Granted, this game was against an FCS school, but Boise State rebounded nicely. Joe Southwick finished the game with 234 yards passing and 5 TD passes. This is what everyone thought Boise State would look like this year ... not the fart bomb they planted last week in Husky Stadium. Final score: Broncos win 63-14. This is how the game went for Boise State ...
Cincinnati (1-1) @ Illinois (2-0)
Illinois looked much improved this week. They were definitely ready for Cinci, as they went up 21-0 in the second quarter. Their senior quarterback, Nathan Scheelhaase had an impressive game. He went 26 for 37 for 312 yards and 4 touchdowns with no picks. However, their defense allowed 456 yards, though they did hold the Cincy offense to 3 of 13 on third downs. Final score: Illinois wins 45-17.
Dixie State (0-1) @ Idaho State (1-0)
Idaho State was breaking in a new quarterback in redshirt junior Justin Arias. He had a heck of a game, throwing for 439 yards. The Bengals (Idaho State) were up 10-7 at the end of the first quarter, but ran away with the game after that. Final score: Idaho State wins 40-14.
Arizona (2-0) at UNLV (0-2)
Ka'Deem Carey got to play following his one game suspension, but the Wildcats didn't need him. This was a stat-padding game, as UNLV is just plain awful. Here's some interesting numbers though ... Arizona had 81 total passing yards and 397 yards on the ground. Arizona's quarterback, B.J Denker went 8 for 21. The Wildcat defense held the rebels to 282 yards and 10 first downs. Final score: Arizona wins 58-13.
San Jose State (1-1) @ #5 Stanford (1-0)
The Cardinal opened up the season against a tough San Jose squad, hoping not to repeat last year's ugly performance. If anyone had any questions about Stanford in this game, some of them were answered. Their defense ruled San Jose, only letting them convert on just three of twelve third downs. Kevin Hogan had a respectable showing, throwing for 207 yards with two touchdowns. Running back Tyler Gaffney - in his return from baseball - rushed for 100+ yards and had two touchdowns. Final score: Cardinal wins 34-13.
#2 Oregon (2-0) at Virginia (1-1)
Since Virginia made such a good showing their first game, folks out on the East Coast though this would be a test for them Duckies ... Well, that didn't happen at all. Oregon ran away with this one, literally. It wasn't even close. On the 6th play from scrimmage, 3rd and 5 for the Ducks, QB Marcus Mariota took the snap, went back to pass, and saw all his receivers covered. Checking down, he looked up and saw a huge lane up the middle of the field. He took off running and didn't stop until he reached the endzone. Final score: Oregon wins 59-10.
Portland State (1-1) @ Cal (1-1)
This game made me almost as happy as the Wazzu/USC game. The only thing that would have made it better would have been if the Vikings could have pulled this game off. It was so close!!! When Portland State took the lead in the third quarter, I fell over laughing. I couldn't help but root for coach Burton's Vikings. Alas, Cal remembered it was a BCS football team, and pulled this one out, barely. Final score: Cal wins 37-30
Central Arkansas (1-1) @ Colorado (2-0)
Central Arkansas is always good, and many locals were saying that is game was going to be more difficult for Colorado than its game against Colorado State. Paul Richardson showed, once more, how greatly he was missed last year. He had 11 catches for 209 yards and two scores. The difference on the sidelines this year is way different from last year. Colorado refused to get down this game. It was a good win for the Buffaloes. Final score: Colorado wins 38-24.
Washington State (1-1) @ #25 USC (1-1)
I'll tab this game as the Gangline "Game of the week." If I thought the Trojans were going to do so little with so much talent, I would have made a lot of money on this game. This game was made up of a bunch of offensive ineptitude. Neither team could do anything really. Wazzu won the total yards of offense contest in this matchup, winning by a slim margin of 222 to 193. This was one of those boring games you couldn't help but watch. In the end, Kiffin Coug'd it against the Cougs. Final score: Cougars win 10-7.