First, here’s our follow story from Friday’s Washington-Boise State game, taking a look at Jake Browning’s debut at quarterback. And we also have the first installment of our new day-after-game feature, “Three up, three down.”
College football’s opening weekend was not particularly kind to the Pac-12. Every conference team played. Only seven of them won. And one of them lost in spectacularly embarrassing fashion.
Here’s what it looked like around the league ...
Portland State 24, Washington State 17 -- Obviously a humiliating loss for the Cougars, who had high hopes for this season when Saturday began, but are now left to deal with what might have been the worst loss in school history. Oh, and starting quarterback Luke Falk left the game after an awkward fall late in the fourth quarter.
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UCLA 34, Virginia 16 -- Freshman quarterback Josh Rosen indeed played like The Chosen One in his college debut, completing 28 of 35 passes for a UCLA freshman record 351 yards and three touchdowns.
Northwestern 16, Stanford 6 -- A surprising loss for the Cardinal, who did not score a touchdown. After one week, the Pac-12 North appears as wide open as ever.
California 73, Grambling State 14 -- Cal’s opener probably couldn’t have been a whole lot easier.
Texas A&M 38, Arizona State 17 -- It was a tough night in Houston for the Sun Devils’ usually-productive offense. Daeshon Hall, who once committed to UW, had four sacks for the Aggies.
Oregon 61, Eastern Washington 42 -- Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams led his new team to a victory over his old team, but the Eagles put a few points on the board, too.
USC 55, Arkansas State 6 -- The Red Wolves gained a bunch of yards, but this game was never close.
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