October 4, 2009 in Sports

Trojans dominate Cal

Associated Press
 

Taylor Mays set the tone with an interception on the first drive of the game and Damian Williams returned a punt for a touchdown to lead seventh-ranked Southern California past No. 24 California 30-3 at Berkeley, Calif.

Joe McKnight ran for 119 yards and scored the only two offensive touchdowns for USC (4-1, 2-1) with a 38-yard run on the first drive and a 5-yard run late in the fourth quarter that emptied the stadium.

Jordan Congdon kicked three field goals and the defense did the rest, holding Jahvid Best to 47 yards on 14 carries and keeping the Golden Bears scoreless until Vince D’Amato’s 29-yard field goal with 10:45 remaining.

With the defense playing this well, the Trojans are making it easy on freshman quarterback Matt Barkley. Barkley was inconsistent in this game, completing 20 of 35 passes for 283 yards and an interception. He moved the ball down the field with ease but struggled to punch the ball into the end zone.

It didn’t matter with the way the Trojans’ defense played. They had the answer for whatever trick Cal coach Jeff Tedford tried. Best took a handful of direct snaps in Cal’s version of the wildcat, the Bears went for it twice on fourth down, and even a well-designed trick play didn’t work.

Oregon State 28, Arizona State 17: Jacquizz Rodgers ran for two touchdowns, Sean Canfield threw for two more scores and the Beavers beat the Sun Devils for their first win at Tempe, Ariz., in 40 years.

James Rodgers and Damola Adeniji each caught a touchdown pass for the Beavers (3-2, 1-1), who had lost 16 straight to the Sun Devils (2-2, 0-1) in Tempe. Oregon State bounced back into contention in the Rose Bowl race after losing its conference opener to Arizona last week.

Oregon State’s last win over ASU in Tempe came on Sept. 27, 1969, before the Sun Devils joined the Pac-10. The Beavers have struggled in the desert, but they made themselves at home at Sun Devil Stadium, which was barely half-filled on an 88-degree afternoon.

The Beavers took the crowd out of the game early by jumping out to a 21-3 halftime lead and coasting the rest of the way.

Stanford 24, UCLA 16: Toby Gerhart ran for three touchdowns, quarterback Andrew Luck passed for 198 yards and the Cardinal snapped a five-game losing streak to the Bruins with a victory to keep its hold on first place in the Pac-10.

Gerhart had TD runs of 5, 10 and 1 yards and also caught two passes for 24 yards to lead Stanford (4-1, 3-0) to its first win in the rivalry since 2003. Luck, a redshirt freshman, completed 14 of his first 17 passes before incompletions on his final three attempts.

UCLA (3-1, 0-1) is the last Pac-10 team to lose a game this season.

Gerhart, coming off a career-high 200 yards a week earlier in a win over Washington, finished with 134 yards on 29 carries and moved into fifth place on Stanford’s all-time rushing list. His 24 career rushing touchdowns are tied for third in school history.

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