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Pac-12 roundup: Sam Ehlinger’s 2 touchdown passes lead Texas over No. 22 USC 37-14

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018

Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) works to stay in bounds as he runs past Southern California linebacker Porter Gustin (45) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay / AP)
Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (11) works to stay in bounds as he runs past Southern California linebacker Porter Gustin (45) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Eric Gay / AP)
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Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns, Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score and Texas beat No. 22 Southern California 37-14 on Saturday night in Austin, Texas, to give second-year coach Tom Herman his biggest win in burnt orange.

Texas, which had started 1-2 in four of the previous five seasons, trailed 14-3 in the first quarter before shutting down freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels and scoring 34 unanswered points.

The win could be a huge boost for a Texas (2-1) program that desperately needs one after eight years without a Big 12 title and a run of bad seasons. Herman is 9-7 with the Longhorns and got this win in front of an energized school-record crowd of 103,507 that stayed to the end and kept up deafening chants of “Texas Fight!”

Daniels passed for 322 yards, but the Trojans (1-2) were held to minus-5 yards rushing.

(9) Stanford 30, UC Davis 10: K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and the Cardinal beat the FCS-level Aggies.

Costello threw interceptions on two of the first three drives of the game for the Cardinal (3-0) before settling in a bit against the overmatched Aggies (2-1).

The game kicked off at the unusually early time of 11:01 a.m. local time in front of a sparse crowd at Stanford Stadium. The Cardinal even played without star running back Bryce Love, who got the week off to heal some minor ailments.

After Stanford punted on the opening drive, Costello threw an interception to Nas Anesi deep in his own territory to set up an early UC Davis field goal.

(20) Oregon 35, San Jose State 22: Justin Herbert threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns and the Ducks downed the Spartans in Eugene.

Freshman Cyrus Habibi-Likio scored on both of his carries and Johnny Johnson III caught a pair of touchdown passes to help Oregon win its 23rd straight nonconference game at Autzen Stadium.

The Ducks previously defeated Bowling Green and Portland State, moving up three spots in the rankings this week. They were 41-point favorites against San Jose State, but the Spartans showed surprising tenacity.

Colorado 45, New Hampshire 14: Travon McMillian rushed for 162 yards and two scores and the Buffaloes beat the Wildcats in Boulder, Colorado.

Steven Montez was 14 of 19 for 166 yards passing and another score to help Colorado (3-0) win its home opener. The Buffaloes have won their first three games for the second straight season.

McMillian had touchdown runs of 1 and 75 yards as Colorado built a big lead over the FCS Wildcats. His long touchdown run came on the first snap of the third quarter and made it 35-0.

New Hampshire (0-3) scored on two big plays in the third quarter. Safety Pop Lacey returned backup quarterback Sam Noyer’s pass 15 yards for the first touchdown, and after a field goal made it 38-7, quarterback Christian Lupoli connected with receiver Neil O’Connor on a 71-yard scoring play.

California 45, Idaho State 23: Chase Garbers completed 20 of 25 passes for 224 yards and three touchdowns in his second game as Cal’s starting quarterback, and the Golden Bears overcame a sluggish start and beat the Bengals in Berkeley, California.

Marcel Dancy ran for 80 yards and scored his first career TD, while Jordan Duncan had a pair of touchdown catches as the Bears (3-0) rolled in their final game before a Pac-12 opener next week.

Ashtyn Davis scored on an 89-yard kickoff return, had a momentum-changing interception in the first quarter and added another key play on defense for Cal.

Nevada 37, Oregon State 35: Jordan Choukair missed a 33-yard field goal as time expired and the Wolfpack held off a furious Beavers’ comeback in Reno, Nevada.

Nevada (2-1) led 30-7 lead with 10:16 left in the second quarter after Asauni Rufus forced Conor Blount to fumble the ball, and Malik Reed picked it up and ran 48 yards for a touchdown.

After the defensive touchdown, Oregon State (1-2) replaced Blount at quarterback with Jake Luton, who left the season opener two weeks ago with a concussion against No. 4 Ohio State.

Fresno State 38, UCLA 14: Marcus McMaryion ran for four touchdowns and passed for another as the Bulldogs snapped a 10-game losing streak against Power Five teams with a victory over the Bruins in Pasadena, California.

The senior quarterback was 22 of 33 for 270 yards as the Bulldogs got their ninth win over a Pac-12 program since 2000.

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