Byron Marshall had a big night for Oregon in their route of South Dakota at Autzen Stadium. Photo Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

PAC-12 Football Weekend Recap Week 1

It was a successful opening weekend for the PAC-12 conference with teams going 10-2 (Washington State and Colorado losing). The margin of victory was pretty impressive while the two defeats were by a combined 17 points.

Thursday, August 28 –

Idaho State Bengals (0-1) 14 @ Utah Utes (1-0) 56: After Idaho State tied the game at seven the Utes ran off 35 unanswered points to put away the Bengals. Travis Wilson was 13-of-18 for 265 yards one touchdown, with 111 of those going to Dres Anderson. Three quarterbacks saw action in the game for Utah. Area of concern for the Utes will be defense after they allowed ISU to rack up 337 (158 passing/179 rushing). Next up for Utah is Fresno State (0-1) 9/6 at Noon/PAC-12 Network

Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-0) 41 v. Washington State Cougars (0-1) 38 (CenturyLink Field/Seattle, WA): Definitely the best game on Thursday with Rutgers holding an 11-point lead early, Washington State up late before a turnover helped the Scarlet Knights. The Cougars were up 38-34 seemingly in control before muffing a punt that RU scored the winning score with 3:24 left. Connor Halliday threw for 532 yards completing 40-of-56 passes with five TD’s on the night. Next up for Washington State is a trip to Reno against Nevada (1-0) 9/5 at 7:30 pm/ESPN

Weber State Wildcats (0-1) 14 @ 19 Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0) 45: No. 19 Arizona State raced out to a 38-0 lead and never looked back against Weber State. Taylor Kelly was an efficient 18-of-27 for 238 yards with a TD through the air with 14 via the ground. D.J. Foster ran for 147 yards with three scores on 15 carries. ASU allowed the Wildcats to go 5-of-15 on third down which obviously will need to improve going forward for Todd Graham’s team. Next up for Arizona State is a trip east to Albuquerque against New Mexico (0-1) 9/6 at 4 pm/CBS Sports Network

Friday, August 29 –

Colorado State Rams (1-0) 31 v. Colorado Buffaloes (0-1) 17 (Sports Authority Field/Denver, CO): Colorado built a 17-7 by the third quarter before seeing their offense stall. Colorado State scored the last 24-points to defeat their in-state rivals. Sefo Liufau was 24-of-39 for 241 yards and two TD’s while rushing for 47 more. Nelson Spruce caught both TD passes from Liufau while finishing with 104 yards on seven receptions. Next up for Colorado is a cross country game versus Massachusetts (0-1) at Gillett Stadium 9/6 at Noon/ESPN3

UNLV Rebels (0-1) 13 @ Arizona Wildcats (1-0) 58: Arizona made easy work of their neighbors to the north by putting up 787 of total offense. Anu Solomon threw for 425 yards with four TD’s, he also had eight carries for 50 yards. Terris Jones-Grigsby and Nick Wilson each went over 100 yards on the ground with 124 and 104 apiece each rushing for a score. Austin Hill/Samajie Grant had 110 and 101 yards each receiving with a TD. Next up for Arizona is a visit to the Alamo City against UTSA (1-0) 9/4 at 5 pm/FOX Sports 1

Saturday, August 30 –

7 UCLA Bruins (1-0) 28 @ Virginia Cavaliers (0-1) 20: UCLA got all they wanted at Virginia with what was a 9 am kickoff for them on Saturday. Fortunately the Bruins defense supplied 21 of the teams 28 points with Ishmael Adams and Eric Kendricks supplying pick sixes while Randall Goforth returned a fumble for six. Brett Hundley threw for 242 yards and rushed for 39 more with a score. UCLA was held to 116 yards on the ground and had just 358 total on offense. Next up for UCLA is their home opener against Memphis 9/6 at 7 pm/PAC-12 Network

UC Davis Aggies (0-1) 0 @ 11 Stanford Cardinal (1-0) 45: While their names change the Cardinal defense remains stout plus suffocating holding UC Davis to 115 yards of offense. Stanford also got the lone shutout of the weekend among PAC-12 teams. However while forcing three turnovers they committed three of their own. Kevin Hogan threw for 204 yards on 12-of-16 passes plus three scores on the afternoon. Ty Montgomery caught five passes for 77 yards with a TD while adding 74 return yards on punts with another score. Next up for Stanford is a visit from No. 14USC (1-0) 9/6 at 12:30 pm/ABC

California Golden Bears (1-0) 31 @ Northwestern Wildcats (0-1) 24: It was a tale of two halves with Cal outscoring Northwestern 24-7 in the opening half while being outscored 17-7 during the second. Jared Goff logged most of the reps for the Bears throwing for 281 yards with three scores. Trevor Davis caught three passes for 93 yards. As an offense California put up 414 yards with 300 coming through the air for coach Sonny Dykes. Next up for California is their home opener versus Sacramento State (1-0) 9/6 at Noon/PAC-12 Network

Portland State Vikings (0-1) 14 @ Oregon State Beavers (1-0) 29: Garrett Owens kicked a pair of field goals giving the Beavers a 6-0 first quarter lead before Portland State outscored them 14-7 in the second. It was all OSU in the second half outscoring the Vikings 16-7 en route to a season opening victory. Oregon State held their in-state foes to 0-for-9 on third down and forced five turnovers. Sean Mannion had another big day throwing for 328 yards with a score. Storm Woods rushed for 125 yards on 16 carries while catching a pass for a 23-yard TD. Next up for Oregon State is a trip to Honolulu versus Hawai’i (0-1) 9/6 at 7:30 pm/CBS Sports Network

Fresno State Bulldogs (0-1) 13 @ 15 Southern California Trojans (1-0) 52: New head coach but solid results for USC in their opener. The Trojans wasted no time scoring the first 24-points and led 31-7 at half. They scored 21 more in the third to reach 52 ending their scoring for the evening. Cody Kessler was 25-of-37 for 394 yards with four scores. Javorius Allen picked up where he left off running the ball 22 times for 133 yards with a TD. Southern Cal heads north next to No. 13 Stanford (1-0) 9/6 at 12:30 pm/ABC

25 Washington Huskies (1-0) 17 @ Hawai’i Warriors (0-1) 16: Hawai’i scored the game’s first 10 points before Washington got going. Chris Peterson making his debut saw his team score 17 unanswered before the Warriors scored the final six points to lose by one. Jeff Lindquist got the start in place of the suspended starter Cyler Miles throwing for 162 yards with a score. John Ross provided both touchdowns with one through the air and ground he 96 yards receiving and 20 on the ground. Next up is the home opener versus in-state foe Eastern Washington (2-0) 9/6 at 12:05 pm/PAC-12 Network

South Dakota Coyotes (0-1) 13 @ 3 Oregon Ducks (1-0) 62: 41-13 at the half is probably all that you need to know about the Ducks season opener but that be a disservice here. Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards on 14-of-20 passing with three scores and added 43 more via the ground scoring another TD. Byron Marshall had a huge night catching eight passes for 138 yards scoring twice then adding 90 more on eight carries which made him the leading rusher. Nice performance from back-up QB Jeff Lockie who was 11-for-12 and 113 yards in relief. Next up for Oregon is College Gameday plus No. 3 Michigan State at 3:30 pm/FOX

Rankings from the AP

PAC-12 Standings –

3 Oregon (1-0)
13 Stanford (1-0)
Washington (1-0)
Oregon State (1-0)
California (1-0)
Washington State (0-1)

11 UCLA (1-0)
14 Southern California (1-0)
17 Arizona State (1-0)
Arizona (1-0)
Utah (1-0)
Colorado (0-1)

Mike’s Picks:

Season Record: 9-3
Last Week: 9-3 (Incorrect – Picked Washington State, Colorado and Northwestern to win)

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