLA football news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Civil War, Oregon Vs. Oregon State Game Score: Ducks Lead 28-7 At Halftime, 30 Minutes From Pac-12 Championship Game

The UCLA Bruins have already secured a spot in the inaugural Pac-12 Football Championship Game next Friday night. Now they just need to know which Pac-12 North Division team will host them. After 30 minutes of the 115th Civil War in Eugene, Oregon, the Oregon Ducks have a 21-7 halftime lead over the Oregon St. Beavers, leaving the Ducks 30 minutes from securing a spot in the conference title game.

The Civil War will decide the Pac-12 North Division. If Oregon wins, they win the North; if Oregon State wins, the Stanford Cardinal would be the division winner.

Oregon has really dominated the first half, with 393 total yards and 22 first downs compared to just 129 yards and three first downs for the Beavers. Oregon has been hindered by three different drives ending in failed fourth down conversions inside the Oregon State 40-yard line. The Ducks turned a 7-7 game with less than 12 minutes remaining in the second quarter into a blowout with three lightning-quick touchdown drives.

Darron Thomas has passed for 169 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon, but the Ducks have really excelled on the ground, with 224 rushing yards in the first half. LaMichael James has 106 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown, while De'Anthony Thomas ran for 82 yards on just five carries, including a 35-yard scamper down the sideline.

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more UCLA football news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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2011 Pac-12 Championship Game: Civil War (Oregon Vs. Oregon St.) To Determine UCLA's Opponent

In the first year of the Pac-12 Conference, it looked like the UCLA Bruins caught a break by not having the Oregon Ducks on their schedule. That might no longer be the case, however. The Bruins have clinched a berth in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Game, and The Civil War will determine the Bruins' opponent.

Oregon will host the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday afternoon in Eugene, and the stakes are simple. If the Ducks (9-2, 7-1) win, they are the Pac-12 North Division champions and will host UCLA on Friday, December 2. However, if the Ducks lose to the Beavers, the Stanford Cardinal (10-1, 8-1) would win the North and they would host the Bruins next week.

UCLA lost to Stanford 45-19 at Palo Alto on October 1.

For the Bruins, they are in a tough position in that their reward for representing the South Division (remember, the USC Trojans are ineligible for postseason play this season; otherwise the Trojans would be in the title game with a win) is an extra game and the possibility of finishing 6-7 and jeopardizing their bowl eligibility. UCLA is a two-touchdown underdog to the Trojans, and will likely be heavier underdogs next Friday whether they are in Eugene or Palo Alto.

The Bruins could conceivably petition the NCAA for bowl eligibility if such a situation arises, but we're getting ahead of ourselves a bit. There are still two games to played by the Bruins. Counting UCLA out so far this season has proved an unwise decision. Just ask the Pac-12 South Division.

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Pac-12 Championship Game: Utah Loss To Colorado Clinches Berth For UCLA In Title Game

The UCLA Bruins will represent the Pac-12 South Division in the inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game. The Bruins clinched their spot in next Friday's championship game with the Colorado Buffaloes' 17-14 win over the Utah Utes on Friday afternoon in Salt Lake City.

Utah placekicker Coleman Petersen won the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors last week by converting three field goals against the Washington St. Cougars. But on Friday, he missed all three attempts against Colorado, including a 26-yarder with 14:15 remaining in the game and a 48-yarder with 29 seconds left. Both field goals would have tied the game.

The win for Colorado snapped a 23-game road losing streak, and left the Utes with a 4-5 conference record.

The worst case scenario now for the Bruins is to finish at 5-4 in the conference, tied with the Arizona St. Sun Devils (assuming both a UCLA loss to the USC Trojans on Saturday, and an ASU win over the California Golden Bears on Friday night). UCLA owns the tiebreaker with ASU thanks to a 29-28 victory over the Sun Devils on November 5.

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more UCLA football news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Colorado Leads Utah 10-0 At Half; If Buffaloes Win, UCLA Is In Pac-12 Championship Game

UCLA Bruins wide receiver Taylor Embree might have to send a thank you note to his father, Colorado Buffaloes head coach Jon Embree. The Buffaloes are leading the Utah Utes 10-0 in Salt Lake City at halftime on Friday. A Colorado victory would clinch a spot for the Bruins in the Pac-12 Championship Game, regardless of what happens Saturday night against the USC Trojans.

Colorado has lost 23 consecutive road games, dating back to 2007, but it was hard to tell in the first half at Rice-Eccles Stadium. The Buffaloes have 254 yards compared to just 39 for Utah, and a 14-1 advantage in first downs, and have really dominated the game so far.

The lead could have been even larger for Colorado if not for an unfortunate bounce in the first quarter. With 5:27 remaining in the opening quarter, Tyler Hansen completed a pass down the sideline to Toney Clemons on fourth-and-six from the 33-yard line. Clemons gained the first down and more, nearly scoring a touchdown, but he fumbled inside the five-yard line, and the ball rolled into the end zone before going out of bounds, giving Utah the ball.

Had the ball gone out of bounds before the end zone Colorado would have retained possession in position to score a touchdown.

Utah will receive the ball to open the third quarter.

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Pac-12 Championship Game 2011: Arizona St. Vs. Cal Friday Night On ESPN Looms Large

With one week to go before the first-ever Pac-12 Championship Football Game, there are still three teams alive in the Pac-12 South Division. The UCLA Bruins lead the division, with both the Utah Utes and Arizona State Sun Devils one game behind. Both Utah and ASU play games on Friday, needing wins plus help for a berth in the Pac-12 title tilt.

ASU needs to win at home against the Cal Bears on Friday night, have Utah beat Colorado, then have UCLA lose to the USC Trojans on Saturday night. The Sun Devils would prevail in a three-team tiebreaker. A Utah loss Friday afternoon would eliminate both Utah and ASU from the Pac-12 South race. Should Utah win, an ASU win on Friday night would then eliminate Utah.

The Sun Devils look to snap a three-game losing streak on Friday night against Cal. Here are the details of that contest:

  • Game Time: 7:15 p.m. PST
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona
  • TV: ESPN, with Mike Patrick, Craig James, and Samantha Steele on the call
  • Odds: Arizona State is favored by six points over Cal, per Odds Shark
  • Series History: Cal leads the series with ASU 16-14, including wins in each of the last three years. Arizona State is 10-7 all-time against Cal in Tempe

The inaugural Pac-12 Championship Football Game will be played on Friday, December 2 at 5 p.m. PT on Fox. For more UCLA football news and information, be sure to read Bruins Nation.

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Pac-12 Championship Game 2011: UCLA Represents South Division If Utah Loses To Colorado Friday

Colorado has lost 23 consecutive road games dating back to 2007.

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