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How Buffs Opponents Fared In Week 3

Sep 21, 2021

 Here's a quick rundown of how the teams on Colorado's schedule fared in Week 3:

Northern Colorado (1-2) lost to Lamar, 17-0 (OT) — Both teams scored a touchdown in the second quarter and a field goal in the fourth before the visitors added another touchdown in OT and the Bears couldn't answer. UNC had just 236 yards total offense, as Bears QB Conner Martin threw for 152 yards and one touchdown.

Texas A&M (3-0) beat New Mexico, 34-0 — The Aggies won their 11th straight game while limiting the Lobos to 122 yards total offense. A&M's defense recorded 11 tackles for loss, including four sacks. Quarterback Zach Calzada was 19-of-33 passing for 275 yards and three scores in his first career start.

Minnesota (2-1) beat Colorado, 30-0

Arizona State (2-1) lost to BYU, 27-17 — The Sun Devils, ranked No. 19 heading into the game, committed four turnovers and had 16 penalties for 121 yards. Quarterback Jayden Daniels threw for 265 yards but also had two interceptions. Rachaad White and Daniyel Ngata combined to run for 153 of ASU's 161 rushing yards. ASU trailed 21-7 at the half and pulled to within 21-17, but couldn't completely close the gap. The Sun Devils had a chance to take the lead late in the third quarter when LB Merlin Robertson intercepted a pass and returned it 60 yards, but he was caught from behind and fumbled, giving the ball back to BYU. The Sun Devils outgained BYU 426-361 but could not overcome their mistakes. ASU's defense has produced 40 takeaways over its last 14 games dating back to 2019, the most of any team in the country over a 14-game span (Iowa, 34).

USC (2-1) beat Washington State, 45-14 — Freshman QB Jaxson Dart came off the bench to replace injured Kedon Slovis and rallied the Trojans from a 14-0 deficit for the win. Dart was 30-for-46 for 391 yards and four touchdowns, with two interceptions, as USC won its first game under interim head coach Donte Williams. The Trojans cut the early deficit to 14-7 at the half before scoring 28 unanswered points in the third quarter and 10 more in the fourth. USC's defense held WSU to 279 yards total offense (just 99 on the ground) while picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles. 

Arizona (0-3) lost to Northern Arizona, 21-19 — The Wildcats lost their school-record 15th straight game as they came up short on a late two-point conversion attempt and lost to the Lumberjacks for the first time since 1932. Arizona outgained NAU 363-240, but lost a fumble, threw two interceptions and committed seven penalties. UA was just 3-for-14 on third-down conversion tries and 0-1 on fourth-down tries. The Wildcats turned to backup quarterback Jordan McCloud late in the game, and he engineered a scoring drive to pull UA within two points, but he threw incomplete on the two-point try.

Cal (1-2) beat Sacramento State, 42-30 — The Golden Bears finally got into the win column, racking up 534 yards total offense. QB Chase Garbers went 22-for-34 for 288 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing for 68 yards and a score. Damien Moore ran for 87 yards and two scores. Cal's defense did give up 467 yards offense, including 408 in the air.

Oregon (3-0) beat Stony Brook, 48-7 — One week after knocking off Ohio State, the No. 4 Ducks had a breather against the Seawolves. Oregon played without quarterback Anthony Brown in the second half and star DL Kayvon Thibodeaux did not play. The Ducks broke open a 17-7 game at halftime with 31 unanswered points in the second half. Oregon rang up 436 yards offense (254 passing, 182 rushing) and UO's defense intercepted three passes and recovered a fumble.

Oregon State (2-1) beat Idaho, 42-0 — QB Chance Nolan threw for 175 yards and three touchdowns and B.J. Baylor rushed for 68 yards and two scores for the Beavers. OSU scored touchdowns in the first, second and third quarters while the defense held the Vandals to 192 total yards. The Beavers also picked off two passes, recorded 10 tackles for loss and held Idaho to 4-for-13 on third-down attempts.

UCLA (2-1) lost to Fresno State, 40-37— The Bruins fell from the unbeaten ranks and dropped to No. 24 in the national rankings after the loss. After trailing for much of the game, UCLA took a 37-33 lead with just 54 seconds left in the game, only to allow the Bulldogs to drive 75 yards in six plays for the winning score with just 14 seconds remaining. The Bruins gave up 455 yards passing to Fresno QB Jake Haener and the Bulldogs recorded 32 first downs. UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson threw for 278 yards and three TDs and also ran for 67 yards. 

Washington (1-2) beat Arkansas State, 52-3 — The Huskies finally broke into the win column, jumping out to a 28-0 halftime lead and coasting to the win. Huskies QB Dylan Morris threw for 367 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Huskies defense held Arkansas State to 275 yards total offense and forced three turnovers.

Utah (1-2) lost to San Diego State, 33-31 (3OT) — The Utes dropped their second straight, coming back from 14 down to tie the game and force overtime, only to fail to score from 3 yards out in the third extra period. Backup QB Cameron Rising replaced an ineffective Charlie Brewer for Utah and threw for 153 yards and three TDs, all in the second half. Utah's defense gave up 204 yards on the ground. Britain Covey had an 80-yard punt return touchdown for Utah.