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09/19/2021   Seattle PI Huskies

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Freshman quarterback Jaxson Dart came off the bench to throw four touchdown passes as Southern California rebounded from last weekend's tough loss to Stanford, and the subsequent firing of coach Clay Helton, with a 45-14 victory over Washington State on Saturday.

Dart replaced an injured Kedon Slovis on the second series of the game. He completed 30 of 46 passes for 391 yards, with two interceptions, as Southern California (2-1, 1-1 Pac-12) won in its first game under interim coach Donte Williams, the first Black head coach in program history.

“I'm super fortunate to be around a group of guys and coaches who show a ton of resiliency and confidence in one another,” Dart said. “And like coach said, our main goal, and we're going to face some adversity, but we have to go 1-0, and win that moment.”

Dart was surprised to find himself playing early in the game.

“I think those moments always hit you when you are least expecting it," Dart said. “It was the first drive and we were just starting to get something going and I was just super excited, even though I felt terrible for Kedon.”

Drake London caught 13 passes for 170 yards for the Trojans.

Jayden de Laura threw for 117 yards and a pair of touchdowns for Washington State (1-2, 0-1), which jumped to a 14-0 lead and then watched the Trojans score 45 unanswered points, mostly in the second half.

“In the first half we were pressing,” Williams said. “Mistakes were being made.”

Williams did not have details of Slovis' injury. “For all I know he's gonna be available to practice this coming week,” Williams said of Slovis.

Last Saturday’s 42-28 loss at home to Stanford was the final straw for Helton, who was let go two days later. Williams, who was USC’s cornerbacks coach, will lead the team for the...

09/18/2021   Seattle PI Huskies

PRAIRIE VIEW, Texas (AP) — Logan Jackson picked off a Desmond Young pass with 3:29 remaining and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown to give Prairie View A&M a 37-27 win over Houston Baptist Saturday.

The contest featured five lead changes.

Prairie View scored on its first three possessions, but held Houston Baptist to just three second-half points. Jaden Stewart scored on a three-yard run with 5:07 to play in the third quarter to put the Panthers ahead for good, 30-27.

It was the first meeting between the schools.

Blaise Bentsen threw for three first-half touchdowns for the Huskies (0-3), who led 24-23 at intermission, but didn't play in the second half.

Jawon Pass threw for two touchdowns to lead Prairie View (2-1).

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09/18/2021   Seattle PI Huskies

HOUSTON (AP) — Alton McCaskill ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns as Houston rolled to a 45-0 victory over Grambling on Saturday night.

McCaskill ran 16 times and scored on 17- and 34-yard runs for Houston (2-1). Ike Ogbogu completed 14 of 22 passes for 196 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Nathaniel Dell, who finished with eight catches for 134 yards.

Marcus Jones scored on a 48-yard punt return for the Cougars. Ta’Zhawn Henry also had a touchdown run.

Grambling (1-2) was held to 102 yards of offense and was 0 of 14 on third-down conversions. Darqueze Brutton and CJ Russell each ran for 18 yards.

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09/18/2021   Seattle PI Huskies

SEATTLE (AP) — After two weeks of criticism, questions and overall misery, Jimmy Lake finally saw a little bit of enjoyment on the Washington sideline as the time ticked away on a blowout victory.

In the process, the Huskies may have found some answers to their shocking offensive woes from the opening two games.

“Our guys stayed together, stayed united, and so it was awesome just seeing the joy in their eyes,” Lake said.

Dylan Morris passed for 367 yards and three touchdowns, Jalen McMillan had 10 catches for 175 yards and a score, and Washington rebounded from two disappointing losses with a 52-3 win over Arkansas State on Saturday.

After losing stunningly to Montana to open the season and getting run over last week at Michigan, the Huskies (1-2) needed a convincing performance to stop the season from spiraling away before the beginning of Pac-12 Conference play.

They got it thanks to an offense that jolted awake after sleepwalking for two games, and a defense that shut down Arkansas State’s high-powered unit that scored 50 points in a loss last week.

“The momentum that we had coming out of spring football and the momentum that we had coming out of training camp, that’s what it looked like,” Lake said. “That’s what it looked like and it was awesome to see us put our players in position to go out there and make plays.”

Morris pushed his throws downfield and had the best passing day of his young career, topping 300 yards for the first time in seven career starts. McMillan was his favorite target, becoming the first Washington pass catcher with 10 or more receptions since Andre Baccellia had 12 in the 2019 Rose Bowl against Ohio State. McMillian had a 33-yard TD catch early in the second quarter that gave Washington a 28-0 lead.

Sean McGrew had touchdown runs of 13 and...

09/18/2021   Seattle PI Huskies

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Anderson ran for two touchdowns, passed for another and Army reached the end zone on all six of its first-half possessions in rolling to a 52-21 win over UConn on Saturday.

Anderson's two short scoring runs and his 39-yard TD pass to Isaiah Alston gave the Black Knights (3-0) a 21-0 lead on the way to their 12th straight home victory.

The win was the 52nd for coach Jeff Monken, breaking a tie with Jim Young for third all-time at West Point

Tyrell Robinson ran for a career-long 70-yard score and Jakobi Buchanan and Anthony Adkins added short TD runs for a 42-0 halftime lead. The 42 points were the most in a first half since scoring 42 against Houston in the 2018 Armed Forces Bowl, a 70-14 victory.

For the second straight game, Army did not punt.

The Huskies (0-4) stopped Army's offense for the first time in the third quarter and they scored on freshman Tyler Phommachanh's 38-yard keeper and a 96-yard kickoff return by another freshman, Brian Brewton. It was UConn's first kickoff return for a TD since 2011. The points were the first for UConn against an FBS opponent this season.

Fourteen Black Knights had positive rushing yards for a team total of 397 led by Robinson's 84.

Phommachanh ran for two touchdowns and had 60 yards rushing and 109 passing.

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