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Maynard helps Cal upset No. 25 UCLA

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POSTED October 7, 2012 7:13 p.m.

BERKELEY  (AP) — California quarterback Zach Maynard made a bad read on his first pass attempt when he tried to squeeze a pass into double coverage and it ended in an interception.

He spent the rest of the night making UCLA's defense pay for his mistake.

Maynard matched his career high with four touchdown passes and added a fifth on the ground and California took advantage of six turnovers to stun No. 25 UCLA 43-17 on Saturday night.

"We had a huge week of practice this week and everybody was focused in," said Maynard, who completed 25 of 30 passes for 295 yards. "We prepared ourselves ... and we had a lot of fire behind our backs. It was a great outcome."

Coming off one of the worst games of his career, Maynard repeatedly picked himself up off the turf at Memorial Stadium after getting drilled by the Bruins defense to help the Golden Bears (2-4, 1-2 Pac-12) end their three-game losing streak.

By beating UCLA (4-2, 1-2) at home for the seventh straight time, Cal might have also decreased some of the pressure on coach Jeff Tedford.

Arizona loses 54-48

in OT at No. 18 Stanford

STANFORD (AP) — Rich Rodriguez's up-tempo offense racked up more yards in the air against Stanford than any team had in almost three years. Even with all that offense, Rodriguez still headed home the same way Arizona has the past three weeks.

Winless in the Pac-12 Conference.

Matt Scott's record-setting performance ended when Chase Thomas intercepted his tipped pass in overtime, and the Wildcats wasted a two-touchdown lead in a 54-48 loss at No. 18 Stanford on Saturday.

"It's depressing not to win, but that's football," Scott said. "I don't look at how many points I need. I want to score on every drive."

For most of the afternoon, it seemed as though Arizona did.

Scott completed 45 of 69 passes — both school records — for 491 yards and three touchdowns. Henry Anderson deflected his final pass that Thomas intercepted, and Stepfan Taylor ran for a 21-yard touchdown two plays later to end a week of second-guessing quarterback Josh Nunes with a wild celebration in the Cardinal (4-1, 2-1) side of the north end zone.

Arizona (3-3, 0-3) amassed 617 total yards — same as Stanford — but lost its third straight game.

Montana State tops Davis

48-41, improves to 6-0

DAVIS  (AP) — Defensive tackle Zach Minter returned an interception 5 yards to the 1 to set up Tray Robinson's go-ahead touchdown run in undefeated Montana State's 48-41 victory over UC Davis on Saturday night.

Robinson's 1-yard run on third down gave the Bobcats (6-0, 3-0 Big Sky) a 45-41 lead with 8:40 left, and Rory Perez added a 34-yard field goal with 2:23 left.

UC Davis (2-4, 1-2) drove to the 15 in the final minute, but a holding penalty and a sack set up a fourth-down pass into the end zone that was knocked away by the Bobcats' Joel Fuller with 16 seconds left.

Montana State is 6-0 for the first time since winning its first eight games in 1978.

"We believe in each other, we play for each other, and in the end we stayed strong and stayed resilient because of each other," Minter said.

The Bobcats scored the final 24 points of the first half to take a 31-14 lead, but UC Davis countered with 24 straight points in the third quarter for a 38-31 advantage.

Fresno State defeats

Colorado State 28-7

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — After another big game by Derek Carr, the Fresno State quarterback had some words of thanks for his defense and running game.

Carr threw four touchdown passes, including two to Davante Adams, and Fresno State shut down Colorado State until the final moments for a 28-7 victory on Saturday night.

"They're my best friend, my defense and my running game," Carr said. "They help out so much when they give us a short field. It makes it a lot easier."

Safety Phillip Thomas helped set up two scores with a forced fumble and his NCAA-leading sixth interception of the season, and Robbie Rouse added 124 yards rushing on 26 carries for Fresno State (4-2, 2-0 Mountain West). A fourth-down stop on defense and a deflected punt preceded Fresno State's two other touchdowns.

Sacramento State

beats Southern Utah 27-22

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — Sacramento State came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat Southern Utah 27-22 on Saturday afternoon.

Garrett Safron was 21 of 29 attempts for 192 passing yards, including a 23-yard pass to Morris Norrise for a touchdown. In the third quarter, the Hornets (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky) turned up the scoring. Safron kept the ball and scored two touchdowns, including one following a 63-yard run. AJ Ellis scored on 2-yard run in the fourth to put the Hornets on top.

Brad Sorenson was 20 of 32 attempts for 327 passing yards for Southern Utah (2-4, 1-2 Big Sky). Griff McNabb scored on a 28-yard pass from Sorenson, and Colton Cook made three field goals, including a 43-yarder, and an extra point to put Southern Utah up 16-7 at halftime. But Southern Utah was unable to score in the fourth quarter.

The Hornets last won back-to-back road games in 2008.

 

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