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Pac-12 football: Arizona State edges No. 18 Spartans 10-7 in wild last minute

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019

Arizona State players celebrate with fans following an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (Al Goldis / AP)
Arizona State players celebrate with fans following an NCAA college football game against Michigan State, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, in East Lansing, Mich. (Al Goldis / AP)
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Eno Benjamin reached the ball to the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown run with 50 seconds remaining, and Arizona State beat No. 18 Michigan State 10-7 on Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, after the Spartans had a tying field goal negated for having too many men on the field.

Matt Coghlin’s 42-yard kick appeared to have tied it with 6 seconds remaining, but a replay showed too many men on the field for Michigan State, which had rushed the field goal team on in a disorganized fashion.

Coghlin had to try again from farther back after the penalty, and he hooked the kick left for his third miss of the day.

Arizona State (3-0) drove 75 yards in 11 plays at the end, against a Michigan State defense that had been stifling all day. Quarterback Jayden Daniels ran 15 yards for a first down on fourth-and-13 from the Michigan State 28, and Benjamin’s touchdown put the Sun Devils ahead. That play was also reviewed, and Benjamin had just barely extended the ball far enough to score.

The Spartans drove back to the Arizona State 24, and after spiking the ball to stop the clock with 11 seconds left, they appeared to have enough time for one more throw. But with no timeouts remaining, Michigan State (2-1) seemed indecisive, and eventually the field goal team rushed on. The Spartans barely snapped the ball in time to beat the play clock, and although Coghlin’s kick went through, there were too many players on the field.

(5) Oklahoma 48, UCLA 14: Jalen Hurts racked up 439 scrimmage yards, became the first Oklahoma quarterback to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100 in the first half and directed the fifth-ranked Sooners to scores on their first six drives in a rout of the Bruins in Pasadena, California.

The graduate transfer from Alabama completed 15 of 20 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran 14 times for 150 yards and a score.

CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo each had two touchdowns to help the Sooners (3-0) win their 21st straight true road game.

(11) Utah 31, Idaho State 0: Tyler Huntley threw for 282 yards and three touchdowns and Zach Moss ran for 106 yards and another score in the Utes’ victory over the Bengals in Salt Lake City.

In the first quarter, Moss passed Tony Lindsay for second place on Utah’s career rushing yards list. His 1-yard scoring plunge later in the quarter moved him into the No. 2 spot by himself in career rushing touchdowns at 27. On just 10 carries, Moss also recorded his 13th 100-yard rushing performance with 10:05 still left in the second quarter.

Huntley completed 15 of 19 passes before leaving in the third quarter as Utah moved to 3-0 for the fifth time in the last six seasons. Idaho State is 1-1.

(15) Oregon 35, Montana 3: Justin Herbert threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns as the Ducks downed the Grizzlies in Eugene, the Ducks’ final tuneup before opening Pac-12 play at Stanford next week.

Jacob Breeland and Johnny Johnson III each caught a pair of touchdowns for the Ducks (2-1), who won their 25th straight nonconference game at Autzen Stadium.

Herbert has thrown for a touchdown in 31 straight games, the longest current streak in the nation. It was his fifth career five-touchdown game, most by an Oregon quarterback. Marcus Mariota had four.

Fifth-year senior Dalton Sneed threw for 184 yards for FCS-level Montana (2-1), which avoided its first shutout since 1988 with Brandon Purdy’s 25-yard field goal late in the third quarter.

Oregon was coming off a 77-6 rout of Nevada that helped get the team back on track after a disappointing loss to Auburn in the season opener. Herbert also threw five TDs against the Wolf Pack and now has 11 for the season.

(17) UCF 45, Stanford 27: Freshman Dillon Gabriel threw for 347 yards and four touchdowns in his second college start, leading the Knights past the Cardinal in Orlando, Florida.

The Knights (3-0) scored on six of seven possessions, building a 31-point halftime lead in what was expected to be a much tougher test for the two-time defending American Athletic Conference champions, who won their first two games by a combined score of 110-14 against Florida A&M and Florida Atlantic.

Gabriel completed 22 of 30 passes, including TD throws of 28 yards to Marlon Williams, 38 yards to Tre Nixon, 38 yards to Gabriel Davis and 1-yard to Jake Hescook. Greg McCrae rushed for109 yards and one touchdown for UCF, which has won 25 consecutive regular-season games.

BYU 30, (24) USC 27 (OT): Dayan Ghanwoloku intercepted a tipped pass in overtime after Jake Oldroyd kicked a 43-yard field to give BYU the lead, and the Cougars topped the Trojans in Provo, Utah, for a second straight OT victory over a traditional power program.

Zach Wilson threw for 280 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score for BYU (2-1), which won at Tennessee last week. Ty’Son Williams added 99 yards on 19 carries.

Kedon Slovis threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns for USC (2-1), but was picked off three times, including on the final play of the game.

Air Force 30, Colorado 23 (OT): Kadin Remsberg scored on a 25-yard run to start overtime and the Falcons downed the Buffaloes in Boulder, Colorado, after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.

Remsberg found an opening along the outside, scampered down the sideline and dove into the end zone for the go-ahead score. The Falcons defense went to work and on fourth down and forced Steven Montez to throw wide to Laviska Shenault Jr. in the corner of the end zone. The Falcons (2-0) stormed the field in the first meeting between the schools since 1974.

It was another furious finish for the Buffaloes, who trailed 23-10 with 10:23 remaining. The Buffaloes came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Nebraska 34-31 in OT a week ago in Boulder. This marked the first time in Colorado history the team has played in back-to-back overtimes.

Oregon State 45, Cal Poly 7: Jake Luton passed for 255 yards and four touchdowns, leading the Beavers over the Mustangs in Corvallis, Oregon.

Luton, who was coming off a subpar performance in last Saturday’s 31-28 loss at Hawaii, was on target from the outset against the Mustangs. The sixth-year senior completed 17 of 22 passes.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Beavers (1-2)

Luton threw all four of his touchdown passes in the first half, including 47- and 75-yard strikes to diminutive wide receiver Champ Flemings. He played one series in the third quarter before giving way to backup quarterback Tristan Gebbia.

Cal 23, North Texas 17: Chase Garbers passed for one touchdown after using his legs to get California’s offense going, Greg Thomas kicked three field goals and the Golden Bears beat the Mean Green in Berkeley, California.

Christopher Brown Jr. ran for 47 yards and a touchdown while Cal’s defense had six sacks and forced two turnovers. The Bears are 3-0 for the third time in three years under coach Justin Wilcox.

North Texas quarterback Mason Fine completed 21 of 40 attempts for 210 yards and two touchdowns to surpass the 10,000-yard mark for his career but the Mean Green (1-2) fell behind big for the second straight week and couldn’t recover.

Cal dominated on both sides early in the first-ever matchup between the two schools then held on after North Texas made a late surge. The Mean Green pulled within 23-17 on Fine’s 18-yard TD to Jyaire Shorter late n the fourth quarter and got the ball back with less than two minutes remaining but turned it over on downs.

Arizona 28, Texas Tech 14: Khalil Tate accounted for 314 yards and two touchdowns, Gary Brightwell capped a late 99-yard drive with his second touchdown run and the Wildcats grinded out a win over the Red Raiders in Tuscon, Arizona.

Arizona (2-1) hit a few chunk plays passing, but it was the ground game that made the difference.

The Wildcats ran for 314 yards and went 99 yards in 13 plays – all rushes – to set up Brightwell’s second touchdown, a 1-yard run with four minutes left.

Tate scored on an 84-yard run and finished with 129 yards on 17 carries to help overcome three turnovers.

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