Colorado State, BYU win openers
Linebacker Tre Thomas scored on a 44-yard interception return to lead a defense that forced five turnovers as Colorado State beat Oregon State 58-27 on a steamy Saturday at Fort Collins, Colo.
The Rams moved into a new on-campus stadium this season after nearly five decades of playing down the road at Hughes Stadium. A raucous crowd of 37,583 showed up to try out the $220 million facility.
Nick Stevens did his part to make sure it was a success- ful unveiling by throwing for three touchdowns and 334 yards — his third career 300yard passing game.
The Beavers fumbled twice and threw three interceptions on the way to losing their 14th straight road game.
Oregon State’s Jake Luton completed 27 of 47 passes for 304 yards and two scores. He also threw all three inter- ceptions, including the game- changer in the third quarter. Thomas grabbed a tipped pass out of the air and raced to the end zone to make the score 34-20.
BYU 20, Portland State 6: Tanner Mangum completed 16 of 27 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown, and Squally Canada had 13 carries for a career-high 90 yards and a score to help the Cougars beat the Vikings in Provo, Utah.
Portland State’s offense crossed midfield just twice and went three-and-out on four of its first five possessions.
Mangum hit Neil Pau’u with a 28-yard touchdown pass on third-and-10 late in the first quarter to give BYU a 7-0 lead. Midway through the second quarter, Mangum’s 33-yard pass to Talon Shumway set up a 1-yard scoring run by Canada.
Jalani Eason’s 4-yard pass to Darnell Adams capped a 17-play, 87-yard drive for Portland, but a missed PAT attempt made it 14-6 at halftime. Rhett Almond made fourth-quarter field goals of 27 and 35 yards to cap the scoring for the Cougars.
Florida A&M 29, Texas Southern 7: Ryan Stanley ran for a touchdown and threw for another score to help the Rattlers beat the Tigers at Tallahassee, Fla.
Stanley hit 19 of 32 for 217 yards, Ricky Henrilus had 81 yards rushing, and Brandon Norwood added three receptions for 63 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown catch.
Texas Southern had just 202 total yards and 10 first downs as FAMU controlled the ball for nearly 39 minutes.