Oregon State coach Mike Riley shrugged when asked whether Saturday’s overtime loss to Sacramento State in Corvallis, Ore., was one of the worst of his career with the Beavers.
“I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t feel like ranking them today.”
The Beavers were stunned at home in their opener by the Big Sky’s Hornets, who went for two points after a touchdown in OT for the final 29-28 edge. Oregon State had not lost a home opener since 2001.
The game-winning touchdown capped a crazy game that saw the Beavers fall behind early, then rally behind true freshman running back Malcolm Agnew to send the game to overtime.
Agnew, who emerged as the heir apparent to departed Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers, ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns. He is the first true freshman to start the position in OSU history.
Houston 38, UCLA 34: Case Keenum threw for 310 yards and two touchdowns in his return from knee surgery, Tyron Carrier caught 10 passes for 138 yards and the Cougars beat the Bruins in a season opener in Houston.
Keenum completed 30 of 40 passes without an interception in his first game since tearing his right anterior cruciate ligament early in a loss to UCLA last September in the Rose Bowl. UCLA QB Kevin Prince left in the second quarter with a concussion and Richard Brehaut replaced him. Brehaut went 17 for 26 for 264 yards and two TDs.
(25) Southern Cal 19, Minnesota 17: Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three TDs, and the 25th-ranked Trojans hung on to spoil Jerry Kill’s coaching debut for the Golden Gophers in a victory in Los Angeles.
Matt Barkley completed a school-record 34 passes for 304 yards for the Trojans, who still couldn’t score in the second half of their 14th consecutive season-opening victory.
Freshman QB Max Shortell came off the Gophers’ bench in the fourth quarter and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Brandon Green with 8:03 to play, but Torin Harris intercepted his pass near midfield with 53 seconds to play.
Stanford 57, San Jose State 3: Andrew Luck threw two touchdown passes and ran for another score, leading the seventh-ranked Cardinal to a romp over the Spartans in a season opener in Stanford, Calif.
Luck completed 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards. He hit seven different receivers and showed no signs of slipping under new coach David Shaw.
Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Owusu caught seven passes for 76 yards for the Cardinal.
California 36, Fresno State 21: Zach Maynard threw for 266 yards and two TDs to Marvin Jones to lead the Golden Bears to a win over the Bulldogs in an opener in San Francisco.
Isi Sofele ran for 83 yards and two TDs, Jones had 118 yards receiving and defensive end Trevor Guyton scored on a 22-yard fumble return to give the Bears an emphatic start to the season a year after posting a losing record.
The game was at a neutral site, Candlestick Park, with Fresno State bringing a larger contingent of fans in the crowd of 31,563.
Arizona 41, Northern Arizona 10: Nick Foles threw for 412 yards and had three of his five touchdown passes in the third quarter, helping the Wildcats shake off a first-half funk to beat the Lumberjacks in a season opener in Tucson, Ariz.
Hawaii 34, Colorado 17: Bryant Moniz ran for a career-best 121 yards and three touchdowns and the Warriors beat the Buffaloes in a season opener in Honolulu, extending Colorado’s road woes and spoiling the coaching debut of Jon Embree.
It was Colorado’s 18th straight regular-season loss on the road.