Bryce Love ran for 136 yards and a touchdown and No. 10 Stanford made talented quarterback JT Daniels look like a freshman in a 17-3 victory over No. 17 Southern California on Saturday night in Stanford, California.
The Cardinal (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) got an early touchdown run by Love and then tormented Daniels much of the night, holding USC to its fewest points in this series since a shutout in 1941. Stanford took control of the game late in the second quarter with a strip sack on fourth down against Daniels that set up K.J. Costello’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Colby Parkinson that gave Stanford a 14-0 lead.
Daniels made an impressive debut last week for the Trojans (1-1, 0-1) when he threw for 282 yards and a touchdown against UNLV. But duplicating that against Stanford proved far more difficult with the Cardinal using blitzes to pressure and confuse Daniels at times.
No. 6 Oklahoma 49, UCLA 21: Kyler Murray passed for three touchdowns and ran for two, and the Sooners topped the Bruins, but lost star running back Rodney Anderson to a leg injury in Norman, Oklahoma.
Anderson ran for 10 yards on the final play of the first quarter, and then got up slowly. He limped off on his own, and trainers tended to the preseason All-Big 12 pick before he headed to the locker room. He was back on the bench later, out of uniform.
No. 23 Oregon 62, Portland State 14: Justin Herbert threw for 250 yards and four touchdowns before heading to the bench in the third quarter, and the Ducks routed the Vikings in Eugene.
It was the 22nd straight non-conference win for the Ducks. Herbert, who completed 20 of 26 passes against the Vikings, now has 10 total touchdowns – nine passing and one on the ground – in two games so far this season.
Houston 45, Arizona 18: Houston quarterback D’Eriq King threw for four touchdowns and rushed for one as the Cougars beat the Wildcats in Houston.
King finished with 246 passing and 27 rushing yards while Houston improved to 2-0 on the season.
King connected with Marquez Stevenson on a 24-yard TD pass, scored on a 1-yard run, then hit tight end Romello Brooker for a 52-yard score and a 21-0 Houston lead after one quarter.
Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate tweaked his ankle in the first half but remained in the game.
Colorado 33, Nebraska 28: Steven Montez connected with Laviska Shenault Jr. for a 40-yard touchdown with 1:06 to play and Colorado’s defense held at the end, allowing the Buffaloes to beat the Cornhuskers and spoil Scott Frost’s debut as coach in Lincoln, Nebraska.
There was no lack of drama in the teams’ first meeting since 2010, the last season in the Big 12 for both.
Utah 17, Northern Illinois 6: Zack Moss ran for a touchdown while Chase Hanson added another score on a late interception return as the unranked Utes extended their nonconference winning streak to 21 with a 17-6 come-from-behind victory over the Huskies in Dekalb, Illinois.
Tyler Huntley was 20-of-31 passing for 286 yards as the Utes (2-0) remained unbeaten in nonconference games since 2012 and improved to 28-1 since joining the Pac-12 Conference in 2011.
Oregon State 48, Southern Utah 25: Freshman Jermar Jefferson rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns – including a weaving 62-yard score – as the Beavers beat the Thunderbirds in Corvallis, Oregon.
In his second game, Jefferson notched the third-highest single-game rushing total for Oregon State.
California 21, BYU 18: Freshman Chase Garbers threw for 176 yards and two touchdowns, while adding 45 yards rushing, to lead the Golden Bears over the Cougars in Provo, Utah.
Sophomore quarterback Brandon McIlwain ran for 74 yards and a touchdown while also throwing for 38 yards on 5-of-7 passing for the Bears. Kanawai Noa eclipsed 1,000 career receiving yards after tallying 93 yards and a TD on seven catches.
California (2-0) beat the Cougars in the regular season for the first time in five meetings between the teams.
Tanner Mangum threw for 196 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions for BYU. The Cougars (1-1) lost their home opener for the second time in three seasons – both times to a Pac-12 team.