The Stanford Cardinals played their role in ending Washington's hopes of reaching the College Football Playoffs on Friday night with a major upset on their home field. The Cardinals held off the ninth-ranked Huskies for a 30-22 victory, handing them their second upset loss of the year. Bryce Love led the way with 166 yards rushing and three touchdowns, as he got 30 carries despite dealing with an ankle injury. Love hasn't practiced fully since suffering the injury a month ago. He missed one game because of it and was held to just 69 yards rushing in last weeks loss to Washington State. The Huskies struck first in the first half on Friday with two touchdown runs by Myles Gaskin on the first two drives, but Love took over with a touchdown run in the second, third, and fourth quarters to jump Stanford ahead. Gaskin finished the night with 120 yards and three touchdowns for Washington, tying Bishop Sankey's school record with 37 career touchdowns. Washington dropped to 8-2 overall and 5-2 in conference play, falling a half game behind the Cardinals in the Pac-12 standings. The Cardinals now sit at 6-2 in the Pac-12 and will host California next week, while Washington returns home to face Utah.
Texas A&M Stuns West Virginia With Season-Opening Blowout
In a day full of college basketball openers, only one game featured a ranked matchup, which featured our first upset of the season. Tyler Davis had a double-double of 23 points and 13 rebounds, while Admon Gilder had 23 points of his own, as 25th-ranked Texas A&M blew past No. 11 West Virginia, 88-65. The Aggies shot 48 percent from the floor, including 53 percent from three-point range, despite playing without point guard J.J. Caldwell and suspended forward Robert Williams. Gilder also had nine rebounds and seven assists, while D.J. Hogg contributed 19 points in the season-opening win. The Mountaineers jumped out to a 13-point lead, but they let that slip away, and will fall from their highest preseason AP ranking since the 2009-2010 season. The Aggies used a 19-2 run near the end of the first half that ran into the second half which put them up for good. Despite the starters' struggles for A&M, they were able to rally early behind their bench, who outscored West Virginia's bench 49-25. James Bolden led the way for the Mountaineers with 19 points off the bench. The Aggies will host their first home game of the year next Friday against UCSB. West Virginia will stay home after falling in the rankings and host American University on Wednesday.
Celtics Lose Irving, Win 11th Straight
It wasn't looking good early on for the Boston Celtics' win streak on Friday night after losing Kyrie Irving and falling behind by double digits for most of the night. Irving left two minutes in to the game after getting bloodied by an inadvertent elbow from teammate Aaron Baynes. After that, the Celtics were held to just 11 points in the first quarter and trailed the Charlotte Hornets by 16 at the half. That deficit was cut down to 12 in the final quarter, but Jayson Tatum's 16 points helped Boston outscore Charlotte, 26-11, in the final 12 minutes of a 90-87 win. Both teams struggled from the floor, shooting under 40 percent from the floor and under 30 percent from three-point range, which prevented the Hornets from closing things out in Boston. The win for the Celtics is their 11th in a row, improving them to 11-2, as they were also without Al Horford due to a concussion. Shane Larkin chipped in 16 points off the bench, while Terry Rozier had 15 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, and Jaylen Brown had 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 20 points and 11 assists, but only shot 5-of-19, as his team suffered their fourth straight loss. There is no word if Irving will be available when the Celtics put up their win streak at home against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday afternoon. The Hornets will look to snap their skid when they host the struggling Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.