It was a late night in Salt Lake City where Oregon State and Utah went back and forth in the fourth quarter and into overtime before Sean Mannion connected with Brandin Cooks for a six-yard touchdown in the extra frame to knock off the Utes 51-48.
It was a huge win for the Beavers, who improved to 2-1 overall. The Beavers still have plenty to be concerned about when it comes to mobile quarterbacks, but a win is a win and as Mike Riley said, it’s better to be 2-1 than 1-2.
Oregon found itself down early then rolled to a blowout win over Tennessee and looks every bit as good under Mark Helfrich as it did under Chip Kelly.
And how about UCLA, Washington and Arizona State earning big wins against Big Ten opponents; UCLA and Washington won on the road while the Sun Devils escaped at home after a weird ending.
Lots of movement this week in the power rankings.
1. Oregon (3-0): Ducks enter bye week flying as high as ever. Quite the statement against an SEC team, even if Tennessee hasn’t been relevant the past few years.
2. UCLA (2-0): Bruins come off bye to play with heavy hearts after a death to a walk-on receiver. After slow start, Brett Hundley and the Bruins blew out Nebraska in Lincoln.
3. ASU (2-0): Sun Devils had to rally at home, then a crazy ending gave them the win when the clock ran out on Wisconsin as they were preparing for a game-winning field goal attempt.
4. Washington (2-0): Huskies went to Illinois and knocked off an Illini team that was 2-0. Bishop Sankey ran wild again for the Huskies, who had more than 600 yards total offense.
5. Stanford (2-0): Cardinal went on the road to beat Army, but led just 20-13 at the half before pulling away. Big showdown with ASU next.
6. Arizona (3-0): Another easy win for the Wildcats, this one 38-13 over UTSA. Arizona has a bye before travelling to Washington and a real test.
7. Washington State (2-1, 1-0): Cougars didn’t have a letdown after big win at USC last week, cruising past Southern Utah 48-10 at home. With Idaho up next, Cougars a good bet to be 3-1.
8. Colorado (2-0): Buffaloes had game with Fresno postponed because of flooding. It was the right call. Colorado has a bye this week before going to Corvallis to face Beavers.
9. Oregon State (2-1, 1-0): The defense played great the first 30 minutes, then not so great the last 30 minutes. Big stop forcing a field goal gave Beavers chance to win. Next is a trip to San Diego State.
10: Utah (2-1, 0-1): Travis Wilson did all he could in the second half, but three interceptions killed momentum at times. Still, Utes had chance to win at home. BYU on the road next.
11. USC (2-1, 0-1): Nice bounce-back win for the Trojans, knocking off Boston College 35-7. Utah State comes to town this week.
12: California (1-2): Golden Bears started quickly with a TD on second play, but Ohio State stormed back and cruised to the 52-34 win. Cal can score points, but the defense hasn’t slowed anyone. A bye comes at a good time.