Pac-12 Football: Top 5 Games from 2013 Season

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Pac-12 Football: Top 5 Games from 2013 Season
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Back-and-forth contests between evenly matched competitors and outstanding individual performances helped define a banner year in Pac-12 football.

Unpredictable and exciting, the conference's best games were microcosms of the entire 2013 campaign.

Here are a few honorable mentions that didn't quite make the cut:

  • Oct. 12—Utah 27, Stanford 21: Utah's stingy defense held steady at the goal line, denying Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan on fourth down to preserve arguably the biggest upset of the 2013 Pac-12 season. 

  • Nov. 7Stanford 26, Oregon 20: Oregon's 20-0 run in the late fourth quarter made Stanford sweat out what was an otherwise thoroughly dominant performance from the Cardinal in a showdown of teams ranked in the Top Five at the time of their meeting.  

  • Nov. 9Arizona State 20, Utah 19: The Utes nearly made it 2-0 against Pac-12 divisional champions in 2013, leading South winner Arizona State deep into the fourth quarter. Quarterback Taylor Kelly responded to a rough start with two game-saving touchdowns in the final period. This game was one of the quintessential examples of big-time players making big-time plays, as Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year Will Sutton intercepted Utah quarterback Travis Wilson to preserve the victory. 

  • Nov. 15UCLA 41, Washington 31: Although he'd won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week for his performance the game prior—a win at Arizonathe legend of UCLA freshman linebacker Myles Jack as a two-way star grew to mythic portions with his four-touchdown performance against Washington. 
  • Nov. 23Washington State 49, Utah 37: Washington State punched its ticket to a bowl game for the first time since 2003 in a shootout win over Utah. The Cougars jumped ahead 21-0, but Utah battled back to within six points in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Connor Halliday's 71-yard touchdown connection with wide receiver Dom Williams slammed the door on Utah and sent Washington State to the New Mexico Bowl. 

  • Nov. 23Arizona 42, Oregon 16: Furious, nail-biting finishes dominated the Pac-12's offering of best games in 2013. Arizona's shocking romp over Oregon was not such a game. The Wildcats ambushed the Ducks early and led wire-to-wire; however, this game is worthy of honorable mention simply for how bizarre it was, starting with Scooby Wright's interception of Marcus Mariota on a diving tip from Shaq Richardson. 
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