Stanford belittles WSU in battle for Pac-10 supremacy
Stanford demolished Washington State 54-17 in a battle for Pac-10 supremacy this weekend.
Both teams were coming off lopsided losses, and WSU (0-2 overall, 0-1 Pacific 10 Conference) was handed another as Stanford quarterback Todd Husak showed what the Stanford aerial attack is capable of. Washington State turned the ball over four times en route to its 10th straight loss, one shy of the school record.
The Cardinal (1-1, 1-0) took advantage of the Cougars' turnovers, scoring a touchdown on each WSU mishap. The Cougars' next game will be against the Vandals of Idaho.
The victory was Stanford's seventh in the past eight meetings against Washington State.
Ohio State put up 42 points in a win against a depleted UCLA Bruin (1-1) squad that was missing several starters thanks to suspension following the theft of handicapped parking permits.
The 42-20 UCLA loss marked the first time in 27 games that the Bruins failed to score at least 24 points. The Bruins will next face off against Fresno State on Saturday, a team that has not won a game against the Bruins in their four previous meetings.
Oregon (1-1) extended its home winning streak to nine games by beating Texas-El Paso in its home opener.
Quarterback A.J. Feeley has passed for five TD passes in his first two starts, distancing himself from sophomore Joey Harrington. The two competed for the starting spot during summer camp, but it looks safe to say that it is Feeley's job to lose.
Although California (1-1) didn't score a point against Nebraska, the Golden Bear defense held the formidable Cornhusker running game in check. Nebraska could only muster 114 yards on the ground on 48 rushes for a 2.4 yard per run average.
Don't expect too much celebration over the Bears' 45-0 loss in Lincoln, however, as Cal had some difficulties defending the staple of most Pac-10 programs, the pass, allowing 70- and 60-yard scores through the air.
"We made a lot of mistakes and did not force any," Cal head coach Tom Holmoe said. "They didn't get very many penalties and are disciplined. We had quite a few penalties and the big plays made a real difference."
The Oregon State Beavers (2-0) hold the longest Pac-10 winning streak at a measly three games.
More impressive, the Beavers have a nine-game non-conference winning streak going, although they haven't had a winning season since 1970 or played a quality non-conference opponent in nearly the same time-span. The Beavers knocked off Fresno State 46-23 on Saturday.
OSU tailback Ken Simonton is the nation's second leading rusher, averaging 188.5 yards per game, and has also rushed for five touchdowns so far this season.
Two Mountain West Conference squads visit Pac-10 schools this weekend.
Washington (0-1) goes for victory No. 600 on Saturday when it hosts Air Force, whose option attack defeated the Huskies 45-25 in last season's Jeep Oahu Bowl. The Huskies marked head coach Rick Neuheisel's debut by losing at Brigham Young last Thursday night 35-28.
USC (1-0), who had last week off, returns to action this weekend when it welcomes San Diego State to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Sophomore quarterback Carson Palmer completed 14 of 16 passes in the Trojans' 62-7 win at Hawaii.