Zach Maynard threw for one touchdown and ran for another and California’s defense completely shut down Utah’s offense in San Francisco to help the Golden Bears get their first Pac-12 win of the season, 34-10 over the Utes on Saturday.
Isi Sofele ran for 84 yards and a score, Keenan Allen caught a TD pass and Josh Hill returned an interception 32 yards for a score as the Bears (4-3, 1-3) controlled the game.
Jon Hays threw three interceptions and lost a fumble and Utah (3-4, 0-4) had just 57 yards of offense in the first three quarters as the rough introduction to the new conference continues.
The Utes and fellow Pac-12 newcomer Colorado are the only teams in the conference without a Pac-12 win. Utah has lost its first four conference games for the first time since 2002, when it resided in the Mountain West.
Oregon 45, Colorado 2: Playing without Darron Thomas and LaMichael James, the No. 9 Ducks (6-1, 4-0) bulldozed the injury-riddled Buffaloes (1-7, 0-4) in Boulder, Colo.
The Ducks lost none of their quick-strike scoring ability without their injured quarterback and running back. Thomas was out with a knee injury and James missed his second straight game while recovering from a dislocated elbow.
With Bryan Bennett under center and Kenjon Barner at tailback, the Ducks used four drives that averaged 1:36 each to build a 29-0 lead after one quarter.
Barner reeled off touchdown runs of 4 and 84 yards and Bennett found running back De’Anthony Thomas for a 14-yard TD and tight end David Paulson from 31 yards out.