Sunday, September 7, 2014


Clint Trickett led West Virginia to scores on six of the eight possessions that he was in the game as the Mountaineers rolled to a 54-0 victory over Towson Saturday night at Milan Puskar Stadium.

“It as a good team win,” said West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen. “A lot of guys played. We had 96 plays on offense, so getting a lot of guys to play and being able to evaluate that will boost the team’s confidence.”

Trickett completed 35 of 40 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns, becoming the only West Virginia quarterback not named Geno Smith to complete at least 35 passes in a game.

“I thought he managed the game great last week and I thought he managed the game great tonight,” said Holgorsen.

Trickett engineered scoring drives on five of West Virginia’s six first-half possessions, with the Mountaineers’ only empty showing coming as the result of a missed 34-yard field goal by Josh Lambert.

Wendell Smallwood got in the end zone on the game’s opening possession, a 1-yard plunge, and Rushel Shell added a 2-yard TD run following a 19-yard Lambert field goal.

Trickett hooked up with Mario Alford on a 1-yard fade pass for the Mountaineers’ third touchdown, and then he added a TD run right before the end of the half when he ran a quareterback draw in from the 5.

After West Virginia forced Towson to punt on its opening possession of the third quarter, Trickett had the Mountaineers right back in the end zone when he fired a pretty 19-yard scoring strike to Jordan Thompson on a quick slant.

Trickett’s last complete possession of the game ended at the Towson 4 when his fourth-and-goal pass to Cody Clay in the end zone was ruled a touchdown on the field, but was later overruled by the replay official.

On the very next play, with Shaquille Riddick bearing down on him, Towson quarterback Joe Brennan was called for intentional grounding in the end zone, giving West Virginia a safety and its 40th point of the evening.

Three plays after the free kick, Trickett was lifted in favor of touted true freshman William Crest. Crest’s first drive ended at the Towson 21 when he was sacked for a six-yard loss and fumbled on the play.

The freshman did engineer two scoring drives, the Baltimore, Maryland, resident crossing the goal line from the 4 with 12:04 remaining in the fourth quarter, and then directing an 11-play, 59-yard drive that culminated with Andrew Buie’s 3-yard touchdown run.

The final stat line on Crest’s college debut included completions on 3 of 4 passes for 7 yards and 14 yards on four rushes.

“I made the decision early in the week if we got the opportunity (to play a backup quarterback) he was going to be the next guy in,” said Holgorsen. “We talked to Paul (Millard) about redshirting and I still don’t know if that’s going to be possible, he’s a guy that can come in and run all of our offense any time that he wants to. William has been getting a bunch of reps and the only way he can continue to get reps and be effective down the road is to keep repping him.

“He obviously brings a different dynamic to the game, which is good for us,” added Holgorsen.

Shell led all ball carriers with 71 yards on 14 carries; Kevin White led all receivers with 10 catches for 101 yards. Buie finished the game with 70 yards on just nine rushing attempts. West Virginia had 606 total yards tonight, making it the first time since Georgia State last year (604) that the Mountaineers had more than 600 yards of offense in a game.

At one point early in the third quarter the Towson offense had negative-1 yard on four straight possessions and finished the night with just seven first downs and 122 total yards. The Tigers were 4 of 15 on their third down conversion attempts.

The shutout was the first by the Mountaineer defense since Coastal Carolina in 2010.

“I made a comment to (offensive coordinator) Shannon (Dawson) in the second quarter, it was probably the first time since one of Geno’s last games in 2012 when I felt like I could call plays and (Trickett) was going to make it work,” said Holgorsen. “I finally had that feeling again tonight.”

West Virginia (1-1) concludes the non-conference portion of its schedule next Saturday afternoon in College Park, Maryland, when the Mountaineers take on the 2-0 Terps, who came back to defeat South Florida, 24-17, earlier today.

Last year, Maryland beat West Virginia 37-0 in Baltimore.

“Our entire team is going to be fired up to play that game,” said Holgorsen.

Next Saturday’s game will kick off at noon and will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

NR/25 Football falls to BYU, 41-7

BYU quarterback Taysom Hill accounted for 280 total yards and three touchdowns as the Cougars (2-0) defeated No. NR/25 Texas (1-1), 41-7, Saturday night at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.

In his first career start, Texas quarterback Tyrone Swoopes played well, going 20-for-31 for 176 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Wide receiver John Harris snagged a career-best eight catches for 77 yards and scored once, while Jaxon Shipley caught five balls for 36 yards to become the eighth player in Texas history to reach the 2,000-yard receiving plateau.

On its opening possession of the contest, BYU's offense rode its running game on a seven-play, 35-yard drive into Texas territory. Having advanced to the UT 30, the Cougars faced a fourth-and-one decision and chose to go for the first down. The snap, however, sailed high over the head of quarterback Hill, rolling past midfield as the signal caller raced back to corral the loose ball. Hill could only manage an incomplete pass down the right sideline as the Longhorn defense held firm.

Texas' offense responded right back with a 10-play jaunt of its own as Swoopes went 4-for-4 passing for 41 yards on the drive. Following a Longhorn penalty on third-and-3 at the BYU 13, Texas kicker Nick Rose pushed a 43-yard field goal attempt wide right.

BYU took the lead with 3:30 remaining in the first quarter as the Cougars utilized an eight-play, 71-yard drive in taking a 3-0 advantage. BYU had moved to a first-and-goal at the 8-yard line, but a fumbled snap, an incomplete pass and a five-yard run from Hill necessitated the 21-yard try by Trevor Samson.

A fumble by running back Johnathan Gray set the Cougars up in prime field position at the Texas 23 with 8:58 remaining in the first half. On third-and-inches at the 7-yard line, Texas' defense again delivered a big play as Shiro Davis registered a sack, forcing another Cougar field goal try that was converted for a 6-0 lead.

With just 1:44 left in the opening half and BYU again threatening at the UT 24, Quandre Diggs made arguably the play of the half, killing the Cougar drive with an impressive, over-the-shoulder interception in the back corner of the end zone.

But BYU wasted little time taking control of the match-up during the third quarter as a trio of TD scampers from Hill and a 16-yard TD rush by Adam Hine boosted the Cougar advantage to 34-0.

Texas got on the scoreboard with under a minute remaining in the third stanza as a 13-play, 75-yard drive was capped on Swoopes' first career TD pass. The Whitewright, Texas, native's scoring toss to Harris covered 13 yards, cutting the Longhorn deficit to 34-7.

A Hill fumble on a sack by defensive tackle Malcom Brown got the 'Horns back in business at the Cougar 42-yard line with 12:31 remaining, but a third-down interception and subsequent 30-yard return by BYU's Mike Alisa ended UT's scoring threat with no damage.

Following the Longhorn turnover, BYU wrapped up the scoring with 8:05 to go as Hine scampered in from eight yards out to finalize the 41-7 margin.

Next Saturday, Texas heads to the road for the first time this season, venturing to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, to face No. 11 UCLA. Kick-off for the matchup between the Longhorns and Bruins is set for 7 p.m. Central and is slated to be broadcast live on FOX.

Kansas Downs Southeast Missouri in Season Opener, 34-28

The score read Kansas 34, Southeast Missouri State 7, at the beginning of the fourth quarter Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium. All of a sudden, the Redhawks exploded to hang 21-straight points on the Jayhawks after three fourth quarter touchdown passes from quarterback Kyle Snyder.

SEMO trailed by only six points with 1:33 left on the clock. Both teams knew what would ensue after the last touchdown pass. SEMO lined up for an onside kick and when the ball left the tee, just like it had all night, it found its way into Kansas senior wide receiver Nick Harwell's arms to put a 34-28 seal on a wild finish in the evening contest.

For the fourth-straight year - nine out of the last 10 tries - the Kansas football team opened its season with a victory, edging the second half comeback by a feisty Southeast Missouri State.

In all, the Jayhawk offense posted 457 yards of total offense pounding the Redhawks between the tackles for 261 yards on the ground and going over the top to finish with 196 yards passing with four trips to the endzone. KU's 457-yard performance was the most for a Kansas team since the Jayhawks tallied 441 yards against Iowa State on Nov. 17, 2012. Both offenses came to play in the game as Southeast Missouri State gained 421 yards from scrimmage - a large majority of which were produced in the second half rally – to finish with four touchdowns of its own.

A tandem of newcomers, Harwell and junior running back De'Andre Mann, led the Jayhawk offense in the first half. After a long anticipated return to the game action after nearly two years of being sidelined, Harwell made his first catch in a KU uniform a memorable one hauling in a seven yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart. Harwell would add on and grab another touchdown pass while finishing the night with a team-high four catches for 46 yards. Cozart finished the game completing 12-of-24 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns.

In another debut performance, highly touted freshman running back Corey Avery carried the ball 19 times for 91 yards and a 10-yard score becoming the first freshman running back since James Sims in 2010 to record a rushing touchdown in his debut.

After a lackluster first half, SEMO's Snyder ended the evening connecting on 12-of-27 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns, while also throwing three interceptions. Wide receiver Paul McRoberts hauled in six of those passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns nearly completing a 24-point rally to knock off the Jayhawks.

KU began the game playing stout defense stuffing SEMO for five-consecutive three-and-outs in the first quarter. Freshman cornerback Matthew Boateng ended the Redhawks' second drive with his first-career interception, while senior cornerback Dexter McDonald tied his career total with two picks in the contest. McDonald became the first Kansas player to pick off two passes in a game since teammate Isaiah Johnson accomplished the same feat in 2013 against Texas.

SEMO tightened up its own defense after allowing the Jayhawks 24-unanswered first half points. In the end, linebacker Roper Garrett led all tacklers with 14 stops and a forced fumble. For Kansas, senior linebacker Ben Heeney led the tackling brigade with 11 wrap-ups. Junior BUCK Michael Reynolds added four stops of his own for KU including one and a half TFLs for a loss of four yards.

In all, 20 players made their debut in the Crimson and Blue as the Jayhawks motored through the first half, bursting out to a 24-0 lead. Senior wide receiver Tony Pierson kicked things off with a 39-yard rush to set the stage for a quick three-points on the opening drive, setting up sophomore kicker Matthew Wyman with a 43-yard attempt. Wyman's try was successful and KU led 3-0.

Boateng kept the momentum for Kansas with his interception on SEMO's ensuing drive, picking off Snyder on Southeast Missouri State's own 36-yard line. Three plays later, it was classmate Avery, putting his stamp on the program with his first-career rushing touchdown, increasing the Jayhawks' lead, 10-0, after a Wyman extra point.

The offense kept the throttle down as Cozart fired two-consecutive touchdown strikes to Harwell for the first and second TD passes of his career. All that action in the first quarter led to 24 points, the most opening period points KU has put on the board since it tallied 28 against Toledo in 2004.

The defense held its own against the SEMO charge with those five-consecutive three-and-outs. The Redhawks tallied just 20 yards during that span, while the Kansas offense boasted a total of 217 yards. Cozart finished the first half with two touchdown passes and 103 yards through the air as KU tallied 235 yards of total offense. SEMO chalked up 146 yards of offense, with Snyder accounting for nearly all of them with 133 through the air.

The second half sang a much different tune for both teams as they seemed to reverse roles. Suddenly the Redhawk defense stiffened and the KU offense struggled to move the ball, while leaving points on the field after missing two field goals, one blocked and one wide left. On the other hand, the KU defense had several miscues in the secondary allowing SEMO to climb back into the game after the three touchdown passes of 37, 68 and 26 yards.

As quickly as they climbed back into the game, the Redhawks saw their chances for an upset slowly dwindle away. Armed with only one timeout after their onside kick attempt bounced into Harwell's arms, the Jayhawk offense ran out the remaining minute and a half and kicked off their season with a 34-28 victory.

Kansas hits the road for its first true road contest of the 2014 campaign, as the squad treks to Durham, North Carolina, to take on Duke, Saturday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.

Cowboys Top Missouri State, 40-23

Daxx Garman went 16 of 26 for 244 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 40-23 victory over Missouri State Saturday.

Garman entered the contest late in the first quarter, for injured starter J.W. Walsh, with OSU leading 10-6. It was his first game action since his junior year of high school in 2009.

Tyreek Hill ran for 62 yards for Oklahoma State (1-1), while Rennie Childs added 39 yards and two touchdowns.

Kierra Harris threw for 206 yards and two touchdowns on 14-of-21 passing, and ran for 45 yards, for Missouri State (1-1), which falls to 1-30 against FBS opponents.

Garman's first college touchdown, an 87-yard pass to Brandon Sheperd on a 3rd-and-19 midway through the second, put the Cowboys ahead 24-6 and was the second-longest completion in Oklahoma State history. Sheperd amassed 131 yards on four receptions.

Oklahoma State was already missing starting running back Desmond Roland, who was injured in the squad's season-opening 37-31 loss to top-ranked Florida State last weekend, when Walsh limped off the field.

Walsh gained 42 yards on four rushes and was 5 of 9 for 30 yards before leaving. He seemed to get hurt when Missouri State's Andrew Beisel stopped him at the end of an 8-yard run that put OSU on the MSU 2. Two plays later, with Walsh still in, Childs scored to give the Cowboys a 10-0 lead.

Walsh later returned to the Oklahoma State sideline on crutches, wearing a boot on his right foot.

Garman was ruled ineligible for his senior year of high school before attending the University of Arizona, where he red-shirted in 2011. After transferring to OSU, he had to sit out the 2012 season before serving as a depth backup last year, but he showed few signs of rust.

Oklahoma State excelled in special teams, blocking three Missouri State kicks in the first half to set a new school record. It was also just the second time in NCAA history, after Oregon did it to USC in 1996, that a team has blocked a field goal, a point-after attempt and a punt in the same game.

With the Cowboys leading just 3-0 midway through the first quarter, Jordan Sterns blocked Chris Sullens' punt near midfield and returned it 19 yards to the Missouri State 21-yard-line. That possession led to Childs' first touchdown and a 10-0 advantage.

Missouri State scored on the following drive to regain some momentum, but James Castleman blocked Marcelo Bonani's point-after attempt to keep the score at 10-6.

Later, with OSU up 17-6 in the second, Ofa Hautau turned away Bonani's 39-yard field goal attempt.

Ohio State Falls to Virginia Tech in Home Opener, 35-21

Ohio State rallied from a 14-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but ultimately were unable to pull out the come-from-behind win as Virginia Tech came away with the 35-21 win at Ohio Stadium -- snapping Ohio State's 35-game home-opener win streak.

VT's Michael Brewer passed for two touchdowns and Virginia Tech's defense stood tough at the end. Keyshoen Jarrett had two interceptions and Donovan Riley returned another 63 yards for a TD in the final minute before a record crowd of 107,517 at enlarged Ohio Stadium.

Brewer led the Hokies (2-0) to a 21-7 lead at the half. After his fumble led to the Buckeyes (1-1) pulling even on Ezekiel Elliott's 15-yard run early in the fourth quarter, he led a 65-yard drive capped by a 10-yard scoring pass to Bucky Hodges with 8:44 left.

Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was 9-of-29 for 219 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. He led all rushers with 70 yards on 24 carries.

It was Ohio State's third loss in its last four games after a school-record 24-game winning streak.

"It's not the last game of the season," Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman said. "There's a long way to go to finish out. Coach Meyer's message after the game is there's a lot to accomplish but we have to accomplish it at 11-1."

Ohio State drew within a touchdown when Barrett tossed a short pass in the right flat to Michael Thomas, who spun and raced untouched the rest of the way for a 53-yard TD that left the Hokies up 21-14.

Then Brewer, who had stared down Ohio State's vaunted front all night, got hit from behind on a scramble by end Joey Bosa and fumbled, with Rashad Frazier recovering at the Virginia Tech 15. Two plays later, Elliott took an option pitch around right end and broke three tackles, tying it at 21 with 11:40 left in the fourth quarter.

Virginia Tech took over at its own 35 after an Ohio State kickoff went out of bounds.

Deon Newsome went 22 yards on an end around and Rogers gained 17 more on a reverse on which he faked a pass and then picked his way downfield.

On second and goal from the 10, Brewer fired a low, hard pass to the outside for Hodges to put Virginia Tech up 28-21.

Riley put the icing on the win when he stepped in front of a Barrett pass and raced down the right sideline - and in front of the Ohio State bench - for the 63-yard score with 46 seconds left.

Maize & Blue Kept Off Scoreboard at Notre Dame

The University of Michigan football team fell at Notre Dame (No. 16 AP, No. 15 USA Today), 31-0, on Saturday night (Sept. 6) under the lights at Notre Dame Stadium. Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns.

Graduate student Devin Gardner finished the game throwing 19-for-31 for 189 yards and two interceptions, while Michigan's leading rusher was sophomore De'Veon Smith, who ran for 30 yards on seven carries. Junior Devin Funchess led all receivers with 107 yards on nine receptions.

Notre Dame scored the first points of the game on a one-yard touchdown run by Cam McDaniel with 1:50 left in the first quarter, taking advantage of two defensive pass interference calls against Michigan on the drive. Midway through the second quarter, the Irish converted on a fourth-and-3, before Everett Golson threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Amir Carlisle to cap off a 13-play, 80-yard drive with 3:58 left in the first half. Notre Dame scored again before halftime, as Golson found William Fuller in the end zone with 34 seconds left, giving the Irish a 21-0 lead going into the intermission.

Notre Dame continued the scoring in the second half, outscoring Michigan, 10-0, after the break. Fuller led Irish receivers with nine catches for 89 yards and a touchdown, while Carlisle finished with seven receptions for 61 yards and two scores.

The Maize and Blue won the rushing yards battle, 100-56, and had more total yards than Notre Dame (289-280) but was penalized five times for 50 yards, while the Irish committed only two penalties for five yards.

The Wolverines return home next Saturday (Sept. 13) to take on Miami (Ohio) inside Michigan Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m., and the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.

No. 7 Spartans Fall to No. 3 Oregon, 46-27

Connor Cook threw for 343 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday nights loss to the Oregon Ducks.

"I just tried to keep a calm mindset. I tried not to get caught up in the game, caught up in the moment at all," Cook said. "They just made more plays than us. We had some opportunities on offense and I needed to grasp them and I didn't."

The Spartans had the second-ranked defense in the nation last year, allowing opponents an average of just over 252 yards per game.

The two teams both went three-and-out on their opening series and it appeared that defenses would rule the day. The Spartans reached Oregon territory midway through the quarter, but on third-and-10 on the 38, Erick Dargan intercepted Cook and ran it back 36 yards.

Michael Geiger kicked a 34-yard field goal and Cook added a 7-yard touchdown pass to Tony Lippett with 2:26 left before the break to pull the Spartans within a point. Michigan State took a 24-18 lead with 18 seconds to go when Josiah Price leaped to grab Cook's 7-yard TD pass into the end zone.

The Ducks were hurt early in the first half when junior offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena was carted off the field with what appeared to be a right leg injury.

Michigan State padded its lead with Geiger's 42-year-old field goal, but Mariota found Allen with another touchdown pass, this time from 24 yards out, to cut the Spartans' lead to 27-25.

It was earlier on that series that Mariota made the momentum-changing pitch to Freeman for 17 yards.

"Once I saw Royce five, 10 yards down the field, I just thought he could get there faster than I could," Mariota said.

Even Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio pointed to the play as the moment the game shifted.

"We had to stop the momentum and we had him dead to right and he got out. We had him. I even said, 'He's sacked.'" Dantonio said. "But again, you have to credit him, that's why he's the player he is."

The Spartans' 11-game winning streak included a 34-24 victory over Ohio State in the Big Ten championship and a 24-20 victory over Stanford in the Rose Bowl.

The Ducks were the highest-ranked nonconference opponent the Spartans had faced since they played top-ranked Nebraska in 1996.

Terps Score 10 Unanswered Points In 4th To Top USF

C.J. Brown threw for two touchdowns and Avery Thompson recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for a fourth-quarter TD that helped Maryland beat South Florida 24-17 on Saturday.

Marcus Leak scored on receptions of 10 and 44 yards for the Terrapins (2-0), who overcame six turnovers, including a pair of interceptions that stopped promising drives.

Thompson's TD put Maryland ahead for good with 12:25 remaining. Brad Craddock's 23-yard field goal made 24-17, and cornerback Alvin Hill's late interception helped the Terrapins put it away.

USF (1-1) lost quarterback Mike White with an arm injury on the first play of the game. Backup Steven Bench scored on a 17-yard run and linebacker Auggie Sanchez scored on a 21-yard fumble return for the Bulls, who led 17-14 at halftime.

Maryland's defense limited Marlon Mack, who began the day as the nation's leading rusher, to 73 yards on 22 carries.

Mack ran for 275 yards and four TDs, helping USF overcome an early 11-point deficit to beat Western Carolina in the Bulls opener. The true freshman who scored on runs of 62, 60 and 56 yards in the opener found the going much tougher against a defensive front primed to slow down the 6-foot, 195-pound blend of power and speed.

The USF running back had a couple of nice runs for 15 and 19 yards, but averaged just 3.3 yards per carry after gaining nearly 12 per attempt in his debut last week.

Brown threw for 111 yards, no touchdowns and one interception in Maryland's season-opening rout of James Madison. He was much more effective Saturday, completing 17 of 28 passes for 201 yards. He also was intercepted on the Terps' opening series, the first of four first-half turnovers that threatened his team's chances of winning, and threw a third-quarter pick that stopped a drive deep in USF territory.

USF lost White when he was hit after throwing 12 yards to Sean Price on the first play of the game. Bench started two games and appeared in seven overall a year ago, but didn't play nearly as well as he did Saturday in guiding the Bulls to his touchdown and a 35-yard field goal that put the Bulls up 17-14.

Bench finished 14 of 36 for 162 yards. He was sacked twice and threw the late interception that helped Maryland stay in control in the closing minutes.

Stefon Diggs had seven receptions for 50 yards for the Terrapins. Leak had three receptions for a team-leading 72 yards.

4th Quarter Rally Sends Iowa Past Ball State

Trailing 13-3 with 5:50 remaining, junior Jake Rudock led the University of Iowa football team on two fourth quarter touchdown drives to send the Hawkeyes to a 17-13 come-from-behind victory over Ball State on Saturday inside Kinnick Stadium.

"I'm pleased that our guys hung in there," said UI head coach Kirk Ferentz. "They fought, and like last week, they responded in some difficult circumstances and got it done in the fourth quarter.

"Both drives at the end of the fourth quarter, we played better football. I am pretty sure we couldn't have done it a year ago, and I don't think we would have two years ago either. That's a positive we'll take out of the game, that and staying in there and never giving up."

Taking over at its own 31 with 5:50 remaining, Iowa used a 10-play, 69-yard drive to stay alive. Rudock completed 5-of-7 passes for 38 yards and rushed for 26 more during the series. On third-and-6 from the Ball State 30, Rudock connected with Matt VandeBerg for eight yards for a first down.

After Rudock scrambled for 10 yards on first down, the junior tossed a 12-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman Derrick Willies, cutting the Cardinals' lead to 13-10 with 2:52 remaining. The touchdown catch was the first of Willies' career.

Needing a three-and-out, the Hawkeye defense produced, bottling up Cardinals' running back Jahwan Edwards for three yards on first down before tackling him for a 3-yard loss on second down. Ball State was forced to punt after its third-down pass was incomplete, and Iowa took over at its own 44 with 2:23 left.

Rudock opened the go-ahead drive with a 16-yard completion to Tevaun Smith and a 9-yard pass to Damon Bullock, moving the ball to the Ball State 34. Rudock followed with a 6-yard pass to Jake Duzey, and two plays later he connected with the junior tight end for a 12-yard touchdown catch, giving Iowa its first lead 59 minutes into the contest.

Rudock shined in the clutch, finishing 9-of-11 for 81 yards and throwing two touchdowns during the final two series. He also had 33 yards rushing over the final 5:50.

"We needed to make a stop there at the end, and we didn't do it," said Ball State head coach Pete Lembo. "We had a shot, and we didn't finish. We have good kids in the program and a good staff, but that doesn't take the sting away."

Iowa's defense sealed the victory when junior Drew Ott sacked Ball State quarterback Ozzie Mann on second-and-2 from the Ball State 33. Senior Carl Davis recovered, sending the Hawkeyes to their second victory.

Iowa doubled up the Cardinals in total offense, out-gaining Ball State, 455-219, in the game, and it had 27-13 advantage in first downs. The Hawkeyes had 113 yards rushing on 29 attempts, while Rudock had career-bests in completions, attempts, and yards, finishing 35-of-55 attempts for 322 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team with 36 rushing yards on seven carries.

Eleven different Iowa players had at least one reception in the game. Senior Kevonte Martin-Manley had eight catches for 70 yards, while Smith and Bullock caught six balls apiece for 59 and 32 yards, respectively.

The Hawkeye defense limited Ball State to 90 yards rushing on 36 attempts, 129 yards through the air, and the Cardinals were just 4-of-16 on third downs. Ott led the team with a career-high 13 tackles (six solo), including three tackles for loss, one sack, and a forced fumble.

"Iowa's defense was as advertised," said Lembo. "They are big, strong, physical, and you have to earn everything you get against them. This is an Iowa football game they just played. They don't panic, stick to the plan, and they aren't going to give you cheap ones. They wear you down in the second half, and that is what they did to us."

Mann completed 15-of-30 attempts for 129 yards for Ball State, while Edwards rushed 21 times for 81 yards. Wide receiver KeVonn Mabon had three catches for 44 yards, and Zack Ryan had 10 tackles (seven solo) in the game.

After trailing 7-3 at the break, the Cardinals used an 11-play, 50-yard drive to push their lead to 10-3 on the first possession of the second half. Ball State was set to punt after a three-and-out, but the drive churned on when senior Louis Trinca-Pasat was flagged for a running into the punter.

Ball State moved into Iowa territory on a pass interference penalty and a 26-yard pass to Mabon moved the Cardinals into the red zone. Iowa's defense held, getting an 11-yard sack on an intentional grounding call, before Ball State was forced to settle on Scott Secor's 42-yard field goal.

The Cardinals forced Iowa's second turnover on the ensuing kickoff when Quintin Cooper knocked the ball loose from Jonathan Parker and Ball Taylor recovered, giving Ball State possession at the Iowa 23. The Hawkeyes gave up an 11-yard Banks rush on the first play of the series before buckling down and holding Ball State to Secor's 27-yard field goal attempt.

Iowa drove 59 yards to the Ball State 11-yard line on its first series of the second half, using seven rushes by Mark Weisman and Jordan Canzeri and a pair of Rudock-to-Smith passes to the 11. Iowa came away pointless when freshman Mick Ellis missed a 29-yard field goal wide left -- the team's third missed field goal of the game.

Ball State led 7-3 at the half, despite the Hawkeyes outgaining the Cardinals, 208-91. Ball State scored the game's first touchdown off an Iowa turnover, and the Hawkeyes left six points on the field, courtesy of two missed field goals.

Iowa had seven points taken off the board on its second drive of the game after a 38-yard Damond Powell touchdown reception was ruled incomplete by instant replay. Sophomore quarterback C.J. Beathard led Iowa into Ball State territory in his first playing time of the season, completing 2-of-3 passes for 20 yards.

After forcing a three-and-out, Iowa's offense took over in Ball State territory and moved the ball into the red zone courtesy of a pass interference penalty and three-straight LeShun Daniels, Jr., rushing attempts. Iowa couldn't capitalize, and it came away empty, as Koehn's 35-yard field goal missed wide left.

Ball State's defense scored the game's first points, forcing a turnover on Iowa's first possession of the second quarter. On first-and-10 from its own 37, Parker fumbled on a jet sweep, where Cardinals' defensive lineman Blake Dueitt scooped up the ball and rumbled 35-yards for the touchdown, giving Ball State a 7-0 lead.

The Hawkeyes answered on the ensuing possession, driving 67 yards over six plays to cut the lead to 7-3 with 11:23 left in the second quarter. Rudock opened the series with a 12-yard completion to Jacob Hillyer before finding junior Jordan Canzeri for a career-long 50-yard reception down to the Ball State 13.

After a five-yard completion to Smith to the 8, junior tight end Henry Krieger-Coble dropped a crossing route at the 2, forcing the Hawkeyes to settle on Koehn's 26-yard field goal.

Iowa had its best drive on its final series of the first half, moving 57 yards over 12 plays. Rudock completed his first six passes on the drive for 7, 6, 19, 11, 3, and 19 yards to three different receivers, moving the ball to the Ball State 26. After a pair of incompletions and a seven-yard Rudock scramble into the red zone, Iowa elected to go for the points with the clock winding down, but it came away empty when Koehn's 37-yard field goal sailed wide left.

The Hawkeyes (2-0) return to action Saturday, hosting Iowa State in an Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk Series matchup at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game is sold out.

Minnesota Remains Perfect with 35-24 Win

David Cobb had 29 carries for two touchdowns and a career-high 220 yards, the most for the program in nine years, and Minnesota outlasted Middle Tennessee for a 35-24 victory on Saturday.

Donnell Kirkwood also had a first-quarter touchdown run for the Golden Gophers (2-0), who rushed for 284 yards.

Reggie Whatley scored twice for the Blue Raiders (1-1) while rushing for 84 yards on 14 attempts, but despite 255 yards passing Austin Grammer was picked off three times. Jalen Myrick returned one for a score.

Mitch Leidner threw a pretty 27-yard touchdown pass to tight end Maxx Williams in the second quarter immediately after Damien Wilson's interception for the Gophers, but he completed just 5 of 11 passes for 67 yards and was picked off in the end zone right before halftime.

With Cobb rumbling through the line, deftly reading the defense and breaking tackles down the field, another uneven passing performance didn't affect the Gophers. Cobb was the first 200-yard rusher for the Gophers since Amir Pinnix on Nov. 12, 2005, against Michigan State. Cobb's total was the highest since Laurence Maroney rushed for 258 yards against Wisconsin on Oct. 15, 2005.

Cobb was quiet in the opener against FCS opponent Eastern Illinois, but he took a big step -- several quick ones, actually -- toward the 1,200 yards he totaled last season. With the senior Kirkwood, bruiser Rodrick Williams and flashy freshman Berkley Edwards, the Gophers have a deep, talented backfield. But this is Cobb's show, and the senior from Killeen, Texas, is just getting going with eight career starts.

The Blue Raiders were the last team to lose to the Gophers under previous head coach Tim Brewster, 24-17 in the 2010 opener in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, but they had the lead for much of that game.

Not on this afternoon, when the Gophers built a 28-0 lead late in the second quarter.

With seven starters on offense gone from a team that went 8-5 last year, the Blue Raiders have some work to do. Grammer threw some wobbly passes, and he faced plenty of pressure in the pocket. A couple of his on-target throws were dropped. But the sophomore, who made his first career start in a 61-7 win over FCS foe Savannah State last week, found a rhythm in the second half while the Blue Raiders were trying to catch up.

Some long runs by Whatley and Jordan Parker helped, too, against a Gophers defense that didn't give them anything before the intermission. Grammer threw a touchdown pass to Marcus Henry to make the score more respectable late in the game.

The Blue Raiders, in their ninth season under head coach Rick Stockstill, fell to 0-5 against Big Ten teams.

Northwestern Outlasted by Visiting Northern Illinois, 23-15

After a scoreless first half on a sun-splashed afternoon at Ryan Field, Northwestern and Northern Illinois combined for 38 second-half points, but it was the visiting Huskies who had eight more to come out on top of the in-state showdown, 23-15.

NIU scored three second-half touchdowns, two of which came on passes from quarterback Drew Hare to wide receiver Da'ron Brown, and added a field goal. The Wildcats put up two scores of their own on touchdown passes from Trevor Siemian and Zack Oliver, but it was not enough to knock off the visitors from DeKalb.

Both defenses stood tall in the first 30 minutes of play. The Wildcats held the Huskies to 142 yards of total offense with an equal 71 yards coming both on the ground and through the air. The 'Cats made sure, however, that Northern Illinois was held scoreless in a first half for the first time since the 2011 MAC Championship game vs. Ohio.

Defense reigned through much of the first quarter, particularly during NU's first foray into Huskies territory. On first-and-10 from the NIU 38-yard line, Siemian lofted a well-thrown ball into the end zone intended for Cameron Dickerson. But Huskies DB Paris Logan put himself between Dickerson and the ball, using only his right hand to make an impressive over-the-shoulder interception and put an end to the Wildcats' scoring threat.

The 'Cats flirted again with the game's first score midway through the second quarter when Siemian again hurled a deep ball to the end zone, but the pass fell through the hands of the intended receiver to keep the count at 0-0.

NIU received the ball to begin the second half and it marched 60 yards downfield to break into the scoring column. Tyler Wedel kicked a 32-yard field goal that gave the visitors a three-point lead, the first of the day for either side, with 11:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Northwestern finally got its own offense on the board with a quick-strike drive later in the third quarter. After taking over on his own 40-yard line, Siemian marched the offense down on a four-play drive that took only 58 seconds to complete and culminated with Kyle Prater's first career touchdown catch. The senior hauled in a pair of passes for a combined 41 yards on the drive. Siemian was a perfect four-for-four on that drive as the 'Cats covered all 60 yards through the air. In addition to Prater's two catches, Miles Shuler caught a pass for one yard and Dickerson hauled one in for a gain of 18 yards.

The Huskies responded to their first deficit of the day by orchestrating a methodical drive of its own that ended with Hare finding Da'ron Brown for an 18-yard touchdown, his first of two. The 82-yard drive gave NIU a 10-7 lead.

NU's defense forced a three-and-out behind three stout tackles from interior lineman Greg Kuhar, giving its offense an opportunity to regain the lead. The Wildcats took control at their own 22-yard line and they moved the ball down to NIU's 29, but the drive stalled as Siemian's rush on fourth-and-six to the right sideline came up short of the line to gain and resulted in a turnover on downs.

Shortly after that shortcoming, Hare and Brown hooked up once again on the ensuing drive for a 59-yard touchdown. Northwestern's Nick VanHoose blocked Wedel's extra-point attempt, but NIU clung to a 16-7 edge.

Northwestern's next drive was marred by a holding that wiped out an 18-yard gain from Siemian to Prater and after the Huskies got the ball back again, they capitalized again. This time it was Hare on the ground for a four-yard rushing touchdown that put NIU ahead 23-7.

The two teams were flagged for a combined 17 penalties on the day for 168 yards.

Siemian was knocked out during the next drive on a low hit and Zack Oliver came on in relief. The Baton Rouge, La., native led the Wildcats to the end zone once again. After an incomplete pass on his first play and of five yard run, the redshirt junior found a streaking Pierre Youngblood-Ary for a 54-yard touchdown strike. It was the first career touchdown for both 'Cats. Oliver also found Dickerson in the end zone to convert for two points to bring the home team to within one score at 23-15.

NU's Jack Mitchell attempted an onside kick, but it was covered up by Brown and the Huskies ran out the remaining 2:34 to grab their second win of the season.

Prater caught a game-high seven passes, the most he's nabbed in a Northwestern uniform to date. In addition to his first touchdown catch, the Maywood, Ill., native accumulated 87 yards to lead the Wildcats Saturday.

Northwestern has an extra week of preparation before its next outing, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 20, when the Wildcats welcome FCS opponent Western Illinois to Ryan Field. Kickoff time will be determined early this week.

Hokies make history by stunning No. 8 Ohio State

Donovan Riley’s 63-yard interception return for a touchdown with 46 seconds left sealed one of the biggest wins in school history, as Virginia Tech stunned No. 8 Ohio State 35-21 in front of 107,517 fans at Ohio Stadium – the largest crowd ever to watch a game at Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (1-1) saw their 64-game home winning streak against non-conference competition come to an end. Ohio State had not lost a home game to an unranked non-conference opponent since 1982.
At No. 8, Ohio State marked the highest-ranked opponent that the Hokies have beaten on the road. Tech had beaten a No. 9-ranked team on the road or at neutral sites on three occasions, with the most recent win coming in 2004 over then-No. 9 Miami.
“I still remember going to Nebraska and winning and going to Texas A&M and winning,” Tech head coach Frank Beamer said when asked how much personal satisfaction he derived from this win. “That’s been a few years back.
“But it’s good. I think those things go in cycles a little bit. When you play good teams like we play, you’ve got about a 50-50 shot of winning and when you go on the road, it probably goes down a little bit. I think this is a big, big win for the program and for the status of our program.”
Tech led 21-7 at halftime, but the Buckeyes, as expected, refused to go away. They managed to tie the game at 21 after Tech quarterback Michael Brewer made a critical mistake. Holding on to the ball perhaps a second or two too long, he ended up getting stripped by OSU defensive lineman Joey Bosa. The Buckeyes recovered and took advantage, scoring two plays later on an Elliott Ezekiel 15-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 21 with 11:40 left.
But the Hokies showed some moxie. On the ensuing possession, they took over at their own 35 after the Buckeyes kicked the ball out of bounds on the kickoff. Tech then went 65 yards in six plays, scoring when Brewer hit tight end Bucky Hodges for a 10-yard touchdown. Joey Slye’s extra point gave the Hokies a 28-21 lead with 8:44 remaining.
“I told the guys to just keep plugging away,” Brewer said when asked what he told the offense after his fumble. “Let’s keep riding the waves. That’s a tough defense, and things like that are going to happen against a tough defense. We knew that coming in, and it’s all about how are you going to respond. You can’t get down. You can’t get too high. You can’t get too low. I think we did a good job of that and staying even keeled throughout the game.”
From that point onward, Tech’s defense slammed the door. On Ohio State’s final three possessions, the Hokies sacked Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett six times and intercepted him twice.
“When that moment comes, we know that it’s on our shoulders and that’s the way we like it,” Tech mike linebacker Chase Williams said. “We like being ahead at the end of the game and the defense having to make a stand. That’s the way we are. We were excited. We knew it was a challenge and it was a big challenge, but we came out and made the most of it.”
Barrett tried to get the Buckeyes into a position to score on their final drive. A 23-yard pass completion to receiver Corey Smith got the Buckeyes into Tech territory at the Tech 45, and a Barrett run got the Buckeyes to the Tech 42. But a sack by Deon Clarke pushed Ohio State back to its own 49 with 59 seconds left.
The final play ended their chances. Barrett threw a terrible pass in the direction of Riley, who made the easy interceptions and then dodged several tacklers on his way to the end zone with 46 seconds remaining.
It marked just the second interception of Riley’s career. He was in the game because Brandon Facyson was injured.
“What was going through my mind was 107,000 fans getting quiet and Hokie Nation getting in an uproar,” Riley said. “I live for moments like that, and my teammates live for moments like that. To come in as an underdog and end a streak that started before I was even born … I’m very appreciative. I thank my teammates, my coaches and Hokie Nation for being there to support me.”
Tech finished with 320 yards of total offense, while Ohio State finished with 327. Brewer completed 23-of-36 for 199 yards, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Barrett completed just 9-of-29 for 219 yards and a touchdown, with three interceptions. He was sacked seven times.
The Hokies now gear up for another non-conference game when they take on East Carolina next Saturday at Lane Stadium. Kickoff is slated for noon.

No. 21 Carolina Rallies Past SDSU, 31-27

Make it two rallies in two weeks for No. 21 North Carolina, which erased a two-touchdown deficit in the second half and then held on to beat San Diego State 31-27 on Saturday night after Tim Scott's interception in the end zone with 14 seconds left.
"I think that's a great thing -- we played our best ball when we were down," coach Larry Fedora said. "I would much rather have it that way than the other way. ... We're going to be in that situation. We know how this team's going to respond."

Marquise Williams threw two second-half touchdown passes and freshman Elijah Hood rushed 2 yards for the go-ahead score with 8:01 left for the Tar Heels (2-0).

Last week, they trailed Liberty of the FCS in the third quarter before taking control with a flurry of turnovers.

They escaped an even bigger hole against the Aztecs: North Carolina trailed by 14 points with less than 5 minutes left in the third quarter before scoring on four straight possessions to take a four-point lead, then came up with a timely defensive stand to earn its first 2-0 start under its third-year coach.

Quinn Kaehler threw for a career-high 341 yards with a touchdown, then led the Aztecs (1-1) to a first-and-goal from the North Carolina 3 in the final minute.

His quick pass in the end zone to Lloyd Mills was jumped by Scott for the game-sealing interception.

"When the receivers saw that we were (pressing them), they communicated to each other for a pick," Scott said. Mills "ran a wheel route and he was running out of end zone, so I decided to look at the quarterback and he threw it (to Mills') back shoulder."

Kaehler was picked off three times: the first was returned for a touchdown, the second set up a late field goal and the third effectively ended the game.

"It's always disappointing when your quarterback throws interceptions," San Diego State coach Rocky Long said. "But Quinn is a competitor. He's trying to make a play to win the game."

Kaehler finished with a 56-yard touchdown pass to Eric Judge, and Donnel Pumphrey rushed for 100 yards with scoring runs of 12 and 3 yards for San Diego State, which led 21-7 late in the third quarter before Williams and the North Carolina offense finally started clicking.

Williams threw TDs covering 91 yards to Mack Hollins -- the third-longest TD pass in school history -- and 11 yards to Quinshad Davis. Brian Walker picked off two passes, returning the first one 100 yards for an early touchdown.

After Danny Hageman's second field goal of the fourth quarter, a 40-yarder with 10:30 to play, made it 27-21, the Tar Heels went 80 yards in eight plays and reclaimed the lead for good. Hood's first career touchdown run made it 28-27 -- their first lead since early in the second quarter.

Walker then picked off Kaehler's pass and took it 26 yards to the San Diego State 14. That set up Nick Welier's 23-yard field goal with 4 minutes left that forced San Diego State to go for the end zone on its final possession.

The Aztecs certainly appeared on their way to a rare Eastern victory after Pumphrey put them up by two touchdowns with his scoring run on the opening drive of the second half.

That turned out to be the wake-up call the Tar Heels needed, with Williams throwing for TDs on consecutive possessions to get North Carolina back in the game.

The first came on a short fade pattern in the end zone to Davis.

The second was spectacular.

One play after San Diego State pushed its lead back into double figures, the Tar Heels went deep: Hollins slipped behind cornerback J.J. Whittaker near midfield and pulled in Williams' pass in stride on his way to the longest pass play by a Tar Heel in the history of Kenan Stadium.

It wasn't even the longest play of the day.

That belonged to Walker, who picked off Kaehler's overthrown pass about a yard deep in the end zone and took off down the right side for the game's first touchdown.

"It was really an amazing night for him," Fedora said.

Walker was not made available to the media after the game. Team spokesman Kevin Best called it a coach's decision.

18 In A Row

With the same ruthless efficiency that was the calling card for the 2013 national champions, top-ranked Florida State rolled through The Citadel 37-12 in front of a home-opening crowd of 81,294 at Doak Campbell Stadium.

In the process, the Seminoles established a new school record with their 18th consecutive victory, breaking the mark that spanned the 1999 national championship season and carried into the 2000 season.

Moving the ball and the chains at will against a Bulldog defensive front which yielded on average 53 pounds to FSU’s offensive line, the Seminoles scored on each of their four first half possessions to grab a 28-0 lead that was never challenged.

Averaging 8.1 yards per play in the first half, the Seminoles (2-0) amassed 291 yards on 36 snaps. FSU was equally efficient on the ground and through the air, pounding out 141 rushing yards on 19 carries while adding 150 through the air behind Jameis Winston’s near-perfect performance.

“We were extremely efficient on offense,” Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said. “[We] had it four times; scored four touchdowns. The defense … did a really nice job the second half coming out with the one and shutting them down; getting the ball back.”

In a first half performance reminiscent of his first career start at Pitt last season, Winston completed 16 of 17 attempts, throwing in rhythm and on time while spreading the ball between seven teammates. It wasn’t by accident.

“I came out with a different mentality,” Winston said. “I didn’t have to prove anything to anyone, but I wanted to give my team more of me. The Oklahoma State game I had those early turnovers in the red zone and I just felt like I had to come back and do a great job this game.”

Winston did just that, connecting with sophomore Jesus Wilson on a 12-yard touchdown pass, then closing the first half with a 1-yard strike to Nick O’Leary to cap a 13-play, 89-yard drive.

His lone incomplete pass of the first half came on a shovel pass intended for Kermit Whitfield, which was initially ruled a rushing attempt.

While Winston was clicking, the Seminoles’ ground game was producing yardage in large chunks. FSU averaged 7.4 yards a carry with Karlos Williams piling up 62 yards on seven first half totes, including a 1-yard touchdown run to finish off the first possession of the night. Freshman Dalvin Cook raced 17 yards on his first carry and tacked on a 5-yard touchdown for the Seminoles third score of the night.

About the only thing that didn’t go well for the Seminoles in the opening half was completely out of their control. Interior defensive linemen Eddie Goldman, Justin Shanks and Nile Lawrence-Stample all suffered lower leg injuries and did not return.

Despite their absence, the defense stood strong against the Bulldogs’ confounding triple-option. The Citadel, which annually ranks among the top Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) rushing leaders, managed 127 yards on 33 plays in the first half; 115 of those on the ground on 28 carries.

FSU’s first half dominance enabled Fisher to break in two potential first-year offensive weapons. Cook led the team in rushing with 67 yards on 13 carries, while freshman wide receiver Ermon Lane had three receptions for 37 yards, including 14 on his first career catch, which went for a first down.

By the third series of the second half, freshman Roderick Johnson and redshirt freshmen Wilson Bell and Ryan Hoefeld and junior college transfers Kareem Are and Chad Mavety entered the game with quarterback Sean Maguire, as Winston (22-27-0, 256 yards) retired to the sideline.

Though unable to sustain their first half efficiency, the Seminoles continued to extend their lead in the second half as Roberto Aguayo capped third quarter drives of 58 and 71 yards with field goals of 22 and 27 yards, extending the lead to 34-0.

Dismissing FSU’s second half red zone struggles, Winston accepted responsibility for Aguayo’s busy second half.

“We have no concerns on offense,” said the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner. “That’s all me. It’s my job to put the ball in the end zone. Coach Fisher goes over with me every single day – touchdowns in the red zone. He says we’re not a field goal kicking team, but luckily we have one of the best field goal kickers in the country. Obviously, that’s a blessing.”

Still, the Seminoles did not punt until the first play of the fourth quarter.

Perhaps most impressively, FSU’s defense surrendered just 49 yards in the third quarter.

“For us, it was a defining moment for the defense, to see how disciplined we were going to be, see how everybody did their jobs and see how well we trusted each other,” defensive back Jalen Ramsey said. “We just wanted to come out (in the second half) and really put our foot on their throat; really give it to them and end the game quick.”

The Citadel (0-2) avoided the shutout when Rudder Brown capped a 10-play, 76-yard drive by collecting a 10-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Miller with 10:12 remaining in the game.

Maguire countered by leading the Noles on a 14-play, 58-yard drive, which Aguayo finished with his third field goal of the game – this one from 24 yards – for the second consecutive week.

DeAndre Schoultz collected a 10-yard touchdown pass from Dominique Allen with 12 seconds remaining for the final points of the game as the two-point conversion pass failed.

The Seminoles closed out the night with 494 total yards on 67 plays for a healthy 7.4 yards per snap, equally balancing the run (35-210 yards) and the pass (25-32-0, 284), to go along with 28 first downs.

With a 2-0 mark, the Seminoles will have an open week on the schedule before jumping into conference play with ACC Atlantic Division rival Clemson coming to town on Sept. 20.

“With the couple of injuries we had today, I'd say [the bye is] a pretty good thing so we can try to get guys healthy if we can,” Fisher said. “You get to regroup.

“Preseason is over with. You're going into your conference schedule. And you've got a big time opponent coming in – Clemson - who's very talented and very well coached. It's one of the premier games in our league every year. It's a double whammy for me. It's a conference game and an interdivisional game. So it's a big one.”

Boone Leads Duke to 34-17 Win Over Troy

Quarterback Anthony Boone rushed for a pair of touchdowns and added another score through the air to lead Duke to a 34-17 win over Troy on Saturday night in front of 21,331 spectators at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Trojans sandwiched two touchdowns around a Ross Martin 24-yard field goal to claim a 14-3 lead early in the second quarter. The Blue Devils responded with 21 points in the second period to take a 24-14 advantage into halftime.

Boone capped an 11-play, 75-yard march with a 30-yard scoring jaunt to pull Duke to within 14-10 at the 10:42 mark of the second quarter. After safety Deondre Singleton’s fourth down stop to give the Blue Devils possession, Duke went 40 yards on seven snaps with Thomas Sirk tossing a two-yard touchdown strike to David Reeves to take the lead for the first time.

The Duke defense responded by forcing a Trojan punt, and the Blue Devils took advantage quickly when Boone lofted a 49-yard scoring pass to Issac Blakeney with 3:24 prior to intermission.

Following a Troy field goal, Boone pushed the Duke lead to 31-17 with his second rushing touchdown of the night with 1:48 left in the third quarter.

Martin tacked on a 48-yard field goal with 10:53 left in the fourth quarter to account for the final margin.

Boone finished the night 27-of-41 for 268 yards and one touchdown while rushing nine times for 47 yards and two scores.

Blakeney hauled in five passes for 90 yards and one touchdown, Jamison Crowder added seven grabs for 70 yards and Max McCaffrey had four receptions for 34 yards.

David Helton paced the Duke defense with 15 tackles, while DeVon Edwards added 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and a pair of forced fumbles. Jeremy Cash finished the night with nine tackles and his first sack of the season. Jordan DeWalt-Ondijo added two sacks for the defense.

Duke returns home next Saturday to host Kansas at 3:30 p.m.

Johnson Eclipses 2,000, Football Wins 41-7

Duke Johnson had more than 100 close friends and relatives in the stands for his first home game since a broken ankle prematurely ended his sophomore season.

They could have left at halftime.

His night was over, and so was any doubt about the outcome.

Phillip Dorsett caught two touchdown passes, Johnson became the ninth back in Miami history to eclipse the 2,000-yard career rushing mark and the Hurricanes rolled past Florida A&M 41-7 Saturday night.

"It wasn't perfect," said Miami coach Al Golden, who coached his 100th game overall and evened his record at 50-50. "But I think we got better in a lot of different areas. Some other areas, we've got to continue to make progress in. We played a lot of guys, which was great, and I thought a lot of those guys played really soundly when they came in."

Johnson's mother obtained plenty of tickets for everyone in her group, and was at the stadium five hours before kickoff to lay out a massive tailgate party for what she dubbed the "Return of the Duke."

Her son needed only nine carries to pick up 97 yards.

"I think it meant more to my mom than it did me," Johnson said after his first home game since Oct. 26. "She got together a big crowd, a big fan base, to sit in one section for the game. I think it was more for her than me."

Dorsett had scoring grabs of 4 and 32 yards from Brad Kaaya for the Hurricanes (1-1), who beat the Rattlers for the ninth straight time. Johnson had a 1-yard scoring run, Gus Johnson ran 15 yards for another score and Trayone Gray's first career carry was a 10-yard TD rush late in the fourth quarter.

Kaaya completed 12 of 22 passes for 177 yards in the first home game of his Hurricanes career, with the two touchdowns and two interceptions. Miami's Trayone Gray had a 10-yard touchdown run, on the first carry of his career, with 4:17 left.

"I'm not a big stats guy," Kaaya said. "I'm just a big wins guy. That's all I care about is wins."

Florida A&M (0-2) brought its famed band down from Tallahassee, and the "Marching 100," as expected, put on a scintillating show at halftime, replete with the performers lining up in a "305" formation, a nod to the primary area code in the Miami area.

By then, though, the game was decided.

The Hurricanes got touchdowns on four of their first six possessions, rolling out to a 28-0 lead late in the first half. There were 27 plays in the first quarter, with the line of scrimmage on every one, regardless of who had the ball, being in Florida A&M territory. Miami opened drives on the Rattlers' 49 twice and another on their 13.

John Boston recovered a botched punt snap in the end zone for Florida A&M. Brandon Norwood had 74 yards on three catches for the Rattlers.

"We played a good football team," Norwood said. "They were a great defense. We knew coming in what we were going to face."

Florida A&M quarterback Damien Fleming completed 6 of 14 passes for 89 yards, before departing after aggravating a foot injury. Fleming had the Rattlers moving early in the third quarter, before a drive stalled, and his night ended, when Thurston Armbrister sacked him for a 14-yard loss on third down from the Miami 17.

"He went down the whole left side of my body," Fleming said.

Dorsett's 4-yard touchdown opened the scoring. His 32-yard catch in the back of the end zone late in the half made it 28-0, Dorsett diving near the end line to make that play. Johnson had a 1-yard run for Miami's second score, and his 55-yard carry highlighted the drive that was capped by Edwards' touchdown and pushed Miami's lead to 21-0.

Johnson has played in 22 games for Miami, with rushing touchdowns in 12 of them. Miami is now 12-0 in those games, and Johnson continued his climb up the Miami all-time lists, passing Edgerrin James for No. 5 in all-purpose yards and Frank Gore for No. 9 in career rushing by a Hurricane.

Johnson now has 2,054 rushing yards at Miami.

"It's a great feeling, just being compared to a lot of great running backs that came through here," Johnson said.

The Hurricanes improved to 179-4 since 1985 when scoring at least 31 points.

No.25 Cardinals Dominate Murray State, 66-21

Bobby Petrino was glad to see Louisville pile up points the way he envisioned.

Having underclassmen contribute to the team-wide effort against Murray State made the first-year Cardinals coach feel even better.

Leading the way was freshman backup quarterback Reggie Bonnafon, who ran for two touchdowns and passed for another as the No. 25 Cardinals scored on nine straight possessions in a 66-21 victory over the Racers on Saturday night.

"I have been putting in work at practice for a while and to finally come out here and see it pay off felt great," Bonnafon said after completing 8 of 11 passes for 112 yards and a 27-yard touchdown to Michaelee Harris. He also ran for touchdowns of 8 and 16 yards.

Bonnafon wasn't the only youngster who thrived.

Sophomore Brandon Radcliff rushed for 97 yards and second-half TDs of 7 and 5 yards, and freshman L.J. Scott ran for a game-high 126 yards and a 1-yard TD on 11 carries. Louisville rushed for 325 yards, 33 more than Murray State gained on offense.

Besides Bonnafon's two TDs, three other Louisville backs rushed for scores. Three receivers caught TD passes from the true freshman and sophomore starter Will Gardner, who threw two in just over a quarter of action. The Cardinals had 357 yards at halftime, 21 more than they totaled in Monday night's 31-13 victory over Miami as they outgained the FCS-level Racers (1-1) 603-292.

Senior Dominique Brown added a 2-yard TD run before Louisville's underclassmen picked up where he left off.

The result was a high-octane offensive performance that delighted 50,179 red-clad Cardinals fans and Petrino, who insisted that his team would improve from its performance against Miami. The short week didn't the bother the Cardinals, who showed energy throughout on both sides of the ball.

Having a lot of bodies available helped.

"We really showed maturity as a team," Petrino said. "These games are sometimes hard to play, especially coming off a game like Miami where we had so much time to prepare and it was so intense. But we showed maturity and we did a nice job preparing for it, and they came out and executed well."

Janawski Davis had TD receptions of 57 and 9 yards, and Jeremy Harness had a 16-yarder for Murray State, which was outmatched in every phase by the Cardinals just a week after thumping NAIA Union College 73-26.

"At the point of attack, that's where we were hurt early in the game," Racers coach Chris Hatcher said. "I mean, golly, they were so big and physical we couldn't run the football versus a five-man box. When you can't do that you're going to have a lot of trouble. ...

"We played an opponent that was better than us. They took care of business like they should have."

So much so that Bonnafon almost stole the spotlight in his first game action. He had pushed hard for the starting job before Petrino chose the more-experienced Gardner to lead Louisville's offense.

Gardner appeared much smoother than Monday, completing 13 of 22 for 133 yards and touchdown passes of 12 yards to Kai De La Cruz and 1 yard to Gerald Christian before Bonnafon followed. More importantly, he set the tone for an offense that kept rolling after his departure.

"He seemed much more confident out there," Petrino said of Gardner. "He was relaxed. He really understood what we were asking him to do."

Gardner's better understanding helped get Louisville started toward its big night.

After that initial punt, Louisville scored on its last seven first-half possessions with an 11-play, 32-yard march ending with John Wallace's 45-yard field goal being the longest snap-wise. By then the Cardinals were up 42-7 behind two touchdown passes from Gardner, a 2-yard run by Brown and contributions from Bonnafon and Scott.

Scott's effort was helpful in creating backfield depth after Brown had career bests of 33 carries for 143 yards against Miami. With just four days to prepare, he figured he'd see action.

"During the week they had let me know, `Scott be ready, Scott be ready,' " Scott said, "so come game time when they called my number I really wasn't surprised and I wasn't really nervous."

Wake Forest Stymies Gardner-Webb 23-7

John Wolford and E.J. Scott connected for two touchdowns as Wake Forest defeated Gardner-Webb 23-7 in the Demon Deacons' 2014 home opener at BB&T Field on Saturday night.

Wolford had a standout day for the Deacons as he went 30-for-38 for 291 yards passing and two touchdowns. He also rushed 12 times for 29 yards. Scott finished with four catches for 62 yards with the two touchdown catches to lead all receivers.

The win is not only the first of the year for Wake Forest, but also the first of the Dave Clawson era, as he improves to 1-1 at the helm of the Deacon football program.

The Demon Deacons gained 387 yards of total offense, while the defense limited Gardner-Webb (0-2) to 131 yards. Wake Forest held the Bulldogs off the scoreboard until the Runnin' Bulldogs scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left in the game.

Wolford, a true freshman making his second career start, threw for his first career touchdown five minutes into the third quarter, finding Scott, a graduate transfer, from 10 yards out. The touchdown was also the first of Scott's Wake Forest career as the Deacs moved ahead 16-0.

Mike Weaver remained perfect in the kicking game, connecting on a trio of first-half field goals. He hit from 27 yards in the first quarter, also splitting the uprights on 37-yard and 28-yard attempts in the second quarter.

Wolford connected with Scott again on a 14-yard throw-and-catch three minutes into the fourth quarter, increasing the margin to 23-0. Gardner-Webb scored with 16 seconds left in the game as quarterback Tyrell Maxwell rushed for a five-yard touchdown.

Senior cornerback Merrill Noel picked off his sixth career pass midway through the first quarter, while junior linebacker Brandon Chubb forced his second fumble in as many weeks. Chubb, sophomore linebacker Marquel Lee, sophomore defensive lineman Sheldon Lewinson, sophomore safety Thomas Brown and sophomore defensive lineman Josh Banks each had sacks for Wake Forest.

Eight different Deacons recorded a catch, with sophomore Jared Crump (6 for 59 yards), freshman Cam Serigne (5 for 62 yards) and senior Matt James (5 for 60 yards) finishing with at least five receptions apiece.

Wake Forest controlled the time of possession, keeping the ball for 32:41. Additionally, the defense held the Bulldogs to just 2-for-12 on third-downs.

Chad Geter, Azziz Higgins and Kenyatta Dunbar had interceptions for the Gardner-Webb defense. All were either dropped by a receiver or tipped.

Wake Forest returns to action next Saturday when the Demon Deacons travel to Logan, Utah to take on Utah State. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network and the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network.

Running Backs Find Endzone in 46-34 Win Over ODU

NC State's running backs found the endzone for five of the Pack's six touchdowns during the game, as NC State fought off Old Dominion 46-34 Saturday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. Shadrach Thornton rushed for three scores while Matt Dayes had both a rushing and receiving TD, and the Pack's rushing game netted 242 yards.

8 plays, 80 yard TD drive in the second quarter.

After Old Dominion missed a 27-yard field goal, the Pack took over at the 20-yard line and went 80 yards in 3:18 to score its second TD of the game. A Jacoby Brissett to Marquez Valdes-Scantling 42-yard pass down the Pack's sideline moved the ball down to the ODU 25, and five plays later Brissett found Matt Dayes out of the backfield for a seven-yard score just 32 seconds before halftime.

After Valdes-Scantling caught a fade for the two-point conversion, the Pack closed the gap to 21-18 right before halftime.

6 plays, 75 yard TD drive in the third quarter.

The Monarchs matched the Pack at the beginning of the third quarter, as both teams scored a TD on their first possession, with ODU's score giving them the lead at 28-25. The Pack responded on their next possession, going 75 yards in six plays, resulting with a Brissett's second TD pass of the game, 16 yards to freshman WR Stephen Louis.

Brissett found rookie WR Bo Hines for gains of 18 and then 27 yards on the first two plays, and was 4-of-4 for 78 yards on the drive. The Pack score gave the Pack the lead for good at 32-28 late in the third quarter.

• RB Shadrach Thornton: 14 carries for 86 yards and three touchdowns

The junior running back found the endzone three times during the game, with his 23-yard scamper in the fourth quarter putting the game out of reach. Thornton has led the Pack in rushing in each of the first two games in 2014, and in eight of the last nine games overall dating back to last season.

The last time a Pack RB totaled three rushing scores in a game was in last year's season opener by Matt Dayes.

Honorable Mentions
- RB Matt Dayes: 186 total yards (79 rush, 32 rec., 75 return) and 2 TDs
- QB Jacoby Brissett: 21-of-29 for 253 yards and 2 TDs
- CB Jack Tocho: 7 tackles and 2 pass breakups

• We had a big, big night for our rushing game. I thought we physically finished out the game in the fourth quarter. We took care of the football tonight. We didn't have a fumble. Our offensive line opened holes and we were able to run over them in the fourth. - head coach Dave Doeren

• Wolfpups: After 10 true freshmen made their NC State debuts in last week's season opener, another three true freshmen saw action for the first time today: CB Mike Stevens, DT Justin Jones, OG Tony Adams. Another pair also made their Pack debuts tonight, DE Pharoah McKever and RB Dakwa Nichols (Nichols was special teams only).

• Sade Moves Up Scoring Chart: With eight points on the game (1 FG, 5 PATs), Pack PK Niklas Sade has now moved into second place on the Pack's all-time scoring list with 264 points. Sade is chasing the 36-year NC State record of 312 points set by RB Ted Brown (1975-78).

• Pack running backs scoring TDS: Five of the Pack's six touchdowns in the game came from the RBs. Shadrach Thornton had a pair of 2-yard scores in the first half and a 23 yard TD in the fourth quarter, the Pack's first rushing scores of the year after three passing TDs last week. For the second straight week, Matt Dayes caught a TD pass, and then added a 10-yard rushing score in the fourth quarter.

• Brissett Starts Hot: After finishing last week's game 14-of-16 on the final score drives, Brissett started today 6-of-6 before having a pass dropped late in the first quarter halt his streak.

• Pack's Youth Catching TD Passes: QB Jacoby Brissett has five touchdown passes through the first two games, and all five have been caught by either a Pack freshman or sophomore. Sophomore Matt Dayes has caught a TD pass in each of the first two games, true freshman WR Stephen Louis caught his first TD pass today, and last week sophomore WR Bra'Lon Cherry had two.

• No Flags for Pack: NC State drew only one flag today for five yards - a false start. Last week, NC State was flagged four times for 20 yards.

NC State will be in road action for the first time this season next weekend, as the Pack travels to USF for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised on CBSSN.

Zenon, Jackets Down Tulane, 38-21

Tony Zenon and Tim Byerly each rushed for two touchdowns to lead Georgia Tech to a 38-21 victory over Tulane Saturday.

Zenon had a 19-yard touchdown run in the second quarter - the first of 24 consecutive points by the Yellow Jackets - and a 2-yard scoring run in the third quarter.

Byerly, the Yellow Jackets' short-yardage quarterback, had 1-yard touchdown runs in the first and fourth quarters.

The other Georgia Tech touchdown came on a 10-yard interception return by linebacker Quayshawn Nealy in the second quarter.

Georgia Tech (2-0) rushed for 342 yards and converted on 10 of 12 third downs.

Miscues by Tulane (0-2) set up four of Tech's five touchdowns - three interceptions of Tulane redshirt freshman quarterback Tanner Lee and a blocked punt in the fourth quarter.

A sellout crowd of 30,000 witnessed the first game in Tulane's Yulman Stadium. Saturday's game was the first on-campus home game for Tulane since 1974, a year before the Superdome opened.

On the first play from scrimmage, Tulane linebacker Eric Thomas sacked Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas and forced a fumble, which defensive end Royce LaFrance scooped and return to the 8-yard line.

Three plays later, Lee found Justyn Shackleford for a 12-yard touchdown to give the Green Wave a 7-0 lead with just 88 seconds elapsed.

Tech responded with a 10-play, 75-yard drive, using all of the ground elements of its triple-option attack. Byerly came in for the first time on third-and-goal and covered the final yard to tie the game at 7-7.

The Green Wave regained the lead on the next possession with a 75-yard drive of its own, capped by a 24-yard end around by freshman wide receiver Teddy Veal.

The Jackets got even again when Nealy stepped in front of a Lee pass and returned it for a touchdown to make it 14-14 with 11:10 left in the second quarter.

Lee and the Green Wave offense answered quickly with a deep slant to Xavier Rush, who outran the Georgia Tech secondary for a 61-yard touchdown to give Tulane a 21-14 lead with 9:38 left in the half.

Georgia Tech's second interception of Lee - by Demond Smith - set up another tying touchdown. Zenon raced around left end for a 19-yard score with 2:51 left in the half to make it a 21-21 game.

Tech took its first lead of the day, 24-21, on a 46-yard field goal by Harrison Butker as time expired in the half, moments after a failed fourth-down try by Tulane.

Tulane got the ball to start the third quarter, but Lee's third interception - this time by Lawrence Austin - set up a 76-yard, 12-play drive by the Jackets that took 6:42 off the clock, capped by Zenon's second score.

A blocked punt by Matt Connors and a 46-yard return by Beau Hankins set up the Jackets at the Tulane 1. Three plays later, Byerly scored for the second time to give Tech its final score.

Virginia Takes Down Richmond, 45-13

As Virginia defensive end Eli Harold was getting ready to shake hands with Richmond players after the Cavaliers' 45-13 victory on Saturday, assistant coach Marques Hagans hit him with this:

It had been 350 days since the Cavaliers last shook hands as winners.

"It just feels good to get that taste out of your mouth," Harold said.

Matt Johns and Greyson Lambert each led two touchdown drives and Harold turned one of seven Richmond turnovers into a 22-yard touchdown return as the Cavaliers ended a 10-game losing streak. It dates to last September when they beat VMI, like Richmond, a member of the FCS.

It hardly mattered after finally ending the slide.

"We want to get use to this feeling," coach Mike London said. "We want to have this feeling a lot."

Johns, whose effectiveness last week in relief of starter Lambert reopened the Cavaliers' quarterback competition, threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Canaan Severin and hit Darius Jennings for 45 yards to set up another score.

Lambert, a team captain who started for the second week in a row, directed a 14-play, 76-yard drive to Kevin Parks' 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, then threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Severin early in the fourth quarter.

Johns finished 4 for 7 for 65 yards with a TD and an interception. Lambert was 13 of 15 for 102 yards with the TD, and both said winning matters more to them than who gets to lead the way.

"All we want to do is win," Johns said. "That's all we really care about."

The Spiders (1-1) arrived with two former quarterbacks and in search of their third victory against a school from the FBS, but were quickly overmatched by the Cavaliers' pressure defense. They turned the ball over seven times, leading to 21 points, and were sacked four times.

"That was one of those old-fashioned butt whoopings, so I'll just take that like a man and go from there," coach Danny Rocco said, adding that he came away impressed by Virginia's defense.

"They have a chance to do some damage. I think they've got some real confidence and swagger," he said.

Michael Strauss, who began his career at Virginia but transferred after one season, was 24 for 36 for 266 yards for the Spiders, but threw two interceptions and fumbled twice while being sacked, leading to two Cavaliers touchdowns. On the second fumble, caused by Max Valles, Harold scooped it up and scored, making it 31-6.

The Spiders also lost the ball when T.J. Moon fumbled near the Cavaliers goal line just before halftime with Richmond poised to pull within 14-10. Linebacker Henry Coley stripped him and Brandon Phelps recovered, and the Cavaliers made it 21- 3 coming out of the locker room.

The game also featured the return of former Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco to Scott Stadium. Rocco started every game for Virginia in 2011, leading them to an 8-5 record and the Chick-fil-A Bowl, but transferred when he was forced to share the job after the following season.

Rocco guided the Spiders to their lone touchdown, capping a 71-yard drive with a 6-yard run, but he also threw an interception and fumbled the ball away late in the game when it slipped out of his hands as he cocked his arm to throw.

London gave no clue as to whether either of his quarterbacks has gained an upper hand, saying he will watch film and continue to evaluate both in practice.

David Watford, who started all last season at quarterback for Virginia, played the final few series.

Memphis Falls Short to No.11 UCLA , 42-35

UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley's response to his first interception thrown this season and the resulting scoring drive he engineered helped the 11th-ranked Bruins escape Rose Bowl Stadium Saturday with a 42-35 win over the Memphis Tigers.

Memphis scored twice early in the fourth quarter, including a 17-yard interception return by Fritz Etienne to tie the game at 35. Two plays prior to Etienne taking the ball to the house for a pick-six, Memphis running back Doroland Dorceus had scored on a 40-yard run.

Dorceus' third scoring run of the season was part of a 13-carry, 86-yard career rushing night for the sophomore.

After the Tigers had scratched back into the game, Hundley and the Bruins' response to Memphis' back-to-back scores including Etienne's interception return would result in the final points of the game.

During a nine-play drive that covered 75 yards and consumed less than three minutes of playing time, Hundley ran for 14 yards, starting with an 11-yard scamper on the series' first play and he completed all five of his passing attempts culminating with a 33-yard touchdown strike to Thomas Duarte.

Hundley would erase a holding penalty as well as a three-yard loss on a quarterback sack by Tank Jakes with a 17-yard pass to Jordan Payton and a four-yard run before Myles Jack converted a fourth-and-one from the Memphis 42. After a seven-yard completion to Devin Fuller, Hundley found Duarte open over the middle for the touchdown.

"They were playing man on the pick six and Brett didn't see the guy. He jumped it and took it in for six," said UCLA coach Jim Mora. "But what you see of good performers is when they need to come up with a drive and need to come up with a play, they do."

Saturday's game certainly turned into a track meet at times. Only two of 11 combined scoring drives consumed more than four minutes of clock - one by Memphis and one by UCLA.

Hundley completed 33-of-44 passes for 396 yards and the Bruins had 540 yards of total offense.

Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch had a career night for the Tigers. He completed 27-of-42 passes for 305 yards and Memphis amassed 469 yards of total offense (164 rushing). Lynch's previous career best passing was 279 yards in last year's seven-point loss to UCF.

Lynch gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead with an eight-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and would cut a two-touchdown UCLA lead in half with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hayes prior to intermission.

"At times he played well, at times he didn't," Justin Fuente said of Lynch's performance. "I am proud of him. That defense will make you make mistakes. I thing operating in a great environment and playing a great defense will be beneficial to him."

With UCLA leading 42-35 in the fourth quarter, Memphis next two offensive series would stall at the UM 49 and 44. Memphis punter Spencer Smith would pin the Bruins inside the 10 after both offensive series.

UCLA's last possession began with 2:25 to play.

Paul Perkins ran for 10 yards on first down before Jakes had back-to-back tackles on rushing plays which combined for five yards. Memphis took its final two timeouts after those plays and on third down, Bakari Hollier and Kendrick Golden dropped Perkins for a two-yard loss.

Memphis would take possession at their own 42-yard line with 45 seconds to play but the clock would expire.

In addition to Dorceus' career rushing yards, Brandon Hayes had 34 yards on nine carries and five receptions for 48 yards.

Memphis' three rushing touchdowns give the Tigers 12 for the season. The team had just 14 rushing touchdowns in all of 2013.

Defensively, Jakes led the Tigers with 12 total tackles including four tackles for loss. Jakes had two of the Tigers' four quarterback sacks in the game. Also with sacks were Jackson Dillon and Cortez Crosby, who now has a sack in each of his first two games.

"If you judge this team with what they showed today, it would be pretty easy to say that they are a tough group," Fuente said of his team. "They kept playing hard. We didn't always play well, but we played hard.

"We came here to try to win a football game, not to just play. We didn't come here to look at the stadium or be in awe of the uniforms, but to go play. I am proud of that. I wish this group played even just a little better at times."

Memphis is now 1-1. The Tigers will enjoy the first of two off weeks before playing host to Middle Tennessee on Sept. 20. With the win, UCLA improved to 2-0 and will play Texas next

Houston Football Shuts Out Grambling, 47-0

Houston Football poured in 477 yards of offense, led by junior running back Kenneth Farrow, who ran for 130 yards and a touchdown, while the Cougars forced six turnovers en route to a 47-0 shutout win over Grambling State Saturday evening at TDECU Stadium.

The shutout win was the 38th in program history and the second in the last four games played under head coach Tony Levine. The 47 points on Saturday were the most scored since Oct. 26, 2013, at Rutgers. The total also marks the most points scored at home since Aug. 30, 2013, against Southern.

Five different Cougars jumped in the scoring action, notching five touchdowns, while kicker Kyle Bullard contributed with a career-high 17 points for Houston on four field goals and five extra points.

Contributing to the scoring was sophomore receiver Greg Ward Jr., who notched his first career game with multiple touchdowns, tallying a receiving and rushing score to lead the Cougars. Ward finished the night with 19 yards receiving and 22 yards rushing.

Farrow and fellow junior running back Ryan Jackson each added a rushing touchdown, while senior defensive end Vincent Hall recovered a fourth-quarter fumble for a touchdown to cap the 47 points for Houston.

Farrow's 130 rushing yards marked a career-high on 13 attempts. His 55-yard rush on the game's first play was a career long, surpassing his previous long of 48 yards, which happened twice, the last coming vs. Tulane on Nov. 24, 2012.

Junior receiver Deontay Greenberry finished the night with 110 yards on five receptions including a season-long 67-yard pass from sophomore quarterback John O'Korn serving as the key play in the Cougars' second touchdown for the Cougars. Greenberry's night marked his sixth career 100-yard receiving game of his career.

O'Korn wrapped up a 14-for-25 night for 200 yards and a passing touchdown to Ward.

Houston jumped on top quickly, with Ward scoring just 48 seconds into the game on a 12-yard run - set up by a 55-yard run by Farrow.

A pair of Bullard field goals - 42 and 38 yards - made it 13-0.

Farrow then scored from two yards out, Ryan Jackson had a 12-yard run and Ward hauled in a 10-yard scoring strike from O'Korn as Houston made it 34-0 at halftime.

Bullard fired off two field goals in the third quarter to put the Cougars ahead 40-0 before a final turnover led to Houston's fifth touchdown of the game to cap the 47 points.

Defensively, Houston forced six turnovers - the most since Rutgers a year ago on Oct. 26, 2013.

Houston had three interceptions coming from juniors Adrian McDonald, William Jackson and Earl Foster, while Hall recovered two fumbles and senior Wayne Beadle added one on a kickoff return.

True freshman Matthew Adams joined Foster in forcing a fumble.
Senior Efrem Oliphant led the Cougars with 10 tackles - notching his 11th career double-digit tackle game and second of the season.

Houston Football will hit the road for the first time this season when it travels to Provo, Utah for an 8 p.m. CT contest at BYU on Thursday, Sept. 11. Game coverage will be live on ESPN and available to listen on KPRC 950 AM.

Pirates Edged By No. 21 South Carolina, 33-23

Just when East Carolina thought it had seized the momentum and positioned itself for an upset of SEC foe and nationally-ranked South Carolina, the Gamecocks muscled up and quashed those hopes.

ECU quarterback Shane Carden and his offensive mates could only watch from the sidelines as South Carolina went on a clock-draining, game-clinching drive in a 33-23 victory Saturday night at noisy Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Gamecocks (1-1), blitzed 52-28 at home by Texas A&M in their opener, chewed up 10:28 of the fourth quarter with a 18-play, 81-yard drive that ended with Elliott Fry's 20-yard field goal, his fourth field goal of the night. The grinding drive began with 11:57 to play after ECU (1-1) closed to within 30-23 on Carden's 17-yard touchdown toss to Cam Worthy, and featured two third-down conversions and nine consecutive running plays during one stretch.

The Pirates, with just 1:30 left and one timeout, had too big of a hill left to climb.

"We came out ready to go," said ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill, obviously disturbed by a couple of bizarre calls by the officiating crew - an unsportsmanlike penalty after an apparent fumble and a penalty for snapping the ball before it was signaled for play.

The Pirates put up impressive offensive numbers but ultimately were doomed by settling for early field goals and two second-half interceptions. ECU amassed 453 total yards to 441 for the Gamecocks. Carden, spreading the ball to eight different receivers, completed 32 of 46 passes for 321 yards with one TD and the two picks.

Senior receiver Justin Hardy, overcoming early leg cramps, was sensational with 11 catches for 133 yards. The former walk-on now has 10 career games with at least 10 catches and at least 100 yards receiving. Sophomore Isaiah Jones, shut down for the first half, finished with eight receptions for 46 yards.

Breon Allen and Chris Hairston were effective in the running game with limited carries. Allen had 58 yards on four carries, including a 44-yard dash, and added five catches for 38 yards. Hairston picked up 35 yards on six carries highlighted by a 14-yard touchdown run.

USC quarterback Dylan Thompson, after a shaky start, completed 25 of 38 passes for 266 yards with one TD and one interception.

The duo of Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds spearheaded a USC rushing attack that piled up 175 yards on 38 carries. The bruising 5-9, 223-pound Davis finished with 101 yards on 18 carries. Wilds had 49 yards on 14 carries.

"That's what they do," McNeill said. "They've got a stable of running backs and are big up front. Hats off to them and Coach (Steve) Spurrier."

The Pirates came out poised and confident, scoring on their first three possessions and four of six first-half possessions. But settling for three field goals and having one blocked resulted in a 20-16 halftime deficit.

Carden, connecting with Hardy three times and Cam Worthy and Trevon Brown once each, marched the Pirates from their 3-yard-line to the Gamecocks' 8 in 11 plays on the first possession before three straight incompletions. Warren Harvey then came on to kick the first of his three first-half field goals for a 3-0 lead.

Josh Hawkins' interception of a Thompson pass on the second play of the ensuing possession had ECU back in business, but again the drive stalled at the 17. Harvey knocked through a 35-yard field goal for a 6-0 lead.

At that point, the Pirates had run 18 plays for 114 yards to five plays for six yards for the Gamecocks.

"We had really good drives early," McNeill added. "We moved the ball well the majority of the night. I wish we had gotten sevens (touchdowns) in there early, those first two."

That's when the South Carolina offense began to get on track with Davis, Shaq Roland and Pharoh Cooper doing the bulk of the damage. Davis sprinted 36 yards to make it 7-6, slipping one tackled then racing untouched to the end zone.

The Pirates responded with an impressive nine-play, 81-yard drive to regain the lead at 13-7 with 13:37 left in the second quarter. A 23-yard pass to Allen and a 10-yard pass to Hardy to convert a big third down sparked the drive. Hairston's run accounted for the final 10 yards.

A questionable unsportsmanlike penalty on ECU kept the Gamecocks' next drive alive. Linebacker Maurice Falls came out of a pile with the ball, but officials called a penalty for delay.

"He said we didn't give the ball back fast enough," McNeill said. "Our kids don't disrespect anybody."

USC eventually got a 39-yard field goal to draw within 13-10.

The Pirates' only three-and-out series followed, and the Gamecocks took advantage by driving 76 yards in eight plays for a 17-13 lead. Davis barreled in from the three for the score.

The Pirates proceeded to march to the USC 24 on the next possession, but a low kick by Harvey was blocked by Gerald Dixon, Jr. The Gamecocks cashed that in for a 42-yard field goal by Fry for a 20-13 lead with 1:02 left in the half.

ECU was not content to go in down seven and, with the aid a of a roughing-the-passer penalty and a 20-yard pass to Worthy, the Pirates got in range for Harvey to boot a 40-yard field goal.

The Pirates' first two possessions of the second half essentially sealed their fate. On third down from USC's 37, Carden was hit as he scrambled and threw into the hands of Sherrod Golightly.

The Gamecocks then went 69 yards in nine plays with K.J. Brent running the final 16 yards for a 27-16 lead.

Carden was picked off again on the next series, this time by T.J. Gurley. The Gamecocks turned that into three points when Fry connected from 26 yards with 43 second left in the third quarter.

Carden regrouped nicely and led a 75-yard drive, twice converting on third-down keepers. His 17-yard pass to Worthy and Harvey's extra point made it 30-23.

Then the Gamecocks' played keep away for nearly the rest of the game.

"I'm proud of our kids," McNeill said. "We'll practice tomorrow and get ready for the next adventure."

That comes next week at Virginia Tech.

Football Falls To Georgia Tech In Yulman Stadium Opener, 38-21

It was a day of pomp and circumstance, one of remembrance and celebration, and one of great anticipation as the Tulane University football team took the field for its first on-campus home game since 1974 with the opening of the new Yulman Stadium.
Despite running out to first-half leads of 14-7 and 21-14, however, the Green Wave were unable to derail one of the most vaunted running games of the last decade as the Ramblin' Wreck of Georgia Tech piled up 344 rushing yards to defeat Tulane, 38-21, on Saturday afternoon before a sell-out crowd of 30,000 at the new facility.

"I just want to thank everybody for coming to this magnificent stadium," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I thought our crowd was grand here tonight. We have some young players here, we made some mental mistakes and did some little things wrong tonight that we have to clean up. My hat goes off to Georgia Tech. I thought they were outstanding. They had answers to all the stuff we tried to do. Their quarterback was outstanding and their running backs were very good. They are a really good football team."

The Green Wave defense forced multiple turnovers for the 11th consecutive game as sophomore linebacker Nico Marley and junior defensive end Royce LaFrance recovered fumbles while redshirt-freshman cornerback Parry Nickerson pulled down an interception for the second-straight contest.

Offensively, Tulane piled up 190 first-half yards and reached the endzone on three of its first five possessions. Georgia Tech, meanwhile, turned three Green Wave interceptions into a trio of touchdowns, and the Yellow Jacket defense kept Tulane off the scoreboard in the second half.

Redshirt-freshman quarterback Tanner Lee completed 13-of-24 passes for 173 yards and a pair of scores, and his favorite target on the day was senior wideout Justyn Shackleford, who pulled down five passes for 62 yards - including a 12-yard touchdown strike 1:28 into the game to send the home crowd into a frenzy. Tulane used a balanced ground game with six players carrying the ball and sophomore fullback Lazedrick Thompson had 29 of the Green Wave's 96 rushing yards. Marley led the defensive effort with a career-high 11 tackles (6 solo, 5 assists).

"We started the game fired up," Shackleford said. "We should have come out with a win, but things just didn't go our way. Georgia Tech ran the ball all game and controlled the clock."

Tulane wasted little time making the fans on hand happy as sophomore linebacker Eric Thomas knocked the ball loose from Georgia Tech quarterback Justin Thomas on the first play from scrimmage. Marley pounced on the loose ball for the turnover and Lee found Shackleford three snaps later for the first score in the stadium's history.

The Yellow Jackets answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive which Tim Byerly capped with a one-yard run to tie the game, but Tulane came right back with 75-yard drive of its own which saw the Wave score on a 24-yard end-around run by freshman receiver Teddy Veal. A missed field goal and a punt later, Georgia Tech tied the game when Quayshawn Neely stepped in front a Lee offering and returned it 10 yards for a touchdown. Lee atoned for the early miscue four plays later when he found senior wide receiver Xavier Rush streaking down the left sideline for a 61-yard score to put the Green Wave ahead 21-14.

Another Lee interception on Tulane's next possession - this time by Demond Smith - set up Georgia Tech at the Green Wave 30, and Tony Zenon capped a three-play drive with a 19-yard touchdown run to re-tie the game. Following a failed fourth-down conversion by Tulane near midfield the next time the Green Wave had the ball, Harrison Butker split the uprights from 46 yards out as the final seconds of the first half ticked away to give the Yellow Jackets a 24-21 lead at the break that they would not relinquish.

Tech padded its lead on a three-yard Zenon run midway through the third quarter for the only score of the period and, following a blocked punt by Matt Connors with 10:30 left to play, Byerly capped the scoring with a one-yard run three plays later to account for the final score.

Three Georgia Tech runners finished with 50-plus rushing yards as Zach Laskey led the way with 86, followed by Thomas with 70 and Zenon with 62. Thomas added 15 yards through the air on 3-of-8 passing, and the duo of Paul Davis and Demond Smith shared team-high tackle honors with five apiece.

"I don't think we wore down, I thought we just made some mistakes that got us backed up," Johnson added. "We were fresh going out, and even at the end of the game. I thought our guys were good. Georgia Tech is such a different opponent when you talk about a wishbone offense as something you have never seen before. I thought Georgia Tech had all the answers for us tonight. They knew exactly what they were doing and they executed it really well."

The Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Sept. 13, when they play host to Southeastern Louisiana at 7 p.m. at Yulman Stadium.