No. 18 Ohio State 42, Akron 0 -- Box Score
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Starting his first game for Ohio State, quarterback Joe Bauserman ran for a touchdown and threw for three to tight end Jake Stoneburner to lead the No. 18 Buckeyes to a 42-0 win against Akron on Saturday in a sweltering season opener.

Luke Fickell made his head coaching debut for the Buckeyes after being elevated from defensive assistant to take the place of Jim Tressel, shoved out in the wake of an ugly NCAA scandal. Stoneburner became the first Ohio State tight end to catch three TD passes in a game.

Bauserman, starting for the first time since he was a senior in high school in Strasburg, Va., eight years ago, ran for a 15-yard score and threw TD passes of 28, 11 and 2 yards to Stoneburner.


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No. 1 Oklahoma 47, Tulsa 14 -- Box Score
NORMAN, Okla. -- Landry Jones re-established his connection with All-American receiver Ryan Broyles, Dominique Whaley ran for four scores in his debut and top-ranked Oklahoma beat Tulsa 47-14 Saturday night.

Jones threw for 375 yards, Broyles came up just shy of his own school receptions record with 14 for 158 yards and the Sooners extended the nation's longest home winning streak with their 37th consecutive win on Owen Field. Broyles' 4-yard touchdown catch put Oklahoma up 30-0 with 4:23 left before halftime, and Tulsa never mounted a challenge in Bill Blankenship's first game as head coach.

The Sooners opened at No. 1 for the first time since 2003, and had held the top spot for only two weeks during the past seven seasons.

No. 2 Alabama 48, Kent State 7 -- Box Score
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- AJ McCarron stepped up in Alabama's quarterback race Saturday, throwing for a touchdown and 226 yards as the No. 2 Crimson Tide beat Kent State 48-7. Vying with Phillip Sims to replace Greg McElroy, McCarron had a 24-yard scoring toss to Marquis Maze and finished 14 of 23 passing.

McCarron was hardly perfect, throwing two interceptions. Sims also threw two interceptions -- one that set up Kent State's score -- and finished 7 of 14 for 73 yards.

Starting in place of departed Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson scored three touchdowns and ran for 37 yards. Goodwill rolls at 'Bama-Kent State game

No. 4 LSU 40, No. 3 Oregon -- Box Score
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Michael Ford ran for two touchdowns and Jarrett Lee admirably directed LSU's offense in place of suspended quarterback Jordan Jefferson in the fourth-ranked Tigers' season-opening 40-27 victory against No. 3 Oregon on Saturday night.

Missing cornerback-punt returner Cliff Harris was too much for Oregon to overcome in a rare season-opening matchup of top-five teams on a neutral field. Lee's touchdown pass came against the freshman defensive back filling in for Harris. And a fill-in punt returner had a fumble that led directly to an LSU touchdown.

LSU converted three of Oregon's four turnovers into 20 points and won its 34th consecutive nonconference game. Oregon, which lost to Auburn in the BCS national championship game last season, has consecutive losses for the first time since they losing its last three regular-season games in 2007.

No. 5 Boise State 35, No. 19 Georgia 21 -- Box Score
ATLANTA -- Kellen Moore and those BCS Busters from Boise State are off and running again, coming into the heart of mighty SEC country to beat up Georgia.

Moore threw for three touchdowns -- giving him 102 in his career -- and the No. 5 Broncos romped past the 19th-ranked Bulldogs 35-21 Saturday night, boosting their hopes of making another run to a major bowl while dealing a huge blow to embattled Georgia coach Mark Richt.

Moore, the nation's top-rated passer last season and expected to be a leading Heisman contender, carved up Georgia's 3-4 defense after a sluggish start. He completed 28 of 34 for 261 yards, with his first scoring pass -- a 17-yarder to freshman Matt Miller -- giving him 100 for his brilliant career. 

He had two more before to lead the Broncos to yet another marquee opening victory. In the last three seasons, Boise State has started the season with victories against Oregon, Virginia Tech and now Georgia.

No. 6 Florida State 34, Louisiana-Monroe 0 -- Box Score
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- EJ Manuel threw for 252 yards and two touchdowns and backup quarterback Clint Trickett threw a touchdown pass on his first college play as No. 6 Florida State beat Louisiana-Monroe 34-0 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.

Florida State's swarming defense limited ULM to 191 yards and 12 first downs.

ULM got to Florida State's 28 -- its deepest penetration in the game -- in the opening minute of the fourth quarter before quarterback Colton Browning was dropped for a loss on a fourth-and-1. The Warhawks managed to reach Seminole territory just once in the first half reaching the 44 before having to punt.

No. 7 Stanford 57, San Jose State 3 -- Box Score
STANFORD, Calif. -- Andrew Luck threw two touchdowns and ran for another score, leading seventh-ranked Stanford past San Jose State 57-3 in the season opener Saturday.

The Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 17 of 26 passes for 171 yards and looked every bit the player many believe will take home college football's most famous award this season. He connected with seven different receivers and showed no signs of slipping under new coach David Shaw.

Stepfan Taylor ran for 61 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Owusu caught seven passes for 76 yards for the Cardinal, who pounced on their South Bay rival from the start. San Jose State last beat Stanford in 2006, and the Silicon Valley series has been all Cardinal since.


No. 9 Oklahoma State 61, Louisiana-Lafayette 34 -- Box Score
STILLWATER, Okla. -- Joseph Randle rushed for 129 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Blackmon had 144 yards receiving and No. 9 Oklahoma State picked up where it left off last season on offense, beating Louisiana-Lafayette 61-34 on Saturday night.

Brandon Weeden completed 24 of 39 passes for 388 yards and three touchdowns for Oklahoma State in Todd Monken's debut as the Cowboys' offensive coordinator. Monken replaced Dana Holgorsen, who is now the head coach at West Virginia.

Oklahoma State has won all eight meetings against Louisiana-Lafayette and is 6-1 in season openers under coach Mike Gundy. The Cowboys have won 16 consecutive home openers and are 26-2 all-time against Sun Belt Conference schools.


No. 10 Nebraska 40, Chattanooga 7 -- Box Score
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards and three TDs as the No. 10 Cornhuskers beat Chattanooga 40-7 Saturday in their first game as Big Ten members.

Rex Burkhead added 75 yards and a touchdown as the Cornhuskers won their 26th consecutive opener, the longest streak in the nation. Martinez scored on runs of 7, 43 and 47 yards and completed 11 of 22 passes for 116 yards before giving way to Brion Carnes in the fourth quarter.

The Mocs of the Football Championship Subdivision scored their only points when Marlon Anthony caught a 13-yard pass from B.J. Coleman after cornerback Andrew Green fell. Martinez, who matched his career high with 19 carries, scored his first touchdowns in nine games. It was the fourth time in his 14 career games that he had at least three TD runs.

No. 12 South Carolina 56, East Carolina 37 -- Box Score
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Stephen Garcia came off the bench to run for two touchdowns and throw for another as he rallied the 12th-ranked Gamecocks past East Carolina 56-37 on Saturday night. Marcus Lattimore added 112 yards and three TDs.

Garcia sat the first quarter as South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier started sophomore Connor Shaw. But the Gamecocks fumbled three times, including one by Shaw, and trailed 17-0 before Garcia entered the game. That's when the offense started to click and South Carolina took control of the season opener.

Garcia had a 32-yard touchdown run his first series and when Lattimore finished the Gamecocks next drive with a 4-yard scoring run, South Carolina fans at Bank of America Stadium began chanting Garcia's name in celebration.

Dominique Davis threw for 260 yards and four touchdowns for the Pirates, but when South Carolina wasn't stopping itself, the Pirates had no answers. The Gamecocks outscored ECU 42-13 in second half.

No. 13 Virginia Tech 66, Appalachian State 13 -- Box Score
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- David Wilson ran for 162 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 13 Virginia Tech routed Appalachian State 66-13 on Saturday.

Wilson scored on runs of 20, 19 and 3 yards, and new quarterback Logan Thomas threw the first two touchdown passes of his career as the Hokies won their season opener for the first time in four years. The Mountaineers, one of the powerhouse teams of the Championship Subdivision, came in with a much heralded offense led by quarterback DeAndre Presley. But the Hokies limited Appalachian State to 61 yards in the first half in taking a 38-0 lead.

No. 15 Arkansas 51, Missouri State 7 -- Box Score
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Tyler Wilson threw for 260 yards and a pair of touchdowns to Jarius Wright, Joe Adams tied a Southeastern Conference record with two punt returns for touchdowns and Arkansas defeated Missouri State 51-7 on Saturday.

Wilson, who served as Ryan Mallett's backup the past two seasons, led the Razorbacks to scores in each of his four possessions -- including 33- and 29-yard touchdown strikes to Wright. The junior guided Arkansas to 303 yards of total offense in four possessions.

Adams had only one catch for 11 yards, but the senior returned punts 61 and 78 yards. The returns were the second and third of Adams' career, with his last a 97-yarder against Mississippi last season.


South Florida 23, No. 16 Notre Dame 20 -- Box Score
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Kayvon Webster returned a fumble 96 yards for an early touchdown as South Florida came to Notre Dame for the first time and stunned the 16th-ranked Irish 23-20 Saturday in a game disrupted for hours because of storms. The victory gave Skip Holtz an emotional victory in his return to Notre Dame, where he went to school and his dad Lou led the Irish to their last national title in 1988.

Webster's long return for a score four minutes into the game took all the momentum from the Irish and they couldn't recover. It came after Notre Dame had taken the opening kickoff and drove to the USF 1. What followed was a nightmare first half that included two fumbles, a costly holding penalty that nullified a Cierre Wood TD run and then an interception of Dayne Crist by USF's Devekeyan Lattimore in the end zone that turned the Irish away.

With the fans getting restless as the teams left the field for halftime and lightning flashing near the stadium, officials asked fans to evacuate Notre Dame Stadium and decided to keep the teams in their locker rooms. And they stayed there for 2 hours, 10 minutes. When the Irish finally emerged, they had switched quarterbacks from Crist to Tommy Rees, who'd led them to four straight victories as the starter at the end of last season.

The game was delayed a second time by severe weather with 4:21 to go and after a 43-minute delay, Jerrell Young intercepted Rees -- Notre Dame's fifth turnover of the game. The game lasted 5 hours, 59 minutes.

No. 21 Missouri 17, Miami (Ohio) 6 -- Box Score
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- James Franklin ran for one touchdown and passed for the clinching score in his first career start, helping No. 21 Missouri open with a 17-6 victory against stubborn Miami (Ohio).

E.J. Gaines had an end zone interception for the Tigers, who whipped the RedHawks by 38 points in their final pre-Big 12 tuneup last season but had their struggles on both sides of the ball in 90-degree heat Saturday. Three of their first four possessions ended quickly with punts for an offense that averaged 30 points last season, and Miami of Ohio moved the ball with some success.

Miami (Ohio) entered the opener under new coach Don Treadwell, the former Michigan State offensive coordinator, with a six-game winning streak. The RedHawks trailed 10-6 after Erik Finklea's 10-yard run late in the third quarter.

No. 22 Florida 41, Florida Atlantic 3 -- Box Score
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- John Brantley looked comfortable in Florida's new offense, Chris Rainey scored three different ways and the 22nd-ranked Gators opened the Will Muschamp era by beating Florida Atlantic 41-3.

Brantley completed 21 of 30 passes for 229 yards and a touchdown, showing marked improvement in Charlie Weis' pro-style offense. Rainey touched the ball 18 times, scoring on a 14-yard reception and a 14-yard run. He also scooped a blocked punt and sprinted 22 yards for a score.

Muschamp, admittedly anxious before his Florida debut, enjoyed a relatively stress-free night. Although the Gators ruled defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd ineligible before the game, the only other negative on this night was an injury to versatile Trey Burton. 

No. 23 Auburn 42, Utah State 42 -- Box Score
AUBURN, Ala. -- Mike Dyer bulled through the line for a game-saving touchdown with 30 seconds left and defending national champion Auburn escaped with a 42-38 win against Utah State.

The 23rd-ranked Tigers (1-0) scored twice in the final 2:07, just when it seemed like the Aggies (0-1) were poised for a stunning victory.

First-time starter Barrett Trotter hit Philip Lutzenkirchen for a 15-yard touchdown to start a Cam Newton-like comeback. Then wide receiver Emory Blake collected the onside kick to set up the game-winning drive. Trotter completed three passes and Onterio McCalebb had runs of 10 and 14 yards to push the ball near the goal line. Then, national championship game MVP Dyer ducked his head and powered through the Utah State defenders.

No. 25 USC 19, Minnesota 17 -- Box Score
LOS ANGELES -- Robert Woods caught a school-record 17 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns and No. 25 Southern California hung on to spoil Jerry Kill's coaching debut for Minnesota in a 19-17 victory Saturday.

Matt Barkley completed a school-record 34 passes for 304 yards for the Trojans, who still couldn't score in the second half of their 14th consecutive season-opening victory. Freshman quarterback Max Shortell came off the Gophers' bench in the fourth quarter and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Brandon Green with 8:03 to play, but Torin Harris intercepted his pass near midfield with 53 seconds to play.