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Pac-12 football: Colorado comes back to beat No. 25 Nebraska in OT; No. 13 Utah wins

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Colorado linebacker Nu’umotu Falo Jr. (42) celebrates after a second quarter fumble recovery against Nebraska on Saturday in Boulder, Colo.
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James Stefanou’s 34-yard field goal in overtime gave Colorado its first lead and the Buffaloes beat No. 25 Nebraska 34-31 on Saturday when punter Isaac Armstrong’s 49-yard try sailed wide right.

The students stormed the field in celebration of the Buffaloes’ second straight win over their old Big 12 rival, whom they rallied to beat in the closing minutes last year in Lincoln.

The Buffaloes rallied from a 17-0 halftime deficit and improved to 2-0 under coach Mel Tucker while keeping Cornhuskers’ second-year coach Scott Frost from winning his first road game.

Before Saturday, unranked Buffaloes teams were 1-22 all-time against ranked Nebraska teams with their only win coming in 1976 when the Cornhuskers were ranked third.

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Rank this one right up there with that one.

at No. 13 Utah 35, Northern Illinois 17

Tyler Huntley passed for one touchdown and ran for another as No. 13 Utah held Northern Illinois to 69 yards in the second half and beat the Huskies 35-17 on Saturday.

After a shaky first half, the Utah defense clamped down on the Huskies with an effective pass rush, an interception and a fourth-down stop.

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Huntley finished 14 for 19 for 214 yards and ran for 38 yards, without a sack for second straight game.

Northern Illinois kept pace with Utah in the first two quarters with an effective mix of short passes and QB runs. Bowers had 202 yards passing to eight receivers from a variety of formations as the vaunted Utes defense couldn’t seem to predict where the each pass was going.

at No. 16 Oregon 77, Nevada 6

Justin Herbert threw for 310 yards and five touchdowns before heading to the sideline in the third quarter, and No. 16 Oregon rebounded from its season-opening loss to Auburn with a 77-6 rout of Nevada on Saturday night.

The Ducks (1-1) have won 15 straight home openers and 24 straight over nonconference foes at Autzen Stadium. Oregon tied a school record with seven touchdown passes — caught by seven receivers. The Ducks also tied their record for points at Autzen.

Tight end Jacob Breeland caught four passes for a career-high 112 yards and a score.

True freshman Brandon Talton kicked a pair of first-half field goals for Nevada (1-1). The Wolf Pack were coming off a 34-31 victory over Purdue last week, just the team’s second ever win over a Big Ten program.

at No. 22 Washington State 59, Northern Colorado 17

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Anthony Gordon threw for 464 yards and four touchdowns and Washington State pounded FCS school Northern Colorado.

Gordon, who came under little pressure from the opposing defense, completed 31 of 39 passes with one interception. Max Borghi scored three touchdowns and Easop Winston Jr. caught two scoring passes for Washington State (2-0). Jacob Knipp completed 8 of 15 passes for 128 yards for Northern Colorado (0-2).

at Arizona 65, Northern Arizona 41

Gary Brightwell ran for 141 yards and a touchdown on five carries, Khalil Tate accounted for three scores and Arizona bounced back from a disappointing opening loss by routing Northern Arizona 65-41 on Saturday night.

Arizona (1-1) had an extra week off to think about its opening loss to Hawaii.

The Wildcats took it out on the FCS Lumberjacks (1-1), scoring on their seven drives and racking up 517 yards while setting a school record for points in a half for a 51-13 halftime lead.

Arizona had 720 yards of total offense, 431 rushing. Brightwell scored on a 94-yard run, Darrius Smith scored twice, and J.J. Taylor ran for 102 yards and a touchdown.


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