Steven Mitchell and Deontay Burnett caught two touchdown passes apiece from Sam Darnold, and No. 6 Southern California extended its winning streak to 11 games with a bruising 42-24 victory over No. 14 Stanford on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
Darnold went 21 of 26 with 316 yards passing for the Trojans (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12), who snapped their three-game losing streak in this California private-school rivalry. USC racked up 623 total yards and won the first Pac-12 game of the new season by beating the hard-nosed Cardinal (1-1, 0-1) at their own physical game.
Ronald Jones II rushed for 116 yards and scored a touchdown in his ninth consecutive game as USC excelled at Stanford’s traditional strengths, running the ball for 307 yards and controlling both lines of scrimmage. Turnovers and penalties by the Trojans kept it fairly close, but freshman Stephen Carr added 119 yards rushing, and Jones cartwheeled into the end zone with a clinching 23-yard TD run with 4:15 to play.
Keller Chryst passed for 172 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryce Love had a 75-yard TD run among his 160 yards rushing for the Cardinal, who hadn’t played since their season-opening win over Rice in Australia last month.
After a scoreless third quarter, USC made a 90-yard scoring drive capped by Mitchell’s second TD on a feathery 11-yard TD pass by Darnold with 9:42 to play. Stanford stayed close with J.J. Arcega-Whiteside’s TD catch with 6:41 to play, but Jones’ incredible second TD run capped a smooth 75-yard drive in USC’s 11th consecutive win at the Coliseum.
Stanford had won eight of its last 11 meetings with USC in a dominant stretch that began with its historic 2007 upset victory at the Coliseum.
After USC scored 49 points in its season opener, Darnold’s offense again was in fine form from the start. USC scored four touchdowns on five lengthy drives in the first half, with Darnold hitting Burnett for two of his three TD passes.
USC moved 74 yards on two plays late in the half to take a 28-17 lead on Burnett’s leaping 25-yard TD grab.
(7) Washington 63, Montana 7: Dante Pettis weaved his way 67 yards for his Pac-12 record-breaking seventh career punt return touchdown, and Jake Browning threw for 259 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Huskies (2-0) in a win over the Grizzlies (1-1) in Seattle.
Pettis returned a punt for a score for the second straight game. His 61-yard return at Rutgers last week tied him with DeSean Jackson for the conference mark and ignited Washington after a sluggish start.
Montana made the unwise decision to punt to Pettis on the final play of the first quarter. The senior veered to the sideline nearest where he caught the kick, cut all the way across the field, juked Montana punter Eric Williams and sprinted the final few yards to give the Huskies a 21-7 lead.
Oregon 42, Nebraska 35: Justin Herbert threw for 365 yards and three touchdowns, and the Ducks (2-0) spoiled Mike Riley’s homecoming with a victory over the Cornhuskers (1-1) in Eugene, Oregon.
Royce Freeman rushed for 153 yards and two scores while Charles Nelson caught eight passes for a career-high 117 yards as the Ducks handed first-year coach Willie Taggart his second straight win to open the season.
The Huskers rallied from a 42-14 halftime deficit with three unanswered second-half touchdowns to close the gap, but ultimately fell short.
Tanner Lee finished with 252 yards passing and three touchdowns for Nebraska, but he was intercepted four times, including on the Huskers’ final drive. Tre Bryant ran for 107 yards and a score but had to be helped off the field because of an injury early in the fourth quarter.
(20) Washington 47, Boise State 44 (3OT): Jamal Morrow caught a 23-yard pass and dove across the goal line in the third overtime to lift the Cougars (2-0) to a comeback victory over the Broncos (1-1) in Pullman, Washington.
Officials reviewed the play to make sure Morrow remained inbounds as he ran toward the end zone on the left side and left his feet near the pylon. It was ruled a touchdown for Washington State, which trailed by 21 points in the fourth quarter.
Boise State quarterback Montell Cozart came off the bench to spark his team for the second game in a row, but the Broncos could not hold a big lead late in the game.
In overtime, Boise State had the first possession and Haden Hoggarth kicked a 29-yard field goal. Powell replied with a 22-yarder to tie it 34-all.
In the second overtime, Washington State’s Gerard Wicks scored on a 1-yard run for a 41-34 lead. Boise State responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Cozart to Wilson to tie it again.
In the third overtime, Hoggarth kicked a 37-yard field goal for a 44-41 Boise State lead. Hilinski hit Morrow on the left side and he outraced defenders to the pylon for the winning points.
Colorado 37, Texas State 3: Laviska Shenault Jr. ignited a lethargic Colorado with a 55-yard score when he picked up a teammate’s fumble on a punt return and the Buffaloes (2-0) rolled late in a win over the Bobcats (1-1) in Boulder, Colorado.
Steven Montez threw a touchdown pass and ran in another score for Colorado. Leading 14-0 at halftime, the Buffaloes pulled away in the third quarter against the Bobcats, who were a 35-point underdog.
Texas State finished with 283 total yards and two turnovers.
California 33, Weber State 20: Patrick Laird ran for 191 yards and three touchdowns to help the Golden Bears (2-0) rally to beat the lower-level Wildcats (1-1) in Berkeley, California.
Coach Justin Wilcox’s home debut for the Bears almost turned into a disaster as Cal trailed Weber State of the FCS by three points heading into the fourth quarter.
But after Matt Anderson tied the game with a 40-yard field goal early in the fourth, Laird took over. He carried five times on a seven-play drive following a fumble by Andrew Vollert near midfield and gave the Bears a 27-20 lead with a 1-yard run.
The Bears then got a key stop when halfback Kevin Smith barely overthrew quarterback Stefan Cantwell on a trick play that was nearly a touchdown and then Cantwell threw incompletions on third and fourth down from the 13.
UCLA 56, Hawaii 23: Josh Rosen was 22 of 25 for 329 yards passing and found Darren Andrews for three of his career-high five touchdown passes as the Bruins (2-0) defeated the Rainbow Warriors (2-1) in Pasadena, California.
Theo Howard and Caleb Wilson each caught a touchdown pass. Demetric Felton and Bolu Olorunfunmi each had 1-yard touchdown runs for the Bruins, who have scored touchdowns on 12 of 14 possessions with Rosen at quarterback dating back to the third quarter of their 45-44 comeback win over Texas A&M on Sunday.
Dru Brown threw for 227 yards, with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Diocemy Saint Juste and a 2-yard score to John Ursua, as Hawaii saw its winning streak end at five games. Brown also threw an interception that was returned 30 yards for a touchdown by freshman cornerback Darnay Holmes.
Minnesota 48, Oregon State 14: Shannon Brooks scored three touchdowns and Minnesota turned three Oregon State turnovers in 17 points as the Golden Gophers (2-0) defeated Beavers (1-2) in Corvallis, Oregon.
Conor Rhoda, who came into the game sharing the quarterback position with sophomore Demry Croft, completed 7 of 8 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown. Tyler Johnson caught four passes for 127 yards and a touchdown for Minnesota, now 2-0 under first-year coach P.J. Fleck.
Minnesota’s running game punished the Oregon State defense, allowing the Gophers to control the ball for more than 38 minutes. Rodney Smith ran 30 times for 92 yards and a touchdown, while Brooks had 17 carries for 91 yards.
Minnesota outgained Oregon State 411-225 and forced three turnovers, all fumbles, resulting in two touchdowns and a field goal. Oregon State had 35 total yards and one first down during the second half.
Utah 19, BYU 13: Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley combined for 389 total yards and a touchdown as the Utes (2-0) beat the Cougars (1-2) in Provo, Utah.
The victory was the seventh straight in the series for Utah (2-0) and 16th in the last 19.
Huntley finished with a career-high 300 passing yards and 89 rushing yards. Utah reached the red zone seven times, but settled for field goals on four of those trips. The final trip ended in kneel-downs to end the game. Darren Carrington led the team in receiving for the second consecutive week with seven catches and 129 yards.
Houston 19, Arizona 16: Ex-Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen threw for 225 yards and a touchdown but was intercepted twice in his first game for Houston and the Cougars (1-0) had to hold on to beat the Wildcats (1-1) in their week-delayed season opener in Tucson, Arizona.
Houston gave Major Applewhite a victory in his head coaching debut a week after the scheduled opener at UTSA was canceled due to Hurricane Harvey.
John Leday’s 81-yard kickoff return set up Houston’s go-ahead touchdown with 45 seconds left in the first half.
Josh Pollack kicked three field goals for Arizona, the last, from 42, yards cut the lead to 19-16 with 8:32 to play.
San Diego State 30, Arizona State 20: Rashaad Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards and scored three different ways, leading the Aztecs (2-0) to a convincing victory over the Sun Devils (1-1) in Tempe, Arizona.
The run-heavy Aztecs rolled over the Sun Devils from the start, with Penny bursting through for a 95-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Penny added a 99-yard kickoff return for a score and a 33-yard TD reception to help San Diego State (1-10-1) win for the first time in 12 tries against Arizona State. He had 216 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Sun Devils had one of their ugliest losses in six seasons under coach Todd Graham, plagued by defensive lapses, missed assignments on offense and a dropped touchdown pass by John Humphrey.
Manny Wilkins threw for 298 yards and two touchdowns for the Sun Devils.