Roundup: USC offense explosive against stingy Stanford defensive
Sam Cooper of Yahoo Sports dissects USC’s impressive offensive display in its 42-24 win over Stanford Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Trojans put up 623 yards, getting 316 yards through the air from Sam Darnold and more than 100 yards apiece on the ground from Ronald Jones and Stephen Carr.
#Pac12AfterDark struck again Saturday night, as Washington State overcame a three-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to beat Boise State in triple overtime (highlights courtesy of ESPN and Pac-12.com).
After watching Oregon hold on to beat Nebraska 42-35 Saturday afternoon/early evening, Chris Johnson of Sports Illustrated writes that Justin Herbert is Oregon’s long-term solution at quarterback.
Brian Howell writes that Colorado’s defense is on pace to make history. It’s only two games, the most recent one being a 37-3 thumping of Texas State, but the Buffs have yet to give up a touchdown, marking the first time since 1958 that they haven’t given up a touchdown in their first two games.
It was cool that Cal got to 2-0 by beating Weber State and all (probably too close for comfort for most fans, but a win is a win), but how about former Cal kicker Giorgio Tavecchio making history in his NFL debut for the Oakland Raiders by kicking two 52-yard field goals? Nobody else has kicked two 50-yarders in his NFL debut.
Lynn Worthy of The Salt Lake Tribune believes that the Utes will need someone besides Tyler Huntley to step up on offense in order for them to keep winning. Huntly passed for 300 yards and rushed for another 89 in Utah’s 19-13 win over BYU, so he accounted for 389 of the Utes’ 430 yards of offense.
A 2-0 start in tow following a 56-23 beating of Hawai’i, UCLA football is focusing on its problems on defense, notes Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times. The Rainbow Warriors poured on 515 yards of offense on the Bruin defense.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that Washington looked like the team that most people thought it would be in the 56-7 smashing of Montana Saturday night. The Grizzlies are an FCS school, but the Huskies certainly looked more convincing than they did in the season opener against lowly Rutgers.
Bummer that Arizona dropped a 19-16 decision to Houston Saturday night in Tucson, but Michael Lev writes that Arizona’s defense looks vastly improved in the loss to Houston. The Cougars were held to under 400 yards and did not score on offense after halftime.
Read Ken Goe’s column following Oregon State’s 48-14 loss to Minnesota (The Oregonian/OregonLive). I’ll summarize- it doesn’t look pretty in Corvallis, and the schedule is only getting tougher.
Doug Haller grades Arizona State’s 30-20 loss to San Diego State. I’ll give the Sun Devil fans who tweeted insults to the players an “F.”
Wasn’t a very good Saturday night for Stanford athletics. The football team lost at USC and the No. 1 ranked men’s soccer team lost 2-0 to Tulsa on two penalty kicks, but Stanford women’s soccer dominated Yale 7-0 and has scored a whopping 22 goals in its last three games. This team is fun to watch.