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How Buffs' Opponents Fared In Week 1

Sep 5, 2021

Here's a quick rundown of how the remainder of Colorado's opponents fared last weekend:

Texas A&M (1-0) beat Kent State, 41-10 — The sixth-ranked Aggies led just 10-3 at halftime, but got a spark when Leon O'Neal took his second interception of the game 85 yards for a touchdown as Texas A&M scored 31 points in the second half. Running back Devon Achane ran for 124 yards and two scores and the Aggies ran for 303 yards, helping make up for quarterback Haynes King's three interceptions in his starting debut. Wide receiver Ainias Smith had eight catches for 100 yards and two scores, linebacker Aaron Hansford had eight tackles and freshman defensive lineman Shemar Turner was in on four tackles, including 1.5 sacks.

Minnesota (0-1) lost to Ohio State, 45-31 — The Gophers threw a scare into No. 4 Ohio State, leading 14-10 at the half and 21-17 in the third quarter before being outscored 28-10 down the stretch. Minnesota running back Mo Ibrahim carried 30 times for 160 yards and two TDs, but left the game in the third quarter with a leg injury and is out for the season. Gophers QB Tanner Morgan was 14-for-25 for 205 yards and one score. Linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin had six tackles but the Gophers did not record a sack all night. Minnesota yielded two sacks and also fumbled twice, one which was returned for a touchdown.

Arizona State (1-0) beat Southern Utah, 41-14 — ASU ran for 222 yards and threw for 199 as the No. 25 Sun Devils rolled. Arizona State was up 28-7 at the half and played a long list of reserves in the second half. ASU starting quarterback Jayden Daniels was 10-for-12 for 132 yards and running back Rachaad White carried seven times for 58 yards. 

USC (1-0) beat San Jose State, 30-7 — The 15th-ranked Trojans leaned on the defense for the win, as they led just 13-7 after three quarters before adding 17 points in the final period for the win. Receiver Drake London caught 12 passes for 137 yards and Greg Johnson led a solid defensive effort with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown. The defense also had a red zone stop on fourth down in the final period and QB Kedon Slovis threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns. 

Arizona (0-1) lost to BYU, 24-16 — The Wildcats lost their 13th straight game dating back to 2019 in head coach Jedd Fisch's debut. UA fell behind 21-3 in the third quarter before closing the gap to 21-13 but couldn't completely overcome the deficit. QB Gunner Cruz was 34-for-45 passing for 336 yards with a touchdown and an interception as the Arizona starter. The Wildcats finished with just 81 yards rushing and gave up four quarterback sacks.

Cal (0-1) lost to Nevada, 22-17 — The Golden Bears jumped out to a 14-0 first quarter lead, but didn't score again until the fourth quarter in the loss. The Bears gave up 312 yards passing while their offense had just 177 yards in the air and 153 on the ground. The Bears had their chances late, but saw two red zone penetrations produce just one field goal.

Oregon (1-0) beat Fresno State, 31-24 — The No. 11 Ducks had to come from behind in the fourth quarter, scoring the last 10 points of the game to escape with the win. The Ducks led 21-6 early but then needed a 30-yard touchdown run from quarterback Anthony Brown with 2:57 left in the game to break a 24-24 tie and collect the win. Brown threw for 172 yards and ran for 62. The Ducks were hurt by the loss of star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, who left the game at halftime with a left ankle injury. Oregon's C.J. Verdell ran 18 times for 74 yards and a score.

Oregon State (0-1) lost to Purdue, 30-21 — Former CU quarterback Sam Noyer started for OSU, but was just 10-for-24 for 91 yards and one interception before being replaced by Chance Nolan. The Beavers led 7-0 early, but trailed 16-7 at the end of the third quarter. OSU managed to cut the deficit to two points twice, but each time Purdue answered with a touchdown. Nolan finished 10-for-16 for 157 yards and the Beavers had just 78 yards rushing.

UCLA (1-0) beat LSU 38-27 — Chip Kelly's Bruins had the most impressive Pac-12 win of Week 1, throttling No. 16 LSU. UCLA ran for 210 yards, including 117 and a touchdown from Zach Charbonnet, and QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson completed nine passes for 260 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Greg Dulchich caught three passes for 117 yards and a touchdown and UCLA's defense had two sacks and an interception.

Washington (0-1) lost to Montana, 13-7 — The 20th-ranked Huskies suffered the most surprising loss by a Pac-12 team, falling to the FCS Grizzlies. Washington scored on its opening drive and never tallied again. UW quarterback Dylan Morris threw for 226 yards, but did not have a touchdown and threw three interceptions. The Huskies finished with just 53 yards rushing and gave up three quarterback sacks.

Utah (1-0) beat Weber State, 40-17 — The 24th-ranked Utes pounded out a methodical win, running for 188 yards and throwing for 262. The Utes led 19-7 at the half and Weber never threatened. QB Charlie Brewer was 19-for-27 for 233 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, and running back Tavion Thomas ran for 107 yards and two scores. Utah's defense had seven tackles for loss, including three sacks, and also forced two turnovers.