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PACIFIC 10

Cal shows off its new stars

August 31, 2008|From the Associated Press

Kevin Riley passed for 202 yards and two second-half touchdowns, and Shane Vereen broke an 81-yard scoring run with 4:21 left in California's 38-31 home victory over Michigan State on Saturday night.

Jahvid Best rushed for 111 yards and a score, and tight end Cameron Morrah and fullback Will Ta'ufo'ou caught Riley's touchdown passes in a solid debut for the Golden Bears' new collection of starting offensive skill players.

Brian Hoyer passed for 321 yards, hooking up with Mark Dell for nine catches and 202 yards, the fifth-most yardage total for a receiver in Michigan State history. Javon Ringer rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans, but they couldn't catch up in a back-and-forth second half featuring 45 total points and 503 yards of total offense.

Bryant Nnabuife returned a blocked punt for the first score as Cal won for the fifth time in seven openers under Coach Jeff Tedford.

No. 21 Oregon 44, Washington 10 -- Jeremiah Masoli stepped in for Justin Roper and threw for 126 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Ducks get a conference win at Eugene, Ore.

Roper started for the Ducks and completed seven of 11 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. But he was replaced in the second quarter by Masoli, a junior college transfer, and did not return.

Washington's dual-threat quarterback Jake Locker completed 12 of 28 passes for 103 yards and also ran for 57 yards.

No. 15 Arizona State 30, Northern Arizona 13 -- Rudy Carpenter threw for 388 yards and a touchdown, and Dimitri Nance ran for two touchdowns in the Sun Devils' nonconference victory at Tempe.

Carpenter completed 22 of 28 passes, including 13 in a row in the first half.

Arizona 70, Idaho 0 -- Willie Tuitama and Nic Grigsby sparked the Wildcats' home rout at Tucson in a rainy opener delayed an hour by lightning.

It was the highest-scoring game for the Wildcats since a record 74-0 victory in 1921 over the Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy, the school that eventually became UTEP.

Tuitama completed 17 of 21 passes for 179 and three touchdowns to break the school record for career touchdown passes with 47, one more than Tom Tunnicliffe in 1980-83.

Grigsby carried 19 times for 169 yards, including two short touchdown runs as the Wildcats set a school record with 49 first-half points.

Oklahoma State 39, Washington State 13 -- Kendall Hunter ran for two touchdowns, Zac Robinson passed for 182 yards and ran for another score, and the Cowboys made the Cougars' new offense look inept in a nonconference game at Seattle.

Coach Paul Wulff became the first coach to lose his debut game at Washington State since Jackie Sherrill in 1976.

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