No. 2 Oregon defeats No. 23 Washington 52-21
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns, including two TD strikes to tight end Colt Lyerla, and No. 2 Oregon beat No. 23 Washington 52-21 on Saturday night.
Mariota rebounded from an interception on the Ducks' opening series to complete 15 of 24 passes and Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) won its ninth straight overall dating back to last season, as well as its ninth straight in the series against the rival Huskies (3-2, 1-1).
Lyerla caught three passes for 71 yards, including touchdowns of 10 and 13 yards.
Kenjon Barner, who went into the game ranked 10th in the nation with an average of 121 yards rushing per game, ran for 122 yards and the Ducks built a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Bishop Sankey ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns for Washington.
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No. 14 Oregon State beats Washington State 19-6
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Jordan Poyer had three interceptions, Sean Mannion passed for 270 yards and No. 14 Oregon State survived a shaky start with a 19-6 win over Washington State Saturday.
Markus Wheaton had 95 yards receiving and a touchdown but it was the Beavers defense which kept the Cougars at arm's length on the day when Mannion, who threw three interceptions, was more down than up.
Oregon State (4-0, 3-0 Pac-12) has surpassed its win total from all of 2011, but many in the school-record crowd of 46,579 were left shaking their heads at penalties and turnovers as the offense sputtered. Mannion completed 25 of 42 passes and was sacked three times.
Jeff Tuel was 11 of 17 for 126 yards after replacing Connor Halliday, who threw three interceptions in just over one half of action. However, Tuel's telegraphed pass that led to Poyer's interception ended the threat for Washington State. Marquess Wilson had four catches for 54 yards to lead the Cougars (2-4, 0-3). Halliday was 9-for-20 passing.
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Eastern Washington defeats North Dakota 55-17
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Vernon Adams threw for four touchdowns and Demitrius Bronson rushed for 118 yards and a score as Eastern Washington defeated North Dakota 55-17 on Saturday night.
Adams, in his third game as starting quarterback, was 12 of 15 for 151 yards for the Eagles (4-1, 3-0 Big Sky). Kyle Padron, the SMU transfer who started the season's first two contests, was 3 of 4 for 17 yards and a TD.
Braden Hanson was 16 of 22 for 141 yards for North Dakota (3-3, 1-2) in relief of starting QB Marcus Hendrickson.
Shaquille Hill returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown to give Eastern Washington a 20-10 lead in the last minute of the first quarter.
After Hanson's 1-yard scoring run got North Dakota within 27-17 in the second quarter, the Eagles broke the game open with consecutive TDs: Greg Herd's 25-yard catch from Adams just before halftime, and Ashton Clark's 12-yard run in the third quarter.
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Portland State overwhelms Idaho State 77-10
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Kieran McDonagh accounted for six touchdowns — scoring via rush, pass and reception — and Portland State walloped Idaho State 77-10 on Saturday night.
McDonagh rushed for 67 yards and four touchdowns, was 15 of 23 for 280 yards and a TD passing and caught a 22-yard scoring toss for the Vikings (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky). DJ Adams ran for 148 yards and a TD on 14 carries.
Kevin Yost was 26 of 44 for 281 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for the Bengals (1-4, 0-2), who were within 21-10 after Brendon Garcia's 26-yard field goal in the second quarter. They were outscored 56-0 afterward.
McDonagh had three of his rushing scores and caught his TD pass on a halfback option throw by Thomas Carter in the first half. He threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Carter in the third quarter to make the score 49-10.
The Vikings forced five turnovers, and two of them resulted in TDs in a 17-second span in the third quarter. Ian Sluss had a 52-yard interception return, and after the subsequent kickoff, Khalil Bass returned a fumble 24 yards for a 63-10 lead.
Wilson looks to prove he can handle starting job
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Russell Wilson is hoping to show folks he can handle a starting job in the NFL Sunday when Seattle Seahawks take on the Carolina Panthers.
Wilson is only the sixth quarterback drafted in the third round or later to start right away as a rookie. He says "The more experience you get, the slower the game gets" and the more he gets into the flow of the game.
Wilson has not thrown for more than 160 yards in a game and the Seahawks are last in the league in passing, averaging 130.8 yards per game through the air.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows his team has a big challenge ahead.
The Seahawks don't play particularly well on the road and they're facing an angry Carolina team still irritated after giving away a game last week to the Atlanta Falcons in the final minute.