Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Bralon Addison returned two punts for touchdowns and Byron Marshall ran for 130 yards and two more scores for the Ducks (4-0, 1-0).
The game was played as a strong storm swept across the Pacific Northwest, cutting power to more than 26,500 customers in Oregon. It was a sloppy mess on the field, with eight fumbles – four for each team – in the first half alone. The Ducks handled the soggy conditions better, building a 41-3 halftime lead.
The driving wind and rain all but shut down the “Bear Raid” offense that new head coach Sonny Dykes has installed at Cal (1-3, 0-1).
Addison’s 67-yard punt return for a score early in the second quarter made it 48-3. The only other Duck with two punt returns for touchdowns in a game was Cliff Harris against New Mexico in 2010.
Arizona State 62, Southern California 41: Marion Grice scored four touchdowns, two on passes from Taylor Kelly, and the Sun Devils (3-1, 1-1) used consecutive big plays in the third quarter to race past the Trojans (3-2, 0-2) in Tempe, Ariz.
Arizona State trailed by one after USC opened the third quarter with a quick scoring drive.
The Sun Devils ran away from the Trojans after that, scoring a pair of touchdowns 47 seconds apart.
Kelly orchestrated the first, hitting D.J. Foster in stride for a 74-yard touchdown pass. Alden Darby was next, stepping in front of a pass by Cody Kessler for a 46-yard interception return that put the Sun Devils up 34-21.
Tre Madden and Justin Davis each scored three touchdowns for USC.
It wasn’t nearly enough with Arizona State piling up yards while scoring its most points ever against the Trojans and matching the most ever scored against USC.
Oregon State 44, Colorado 17: Sean Mannion passed for 414 yards and a school-record six touchdowns and the Beavers (4-1, 2-0) won their fourth consecutive game, beating the Buffaloes (2-1, 0-1) in Corvallis, Ore.
Brandin Cooks caught nine passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns for the Beavers and had five carries for 47 yards.
Mannion battled gusty wind conditions to complete 27 of 52 passes.
Caleb Smith also caught two TD passes for the Beavers, who never trailed.
Colorado played its first game in three weeks. Flooding postponed the Buffaloes’ Sept. 14 game against Fresno State, in addition to a bye.
The Buffaloes’ offense was out of sync for most of the game. Quarterback Connor Wood connected on just 14 of 34 passes for 146 yards. Paul Richardson, who came into game as the country’s leading receiver averaging 208.5 yards, was held to five receptions for 70 yards.