Run for the Rose: James, Oregon down UCLA for Pac-12 crown

LaMichael James rushed for 219 yards and three ranked Oregon to a 49-31 win over UCLA in the 12 Championship game.

James, who carried the ball 25 times, was instrumental in delivering the Ducks to a Rose Bowl berth and was named the game's MVP. Oregon (11-2) will face either Wisconsin or Michigan State in the January 2 game in Pasadena.

Darron Thomas connected on 20-of-36 passes for 219 yards with three TDs and an interception. He also ran for 60 yards and a score for Oregon, which secured its third straight outright conference championship. USC (2004-06) is the only Pac-12 school to accomplish that feat since the conference expanded to 10 teams in 1978, but later had its '04 and '05 titles vacated.

The Bruins (6-7), participated in the championship game as the South Division champion because of NCAA probations levied against USC, played their final game under the direction of Rick Neuheisel. He was fired as head football coach on Sunday.

Kevin Prince ended 13-of-26 for 164 yards with a pair of scores for the Bruins.