Timm Rosenbach passed for 352 yards and 6 touchdowns as Washington State defeated winless Tennessee, 52-24, Saturday in a nonconference game at Knoxville, Tenn.
The Cougars (3-1), ranked second nationally in total offense, gained 618 yards. The Volunteers (0-5) are off to their worst start ever.
Washington State scored first with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Rosenbach to Tim Stallworth 6 minutes into the game.
The Cougars were at their own 19 yard line 2 1/2 minutes later when Stallworth caught another pass from Rosenbach at the Tennessee 40 and ran downfield, but Volunteer defender Tony Nelson stripped it and Stallworth fumbled. However, the ball bounced back into Stallworth’s hands, and he ran it in for an 81-yard pass-play touchdown and a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
The Cougars scored again on a 16-yard strike to flanker Victor Wood, and running back Steve Broussard tacked on a 13-yard touchdown run to give Washington State a 28-7 lead with 7:48 to go in the second quarter.
California 21, San Jose State 14--Troy Taylor passed for a career-high 370 yards at Berkeley, and Chris Richards ran 11 yards for a touchdown with 4 1/2 minutes remaining to give the Bears a nonconference victory.
Taylor’s 41-yard completion to Brian Treggs set up the winning touchdown, which came 2 minutes after San Jose State went ahead, 14-13, on an 8-yard run by Johnny Johnson and an extra-point kick by Jim Kirk. Taylor passed for a two-point conversion after Richards scored.
Johnson scored both San Jose touchdowns, giving him 9 for the season, and rushed for more than 100 yards.
Cal went 80 yards on its final drive, with Taylor twice completing passes on third-down plays. Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to Cal’s 44, but the Bear defense stopped the Spartans at the 35.
The Bears improved to 3-1, their best start since 1978. San Jose of the Big West Conference is 1-4.
Arizona State 24, Lamar 13--Quarterback Daniel Ford threw an 80-yard bomb to Lynn James and David Winsley ran 30 yards for another touchdown as Arizona State survived a scare to win the nonconference game at Tempe, Ariz.,
Lamar, a Divisian I-AA independent facing its first Pac-10 opponent, closed to within 17-13 with 12:29 remaining, but the Cardinals were unable to cross midfield again in dropping to 1-3.
Arizona State (3-1) led, 17-10, at halftime and struggled the rest of the way, losing 2 fumbles and missing a short field goal. The Sun Devils finally put the game out of reach only 15 seconds from the end on Kelvin Fisher’s 2-yard touchdown run.
Oregon State 21, Fresno State 10--Erik Wilhelm threw 2 touchdown passes and moved into second place on the Pac-10 career yardage list in leading the Beavers over the Bulldogs of the Big West at Corvallis, Ore.
Wilhelm’s 215 yards passing increased his career total to 7,821 yards, moving him past Washington State’s Jack Thompson and Stanford’s Jim Plunkett and leaving him 1,529 yards behind Stanford’s John Elway.
Oregon State (3-2) is off to its best start since 1970, the last time the Beavers had a winning season. Fresno State also is 3-2.
Oregon 34, San Diego St. 13--Derek Loville rushed for 129 yards in 23 carries and scored 3 touchdowns to lead 20th-ranked Oregon at San Diego.
Loville, who rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time this season, scored on a 3-yard run and a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter, helping the Ducks (4-0) take a 21-0 lead.
The Aztecs (1-3) lost to a Pac-10 team for the seventh straight time.
Pete Nelson, starting in place of first-string Oregon quarterback Bill Musgrave, who sat out the game because of an ankle injury, completed his first pass of the year in the first quarter and it went for a 66-yard touchdown to Terry Obee.