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WEST VIRGINIA 69, MARSHALL 34 BOXSCORE
QB Geno Smith had little problem picking up where he left off last year in the Orange Bowl. After torching Clemson for 407 passing yards and six touchdowns, Smith kept the hammer down against Marshall in the Mountaineers' 2012 opener, throwing for 323 yards while having as many touchdowns (4) as incompletions (4). Smith helped West Virginia put up 69 points, giving the Mountaineers 139 points in Smith's last two games under center. He also had a rushing TD with 65 yards on eight carries, and helped WVU to 655 yards total offense.
 
ATT COMP INT YARDS TD LONG
Week 1 36 32 0 323 4 52
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ALABAMA 41, MICHIGAN 14 BOXSCORE
Not much has changed from 2011 down in Tuscaloosa. Coach Nick Saban's defense again carried the day and made it easy for the offense to help the Tide roll to a 41-14 victory against No. 8 Michigan in Arlington, Texas. C.J. Mosley led the way with seven total tackles and added an interception return for 16 yards and a touchdown that effectively put the game away in the second quarter with a 31-0 Bama lead. Dee Milliner also got in on the action, intercepting a Wolverine pass and taking it back 35 yards to set up another TD while adding four pass breakups and five tackles as Bama allowed just 269 yards of total offense.
 
 -- MOSLEY S-A-TT INT-YDS PBU
Week 1 5-2-7 1-16 0
 -- MILLINER S-A-TT INT-YDS PBU
Week 1 3-2-5 1-35 (TD) 4
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IOWA 18, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 17 BOXSCORE
It wasn't pretty but it was a win for Iowa thanks to the leg of Mike Meyer. The Hawkeye punched through four of his five field-goal attempts, including a career-long tying 50-yarder in the fourth quarter to pull Iowa within 17-12. The offense then finished off Northern Illinois with a late TD, but Meyer still outscored the rest of the Hawkeye roster 12-6 to start his 2012 campaign on the right foot.
 
FG-FGA LONG XP PTS
Week 1 4-5 50 0-0 12