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2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game

The 2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game was played on December 1, 2017 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California to determine the champion of the Pac-12 Conference in football for the 2017 season. It was the seventh football championship game in Pac-12 Conference history. The game featured the South Division champion USC Trojans against the North Division co-champion Stanford Cardinal, a rematch of the 2015 championship and the first rematch in the game's history. USC defeated Stanford by a score of 31–28, becoming the first South Division member to win the Pac-12 Championship Game.

2017 Pac-12 Football Championship Game
Conference Championship
1234 Total
Stanford 01477 28
USC 71077 31
DateDecember 1, 2017
Season2017
StadiumLevi's Stadium
LocationSanta Clara, CA
MVPSam Darnold, USC
FavoriteUSC by 3.5[1]
National anthemJordan Fisher
RefereeMike Mothershed
Attendance48,031
United States TV coverage
NetworkESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes
AnnouncersJoe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe (ESPN)
Bill Rosinski, David Norrie, and Ian Fitzsimmons (ESPN Radio)
Pac-12 Football Championship Game
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2017 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 20 Stanford xy   7 2         9 5  
No. 16 Washington x   7 2         10 3  
Washington State   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   4 5         7 6  
California   2 7         5 7  
Oregon State   0 9         1 11  
South Division
No. 12 USC xy$   8 1         11 3  
Arizona State   6 3         7 6  
Arizona   5 4         7 6  
UCLA   4 5         6 7  
Utah   3 6         7 6  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: USC 31, Stanford 28
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The game was televised nationally by ESPN.[2]

HistoryEdit

This was the seventh playing of the Pac-12 Football Championship Game. Stanford, making its fourth appearance, won the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Pac-12 titles.

TeamsEdit

Stanford (North)Edit

Stanford went into the game having won 7 of their last 10 meetings with USC.

USC (South)Edit

USC clinched their second Pac-12 Championship game berth in three years after beating Colorado 38–24.

Game summaryEdit

Scoring SummaryEdit

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP STAN USC
1 4:38 9 70 4:04 USC Michael Pittman Jr. 7-yard touchdown reception from Sam Darnold, Chase McGrath kick good 0 7
2 14:55 10 68 4:43 STAN Bryce Love 9-yard touchdown run, Jet Toner kick good 7 7
2 9:46 11 69 5:09 USC 24-yard field goal by Chase McGrath 7 10
2 3:02 7 97 2:44 USC Tyler Vaughns 19-yard touchdown reception from Sam Darnold, Chase McGrath kick good 7 17
2 0:34 9 75 2:28 STAN Cameron Scarlett 1-yard touchdown run, Jet Toner kick good 14 17
3 4:49 6 61 2:18 USC Ronald Jones II 1-yard touchdown run, Chase McGrath kick good 14 24
3 2:31 5 67 2:18 STAN Kaden Smith 11-yard touchdown reception from K. J. Costello, Jet Toner kick good 21 24
4 4:22 8 99 3:38 USC Ronald Jones II 8-yard touchdown run, Chase McGrath kick good 21 31
4 2:09 8 90 2:13 STAN Kaden Smith 11-yard touchdown reception from K.J. Costello, Jet Toner kick good 28 31
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 28 31

NotesEdit

USC had the better conference record and was therefore designated as the home team. The officials for the game were: Michael Mothershed, Referee; Roscoe Meisenheimer, Umpire; Cravonne Barrett, Head Linesman; Dale Keller, Line Judge; Clay Reynard, Side Judge; Steve Currie, Field Judge; Joe Johnston, Back Judge; Randy Campbell, Center Judge; Chuck McFerrin, Instant Replay Official; Jack Wood, Instant Replay Communicator.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Stanford Cardinal vs USC Trojans". Odds Shark. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Pac-12 releases 2017 football schedule". pac-12.com. Retrieved January 18, 2017.