SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Stanford Cardinal adamantly insisted their attention was on Utah and only on Utah, not about moving up in the rankings, a grueling upcoming schedule or even growing national title talk.
They weren’t caught day dreaming, just by surprise as their 13-game winning streak was halted.
The Utes relied on a steady dose of bubbles screens to stun Stanford 27-21 on Saturday and knock the Cardinal from fifth to No. 13 in the latest poll.
Now, the Cardinal try to regroup and move on because, “we don’t have time to wallow,” coach David Shaw said.
Especially not with this trifecta of teams looming on the schedule: No. 9 UCLA next week, a trip to Oregon State and then a clash with second-ranked Oregon. Those figured to be the teams to potentially knock off the Cardinal (5-1, 3-1 Pac-12), maybe not so much Utah (4-2, 1-2).
Only, this was a tenacious Utes team, which nearly beat the Bruins the week before. The Cardinal knew what they were facing and asserted they didn’t overlook them.
“They’re good,” Shaw said. “They’ve always been good. ... They got us. They flat-out got us.”
Shaw wasn’t really in the mood to contemplate what this loss meant for the season, quickly dismissing talk about national championship aspirations possibly being out the window.
Ty Montgomery had another big game for the Cardinal, returning a kick 100 yards for a score and catching eight passes for 131 yards.
It’s the second straight week Montgomery’s had kick return for a touchdown.
“We tried to kick away from him, but he’s just that good,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, whose fans stormed the field after the upset, one of the biggest in school history. “A heck of a player.”
Montgomery was on the sideline on a critical third-down play with the ball near the goal line late in the game. The Cardinal went with their jumbo package with the ball at the 6 yard line, sending in two tight ends, a fullback and a running back to give the appearance of a run.
Instead, Kevin Hogan tried to connect with tight end Charlie Hopkins, only to miss his target.
On fourth down, the Cardinal, a run-oriented team with a top-notch offensive line, tried to throw again, but Hogan — under all kinds of pressure — overthrew Devon Cajuste in the back of the end zone.
uCAL CAN’T KEEP UP IN 37-10 LOSS TO NO. 11 UCLA: PASADENA (AP) — California has made it halfway through coach Sonny Dykes’ first season without beating another FBS team.
After another blowout loss, Dykes focused on the signs that the Golden Bears might be getting better very soon.
Brett Hundley passed for a career-high 410 yards and three touchdowns, and Paul Perkins rushed for an early score in No. 11 UCLA’s 37-10 victory over Cal on Saturday night.
Jared Goff passed for 215 yards in the freshman’s first game since his school-record 504-yard performance, and Daniel Lasco rushed for the Bears’ only touchdown. But the Bear Raid offense didn’t do nearly enough to keep up with Hundley, finishing with 320 yards on 80 offensive plays.
uFALES, SAN JOSE ST OVERPOWER COLORADO ST 34-27: FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — David Fales connected with Tyler Winston on a 62-yard touchdown catch and run with 5:36 to play to lift San Jose State to a 34-27 win over Colorado State on Saturday.
In a game which featured five ties and seven lead changes, Fales completed 28 of 35 passes for 431 yards and three touchdowns.
Fales threw touchdown passes of 83- and 77-yards to Jarrod Lawson and Chandler Jones, respectively, in the second quarter and San Jose State (3-3, 2-1 Mountain West) piled up 608 yards of total offense.
Lawson finished with 104 yards receiving and a game-high 98 yards rushing, including an 18-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
Tyler Winston added eight receptions for 151 yards and a score for the Spartans.
Garrett Grayson had 310 yards passing and three touchdowns for Colorado State (2-4, 0-1 Mountain West), but threw two second half interceptions which led to 10 SJSU points.
uMONTANA RUNS OVER UC DAVIS 42-7: DAVIS (AP) — Jordan Johnson threw for two touchdowns and Montana ball carriers notched four more as the Grizzlies ran over UC Davis 42-7 in a Big Sky Conference game on Saturday.
Behind a big offensive line that manhandled defenders in opening holes, Montana (5-1, 2-1) racked up 255 yards rushing, including an 18-yard scoring run by Travon Van and TD runs of 1 and 24 yards by Jordan Canada. Canada had 126 yards on 24 carries.
Johnson was 12 of 20 for 163 yards passing, with TD strikes of 30 and 21 yards to Ellis Henderson. Backup QB Shay Smithwick-Hann had a 41-yard TD run late in the fourth quarter.
uN. ARIZONA COMEBACK TOPS SACRAMENTO ST, 39-38: SACRAMENTO (AP) — Chase Cartwright threw three second-half touchdown passes and Zach Bauman completed a Northern Arizona come-from-behind victory with a 25-yard touchdown run with 9:23 left to lift the Lumberjacks to a 39-38 win over Sacramento State in a Big Sky Conference game Saturday Night.
Sacramento State scored four unanswered touchdowns to build a 31-14 lead with eight minutes left in the third quarter, and Garrett Safron scampered 50 yards for a touchdown to maintain the 17-point margin less than five minutes later.
Cartwright found Jesse Brantley with a 14-yard touchdown pass with 1:10 left in the third period, then found R.J. Rickert from four yards out. Bauman dashed up the middle 46 seconds later to give Northern Arizona (4-2, 2-1 Big Sky) the lead.