PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Lincoln Riley and Jalen Hurts sent the Big 12 a message in fifth-ranked Oklahoma's 48-14 victory over UCLA on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.
Despite 611 yards of offense — including 439 coming courtesy of Hurts — the Oklahoma coach and quarterback are far from satisfied going into an off week before opening conference play.
"I think we're headed in the right direction," said Hurts, who became the first Oklahoma quarterback to pass for 200 yards and rush for 100 in the first half. "The intent for us is coming out and playing a complete game. I don't think we did it tonight. We can improve."
The graduate transfer from Alabama led the Sooners to six touchdowns and a pair of field goals in 10 drives. He completed 15 of 20 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns and ran 14 times for 150 yards and a score.
"He played pretty good. He made the majority of plays that he was supposed to make and then a few where he made a couple off script that were important plays," Riley said of Hurts. "He took some steps from the last couple of weeks. It's a laundry list of things to get better at, and that is how I will approach it with him."
CeeDee Lamb and Charleston Rambo each had two touchdowns to help the Sooners (3-0) win their 21st straight true road game. That is tied with Alabama (1970-75) the second-longest away streak after World War II.
UCLA drops to 0-3 for the second straight year. Dorian Thompson-Robinson passed for 201 yards and two touchdowns.
Hurts rushed for 99 yards on four carries during the opening drive. The Sooners started on their own 11 after a short kick return, but it didn't matter as Hurts went around left end on the opening play for a 52-yard gain . He then completed the five-play drive with a 30-yard run up the middle for a...
SEATTLE (AP) — When Chris Petersen finally went back to watch what happened to No. 23 Washington after enduring a delay he'd never experienced as a coach and a game that ended at an hour never seen in school history, he didn't see glaring issues.
It was a lot of little problems that cumulatively added up to a loss on one of the strangest nights in Washington's football history.
"A lot of it, three quarters of it was really good football. ... Played well on tape," Petersen said. "And then there's a handful of things you just would love to have back. That's the game. That's why we're still a work in progress."
Eventually the multitude of factors that went into Washington's surprising 20-19 loss to California will likely be forgotten. The Huskies missed several red-zone opportunities, settling for field goals instead of touchdowns; had some untimely penalties; and put up little resistance to the Golden Bears' rushing attack in the third quarter.
This game will always be remembered for the severe weather early in the first quarter that caused a delay of 2 hours, 39 minutes. The game restarted at 10:30 p.m. and ended at 1:22 a.m. Sunday, shortly after Cal kicker Greg Thomas hit a 17-yard field goal for the winning points.
Petersen said after the game and again on Monday the delay was not an excuse for Washington's lapses.
"I feel like the game picked up right back where it was," Washington safety Myles Bryant said after the game. "But we just needed to come out with a little bit more edge and energy, and I don't think we did a good job doing that."
It wasn't even a sure thing that the game would resume.
Petersen said Monday there was constant communication with Cal's staff, including coach Justin Wilcox, about the options as lightning continued to flash within an 8-mile...
SEATTLE (AP) — It took until early Sunday morning before California could run onto the field in celebration, party with the few Golden Bears fans still hanging around and enjoy another victory over Washington.
Greg Thomas kicked a 17-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, and California beat No. 14 Washington 20-19 in a game delayed more than 2½ hours due to severe weather.
The Pac-12 Conference opener for the schools ended up being a strange night on the shore of Lake Washington, capped by Thomas' short field goal, giving the Golden Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) the shocking victory.
A severe thunder and lightning storm delayed the game early in the first quarter and left only a smattering of fans waiting out the lengthy delay when the game resumed at 10:30 p.m. and finally ended at 1:22 a.m.
It was only the Bears' fans cheering in a corner of the mostly empty stadium when the clock hit zero after knocking off the Huskies for the second straight year.
"I'm really proud of the team because it wasn't the cleanest, but they just keep fighting and they're a tough bunch of guys," Cal coach Justin Wilcox said.
California quarterback Chase Garbers wasn't asked to do much with his arm, but came up with two big completions on the final drive, hitting Jordan Duncan for 19 yards and Kekoa Crawford for 27 yards to get inside the Washington 5. The Bears were aided by a pass interference call and, after forcing Washington to call three timeouts, Thomas connected on a field goal shorter than an extra point.
"It's like a dream come true, basically. It's like what you ask for as a kicker, last kick comes down to you and you make it," Thomas said
Washington (1-1, 0-1) took a 19-17 lead with 2:05 left when Peyton Henry hit a career-best 49-yard field goal that sneaked inside the right...
SEATTLE (AP) — No. 14 Washington's game against California has resumed after a delay of more than 2 ½ hours on Saturday night due to severe weather in the Seattle area.
The game was stopped shortly before 8 p.m., with 9:46 remaining in the first quarter, and resumed at 10:30 p.m. According to the National Weather Service, severe thunderstorms and lightning were moving from the south toward the Seattle metro area.
Teams cleared the field and fans sitting in metal bleacher sections of Husky Stadium were encouraged to seek shelter.
The warning was accurate.
The storms moved swiftly into the area. Within minutes of the delay, lightning was flashing in the sky. Fans were removed from the open bleachers of the stadium and huddled under cover or in the concourses of the stadium. Thousands made their way to the parking lots surrounding Husky Stadium and resumed tailgating, although many just got in their vehicles and headed home with the already late kickoff.
During the delay, the stadium DJ went through a long list of rain-related songs including "Thunder," ''Thunderstruck," and "Thunder Rolls," among others.
As the rain picked up in intensity, the sky was a continual flash as lightning was constant throughout the area. About 90 minutes into the delay, the weather calmed down but just after the delay hit the two-hour mark, another lightning flash just delayed the restart.
Shortly after 10 p.m., Washington coach Chris Petersen grabbed a stadium microphone and announced the game was resuming.
The game was scoreless when the delay hit.
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PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — In two games as a starter, Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is averaging better than 50 points and 400 passing yards. He isn't doing it alone.
"The offensive line is always great," Gordon said after throwing for 464 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 22 Washington State pound FCS school Northern Colorado 59-17 on Saturday.
"There were no sacks," said Gordon, who completed 31 of 39 passes, with one interception. "They work hard up front."
Max Borghi scored three touchdowns and Easop Winston Jr. caught two scoring passes for Washington State (2-0). Brandon Arconado caught eight passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
"It's awesome seeing Arconado have a career day," Gordon said.
"He's gotten better and better," coach Mike Leach said about Arconado, a former walk-on. "His body has changed physically as far as speed and strength."
Leach said Gordon also had a good game.
"I thought he was quick and sharp," Leach said. "Obviously, he forced one ball."
Washington State had 649 yards of total offense, to 355 for Northern Colorado.
Jacob Knipp completed 8 of 15 passes for 128 yards for Northern Colorado (0-2) of the Big Sky Conference. Milo Hall rushed 31 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.
Northern Colorado coach Earnest Collins Jr. pointed to turnovers as a key.
"We turned the ball over five times," Collins said. "Turnovers will kill you. You can't have five turnovers and expect to win a game or be close in a game."
Washington State linebacker Jahad Woods said the turnovers were by design.
"This is what we practice all the time, taking the ball away," he said.
Winston caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Gordon on the Cougars' first possession for a 7-0 lead.
Hall ran up the middle on the...