Cal's upset bid at No. 12 Ohio State falls short


Cal's upset bid at No. 12 Ohio State falls short

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- It's been 40 years since California and Ohio State met on a field. They had enough excitement in one game to make up for that long wait.Braxton Miller lofted a 72-yard touchdown pass to an all-alone Devin Smith with 3:26 left and Christian Bryant snuffed out the Golden Bears' last chance with an interception to power the 12th-ranked Buckeyes to a 35-28 win on Saturday.The Golden Bears (1-2) missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a penalty, while the Buckeyes (3-0) gave up 512 yards and were manhandled for much of the second half.Taking over at Ohio State's 25 with the score knotted, it took just three plays until on third-and-7 a defensive back thought Miller would run and he instead threw deep to a wide-open Smith.Bryant then picked off Zach Maynard's pass and returned it 38 yards to end the Bears' last threat with about a minute left.Ohio State built a 20-7 lead at half but managed 25 yards and no first downs on 14 plays in the third quarter.Cal's brightest star was undoubtedly backup tailback Brendan Bigelow, who raced 81 yards on his first carry of the game - the longest run ever by an opposing back in 90-year-old Ohio Stadium. Maynard then kept on a 1-yard sneak to give Cal a 21-20 lead early in the fourth quarter.Miller, who was 16 of 30 passing for 249 yards and four touchdowns with one interception, then guided the Buckeyes 75 yards in 11 plays, capping it by running a play that Ohio State coach Urban Meyer brought with him from his days at Florida with Tim Tebow.Miller kept the ball, took a step forward, then stepped back and flipped a pass over the middle to Jake Stoneburner for the final 3 yards - his second score of the game from Miller.Miller then carried on a conversion run for a 28-21 lead.Just two plays later, Bigelow, who finished with 160 yards on only four carries, burst through the Ohio State defense for a 16-yard run and then topped that on the next play with a 59-yarder to tie the game at 28.Miller promptly turned the ball over by throwing an interception directly to Cal defensive back Steve Williams.The Bears patiently drove to the Ohio State 25, where the drive stalled. On fourth-and-1, they called timeout. While almost all 105,232 in Ohio Stadium thought coach Jeff Tedford would elect to go for it, instead, he sent junior kicker Vincenzo D'Amato out for a 42-yard field goal. He was wide left with 4:20 left, his third kick that sailed left of the mark on the day, missing twice from 42 and once from 40 yards.With an anxious crowd waiting to explode, Miller misfired on first down from his own 25, handed to Jordan Hall, making his first appearance of the year, on second down for 3 yards. Then he rolled right and appeared to be preparing to turn the corner on a run. That was enough to freeze defensive back Alex Logan.Miller stopped, set his feet, and threw a long pass to the right sideline where Smith had enough time to turn around and wait on the fluttering pass. He caught it and raced in untouched.Now down by seven, the Bears still had a shot to tie. But Maynard overthrew a receiver with 1:09 left and Bryant picked it off.Isi Sofele added 86 yards on 21 carries for Cal, while Maynard completed 26 of 37 passes for 280 yards and a touchdown with the late interception.Hall had 87 yards on 17 carries in his debut after missing all of fall camp due to surgery for a cut tendon in his foot.Smith closed with 145 yards on five carries. Touted Cal receiver Keenan Allen had nine catches for 80 yards.At halftime, Ohio State honored its latest inductees into its athletic hall of fame.Among those honored was a sub on the 1960 national championship men's basketball team who became much better known as a head coach. Bob Knight won three national titles at Indiana and won 902 games with the Hoosiers, Army and Texas Tech.Knight, long estranged from his alma mater but welcomed back in recent years by current men's coach Thad Matta, received a long, warm ovation.Also honored at halftime were astronaut and Ohio native John Glenn and his wife Annie.

Stanford crumbles to Colorado in McCaffrey's return


Stanford crumbles to Colorado in McCaffrey's return


STANFORD -- Phillip Lindsay rushed for 131 yards despite being held out most of the second half and Colorado overcame a sloppy day offensively to beat Stanford 10-5 on Saturday to become bowl eligible for the first time in a decade.

Chris Graham kicked a 23-yard field goal with 2:13 remaining after being benched following two earlier misses, propelling the Buffaloes to their first win over the Cardinal since joining the Pac-12 in 2011.

Colorado (6-2, 4-1) went into the day tied with Utah for first place in the South division and inched one step closer toward a possible berth in the conference title game despite an off day by the offense.

The Buffaloes missed three field goals and had a touchdown called back by a pass interference penalty but held the Cardinal to three points while winning for the fourth time in five games. Quarterback Sefo Liufau passed for 135 yards with one touchdown despite being sacked six times.

Stanford (4-3, 2-3) failed to score a touchdown for the first time this season despite getting running back Christian McCaffrey back in the lineup.

The Buffaloes intercepted Stanford quarterback Ryan Burns three times, twice on consecutive possessions in the fourth quarter to stall the Cardinal's comeback hopes.


COLORADO: It wasn't pretty any stretch of the imagination but coach Mike MacIntyre will take the Buffaloes first win against the Cardinal since 1990. Colorado continues to control its own destiny and has a Nov. 26 showdown with Utah looming that could decide which team goes to the Pac-12 title game.

STANFORD: The Cardinal have lost three of four and are in danger of missing out on the postseason. Losing to a beefed-up Colorado team shouldn't hurt too much but this was a game Stanford needed to get back on track. Instead, it's another loss and another week of pondering what went wrong for coach David Shaw and his staff.


COLORADO: The Buffaloes host UCLA on Nov. 3 and have put up nearly 1,100 yards of offense combined in the last two meetings with the Bruins but lost both times.

STANFORD: The Cardinal play at Arizona next Saturday and have won four straight and nine of the last 11 games against the Wildcats. Arizona was idle this week and has lost four consecutive games going in while being outscored 164-89.

SDSU RB breaks two of Faulk's records in win over San Jose State


SDSU RB breaks two of Faulk's records in win over San Jose State


SAN DIEGO -- Donnel Pumphrey Jr. ran for 135 yards and two touchdowns to break two school records and San Diego State rolled to a 42-3 victory over San Jose State on Friday night.

Rashaad Penny added 105 yards and three scores, including a career-best 73-yarder to close the scoring with 1 second left in the third quarter for the Aztecs (6-1, 3-0 Mountain West).

Pumphrey, the nation's leading rusher with 1,246 yards, has 58 career rushing touchdowns and 63 touchdowns overall, breaking Marshall Faulk's school records.

Christian Chapman completed 13 of 18 passes for 167 yards and a 4-yard touchdown to David Wells to open the scoring.

The Spartans (2-6, 1-3) were limited to 203 yards while the Aztecs had 444, 277 on the ground.

San Diego State's defense has not allowed a touchdown to a conference opponent in 12 quarters and has a 14-game winning streak against MWC teams.