Sean Mannion passed for a career-high 379 yards and two touchdowns, Oregon State put the clamps on No. 19 UCLA’s offense, and the unbeaten Beavers opened their Pacific-12 Conference football season by stunning the Bruins 27-20 Saturday afternoon in Pasadena, Calif.
The victory was the 74th at Oregon State for coach Mike Riley, matching the school record set by Lon Stiner, the Beavers’ coach from 1933-48. Riley is in his 12th year with Oregon State.
Mannion, a third-year sophomore, completed 24 of 35 passes with one interception. Markus Wheaton had nine receptions for 150 yards, Brandin Cooks had six catches for 175 yards, and Storm Woods rushed for 96 yards on 21 carries and scored once for the Beavers.
The Bruins (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) entered having scored 15 touchdowns and having averaged 622.0 yards to rank second nationally in total offense. But the Beavers (2-0, 1-0) held them to 444 yards and two TDs.
UCLA’s Johnathan Franklin, the country’s leading rusher with a 180.3-yard average, was held to 45 yards on 12 carries. He averaged 8.2 yards per carry in his team’s previous three games. Redshirt freshman Brett Hundley completed 27 of 42 passes for 372 yards and a touchdown.
(3) Oregon 49, (22) Arizona 0: Redshirt freshman Marcus Mariota threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard scoring pass to freshman Bralon Addison late in the third quarter, and the Ducks whipped the Wildcats in Eugene, Ore.
Billed as an offensive juggernaut between the Pac-12’s fastest scoring teams, Oregon didn’t find its stride until the second half – and Arizona never did – and the Ducks (4-0, 1-0) got their seventh straight conference-opening victory.
Arizona (3-1, 0-1) couldn’t find the end zone and quarterback Matt Scott, a fifth-year senior who spent the last two seasons behind Nick Foles, passed for 210 yards but was intercepted three times – one resulting in an Oregon touchdown.
(13) USC 27, California 9: Matt Barkley passed for 192 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Marqise Lee, and the Trojans bounced back from their defeat to Stanford with a victory over the Golden Bears in Los Angeles.
Lee had 11 catches for 94 yards, and Silas Redd rushed for 158 yards and a score as the Trojans (3-1, 1-1) grinded out their ninth consecutive win over Cal (1-3, 0-1) in the schools’ 100th meeting.
A week after the preseason No. 1 team got shut out in the second half of a 21-14 loss at Stanford, USC drained the suspense from this matchup with a methodical 75-yard drive that consumed more than half of the fourth quarter, capped by Lee’s 3-yard TD catch with 5:56 to play.
Keenan Allen had nine catches for 94 yards for the Bears, who couldn’t get into the Coliseum end zone and managed just 250 total yards.
Arizona State 37, Utah 7: Taylor Kelly passed for a career-high 326 yards and threw three touchdowns, DJ Foster had 70 yards on 10 carries and the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-0) raced out to an early lead over the Utes (2-2, 0-1) in Tempe, Ariz.
Coming off a mistake-filled road loss to Missouri, the Sun Devils used their don’t-let-em-rest offense and a smothering defense to run past Utah on a hot night in the desert.
Cameron Marshall scored two touchdowns and Arizona State rolled up 512 total yards.