UCLA proved it deserves its No. 12 ranking by beating Brigham Young 23-9 on Saturday in Provo, Utah, but the victory could prove costly.
Starting quarterback Ryan Fien suffered a slight concussion and separated shoulder late in the first quarter. Midway through the third period, tailback Karim Abdul-Jabbar took a shot to the back and missed the rest of the game.
“The most severe (injury) was to Ryan,” UCLA coach Terry Donahue said. “He had a C-scan and it’s negative. He’s going to remain here (at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center) for observation, but they think he’s fine. They think he will fly home tomorrow morning.”
Fien could be out two-three weeks, but Donahue said he was pleased with the performance of backup Cade McNown, who was 9 of 18 for 91 yards as the Bruins of the Pac-10 improved to 2-0.
“I thought Cade did an outstanding job for a freshman who has only been with us a few weeks,” the coach said. “He played very, very well - but has a lot to learn.”
Abdul-Jabbar was due for X-rays when he got back to Los Angeles, but Donahue was optimistic. Prior to being hurt, Abdul-Jabbar - who had 180 yards and two touchdowns in UCLA’s 31-8 win over Miami last week - had picked up 147 yards on 22 carries.
“The doctors think it is a fatty-tissue injury, not a bone injury,” Donahue said. “He will be very sore for a couple of days.”
The Bruins led just 6-3 at halftime, but broke loose for 17 points in the third quarter, capped by Derek Ayers’ 30-yard touchdown run off a double reverse.
It was the second TD for UCLA in 37 seconds. James Milliner’s 1-yard plunge, set up by Tommy Bennett’s recovery of a fumble by BYU quarterback Steve Sarksian, had made it 16-3.
UCLA 23, BYU 9
UCLA 3 3 17 0 - 23
BYU 3 3 0 6 - 9
BYUFG Hansen 34 UCLAFG Merten 40 UCLAFG Merten 45 UCLAFG Merten 34 UCLAMilliner 1 run (Merten kick) UCLAAyers 30 run (Merten kick) BYUMili 34 pass from Sarkisian (kick failed)
Oregon 34, Illinois 31
Sophomore strong safety Jaiya Figueras got the sack and the fumble recovery in the end zone to give the Ducks a win over the Fighting Illini in Eugene, Ore.
Figueras replaced senior Dante Lewis after an injury late in the third quarter, when Oregon trailed by 14 points and Illinois appeared in control of the game.
A record crowd of 44,201 was on its feet for almost the rest of the game after Illinois quarterback Johnny Johnson was humbled and unable to put together another drive against the defending Pacific-10 Conference champions.
The victory sweetened the home debut of coach Mike Bellotti, who came into the game as the first Oregon coach in nearly 50 years to win his season opener last weekend against Utah.
Junior quarterback Ryan Perry-Smith completed 18 of 38 passes for 268 yards and gave up two interceptions in place of injured starter Tony Graziani.
Illinois 7 12 12 0 - 31
Oregon 7 0 13 14 - 34
OREWhittle 14 run (Smith kick) ILLDulick 41 pass from Johnson (Scheuplein kick) ILLFG Scheuplein 42
ILLDouthard 3 run (kick blocked) ILLFG Scheuplein 27 OREWhittle 12 run (Smith kick) ILLDouthard 1 run (run fails) OREJelks 2 run (pass fails) ILLHolcombe 11 run (run fails) OREWhittle 3 run (Perry-Smith pass to Ricketts) OREFigueras fumble recovery in end zone (kick failed)
Fresno State 25, Cal 24
A week after being benched and watching his backup rally Fresno State, Richie Donati came on to lead three second-half scoring drives and the Bulldogs overtook California in Berkeley, Calif.
“He had more poise and kept the huddle calm. He got the job done,” said Reggie Brown, who caught two touchdown passes from Donati.
Benched in favor of Jim Arellanes after an ineffective outing in Fresno State’s come-from-behind win over Northeast Louisiana last week, Donati came on Saturday for a rattled Arellanes.
Donati got the Bulldogs (2-0) close with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brown with 11:20 left and directed an 80-yard drive for the go-ahead score, a 6-yard run by Michael Pittman with 5 minutes left.
Fresno St. 0 6 6 13 - 25
California 7 0 10 7 - 24
Cal-Gaskins 18 pass from Barnes (Longwell kick)
FS-Brown 1 run (kick failed)
Cal-FG Longwell 38
Cal-Malili 1 run (Longwell kick)
FS-Brown 25 pass from Donati (kick failed)
Cal-Benjamin 84 pass from Barnes (Longwell kick)
FS-Brown 30 pass from Donati (Lyssand kick)
FS-Pittman 6 run (pass failed)
(7) USC 45, San Jose St. 7
Keyshawn Johnson, playing despite the distraction of an NCAA inquiry, caught eight passes for 124 yards as the Trojans opened their season with a methodical victory over the Spartans in Los Angeles.
Johnson, who made a couple of big gains on circus catches but had a sure touchdown pass roll off his fingertips, said the NCAA investigation wasn’t on his mind.
“I’m here to play a football game. I’m not here to worry about what’s going on outside of football,” Johnson said.
The NCAA, which has issued no final ruling, has been investigating an allegation that, while in junior college, Johnson violated rules by accepting a loan from a sports agent. Although USC apparently could be in danger of having to forfeit games Johnson plays if he is eventually declared ineligible, university officials do not believe he has violated the rules.
“Keyshawn Johnson, in every possible area of investigation that we can do, has done nothing,” USC coach John Robinson said. “He has been, I think, falsely accused.
“I don’t care if the investigation goes on 20 years. … I don’t care what future events bring. I just can’t comprehend not playing him.”
San Jose St. 0 0 7 0 - 7
USC 0 21 14 10 - 45
USCWalters 1 run (Abrams kick) USCWalters 1 run (Abrams kick) USCGreen 1 run (Abrams kick) SJSDean 1 run (Furlow kick) USCCashman 1 pass from Otton (Abrams kick) USCOtton 8 run (Abrams kick) USCFG Abrams 33 USCMcCutcheon 35 interception return (Abrams kick)
Pacific 23, Oregon State 10
Joe Abdullah ran for 142 yards and a touchdown, and the Tigers produced a score on Larry Bumpus’ interception return in a victory over the Beavers in Stockton, Calif.
The Beavers (1-1) were plagued by mistakes and never got their option running attack going against Pacific (1-1), which forced five turnovers.
Oregon State fumbled six times, losing four, and used three quarterbacks.
Oregon State 0 0 3 7 - 10
Pacific 7 3 0 13 - 23
UOPAbdullah 20 run (Fleenor kick) UOPFG Fleenor 35 OSUFG Lund 41 UOPAtkins 19 pass from Fotheringham (kick failed) UOPStukes 19 interception return (Fleenor kick) OSUAlexander 2 run (Lund kick)
Arizona St. 45, UTEP 20
Jake Plummer threw a career-high four touchdown passes, three coming in a lopsided first half, and Chris Hopkins rushed for 131 yards as the Sun Devils (1-1) opened their home schedule with a win over the Miners in Tempe, Ariz.
UTEP (0-2) hasn’t beaten Arizona State since 1974.
UTEP 0 6 0 14 - 20 Arizona St. 5 19 14 7 - 45
ASUSafety, Olsen stepped out of end zone ASUFG Nycz 43 ASUBush 4 pass from Plummer (pass failed) ASUMustafa 19 pass from Plummer (run failed) ASUBoyer 53 pass from Plummer (Nycz kick) UTEPC.Johnson 16 pass from Rayborn (pass failed) ASUHopkins 1 run (Nycz kick) ASUMustafa 13 pass from Plummer (Nycz kick) UTEPT.Singleton 22 run (Young kick) ASUB.Singleton 2 run (Nycz kick) UTEPT.Singleton 20 run (Young kick)
Stanford 27, Utah 20
Alistair White intercepted Mike Fouts’ pass at the 2-yard-line with 13 seconds remaining to preserve a victory for the Cardinal (2-0) over the Utes (0-2).
Stanford 7 3 14 3 - 27
Utah 3 10 0 7 - 20
Utah-FG Pulsipher 35
Stan-Butterfield 1 run (Abrams kick)
Stan-FG Abrams 29
Utah-Fuamatu-Ma’afala 1 run (Pulsipher kick)
Utah-FG Pulsipher 20
Stan-Comala 3 run (Abrams kick)
Stan-Harris 3 pass Butterfield (Abrams kick)
Stan-FG Abrams 50
Utah-Johnson 5 run (Pulsipher kick)
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