LOS ANGELES — Some quick thoughts about yesterday’s action before I catch my plane home:

— That was a good win for Oregon State. The Beavers beat San Jose State 35-21.

I thought the Spartans could be a significant hurdle for OSU, and they were — for a half.

One metric I use to measure coaching is the way teams play in the second half. Measured by that, OSU coach Gary Andersen delivered.

Quarterback Seth Collins was the effective, dual-threat player he needs to be in this offense. His passing numbers weren’t Sean Mannionesque, but good to create room for the running game. When Collins kept the ball, he averaged 7.1 yards per carry.

The defense created turnovers and held San Jose State to 253 yards total offense.

I think the Beavers have done as well in nonconference play as they could have been expected to do. Now it gets tougher.

They draw Stanford in a Friday night home game.

I watched the Cardinal throttle USC 38-28 before an unhappy crowd in the Los Angeles Coliseum. There was nothing fluky about it.

This is another big, tough, physical Stanford team. The Beavers will have their hands full, and then some.

I do like the toughness and grit Andersen has brought to the OSU program. The Beavers will need it on Friday.

Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com thinks Stanford’s physically dominating win over USC is scary for the Ducks. But the Cardinal is Oregon State’s problem first.

— Oregon blew out Georgia State playing backup quarterback Jeff Lockie, starter Vernon Adams watching from the sideline. Adams has a fractured right index finger.

I find concerns about the UO defense amusing.

We heard a lot of the same critiques early in 2014. What happened? Oregon wound up in the College Football Playoff.

Yards don’t beat you. Points beat you.

It doesn’t matter that Georgia State gained 431 yards total offense if the defense creates four turnovers and scores twice, as the Ducks did yesterday.

That said, Oregon’s conference opener Saturday against Utah will be tough sledding.

If you’ve been paying attention you will know Utah is 3-0, all of the victories coming against FBS competition.

Utah blew out Fresno State last night 45-24 playing a backup quarterback. That might not sound particularly impressive, but the game was in Fresno. It’s a tough place to play.

As the Salt Lake Tribune’s Kurt Kragthorpe writes, Utah’s defense and special teams made a big difference.

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The Beavers settle down at halftime and take over in the third quarter.

Third-quarter explosion lifts the Beavers.

OSU rallies from a sputtering first half to win.

Oregon State leans on some old-fashioned toughness to beat the Spartans.

OSU running back Storm Barrs-Woods was ready this week, and tore up San Jose State.

Barrs-Woods breaks out against San Jose State.

The Beavers take advantage of the short field.

San Jose State upset bid unravels in the second half.

OSU coach Gary Andersen reviews his team’s victory over San Jose State in this Sean Meagher video.

Aaron Fentress of CSNNW.com: There is no quarterback controversy in Eugene.

Reserve QB Taylor Alie gets his moment, and shines.

The R-G’s Austin Meek: For one week, anyway, Alie was a hometown hero.

Oregon deploys the wildcat formation with Bralon Addison taking the snap, and he could throw out of it.

Addison likes the formation, and wants Oregon to use it more.

Lockie leads the way for the Ducks.

Lockie runs the show for Oregon.

Lockie takes care of business, although some questions linger.

Lockie is the next man up, and he delivers.

UO running back Taj Griffin lives up to the hype.

Defensive touchdowns spark the Ducks.

Turnovers scuttle Georgia State’s upset hopes.

UO offensive coordinator Scott Frost shoulders the blame for the Ducks’ slow start yesterday. Video by Molly Blue.

Tyson Alger and Andrew Greif, The O’s Oregon beat guys, riff on the Ducks’ uneven performances so far this season. Video by Molly Blue.

Chemistry rules in Oregon’s long-running, Jorgy-and-Jerry radio tandem. Good piece by The O’s Jason Quick.

Who is Bruce Barnum, and why is he winning at Portland State?

Kyle Bonagura of ESPN.com: Stanford isn’t ready to give up its standing as a contender.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times: Flailing USC defense gets rolled, and the Trojans need to get that fixed.

Mark Whicker of the Long Beach Press Telegram: Stanford goes back to the future to hammer befuddled USC.

Jeff Miller of the Orange Count Register: One thing we know for sure, USC was overrated.

Another head-scratching loss for coach Steve Sarkisian’s Trojans.

Stanford pulls a stunner in Los Angeles by beating USC.

Stanford takes it to the Trojans to stun a big USC crowd.

Trojans can’t solve Stanford QB Kevin Hogan.

Utah overpowers the Bulldogs.

Paul Myerberg of USA Today: UCLA is different, better, physical.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News: UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen looks like a freshman and the Bruins win anyway.

Rosen manages, his teammates do the rest to win against BYU.

The Bruins show their mettle in a comeback victory.

Cal holds on to win a wild game at Texas.

Cal survives at Texas, and the Golden Bears are 3-0.

Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: UW quarterback Jake Browning overcomes every mistake.

Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com: Browning carries the day for the Huskies.

The News Tribune’s John McGrath: Washington coach Chris Petersen works his gadget magic.

Washington’s defense rules as the Huskies dismantle Utah State.

Big game for for Browning, who leads the Huskies.

John Blanchette for the Spokesman-Review: Washington State staggers past Wyoming, but now comes the hard part.

Cougs lean on the defense and running game to beat Wyoming.

Chalk up the victory over Wyoming to Washington State’s defense.

Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic: College football doesn’t belong on Friday nights.

Colorado wins in overtime to re-stoke the rivalry with Colorado State.

Buffaloes earn bragging rights with the overtime victory.

The defense delivers for Colorado.

In what clearly was an omen, Colorado State’s mascot dies before the game.

Arizona crushes Northern Arizona in a record-setting performance.

The Daily Star’s Greg Hansen leaves the press box at Arizona Stadium, and has some fun with the fans.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

— Ken Goe

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