PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — In two games as a starter, Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon is averaging better than 50 points and 400 passing yards. He isn’t doing it alone.
“The offensive line is always great,” Gordon said after throwing for 464 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 22 Washington State pound FCS school Northern Colorado 59-17 on Saturday.
“There were no sacks,” said Gordon, who completed 31 of 39 passes, with one interception. “They work hard up front.”
Max Borghi scored three touchdowns and Easop Winston Jr. caught two scoring passes for Washington State (2-0). Brandon Arconado caught eight passes for 127 yards and a touchdown.
“It’s awesome seeing Arconado have a career day,” Gordon said.
“He’s gotten better and better,” coach Mike Leach said about Arconado, a former walk-on. “His body has changed physically as far as speed and strength.”
Leach said Gordon also had a good game.
“I thought he was quick and sharp,” Leach said. “Obviously, he forced one ball.”
Washington State had 649 yards of total offense, to 355 for Northern Colorado.
Jacob Knipp completed 8 of 15 passes for 128 yards for Northern Colorado (0-2) of the Big Sky Conference. Milo Hall rushed 31 times for 113 yards and a touchdown.
California pulls off stunner, beats No. 14 Washington 20-19
SEATTLE (AP) — Greg Thomas kicked a 17-yard field goal with 8 seconds left, and California beat No. 14 Washington 20-19 early Sunday in a game delayed more than 2 ˝ hours due to severe weather.
The Pac-12 Conference opener for the schools ended up being a strange night on the shore of Lake Washington, capped by Thomas’ short field goal, giving the Golden Bears (2-0, 1-0 Pac-12) the shocking victory. A severe thunder and lightning storm delayed the game early in the first quarter and left only a smattering of fans waiting out the lengthy delay when the game resumed at 10:30 p.m. and finally ended at 1:22 a.m.
California quarterback Chase Garbers wasn’t asked to do much with his arm, but came up with two big completions on the final drive, hitting Jordan Duncan for 19 yards and Kekoa Crawford for 27 yards to get inside the Washington 5. The Bears were aided by a pass interference call and, after forcing Washington to call three timeouts, Thomas connected on a field goal shorter than an extra point.
Offense breaks records, E Washington tops Lindenwood 59-31
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Eric Barriere threw for 522 yards and five touchdowns on a record-breaking Saturday that saw Dre Dorton surpass Cooper Kupp’s single-game receiving record and Eastern Washington outscore Division II Lindenwood 59-31.
With Barriere having the second-best passing day in school history, the Eagles (1-1) piled up a school-record 769 yards of total offense. Barriere finished 32 of 46 but came up short of Gage Gubrud’s 549 yards in 2017. The quarterback also had 34 of EWU’s 247 rushing yards.
Dorton, a senior noted for returning kicks, entered the game with 17 receptions for 220 yards in his career. He had 15 catches for 289 yards and three touchdowns against Lindenwood. Kupp, entering his third season with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams, had school records of 20 catches and 278 yards in a 2015 game.
Dorton returned the opening kickoff 20 yards and scored on a 78-yard catch-and-run on the first snap. Antoine Custer and Barriere had short touchdown runs for a 21-0 lead after one quarter with a 299-71 advantage in yards.
Another rushing touchdown and the first career field goal for Andre Slyter made it 31-0 before the Lions scored the last 17 points of the half. Slyter’s field goal was 50 yards, the longest for the Eagles since 2008.
Dorton had scoring receptions of 18 and 59 yards in the third quarter as Lindenwood kept the game close. Fred Roberson and Silas Perreiah had their first career scoring receptions.
Cade Brister was 27-of-50 passing for 283 yards and four touchdowns for the Lions (0-1).
Carter’s late TD run seals Idaho’s win over Cent. Washington
MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Aundre Carter ran for a 27-yard touchdown with 1:35 left to help Idaho seal a 41-31 victory over Central Washington on Saturday night.
Tony Archie threw his only pass, a 39-yard touchdown to JoJo Hillel that pulled Central Washington to 34-31 with 7:13 remaining. Carter’s TD capped a six-play, 59-yard drive for the Vandals (1-1).
Carter had 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Roshaun Johnson added 111 yards on the ground that included a 13-yard touchdown run for Idaho. Mason Petrino was 23-of-30 passing for 209 yards and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jeff Cotton, who finished with 16 catches for 145 yards.