The Cardinal (10-2, 8-1 Pac-12) found out about 10 minutes before the opening kickoff that No. 5 Oregon (11-1, 8-1) had beaten No. 16 Oregon State 48-24, meaning they had to win to qualify for another shot at UCLA – a game Stanford will play host – to the Bruins next Friday night.
The Cardinal, who have three consecutive 10-win seasons for the first time, handed Oregon a 17-14 overtime setback last weekend to put themselves in position to win the Pac-12 North title.
They needed a victory over the Pac-12 South champion Bruins (9-3, 6-3), who earned their berth in the title game by beating Southern California 38-28 last weekend.
The win was the sixth in a row for Stanford and their fourth in a row over UCLA, which had a five-game winning streak snapped – its longest in seven years.
Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound senior who carried 20 times, didn’t play in the fourth quarter.
NO. 5 OREGON 48, NO. 16 OREGON STATE 24
In Corvallis, Ore., Kenjon Barner ran for 198 yards and two touchdowns despite leaving the game for a time with an injury and Oregon (11-1, 8-1 Pacific-12) defeated Oregon State (8-3, 6-3) in the Civil War.
De’Anthony Thomas, who helped picked up the slack while Barner was on the sidelines, ran for 122 yards and three scores for the Ducks.
NO. 14 OKLAHOMA 51, NO. 22 OKLA. STATE 48 (OT)
In Norman, Okla., Landry Jones threw for 500 yards and three touchdowns, and Brennan Clay scored on an 18-yard run in overtime to lift Oklahoma (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) to a win against Oklahoma State (7-4, 5-3).
The Sooners never led during regulation, overcoming double-digit deficits in both halves. Backup quarterback Blake Bell tied it with 4 seconds left on a 4-yard keeper on fourth-and-1.
CONNECTICUT 23, NO. 19 LOUISVILLE 20 (3OT)
In Louisville, Ky., Chad Christen’s 30-yard field goal in the third overtime gave Connecticut (5-6, 2-4 Big East) an upset of Louisville (9-2, 4-2).
Blidi Wreh-Wilson set up the Huskies’ winning score by intercepting Teddy Bridgewater’s pass intended for DeVante Parker in the end zone.
The Huskies ran three plays for 12 yards before Christen’s second OT kick gave Connecticut its second consecutive win.
Louisville (9-2, 4-2) dropped its second in a row but still has a chance for a BCS bowl bid by beating first-place Rutgers on Thursday.
PITTSBURGH 27, NO. 21 RUTGERS 6
In Pittsburgh, Tino Sunseri passed for 227 yards and two touchdowns in his final home game as Pittsburgh (5-6, 2-4 Big East) overwhelmed Rutgers (9-2, 5-1).
Ray Graham ran for 113 yards and a score for the Panthers, who kept their hopes for bowl eligibility alive with the win.
NO. 25 UTAH STATE 45, IDAHO 9
In Logan, Utah, Chuckie Keeton passed for two touchdowns, Kerwynn Williams rushed for 110 yards and senior Will Davis returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown as Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) beat Idaho (1-11, 1-5) to secure its first outright conference title in 76 years.
The conference champion Aggies also earned their first 10-win season.