Week 2 saw some massive early statements, including a close USC win over Stanford in Palo Alto and a not-so-close home win for Oregon against reigning Rose Bowl champion Michigan State.
Arizona's Nick Wilson saw the depth chart, noticed an injured Terrance Jones-Grigsby, and decided to take the challenge. All he did was rush for 174 yards and a touchdown, helping the Wildcats grab a close win against a sneaky-good UTSA team Thursday night. Arizona hosts Nevada next Saturday.
Halliday had another big night through the air, throwing for 389 yards and a touchdown, with nine different receivers catching passes, but it wasn’t quite enough. Mike Leach and the Cougars face Portland State next week in their home opener on the Pac-12 Networks.
This is just getting silly, Mr. Lawler. A year after making perhaps the catch of the year in college football, Kenny Lawler was up to his old tricks again Saturday, nabbing a one-handed TD for Cal Oh, and the Bears looked unstoppable on offense, as well. Jared Goff threw for 229 yards, but, like everyone else, could only talk about what his teammate had done. Cal has a bye week before opening conference play at Arizona.
Cyler Miles made his triumphant return Saturday, just in time for the Huskies. He managed just 180 yards through the air, but his feet were magical inside the 20, where he rushed for three touchdowns to help the Huskies to a 59-52 win. In rushing for seven touchdowns as a team, even do-it-all Shaq Thompson got in on the action, netting his first career touchdown. Washington welcomes in Illinois to Husky Stadium next week.
Kenneth Scott entered the season with one thing on his mind: staying healthy. So far, check. And you can add a dynamic catch to his list of accomplishments. Utah didn’t necessarily need it, cruising past Fresno State 59-27 Saturday, but it was a nice sight to see as Scott has had season-ending injuries twice in his career. Utah has a week to rest up before it travels to the Big House to play Michigan.
Colorado need to Spruce things up to get their first victory of the season, so, naturally, they turned to Nelson Spruce. Turned out to be a good decision. Spruce’s 70-yard touchdown grab put Colorado up 34-31, and the ever-improving Buffs never trailed again in notching their first win of the season Saturday. Spruce, tasked with replacing all-everything receiver Paul Richardson, has 145 yards and four touchdowns through two games for Colorado, who showed toughness and resiliency in getting the win. The task gets considerably tougher now, as the Sun Devils make their way to Boulder next Saturday.
It was an odd afternoon on The Farm, but USC outdueled the Cardinal in the first conference matchup of the season. For the second straight year, a late field goal helped the Trojans upset Stanford, this time in Palo Alto. Javorious Allen paced the Trojans' rushing attack with 154 yards, and Cody Kessler was an efficient 15/22 with no interceptions. USC travels to Boston College next week, while the Cardinal hosts Army.
It was a tale of two halves for Oregon on Saturday. Fortunately, it was the second half that went in the Ducks' favor as they roared past the Spartans. The offense is getting a ton of credit, and deservedly so, but this game was won by the defense. Mark Helfrich and Marcus Mariota were all smiles after the game, in which Mariota passed for over 300 yards. Oregon plays Wyoming next week to close out non-conference play.
D.J. Foster continued his assault on the ground in Week 2, rushing for 216 yards on Saturday as part of a 423-yard onslaught from the Sun Devils. They even used a little trickery along the way, busting out the "swinging gate" formation after their first touchdown. ASU plays at Colorado next week to start its conference schedule.
Brent Hundley threw for 396 yards and three touchdowns as the Bruins survived a pesky Memphis Tigers team Saturday. It came on a night where he completed a career high 33 passes, only fueling the Heisman talk. Jim Mora spoke about finding consistency after his team's first two weeks with the conference schedule looming. UCLA travels to take on a fired up Texas squad next Saturday.
Sean Mannion usually gets the majority of the attention when the Beavers are mentioned, but Terron Ward was the savior Saturday night as his 124 yards rushing helped them stave off Hawai'i. Obum Gwacham, a wide receiver-turned-defensive end, had two sacks for the Beavers as well. Oregon State has a bye week before hosting San Diego State.