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ARIZONA: The 3-0 Wildcats were idle this past weekend. The upcoming schedule
now turns to conference play, with road tests against Washington and USC next
on the list.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils went down big early and could never recover as
they were downed, 42-28, by the Stanford Cardinal in the Pac-12 opener.
Arizona State trailed 29-0 at halftime before scoring 28 points in the second
half. The Sun Devils had four punts, an interception, a safety and a missed
field goal during their seven first half drives. Arizona State did end up with
more total yards (417-391) but trailed by more than 10 minutes in time of
possession and had just two red zone trips. Marion Grice ran for 50 yards and
a touchdown on 17 carries and also totaled 32 yards and a score on six
receptions. Grice has eight touchdowns already this season. Jaelen Strong
brought in career-highs in receptions (12) and yards (168), while D.J. Foster
had eight catches for 80 yards. Taylor Kelly completed 30-of-55 pass attempts
for 367 yards and three touchdowns but was also intercepted twice. The Sun
Devils let up 240 yards on the ground to the Cardinal. Arizona State will
battle USC in Tempe this weekend.
CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears were idle this past weekend after getting off to
a 1-2 start. California has already faced a pair of ranked opponents and will
yet again this week when it faces No. 2 Oregon to open league play.
COLORADO: Colorado has a chance to break out to a 3-0 start to the campaign
when it faces Oregon State in Corvallis on Saturday. The Buffaloes were off
this past weekend.
OREGON: The Ducks' high-flying offense was grounded this past weekend, as No.
2 Oregon had a bye week. Oregon will get back to work on Saturday in the
Pac-12 opener against California.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to rally for
a 34-30 road victory over San Diego State. The game-clinching score came on a
16-yard interception return for a touchdown from Steven Nelson, who has four
interceptions this season. Oregon State held SDSU to 325 yards of total
offense, including just 74 rushing yards on 40 attempts. Oregon State had 377
yards of offense itself, with 367 coming through the air. The Beavers had just
10 rushing yards on 20 carries. The Beavers scored four touchdowns on as many
red zone trips and have now scored on all 22 red zone chances this season.
Sean Mannion completed 38-of-55 pass attempts for 367 yards and three
touchdowns. Mannion has thrown for 350 or more yards in four straight games.
He is the first Oregon State quarterback in program history to accomplish that
feat. Brandin Cooks tied a school record with 14 receptions for 141 yards.
Kevin Cummings brought in six passes for 53 yards and a touchdown, while
Terron Ward scored a touchdown rushing and receiving. Oregon State will get
back into conference play against Colorado next weekend.
STANFORD: The Cardinal ran out to a 29-0 lead at halftime and then held on to
defeat Arizona State, 42-28, in the Pac-12 opener. Stanford is now 3-0 to
start the season for the fourth straight year. Stanford has also won 11
straight games overall, which trails only Ohio State (15) for the longest
active streak in the country. David Shaw is also the first Stanford head coach
to win his first three games in each of his first three seasons since 1911.
Stanford has won nine of its last 10 games against ranked foes at home.
Stanford's run defense was once again stellar, as it held Arizona State to
just 50 yards on 24 carries, though it did allow 417 yards overall. Tyler
Gaffney rushed for 95 yards on 19 carries and also tallied two touchdowns.
Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and a score for the Cardinal, who rushed for
240 yards as a team. Kevin Hogan completed 11-of-17 pass attempts for 151
yards and two scores and was also intercepted once. Ty Montgomery brought in
four passes for 62 yards and both of Hogan's passing touchdowns. Stanford
travels to the Evergreen State next weekend to face Washington State.
UCLA: The Bruins smashed a school record for total offense en route to a 59-13
rout of New Mexico State. UCLA finished with 692 total yards which beat the
record of 679 set in 1994. UCLA has also scored 40 or more points in three
straight games to start the season, the first time that has happened since
2005. The 158 points scored during those three games are the most during a
three-game stretch since 1997. UCLA had 12 total red zone trips and scored
touchdowns on seven of those chances, while scoring on eight overall. Brett
Hundley completed 23-of-35 pass attempts for 280 yards and three scores but
was also intercepted twice. Jordon James led the Bruins with 164 yards and two
touchdowns on 19 carries. Malcolm Jones also scored two rushing touchdowns on
just six carries. Devin Fuller was the leading receiver with four receptions
for 48 yards and a score. The Bruins held NMSU to 333 total yards, while
Anthony Barr recorded 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. UCLA
is off this coming weekend as it prepares for its Pac-12 opener against Utah.
USC: Andre Heidari kicked a 25-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter
that proved to be the difference in the Trojans' 17-14 win over Utah State.
USC actually totaled fewer offensive yards (282) than the Aggies (285) but had
four more first downs (17-13). USC was just 3-of-14 on third down conversion
attempts and did fumble four times, though only one of those was recovered by
Utah State. Cody Kessler completed less than 50 percent of his pass attempts
(13-of-27) for 164 yards and a touchdown. Tre Madden was the leading rusher
for the Trojans with 93 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Marqise Lee
hauled in a game-high six receptions for 72 yards. Only four receivers caught
passes for the Trojans, including Xavier Grimble, who caught Kessler's only
touchdown pass. Leonard Williams finished with a team-high eight tackles,
including three tackles for loss, while Morgan Breslin had a pair of sacks.
USC kicks off its Pac-12 Conference schedule against Arizona State next
UTAH: Against a bitter rival, Utah prevailed with a 20-13 victory over BYU in
the Holy War at LaVell Edwards Stadium. Utah has now won the last four
meetings with BYU and nine of the last 12. Travis Wilson completed 24-of-35
pass attempts with two touchdowns. Dres Anderson caught eight passes for 141
yards and recorded a career-long, 74-yard reception. James Poole had a team-
high 18 carries for 96 yards, but the Utes did not score a touchdown on the
ground. Utah had eight fewer first downs than BYU (24-16) and was also out-
gained by the Cougars in total yards (443-402). However the Utes did limit the
Cougars to just one touchdown on five red zone trips. Jared Norris had a team-
high nine tackles, while Jacoby Hale recorded two of the Utes' five sacks.
Utah will host UCLA next weekend as it gets back to Pac-12 action.
WASHINGTON: Another impressive offensive outburst allowed the Huskies to
easily top FCS foe Idaho State, 56-0, at Husky Stadium. Washington finished
with 680 yards of total offense with 370 coming on the ground and 310 through
the air. Washington has now recorded 500 yards of total offense in three
straight games for the first time in program history. The win was also the
first shutout by Washington since 2009. Bishop Sankey rushed for 77 yards and
a touchdown on just four carries. Sankey eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark in the
contest in his 28th career game. Cyler Miles rushed for 89 yards and also
completed 5-of-7 pass attempts for 97 yards and a touchdown. Keith Price threw
for 213 yards and three scores on 16-of-21 passing though he played only 23
minutes. There were 10 different receivers who brought in passes led by Austin
Seferian-Jenkins, who had five receptions for 62 yards and a touchdown.
Washington held Idaho State to just 164 total yards, including a negative
total (-12) in the first quarter. Washington will play host to Arizona this
Saturday in its Pac-12 opener.
WASHINGTON STATE: The Cougars improved to 3-1 with a 42-0 win over Idaho at
Martin Stadium. The win was the first shutout for Washington State since a
25-0 victory against the same Idaho program in 2003. Connor Halliday threw for
346 yards and four touchdowns, completing 31-of-43 pass attempts. Halliday
threw for four touchdowns for the sixth time in his career, tying Ryan Leaf
for the program record. Gabe Marks hauled in 11 passes for 146 yards and two
touchdowns to lead 11 receivers who made receptions for the Cougars. Marks
recorded just the third 100-yard game of his career. Jeremiah Laufasa had just
six carries, but registered 41 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns. Deone
Bucannon recorded an interception and Xavier Cooper had 3.5 tackles for loss
to lead the Cougar defense. Washington State let up just 253 total yards,
including just 79 yards on 49 carries. Washington State will have a much
tougher task next weekend against No. 5 Stanford.
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