Christian McCaffrey, Stanford handle USC for Pac-12 title

With a spectacular performance from sophomore running back Christian McCaffrey, Stanford took the Pac-12 Championship Game, 41-22, over USC.

McCaffrey proved to be too much for the Trojans, accounting for 207 rushing yards and 105 receiving. His return yardage gave him 461 all-purpose yards to break Barry Sanders' NCAA record for all-purpose yards in a single season. He added an 11-yard touchdown pass.

For USC, a tumultuous season that saw its former head coach Steve Sarkisian fired mid-year for violating terms of a school-mandated alcohol treatment plan came to a disappointing end. Quarterback Cody Kessler completed 22 of 37 passes but struggled to make big plays in the passing game in throwing for only 187 yards. USC sophomore JuJu Smith-Schuster caught a game-high 11 passes for 87 yards.

Stanford needed either North Carolina to upset Clemson or Florida to upset Alabama in order to have a chance to qualify for the playoff as a two-loss team. Neither game went Stanford's way, leaving the Cardinal to take a bid to the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 champion.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter *@ChaseGoodbread*.

This article has been reproduced in a new format and may be missing content or contain faulty links. Please use the Contact Us link in our site footer to report an issue.

Related Content


See all the Action

Replay every game all season.