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POSTED September 10, 2012 1:08 a.m.

PASADENA (AP) — UCLA kept its raucous celebration in the locker room, with only a few tweeted photos providing any evidence. By the time the Bruins emerged from their Rose Bowl party following their 36-30 victory over Nebraska on Saturday night, they were all business again, insisting it was just another victory.

“It’s only one more win, that’s it,” defensive end Datone Jones said.

It sure felt like more than that after a long-struggling program defeated a perennial college football power.

With a new coaching staff, an exciting freshman quarterback and what certainly seems to be a novel attitude toward success, these Bruins are off to a strong start in the lengthy task of fixing 15 years of mostly mediocre football at UCLA.

The Bruins (2-0) cracked the AP poll at No. 22 on Sunday, earning their first ranking in more than four years. They began preparations Sunday for a Rose Bowl visit from Houston (0-2), the Bruins’ first home game as a ranked team in a half-decade.



NO. 25 STANFORD STEAMROLLS DUKE, 50-13: STANFORD  (AP) — With his booming voice echoing outside, defensive tackle and part-time singer Terrence Stephens huddled his Stanford teammates in the locker room and gave the program’s postgame tradition a twist.

Instead of just counting the Cardinal’s points in unison — a chant he led later anyway — Stephens called out, “Who’s next?”

“Trojans!” teammates replied.

“Who’s house!” he yelled.

“Our house!” they responded.

Say this for Stanford players: they know when they need to play better.

Drew Terrell returned a punt 75 yards for a score and caught a 19-yard touchdown pass, Ed Reynolds took one of his two interceptions for another touchdown and No. 25 Stanford rebounded from a disappointing debut to roll past Duke 50-13 on Saturday night.

Next up: a home date against second-ranked Southern California in a rematch of last season’s triple-overtime thriller the Cardinal (2-0) won. And while Stanford coach David Shaw called his team’s effort “a lot better” than it was in a 20-17 win over San Jose State last week, he also recognized the obvious truth that will simmer around this Silicon Valley campus the next six days.



SAN JOSE STATE DEFEATS UC DAVIS 45-13: SAN JOSE (AP) — De’Leon Eskridge rushed for three touchdowns as San Jose State defeated UC Davis 45-13 on Saturday night.

Eskridge ran for 136 yards, scoring on a 5-yard run, a 17-yard run and in the third quarter, a 27-yard run for San Jose State (1-1). Chandler Jones scored twice during the third quarter, once on a 10-yard pass from Blake Jurich and on a 10-yard pass from David Fales.

UC Davis (1-1) got on the scoreboard first with a 45-yard pass from Randy Wright to Alex Cannon. The Aggies did not score again until the final quarter.

The game also featured brothers on opposite sides. Nicholas Kaspar is a RG for the Spartans, and his brother Anthony Kaspar is an LT for the Aggies.



BULLDOGS LEARN IN 42-25 LOSS TO NO. 4 OREGON: EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter hopes the Bulldogs gained something after the Autzen experience.

Fresno State came into Saturday’s game against No. 4 Oregon as a five-touchdown underdog, but the team kept the Ducks out of the end zone all but once in the second half.

While it wasn’t enough and the Bulldogs fell 42-25, the effort was there.

“I think our guys realized we can play with a lot of teams. I mean, this is one of the elite teams in the country,” DeRuyter said. “I think we can play with these kind of teams if we’re playing our game.”

Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Bulldogs QB David Carr, completed 29 of 47 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown for Fresno State (1-1), which joined the Mountain West Conference this season. Quentin Breshears kicked four field goals, including one from 43 yards.



COLORADO FALLS 30-28 TO SACRAMENTO ST. ON LATE FG: BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado didn’t think they’d win in a walk.

They didn’t think they’d lose to a walk-on, either.

Edgar Castaneda’s 30-yard field goal as time expired gave Sacramento State a stunning 30-28 win over Colorado on Saturday — and earned him a scholarship in the process.

The Buffaloes (0-2) simply earned another hard-luck loss to an FCS-level opponent. They also lost to Montana State at home in 2006 and edged Eastern Washington by a touchdown two years later.

“I did not come into this game feeling like we were going to dominate,” Colorado coach Jon Embree said. “I came into this game thinking it was going to be a football game that we were going to have to fight and win.

The Hornets got the ball at their own 15 with 2:26 left and marched downfield for the game-winner by Castaneda, after which wide receiver Austin Dotson did a series of backflips as his teammates swarmed the field.

Castaneda, a walk-on, joined the Hornets after helping City College of San Francisco win the junior college national championship last season, but he was paying his own way until Saturday, when his first game-winner at any level earned him not only a hug from coach Marshall Sperbeck, but also an education.

Sperbeck made the announcement during his postgame speech in the Hornets’ locker room.

The Hornets (1-1) also left Boulder with a $460,000 paycheck following a stunning victory at a Pac-12 stadium for the second straight season. They upset Oregon State 29-28 in overtime in last year’s opener.



CALIFORNIA HAMMERS SOUTHERN UTAH 50-31: BERKELEY  (AP) — Quarterback Brad Sorensen earned another spot in the Southern Utah record books. He’d gladly exchange it to get back the one poor throw he made.

Sorensen, who holds just about every passing record in school history, threw four touchdown passes to break Rick Rollins’ career record but also had a pivotal interception that California cornerback Marc Anthony returned 61 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

“They just had the right coverage called for that,” said Sorensen after Southern Utah’s 50-31 loss to Cal. “(Anthony) came off and made a good play.”

In a game in which the Golden Bears owned three long scoring plays to break the game open, Anthony’s interception was the most significant.

Anthony, who tipped a Hail Mary pass the Thunderbirds converted into a touchdown just before halftime, made the interception after Southern Utah receiver Henna Brown appeared to run the wrong route on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Sorensen threw a short pass into the right flat for Brown, who kept running while Anthony turned to make the interception. Anthony then worked his way downfield into the end zone to help give Cal a 34-17 lead.

DOCTOR: UNCLEAR IF TULANE PLAYER IS PARALYZED: TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It’s too soon to tell if Tulane safety Devon Walker will be paralyzed as the result of a spinal fracture he suffered while making a tackle, and the full extent of his injury may not be known for days, the team’s doctor said Sunday.

Dr. Greg Stewart, Tulane University’s director of sports medicine, said Walker remained in stable condition in the intensive care until of St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Okla. Physicians there will plan to do surgery on Walker in the coming days, he said.

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