Another week of college football is in the books. Here’s a look at how the rest of the Pac-12 fared this weekend.
No. 2 Oregon vs. Virginia: UO W 59-10
Oregon was just being Oregon, piling up offense and making it look easy. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Marcus Mariota ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries, and junior running back De’Anthony Thomas added another 124 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 11 carries. The Ducks will need to clean up their penalties (11 for 119 yards) if they want to win next week’s matchup with revamped SEC foe Tennessee in Eugene, Ore.
Utah vs. Weber State: Utah W 70-7
Utah’s Travis Wilson needed only 30 minutes to pile up five touchdowns of his own. The sophomore quarterback rushed for 93 yards and two touchdowns while throwing for 264 yards and another three scores. Utah’s defense was equally on point against the clearly overmatched Wildcats, allowing only 205 yards of offense and holding Weber State to only 1.6 yards per rush on 46 attempts. The Utes will open their Pac-12 slate next week when they play host to Oregon State.
Cal vs. Portland State: Cal W 37-30
The Big Sky Conference very nearly scored another win over a Pac-12 team in this one. The Golden Bears new 4-3 defense was gashed frequently and gave up 245 rushing yards and 553 total offensive yards. However, there was a bright spot for the Golden Bears in freshman quarterback Jared Goff, who threw for 485 yards, the second most in school history. Goff also threw for two touchdowns in Cal’s 37-30 victory. Next for Cal is a brutal two-game stretch. It hosts No. 3 Ohio State and then heads on the road to play No. 2 Oregon.
Colorado vs. Central Arkansas: CU W 38-24
If you don’t know the name Paul Richardson, you really should. After missing all of 2012 with a torn ACL, the junior wide receiver for Colorado has already racked up 417 yards and four touchdowns this season. Richardson had 11 receptions and 209 yards against UCA. Turnovers plagued both teams, though, as they combined for eight total. The Buffaloes have now doubled their win total from 2012 in their first year under new head coach Mike MacIntyre.
Oregon State vs. Hawai’i: OSU W 33-14
The Beavers looked more like themselves after last week’s stunning upset loss to Eastern Washington. OSU put up 508 yards of offense while only allowing 239. Junior quarterback Sean Mannion was on point throwing for 372 yards and four scores. Two of those scores went to standout wide receiver Brandin Cooks who caught seven passes for 92 yards. The Beavers will open up Pac-12 play next week at Utah.
Arizona vs. UNLV: UA W 58-13
In his first action of the season, junior running back Ka’Deem Carey picked up right where he left off in 2012. Carey averaged a whopping 10.7 yards per carry on 16 carries for 171 yards and two touchdowns. The Wildcats’ defense has also looked much better than it did in 2012, holding the Rebels to 282 yards and allowing only nine passing completions. Wildcat senior quarterback B.J. Denker continued to do more damage with his feet than with his arm. Denker rushed for 63 yards and two touchdowns but passed for only 81 yards while going only eight for 21 on passing attempts. UA will get one more tuneup opportunity against UTSA before their Pac-12 opener against Washington Sept. 28 in Seattle, Wash.
Washington State vs. No. 25 USC: WSU W 10-7
Would some offense be too much to ask for? Apparently. The Cougars and Trojans combined for less yards (415) than the Oregon Ducks put up by themselves this week (557). This game was a slopfest that featured five turnovers, a blocked USC field goal and WSU failing to score an offensive touchdown. The Cougars’ only touchdown came on a 70-yard interception return from senior cornerback Damante Horton. If you missed this game, be glad.
Stanford vs. San Jose State: Stanford W 34-13
Stanford opened its season and showed no signs of a Rose Bowl hangover. The Cardinal defense was stifling, keeping David Fales, one of the country’s most efficient quarterbacks in 2012, running for his life and sacking him four times. Offensively, Stanford dominated racking up 404 yards while being highly efficient and going 12-15 on third down. After taking a year off to play professional baseball, senior running back Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
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