Football: Pac-12 flexes its muscles a bit with wins over Nos. 13, 16 and 18 teams in nation

An embarrassing hiccup by Colorado and an expected thrashing of Washington at LSU . . . otherwise, a great day for the Pac-12, with three wins over top-20 teams:

 — Oregon State 10, No. 13 Wisconsin 7: The Beavers, playing a Big Ten team in Corvallis for the first time in 41 years, held Badgers star RB Montee Ball without a touchdown for the first time in 22 games. Pleasanton native Sean Mannion threw for 276 yards for the Beavers, playing their first game after their opener was canceled.

— UCLA 36, No. 16 Nebraska 30: A huge win for the Bruins (2-0) and new coach Jim Mora Jr. Running back Johnathan Franklin, who had 214 yards he week before vs. Rice, ran for 217 yards and freshman QB Brett Hundley threw for 305 yards and four TDs.

— Arizona State 45, Illinois 14: Taylor Kelly completed 18 of 23 passes for 249 yards and a TD and the Sun Devils (2-0) routed the Illini in Tempe. ASU is 8-0 all-time vs. the Big Ten at home. 

— Arizona 59, No. 18 Oklahoma State 38: One week after scoring 84 points against Savannah State, the visiting Cowboys (1-1) of the Big 12 couldn’t keep pace with new coach Rich Rodriguez’s Wildcats (2-0). Matt Scott passed for 320 yards and two TDs and ran for another score and Ka’Deem Carey scored four TDs as the Wildcats rallied from a 14-0 hole.

— Sacramento State 30, Colorado 28: Walk-on kicker Edgar Castaneda of City College of San Francisco, kicked the game-winning 30-yard field goal for the FCS Hornets as time expired in Boulder, Colo., then was rewarded with a full scholarship by his coach during the post-game locker room celebration. The Buffaloes fell to 0-2.

— No. 4 Oregon 42, Fresno State 25: Kenjon Barner ran for 201 yards and three TDs and the Ducks (2-0) led 35-6 at halftime in Eugene. Redshirt freshman QB Marcus Mariota was 19 of 27 for 166 yards and a touchdown.

— No. 2 USC 42, Syracuse 25: Matt Barkley threw six touchdown passes — he had five a week ago — and the Trojans (2-0) won at East Rutherford, N.J. Marqise Lee and Robert Woods combined for 11 catches — five of them TDs.

— No. 3 LSU 41, Washington 3: The Huskies (1-1) were held to 26 rushing yards while the Tigers (2-0) accumulated 242 yards on the ground at Baton Rouge. LSU has won 39 straight regular-season games against non-conference opponents.

— Washington State 24, Eastern Washington 20: Jeff Tuel threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes and the Cougars (1-1) held on for newcoach Mike Leach’s first victory. The Cougars’ first home sellout in five years also was the first meeting of the two schools since 1908.

— No. 25 Stanford 50, Duke 13: Josh Nunes passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns and the Cardinal (2-0) defense forced four turnovers in an easy home victory over the Blue Devils (1-1). 


Jeff Faraudo

  • How great would it have been had Mora been hired by Barbour last off-season? Right after the tosh fiasco. I bet we coulda saved some top recruits and beaten NV.

  • 707 Bear

    Trends after 2 weeks

    Already in the Penthouse: USC, Oregon, Stanford

    Movin’ On Up: UCLA, ASU, Arizona, Oregon State

    Stuck: Utah, Washington

    Going Down: Cal, Wash State, Colorado

  • 707, I think wash st will beat Cal the in Pullman, and the Bears don’t play CU. Both the Bears and Buffs will be winless in pac12…if JT stays.

  • bigdruid

    I decided after last year’s UCLA debacle that I wasn’t going to defend Tedford any longer and let the results on the field speak for themselves.

    That said, it serves nobody to whine about Tedford all season long, or posit counterfactuals about what we could’ve done last season (and, seriously, you’re suggesting after Tosh left we should’ve fired the head coach the *week before signing day*? Really? Wholesale coaching staff turnover would’ve “saved top recruits”?).

    Barbour decided to give Tedford another year, so let’s live with it and judge the results at the end of the season. I’m fairly pessimistic about our chances to turn this thing around, but let’s all have enough dignity not to whine about it for 12 straight weeks.

  • 707 Bear


    Sadly, I agree. After watching ASU and UCLA tonight (who we play at home), I don’t see us favored to win another game this year.

    Defense: What happened?

    Offense: What is our identity? We’re not USC or Stanford (which is what JT wants to be) and we’re not the spread-you-out teams (OR,WSU,ASU,AZ).

    Storm clouds are gathering (despite the perfect weather at Memorial the past two weeks).

  • 707 Bear


    I understand the negativity line, but breaking down the team and its place in the Pac 12 is part of the fun of following a college football team; the ups and downs come with the territory. Right now it appears we’re heading down. That’s life.

    I’ll be in my $300 per year bench seat until I can’t make it up the hill.

    Go Bears!

  • Woj

    Cal’s fall down the Pac12 ladder has been several years in the making. And it was totally predictable. Rock bottom was hit today. Any honest Cal fan knows the ONLY team Cal could bear next week is Colorado.

    Jeff Tedford is a mediocre at best coach and Cal’s good talent cannot overcome the mush and garbage and lack of discipline and ingenuity coaching coming from the sidelines. I actually think Cal has some good assistants but the head man has got to go. He was above average .. back in 2004.

    Look at today .. a 3 points lead more than halfway through the game against as creamy a cupcake as Cal could find. Good thing they didn’t schedule Sac. St – the bevy of mistakes would have cost them another ugly home loss.

    Ohio St. 55 Cal 20 next week
    USC 58 Cal 14 the week after. Hopefully that will finally shake some sense into the Cal AD to terminate Tedfraud.

  • Steve W

    A good time saver about next week’s game in Columbus: Tevo it. That’s what I’m going to do. I am going to play golf in the morning and come back and watch the game around Noon. If it’s a good game, I will watch in real time. If it’s the stinker I suspect it will be, I am going to fast forward through all the OSU touchdowns and be working in the garden by 12:30. I am not going to let Tedford wring out my emotions like I have let him do in previous seasons.

  • Rollonubears

    Great strategy! Unfortunately, I’ll be at the shoe. Wish I could fast forward there. Instead, I’ll just start drinking early!

  • 707 Bear

    Just for fun…JT’s house for sale…check out the basketball court…not bad for coaching young men a kid’s game


  • Suttree


    With that buy out there is no way Tedford gets fired this year in season. Not a chance in hell.

  • Woj

    It truly is sad most realize Tedford is yesterday’s news and a detriment to the success of Cal football. The loyal alumni, players, fans and now new facilities all deserve so much better. No Rose Bowl or BCS Game in 1958. And Tedford brought up backwards towards that goal the last 5!!! long mediocre years. I agree that the only reason Tedford is still roaming the Cal sidelines is that ridiculous bloated contract his agent and he got Sandy the AD to sign off on. What a mistake – after Tedford is terminated I suppose hopefully at year’s end, I hope Barbour is shown the door too for that stupid 1-sided contract.

    In the long run 2 blowout losses to USC (very likely) and Ohio St. (probably) might be to the benefit on getting rid of Tedford and getting a new HC Cal desperately needs to end this malaise of mediocrity.