Oregon Wings Clipped Under National Spotlight

September 22, 2018 Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)
September 22, 2018
Oregon receiver Jaylon Redd just stepped on pylon during the Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Eugene, OR –After looking destined to upset Stanford in the first half,Oregon came crashing down in the second,eventually falling to the Cardinal in overtime 38-31.

With Stanford only having one time out, Oregon had a chance to run the clock down as they found their way inside Stanford territory with only 51 seconds left. Instead of taking a knee Cristobal decided to run on 2nd down, resulting in another costly fumble by redshirt freshman CJ Verdell. Stanford recovered and quickly moved into field goal range where they would force the game into overtime.

Heading into their first conference matchup of the season, the 20th ranked Oregon Ducks and the 7th ranked Stanford Cardinal both had a lot to prove. Despite being ranked in the top 20 and being undefeated, neither team had been tested this season.

Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert did not waste any time in the spotlight, quickly reminding everyone watching why he should be considered a legit contender for the Heisman Trophy this season, displaying not only his arm strength but also impressing on the ground.

September 22, 2018
Dillon Mitchell goes up high to catch the pass during the Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Herbert led the Ducks on scoring drives every time they had the ball in the first half, completing 12/13 passes and closing out the half with a comfortable 24-7 lead.

At the front of Herbert’s success was Junior wide receiver Dillon Mitchell, who hauled in 14 receptions for 239 yards, the second most in Oregon history. Mitchell stated that Herbert played “[like] the first player in the NFL draft.”

Early in second half Oregon appeared to extend their lead to 31-7 as Jaylon Redd scored on a 17-yard reverse however, he was controversially ruled out at the one as he stepped on the pylon prior to entering the end zone.

September 22, 2018
Johnny Johnson III running after the catch during the Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Immediately after the ruling Oregon started to shoot themselves in the foot, fumbling twice in three plays. The first was recovered by Justin Herbert for a loss of 9 but, the second was taken back 80 yards by Stanford for a score, bringing the game within 10 at 24-14.

After taking all of the momentum away from Oregon, Stanford forced the Ducks to punt on their next drive, and a relatively quiet Bryce Love finally broke free with a 22-yard TD run bringing the game within 3.

By the time overtime started, the energy had been sucked out of Autzen Stadium as it seemed everyone knew they were about to witness an all too familiar scene. On the second play of overtime, TE Colby Parkinson caught a 23-yard touchdown pass that would go on to be the winning touchdown.

September 22, 2018
JJ Arcega-Whiteside pushing off the tackle during the Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Although it didn’t translate to a victory on the field, Oregon truly passed their first test under Mario Cristobal with flying colors.

Cristobal has thrown around the name “Oregon Football 2.0” this season, alluding to the new era of a national prominence Oregon dynasty under his staff. Although they may not be there yet, this loss proves to relatively young team that they can compete at a high level. In time they’ll learn how to close these games out.

Jordon Scott stated after the game, “the rebound is not going to be easy.”, but the rebound is what’s going to define their season. With an early loss and the conference schedule in front of them, Oregon very well could make a run for the Pac 12 Championship but, it will take strong leadership and maturation from their young leaders.

September 22, 2018
Bryce Love running back Stanford vs Oregon football game at Austen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Arizona Wildcats takeover Reser Stadium

September 22, 2018 Arizona vs Oregon State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)
September 22, 2018
Running back Jemar Jefferson being sandwich during the Arizona vs Oregon State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

CORVALLIS, OR – The Arizona Wildcats takeover Reser Stadium by beating the Oregon State Beavers 35-14 to open Pac-12 play.

The Wildcats started the game with the first touchdown on their first offensive possession. Arizona dominated the Beavers outgained Oregon State 594-238 in yardage. J.J. Taylor was unstoppable running 27 times for 284 yards giving Arizona momentum.

There were high hopes in the first quarter after Connor Blount threw a 8-yard pass to Trevon Bradford tying their opponents 7-7 but the Beavers lost drive as the game went on. Six of the Beavers’ 10 drives produced less than 12 yards. Freshman, Jermar Jefferson, ran 19 times for 82 yards. Blount hit 17 of 24 passes for only 137 yards while Arizona’s defense racked up 11 tackles for loss.

September 22, 2018
Quarterback Connor Blount running for a first down during the Arizona vs Oregon State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

“Super frustrating. … sucks,” OSU quarterback Blount said. “Seven points, three points at least. You get those points, and get the crowd back in it, it’s 21-14, 21-10. It’s a killer.”

The Beaver’s defense kept it tight making it difficult for the Wildcats to score in the first half with only one touchdown each quarter. As the game went on, the Beaver’s unraveled letting the Wildcats score another three more times in the second half.

While the Beavers offense was having trouble gaining yards, there were a couple of highlights that popped up on the defensive side. Safety, Jalen Moore, had a career-high 14 tackles and linebacker, Hamilcar Rashed Jr., had 11/2 sacks, most by a Beaver this season.

September 22, 2018
Quarterback Khalil Tate in shotgun formation during the Arizona vs Oregon State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

Coach Smith has high hopes with his team and is not afraid to show faults in their games. “We never found some rhythm,” Smith said, followed by “It feels like we lost the game, and yeah, there was big scores, but the game was not out of balance until late so we have to keep on swinging and keep on improving.”

Oregon State heads to the desert next Saturday to play Arizona state to attempt to break a 21-game road losing streak.

September 22, 2018
Arizona vs Oregon State football game at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Photo by Megan Connelly / fi360 News)

Mustangs Survive Thriller for First Win of Season

Dallas, TX – After a rough start to the season, SMU is finally in the win column and Sonny Dykes has his first victory as the Mustangs’ head coach.

While the Midshipmen of Navy are not known to be a great passing team, they’re known to outduel their opponents. They would only total 25 passing yards Saturday, compared to 166 for SMU. Their 349 rushing yards, however, exhausted SMU’s defense.

The Mustangs had a balanced attack offensively, with quarterback William Brown completing 21 or his 29 pass attempts for 150 yards. He would throw two touchdowns and no interceptions. Running back Braeden West carried for 145 yards in 26 carries.

Going for two in overtime is never an easy feat, but the call proved to be a defining moment for the young team desperate for a win. Hunter Thedford caught a 2-point conversion pass in the first overtime against a tough Navy team, leading to a 31 – 30 victory for SMU.

After a long nine-play scoring drive that put Navy in the lead to start overtime, SMU replaced quarterback William Brown with a more experienced Ben Hicks for their overtime possession. Soon after the quarterback transition, Hicks threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to James Proche. Dykes decided to go for the win with a special play.

“We had to make some strange decisions,” Dykes said. “When you play Navy, you have to do some things differently.

The Mustangs chose to put an offensive lineman in motion from the tight end spot on the left, moving to the right slot. Hicks’ throw to Theford, who would leap over a Navy linebacker in the end zone won the game.

“Well there were a number of things,” Dykes said when asked about why he went for two. “Number one, I felt like we had a good play. The second thing was we were running out of bodies defensively. We were beat up. We were getting ready to go with a couple true freshmen at linebacker.

The block sealed the Trojans 39-36 conference victory over Washington State

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 21: USC Trojansin a before a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.
LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: USC Trojans running back Vavae Malepeai (29) runs for a gain in a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

Los Angeles, CA – USC led by three points with just under two minutes left in the game when Washington State lined up for a 38-yard field goal. Jay Tufele was left unblocked and easily batted down the attempt at a tying field goal by the Cougars.

The block sealed the Trojans 39-36 conference victory over Washington State and gave USC its 18th consecutive home win on Friday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

USC head coach Clay Helton said this was a big Pac-12 win, a much-needed win and it was great to be home in the Coliseum.

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: Washington State Cougars quarterback Gardner Minshew (16) throws the ball in a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

“I’ve always thought that adversity defines who you are, and being down two scores defined who they are as men,” Helton said. “I can’t tell you how proud I am of them. It was a great football game between two good football teams. We each took blows at each other and at the end of the day we made one more play.”

The Trojans erased a 13-point deficit in the second half and freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels passed for 241 yards and three touchdowns to lead the come back over the Cougars.

“It comes down to more practice time and getting used to each other more and more,” Daniels said about the chemistry with his receivers. “Knowing where they want me to put the ball and that they’re going to go up and get it every time it’s there.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: USC Trojans running back Stephen Carr (7) runs for a gain in a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

With 8:03 left in the fourth quarter, USC running back Vavae Malepeai scored the go-ahead touchdown and Daniels fired a laser to Tyler Vaughns for the two-point conversion. Malepeai rushed for 80 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.

Malepeai opened the scoring with a three-yard touchdown run and Vaughns caught a 9-yard touchdown to give USC a 14-10 lead in the second quarter. WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew threw two touchdowns to lead the Cougars into halftime with a 24-17 lead.

“They had done a very nice job,” Helton said. “Credit to Coach Leach. I thought they did a tremendous job on third and fourth down tonight. They were running the ball four yards and five yards. Not a ton of shots downfield, just moving the chain.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: USC Trojans quarterback JT Daniels (18) in a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

WSU opened the third quarter with an 11-play, 75 yard drive, capped by a Max Borghi 13-yard touchdown run which gave the Cougars a 30-17 lead. On the ensuing drive, Michael Pittman took a five-yard pass, stiff armed a defender and raced 50 yards for the score.

USC took a 31-30 lead on freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown’s 30-yard touchdown reception. Daniels put the ball exactly where it needed to be on the fade route. WSU responded with Easop Winston’s 4-yard touchdown reception and a 36-31 lead.

“To be able to get a win at home over a team that’s going to be a good team this year up North, it was critical for us,” Helton said. “For our confidence and our psyche. To be able to fight back and finish a game in the fourth quarter, it can only build confidence.”

LOS ANGELES, CA – SEPTEMBER 21: USC Trojans wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. (6) catches the ball in a game between Washington State Cougars vs USC Trojans at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, CA. Photo by Jordon Kelly/fi360news.

The Trojans (2-2, 1-1) will head to Tucson for a road Pac-12 matchup against the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 3

Washington State mascot AKA Butch (Photo by Ben Ludeman).

Pac-12 Football Players of the Week – Week 3

OFFENSIVE: Gardner Minshew II, Gr., QB, Washington State (Brandon, Miss.)
• In WSU’s 59-24 win over Eastern Washington, Minshew completed 45-of-57 passes (78.9%) for 470 yards, two touchdowns, no interceptions, and scattered passes to nine different receivers.
• The 470 passing yards is fifth-best among FBS quarterbacks this season.
• Minshew led WSU on seven scoring drives, including three of 80-plus yards (83, 98 and 99 yards).
• Minshew leads the nation in passing average (401.0 ypg), completions per game (39.0), 14th in passing touchdowns (8) and 15th in completion percentage (.709).

Also nominated: Khalil Tate, QB, ARIZ; Manny Wilkins, QB, ASU; Jordan Duncan, WR, CAL; Travon McMillian, WR, COLO; Justin Herbert, QB, ORE; Isaiah Hodgins, WR, OSU; JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, STAN; Myles Gaskin, RB, WASH

DEFENSIVE: Ben Burr-Kirven, Sr., LB, Washington (Menlo Park, Calif.))
• Led the Washington defense that held Utah to just seven points and 261 yards of total offense in a 21-7 Huskies win in Salt Lake City.
• For the third game out of three this season, he led all tacklers with 11 total. He currently ranks fourth in the Pac-12 in tackles with 33 (11.0 per game)
• Three times in the fourth quarter, the Huskies held the Utes out of the endzone despite Utah moving deep into UW territory. Early in the fourth, Utah started a drive at the UW 11, but turned the ball over on downs. Later in the fourth, Utah started at the Husky 28 and the UW 42, but came away scoreless on both occasions.

Also nominated: Evan Weaver, ILB, CAL; Justin Hollins, OLB, ORE; Alameen Murphy, DB, STAN; Cody Barton, LB, UTAH; Jalen Thompson, S, WSU

SPECIAL TEAMS: Travell Harris, RFr., WR/KR, Washington State (Tampa, Fla.)
• Harris totaled 125 yards and scored a touchdown on three kickoff returns and recorded a special teams tackle in Washington State’s 59-24 win over Eastern Washington.
• Accounted for the Cougars’ third touchdown when he returned a kick 100 yards. It marked the first kickoff return for a touchdown for WSU since 2016 and he is one of 12 players in the country to return at least one this season.
• Harris leads the Pac-12 in kick return average at 37.0 yards per game, which also ranks seventh nationally

Also nominated:J.J. Taylor, RB, ARIZ; Michael Sleep-Dalton, P, ASU; Ashtyn Davis, KR/S, CAL; Ugochukwu Amadi, S, ORE; Jet Toner, K, STAN; Britain Covey, WR/PR, UTAH

– www.pac-12.com –

UCLA collapses at home; Fresno State dominates in 38-14 win

September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA, UCLA could not slow down Fresno State at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) handling off to Fresno State Bulldogs running back Jordan Mims (22) during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Pasadena, CA – A really good drive was brewing for Dorian Thompson-Robinson.

The Bruins true freshman quarterback had been looking to bounce back from the early game struggles against Fresno State (2-1).
A few good runs and some completions had the UCLA football team (0-3) looking to mount a comeback.
But the stout and dominant Bulldogs defense wouldn’t let him find his rhythm.
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
UCLA Bruins quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson (7) running during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

Thompson-Robinson would finish 10-24 with 151 yards passing, a touchdown and two interceptions.

Back-to-back drives ending in tipped pass interceptions by Jeff Allison all but put the game away as the Bulldogs pounded the Bruins 38-14 on Saturday.
“We played a good team,” UCLA head coach Chip Kelly said. “We knew that coming in, they won 10 games last year. You can’t turn the ball over and have that many penalties and expect to be in the ball game.”
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
UCLA Bruins defensive lineman Odua Isibor (97) being handle by Fresno State Bulldogs offensive lineman Syrus Tuitele (65)during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

While the defense was hurting itself, Fresno State’s Marcus McMaryion was having himself a day; he was 22-for-33 for 270 yards and a touchdown, while adding 16 yards on the ground and four rushing touchdowns.

He was a menace on the goal line for a Bruins defense that just couldn’t get off the field.
A few drives had looked promising and there were some flashes of great defense but the Bruins mustered an abysmal amount of penalties and turnovers.
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison on interception return during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“We didn’t get any good rhythm in the offensive side of the ball and there’s a lot to it,” Kelly said. “It’s not just the running backs. It’s the offensive line and we had a couple drops.”

The offense hasn’t been clicking and as Kelly said, there are many reasons for that.
Wide receiver Theo Howard (4 receptions, 80 yards, one touchdown) feels that the team just hasn’t gelled yet.
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
UCLA Bruins wide receiver Christian Pabico (17) catching a pass over the middle during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“Obviously it’s a new offense,” he said. “We have a lot of true freshmen. On the line, a wide receiver and a running back. Of course, Dorian too. It just hasn’t gotten there yet.”

Moving on the Bruins go on the road and take on a surging Colorado team that’s started its season 3-0.
With things the way they are, it’s just going to be about “the process” that Kelly continues to look through.
September 15, 2018 Pasadena CA,
UCLA Bruins linebacker Keisean Lucier-South (11) with the strip sack on Fresno State Bulldogs quarterback Marcus McMaryion (6) during the Fresno State Bulldogs vs UCLA Bruins at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Ca. on September 15, 2018 (Photo by Jevone Moore)

“(Dorian and I) usually have conversations when he comes to the sidelines, what he sees from the defense and all of that,” Kelly said. “We’re just going to have to talk to him and look at film. What did we do wrong and how to we improve upon that.”

Cal Moves to 3-0 With 45-23 Win at Home Over Idaho State

Cal quarterback Brandon McIlwain (5) rushes up the middle for a first down. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).
Cal receiver Jordan Duncan (2) secures the touchdown reception. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).

Berkeley, CA – The California Golden Bears (3-0) completed their 2018 non conference schedule on Saturday, Sept. 15, defeating the Idaho State Bengals (1-1) in a 45-23 victory at California Memorial Stadium.

Head coach Justin Wilcox has now opened each of his first two seasons leading Cal with three straight wins, moving to 6-0 against nonconference opponents.

Cal’s offense struggled to find any momentum early in this game.

Cal running back Marcel Dancy (29) extends the ball for the touchdown. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).

As has been the case throughout the 2018 campaign so far, it was the defense that provided the spark the Golden Bears needed to cruise ahead.

Following a second-quarter interception from junior safety Ashytn Davis (27), Cal took possession at the Idaho State 40-yard line. From there, quarterback Chase Garbers (7) drove the offensive to the 5-yard line with a strike up the middle to tight end Ian Bunting (83) to set up a short dash and score for running back Marcel Darcy (29).

Defensively, the Bears looked as stout as they had all season, especially in the opening half.

Idaho State running back Ty Flanagan (24) hurdles a Cal defender. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).

The Bengals were held to 121 total yards through the first two quarters with just four first downs. Cal has yet to surrender a first-half touchdown this year.

Garbers finished the game completing 20 of 25 through the air for 224 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. His favorite target on the day, junior receiver Jordan Duncan, took full advantage of his targets with four receptions for 63 yards and two touchdowns.

Davis, a track-and-field athlete star known for his breakaway speed, would also make his presence felt with an 89-yard touchdown return following an Idaho State field goal—his first scoring play as a Golden Bear.

Despite the victory, Cal fell vulnerable to penalties and other mental mistakes which allowed the Bengals to find multiple scoring opportunities in the second half.

Cal outside linebacker Malik Psalms (23) rushes the backfield. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).

Wilcox focused on the need to correct and improve quickly with a difficult conference schedule looming after the game.

“Fifteen-yard penalties, pass interference, facemask on a third down, third-down pass interference, fourth-down pass interference that they end up scoring on, running into the punt returner. We scored a touchdown, and then the ball comes back. We can’t have that,” Wilcox said, “No one on our team overlooked the opponent today, we just have to play better. It’s technique, it’s focus, and it’s training. We have to be better across the board, starting with me.”

Cal will look to correct the mistakes shown today and tighten their play overall heading into their bye week, before opening PAC-12 Conference play at home against the Oregon Ducks on Saturday, September 29.

Cal safety Ashtyn Davis (27) secures an interception. The California Golden Bears defeat the Idaho State Vandals at California Memorial Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo by Aaron Nelson / fi360 News).

Oregon Narrowly Escapes San Jose State After Being Favored By 41 Points

San Jose State vs Oregon at Autzen Stadium on September 15, 2018. (All Photos by Ben Ludeman / fi360 News)

Eugene, OR – After being favored by 41 points, the Oregon Ducks underwhelmingly defeated the San Jose Spartans 35-22 Saturday.

The Ducks started off hot, putting up a quick 14 points in the first quarter after a 3-yard TD run by Cyrus Habibi-Likio and a 66-yard TD reception from Jacob Breeland.

After closing out the first quarter 14-0 the game took a shift for Oregon, who’s offense struggled to move the ball the rest of the contest and was outscored in the rest of the game 22-21.

After the game, Oregon QB Justin Herbert (7) stated, “We weren’t clicking, we weren’t in it early on and it showed”.

Despite Justin Herbert (7) posting another impressive stat line throwing for 309 yards and three touchdowns, he described his offense’s play as “pretty sloppy”. Herbert threw two interceptions and continually found himself on a different page from his receivers, connecting on only 16 of 34 attempts.

Fortunately for Oregon, Jim Levitt’s defense looked stronger than ever allowing 1 yard per carry to the Spartan offense. The star at the front of the show was Redshirt Junior LB, Justin Hollins, who racked up 8 tackles, two of them being for losses, an interception, a forced fumble and a sack to cap it off.

Oregon would finally put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter after Justin Herbert connected with wide receiver Johnny Johnson III on fourth down 22-yard TD pass. Johnson’s touchdown would be the final score for Oregon.

The Ducks may be 3-0 as they close out their non conference schedule, but at what cost?They clearly have not been challenged yet this year and have not been prepared for the highly competitive Pac 12 opponents that are quickly coming. Oregon was never in any real danger of losing today’s game, rather they fell asleep a few times.

Oregon will be tested for the first time this season as the No 9 ranked team in the nation, Stanford, heads to Eugene next Saturday, September 22, 2018.

Colorado smashed pass New Hampshire to move to 3-0

NCAA 2018: New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)
Colorado Buffaloes wide receiver Tony Brown (18) on catch during the New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Boulder, CU – Sometimes home cooking helps the Colorado Buffaloes, who smashed New Hampshire 45-14 to move their record to 3-0.

Colorado running back Travon McMillian thrilled the fans with an electrifying  75 yd touchdown run to stretch the led to 35-0 in 3rd Quarter. He led a rusher today with 162 yards and two touchdowns verse the WildCats. The team rushed for 311 yards with four rushing touchdowns.

“They (Line) gave me a crease so once I hit it I got into the open field and wasn’t trying to get caught,” McMillian said.

Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Davion Taylor (5) with ball during New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

The Buffaloes had just too much upfront for New Hampshire to handle, and it showed more and more as game continued.

“We should have been up 35-0 at halftime — at least 31-0,” Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said.

Quarterback Steven Montez completed 14 pass for 166 yards and a touchdown. Colorado didn’t need a big day by the signal caller.

NCAA 2018: New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

New Hampshire did have a big highlight on a play action pass to Neil O’Connor for  71 yards  from Christian Lupoli. Lupoil was held to 13 completions for 160 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Colorado defense only gave up 270 yards total offense in the game to the Wildcats.

Colorado Buffaloes defensive back Evan Worthington (6) making a tackle during the New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

On the flip side Colorado finished the game with 491 total yards.

MacIntyre  and the Buffaloes will enjoy this win going into a bye week as they get ready to travel to play UCLA on Friday 28th in Pasadena.

Colorado Buffaloes linebacker Rick Gamboa (32) running during the New Hampshire vs Colorado in Boulder, CU on August 31, 2018. (Photo by Laura Domingue / fi360 News)

Indiana handles Ball State at home

Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers game at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)
Peyton Ramsey cut through the middle of the field to get the Hoosier in scoring distance during the Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers game at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

BLOOMINGTON — The Hoosiers offense took down the clock and the Ball State Cardinals in its 38-10 home victory.

Sophomore quarterback Peyton Ramsey and Freshman running back Stevie Scott led the offense while Senior safety Jonathan Crawford and the rest of the Indiana defense kept them on the field. Ball State started the show with a 31 yard field goal on its first drive and Indiana wasn’t far behind. After the first two series, the game was 3-3 and fans of both teams were on the edge of their seats.

Ball State was unable to keep up as Crawford and fellow senior Reakwon Jones held Cardinal QB Riley Neal to short passes and runs. Neal was efficient at feeding the football to his rushers as well as looking downfield, but the Indiana secondary rarely allowed a play of more than 10 yards.

Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers game at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

When Ramsey was on the field, he used Scott and true Freshman Ronnie Walker Jr. to keep the ball on the ground and wind the clock down. Scott earned his first touchdown in his second career start just five seconds into the second quarter by punching a one yard run through the Ball State D line. Kicker Logan Justus put the score at 10-3. Justus would go 5-5 for PATs.

The defense then forced a three and out, pushing the Cardinals into punting formation. J-Shun Harris II then caught the punt and beat the opposing special team for an 86 yard punt return.

By halftime in Bloomington, IU held a 24-3 lead as Ramsey got his own rushing score with 22 seconds in the half. When both teams returned for the third quarter, Ball State appeared defeated already. Walker, on his first carry as a Hoosier, scored an 18 yard touchdown for a 31-3 lead.

Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers game at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

The final big plays for the day came from Scott with an 11 yard TD in the fourth quarter. Ball State’s lone touchdown came from a 27 yard rush by James Gilbert, also in the fourth quarter.

Ramsey would go 20-27 for 173 yards in the air with no interceptions, targeting Luke Timian, Matt Bjorson and several other receivers throughout the game. He also had 43 yards on the ground and the one TD. Scott fought for 114 rushing yards and two scores, bouncing off defenders and breaking tackles seemingly easily. “He just continues to impress me,” coach Tom Allen said of Scott.

On the other side of play, Jones and Crawford each had five tackles and one sack. The Cardinals were forced to punt eight times, with four in a row in the second half.

Riley Neal on the Qb draw during the Ball State Cardinals vs Indiana Hoosiers game at Memorial Stadium on September 15, 2018. (photo by Andre Hollis / fi360 News)

The Hoosiers played 26 first downs to Ball State’s 18, were 6-13 on third down conversions and 1-2 for fourth down conversions. The difference in the two offenses were obvious, as IU combined for 457 yards, 202 passing and 255 rushing, while Ball State had 347 on the day.

The undefeated Hoosiers have not been 4-0 since 1991 and they face No. 25 ranked, and Big 10 foe, Michigan State.

“Huge to get the first three,” Allen stated after the game, “That’s what you’ve got to do.”

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