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ARIZONA: For the second time in the last two seasons the Arizona Wildcats shut out an opponent as they earned a 35-0 win in the season opener over FCS foe Northern Arizona. Daniel Jenkins rushed for 139 yards on 12 carries and also scored a touchdown to carry the Wildcats, who rushed for 307 yards as a team. Jenkins, who reached 100 yards for the first time in his career, scored on a 91-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. It was the third longest run in program history. Starting running back Ka'Deem Carey was suspended for the season opener by head coach Rich Rodriguez. In all the Wildcats totaled 393 yards of offense. The 47 plays run by the Wildcats were the fewest in a game under Rodriguez and the 14 first downs earned were the fewest by the Wildcats since 2009. On defense Arizona held NAU to 270 total yards including 94 yards rushing. Tra'Mayne Bondurant tied for a game-high with seven tackles and also secured a pair of interceptions, one of which he returned 23 yards for a score. Next week Arizona will be on the road to face UNLV.
ARIZONA STATE: Across the Grand Canyon State, the Sun Devils were idle. Arizona State will begin the 2013 campaign on Thursday with a date against FCS foe Sacramento State.
CALIFORNIA: Sonny Dykes certainly made an impression in his first game as head coach but the Golden Bears were topped, 44-30 by No.22 Northwestern. In the loss the Golden Bears ran 99 total plays which was the third most in school history and 20 more than the season-high a year ago. California actually out-gained Northwestern (548-540) but also had twice as many penalties with 10 while giving up a pair of defensive touchdowns on interception returns. Jared Goff completed 38-of-63 pass attempts for 445 yards and two scores but was also picked off three times in his collegiate debut. Goff set a record for pass attempts in a game for California. Bryce Treggs had a game-high and career-best 13 receptions for 145 yards while Chris Harper caught 11 balls for 151 yards and two scores, all career-highs. Avery Sebastian had a game-high 11 tackles and also intercepted a pass. California's first touchdown of the contest came off a fake field goal attempt when kicker Vincenzo D'Amato connected with Jackson Bouza for a 10-yard strike. The Golden Bears remain at home next week for a tune up against Portland State before hosting No. 2 Ohio State the following Saturday.
COLORADO: The Mike MacIntyre era at Colorado got off to a great start as the Buffaloes were able to post a 41-27 win over the in-state rival Colorado State Rams. Colorado leads the all-time series with the Rams, 62-21-2. With the win MacIntyre became just the third Colorado coach since 1931 to win in his debut. Colorado totaled 513 total yards and surrendered only 295 to the Rams. Connor Wood completed 33-of-46 pass attempts for an even 400 yards and three scores. Paul Richardson, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, came back strong and brought in 10 passes for 208 yards and made his way into the end zone twice. Led by 42 yards from Christian Powell the Buffaloes also added 113 yards on the ground. The turning point of the contest came when Greg Henderson recovered a fumble and returned it 53 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to put the Buffaloes ahead 33-24. Addison Gillam had a team-high 14 tackles including a sack. Will Oliver connected on 4-of-4 field goal attempts including a 52-yarder in the fourth quarter. Next Saturday Colorado will welcome FCS foe Central Arkansas to Boulder.
OREGON: It didn't look like the Ducks skipped a beat under new head coach Mark Helfrich as they posted an easy 66-3 win over FCS foe Nicholls in the season opener. The always potent Ducks scored on their first six possessions and finished the game with 772 total yards including 500 yards on the ground. De'Anthony Thomas scored a pair of touchdowns and picked up a game-high 128 yards on 18 carries. Thomas was one of three rushers to eclipse the 100-yard mark. Byron Marshall added 124 yards and a score on eight carries and quarterback Marcus Mariota had 113 yards and two scores on just five carries. Mariota also threw for 234 yards and a touchdown on 12-of-21 passing. Oregon totaled less than 20 minutes (19:46) in time of possession. Terrance Mitchell was ejected in the contest under the new NCAA targeting rule when he made a hit on Nicholls quarterback Beaux Hebert in the first quarter. Defensively the Ducks picked up six sacks. Oregon hits the road to face Virginia out of the Atlantic Coast Conference next weekend.
OREGON STATE: In one of a few major upsets of the opening weekend, the No. 25 Oregon State Beavers were handed a shocking, 49-46, by Eastern Washington. The back and forth game was won when Eagles' quarterback Vernon Adams scored on a two-yard touchdown run with 18 seconds remaining in regulation. The final score marked the first time since 1999 that Oregon State and an opponent each scored at least 40 points. The Beavers gave up 29 points in the first half, the most since 2008. After earning the starting job, quarterback Sean Mannion completed an impressive 37-of-43 pass attempts for 422 yards and three touchdowns. Mannion now has nine 300-yard games in his career. Brandin Cooks collected 13 receptions for 196 yards and two scores, all career-highs, en route to his sixth career 100-yard contest. The Beavers, who ranked third in the Pac-12 in total defense last season, surrendered 625 yards to the Eagles. Oregon State will try to bounce back from the loss next week when Hawaii comes to Corvallis.
STANFORD: The much anticipated 2013 season will finally get underway for Stanford, which was off this weekend, next Saturday with a battle against San Jose State. The Cardinal escaped with a 20-17 win over the Spartans last year.
UCLA: Brett Hundley and the No.21 Bruins hit the ground running on Saturday with a 58-20 win over Nevada. Hundley completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 274 yards and two scores and also rushed for 63 yards and two TDs in the contest. Hundley scored on a 37-yard run to open up the scoring marking the second- straight season he has accounted for UCLA's first points of the year with a rushing touchdown. Hundley completed 22-of-33 pass attempts for 274 yards and two scores while adding two touchdowns and 63 yards on the ground. Jordan James rushed for a team-high 155 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. Both James' carries and yardage totals were career highs. Phillip Ruhl recovered a blocked punt and returned it for a touchdown marking the first time since 2008 the Bruins have scored on a blocked punt. Shaquelle Evans led the Bruins with six receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. The Bruins had 12 different players collect a reception in the game. Next week the Bruins will be off as they prepare for a Sept. 14 clash with Nebraska in Lincoln.
USC: Despite a continued quarterback competition the No. 24 Trojans were able to collect a 30-13 win over Hawaii on Thursday night. Cody Kessler started the game under center and completed 10-of-19 pass attempts for 95 yards and a touchdown but was also intercepted. Max Wittek took over in the third quarter and completed 5-of-10 passes for 77 yards. Defending Biletnikoff Award winner Marqise Lee hauled in eight passes for 104 yards to lead the Trojans while Tre Madden was the lead rusher with 109 yards. Justin Davis picked up 74 yards on the ground and scored the lone rushing touchdown. Josh Shaw collected one of four interceptions the Trojans registered and scored on a 35-yard interception return. USC also had seven sacks in the game while limiting the Rainbow Warriors to 231 yards of total offense. League play begins for USC next weekend when it hosts Washington State.
UTAH: The Utes were able to exact some revenge for a setback last season as they took down in-state rival Utah State, 30-26, in the season opener on Thursday night. Travis Wilson recorded the second 300-yard passing game of his career in the contest as he completed 17-of-28 pass attempts for 302 yards and two scores. Anthony Denham was Wilson's favorite target on the night as he hauled in six passes for a game-high 113 yards. Both totals were also career highs. James Poole rushed for a team-high 47 yards, while Karl Williams had 45 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. Utah was out-gained as it picked up 450 yards and allowed 487. Nate Orchard had eight tackles, three for loss, a sack and also forced and recovered a fumble. Utah will play a home game against FCS foe Weber State next Saturday.
WASHINGTON: Even without pre-season All-American tight end Austin Seferian- Jenkins, the Huskies still managed a commanding 38-6 win over No. 19 Boise State to begin the season. Seferian-Kenkins was the second leading receiver for the Huskies last season but was serving a suspension from head coach Steve Sarkisian. Bishop Sankey rushed for 161 yards and two scores on 25 carries and Keith Price completed 23-of-31 pass attempts for 324 yards and two touchdowns as he broke the school record for career touchdown passes. Jaydon Mickens was the lead receiver for the Huskies with nine receptions and 109 yards. Leading receiver from 2012 Kasen Williams recorded three receptions for 68 yards and a touchdown. In the win Washington converted on 11-of-15 third down tries and 5- of-6 red zone chances. John Timu had a game-high 13 tackles and Shaq Thompson totaled nine stops. The Huskies will have an extra week of preparation for a road contest with Illinois as they are off next weekend.
WASHINGTON STATE: A trip to face SEC foe Auburn ended in a tough defeat for the Cougars who were dropped 31-24 by the Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Washington State out-gained Auburn in terms of total yardage (464-396) but also had three interceptions in the contest. All three were thrown by Connor Halliday, who completed 35-of-63 pass attempts and also had a touchdown pass. Gabe Marks had a career-high with nine receptions and picked up 81 yards. Bobby Ratliff made the most of his three receptions as he picked up 63 yards and caught Halliday's lone touchdown pass. The Cougars rushed for 120 yards as a team, marking the most they have had in a single game under Mike Leach. Teondray Caldwell was the leading rusher with 53 yards. Washington State scored touchdowns on three of its first seven possessions but had just a single field goal in its final seven. The Cougars also went 3-of-4 in the red zone with the missed opportunity ending with an interception when the Cougars were at the Auburn eight-yard line. Washington State won't have long to dwell on the setback as it opens up conference play next weekend in Los Angeles against USC.
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