Pac-12 roundup: Luck, Cardinal whip Wildcats
Andrew Luck threw for 325 yards and had both of his touchdown passes in the second half, helping No. 6 Stanford pull away for a 37-10 victory over host Arizona in Tucson on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Stanford (3-0) struggled to find the end zone in the first half, then wore Arizona down in the second.
Luck picked the Wildcats apart on 20-of-31 passing, throwing touchdown passes to Zach Ertz in the third quarter and Levine Toilolo in the fourth. Stepfan Taylor added a career-high 153 yards rushing and Stanford had a balanced 567 yards to win its 11th straight game, the Cardinal’s longest run since taking 13 straight from 1939-41.
Nick Foles threw for 239 yards and a touchdown, but couldn’t overcome Arizona’s anemic running game by himself. The Wildcats (1-2) had just 51 yards rushing on 23 carries in their sixth straight loss to an FBS team.
Texas 49, UCLA 20: Case McCoy passed for 168 yards and two TDs, D.J. Grant made his first three career TD catches, and the No. 23 Longhorns avenged last season’s home loss to the Bruins with a victory over UCLA in Pasadena, Calif.
Malcolm Brown rushed for 110 yards and a score, and Fozzy Whittaker ran for two more TDs for the Longhorns (3-0), who got solid production from two young quarterbacks. McCoy went 12 for 15 without a turnover in his first career start, and freshman David Ash went 3 for 3 in frequent action.
Jaxon Shipley caught five passes and threw a TD pass for the Longhorns, whose spiral to a losing record last season began with that 34-12 loss to UCLA.
Richard Brehaut passed for 150 yards after Kevin Prince threw three interceptions in the first quarter for the Bruins (1-2), who are 3-8 since that win in Austin last September.
Grant missed the past two seasons with a knee injury and had one catch in the Longhorns’ first two games this fall before scoring in each of the first three quarters against UCLA. The third-string tight end led Texas with six catches for 77 yards, including a 45-yard TD grab in the opening minutes.
Illinois 17, (22) Arizona State 14: The Illini (3-0) sacked Brock Osweiler six times and turned one into a touchdown in a win over the Sun Devils (2-1) at Champaign, Ill.
With Illinois trailing 14-10 in the fourth quarter, defensive end Whitney Mercilus hit Osweiler in the back and knocked the ball loose to linebacker Ian Thomas. Four plays later, Nathan Scheelhaase hit A.J. Jenkins for a 16-yard TD that gave Illinois the win.
Scheelhaase was 11 of 15 for 135 yards. He threw one interception but also ran for 67 yards. Jenkins had six catches for 103 yards.
Southern California 38, Syracuse 17: Matt Barkley passed for 324 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns and the Trojans (3-0) had their slumbering offense come alive after two mediocre outings in a victory over the Orange (2-1) at Los Angeles.
Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes without being intercepted. The junior threw for five touchdowns twice last season and is one of five players to accomplish the feat at Southern Cal. He has thrown nine TD passes while being picked off just once this year.
Quarterback Ryan Nassib completed his first 11 passes for 74 yards, but finished 25 of 37 for 230 yards for the outmanned Orange.
(12) Oregon 56, Missouri St. 7: LaMichael James ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, including a 90-yarder, and the Ducks (2-1) cruised over the Bears (0-3) at Eugene, Ore.
James’ 90-yard dash was Oregon’s longest run since 1938. The Heisman Trophy finalist from last season also had a 1-yard TD in the first quarter and a 50-yarder in the third.
Darron Thomas threw for 206 yards and three touchdowns for the Ducks. Lavasier Tuinei caught scoring passes of 8 and 34 yards, and Oregon sat most of its starters early in the second half.
Missouri State scored on its first possession. The Bears were efficient in a nine-play, 84-yard drive that was capped by Chris Douglas’ 3-yard TD run to make it 7-0. But the Ducks went on to build a 35-7 halftime lead.
California 63, Presbyterian 12: Zach Maynard threw for 215 yards and three touchdowns, and the Golden Bears (3-0) made Jeff Tedford the program’s winningest coach with a romp over the Blue Hose (1-2) at San Francisco.
Isi Sofele ran for a career-high 105 yards and two touchdowns and Brendan Bigelow returned a kick 88 yards for a score to give Tedford his 75th victory. He passed Andy Smith, who had held the record since 1925.
Maynard finished 15 for 25 passing and only played one half.
Colorado 28, Colorado State 14: Tyler Hansen ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more, and the Buffaloes (1-2) handed coach Jon Embree his first victory by beating the rival Rams (2-1) at Denver.
The Rams played without two of their top defenders.
Utah 54, BYU 10: John White scored three touchdowns, Jordan Wynn passed for two scores and Utes forced seven Cougar turnovers to cruise to a victory at Provo, Utah, in a rare lopsided game between the rivals.
The loss snapped the Cougars’ four-game home winning streak and was their first to an in-state opponent since 2005.
Utah (2-1) trailed 10-7 late in the second quarter until Wynn beat a blitz and found tight end Jake Murphy open for a 30-yard touchdown pass.
Wynn tossed a 59-yard scoring pass to Dres Anderson on the opening possession of the second half, and the Utes never looked back.
BYU fell to 1-2.