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Arizona wins Pac-12 South…Thundering Herd lose a wild one

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(AP) — Nick Wilson ran for 178 yards and three touchdowns and No. 12 Arizona claimed the Pac-12 South title by holding on for a 42-35 victory over No. 13 Arizona State.

Arizona needed to beat its biggest rival and have Stanford knock off No. 9 UCLA to win the Pac-12 South.

The Cardinal took care of that part by rolling over the Bruins 31-10. The Wildcats handled their end with a stream of big plays and a final defensive stand.

Arizona moves on to face No. 3 Oregon in the Pac-12 Championship game on Dec. 5 at Levi’s Stadium in the Bay Area.

In top-25 finals:

— Kevin Hogan passed for 234 yards and two touchdowns, and Stanford crushed No. 9 UCLA’s hopes for the Pac-12 South title and a College Football Playoff spot with a 31-10 victory over the Bruins.

— Newcomer Missouri is going to the SEC championship for the second straight year. Marcus Murphy scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 12-yard run with 4:38 left and Markus Golden recovered a fumble to seal No. 17 Missouri’s 21-14 victory over Arkansas.

— Brandon Doughty threw a Conference USA-record eight touchdown passes to lead Western Kentucky to a 67-66 overtime win over previously unbeaten and No. 19-ranked Marshall. Doughty’s last scoring pass was followed by a game-winning 2-point conversion pass to Willie McNeal. Marshall’s Rakeem Cato had seven touchdown passes but threw four interceptions. Marshall dropped to 11-1 and likely lost its chance to earn a place in the New Year’s bowls.

— Will Conant booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired after backup quarterback Nate Romine completed a long pass to help Air Force upset No. 21 Colorado State 27-24. That ends the Rams’ nine-game winning streak.

 

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