In the final scheduled game between the state’s only Bowl Subdivision teams, it marked West Virginia’s highest-scoring season opener in school history.
Smith kept the momentum going from his six-TD performance from the Orange Bowl. The senior completed 32 of 36 passes and set a school record for career completions before sitting out most of the fourth quarter
The Mountaineers compiled 655 total yards, more than any game last year, and got the balance they’ve sought from their running game.
Shawne Alston ran for 123 yards and two scores. The Mountaineers compiled 331 yards on the ground.
No. 1 USC 49, Hawaii 10 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOS ANGELES — Marqise Lee caught a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and returned a kickoff 100 yards for a score, and No. 1 Southern California rolled to a 49-10 victory against Hawaii on Saturday night.
Matt Barkley kicked off his Heisman Trophy campaign with 377 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Lee caught 10 passes for 197 yards for the Trojans (1-0), whose offensive stars were every bit as impressive as expected in their first game since their two-year NCAA bowl ban ended.
Silas Redd rushed for 57 yards and a touchdown on a team-leading nine carries in the Penn State transfer’s debut at USC, which led 35-0 at halftime and coasted to its 15th consecutive season-opening victory.
No. 2 Alabama 41, No. 8 Michigan 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ARLINGTON, Texas — AJ McCarron threw two touchdown passes and Alabama’s retooled defense showed it could still dominate as the second-ranked Crimson Tide pounded No. 8 Michigan 41-14 on Saturday night.
Even after sending three starting defenders from last year’s national championship team to the NFL as first-round draft picks, the Crimson Tide threw around the Wolverines while stifling and pounding dual-threat quarterback Denard Robinson.
C.J. Mosley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown. Dee Milliner had four pass breakups and an interception in the first half that set up a score after he shoved the intended receiver to the ground on the sideline.
This certainly wasn’t what Michigan expected coming off an 11-win season under first-year coach Brady Hoke that ended with the Wolverines’ first BCS victory since the 1999 season.
McCarron no longer has Trent Richardson to hand off to, but T.J. Yeldon and Eddie Lacy both ran for scores.
No. 3 LSU 41, North Texas 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
BATON ROUGE, La. — Kenny Hilliard rushed for 141 yards and two touchdowns, and No. 3 LSU opened its season with a 41-14 victory against North Texas on Saturday night.
While the heavily favored Tigers were never threatened, their performance did not always thrill a Death Valley crowd that eagerly anticipated the debut of Zach Mettenberger as starting quarterback.
Mettenberger, who was briefly sidelined by a vicious sack, was 19 of 26 for 192 yards, an interception and a touchdown. But LSU didn’t really need to throw in a game decided by its overwhelming defense and a running game that accounted for 316 yards, including 123 by Alfred Blue.
Derek Thompson completed only 8 of 21 passes, but two passes were scoring strikes of 80 and 15 yards to Brelan Chancellor.
No. 6 Georgia 45, Buffalo 23 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ATHENS, Ga. — Freshman tailback Todd Gurley ran for three touchdowns, Aaron Murray threw three scoring passes and No. 6 Georgia overcame a sloppy first half to beat Buffalo 45-23 on Saturday.
Gurley didn’t start but may have emerged as the Bulldogs’ future at tailback with his eight carries for 100 yards, including scoring runs of 10 and 55 yards. He added a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Georgia, favored by 37 1/2 points, led only 24-16 at halftime before pulling away in the season opener for both teams.
Another freshman tailback, Keith Marshall, had 10 carries for 46 yards and starter Ken Malcome had six carries for 32 yards before hurting his left hand in the third quarter.
Branden Oliver, coming off his school-record 1,395 yards rushing in 2011, had 30 carries for 111 yards and a 2-yard TD run.
No. 7 Florida State 69, Murray State 3 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Lonnie Pryor, James Wilder Jr., and Debrale Smiley combined for seven rushing touchdowns Saturday to lead No. 7 Florida State to a 69-3 win against Murray State.
Pryor ran for three TDs, and Smiley and Wilder added two apiece. Wilder finished with 106 yards rushing.
EJ Manuel passed for 188 yards and a touchdown before retiring midway in the third quarter.
The Seminoles totaled 606 yards while holding Murray State (0-1), a Football Championship Subdivision school, to 156 yards.
No. 9 South Carolina 17, Vanderbilt 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Ninth-ranked South Carolina turned in one of the ugliest passing nights for a Steve Spurrier-coached team to open up the 2012 season. Good thing the old ball coach had Marcus Lattimore back and Connor Shaw turning in a gutsy performance with a bruised shoulder.
Lattimore ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns, while Shaw added 92 yards to help South Carolina rally and pull out a 17-13 win Thursday night against Vanderbilt.
No. 10 Arkansas 49, Jacksonville State 24 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tyler Wilson opened his Heisman Trophy campaign in convincing fashion, doing so with a mostly remade set of receivers.
Wilson set the school record for yards passing in a season opener, finishing 19 of 27 passing for 367 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 10 Razorbacks to a 49-24 win against Jacksonville State on Saturday night.
Two of Wilson’s touchdowns went to tight end Chris Gragg, who finished with seven catches for 110 yards as Arkansas (1-0) won its first game under coach John L. Smith.
No. 12 Wisconsin 26, Northern Iowa 21 -- Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MADISON, Wis. — Montee Ball rushed for 120 yards and a touchdown, and No. 12 Wisconsin needed a big defensive play to survive a fourth-quarter scare from Northern Iowa in a 26-21 victory Saturday.
Wisconsin’s defense didn’t allow Northern Iowa on its side of the 50-yard line until the 4:27 mark in the third quarter – but then the Badgers nearly melted down.
Leading 26-7 in the fourth quarter, Wisconsin allowed Northern Iowa quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen to throw a pair of long touchdowns to David Johnson, cutting the lead to five.
With the Panthers facing fourth-and-1 at the Wisconsin 41-yard line, defensive lineman Ethan Hemer tipped the ball at the line of scrimmage to stop the drive
No. 13 Michigan State 17, No. 24 Boise State 13 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Le’Veon Bell ran for a career-high 210 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 8:12 remaining in No. 13 Michigan State’s 17-13 victory against No. 24 Boise State on Friday night.
In a sloppy season opener, the Spartans turned the ball over four times and trailed 13-10 before Bell scored from 5 yards out midway through the fourth quarter. The Broncos drove to the Michigan State 42, but Joe Southwick’s pass on fourth-and-2 was broken up. Bell and the Spartans (1-0) then ran off the final 6:32.
No. 14 Clemson 26, Auburn 19 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
ATLANTA — Andre Ellington rushed for 231 yards, DeAndre Hopkins set a school record with 13 receptions and No. 14 Clemson opened the season with 26-19 victory against Auburn on Saturday night.
Clemson shook off any hangover from last season’s embarrassing 70-33 loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl and showed plenty of offense against Auburn (0-1) even without star receiver Sammy Watkins, who was suspended for the first two games after an offseason drug arrest.
The second half was a battle of field goals before Tajh Boyd lofted a 4-yard touchdown pass to Hopkins, who made a brilliant, twisting catch in the corner of the end zone with 9:17 remaining.
Ellington broke off a couple of long runs to set up a chip-shot field goal with just over a minute remaining for the final margin. Auburn got the ball back one more time, but with only one timeout. The Southeastern Conference team didn’t even get it across midfield, the game ending on a desperate heave by new quarterback Kiehl Frazier.
No. 15 Texas 37, Wyoming 16 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
AUSTIN, Texas — Joe Bergeron and Malcolm Brown both rushed for more than 100 yards and combined for three touchdowns, leading No. 15 Texas to a 37-17 win against Wyoming on Saturday night.
Texas quarterback David Ash, who won the starting job over Case McCoy in training camp, was an efficient 20-of-27 passing for 156 yards and a touchdown to Jaxon Shipley.
Bergeron had 110 yards and scored Texas’ first touchdown on a 1-yard run in first quarter. He put the game away with a 17-yard TD in the fourth. Brown ran for 105 yards for Texas (1-0).
BLACKSBURG, Va. — Cody Journell kicked a 17-yard field goal in overtime and No. 16 Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech 20-17 on Monday.
Georgia Tech got the ball first in overtime, but quarterback Tevin Washington threw an interception.
Tevin Washington’s 10-yard touchdown pass with 44 seconds left in regulation had given the Yellow Jackets a 17-14 lead.
The Hokies got runs of 6 and 18 yards on their first two plays from Michael Holmes, before Journell came back out and kept the Hokies from another crushing loss in a big early game.
The Hokies trailed 17-14 until Journell, who had earlier missed from 38 yards, made a 41-yarder as time expired.
No. 17 Nebraska 49, Southern Miss 20 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LINCOLN, Neb. — Taylor Martinez threw for a career-high 354 yards and matched his high with five touchdown passes to lead No. 17 Nebraska to a 49-20 victory against Southern Mississippi on Saturday.
The Huskers won their nation-leading 27th consecutive opener.
Nebraska played the last three quarters without Rex Burkhead. The 1,300-yard rusher last season went out with a sprained ligament in his left knee after opening the scoring with a career-long 57-yard run. Backup Ameer Abdullah ran 15 times for 81 yards and made an acrobatic catch for an 11-yard TD.
Southern Miss backup quarterback Anthony Alford carried 15 times for 84 yards in his first college game.
The Golden Eagles, with first-year coach Ellis Johnson, scored their first touchdown on Tracy Lampley’s 100-yard kickoff return. They tied it 14-14 on first-time starter Chris Campbell’s 24-yard pass to Dominique Sullivan.
Nebraska’s go-ahead TD came on Martinez’s 9-yard pass to Jake Long.
No. 18 Ohio State 56, Miami (Ohio) 10 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller rushed for 165 yards, a record for an Ohio State quarterback, and threw for two scores including Devin Smith’s highlight-reel, one-handed catch as the 18th-ranked Buckeyes ushered in the Urban Meyer era on Saturday with a 56-10 win against Miami (Ohio).
Meyer, who won two national titles at Florida, moved to 11-0 in season-openers.
The slow-starting Miller, who stutter-stepped for a 65-yard score just 17 seconds into the second half, finished 14 of 24 passing for 207 yards. He also hit Corey Brown on a 5-yard TD pass.
After Miller’s long run made it 28-3, Bradley Roby recovered a high Miami punt snap in the end zone and the rout was on.
Travis Howard had two interceptions and Carlos Hyde scored on 4- and 8-yard runs for Ohio State.
No. 19 Oklahoma State 84, Savannah State 0 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
The 19th-ranked Cowboys kicked off their season with a ridiculous 84-0 victory against Savannah State on Saturday night.
Freshman Wes Lunt completed all 11 of his passes in a brief first outing as the new starting quarterback for Oklahoma State.
Lunt and many of the other starters didn’t even make it to the end of the first quarter before getting pulled out of respect for a lower division team that had won only one game each of the previous two seasons.
No. 21 Stanford 20, San Jose State 17 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
STANFORD, Calif. — David Shaw has never been one to show too much emotion, keeping his cool no matter the circumstances. He heaps praise on players but isn’t afraid to call out poor performances, either.
Late Friday night was different.
Following No. 21 Stanford’s season-opening 20-17 victory against San Jose State, the second-year coach had little patience trying to explain one of the most frustrating games of his tenure.
No. 22 Kansas State 51, Missouri State 9 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
MANHATTAN, Kan. — Collin Klein threw for 169 yards and two touchdowns, John Hubert ran 95 yards for a fourth-quarter score and No. 22 Kansas State pulled away late to beat Missouri State 51-9.
Hubert finished with 152 yards rushing, Braden Wilson and Daniel Sams added touchdown runs, and Tramaine Thompson returned a punt 89 yards for another score as the Wildcats (1-0) tuned up for next week’s showdown with Miami with an impressive second-half scoring binge.
The game was tied at 9 early in the third quarter before Kansas State piled up 42 straight points against the team picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Conference.
No. 23 Florida 27, Bowling Green 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Mike Gillislee had a career-high 148 yards rushing and two touchdowns, helping No. 23 Florida beat Bowling Green 27-14 Saturday.
The performance was far from perfect for the Gators, who struggled part of the game on offense and failed to generate much pressure on defense. Still, it was enough for Florida to win its 23rd consecutive opener. The streak is the second longest in the nation behind Nebraska (27).
The Gators can thank Gillislee, Frankie Hammond and two missed field goals for the latest one.
A senior who spent the last three years playing behind Jeff Demps and Chris Rainey, Gillislee scored on runs of 15 and 38 yards in the second quarter. Hammond turned a short pass into a 50-yard score early in the fourth. Bowling Green could have had a second-half lead, but fifth-year senior Stephen Stein missed field-goal attempts of 31 and 29 yards.
No. 25 Louisville 32, Kentucky 14 – Box Score | Recap | College Football Highlights
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville coach Charlie Strong had concerns about how his team would start the season, despite a No. 25 ranking and the top spot in the preseason Big East picks.
If the opener Sunday against Kentucky was any indication, Strong had nothing to worry about. Starting the game on the 1 turned out to be no trouble for the Cardinals, who simply drove the length of the field for a touchdown that set the tone for a 32-14 victory.
How easy was it? Louisville’s next two scoring drives covered 85 and 93 yards and how quickly it happened depended on whose hands were on the ball.
Credit sophomore Teddy Bridgewater for getting things going on that first drive, taking the Cardinals from third down on their 2 up to the 42 with consecutive completions to Damian Copeland and Andrell Smith. Jeremy Wright and Senorise Perry took the cue and then took off, with Wright rushing for three touchdowns and Perry adding a 47-yard touchdown run.
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