Scratch Stanford off the list of College Football Playoff contenders. Actually, just make it the whole Pac-12.
The Cardinal was felled by a familiar nemesis Saturday night, losing to Oregon 38-36 after a two-point conversion pass was deflected away with 10 seconds left, leaving the Pac-12's playoff hopes in a precarious position.
A couple of hours later, Utah was upset 37-30 at Arizona when backup quarterback Jerrard Randall threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Nate Phillips on the first play of the second overtime — his only completion of the game.
The Utes' loss left the Pac-12 with no team with fewer than two losses.
UCLA (7-3, 4-3 Pac-12), which began the night with two losses, hurt its chances at even reaching the Pac-12 Championship Game when it lost at home 31-27 at home to Washington State. The Cougars' Gabe Marks made a diving 21-yard touchdown reception with 3 seconds to play, answering a Bruins drive that ended on Josh Rosen's 37-yard scramble for a touchdown with 1:09 left, capping a desperate 80-yard march. Marks became the Cougars' career receptions leader earlier in the game with his 196th catch.
The Bruins need victories at Utah and USC to close the season to win the Pac-12 South.
Stanford (8-2) had been rolling since losing its opener against Northwestern, but now the Cardinal likely has been relegated to spoiler. It finishes the regular season against No. 6 Notre Dame (9-1), which was fourth in the latest selection committee rankings.
"If you told me at the beginning of the season we'd have a chance to beat Cal to win the Pac-12 North, go to the Pac-12 championship with a chance to go to the Rose Bowl, I'd say that's awesome," Stanford linebacker Kevin Anderson said. "A little bit of perspective here, but it definitely stings right now."
The best the Pac-12 can do for its championship game would be 10-2 Stanford against 10-2 Utah. Oregon can represent the North if it wins twice and Stanford loses to California.
ESPN commentator Kirk Herbstreit apologized to Baylor and Terrell Burt after accusing the senior safety of faking an injury during the broadcast of the Bears' loss to Oklahoma.
Herbstreit made the gesture Sunday in a series of Twitter posts, saying he was "dead wrong," took "full responsibility" and wanted to "apologize sincerely."
With the Sooners lining up for a play with 9:44 left in their 44-34 victory Saturday, Baylor cornerback Ryan Reid suddenly ran toward Burt and motioned for him to get down to the ground. What was unknown at the time was that Burt had sprained his ankle on the kickoff before the start of that drive.
Herbstreit used the terms "bush league" and "unethical" for what he thought was a fake injury.