STANFORD (AP) — What seemed like Stanford’s coming out party this season — and it still might have been — ended with players feeling distraught and disappointed in the locker room.
Tyler Gaffney ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Anthony Wilkerson added 68 yards and another score, and No. 5 Stanford started strong and struggled late in a 42-28 victory over No. 23 Arizona State on Saturday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
The defending conference champions controlled every facet of the game to turn the only matchup between ranked opponents this week into a lead of 29-0 at halftime and 39-7 through three quarters. The Cardinal (3-0, 1-0) scored twice in the air and three times on the ground, forced two interceptions, blocked two punts, tallied 10 tackles for loss and recorded three sacks.
“We might have made a good statement in the first half,” linebacker Blake Lueders said, “and a terrible statement in the second half.”
Arizona State outgained Stanford 417 to 391 yards but looked overmatched until the fourth quarter.
Taylor Kelly threw for 367 yards, including three touchdown passes in the fourth, and Jaelen Strong caught 12 passes for 168 yards and a score in an otherwise disappointing showing for the Sun Devils (2-1, 0-1) after beating Big Ten champion Wisconsin in a controversial finish last week.
LEIDNER LEADS MINNESOTA TO 43-24 WIN OVER SJSU: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mitch Leidner grabbed attention from Division I schools as a classic, drop-back passer slinging the ball all over the field for Lakeville South High School in suburban Minneapolis.
Two years later, Leidner looked much less like Tom Brady and much more like Tim Tebow as he bulled through the San Jose State defense.
Leidner rushed for 151 yards and four touchdowns to lift Minnesota to a 43-24 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.
“I always thought I was going to be a passer,” Leidner said with a chuckle after running the ball 24 times and throwing it just 12. “But it’s fun running the ball, that’s for sure.”
Leidner was filling in for injured starter Philip Nelson, who was out with a bad hamstring. He also passed for 71 yards as the Golden Gophers improved to 4-0. Gophers coach Jerry Kill returned to the sideline a week after missing the second half because of an epileptic seizure and made it through the game without incident.
David Fales threw for 439 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for San Jose State (1-2). Chandler Jones had seven catches for 197 yards and three touchdowns for the Spartans, who were missing top receiver Noel Grigsby with a knee injury.
S UTAH RALLIES TO BEAT SACRAMENTO ST 24-21 IN OT: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Colton Cook kicked a 38-yard field goal in overtime to complete a late rally for Southern Utah as they prevailed over Sacramento State 24-21 in a Big Sky non-conference matchup Saturday night.
Trailing by eight late in the game, the Thunderbirds (3-1) drove 98 yards on nine plays, with Raysean Martin punching in from the 1 with 31 seconds remaining. Aaron Cantu’s two-point conversion pass was tipped and caught by a diving Griff McNabb to send the game into overtime.
The Hornets (1-3) had the first possession in overtime, but missed a 45-yard field goal attempt.
Officially, the game was a non-conference matchup between Big Sky members. The contest was scheduled before Southern Utah joined the Big Sky Conference for the 2011-12 season.
ADAMS LEADS PORTLAND ST. OVER UC DAVIS 41-10: DAVIS (AP) — DJ Adams rushed for 208 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead Portland State over UC Davis 41-10 Saturday night.
Adams rushed 14 times while averaging nearly 15 yards per carry. He continued his trend of one touchdown every 10 carries, and his 85 and 27-yard TDs helped Portland State (3-1) to a 14-7 halftime lead. Adams added a 50-yard carry that led to a Kieran McDonagh 2-yard touchdown run, giving PSU a 27-7 third quarter lead.
Jimmy Laughrea was 20 of 30 for 180 yards to lead UC Davis. The Aggies have scored just four touchdowns in as many games and are off to their worst start since 1965.
FRESNO STATE RALLIES PAST BOISE STATE 41-40: FRESNO (AP) — As soon as the clock ran out on Fresno State’s first win over Boise State since 2005, Derek Carr looked for his big brother David to give him a hug.
Derek Carr had been waiting for this moment ever since watching Davis lose a game that launched this lopsided rivalry back in 2001.
Derek Carr threw for 460 yards and four touchdowns and led the game-winning drive that helped Fresno State avoid a fourth-quarter collapse and snap a seven-game losing streak to Boise State with a 41-40 victory on Friday night.
Josh Quezada capped a 13-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard run with 2:14 remaining that put the Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Mountain West) back ahead after they had blown a 15-point lead.
Aaron Baltazar had run for two scores, and Joe Southwick added another as Boise State (2-2, 1-1) scored three touchdowns in less than 9 minutes to turn a 34-19 deficit into a 40-34 lead with just over 7 minutes remaining.
But Carr calmly completed 8 of 11 passes on the ensuing drive in front of a sellout crowd before Quezada ran it in for the go-ahead score.