Digging out from the college football weekend …
— The Oregon Ducks didn’t do much wrong in the final three quarters of yesterday’s 77-6 rout of visiting Nevada yesterday in Autzen Stadium.
Here is my column from the scene. There is a lot to like about the way the Ducks dispatched an overmatched opponent.
That said, I’m waiting for this Oregon team to win a road game against someone its own size.
Lots more on the Ducks and their big win in the links below.
— I don’t like the way Oregon State folded up in the second half last night at Hawaii. This was a winnable game for OSU, but Hawaii was the team that adjusted between halves and dominated the final two quarters.
I think the loss could the haunt the Beavers in the weeks to come.
The O’s Nick Daschel was in Aloha Stadium, and wrote this about the way OSU’s two-touchdown lead evaporated after intermission.
More below about the Beavers.
— A big thumbs up for Cal coach Justin Wilcox and his program, which took a weather delay in stride last night in Husky Stadium and beat Washington.
Cal is 2-0, and maybe better than people expected coming into the season. But I don’t see the Golden Bears as a playoff possibility. The Huskies might have had a chance, had they run the table.
So, for the conference this isn’t necessarily a good result.
As Vince Grippi writes in the Spokesman-Review: Lightning strikes in Seattle, incinerating another Pac-12 playoff hopeful.
Lots about Cal, the Huskies and the conference lower in the post
OK, more links:
Ken Woody for the R-G: Look what happens when UO coach Mario Cristobal opens up the offense.
Tyson Alger of The Athletic: The Ducks scored 77 points, but this victory started with the defense.
Bri Amaranthus of NBCSN: For Oregon, that was something to ‘Shout’ about.
Pete Martini of the Statesman-Journal: Oregon’s defense plays at a championship level.
After a sluggish start, Justin Herbert and the Ducks erupt for a 77-6 victory over Nevada.
Eleven players score as Oregon rolls.
Ducks roll sevens while obliterating Nevada.
Herbert and the UO offense put it together in the final three quarters.
Ducks enjoy their most dominant defensive performance since 2010.
Jacob Breeland has a career day as the UO tight ends run wild.
Even UO offensive lineman Brady Aiello was on the scoring end of a Herbert pass.
Ducks turn the page from Auburn. It’s one of the R-G’s five takeaways.
UO backup quarterback Tyler Shough gets a chance to air it out.
Nevada coach Jay Norvell says the Wolf Pack wasn’t ready.
OSU’s offense falters in the second half.
Nightmarish second half costs Oregon State in the loss to the Rainbow Warriors.
Beavers have a better defensive performance, but the bottom line is another loss.
Portland State Vikings thrash Simon Fraser as QB Davis Alexander has a big game.
Vikings sock Simon Fraser with 49 points in the second half.
The Merc’s Jon Wilner: Schematic changes allow USC’s talented players to flourish, UCLA goes belly-up.
Wilner hands out weekend awards for the Pac-12, including one to Wilcox for beating the Huskies a second consecutive time.
Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles: Kedon Slovis is 18 years old, and his breathing new life into USC’s football program.
Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles Daily News: Trojans get the right kind of Sudden Change.
The record-setting Slovis leads USC over No. 23 Stanford.
Slovis shows the USC offense is in good hands. (The Athletic)
Slovis arrives for the Trojans.
Freshman QB shreds the Cardinal.
Slovis riddles Stanford’s defense while the Cardinal offense struggles.
Cal kicker Greg Thomas delivers as the Bears beat Washington for a second consecutive time.
Cal uses last-minute field goal to stun Washington.
Evan Weaver, the Cal defense and quarterback Chase Garbers come up big in Cal’s victory over the Huskies.
Forget the weather, Washington’s loss to Cal was self-inflicted. (The Athletic)
The weather delay was no excuse for what happened to the Huskies.
Unfazed Colorado Buffaloes rally to stun ‘ex-rival’ Nebraska.
Pat Rooney of the Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado sends overrated Nebraska packing, then serenades the Cornhuskers off the field.
Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star: No excuse for the way Nebraska lost that one.
Scott Frost and the Cornhuskers aren’t as good as advertised. (The Athletic)
Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times: Chip ‘Bleepin’ Kelly is presiding over an absolute catastrophe at UCLA.
Sputtering UCLA suffers a dismal loss to San Diego State.
Gordon Monson of the Salt Lake Tribune: Kyle Whittingham and Utah show they can overcome their own stumbles in the victory over Northern Illinois.
Kurt Kragthorpe of the Salt Lake Review: Quarterback Tyler Huntley was throwing the ball effectively downfield Saturday, and that will have to continue.
Huntley is fitting nicely into Andy Ludwig’s offense. (The Athletic)
Passing game comes alive for Utah.
Utah awakens in the second half to throttle Northern Illinois. (The Athletic)
Underwhelming victory over Northern Illinois leaves Utah with lots of room for improvement.
Hallandale Trio clicks for Utah.
John Blanchette of the Spokesman-Review: Feasting on cupcakes isn’t helping Washington State at the gate.
Cougs clobber FCS Northern Colorado despite some defensive lapses.
The Daily Star’s Greg Hansen: Arizona athletic director Dave Heeke is building from behind.
Arizona’s explosive Wildcats are too much for Northern Arizona.
Arizona offense comes away from the NAU victory with lots of glossy statistics.
Arizona State is 2-0, but the Sun Devils have lots to clean up.
Wayne McGahee III of the Tallahassee Democrat: Florida State’s debacle of a victory over Louisiana-Monroe provides a sobering look at the FSU program.
— Ken Goe
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