Oregon 29, No. 6 UCLA 10
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — UCLA ran into a road block.
Maurice Morris ran for 139 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon beat No. 6 UCLA 29-10 on Saturday for its 17th straight home victory and the Bruins’ seventh road loss in a row.
“I don’t consider it an upset, just a big win,” Morris said.
Oregon (3-1) dominated in almost every category, holding UCLA to minus-9 yards rushing in the Pac-10 opener for both teams.
“If you’re going to win championships, you’ve got to win on the road,” UCLA coach Bob Toledo said. “We just didn’t perform.”
UCLA was coming off a victory over then-No. 3 Michigan, and opened the season with a win over Alabama — also No. 3 at the time.
Both Toledo and Oregon coach Mike Bellotti had talked about the importance of the crowd before the game.
“The atmosphere here was amazing,” Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington said. “Right from the opening kickoff it was electric. I’ve been here for four years andit still gave me the chills.”
No. 9 USC 34, San Jose St. 24
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carson Palmer led a late Southern Cal rally Saturday as the No. 9 Trojans scored three touchdowns in the final 8:07 to beat San Jose State 34-24 on Saturday.
Petros Papadakis bulled 5 yards up the middle for the go-ahead score with 2:34 remaining as Southern Cal (3-0) came back from a 12-point deficit.
Palmer, who completed 22 of 38 for 338 yards and two touchdowns, threw to Matt Nickels for the 2-point conversion and a three-point pad over the Spartans (2-2).
Papadakis added an insurance touchdown — his third TD of the game — on a 3-yard run with 57 seconds left after Chris Cash intercepted a pass at the Spartans’ 30 and returned it to the 21.
The Trojans’ defense held San Jose State tailback Deonce Whitaker, who entered the game as the nation’s third-leading rusher, to 49 yards on 13 carries, although he did score twice.
Oregon St. 35, San Diego St. 3
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Ken Simonton ran for 91 yards and two touchdowns as Oregon State beat San Diego State 35-3 on Saturday.
Simonton, who averaged 192 yards in Oregon State’s opening victories over Eastern Washington and New Mexico, sat out most of the second half.
Oregon State will open its Pacific-10 season next weekend at Reser Stadium against No. 9 Southern California.
Idaho 38, Washington St. 34
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Quarterback John Welsh scored on a one-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds left as Idaho posted a 38-34 victory in its 83rd contest against Washington State.
The Vandals (1-3) have won two straight against their neighboring rivals after losing 14 straight over a 25-year stretch. Idaho snapped a four-game overall losing streak dating to last season and trails this series, 17-63-3.
The lead changed hands four times in the final quarter. Billy Newman returned an interception 10 yards for a score as the Cougars (1-2) took a 26-24 lead. But Welsh’s 13-yard TD pass to Ethan Jones with 7:14 left gave Idaho a 31-26 cushion.
Washington State gained a 34-31 bulge with 3:01 remaining on Jason Gesser’s seven-yard TD run. However, Welsh grabbed the victory for the Vandals as his run capped a 10-play, 57-yard drive.
The Cougars took the ball to the Idaho 36-yard line, but Gesser’s pass for Marcus Williams was incomplete as time expired.
Arizona St. 44, Utah St. 20
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Freshman Jeff Krohn, unbothered by being briefly replaced by three-year starter Ryan Kealy, threw four touchdown passes as Arizona State beat Utah State 44-20 Saturday night.
The win was Arizona State’s third in three games – its best start since since the 1996 Sun Devils won the Pac-10 title and a Rose Bowl berth with an undefeated regular season.
Krohn, a former walk-on starting because of Kealy’s off-field problems, hit Richard Williams for scores of 72 and 70 yards in the first quarter and threw strikes of 61 and 35 yards to Donnie O’Neal in the third quarter.