RENO, Nev. — Jordan Choukair missed a 33-yard field goal as time expired and Nevada held off a furious Oregon State comeback to win 37-35 on Saturday night.
“Tonight, we had a whole bunch of guys pouring their heart and soul into that game,” Nevada coach Jay Norvell said. “For the coaches, it was like four hours of root canal.”
Nevada (2-1) led 30-7 lead with 10:16 left in the second quarter after Asauni Rufus forced Conor Blount to fumble the ball, and Malik Reed picked it up and ran 48 yards for a touchdown. Nevada scored on its first four possessions before the defensive touchdown gave the Wolf Pack a 23-point lead.
After the defensive touchdown, Oregon State (1-2) replaced Blount at quarterback with Jake Luton, who left the season opener two weeks ago with a concussion against No. 4 Ohio State.
Oregon State outscored Nevada 28-7 the rest of the way.
Luton finished 23 of 35 for 284 yards passing with one touchdown and one interception.
TEXAS 37, No. 22 USC 14
Sam Ehlinger passed for two touchdowns, Anthony Wheeler returned a blocked field goal 46 yards for a score and Texas beat No. 22 Southern California 37-14 on Saturday night to give second-year coach Tom Herman his biggest win in burnt orange.
Texas, which had started 1-2 in four of the previous five seasons, trailed 14-3 in the first quarter before shutting down freshman quarterback J.T. Daniels and scoring 34 unanswered points.
No. 9 STANFORD 30, UC DAVIS 10
Stanford made it through its season-opening three-game homestand unscathed. But with the schedule about to get much tougher, the Cardinal know they will need to be much better the next few weeks to remain perfect.
K.J. Costello overcame a rough start to throw two touchdown passes to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and No. 9 Stanford beat FCS-level UC Davis 30-10 on Saturday.
CALIFORNIA 45, IDAHO STATE 23
California’s offense got off to a slow start and the defense struggled to finish for a third straight game. Three big plays by Ashtyn Davis in between helped tilt things in the Golden Bears’ favor.
Davis scored on an 89-yard kickoff return, made his second interception of the season to set up another score, then chased down a receiver from behind to prevent a touchdown as Cal overcame a sluggish start and beat FCS-level Idaho State 45-23 on Saturday.
COLORADO 45, NEW HAMPSHIRE 14
The Colorado Buffaloes beat the heat and a letdown — now they’re taking an unbeaten record into conference play.
Travon McMillian rushed for 162 yards and two scores and Colorado beat New Hampshire 45-14 on Saturday.
Steven Montez was 14 of 19 for 166 yards passing and another score to help the Buffaloes (3-0) win their home opener. The Buffaloes have won their first three games for the second straight season.
The Arizona State-San Diego State, Fresno State-UCLA and Southern Utah-Arizona games were in progress at press time.