T25-FRESNO STATE-SAND DIEGO ST
Waller helps No. 15 Fresno St. beat SDSU in OT
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Marteze Waller's 1-yard touchdown run on Fresno State's first possession in overtime lifted the 15th-ranked Bulldogs to a 35-28 victory over San Diego State on Saturday night.
Fresno State held on for the win when Quinn Kaehler's fourth-down pass to Dylan Denso was knocked away by Derron Smith.
Derek Carr finished 35 of 57 for 298 yards passing and two touchdowns — both in the second half — for the Bulldogs (7-0, 4-0 Mountain West).
The Aztecs (3-4, 2-1) trailed 28-14 in the fourth quarter before Aaron Boesch scored on a 1-yard run with 9:37 to go. Tim Vizzi recovered the ensuing onside kick and Chad Young's 27-yard scoring run tied it at 28-all with 7 minutes remaining.
San Diego State had a chance to win in the closing seconds but Seamus McMorrow's 37-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Frenso State's Marcel Jensen as time expired in regulation.
Gaffney runs for 3 TDs, No. 8 Stanford beats OSU
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Tyler Gaffney ran for three touchdowns and No. 8 Stanford held off Oregon State's fourth-quarter comeback bid in a 20-12 win Saturday night.
Gaffney ran 22 times for 145 yards and scored on runs of 4, 9 and 32 yards to highlight a slow offensive night for Stanford (7-1, 5-1 Pac-12). The Cardinal totaled 276 yards on offense, as quarterback Kevin Hogan completed just 8 of 18 passes for 88 yards.
Stanford held Oregon State to 288 yards, well off the Beavers' season average of 515 yards. OSU quarterback Sean Mannion, the national leader in yards passing and touchdown passes, was 41 of 57 for 271 yards and one touchdown.
The Beavers (6-2, 4-1) trailed 20-9 with less than 4 minutes remaining and nearly forced overtime. Oregon State drove to the Stanford 7 with 30 seconds remaining, but four consecutive incompletions stopped the rally.
Valeri scores 2 early lead, Timbers top Chivas 5-0
CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored two first-half goals and the Portland Timbers cruised to a 5-0 victory over Chivas USA on Saturday night.
The win gives Portland the regular-season Western Conference title and with it home-field advantage through at least the first two rounds of the playoffs. Portland (14-5-15) will open the playoffs with an away match on Nov. 2 or 3 against either Seattle, Colorado or the LA Galaxy.
With the result, Chivas (6-20-4) became the 15th team in league history to finish a season with at least 20 losses.
Valeri scored in 16th and 29th minutes and assisted on Rodney Wallace's 34th-minute goal. Ryan Johnson and Will Johnson scored second-half goals to provide the final margin.
Chivas played without starting goalkeeper Dan Kennedy due to an abdominal strain.
No. 2 Ducks overcome No. 12 Bruins 42-14
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Byron Marshall ran for 133 yards and three touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon wore down No. 12 UCLA's stout defense for a 42-14 victory on Saturday night.
Marcus Mariota threw for 230 yards and a score and De'Anthony Thomas returned from a three game absence to run in another for the Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12).
The Bruins (5-2, 2-2) went into halftime with the score knotted at 14 but were shutout by the Ducks in the second half.
Brett Hundley completed 13 of 19 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown but also threw two interceptions, including one early in the fourth quarter that led to an Oregon touchdown. He also ran for 64 yards and a score.
Sankey, Price lead Huskies to 41-17 rout of Bears
SEATTLE (AP) — Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 241 and two touchdowns, Keith Price threw a pair of long touchdowns to Jaydon Mickens and Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 41-17 thumping of California on Saturday night.
Washington paid tribute to former coach Don James, who died last Sunday at age 80 due to pancreatic cancer by thumping the school James dominated as the Huskies coach. James went 12-2 in his career against California and the current batch of Huskies (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) honored the former with a flurry of big plays to blow out the Golden Bears.
Price hit Mickens on TDs of 68 and 47 yards, while Sankey's 59-yard touchdown run just before halftime gave the Huskies a 24-7 lead at the break.
Niemi, Couture lead Sharks past Canadiens 2-0
MONTREAL (AP) — Antti Niemi made 22 saves and Logan Couture scored twice in the San Jose Sharks' 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
San Jose won for the first time in four attempts at the Bell Centre since Dec. 2002.
Carey Price made 35 saves for Montreal.
After a scoreless first period in which San Jose outshot Montreal 11-8, Couture scored a power-play goal at 6:20 of the second period.
Captain Joe Thornton sent a precise pass onto Couture's stick and the 24-year-old made no mistake from close range for his fifth goal of the year.
Couture doubled the Sharks' lead at 4:09 of the third when Patrick Marleau's dump-in bounced off the glass and landed on Couture's stick in front of a gaping net.
Martinez, Wondolowski lift 'Quakes past Dallas 2-1
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Chris Wondolowski and Walter Martinez each scored and the San Jose Earthquakes beat FC Dallas 2-1 Saturday in the season finale for both teams.
The Earthquakes were still in contention for a playoff berth, but would have needed to score 13 goals and have Colorado lose Sunday.
Stephen Keel scored in the 90th minute for FC Dallas, which already had been eliminated from playoff contention.
Keel scored against David Bingham, who made his first start of the season.
San Jose's victory gave the retiring Ramiro Corrales a successful send off. The last original member of the MLS from 1996, Corrales made his first start since Sept. 14 and had two chances to score in the first 11 minutes.
WYOMING-SAN JOSE ST
San Jose State escapes with 51-44 win over Wyoming
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — David Fales passed for 482 yards and five touchdowns and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season with eight seconds left to lead San Jose State over Wyoming 51-44 in a Mountain West Conference affair Saturday night.
The Spartans (4-3, 3-1) overcame a 16-point third quarter deficit, using three consecutive touchdowns to take the lead at the end of the frame.
Wyoming (4-4, 2-2) then went 69 yards in 10 plays, culminating with Shaun Wick's 15-yard TD carry with 11:47 remaining. The teams traded another touchdown apiece before the Spartans showed one last trick.
On fourth and inches from the Wyoming 46, the Spartans ran a play-action and Fales found tight end Billy Freeman alone along the left sideline. Freeman pulled in the pass and rumbled 33 yards to the Cowboys' 13. Five plays later, Fales pushed his way into the end zone for the deciding score.
Dominant defense propels USC past Utah 19-3
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Kessler passed for 230 yards, Nelson Agholor scored the game's only touchdown on an early 30-yard reception, and Southern California's defense forced four turnovers in a 19-3 victory over Utah on Saturday.
Andre Heidari kicked four field goals for the Trojans (5-3, 2-2 Pac-12), who persevered despite a daunting injury list for their second victory in three games under interim coach Ed Orgeron.
Travis Wilson passed for just 51 yards and threw two interceptions while obviously struggling with a sprained finger for Utah (4-4, 1-4), which has followed up its stunning victory over Stanford with consecutive losses to Arizona and USC. The Utes haven't won at the Coliseum since 1916.
USC's defense was dominant, yielding just 201 yards while holding the Utes scoreless after their opening drive.
N ARIZONA-CAL POLY
Big return gets N. Arizona past Cal Poly 17-13
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Alford returned a Cal Poly kickoff 96 yards in the fourth quarter to lift Northern Arizona to a 17-13 win over Cal Poly Saturday night.
The Mustangs took the lead on a 22-yard field goal by Bobby Zalud to start the fourth quarter, 13-10.
The Lumberjacks (6-2, 4-1 Big Sky) took a 10-7 lead in the second quarter on a 3-yard touchdown pass from Chase Cartwright to Patrick Baldenegro with 47 seconds left, only to watch Cal Poly drive from its own 37 to the NAU 22, where Zalud kicked a 39-yard field goal on the final play of the half.
Cartwright was 16 of 31 for 177 yards to lead NAU and Zach Bauman carried 24 times for 81 yards.
Chris Nichols raced 33 yards on a reverse to put Cal Poly (3-5, 2-2 Big Sky) on the board in the first half.
Mills throws 5 TDs, San Diego 42-14 over Butler
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Mason Mills threw five touchdown passes as San Diego handed Butler its first Pioneer Football League defeat of the season 42-14 on Saturday.
Mills, the Toreros' career passing leader, was 26-of-36 for 407 yards as he went over the 10,000-yard mark. Sam Hoekstra had nine catches for 175 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown, to go over 2,000 career yards. Brandon White added two touchdown receptions.
The Toreros (5-3, 4-1), who had a nine-game winning streak snapped in a double-overtime loss to Dayton a week ago, left no doubt, rolling to a 35-0 lead before the Bulldogs (6-3, 4-1) scored their first touchdown on Matt Lancaster's 3-yard run with 15 seconds left in the first half.
Lancaster, who missed last week's game with concussion symptoms, was 24-of-41 passing for 251 yards, including a TD and interception.
Butler's defeat left four teams atop the Pioneer with 4-1 records.
Wishing Gate wins Autumn Miss at Santa Anita
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Wishing Gate overcame a slow start to win the $100,000 Autumn Miss Stakes by 1¼ lengths at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Ridden by Gary Stevens, Wishing Gate ran a mile on the turf in 1:34.67 and paid $4.80, $3.60 and $3.40 as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 10 2-year-old fillies.
She broke a step slow from the No. 10 post and was three-wide throughout the race.
Journey On returned $10.40 and $8, while Charlie Em was another half-length back in third and paid $7 to show.
The victory, worth $60,000, increased Wishing Gate's career earnings to $305,344.
John Force tops Funny Car qualifying in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Points leader John Force topped Funny Car qualifying Saturday in the NHRA Toyota Nationals with a track-record run at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The 64-year-old Force, the record 15-time series champion coming off victories in the last two events, broke the track time record with a run of 4.011 seconds at 317.79 mph in his Ford Mustang.
Shawn Langdon led the Top Fuel field, Mike Edwards was fastest in Pro Stock, and Hector Arana topped the Pro Stock Motorcycle order in the fifth of six events in the Countdown to the Championship playoffs.
Series leader Langdon had a 3.778 at 324.28. He has six victories this year.
Edwards finished in 6.632 at 208.23 in a Chevrolet Camaro, and Arana had a 6.930 at 192.44.