Washington’s beatdown of Boise State was far from the only craziness Saturday.
Some links to our coverage:
> John McGrath says the stadium sounds louder after the renovation.
> Dave Boling writes that this Washington team lived up to its shiny new digs, at least for a game.
> Todd Milles talks to Deontae Cooper, who finally made it onto the field after three ACL tears.
> Video highlights here.
> We’ll start in Auburn, where the Cougars were close, but couldn’t get it done on the road against the Tigers. Auburn 31, WSU 24. From The Spokesman-Review:
They belonged here, on this night, in SEC country. That much was proven by the final score. That it favored Auburn 31-24 was the sole focus of every Cougars player who answered questions during the aftermath.
Also, that it didn’t reflect the way they played.
“I feel like nine out of 10 times,” said senior safety Deone Bucannon, his team’s leading tackler with 14, “they wouldn’t beat us.”
> A stunner down in Corvallis. Eastern Washington 49, Oregon State 46. Washington saw what Eastern is capable of in 2011, when it barely beat the Eagles, 30-27. Desmond Trufant had an end zone pick to end it. The Beavers weren’t so fortunate. From The Oregonian:
There’s no positive way to spin this one, and there aren’t many positives to take away from it. In front of 41,649 fans the No. 25 Beavers again were beaten by an FCS team. This time it was 49-46, and there was no overtime. There was a shot at it, but Trevor Romaine’s 52-yard field goal attempt was wide right as time expired, and for two times in the past three years, Oregon State lost to a group of guys who, presumably, weren’t talented enough to play at this level.
> UCLA had it much easier. The Bruins turned Hot Rod Hundley loose and he torched Nevada. UCLA 58, Nevada 20. From the Los Angeles Times:
Hundley’s 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter got things started against Nevada. By the time he was finished, the only quarterback questions remaining were across town at USC.
“It looked like he is actually breathing on plays instead of holding his breath like last year,” offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone said. “Last year, he was just running the plays I called. This year he is understanding. He’s asking for things. He’s seeing things. That’s pretty cool.”
> Cal had a tough opponent in No. 22 Northwestern to start the Sonny Dykes era. Northwestern 44, Cal 30. From the Daily Californian:
Despite Jared Goff’s 445 passing yards — the second-most in Cal history — the Bear Raid couldn’t recover from two momentum-killing interceptions by Northwestern linebacker Collin Ellis. The Bears fell, 44-30, to Northwestern on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
“It was a tough, physical, evenly matched football game,” Dykes said. “We made more mistakes than these guys down the stretch, and that was the difference.”
> I almost feel guilty linking to this. Oregon 66, Nicholls State 3. These are the kinds of games that need to stop in college football. Scheduling an FCS team is fine and can be competitive — ask the Beavers — but, this is a waste. Oregon had a school-record 772 yards. From the Eugene Register-Guard:
Oregon’s first five drives resulted in scores (four touchdowns and a field goal) and were completed in 1 minute, 31 seconds, 1:53, 1:26, 1:03 and 1:18.