Pac-12: Cal knocks off No. 18 Utah; Washington State, Colorado clobber Oregon schools

Pac-12: Cal knocks off No. 18 Utah; Washington State, Colorado clobber Oregon schools
California defensive tackle James Looney stops Utah running back Zack Moss just short of the goal line Saturday. (Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press)

Davis Webb threw four touchdown passes and California stopped Zach Moss from the one-yard line on the final play to win its second straight matchup against a ranked opponent, 28-23 over No. 18 Utah on Saturday in Berkeley. 

Webb threw for 306 yards and connected on a pair of scoring strikes to Chad Hansen and Demetris Robertson to lead the Golden Bears (3-2, 1-1 Pac-12). 

But it was the defense that sealed the win, stopping the Utes on three plays inside the 2 in the closing seconds. James Looney wrapped up Moss just short of the goal line on the final play to set off a celebration.

Cal had lost 11 straight games against ranked opponents before beating No. 11 Texas, 50-43, at home two weeks ago. 

The Bears broke out to a 14-0 lead and then went stagnant against the ball-control play of the Utes (4-1, 1-1), who used touchdown drives of 21 and 13 plays to take a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter on Armand Shyne's second TD run.

Webb answered with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Hansen that put the Bears back ahead in the third and then added a 56-yarder to Robertson after Cal stopped the Utes on fourth and one from the 10.

Washington State 51, Oregon 33

Luke Falk threw for 371 yards and the Cougars scored six rushing touchdowns in the rout of the visiting Ducks.


Jamal Morrow, Gerard Wicks and James Williams each ran for two touchdowns for Washington State (2-2, 1-0 Pac-12), which was coming off a bye week. Washington State defeated Oregon in double overtime last year, a game that sparked the Cougars' run to a 9-4 record.

Oregon (2-3, 0-2) has lost three straight games and held a team meeting earlier in the week to seek a turnaround. Royce Freeman, who missed the last game with a leg injury, ran for 138 yards and three touchdowns for Oregon.

Washington State piled up 651 yards of total offense, including 280 on the ground, to 416 total yards for Oregon. Falk completed 36 of 48 passes with one touchdown.

Oregon's Dakota Prukop completed 14 of 22 passes for 132 yards.

Colorado 47, Oregon State 6

Steven Montez had three long touchdown throws to Shay Fields as the Buffaloes cruised past the Beavers in Boulder, Colo.

The last time Colorado (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12) was a double-digit favorite in a league game was Nov. 25, 2005, against Nebraska — and they didn't wear the tag well, getting walloped 30-3 by the Cornhuskers when they were part of the Big 12

This time, they came in as an 18-point darling against the Beavers (1-3, 0-1) and they handled their business.

The Buffs, who entered this season 5-40 in Pac-12 play, failed to score a touchdown on their opening drive for the first time all season. After that three-and-out, however, they settled in and scored on their next five possessions.

Montez, a freshman making his second straight start in place of injured senior Sefo Liufau, hit Fields with scoring strikes of 51 , 33 and 63 yards before Phillip Lindsay ran it in from a yard out.

Fields had seven receptions for 169 yards and Montez completed 19 of 27 passes for 293 yards without a sack or an interception.