Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State, 43-21, Thursday night in Tempe, Ariz.
Facing its first true road test, Oregon (7-0, 4-0 Pac-12) turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we’ve-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half.
The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12’s best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.
Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) forced a fumble on Oregon’s second play and scored a TD on its first. The Sun Devils wilted after that, unable to make up for the early loss of star defensive tackle Will Sutton or slow down the Ducks.
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Garrett Gilbert threw four scoring passes and SMU 3-4, 2-1 Conference USA) returned three of its six interceptions for TDs and scored on a fumble return in a 72-42 rout of Houson (3-4, 3-2) in Dallas . . . Ryan Osiecki threw for 316 yards and five touchdowns as New Haven, ranked third in Division 2, survived a scare from host Stonehill, 45-41, in Easton. Osiecki completed 28 of 44 passes, hooking up with Jason Thompson seven times for 112 yards, including three touchdowns. Mike DeCaro rushed for 110 yards on 15 carries with a touchdown for New Haven (7-0), which remained one of 10 unbeaten teams in Division 2. Logan Meyer hit 19 of 35 passes for 296 yards and four touchdowns for Stonehill (4-4), connecting twice for scores with Nate Robitaille, who had seven receptions for 147 yards.
Irish QB on hold
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will wait until shortly before the fifth-ranked Fighting Irish take the field against Brigham Young on Saturday in South Bend, Ind., to decide whether to start quarterback Everett Golson, who sustained a concussion, or to replace him with Tommy Rees or Andrew Hendrix.
‘‘I don’t think there’s a cookie-cutter approach to concussions,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘You want to see how they handle exertion, see how they handle all the things leading up — film study, watching, and then getting back on the field. I want to take the 48 hours that I have before I make that decision.’’
Golson was cleared to practice Wednesday after sustaining a helmet-to-helmet hit against Stanford. Kelly said Golson picked up his play from Wednesday to Thursday and described his status as ‘‘improving.’’ But he also said he divided the number of plays each quarterback ran at practice because he wanted to make sure they were prepared to play against BYU (4-3).
Golson has started every game this season for the Irish (6-0) except against Miami, where he sat the first three plays because he failed to let coaches know he would be late for a meeting.
Rees, who started 16 games the last two seasons, has finished games for Golson against Purdue, Michigan, and Stanford. Hendrix played in five games last season and in the season opener against Navy.
The Ivy League suspended Harvard sophomore defensive back Colton Lynch for Saturday’s game at Princeton for a helmet-to-helmet hit that resulted in a personal foul during the Oct. 13 Bucknell-Harvard game. Lynch is eligible to return to game action for Harvard’s Oct. 27 Ivy League game at Dartmouth . . . South Carolina defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles was suspended for Saturday’s game against Florida after he threw a punch during last week’s loss at LSU . . . On the same day that Vanderbilt dumped a series with Northwestern in 2013 and ’14, the SEC school notified another Big Ten team — Ohio State — that it was also canceling their scheduled game on Aug. 31, 2013, at Ohio Stadium.
New trial requested
Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge in Bellefonte, Pa., to overturn his child sexual abuse convictions and grant him a new trial, claiming his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some charges had expired. Sandusky’s lawyers made the filing at the courthouse where he was sentenced two weeks ago to 30-60 years in prison after being convicted of abusing 10 boys, some on Penn State’s campus in State College.