Best Pac-12 Non-Conference Wins Since 2000

We take a look at the most impressive wins by Pac-12 programs in the past 20 years against non-conference opponents.


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Note: This includes both regular season and bowl games


1. Washington vs Miami - 2000


Miami came to Seattle in 2000 with National Title dreams and one of the most talented rosters of all time with 19 1st round picks over the next 4 NFL Drafts. The Huskies and their sold out crowd had other plans for the Hurricanes. The Miami offense struggled to get anything going in the 1st half and the Huskies jumped out to a 21-3 lead. In the 3rd quarter, Miami closed within 21-9 when Tuiasosopo pitched the ball to Rich Alexis who sprinted 50 yards for a touchdown to put the Huskies up 27-9. Miami's Ken Dorsey would finish the game completing just 15 of his 34 passes for 215 yards due to the hostile crowd and a suffocating defense. Miami went on to win 34 straight games after the loss and ended the 2000 season 11-1 and ranked 2nd in the final AP Poll. Many believe that Miami should have been given the opportunity to play in the 2000 BCS National Title and the final SRS computer ranking had Miami #1 with a 23.22 rating. The Hurricanes averaged 42.2 points per game that season and allowed just 15.8 points per game.



2. USC vs Oklahoma - 2005


Oklahoma entered the 2005 National Title against USC undefeated but were no match for the mighty Trojans. USC racked up 525 yards on their way to a dominant 55-19 win over the Sooners. Oklahoma would finish the season ranked 3rd in the final AP Poll after the loss and would finish 4th in the final SRS ranking with a 21.23 rating. The Sooners offense averaged 34.8 points per game while their defense held opponents to an average of 16.8 points per game.


3. Oregon vs Florida State - 2015


Florida State and Oregon met in a highly anticipated matchup between Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota in the College Football Playoff. Oregon led 25-20 in the 3rd quarter before exploding and scoring 34 straight points to win 59-20. Florida State would finish the season 5th in the final AP Poll while averaging 33.7 points per game and limiting opponents to 25.6 points per game. SRS ranked the Seminoles as the 13th best team in the country with a 14.48 rating.




4. Oregon vs Michigan State - 2014


Michigan State traveled across the country to play the Ducks in Eugene and managed to jump out to a 27-18 lead in the 3rd quarter. The Ducks were just getting started. Oregon scored 28 straight points to blow out the Spartans in impressive fashion. Michigan State finished 5th in the final AP Poll (tied with Florida State) and featured a dominant offense that scored 43 points per game and stiff defense that held opponents to 21.5 points per game. The Spartans would finish 7th in SRS with a 16.07 rating.


5. USC vs Ohio State - 2009


Matt Barkley led the Trojans on a game winning drive to give USC an 18-15 win on the road in Columbus, Ohio. The USC defense shut down Terrelle Pryor while holding him to 177 passing yards and allowing him to complete just 11 of his 25 passes. Ohio State went on to win the Rose Bowl and finished 5th in the AP Poll while finishing 7th in SRS with a 14.71 rating.