Monday, October 24, 2016

Howard, Nyquist lead Red Wings over Sharks 3-0

 Jimmy Howard and Gustav Nyquist may be rebounding after each disappointed in 2015-16.
Howard made 30 saves and Nyquist scored twice, helping the Detroit Red Wings beat the San Jose Sharks 3-0 on Saturday night.
Howard lost the No. 1 goaltender job to Petr Mrazek last season, and Nyquist slumped to 17 goals after combining for 55 the previous two seasons.
"I feel like it's coming there," Howard said of his game. "The little things we've been working on. Little bit more patience."
Howard was spectacular in a 2-1 road win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, and Nyquist has three goals in his last two games.
"It's always nice to score goals and it's nice to see the team play the way we did on a back-to-back," he said. "I thought we came out and skated really hard and seemed to have a lot of energy. That was good to see."
The Red Wings beat the Nashville Predators 5-3 on Friday night.
Andreas Athanasiou also scored for Detroit, which won its fourth straight after losing its first two games of the season.
"Our play. I thought we were on our game pretty good," Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill said. "The back-to-back when you don't travel, I don't think is as big a deal, but I just thought we did a real good job of getting back above the puck, creating turnovers. I thought we played real fast, I thought we attacked up the ice fast so our speed looked good."
San Jose goalie Martin Jones stopped 29 shots. The defending Western Conference champions have lost three of four.
"We just aren't dedicated to defense the way we were last year," Logan Couture said. "We're not playing well, and we're lucky to be 3-3-0 at this point. We just have to play better. That's all it is."
Howard got his 23rd career shutout and his first this season.
Nyquist scored twice in the second period to give Detroit a 2-0 lead. He has three goals on the season.
He beat Jones 4:14 in from the right circle to complete a 2-on-1 rush. Nyquist's next goal came with 4:40 left, putting a shot off Jones and into the net from the inside part of the right circle.
San Jose defenseman Brent Burns hit the goal post on a backhand shot from the left circle as time ran out in the second period.
Red Wings defenseman Mike Green blocked Joe Thornton's shot from the bottom of the left circle with an open Detroit net behind him 4:36 into the third period.
"We were late everywhere tonight, and when you are a step behind a team like that, they are going to take advantage," San Jose coach Pete DeBoer said. "We talked about their transition game, and then we gave away the puck and played right into their hands."
Athanasiou was placed in the lineup after Justin Abdelkader was a late scratch. Athanasiou scored 6:05 into the third with a slap shot from the top of the left circle off the rush that beat Jones high on the far side. It was Athanasiou's first goal of the season.
NOTE: San Jose concluded a five-game road trip. ... Detroit also played Friday night - a 5-3 win against the Nashville Predators - and only a few players participated in an optional morning skate Saturday. ... This DeBoer's last trip to Joe Louis Arena, where he began his coaching career in the Ontario Hockey League in the early 1990s with the Detroit Jr. Red Wings (now the Flint Firebirds).
Sharks: Host Ducks on Tuesday.
Red Wings: Host Hurricanes on Tuesday.

Vasilevskiy makes 27 saves, Lightning beat Senators 4-1

When the Tampa Bay Lightning arrived in Ottawa, they hadn't been pleased with their overall play this season. A strong performance against the Senators was definitely a step in the right direction.
Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves, Vladislav Namestnikovand Steven Stamkos scored early in the second period, and the Lightning beat the Senators 4-1 Saturday night.
Alex Killorn and Valtteri Filppula also scored for the Lightning, who were playing their first road game of the season.
"For probably 40-50 minutes it was the best we've played all season," Stamkos said. "The first 20 minutes was definitely the most dominating and you build on that."
Chris Neil scored the lone goal for the Senators, and Craig Anderson stopped 31 shots.
"It's clear we're just not there yet," Senators coach Guy Boucher said. "We've got work to do. We showed we were able to play with them at times, but to be able to compete with a team that's expected to compete for the Stanley Cup we definitely have more work to do."
Anderson was solid for much of the game for the Senators, but Killorn was able to sneak one through his right arm to give the Lightning a 3-1 lead midway through the third. It was Killorn's fourth goal of the season.
Filppula made it 4-1 late in the third.
"They came out and played a better game than we did right from the start," Ottawa's Erik Karlsson said. "Unfortunately that's the way it's going to be some times. We didn't have our best today."
Boucher said part of the problem was trying to force plays.
"It's what hurt us in the first and killed us in the third," he said. "We were a lot better in the second when we played with speed and pressure and stopped trying to make plays where there were none."
Namestnikov opened the scoring 2:36 into the second with the man advantage.
"We came out and got the lead for the first time this year which was nice."
Tampa made it 2-0 at the six-minute mark, on the power play again, as Namestnikov made a cross-crease pass to Stamkos, who ripped it past Anderson. The Senators challenged the goal believing the play was offside, but after a lengthy review the goal stood.
"Our start was fine," Anderson said. "We got out of the first period 0-0 then got into a little penalty trouble. The (penalty kill) just didn't get the job done. I'm a big part of that. My job there is to be a big part of that PK, and I wasn't good enough."
. The Senators managed to get on board with 4:33 left in the middle period as Neil picked up his own rebound. Vasilevskiy made the initial save, but wasn't able to freeze the puck and Neil got a stick on it.
NOTES: D Thomas Chabot and LW Matt Puempel were healthy scratches for the Senators. ... D Matt Taormina was a healthy scratch for Tampa Bay. ... This marked the first time Ottawa coach Guy Boucher faced his old team since being fired from the Lightning in 2013.
Lightning: At Toronto on Tuesday night in the second game of a five-game trip.
Senators: At Vancouver on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game trip to western Canada.

Price stops 19 shots in 2nd start, Canadiens beat Bruins 4-2

The Montreal Canadiens are already off to a strong start. It doesn't hurt that they have star goaltenderCarey Price getting some early season rust off now, too.
Price stopped 19 shots in his second start, and Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault each had second-period goals Saturday night to lift the Canadiens to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins.
Price, playing just his second game after a bout with the flu at the start of the season, missed most of last season with a right knee injury. He won his season debut, stopping 27 shots against Arizona on Thursday.
"It's always good to get minutes in, good quality minutes," Price said. "The guys are playing really well defensively in front of me, and everybody's rolling right now. It's fun to watch."
Torrey Mitchell and Paul Byron also scored for Montreal, which has not lost in regulation through its first five games (4-0-1). Byron's goal was short-handed.
Dominic Moore and Ryan Spooner scored for Boston, which is winless in its last nine games at home against its longtime rivals. Backup goalie Anton Khudobin made 25 saves.
"I don't like to lose," Khudobin said after falling to 0-2 this season. "It's the worst feeling, I would say. I understand maybe you're not going to win all games, but I'm trying and it's just a bad feeling when you're losing."
Gallagher had a simple explanation why the Canadiens feel so comfortable in Boston lately.
"It's a fun place to play," he said. "I think everyone gets excited when the fans are on you. It makes for a good atmosphere."
Boston center Patrice Bergeron said the Bruins made too many mistakes.
"We didn't make the easy plays too many times," he said. "When you do that, it creates turnovers and you spend more time in your zone than you'd like to."
Bruins starting goalie Tuukka Rask was out with an undisclosed injury that didn't appear serious. Coach Claude Julien said before the game: "We're going to shut him off and give him another day's rest at least."
Boston pulled its goalie with just under three minutes to play, and had a power play for all of the final two minutes. The Canadiens had two players in the box for the final 56 seconds.
After a scoreless first period that saw Montreal hold a 13-6 edge in shots on goal, the Canadiens jumped ahead 1-0 midway into the second on Gallagher's goal. He took a pass from Max Pacioretty and one-timed a shot from the right circle that slipped into the net just inside the left post.
Montreal made it 2-0 late in the period when Danault took Alexander Radulov's cross-ice pass and slipped a short wrist shot over Khudobin's right shoulder.
Moore's score came on Boston's first shot of the third when he worked a give-and-go with Tim Schaller before slipping a wrister past Price from the slot, but Byron scored on a breakaway just less than two minutes later.
But, still on the power play, Spooner scored with just less than 13 minutes remaining in regulation.
Mitchell scored an unassisted goal, stealing the puck near the faceoff circle and slapping it one-handed into the net. He was high-sticked by David Krejci for a penalty right after the puck went into the net.
NOTES: The Bruins continued to struggle with their power play, failing in their first three tries to go 1 for 17 on the season before Spooner's goal. ... Montreal had killed off 21 of 22 penalties before giving up the PP score. ... Bruins LW Brad Marchand needs two points for 300 in his career. ... Boston D Adam McQuaid is still listed as day-to-day with an unspecified injury and hasn't played in a game this season. ... Boston recalled G Zane McIntyre from AHL Providence on an emergency basis.
Canadiens: Host Philadelphia on Monday, the first of four of five at home.
Bruins: Close a stretch of three straight home games against Minnesota on Tuesday.

Blackhawks come back to top Leafs in shootout 5-4

The Blackhawks found themselves down two goals late in the third period before capitalizing on two mistakes by Toronto to force overtime and win in a shootout.
Jonathan Toews and Artemi Panarin scored in the shootout to give Chicago a 5-4 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
Artem Anisimov scored his second goal of the game on a rebound with 2:28 left to cut it to 4-3, then Richard Panikknocked in a loose puck in front of the goal 60 seconds later.
"We needed it," Toews said. "It wasn't pretty for a while there in the third sometimes. It looked like wherever we were going they were there and shut us down. Everything was going against us again."
But Anisimov connected as Blackhawks goalie Scott Darlingwas heading to the bench for an extra attacker. Darling was on the bench when Panik tied it with his team-leading sixth goal.
"We found a way to score a couple late ones," coach Joel Quenneviille said. "We're certainly fortunate to come back in a game like that.
"That was a little different way of going about it."
Toronto rookie William Nylander scored twice for his first multi-goal game, with the 20-year-old's second goal putting the Maple Leafs ahead 4-2 early in the third. But Toronto blew a lead in the final period for the third straight game and dropped its third straight, going 0-1-2 on a road trip.
And the Maple Leafs failed again to win at Chicago for the first time since February 2003.
"I thought we made two mistakes down the stretch," coach Mike Babcock said. "I didn't think we were on our heels at all. It was two blatant ones there, too. You can't give those up."
James van Riemsdyk scored a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and Tyler Bozak also connected for Toronto. Rookie Auston Matthews, the NHL's top 2016 draft pick, set up both of Nylander's goals and had the lone Toronto goal in the shootout.
"You just try to get open and he finds you pretty well there," Nylander said.
And Babcock and the Leafs weren't totally upset in settling for one point.
"All in all, I'm very pleased with the way we played here," Babcock said. "I thought Matthews had some great shifts. I think we're going in the right direction trending the right way."
Rookie Tyler Motte also scored for Chicago. Motte connected for the second straight game after getting his first NHL goal in a 3-2 loss at Columbus on Friday.
Chicago's Brian Campbell had three assists.
Toronto's Frederik Andersen made 31 saves through overtime. Darling blocked 30 shots.
Chicago forward Marian Hossa returned to the lineup after missing Friday's game. He scored his 500th NHL goal in a 7-4 win over Philadelphia on Tuesday, but left in the third period after blocking a shot.
Anisimov opened the scoring 3:36 in, completing a 2-on-1 break created when Panarin beat Nazem Kadri with a nifty move after entering the Toronto zone.
Bozak tied it 1-all with 14 seconds left in the first on a deflection from the slot despite being covered. Jake Gardiner's low shot ticked off Bozak's stick.
Nylander's power-play goal at 9:28 second put Toronto ahead 2-1.
Motte tied it 2-all 1:40 later. Andersen stopped Motte's initial deflection of Campbell's shot, but Motte batted in the rebound.
Van Riemsdyk made it 3-2 with 1:44 left in the second when he swept in a loose rebound from the edge of the crease.
Nylander connected again 4:46 into the third period, firing into a half-open net from the slot after taking Matthews' slick feed to make it 4-2.
NOTES: Blackhawks D Trevor van Riemsdyk, James' brother, will miss about a month with an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said before the game. The defenseman left Friday's game in Columbus in the second period, holding his right arm after crashing into the net. He appeared in 82 games last season, but van Riemsdyk was a healthy scratch for three games following Chicago's season opener and returned to the lineup against the Blue Jackets. ... Quenneville said there's no change in F Andrew Desjardins' (lower-body) status and doesn't know when he'll resume skating. ... Toronto D Martin Marincin (lower body) missed his second game.
Maple Leafs: Return home to face Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Blackhawks: Face Calgary at home on Monday.

Browning tosses 3 TDs as Washington rolls Oregon St 41-17

 It stands that the real test of No. 5 Washington's validity as a playoff contender is about to begin.
The warm ups for the Huskies are done.
"As we head down the stretch here it's not always going to be like this with the teams we have coming and there is stuff to talk about and work on," Washington coach Chris Petersen said.
Jake Browning threw three touchdown passes to give him 26 for the season, added another rushing TD, and Huskies used a big first half to roll past Oregon State 41-17 on Saturday.
After a week off, the Huskies (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) easily outworked the undermanned Beavers (2-5, 1-3) despite a performance that gives Petersen plenty to work on heading into a schedule that's about to get more difficult.
While getting past Stanford and Oregon earlier this season were important moments for the Huskies, it turns out they were not the tests to prove Washington's worth. The schedule gets more difficult beginning next week with a trip to No. 19 Utah, followed by a road game at California, with USC, Arizona State and a trip to Washington State still looming on the schedule.
"We were just paying attention to Oregon State. When Utah comes up, we'll think about Utah," Washington safety Budda Baker said. "We know Utah is a great team."
The Huskies won their 10th straight, a streak that started with a victory at Oregon State last season. It is Washington's longest win streak since winning 12 straight during the 2000-01 seasons.
And they continue to dominate the first half. Washington put away this expected blowout early, jumping to a 21-0 lead after one quarter and leading 31-0 at halftime. Washington has now outscored opponents 100-7 in the first quarter and 200-24 in the first half this season.
"We came out pretty hot," Washington wide receiver John Ross said. "We had a great week of practice and those are the kind of weeks that we need to stay consistent."
Browning led the attack, even if his completion percentage wasn't up to the standard he set through the first six games when he led the country hitting 72 percent of his throws. Browning threw touchdowns of 19 yards toAaron Fuller and 23 yards to Dante Pettis sandwiched around his own 1-yard TD run in the first quarter.
Browning added a 41-yard touchdown pass to Pettis in the third quarter. Browning finished 14 of 28 for 291 yards and Petersen said part of the game plan was to take more shots downfield leading to the lower completion percentage.
Ross had 115 yards receiving and Pettis added 112 yards - both with four catches - giving the Huskies two receivers with more than 100 yards for the first time since 2002.
The depleted Beavers started third-string quarterback Marcus McMaryion after Darell Garretson and Conor Blount were injured. McMaryion was 12 of 26 for 148 yards and two interceptions.
The Beavers were also without starting running back Ryan Nall due to a foot injury aggravated in last week's loss to Utah. Tim Cook had 108 yards rushing and a late TD, while Victor Bolden Jr. had a 75-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
"If you watch college football or care about defense of care about the Pac-12 on defense you know how good those guys are up front and they are elite," Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said of Washington's defense.
The Huskies should move up at least one spot from No. 5 after No. 2 Ohio State's loss to Penn State. An impressive win at Utah next week might be enough to sway some voters for a spot even higher.
Oregon State: The Beavers came in with the second-best pass defense in the Pac-12 giving up just 179.5 yards per game. But Washington attacked from the start and exposed holes in what has been a very good secondary.
Washington: Injuries could be a concern going into next week against Utah. Washington played without starting DE Joe Mathis, the team leader with five sacks. Mathis was on the sideline during the game but his absence left Washington undersized on the end of its defensive line. Connor O'Brien started in place of Mathis.
One bright spot for Washington's offense was the performance by Myles Gaskin. After breaking out for 197 yards rushing against Oregon, Gaskin followed up with 128 yards on 18 carries, most of that coming in just over a quarter. Gaskin had just two carries for 15 yards in the first quarter and by the middle of the third quarter had his third straight 100-yard game.
Since 1961, Frazer Cook has been the voice of the University of Washington band for any football game where the entire band is performing, home, away and bowl games. Cook, 74, missed his first game in 55 years on Saturday. The school Cook was ill but did not provide any specifics.
Oregon State: The Beavers return home to host Washington State.
Washington: The Huskies head to Salt Lake City for a showdown with No. 19 Utah.

No. 21 Auburn runs over No. 17 Arkansas, 56-3

From the first snap, Auburn's running game couldn't be stopped.
The result was an unexpected rout that made the Tigers look like SEC contenders and left Arkansas coach Bret Bielema searching for answers.
Eli Stove broke free for a 78-yard touchdown run on Auburn's first play, giving the No. 21 Tigers momentum they never lost in a dominant 56-3 victory over No. 17 Arkansas on Saturday night.
Even with starting running back Kerryon Johnson held out with an ankle injury, Auburn ran for 543 yards, a school record for a Southeastern Conference regular-season game. With former Auburn star Bo Jackson watching, Kamryn Pettway had 192 yards rushing with two touchdowns.
"We played a complete game," Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
The Arkansas defense was overmatched, even against Auburn's backups. Freshman Kam Martin had a 51-yard scoring run late in the fourth quarter.
Auburn (5-2, 3-1) has won four straight.
"It seemed like every play we were calling was just working," said Auburn quarterback Sean White, who ran for 61 yards, including a 41-yarder. "... Everybody was contributing. It was just a fun day."
Auburn's fun produced shock and embarrassment for Arkansas.
"I am just at a loss for words at what happened," said Razorbacks receiver Keon Hatcher. "I don't know what to tell you. We had a great week of practice. Everyone seemed prepared."
The Tigers held Arkansas (5-3, 1-3) to 215 total yards, including 25 yards rushing. Rawleigh Williams ran for only 22 yards one week after he set a career high with 180 yards in a 34-30 win over No. 23 Mississippi.
Bielema said he and his staff "have got to take a really serious look at some of the things we're doing, how we are making guys play and what we are asking them to do. ... Tomorrow's gonna be a long day, and it won't be one that will be a lot of fun but it's got to happen."
Auburn provided strong evidence it can avoid a repeat of last season's disappointing finish that included a four-overtime loss to Arkansas.
Stanton Truitt had scoring runs of 20 and 31 yards and added a 45-yard touchdown catch.
Arkansas quarterback Austin Allen was helped off the field with an apparent right knee injury in the second quarter. He returned with a black sleeve on his knee on the next possession.
Bielema said Allen was pulled late in the game after "it started swelling up on him and getting a little tight."
Adam McFain kicked a 54-yard field goal for Arkansas, the longest of his career, to close the first half.
Johnson joined pregame warmups but "wasn't 100 percent," according to Malzahn, after hurting his right ankle against Mississippi State on Oct. 8.
The impressive win could send the Tigers close to the top 15. The Razorbacks could take a sharp fall in the next Top 25 poll.
There was confusion on the field before the game when it appeared Arkansas players didn't want to move away from the midfield AU logo so Auburn players could make a circle for their prayer.
"We've never had that happen before in our prayer circle," Malzahn said, adding he didn't think it gave his players added incentive. "We were already plenty motivated."
Arkansas: The Razorbacks showed the effects of their eighth straight game, including third in a row against a ranked opponent, without an off week. It was added embarrassment for Bielema that the Razorbacks were even overwhelmed by Auburn's backups.
Auburn: The Tigers made a case to be Alabama's top competition in the SEC West. The strong defensive performance is especially encouraging to Auburn's hopes of recovering from early season losses to Clemson and Texas A&M.
Arkansas: The Razorbacks finally have a week off before their fourth straight game against a Top 25 team when they play No. 15 Florida on Nov. 5.
Auburn: The Tigers will visit No. 23 Mississippi on Saturday in another important SEC West game.

Stevens throws 2 TD passes; Colorado St. beats UNLV 42-23

Nick Stevens threw two touchdown passes and Colorado State had 230 yards rushing on a season-high 50 carries in its 42-23 win over UNLV on Saturday night.
Marvin Kinsey and Izzy Matthews each ran for two touchdowns and Michael Gallup had seven receptions for 91 yards and a score for Colorado State (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West).
The Rams opened the game with a 12-play, 75-yard drive - capped by Danny Nwosu's 8-yard touchdown catch - and never trailed.
On the ensuing possession, UNLV (3-5, 2-2) drove to the 24 but a 41-yard field-goal attempt missed wide right and the Runnin' Rebels didn't cross midfield again until the second half as Colorado State built a 35-0 lead.
Dalton Sneed had 185 yards passing with two touchdowns and added 96 yards rushing on 15 carries for UNLV.
Stevens completed 21 of 28 passes for 237 yards with no interceptions.

Phillips, Klugh lead Charlotte over Marshall 27-24

 Kalif Phillips had 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns, Hasaan Klugh ran in the go-ahead score and Charlotte held on for a 27-24 win over Marshall on Saturday night.
Klugh put the 49ers (3-5, 2-2 Conference USA) ahead on a 2-yard keeper with 8:32 left in the game. Charlotte forced a punt on Marshall's next possession, and the Thundering Herd's Amoreto Curraj missed a 40-yard field goal with 1:13 left that allowed Charlotte to run out the clock.
Phillips had his fifth straight game with over 100 yards from scrimmage and Klugh was 17 of 31 for 203 yards with another 41 yards rushing. Charlotte outscored Marshall 17-3 to finish the game.
Chase Litton passed for 262 yards and Keion Davis ran for 90 yards. Litton's 5-yard TD pass to Justin Huntearly in the second quarter gave the Herd (2-5, 1-2) a 21-10 lead.

Joe Williams runs wild in No. 19 Utah's 52-45 win over UCLA

 Five years after Utah running backJoe Williams and UCLA quarterback Mike Fafaul left Fork Union Military Academy together, they both posted record-breaking performances on the same wild afternoon.
Only Williams left the Rose Bowl happy with his effort - and his decision to get back in the game with the Utes.
Williams rushed for a school-record 332 yards and four touchdowns in his second game back from retirement, and No. 19 Utah held off pass-happy UCLA 52-45 Saturday.
Williams broke off TD runs of 3, 43, 64 and 55 yards during the greatest rushing day in Utah (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) history, surpassing Mike Anderson's 1999 record, and the most prolific rushing performance ever by a UCLA opponent.
"I'm pretty sure (the Bruins) are tired of seeing the back of my jersey running down the field," Williams said, giving the credit to his offensive line. "We've got five grown men out there that could be in the NFL tomorrow. I'm just glad to be running behind them."
Cory Butler-Byrd returned the opening kickoff for a 99-yard touchdown on a day of stunning superlatives for the Utes in their second straight win at the Rose Bowl.
Williams quit football last month before returning last week when injuries decimated Utah's depth, and he has 511 yards on the ground in two games since.
"It's awesome," Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. "We've had some really good running backs come through here, and played against some inferior teams (compared to UCLA). He broke the record of all-time, and we've had a bunch of guys in the NFL, running backs that have done a lot of great things."
Williams broke Anderson's Utah record shortly before shredding Edgerrin James' record for a Bruins opponent on his fourth scoring run with 10:28 to play.
"That young man had a world-class day against us, and that's disappointing because we've been playing the run so well," UCLA coach Jim Mora said.
Williams didn't get a chance after the game to talk to Fafaul, his former high school teammate in Virginia.
Fafaul made his own history, setting UCLA records for pass attempts (70) and completions (40) while throwing for 464 yards, third most in school annals. UCLA essentially abandoned its awful running game, which began the weekend ranked 126th out of 128 FBS teams.
"We wanted to do something to help our run game and catch the defense off-guard," Fafaul said. "It's not about the records or my performance. I just wanted a victory, and it's really disappointing."
The former walk-on had five touchdown passes and four interceptions for the Bruins (3-5, 1-4) in their fourth loss in five games.
Fafaul was prolific but erratic in his second straight start in place of injured Josh Rosen, who went through warmups but didn't play. Fafaul had the third-biggest passing performance in UCLA history, trailing only 500-yard games by Cade McNown and Drew Olson.
Utah: Williams ran wild on a record afternoon, but the ground game behind a dominant offensive line only lessens the sting for a Utah defense that got beaten for several big plays with poor tackling. Whittingham won't be happy about the Utes' inability to limit a backup quarterback and an offense with no running game.
UCLA: After struggling to run the ball all season, the Bruins abruptly reverted back to the spread passing offense run by departed offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. After running the ball just seven times in the first half, the Bruins didn't call another running play until the final snap of the third quarter. "It's difficult from the standpoint that (the Utes) kind of know what's coming," Fafaul said.
Utah: Injuries and defensive woes can't slow down the Utes, who appear to be Colorado's biggest competition for the Pac-12 South title. The Utes should slide up a bit in the polls with a difficult late-season schedule looming.
Utah: The Utes return home to host dominant Washington in one of the season's biggest matchups in the topsy-turvy Pac-12.
UCLA: After a bye, the Bruins continue chasing bowl eligibility with a Thursday night trip to suddenly powerful Colorado.

Middle Tennessee State edges Missouri 51-45

The first time Missouri played Middle Tennessee State was Sept. 20, 2003, when the Tigers narrowly defeated the Blue Raiders 41-40 in overtime.
Missouri coach Barry Odom was a graduate assistant coach on that team, and earlier this week, fondly recalled a walk-off touchdown in the south end zone of Faurot Field.
After Saturday, new memories of Middle Tennessee State will likely occupy Odom's thoughts.
The Blue Raiders spoiled Missouri's 105th homecoming, defeating the Tigers 51-45 Saturday.
It's the most points Missouri has ever scored in a loss.
"I'm frustrated that we didn't win the football game," Odom said. "We played very poorly in a lot of aspects."
Brent Stockstill was 23 of 41 for 280 yards and four touchdowns, and added 70 yards rushing on seven carries as the Blue Raiders amassed 584 yards of offense, including 300 rushing yards.
"I definitely think that's the biggest win I've ever been a part of," Stockstill said. "It was huge for us. I think it starts with the no turnovers. I thought we were able to move it and protect it...overall we moved it all day and protected the ball and that's what wins games."
Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill described it as "a phenomenal win for us."
"Our guys competed their tails off," Brent Stockstill said. "They battled. They never flinched. They never relaxed. It was back and forth the whole game."
I'Tavius Mathers rushed 28 times for 215 yards and a touchdown for Middle Tennessee, and also caught 8 passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. It's the highest individual rushing total Missouri has surrendered since Auburn's Tre Mason rushed for 180 yards in the 2013 Southeastern Conference championship.
Missouri (2-5) had 629 total yards on 104 plays, its highest play total of the season.
Running back Damarea Crockett had 29 carries for 156 yards and 4 touchdowns and Ish Witter added 19 carries for 121 yards. Crockett's four scores are the most by a freshman running back in school history.
Missouri quarterback Drew Lock was 20 of 40 for 281 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 10 times for 63 yards.
"It's hard to describe how it feels," Lock said of the loss. "It's dull. It's not something that you want to repeat. I thought we did a good job during practice to get ready and make sure that this didn't happen. Now that it did, we just have to practice even harder and make sure that we don't get this feeling again."
Middle Tennessee State (4-2) jumped out to a 10-0 lead before Crockett's first touchdown made it a one-score game. The Blue Raiders held a 34-28 lead at halftime in a game that saw seven lead changes.
Missouri took its final lead of the game with 13:27 remaining in the third quarter when Crockett's fourth touchdown put the Tigers up 35-34.
The Blue Raiders only targeted seven pass catchers, with Richie James leading the way with 5 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown. Dennis Andrews added 5 catches for 65 yards and two touchdowns, including a 5-yard score with 10:31 left, extending the Blue Raiders' lead to 48-38.
Missouri tight end Kendall Blanton caught two passes for 37 yards and a touchdown and Ray Wingo caught his first pass since Sept. 10, a 17-yard touchdown.
The Tigers lost four starters to injury, three of which occurred in the first half. Linebacker Michael Scherer and cornerback John Gibson both sustained knee injuries that sidelined them for the day. Tight end Jason Reesesustained an injury to his ribs, and defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. went down in the third quarter with a left knee injury and did not return.
Missouri: The Tigers were flagged 13 times for 125 yards, allowing the Blue Raiders to extend multiple drives. In the second quarter, Missouri punter Corey Fatony booted a 57-yard punt that was called back because of an illegal motion penalty. On the ensuing re-kick, a high snap forced Fatony to dive on the ball at the Missouri 7-yard line, setting up a rushing touchdown by Richie James.
"We've got to look back and evaluate where they came from," Odom said of the penalties. "Is it technique? Is it habits in practice? That will never win. Our margin for error is so low. That's 100 hidden yards right there. Inexcusable."
Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders took care of the ball the entire game. They did not turn the ball over to a Missouri defense that has 14 takeaways on the season. Missouri had two turnovers and the Blue Raiders capitalized, converting them into 10 points.
Missouri: The Tigers host Kentucky next Saturday. The Wildcats defeated Missouri last year 21-13 in Lexington.
Middle Tennessee State: The Blue Raiders play at Florida International next Saturday. Middle Tennessee won the last meeting 42-34 Oct. 17, 2015 in Murfeesboro.

Tulsa beats Tulane 50-27

 Dane Evans threw three touchdowns as Tulsa beat Tulane 50-27 on Saturday.
Evans had 236 yards passing for the Golden Hurricane (5-2, 2-1 American Athletic Conference). James Flanders ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Josh Atkinsonhad 142 yards and a score receiving.
Evans' three touchdown passes came in the first half on an 11-yard pass to Keevan Lucas, a 49-yarder to Atkinson and a 5-yard toss to D'Angelo Brewer. Flanders added a short scoring run and Redford Jones kicked a 20-yard field goal and Tulsa led 31-7 at halftime.
The Green Wave (3-4, 0-3) had two quick scores late in the third quarter but a two-point conversion pass was intercepted by McKinley Whitfield, who ran it back for a defensive two points for the Hurricane, making it 40-20 at the end of the period.
Dontrell Hilliard ran for two touchdowns for Tulane.