Thomas, Mariota lead No. 2 Oregon to road romp over Virginia
De’Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia 59-10 Saturday in Charlottesville, Va.
The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.
Virginia (1-1) got a very early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 in the game’s opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown.
After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent’s field, the longest streak in the country.
California 37, Portland State 30: Freshman quarterback Jared Goff passed for 485 yards and two touchdowns to give coach Sonny Dykes his first win at California while leading the Golden Bears (1-1) to a win over the FCS Vikings in Berkeley, Calif.
Goff completed 31 of 58 attempts and was 19 yards shy of breaking the school’s single-game passing record. He became the first Cal quarterback since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games.
The two teams combined for 1,169 yards of total offense and 54 first downs. There were 42 plays of 10 yards or more, including four that went 50 or longer.
DJ Adams rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Portland State.
Vincenzo D’Amato added two field goals for the Bears, who face four ranked teams over the next six weeks including back-to-back games against No. 3 Ohio State and No.2 Oregon.
Utah 70, Weber State 7: Travis Wilson had two long touchdown runs and threw for three more scores, all in the first half, and the Utes (2-0) breezed to a win over the FCS Wildcats (1-1) in Salt Lake City.
The blowout marked the most points by Utah since an 82-6 victory over UTEP in 1973.
Wilson completed 14 of 19 passes for 264 yards and added 93 yards on just three carries. The sophomore did not play in the second half.
Oregon State 33, Hawaii 14: Sean Mannion threw for 372 yards and four touchdowns and the Beavers (1-1) rebounded from a stunning loss to FCS Eastern Washington in their season opener with a victory over the Rainbow Warriors (0-2) in Corvallis, Ore.
Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 92 yards and two scores for the Beavers, who fell 49-46 at home last week to lower division Eastern Washington.
Oregon State had 508 yards of total offense while Hawaii had just 239.
Colorado 38, Central Arkansas 24: Paul Richardson topped 200 yards receiving for the second time in six days, and his second touchdown grab helped the Buffaloes (2-0) outlast the FCS Bears (1-1) in Boulder, Colo.
Overcoming four turnovers, Connor Wood found Richardson all alone for a 30-yard touchdown that broke a 24-all tie with 9:16 left. It followed freshman Chidobe Awuzie’s interception.
(5) Stanford 34, San Jose State 13: Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive return after playing baseball in the minors last year, leading the Cardinal (1-0) past the Spartans (1-1) in Stanford, Calif.
With career-rushing leader Stepfan Taylor in the NFL now, Gaffney made sure the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions kept the ground game going strong. The Cardinal scored on their first three possessions.
Arizona 58, UNLV 13: Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 171 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wildcats (2-0) past the Rebels (0-2) in Las Vegas.
The Wildcats wasted no time in establishing their presence, scoring on three of its first four possessions – all in the first quarter.
Normally division championships are celebrated with champagne showers in the locker room. The Spokane Indians settled for cheering and high fives on a crowded bus.
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