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ARIZONA: For the second time in the last two seasons the Arizona Wildcats shut
out an opponent as they earned a 35-0 win in the season opener over FCS foe
Northern Arizona. Daniel Jenkins rushed for 139 yards on 12 carries and also
scored a touchdown to carry the Wildcats, who rushed for 307 yards as a team.
Jenkins, who reached 100 yards for the first time in his career, scored on a
91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was the third longest run in
program history. Starting running back Ka'Deem Carey was suspended for the
season opener by head coach Rich Rodriguez. In all the Wildcats totaled 393
yards of offense. The 47 plays run by the Wildcats were the fewest in a game
under Rodriguez and the 14 first downs earned were the fewest by the Wildcats
since 2009. On defense Arizona held NAU to 270 total yards including 94 yards
rushing. Tra'Mayne Bondurant tied for a game-high with seven tackles and also
secured a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned 23 yards for a
score. Next week Arizona will be on the road to face UNLV.
ARIZONA STATE: Across the Grand Canyon State, the Sun Devils were idle.
Arizona State will begin the 2013 campaign on Thursday with a date against FCS
foe Sacramento State.
CALIFORNIA: Sonny Dykes certainly made an impression in his first game as head
coach but the Golden Bears were topped, 44-30 by No.22 Northwestern. In the
loss the Golden Bears ran 99 total plays which was the third most in school
history and 20 more than the season-high a year ago. California actually
out-gained Northwestern (548-540) but also had twice as many penalties with 10
while giving up a pair of defensive touchdowns on interception returns. Jared
Goff completed 38-of-63 pass attempts for 445 yards and two scores but was
also picked off three times in his collegiate debut. Goff set a record for
pass attempts in a game for California. Bryce Treggs had a game-high and
career-best 13 receptions for 145 yards while Chris Harper caught 11 balls for
151 yards and two scores, all career-highs. Avery Sebastian had a game-high 11
tackles and also intercepted a pass. California's first touchdown of the
contest came off a fake field goal attempt when kicker Vincenzo D'Amato
connected with Jackson Bouza for a 10-yard strike. The Golden Bears remain at
home next week for a tune up against Portland State before hosting No. 2 Ohio
State the following Saturday.
COLORADO: The Mike MacIntyre era at Colorado got off to a great start as the
Buffaloes were able to post a 41-27 win over the in-state rival Colorado State
Rams. Colorado leads the all-time series with the Rams, 62-21-2. With the win
MacIntyre became just the third Colorado coach since 1931 to win in his debut.
Colorado totaled 513 total yards and surrendered only 295 to the Rams. Connor
Wood completed 33-of-46 pass attempts for an even 400 yards and three scores.
Paul Richardson, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, came back
strong and brought in 10 passes for 208 yards and made his way into the end
zone twice. Led by 42 yards from Christian Powell the Buffaloes also added 113
yards on the ground. The turning point of the contest came when Greg Henderson
recovered a fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown in the fourth
quarter to put the Buffaloes ahead 33-24. Addison Gillam had a team-high 14
tackles including a sack. Will Oliver connected on 4-of-4 field goal attempts
including a 52-yarder in the fourth quarter. Next Saturday Colorado will
welcome FCS foe Central Arkansas to Boulder.
OREGON: It didn't look like the Ducks skipped a beat under new head coach Mark
Helfrich as they posted an easy 66-3 win over FCS foe Nicholls in the season
opener. The always potent Ducks scored on their first six possessions and
finished the game with 772 total yards including 500 yards on the ground.
De'Anthony Thomas scored a pair of touchdowns and picked up a game-high 128
yards on 18 carries. Thomas was one of three rushers to eclipse the 100-yard
mark. Byron Marshall added 124 yards and a score on eight carries and
quarterback Marcus Mariota had 113 yards and two scores on just five carries.
Mariota also threw for 234 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-21 passing. Oregon
totaled less than 20 minutes (19:46) in time of possession. Terrance Mitchell
was ejected in the contest under the new NCAA targeting rule when he made a
hit on Nicholls quarterback Beaux Hebert in the first quarter. Defensively the
Ducks picked up six sacks. Oregon hits the road to face Virginia out of the
Atlantic Coast Conference next weekend.
OREGON STATE: In one of a few major upsets of the opening weekend, the No. 25
Oregon State Beavers were handed a shocking, 49-46, by Eastern Washington. The
back and forth game was won when Eagles' quarterback Vernon Adams scored on a
two-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. The final
score marked the first time since 1999 that Oregon State and an opponent each
scored at least 40 points. The Beavers gave up 29 points in the first half,
the most since 2008. After earning the starting job, quarterback Sean Mannion
completed an impressive 37-of-43 pass attempts for 422 yards and three
touchdowns. Mannion now has nine 300-yard games in his career. Brandin Cooks
collected 13 receptions for 196 yards and two scores, all career-highs, en
route to his sixth career 100-yard contest. The Beavers, who ranked third in
the Pac-12 in total defense last season, surrendered 625 yards to the Eagles.
Oregon State will try to bounce back from the loss next week when Hawaii comes
STANFORD: The much anticipated 2013 season will finally get underway for
Stanford, which was off this weekend, next Saturday with a battle against San
Jose State. The Cardinal escaped with a 20-17 win over the Spartans last year.
UCLA: Brett Hundley and the No.21 Bruins hit the ground running on Saturday
with a 58-20 win over Nevada. Hundley completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 274
yards and two scores and also rushed for 63 yards and two TDs in the contest.
Hundley scored on a 37-yard run to open up the scoring marking the second-
straight season he has accounted for UCLA's first points of the year with a
rushing touchdown. Hundley completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 274 yards and
two scores while adding two touchdowns and 63 yards on the ground. Jordan
James rushed for a team-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Both
James' carries and yardage totals were career highs. Phillip Ruhl recovered a
blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown marking the first time since 2008
the Bruins have scored on a blocked punt. Shaquelle Evans led the Bruins with
six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Bruins had 12 different
players collect a reception in the game. Next week the Bruins will be off as
they prepare for a Sept. 14 clash with Nebraska in Lincoln.
USC: Despite a continued quarterback competition the No. 24 Trojans were able
to collect a 30-13 win over Hawaii on Thursday night. Cody Kessler started the
game under center and completed 10-of-19 pass attempts for 95 yards and a
touchdown but was also intercepted. Max Wittek took over in the third quarter
and completed 5-of-10 passes for 77 yards. Defending Biletnikoff Award winner
Marqise Lee hauled in eight passes for 104 yards to lead the Trojans while Tre
Madden was the lead rusher with 109 yards. Justin Davis picked up 74 yards on
the ground and scored the lone rushing touchdown. Josh Shaw collected one of
four interceptions the Trojans registered and scored on a 35-yard interception
return. USC also had seven sacks in the game while limiting the Rainbow
Warriors to 231 yards of total offense. League play begins for USC next
weekend when it hosts Washington State.
UTAH: The Utes were able to exact some revenge for a setback last season as
they took down in-state rival Utah State, 30-26, in the season opener on
Thursday night. Travis Wilson recorded the second 300-yard passing game of his
career in the contest as he completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 302 yards and
two scores. Anthony Denham was Wilson's favorite target on the night as he
hauled in six passes for a game-high 113 yards. Both totals were also career
highs. James Poole rushed for a team-high 47 yards, while Karl Williams had 45
yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Utah was out-gained as it picked up 450
yards and allowed 487. Nate Orchard had eight tackles, three for loss, a sack
and also forced and recovered a fumble. Utah will play a home game against FCS
foe Weber State next Saturday.
WASHINGTON: Even without pre-season All-American tight end Austin Seferian-
Jenkins, the Huskies still managed a commanding 38-6 win over No. 19 Boise
State to begin the season. Seferian-Kenkins was the second leading receiver
for the Huskies last season but was serving a suspension from head coach Steve
Sarkisian. Bishop Sankey rushed for 161 yards and two scores on 25 carries and
Keith Price completed 23-of-31 pass attempts for 324 yards and two touchdowns
as he broke the school record for career touchdown passes. Jaydon Mickens was
the lead receiver for the Huskies with nine receptions and 109 yards. Leading
receiver from 2012 Kasen Williams recorded three receptions for 68 yards and a
touchdown. In the win Washington converted on 11-of-15 third down tries and 5-
of-6 red zone chances. John Timu had a game-high 13 tackles and Shaq Thompson
totaled nine stops. The Huskies will have an extra week of preparation for a
road contest with Illinois as they are off next weekend.
WASHINGTON STATE: A trip to face SEC foe Auburn ended in a tough defeat for
the Cougars who were dropped 31-24 by the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Washington State out-gained Auburn in terms of total yardage (464-396) but
also had three interceptions in the contest. All three were thrown by Connor
Halliday, who completed 35-of-63 pass attempts and also had a touchdown pass.
Gabe Marks had a career-high with nine receptions and picked up 81 yards.
Bobby Ratliff made the most of his three receptions as he picked up 63 yards
and caught Halliday's lone touchdown pass. The Cougars rushed for 120 yards as
a team, marking the most they have had in a single game under Mike Leach.
Teondray Caldwell was the leading rusher with 53 yards. Washington State
scored touchdowns on three of its first seven possessions but had just a
single field goal in its final seven. The Cougars also went 3-of-4 in the red
zone with the missed opportunity ending with an interception when the Cougars
were at the Auburn eight-yard line. Washington State won't have long to dwell
on the setback as it opens up conference play next weekend in Los Angeles
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