Run, pass and catch. Christian McCaffrey did it all in a record-setting performance that should send him to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony and Stanford to another big-time bowl.
McCaffrey ran for 207 yards and a score, threw a touchdown pass, caught another and broke Barry Sanders' single-season all-purpose yards record to lead No. 7 Stanford to the Pac-12 championship with a 41-22 win over No. 24 Southern California on Saturday in Santa Clara, Calif.
"To my left here is the best player in the nation," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "I don't know if that's even a question. There's nobody in the nation doing what he's been doing. It's not even a debate."
Kevin Hogan caught the TD pass from McCaffrey, threw one and ran for a third touchdown and Solomon Thomas scored on a 34-yard fumble return for the Cardinal (11-2, No. 7 CFP). Stanford will play in the Rose Bowl as Pac-12 champion after losing an outside chance to make the four-team playoff when No. 1 Clemson held off North Carolina for the ACC championship.
Cody Kessler passed for 187 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for the Trojans (8-5, No. 20 CFP), who lost in their first game since removing the interim tag from coach Clay Helton.
McCaffrey added 105 yards receiving and 149 return yards to give him a Stanford record 461 all-purpose yards for the game and 3,496 for the season. That broke Sanders' single-season record of 3,250 yards set in 1988, although McCaffrey took two extra games to do it.
Texas 23, No. 12 Baylor 17: Down to a fourth quarterback because of yet another injury, the Bears (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) lost their Sugar Bowl chance after falling to Texas in Waco, Texas, in their regular-season finale.
Tyrone Swoopes passed for a touchdown and ran for a score for Texas (4-7, 4-5).
Baylor was in line to be the Big 12's representative in the Sugar Bowl, with the expectation that league champ Oklahoma (11-1) will get into the College Football Playoff.
•Baylor junior receiver Corey Coleman, the FBS leader with 20 touchdown catches, announced he will bypass his senior season for early entry into the NFL draft.
No. 19 Houston 24, No. 22 Temple 13: Greg Ward, Jr. ran for 148 yards and two TDs and the Cougars (12-1) beat the Owls (10-3) in the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship Game in Houston. The victory makes Houston the Group of Five representative, earning the Cougars a trip to either the Peach Bowl or Fiesta Bowl.